The Getaway : Serenbe Farms

March 27th, 2014

Flipping through Garden and Gun sometime last summer, I came across an article on an idyllic little community just southwest of Atlanta, GA called Serenbe located in Chattahoochee Hills. It looked like a perfect little family vacay paradise and just this past spring break, we made the trip. The first of many I am sure.

After a two day stop in Atlanta with visits to the aquarium, LegoLand (lord help me!) and the High museum and to some of our favorite restaurants both old and new, and determined to impart some sense of the awe inspiring power of nature upon the children after the cultural overload of Atlanta’s urban sprawl, we arrived at Serenbe ready to be out of the car and to all breathe in the fresh air of the country right on the cusp of a very long, strange winter turning to a very welcomed spring. A 1,000 acre sustainable community with great, locally sourced restaurants, lovely little shops, a spa and a wonderful old Inn, needless to say, we loved it!

We’d decided on renting a loft in the community; white, modern and stark and perfect for our little family with a lofted bed above the master suited perfectly for a pair of little girls. A short ways away, the kids could run free on the farm and got to pet and feed all manner of furry creatures. A pair of baby goats named Salt and Pepper (think we made those names up) were almost assuredly to come home with us if it were up to the kids. We hunted four leaf clovers. We found thirteen. We all ate one in some odd family ritual we concocted on the spot. We took walks on which we played a strange “hobo game”, a crude kin to rugby, with sticks we’d found in the woods and an old, rusty tin can. We took a beautiful, mozying trail ride through the woods, what was certainly the highlight of my children’s young lives.

The morning of our departure, we ate amazing sausage, egg and cheese biscuits at the Blue Eyed Daisy which might be the highlight of my not-so young life. In the end – and true to whatever fantasy I’d dreamt up over Garden and Gun a year ago – it truly was the idyllic get away I hoped it would be. Below, a taste of our (too) few days in the country, care of Serenbe. Next visit, we stay on the farm.

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Portraits of a Relic : The Boombox Project.

January 17th, 2014

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Jackson Fine Art is a true gem tucked away on a sleepy and unassuming block in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, GA. Long have I been a huge fan not only of their collection of stunning, iconic work but of their deftness in walking the line between both the past and present of photography. I became acquainted with Jackson Fine Art during my time as director of the Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego and have developed a relationship with them through personal acquisitions as well as those for my clients. Almost always am I confronted by a photographer’s work that is so outside my comfort zone, so atypical of my very established aesthetic preferences but that somehow immediately wins me over and just like that, expands those personal limits to a new and enriched place. Most recently, that work and the photographer behind it is Lyle Owerko.

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48 HOURS IN…Atlanta

July 30th, 2013

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A four hour drive south from Nashville, Atlanta is the South’s “big city”. As a teenager we made pilgrimages in search of prom dresses, to see concerts that had bypassed Nashville and once upon a time there was even a shop in Little Five Points where you could buy fake IDs (Sorry, Dad!). I moved to Atlanta in 2005 and my first daughter was born there. I had a little white house on the edge of Buckhead and midtown. Right in the middle of a metropolitan city but on a quiet, pretty tree-lined street with a half acre. I loved living there. Today I go back 6 times a year on buying trips, antique hunting and inevitably end up eating and shopping (for myself) way too much. Here are a few of my favorite {Atlanta} things…

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