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Christmas at Farmdale Cottage

I have been a long time lover of all things James Farmer.  And while I stalk him quite regularly love from afar, we actually have not had the pleasure of meeting in person. His work as an Interior Designer is stunning and his books are collectors for sure (just snagged two for my mama for Christmas) and each image you see it is clear to understand why he is considered a lifestyle expert. What I love most are the personal photos he shares on Instagram.  I love his home, Farmdale, and how warm, welcoming and cozy it feels all months of the year.  I adore his love of adventure and enjoy watching his travels and friendships.  And his pup, Sampson ... that precious dog is just too adorable for words!

I have been watching him post incredible photos of his lovely home in Perry, Ga. for a while and the image above caught my attention immediately.  I love the red flowers in the incredible silver and I was dying to see more.  Earlier this week I asked him to share more images with me and he was more than gracious to do so.  He lovingly shared plenty and would have shared all I asked for, just as a loving and warm southern boy who loves him home and his life does. This is what I love about James Farmer, his love for his family and his home.

When he shared the images he told me the photo I loved was from a dinner party he threw for his younger sister Meredith and some girls she works with in Perry.  Instantly I loved the image even more knowing he had set the table and cooked to entertain someone he loved and her friends. Today I have the treat of sharing images from that dinner party with you, along with James' thoughts on the images and the history of a lot of the pieces he uses.

All I can say to that is Happy Friday y'all ...

Symmetry is my friend! Here my oval Irish table is flanked by my two Christmas trees and surrounded by French chairs all with their original velvet and tapestry. The antique bricks on my floors came from an old church in Macon.

Mimi's silver punch bowl with my Mema's silver tray (grandmother and great-grandmother respectively) shine up so nicely with a little Wright's silver polish and elbow grease!  The china was painted by William Lamb. Mimi's Red "G" glasses pair with some fun red bubble glass goblets I carry at my store. My Kathy's Provvista Designs chargers add texture and dimension. 

Love hanging wreaths on mirrors indoors - these thick Frazier fir ones are from my local Ace Hardware - my favorite place in town!

Next to setting the table, decorating mantels tops the list as a favorite place to decorate. Branches in my San Miguel blue and white jars, Red pottery by Vicki Miller bought at Vivienne Metzger's wonderful shop in Cashiers are filled with ilex, magnolia, pheasant feathers and roses. Mr Faison (yes, I name my taxidermy) keeps a watchful eye over the scene.

View across the table onto my black chinoiserie sideboard. I love mixing contemporary art and antiques! The grasscloth on the walls takes on a peachy hue in the afternoon light and especially with candlelight. 

I love a dash of Williamsburg! Holly and grapefruit and pineapples mixed with my favorite ironstone platter and some silver too!

My step-mama Julie gave me these fantastic silver spoons I like to keep in my Spooner cup. Red and green is always so fantastic for Christmas... I find myself loving red flowers like roses and amaryllis. Here these red amaryllis with magnolia from the woods make such a statement!

My sweet friend Elisabeth Epperson made these amazing cookies! Follow her @elisabethandbutter on Instagram!

Candlelight delight!

Mixed silver from Aunt Irene and Mimi and monogrammed linens surround the placesettings. The Neiman Marcus flatware was Mama's favorite - anything from Neiman's!

And my box bay kitchen widow sill is perfect for a vignette for any season. Here pine, amaryllis and ilex berries shine with little brass quail, apples and more blue and white jars filled with branches!

Anyone else want to live in Perry, Georgia besides me?  I love all the details James shares and all the love he puts into decorating not only his home but his life.  It is easy to see that it is filled with love and so much joy ... 

Thank you James for sharing these images with me and sharing your love for all things red, green and fabulous.  I feel so honored you not only said YES! but you shared so many fun details.  Merry Christmas to you and your precious family ... and please give Sampson a snuggle for me!

Happy Friday lovies ... we are in the home stretch for Christmas and I can not wait until tomorrow when stories by candlelight before bed mean everything in the world!!  xo


  1. Thank you for sharing! I too have stalked his Insta feed! What a treat to have a dinner party at such a lovely home.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! And thank you for all the amazing posts you've shared this past year!

  2. I have been a "stalker" too. I love his style. The two trees in the dining area are genius.

  3. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I love your blog!!! I had the good fortune of meeting James Farmer the first weekend of December at a book signing in Dublin, GA (where I live), and he was super nice to talk with. If I hear he's coming back anytime soon, I'll let you know. Have you ever seen him in the shop in Perry? Hope you catch up with him in 2017! Teresa

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