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One Magical Evening With Mallards Nest Design

Oh, Thomasville, Georgia you have captured my heart.  What a wonderful small town that is truly anything but.  Eddie Ross described it perfectly in his presentation at the Thomasville Antique Show when he said it was a perfect untouched small town.  It is quaint, charming and full of incredible, warm people and one thriving business after another.  Home to more southern brands than I can count I was treated to an exceptional weekend filled with wonderful food, many trips to the antique show, a charming brick street downtown and a wonderful stay at 1884 Paxton House Inn all put together by the incredible Lee Cox.

I had the pleasure of meeting Lee at this year's Southern C Summit but was very familiar with him and his work as the owner of Mallards Nest Design.  When he extended the invitation to attend the antique show I jumped at the opportunity having wanted to visit Thomasville for quite some time.  I arrived just before lunch on Friday and was greeted at The Paxton with a wonderful agenda of lots to see, do and attend.  We hit the ground running and truly didn't end the adventures until I drove out of town on Sunday afternoon.

My favorite part of the weekend was a delicious dinner at Lee's new home.  It was hard to believe he moved in the week before as the entire home was styled and set perfectly.  I fell in love with his home and its mix of old and new.  I loved his use of blue and white (I know, shocking) along with art he painted, antiques and incredible rugs collected on trips to Paris. We were greeted with music, a candle lit walkway and a home full of some of his favorite people.  I felt so honored to be treated to a wonderful evening I will not soon forget.

We started the evening snacking on a cheese plate filled with Sweet Grass Dairy cheese, crackers, pecans and accompanied by Lee's famous popcorn.  I could have sat in the living room all evening chatting and eating popcorn.  You will most likely see it on repeat in all of my future appetizer photographs.  It was de-licious. 

After cocktail hour we were seated at a stunning table styled so beautifully.  From the orchids in an oyster container and beautiful twig candles from The Vine, to the Emily McCarthy monogram napkins to the beautiful place cards not one detail was left out.

We dined on a wonderful first course, lump crab meat over puree avocado and Greek yogurt with arugula and Pecan Ridge Oil.  We were then served chicken piccata, goat cheese whipped potatoes and sauteed spinach.  One of my favorite things was the incredible dessert, a berry cheesecake tart from Mom and Dads of Thomasville.  I ate every single bite that was laid before me and enjoyed every single moment.  The evening was truly spectacular and reminded me why I love to entertain.  The memories made are so precious.

Lee, you have a gift.  You are a talented designer and a wonderful host.  Your home was perfect in every way and the evening was a wonderful treat. The dinner music, the candlelight, the wonderful dinner guests, the conversations and most of all the gift of spending it all with you.

Happy Tuesday to all!

Photos by Kristen Hechler

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