Archive for the ‘travel’ Category


Come to historic McLellanville, SC

    “Take what’s old and keep it young by making it part of daily life”   That’s the theme of an event coming up on Thursday, February 23, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at The Cottage in McLellanville, SC, just 30 minutes from Charleston. I’ll talk about my book Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and […]

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Magic in Macon

I’m taking my new book and hitting the road next week with lectures and book parties in Macon and Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham and Harpersville, Alabama. Please come if you’re in the area and celebrate the joy of living with heirlooms and antiques. Macon—my first whistle stop—is one of my favorite Southern cities because of […]

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Stirred by Shakers

Imagine a group of Hare Krishnas descending upon a small New England village two hundred years ago. That’s how a witty guide at Hancock Shaker Village described the arrival of the Shakers in Hancock, Massachusetts, in the early 1800s. I’m sure the Shakers made similar impressions in other parts of the country, including Pleasant Hill, […]

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Art of the House: Reflections on Design

  I’m delighted to announce that Art of the House: Reflections on Design (Rizzoli), the long awaited sequel to Bobby McAlpine’s best-selling The Home Within Us, is now available. Written by Bobby McAlpine (McAlpine Tankersley) and Susan Ferrier (McAlpine Booth and Ferrier), this book represents an distinct departure from the portfolio-style book that has dominated […]

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Southern Cosmopolitan Travels: Richmond

Richmond, Virginia: Too much to do, Too little time!   Last week I spent a scant 30 hours in Richmond, Virginia, as a guest of the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club, where I presented a lecture entitled “Southern Style: Town and Country.” This was my second trip to lecture in Richmond, and both times, the short period […]

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Design Destinations: Savannah Style (Part I)

  I first visited Savannah one April nearly twenty years ago with my husband Thomas for our first wedding anniversary. I still remember waking up and walking through the courtyard of our inn, the Eliza Thompson House [elizathompsonhouse.com]and being charmed by cascades of Lady Banksia roses, the sound of bells, and the scent of spring. […]

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Design Destinations: Charleston, S.C.

Run to Charleston if you can to catch this year’s Charleston International Antiques Show (starting this Friday, March 19th and ending Sunday, March 21st), organized by and benefiting Historic Charleston Foundation. If you can’t make it in time for that, then take a walk through the city with the Foundation’s annual Festival of Houses and […]

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Connoisseur-Shop

What do Charleston, Orlando, Palm Beach, Thomasville and Greenville all have in common? A great way to shop for antique majolica, campaign furniture, English silver, French porcelain figures, Ottoman carpets, portrait miniatures of people and their dogs, and more, all in one day…and without wearing out your Blahniks. How? Just plan your trip to any […]

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The Southern Cosmopolitan Travels

I recently had the pleasure of staying in two of the most historic inns in the Blue Ridge Mountains –the Eseeola Lodge in Linville, North Carolina, and the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, North Carolina. Eseeola Lodge . . . The Eseeola Lodge (http://eeseola.com) was built in 1892, four years after the wives of Linville’s developers convinced their husbands to create a resort instead a […]

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The Southern Cosmopolitan:

The Southern Cosmopolitan (Rizzoli: April ’09) takes a fresh look at styles shaping the South’s architecture and interior design today. A selection of luxurious houses from Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, Atlanta, Natchez, Alexandria, and beyond celebrates the sophisticated side of Southern style with a mix of modern art, cherished antiques, and exotic textiles. Featured in […]

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