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 its beautiful 19th-century houses and lovely gardens. Discover Macon during the Hay House Spring Stroll of Macon Houses and Gardens from May 6th to 8th and come to one of my keynote lectures on May 6th and 7th at 2:30pm. For details, contact www.HayHousemacon.org or call (478) 742-8155.
Macon is such a trove of fine architecture and antiques employed in highly individual interiors that I included three houses from the city in my book Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques. One is a spectacular Italian baroque style villa designed in the 1920s by revered Southern architects Philip Trammel Shutze and Neel Reid.
Today the villa is owned by Charlestonian Tommy Bennett, who has brought an eclectic and minimalist approach to decorating the house. “The architecture is so strong that it doesn’t need any jewelry,” he says.
An equally fascinating dwelling is composed of a mid 19th-century that was once Macon’s waterworks station. Present-day inhabitants preservationists Chris Howard and Carey Pickard have decorated the interior—where most walls are rugged brick—with gilt sconces, antiques both fine and simple, and a crystal chandelier.
They have also done extensive landscaping, taking advantage of the sloping site and cistern to create a dramatic garden with Italianate structure.
In an 1854 cottage on College Street, one of the richest veins of fine architecture in the city, artist Joe Adams and his wife Evelyn decorate with an eye to color, shape, and composition.
The front parlor gets a dose of bold style with a European tapestry, mounted Kudu head, gilded console with massive lions-paw feet, and collection of Chinese jars. The kitchen sitting room has a much quieter appearance, appropriate for sipping coffee and gradually awakening.
All of these houses are featured in my book and lecture, so if you like what you see, please come. And then you, too, can discover the magic of Macon!