Notes From Home

"The earth laughs in flowers" - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Ah Summer! It certainly has an abundance of flowers and you can always hear the laughter of children at play during this season. You can also see that some laughter ensued while shooting the photo on this page at the farm of one of our featured homes. What delightful fun it was to feed the dwarf goats and try, unsuccessfully, to get them to stay calm and to stay down. Fortunately, my clothing was washable.

We have three outstanding homes that are so very unique and exquisitely represent the dreams of their owners. The farm is a labor of love for two very creative fellows who had a boundless vision for not only the home, but also the surrounding property. I can’t wait to see how a portion of their acreage develops into a flower-cutting farm.

The owners of a lovely home at The Reserve on Lake Keowee wanted a place to settle after many years spent in and out of the country. A place where their grown children and grandchildren would choose to visit often with plenty of amenities to keep them active. You’ll surely agree that they have achieved that dream.

Then there’s the couple that didn’t plan to have more than two or three acres and ended up with seven. Plus they went from an historic home in St. Louis to a new build that echoes the exterior of a famous actor’s California home they admired. Plenty of covered porch space allows for the outdoor living they desired for themselves and their two treasured dogs.

We have garlands of blooms to inspire your creativity for floral decorating. Reviews of cookbooks for at home and at the beach.

Some refreshing pitcher drinks to share with your guests and some delectable pies to accompany them. Places to shop while traveling to or near Aiken, and some colors to inspire decorating your abode.

An additional very special feature includes another farm. This one is an historic farm that has been home to the Hopkins family since 1834. We are fortunate to be able to highlight the wedding of the Hopkins’ daughter.

Please enjoy these articles and all the rest that grace the pages of our summer issue.

We’ll look forward to bringing you more in September.

Feel free to contact me at or call 864.679.1200 and leave me a message. I always welcome your comments and suggestions.



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