Halloween in historic franklin

If you’re going to spend Halloween week in Franklin here are a few things you should know:


Planning on or decorating your own house with pumpkins? Head over to Betty Reed’s on 4th Ave for the most diverse selection. While you’re there, pick up some local produce and Tennessee chow-chow.


Looking for the best trick-or-treating in town? Two words: West Main.
Maybe I’m biased having lived on West Main for several years, but take my advice and I’m certain you’ll be dazzled by all the homes truly “in the spirit of things.”
Oh – and don’t miss the haunted house all the way down West Main at Lillihouse…

Vanished, but not forgotten, those who have walked West Main on previous Halloweens may tell stories of a house with an enchanted forest once stalked by the big bad wolf, graced by red riding hood, snow white, and the evil queen, and haunted by the headless horseman. Ahhhh memories….


Happy Halloween, West Main!

Freaks, friendship & halloween

Five years ago this month my beautiful, intelligent and oh-so-talented friend Lindsay and I bonded over our mutual love of food, classic movies and Halloween.

Lindsay made an unforgettable sweet potato gnocchi with a sage browned butter, we watched the cult-classic, Freaks, and shared secrets over red wine.

This weekend we holed ourselves up at Lindsay’s house for dinner, wine and another classic halloween movie. It’s amazing to think about what’s changed in the past five years! We’re both married, Lindsay has two lovely daughters and we’re both nesting in our first homes (or both about to be anyway!)


This year, Lindsay’s dinner couldn’t have been more appropriate for the spooky season… Squid ink pasta with butternut squash and spicy sausage….DELICIOUS.

So many things I admire about Linds – her intelligence, her elegance, her creativity and artistic nature; she has superb taste and a limitless imagination.

I’m so thankful for our friendship and I especially look forward to many more Halloweens together….



friday favorites: halloween costumes

4e87e55e63f6078176f78abd129e5979Fall is my favorite time of year! I love everything about this season and I especially love Halloween…

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
– Author Unknown

Will you be dressing up this year? What will be your masquerade? Here are a few of my favorite costume ideas from Pinterest

Follow Lauren Brady’s board Costume on Pinterest.

An apple picking day in ellijay

Apple picking this weekend was a first for me. I’ve picked cotton, blackberries, blueberries, limes and oranges, but never apples. The day was ripe for picking – cool, clear and crisp without a cloud in the sky… experiencing this “first” alongside my nephew, Asher, made the adventure even more enchanting!

I suppose pictures are worth 1000 words, so I’ll just let you see for yourself…

Major props to my brother-in-law, Ben, for those last 5 gorgeous photos!  Oh, and for the sake of reference… we spent the day picking apples at B.J. Reece Orchards in Ellijay, GA


Several years ago my husband and I stumbled across the community of Serenbe. We were completely enchanted as we wandered around the peaceful secluded community. Over and over again we talked about what a perfect place it would be for my sister’s family to live.IMG_0082

A year or two later, as they were seriously considering their move to the Atlanta area, we introduced them to Serenbe. They instantly fell in love and have been renting a beautiful farmhouse ever since.

However, it is said that all good things must come to an end…

This weekend was bittersweet as I helped my sister begin packing. I realized, though it wouldn’t be my last time to visit Serenbe, it would be my last time to visit Serenbe at their house.

While we’ve made many memories simply by visiting them – they’ve certainly made many more memories by making Serenbe their home. Beautiful hikes through the wooded trails to the waterfall and to the tree house, feeding the horses, goats, pigs, and rabbits, shopping the Saturday morning farmer’s market, and even shooting a short film on site, many memories have been made, indeed.

There is so much to learn and experience here, so much beauty. Fittingly, the evening provided a most lovely farewell with it’s stunning sunset over the lake…

More photographs from my various visits to the Serenbe community can be found on my photography page.


puppy portraits

Skimming through my Lightroom library, I realized I have an awful lot of puppy portraits in my collection! I thought I’d post a few of my very favorites just for fun… enjoy!