“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”
I got to spend the weekend in Tennessee visiting with four of my favorite mamas. Amanda, Jen, Nikki and Esty. They’re names feel like lyrics when I say them out loud. 🙂
They, too, are adopting children from (or have already adopted children from) Three Angels Children’s Relief in Haiti. Their kiddos are like brothers and sisters to our Sweet P…
…which makes them my Sisters…which makes me reeeeeally really smiley. 🙂
They came in from all over the country…Idaho, Ohio, Alabama, Florida…and it was so good to see them right there…under the same patch of sky. In the same living room, squished together on the same sofa. In the same restaurant, gathered around the same happy table. It felt therapeutic to lose track of time with them in those places. We talked and talked, and ate and ate, and they filled my heart with so much love, I could literally feel its seams stretching, too.
The friendly folks at Shelter & Roost were so sweet to provide the accommodations for our getaway this year.
The mamas stayed at Leiper’s Fork Inn, and Kevin and I stayed in a cabin called NEST. You’ve heard the lyrics, “Over the river and through the woods”? Well, NEST sits a half a mile deep in the woods (3 miles from downtown Leiper’s Fork), and you literally drive through two little creeks to get to and from it. I’m sure our Sweet P would’ve thought it was the coolest adventure!
I couldn’t resist sticking my feet in the water one morning….brrrr! It was ice cold! 😀
(photo: Shelter & Roost)
NEST is suuuuuuper secluded (there’s only one other house on the same road) and I had so much fun snapping photos of the place before I hung out with the mamas each day.
There were lots of big (undressed) windows and the cabin is surrounded by a canopy of leafy trees right now, so the natural light was diffused during the day- the perfect combination for taking evenly lit interior photos.
There are two twin beds up in the loft, and they’re backed by a wall full of (real!) old books.
Here is a photo from their VRBO.com listing so you can see what the whole wall looks like:
Isn’t that darling?! I love how they stacked them. I sort of think I need a wall of old books somewhere now. 😉
The details are always my favorite…this little glass lamp…
…the names and dates scratched into the top of the kitchen island…the combination of fabrics on the armchair in the living room.
The wagon wheel turned wall art…the check-bottomed curtains in the bedroom downstairs.
The small, simple collection of dishes on the (only) shelves in the small, simple kitchen…
The tiny table and stool set, in the center of the living room floor…
That Nashville Baking Co. crate, and the straw hats hanging on branch hooks…
Every room felt like such a breath of fresh air!
Kim from City Farmhouse did a great job decorating the place. The light fixture that mimicked the rain shower bath fixture made me smile every time!
And that reminds me, if you find yourself in the Franklin/Leiper’s Fork area, you must visit City Farmhouse in their new location at The Factory (230 Franklin Blvd.). There are several other fun shops in the same building, and Deann Hebert paints and sells her paintings there too. (Meeting her was one of the highlights of this trip, and I can’t wait to share a post about her as well!)
Oh! You also MUST go to Puckett’s Grocery in Franklin (120 4th Avenue S.) and try their Piggy Mac. It’s cherry-smoked pulled pork topped with gouda mac n’ cheese, and it is seriously one of (if not the) best things I’ve ever eaten. No joke. My mouth is watering just typing about it! 😛
Do you have a Franklin/Leipers Fork favorite? I’d love to learn more about that magical place!