As it is every year, we Rutledges spend our Thanksgiving holiday on our family farm - Droptine Farm. It's a laid back holiday for us that usually consists of hunting, four-wheelers, camo clothing, bonfires, phase ten, and lots of food. This year I've decided to list a few bits of things I'm thankful for...
both of my parents - alive and well - my family in general
my two sweet puppies, flower and bowser
breakfast dinners and my sweet manfriend who makes them
a warm bed to sleep in at night
fish tacos...or any LATIN food...ever. mexican...cuban...etc.
traveling - I am grateful to see the world a bit at a time
my ever-changing home + antique and design world i've fallen into
the antique business and the warm people I've met while doing it
NY magazine crosswords
really addicting TV shows that never get old [*cough* Gilmore Girls]
my outrageous porch + being outside on it with friends
really great wine...all the time. everyday. #wino
music that moves me - preferably with a fiddle or banjo
The magazine that I currently write for, recently decided to use less copy and more visuals to attract readership. This means, less words for me to write and more photography. Apparently, our educated society isn't as partial to written word as it once was. I have a bittersweet feeling towards this concept. I, for one, have noticed a change in my own blog. What was once a place for me to daily practice my writing skills, has become a forum of photos - where pictures tell my story and words are almost obsolete. However, I do miss writing. In regards to the magazine, I'm sad because I will rarely get the opportunity to write the lengthy articles or interviews I had grown accustomed to. But perhaps, this has become a trend in my life and obviously in others around me?
Then I noticed that I hadn't read a book in months [maybe even a year-ish]. I thought for a moment because surely I was mistaken, but, no. I seriously haven't read a book in almost a year. I mean, I am/was a self-declared book worm. Growing up, I would read every night before I fell asleep. I collect vintage books for goodness sake. Am I stimulated more by photos and art than by words? I call myself a writer and a book worm, but have I simply become lazy? Have our readers? Needless to say, my apologies for the lack of words. I'm off to read a book. Is it bad that my choice will probably be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?
Shockingly enough, I have to add a photo. Here is a picture of my newly purchased typewriter that Bill won for me at one of my recent auctions. Please disregard the outrageous amount dust...it didn't show up until the flash hit it jussst right.
I'm truly enjoying all large-scale, eye-catching art pieces, bookcases built into stairwells, and indoor/outdoor kitchens. Also, who doesn't love that ship chandelier? Would you come live here with me?
I don't really like surprise gifts. Well...I don't like my family, specifically, spending money on things they think I might like. I would rather someone buy me nothing and save their money than take a shot in the dark...and miss. My mother finds this idea to be outrageous and rude. It isn't of the social-norm and I'm aware of that, but I find it as time-saving and efficient. I have discovered the most amazing website. WISTS.COM - I will let the website explain itself. My wist is revolving over on the right-hand side of the screen [ahem, mother]. Some large items on the wist: an espresso machine, a table saw, and doggie what-nots. Feel free to peruse.
Amongst my favorite magazines - New York Magazine, Garden & Gun Magazine, and Real Simple [I have a little domestic-ness inside of me] - is my favorite indie fashion mag, Nylon Magazine. I fell in love with this magazine my sophomore year of college and never looked back. The artwork and layouts are unique and brilliant. I love the blurby articles that touch on nostalgic movies and books and still seem to tie fashion in there somewhere. Their stylists are genius and correctly mix street fashion with the runways. It's young, intelligent, and in tune with music as much as clothing. This past month, they wrote about the coolest cities in the US - Nashville being one of them. I was on my way to Boston when I finally opened up the issue - only to discover several people, places, and bands I've come in contact with in the past. It made me proud. Amongst the list: Nashville's Dead, Halcyon Bike Shop, Imogene + Willie, Heavy Cream [my friend Andrew's little sister's band - I cannot believe it], Burger Up, Athens, Ten Out of Tenn, and Mas Tacos. I have written an article for Nashville Lifestyles about Burger Up, did an interview with Trent Dabbs from Ten out of Tenn for Nashville Lifestyles, and an article on Madi Diaz from Ten Out of Tenn for Fringe Magazine. I also like to eat Mas Tacos annnnd Athens is right beside my house. It's nice to have national coverage of my home that I love so much. Yay Nashville.
hello and welcome. what once were the tales of a southern girl living in the big city, are now the stories of my life back in my hometown of Nashville, TN. here you'll find a collage of interior design , DIYs, musical happenings, and occasional peeks into my own life. for inquiries contact me: hotchildinthecountry [at] gmail [dot] com --- enjoy!!