I have seen James T. Farmer III several times and each time I am charmed and inspired. And greatly awed by him. James is the quintessential Southern gentleman with a smile that will melt you and a wit that will keep you laughing the next day. He is an Auburn University grad, majoring in horticulture and art history. He's also an interior decorator, landscape designer, writer, cook, and event planner. And currently an editor at large for Southern Living.
Here's an image from his blog, "All Things Farmer". This post gives us behind the scenes looks at his latest Southern Living article. Isn't this beautiful?
Here's another photo from his blog. I love this tablescape featuring a stuffed fox on a Thanksgiving table. I'm ok with taxidermy on a dining table, how about you?
This image of his landscaping ability makes my mouth water. I just love this!!!!
Last week, he presented at Janus et Cie at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Company, and I took a dear friend who promptly fell under his spell, as well.
He began with a quick demonstration of a wonderful fall floral arrangement.
He started with sweet gum in a long, ceramic pot,
added Free Spirit roses and hydrangeas,
and highlighted it all with some bright blue and purple.
The second part of his presentation was several recipes from his several cookbooks.
His newest is this really great one, published by Smith, Gibbs. The photography is lovely and you will be so taken with his stories describing the recipes and the events. It is dedicated to his grandmother, whom he speaks about lovingly and often. She was clearly a huge influence in his love of entertaining.
Here's the platter of autumn chicken salad he prepared for us. Note how the addition of the apple and sweet gum leaf makes the platter look so appealing.
And here's my favorite souvenir of the day! A hug from the sweet guy himself!