"Mom, do you know the way?"

Hello friends. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
It was a quiet one here at home.  Just the four of us attempting to slow down, relax & reconnect.
Lisa Porter
The holiday season began with the guys doing...well, guy stuff.  Watching games, stacking the wood pile, cleaning and storing away the Weber and lawn equipment for the winter, you know.
The Steward
I held off on jumping into the Christmas decorations, besides, Taylor and I were in the mood for a little excursion.  We headed down south through the Daniel Boone Forest to a homestead that sits along the banks of the Rockcastle River.
 She had the trip mapped out just in case I didn't know the way. 
Taylor Porter
Not to worry honey, I know the way. 
Taylor Porter
A very special & unique family has called this place home for more than fifty years and I could hardly wait to introduce Taylor. Good thing she brought her camera. I love the way she captured the day!
Taylor Porter
At the very heart of the family is Lucille Carloftis, who happens to have an elegant carriage house!  Lucille is a beautiful, strong, elegant woman who warmly welcomes guests to "Come in and stay a while." She is also quite the storyteller and has recently published her book titled, A Beautiful Journey.
Taylor Porter
The Carloftis homestead is a rolling plot of 50 acres.
It is also home to one of Kentucky's best kept secrets, The Rockcastle River Trading Company.
Taylor Porter
Remarkable handmade pottery lines the walkway leading up to the barn-red store owned by Lucille and her famed garden designer son, Jon Carloftis.
This place is just as beautful in the late autumn as it was when
 I first visited last spring.
Taylor Porter
To the left of the store, an early American vegetable and herb garden are centered on a restored blacksmith shop.
Taylor Porter
To the right a potting shed, once the centerpiece of the Southeastern Flower Show in Atlanta, Georgia. This day it was where Granddaughter Carly was serving up her homemade soup!
 Fountains and urns, sundials and ironware are creatively incorporated among the gardens for shoppers to browse and purchase.
Garden tools, statuary, pottery, casual and outdoor furniture and garden supplies, to satisfy the the most discriminating gardener.
A small allee of trees and one of many sweet animals were inviting Taylor up the front steps.
Taylor Porter
At the very heart of the store is Lucille Carloftis. She pays close attention to every detail and Jon personally handpicks the finest goods for both home & garden.
Enter here and you will find find Peacock Alley (sheets and bedding), Match (fine Italian pewter tableware, frames, and bathroom accessories), and Vietri (Italian tableware and cookware). While we visited, (see us in the reflection) Lucille wrang me up on her fabulous antique cash register.
You'll also find the best of Palecek and Jamie Young (table and floor lamps), Pre de Provence (French- milled soaps and lotions), Elizabeth W (perfumes from San Francisco), Trapp candles, glass bell jars, and many one of a kind antiques and artisan wares.
As much as she loves to have you look around the shop, she also urges you to roam the grounds and explore the beautiful gardens that Jon has designed to showcase the property. Lucky for us, they were having their annual Holiday Open House.
Before the sun went down, Taylor meandered across the wooden footbridge back through the carriage house from the store, to the back porch of the Carloftis family home.
Taylor Porter
 The house is based on actual historic plans for a Massachusetts salt box design. Scattered here and there were a few of the outdoor toys & games that all six of the Carloftis children and eight grandchildren have loved on for several generations.
Taylor Porter
Taylor Porter
Taylor Porter
Before heading home, we spent another hour saying our goodbyes to several generations of this warm & friendly, entrepreneurial & adventurous family.
Taylor & I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Being around them for the day reminded us that the greatest adventure of our lives should alway be finding our way back home.
We did.
Lisa Porter
We arrived home to a roaring fire and a hungry bunch at the Porter house.
Lisa Porter
Some hungrier than others.
Lisa Porter
It was just the four of us so dinner preparations were all pulled together the day before.
The turkey was in the oven, the pies were cooling on the rack. The conversations about the day filled the rooms of our beloved home.
Lisa Porter
As Taylor and I were setting the table, my heart was grateful for so much & I was grateful that she gladly wanted to help.
Lisa Porter
Remembering the legacy of love and traditions passed down through generations.
Lisa Porter
Offering grace for the bounty we were about to sit down to.
Lisa Porter
We have so much to be thankful for.  So much about which to smile, so much to share.  So much, that in this season of plenty, all we pray for is that we will not forget what He has done.
Lisa Porter
I hope this Thanksgiving finds you exactly where you want to be & I appreciate that you have taken the time to stop by for a visit.
xo Lisa

Join me at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday to see some of the prettiest tables set by incredible hostesses around the world!


Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

This post is absolutely wonderful. Would love to go there. Great that you and your daughter could have such a good time together. Your table is beautiful!
Have a great erst of the weekend.

Town and Country Mom said...

What a lovely post, Lisa. I am definitely adding the Rockcastle River Trading Company to my list of "must dos" whenever I'm in Kentucky. Your day looks delightful, and all the photos are wonderful. Thank you!

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

I loved every word. So wonderful... a charming visit. Thanks + love to you Lisa! oxo

Renae said...

What a lovely way to spend the day and even better to have your sweet daughter with you who is a beautiful photographer. I love your home, so inviting and your table, so lovely. Many blessings to you and yours.
xo R

Millie said...

A truly wonderful post dear Lisa. I'm so glad your Thanksgiving was spent in such a magical way. Your table looked superb, so warm & inviting. And tell Taylor her images are just fabulous, especially the old Radio Flyer!
Millie ^_^

LPC said...

Beautiful photos. Thank you.

Nikki Arana said...

This photographer has talent!

Bonnie said...

Thank you for inviting us along your journey to Carloftis Gardens. The pictures your daughter Taylor took are beautiful. Your table and home decor is so pretty. I'm glad to hear you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving with your lovely family!

Coty Farquhar said...

Absolutely beautiful post Lisa, Taylor's photographs are just beautiful as well (don't forget to watermark them with her name)
You have captured Thanksgiving, your table setting and your home with such warmth. I really wish we in Australia celebrated Thanksgiving, I know we can be thankful each and every day for all the blessings we have, but there is certainly something very special about Thanksgiving Day in your country.

I'm so thankful for blogging and meeting so many beautiful, beautiful people around the world who share their world with us.
xx Coty

Farmgirl Paints said...

What a wonderful thankful day. I love the fieldtrip you took. So many great pictures. And your table was just lovely. Thanks for sharing such a special day.

JMW said...

What a gorgeous post! I'm so envious that you went to the Carloftis farm. That's a place I need to visit. Your home looks lovely - I especially love the wreath with the antlers. Where did you get that?

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Lisa, this is sooo beautiful...the story and the tablesetting! I love the books, the pinecones...the horse. It's so warm and inviting.
What a wonderful day spent with family...those are the best days of all! :)
Each time I visit your blog and see the beautiful pictures of your area of the country, I want to pack up and move to Kentucky! LOL I think I mentioned once before in a comment, the photo from Southern Accents of the front porch at Gainesway Farm was the inspiration photo my contractors used to build my front porch. I always love seeing that pic on your sidebar when I visit. :)
So glad you joined in Tablescape Thursday! Your table setting and post are so perfect for this time of year.

Bill said...

Such beauty, Lisa! Thank you for taking us along and for sharing your wonderful Thanksgiving table. The photographs are stunning! What a wonderful calendar they'd make! Or greeting cards ... or framed art!

Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.