April 20, 2014
by Diana

Decatur garden tour 2014

Decatur Garden Tour 2014

It’s time again for one of my favorite spring activities, the annual tour of Decatur gardens.
This year’s 26th anniversary tour dates are April 26 and 27th. The theme is the woodland garden and features eight private gardens and three public treasures: the Wylde Center, Hawk Hollow, and the Woodlands Garden. There will be plant sales at two locations, a children’s art market, musical performances and an opportunity to take in our presenting sponsors beautiful rose garden by candlelight Saturday evening.

Lovely Rose Hill, home and garden of tour sponsors Chris Fichtel and Liam Simmons is featured on Saturday evening.

A favorite of mine is the Woodlands Garden, a seven-acre nature preserve tucked away behind a busy Decatur intersection. Massive oaks and towering tulip trees protect understory shrubs and wildflowers along winding trails. Take a walk through the woods to see different plants during different seasons. Open to the public throughout the year, it is a wonderful forest getaway right in the city!

Mileybright Farmhouse has a large kitchen garden. I get most of my heirloom tomato plants, specialty peppers and herbs from the Wylde Center at the Oakhurst Community Garden. Always fun to visit the chickens and see the active bee hives at this garden.

For more information visit the Decatur Garden Tour website.

November 14, 2013
by Diana


At last, a fun dining option a short walk from Mileybright Farmhouse. Jim Stacy, a favorite dining critic, TV personality and corndog vendor has opened Pallookaville in Avondale Estates. For families and adults alike. Yummy.
Link to Pallookaville Facebook page for updates.

November 14, 2013
by Diana

Photography location

Michael Nelson and crew returned to Mileybright Farmhouse for another location photo shoot. They were here in the spring to shoot romantic novel covers in the garden. This autumn visit was to photograph interior shots in the Judge Candler guest room, hallway and on the staircase. The digital proofs I saw were very dramatic. The young models, so beautiful! We look forward to seeing the finished images, including some for me to use on this website.

Here are two images from the spring visit. Link to see Michael’s portfolio.

September 5, 2013
by Diana

fresh paint!

apartment bedroom with queen bed

We finished the exterior painting, so it is now time to update the interiors. Joe and I knocked out painting one of the apartment bedrooms in one day. With the addition of new artwork, this small guest room is ready for our next visitor.

We also had the vintage sofa and chair seat cushions reupholstered in brown leather. Found wonderful needlepoint pillows of red tail hawks at our neighborhood consignment shop, Finders Keepers. Hawks and falcons are often seen souring over Mileybright Farmhouse.
apartment vintage sofa

photo gallery

September 4, 2013 by Diana

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virtual tour of guest rooms

Follow arrows to move around rooms, down the hall to Judge Candler’s bedroom, up the stairs to Florie’s bedroom, and out the front door to the veranda. Watch for Lucky siting on the post in the hallway.

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August 30, 2013
by Diana

Busy weekend at Mileybright

Once again it is time for the Decatur Book Festival – the largest in the nation. We have a few authors staying with us this weekend! Our other guests are here for another major event this weekend, Dragon Con. What else is happening? Chick fil a football, NASCAR, and gay pride. Wow, something for everyone.
dragon con

May 10, 2013
by Diana

Art B Que in Avondale Estates

art b que
Mothers Day weekend (May 11-12) in Avondale Estates means it’s time once again for Art B Que. What can be better than small town arts festival with great bar-b-que and music? Two full days of music! Bonus, one of our guests, Ted, is playing in a band, Bas Clas, at 4pm on Saturday. Artist studios will be open to tour as well as artist booths set up in the street. Lots of fun and not to be missed.
Link to more information about Art B Que.

March 29, 2013
by Diana

Decatur Garden Tour

It’s Spring, finally! Time for the Decatur Garden Tour 2013, Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28.
decatur garden tour
Fifteen gardens are on the tour including the Oakhurst Community Garden, where I buy my baby plants for our farmhouse garden. Other favorite gardens on the tour are Ryan Gainey’s back yard, and the Woodlands Garden (a forest stroll in the city). For more information about the gardens and tour hours link to Decatur Garden Tour.
Michele at Ryan Gaineys