A touch of Memphis in Virginia


The living room

We moved back to Virginia (where we’d met in graduate school) from Memphis, TN, (my hometown and my husband’s literary muse). We adore Virginia, especially our corner of it. But when we decided to renew the mid-century modular home on the property, we knew we wanted to bring some of the Memphis flavor to our bucolic setting. A singlewide, no matter how swingin’, still doesn’t suggest My Old Virginia Home.

In honor of our hometown, here are links to two articles I wrote many years ago about some of my favorite Memphis things: Al Green’s Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, and The many homes of The King of Rock and Roll. Virginia can’t even approximate Memphis Barbeque, which we do miss. Though we are lucky to have good BBQ in the neighborhood at The Blue Ridge Pig, just a four-minute drive away. I usually get the smoked turkey, though, out of loyalty.


The Gladys Suite, named in honor of Elvis’s mother.

We love out guest cottage and the vintage fix it provides. In honor of our old Tennessee home, The master bedroom is named The Gladys Suite, after Elvis’s mother. The kitchen is outfitted with period dishware, cutlery,  ceramics, cracker tins, bar ware, aprons, and cookbooks.

The smaller bedroom includes the historically required framed Kennedy brothers photograph.

We embellished the cottage with mid-century finds and country primitives. But we also include modern, excellent coffee. There are some wonderful things about the present day.

We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do!

9 dishes

Dishes from the cottage’s vintage collection.

Champagne Velvet sign from a Memphis Liquor store

Champagne Velvet Beer sign from a Memphis Liquor store


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