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Magnificent Mantels | Kentucky Monthly Magazine – Dec/Jan 2017

  • December 17, 2017

We welcomed Abby Laub of Kentucky Monthly at Botherum to give their readers our tips on dressing up their mantels for the holidays. With a simple trip through the backyard, we gathered freshly cut Southern magnolia, skip laurel and Norway spruce and arranged them on the mantel. Adding bits of holiday colors like golds and browns and whites, some flowers here, some ornaments there… you can create a breathtaking center piece for you room!

Read all about it here →



Botherum featured in One Kings Lane: A Designer’s Historic Southern Escape

  • June 28, 2017

We’re beyond thrilled to be featured in this week’s DECORATING & ENTERTAINING IDEAS for One Kings Lane! If you aren’t familiar with One Kings Lane, what we find so impressive is how they love to celebrate the individual style of each designer they feature, letting their own unique perspective shine through. Each is different and each is all so beautiful…

The following is the full article, but please check out for links to some really great decorating ideas, all based on the styles found in Botherum.

A Designer’s Historic Southern Escape

Beneath a magnificent ginkgo stands a Greek Revival home surrounded by mowed grass, hedged boxwoods, and a limestone wall separating it from a neighborhood of Victorians just beyond. Fast asleep on its gated drive are Gertrude and Lily, two yellow Labradors who, if prompted, rush to greet all who enter the compound known as Historic Botherum. A Lincoln-era property situated in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky, it belongs to landscape designer Jon Carloftis and his partner, Dale Fisher. During the past five years, they’ve worked as a team to restore the home and its surrounding grounds to a contemporary version of its former glory.

“We wanted to preserve as much of it as we could,” says Jon. “We didn’t want to ruin what was already in play with a full-on renovation.” And so floors were buffed and topped with five coats of tung oil, fixtures were taken out, polished, and reinstalled, and the existing layout was maintained. Of course, there were a few exceptions—enhancements, rather, made in the interest of Southern comfort. A saltwater pool wasn’t included in the original plans, but one was added, albeit carefully screened by a period-appropriate plantscape. Claw-foot tubs? None here. Jon prefers showers to soaks and felt no need to indulge in antiquated frivolities. “It’s not like we’re living in a museum,” he laughs.

And therein lies the true story of Botherum as it exists today. Preserved but not dead, it is a portrait of the couple who live there, reflecting their infectious personalities as much as it does a glorified past. Order and chaos can be found throughout the home’s interior, highlighting Jon and Dale’s shared sense of humor but different ways of being. “When I was a kid,” Jon says, “I was outside romping around and chasing butterflies. Dale, on the other hand, was most likely very much inside, ironing his socks.” Laughter ensues, reverberating off a marble bust strung with colorful beads, a taxidermy bison affectionately called Otis, and an antique sideboard covered in birds’ nests saved from transplanted trees. Rarely does a home possess so much character. See their inspiring mix below:

One Kings Lane-Botherum foyer

One Kings Lane-Botherum-Ionic columns

One Kings Lane-Botherum-Ionic columns

One Kings Lane-Botherum-bar

One Kings Lane-Botherum One Kings Lane-Botherum-Dining Room

One Kings Lane-Botherum-cabinet showcase

One Kings Lane-Botherum-master bedroom

One Kings Lane-Botherum-Japanese paintings

One Kings Lane-Botherum-guest room

One Kings Lane-Botherum-butler’s chest

One Kings Lane-Botherum-bathroom

One Kings Lane-Botherum-kitchen

One Kings Lane-Botherum-window nook

One Kings Lane-Botherum-pool and entry

[ Shop the Look of Botherum at One Kings Lane ]


The Proven Winners LIFE+STYLE Solstice Celebration was off the charts!

  • July 3, 2015

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, along came the sold out Proven Winners LIFE+STYLE Solstice Celebration event at the Governor’s Mansion hosted by yours truly. It was off the charts!

The rain was hardly even noticed as our guests were captivated by the knowledge and the expertise of our panel of speakers. I would even venture to say that the rain actually made the gardens look even richer and more vibrant for the visitors to enjoy! Everyone seemed to love the new 30 minute session format which the speakers used to pack their talks with super-informative information that was easy to understand and take-away. There was so much to learn about Monarch butterflies, the importance of bees, indoor and outdoor entertaining, creating tablescapes from the garden and so much more. And of course, the food was over the top! The wonderful chefs at the mansion were on their game as they helped make the day even more enjoyable.

We closed with a Kentucky bourbon toast to the history of Bulleit Bourbon and the success of the day with Betsy Bulleit’s famous “BLT” (Bulleit, Lemon, Tonic).

As Executive Director of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, Ann Evans says:

“You know an event was great and the ‘talk of the town’ when you’ve already started to get calls about when is it going to be next year!”

The bonus of the whole day was, of course, that we were later told that the event has now put the First Lady’s preservation fund over the $1 million mark, ensuring a brighter future for the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion for years to come.

Just a quick reminder that we still have two more LIFE+STYLE events coming up later this year at Old Taylor Distillery on Sept. 12th and My Old Kentucky Home/Maker’s Mark Distillery on Oct. 3rd. I know it seems a bit early to be spreading the word, but because these first two events sold out pretty quickly (unfortunately, we had to turn some people away) we just want to make sure you don’t miss out. You can get tickets now at:

Here’s a look through scenes from throughout this wonderful day day.

Holiday Open House at Rockcastle River Trading Co. was 3 days of PURE MAGIC!

  • November 30, 2014

November 20 – November 22, 2014

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Well, what can we say? The Holiday Open House at Rockcastle River Trading Co. was 3 days of PURE MAGIC!

Folks were happy to wander out of the city and into the country to get a first taste of holiday spirit. We were really happy to see so many new faces as well as the faces of many old friends. And everyone learned a little something at the holiday workshops… Val from (The Queen of Bulbs!) from Three Toads Farm was so entertaining and everyone just loved her and what she taught us we can do to liven up our holiday decor!

I could go on, but the pictures on our events page tell the story better. Click here to view more photos!

Holiday Decorating Ideas in This Month’s “A Merry Southern Christmas” Issue of Southern Living Magazine

  • November 19, 2014

Some unique Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens holiday decorating ideas were featured in the December issue of Southern Living Magazine! We’ll have even more great ideas AND show you how to do them in the workshops at the Rockcastle River Trading Company Holiday Open House event tomorrow (November 19th) through Saturday (November 21st). Can’t wait to see you there!

Pick up your copy of Southern Living today for more great Holiday Ideas!




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