In The BNOTP Library: One Man’s Folly by Julia Reed

We interrupt this weekend with a book alert! 🙂  Soooo excited, I can’t help myself. I rarely pre-order books, usually wait until they’ve been out a while and buy them used, but this one sounded so amazing in an article I read recently, I just knew it was going to be wonderful..and it is! My copy just arrived in the mail today and I’m in love!

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In the BNOTP Library: One Man’s Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood
Author: Julia Reed
Hardcover: 224 pages
Book size: 12.3 x 9.4 x 1.1

One Man's Folly by Julia Reed


3 Things I Like About This Book:

  • I haven’t had a chance to read it since it just arrived but the pictures in the book are beyond beautiful!  Some of the rooms are so beautiful, emotions well up inside when looking at them. Why is it some rooms can do that to us?
  • Book showcases the personal home of designer and antique expert, Furlow Gatewood in Americus, Georgia. He has been an associate and antique-buying partner of John Rosselli’s (Bunny Williams’ husband) for over 40 years. This book acutally gives you a look at five homes/buildings on his 11 acre property. Right now I don’t even care what’s written inside. It was worth the price of admission just to see the pictures of these beautiful spaces.
  • If I could only buy one book this entire year, this would be it. Period.

Interesting tidbit: The Foreword and the Afterward are written by Bunny Williams, one of my favorite designers and who authored one of my all-time fave decorating books, An Affair With A House, a book about her own home.  One Man’s Folly is also dedicated to Bunny and her husband John.

You can read more about this book and preview it at Amazon where I normally buy my books, via the picture link below.


You’ll find previously featured books from the BNTOP library here: In The BNOTP Library or just click on the image below.

In the BNOTP Library

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  1. Arell Olson says

    I have got to say, that you have really gotten me hooked on your library! I have been purchasing some of them used, (one can always find great deals on Amazon) and love them all! Thanks so much for sharing your library with us!

    • Thanks, Arell! I love books and love sharing them so that makes my day to hear you’re enjoying these posts and the books I’ve featured from my library. This one is such a treasure, I had to share it right away. I have no doubt it will be a best seller. I know, isn’t Amazon awesome! That’s how I’ve managed to collect so many of the books I have, by buying them used–some for just pennies. Looking forward to sharing the others I have and love. Happy Weekend!

  2. Mine is on my lap — it came yesterday, and I can’t wait to dig in.

    • Ellen, You’re going to love it! I really enjoyed the Foreward by Bunny Williams, love the way she writes! Furlow sounds like a real southern gentleman…so much like the folks I grew up around. I loved it when Bunny said, “He never arrives without his delicious homemade cheese straws, a bag of pecans, pounds of the best bacon ever and a caramel cake.” All those things are so southern, so much like my home town and they bring back so many memories of my childhood. Americus (where he lives) is a pretty, small southern town with lovely older homes.

    • Ellen, Something fun: On page 130 in the book, it’s mentioned that the bed in that room once belong to Bunny Williams…Furlow had sold it to her years before. Then she traded it back to him. I got ot Bunny’s book, An Affair With a House and sure enough, you can see the bed in Bunny’s master bedroom on page 65. 🙂 I wonder what kind of bed Bunny has now in her master bedroom? I hope she stayed with a 4-poster/canopy bed…those are my fave.

  3. It rained here Sunday and I read it cover to cover and will be re-reading many times! Totally fascinating and such a beautiful book. Would give anything to see that in person!

    • Me too, Marsha! Fascinating is right…I could not put it down! You know, when I toured several plantation homes along the James River many years ago (we were in the area having just visited Colonial Williamsburg) I remember we visited one plantation home where there were peacocks everywhere. Wish I could remember which one…I remember it belonged to someone famous in our country’s history, but can’t remember if it was a President or who it was now. Anyway, one of the memorable things about the property was there were peacocks everywhere…really left an impression. I wonder why that was desirable back then…having peacocks roaming your land. Perhaps for their beauty? I loved all the pictures of the peacocks on Furlow Gatewood’s property…really beautiful images!

  4. Oh my gosh, I have been to River Road many years ago also but do not remember the peacocks there. However, I recently toured a plantation home in Mississippi which is in demise right now but hopefully is on its way to restoration and the only inhabitant there is a peacock, Isaac, named for the founder Isaac Ross. The place is Prospect Hill Plantation and they are on facebook if you want to check them out. There are also two posts on my blog from my visit there earlier this month. Totally fascinating story!

  5. Your book choices are lovely. I love decorating books, too. So far my favorite of yours is A Passion for Blue and White….I love anything blue and white. Sometimes it does get a bit disheartening, though, it makes me realize just how much money I don’t have to spend on my little abode…LOL. Good idea about looking for used books on Amazon!

    • Judi, I know we all feel like that sometimes. I still love seeing it all though. It’s fun to find ways to get the look without spending as much…that’s the challenge and the fun. 🙂

  6. Leslie Ridd says

    Look up the book on then go to “look inside”. There are about 30 pictures from the book. It is so beautiful and a lot of blue and white.

  7. “Why is it some rooms can do that to us? Gosh, I don’t know… but I feel it at times too. Unfortunately, NOT my own house and surroundings, however, sorry to say… :o(

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