BY JENIFER TAYLOR | PHOTOS BY ANDREW BROOKS PHOTOGRAPHY
Wes and Betsy Griffith’s family retreat in historic Macon is full of intimate spaces and handcrafted details.
Wes and Betsy Griffith were kind enough to take a few minutes out of their busy schedule to give a tour of their beautiful home. Their historic home was first built for the family of Charlie Farmers in 1938 by W. Elliot Dunwody, Jr. Wes and Betsy decorated their home, themselves, with historical pieces they love. They share their home with their two boys, Wyatt, 22 months; Jackson, five months; and Billie, their beloved family dog, a six year old German Short Hair Pointer.
Indeed, when Wes and Betsy were choosing their home, their uppermost thoughts were to find the perfect place where they could spend quality family time as well as the perfect place for their beloved antiques. Their collection includes family
heirlooms as well as new finds of their own. Their most cherished pieces are a 19th century pie safe, that belonged to Betsy’s grandparents, a five foot round coffee table, their paintings by local artist Teresa Griffith, Wes’ mother, and their oriental rugs. Wyatt’s favorite? The coffee table. It is durable enough to withstand his boisterous play. Betsy said, “The coffee table was originally in our loft, and we were able to use it in our den when we moved here.”
The house is packed with hand-picked antiques and taxidermy, reflecting the family’s interests. At age 15, Wes’ father took him on a hunting trip to Africa. They practiced shooting with bow and arrows for six months prior to the safari. The animal mounts on the wall were the result of that memorable trip. They add character to the walls and also help you understand this family and what is important to them.
Creating a stylish environment has not been limited to their home. Wes and Betsy’s taste is also reflected in the three businesses they own, The Rookery, The Armory Ballroom and Dovetail. When the couple purchased the Rookery, they designed it together. The result gives off a stylish English pub aesthetic. The Armory Ballroom reflects the epitome of southern elegance. Wes designed the polished space for their newest endeavor, the Dovetail, located above the Rookery on Cherry Street. In strong contrast to the Rookery, Wes used a palette of white and beige, complimented with shining hardwood to create a sophisticated and sleek environment that gives a big-city energy to the eatery.
The Griffiths spend most of their time in the den or kitchen. “We also eat at the Rookery a lot too since it’s a family-friendly restaurant,” added Betsy. Although, they love walking around the neighborhood and participating in the various activities available, when the weather permits. Betsy says she loves the neighborhood and how everyone participates in the fun!
As if their multiple businesses were not enough for this active couple, they are on the committees of several boards. Betsy is on the Historic Macon Board and Wes is on the Chamber of Commerce Board.#