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Annie Williams and Her Nashville Pad

There are pups and chickens, too.

For most of us, living locally means schlepping a bag of kale back from the farmers’ market. For the Tennessee-based leather-goods designer Annie Williams? It’s raising chickens a stone’s throw from her bedroom. The designer and her super-handy husband Ben live in a community house with three friends, complete with piles of home-grown veggies and refurbished mopeds. Sound like a dream? We think so, too. Nashville, here we come. —carlye wisel

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“Our house is a part of The Nashville Greenlands, which is run by Carl Meyer and Pam Beziat—they have started and developed Catholic Worker-type houses in North Nashville. We live with three other great women who are involved in the community.”

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“Pam grows peaches at her community house, and this is us harvesting them this summer.”

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“Ben, my husband, has set up a system to irrigate our garden with rainwater. Out on our property, we will be catching all of our water for drinking, showering, processing sewage, and watering the garden.”

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“Our dogs are Copper and Macy—they’re our children.”

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“We have four hens and one rooster. We have 11 fertilized eggs right now and are excited to hatch the chicks and put lots of chickens on our new property. Here’s me with Smarty Pants, our Americana chicken. She lays blue eggs.”

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“I have the problem with collecting instruments. My mom just found a vintage junior accordion for me.”

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“We’ve tried to cram most everything we own into one room, but our room is spacious and still really comfortable.”

Come back tomorrow for Annie’s made-in-TN edition! Do it!

Photos by Nicole Irene.