October 5, 2021

At Home with The Humphreys


Property owners of The Old Oaks Farm and husband and wife duo share their day-to-day during the shelter in place order onset by the pandemic. From navigating video conference calls to exploring new recipes in the kitchen, the Nashville natives adjusted to the nuances of 2020 and give an inside peek with readers of the popular magazine publication, nFocus. Read the full article by visiting: nfocusmagazine.com/emilyandmark

Emily and Mark were asked a series of questions and gave their candid feedback about their extended stay home.

What are you doing to stay connected? 

Mark is running his businesses from the house. There are a lot of video and conference calls, which he takes while walking from room to room, then the patio and backyard to front yard. I have not stayed virtually connected very well, although I have enjoyed a couple of happy hours with arts organizations.

What meal have you made most often? 

I’ve made a lot of spaghetti carbonara, which is one of Mark’s favorites, and french toast, which was new for me. It’s been nice seeing what everyone is cooking.

Have you tackled any projects that were lingering on your to-do list?

My husband surprised me late last year with the purchase of an 1867 Greek Revival home we now call Old Oaks near my family’s farm in Adams, Tennessee. It’s been great timing to manage a complete renovation of the home. It took nearly six weeks just to get the walls and woodwork ready to paint, and we’re working on outbuildings and landscape, so it has been very hands-on and a blessing that Mark hasn’t been traveling back and forth to Dallas every week.

When the Safer at Home order lifts, what’s the first thing you’ll do? 

Go to The Pointe on 30A

What spring fundraising event are you missing most?

It’s depressing to think about all of the organizations that have lost a huge source of funding through events that won’t be rescheduled, so instead of what I’m missing most, I’m looking forward to what’s coming up. We need the performing arts and the balls that fund outreach education programs. If anyone can figure it out how to maneuver these times, it’s Sylvia Bradbury and Vicki Horne with next year’s Ballet Ball.