Nancy Lendved loves to travel. She loves riding in the country and traipsing down city streets, seeking friendly faces, and searching out local color and flavor. But she’s also a nester, and is beyond grateful to return home to the community of old houses she relocated to the countryside just outside of Athens, Georgia.

2013-04-30 14-2.16.48The spot where we held A World Away reminds me of rural Nicaragua. 

Nancy graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from SUNY Albany, holds an M.A. in English Literature and Language from the University of Chicago, studied Interior Design at Parsons in New York City and Paris, and more recently, Creative Writing at the University of Georgia, where she was fortunate to study under Reginald McKnight. She is currently enrolled in Learn-Everyday-Land.

Nancy’s worked as a copy editor, copy writer, and photo stylist for clients ranging from the American Institute of Architects, The Washington Post, National Wildlife Federation and NIH, to the Pershing Square Foundation. She’s written about local artists for Patch and has guest blogged for Women Etcetera, Design*Sponge and beauty everyday. Read her story, “The Magic of Athens,” on The Bitter Southerner.

In 1990 Nancy founded Frontier, one of the earliest “green” gift and home-furnishings shops. It became a Southeastern destination, and still thrives under new ownership. She’s spent time in product development and management at the Georgia Museum of Art’s gift shop, co-created and organized A World Away, a community market festival for artists, craftspeople, antiques dealers, and growers, and now offers her collection of art and antiques on Instagram. (aworldawaynancylendved)