JoAnna Garcia Swisher talks about his decision to move his family to a small town in Georgia.
The 43 year old man Steel Magnolias actress, her husband Nick Swisherand their two children currently live in Lake Oconee, Georgia, about 85 miles southeast of Atlanta.
JoAnna fell in love with the place in 2017 and when she started working on Steel Magnoliasshe decided to settle there because the shooting was nearby.
“I was commuting to and from work, no problem; my husband has made a million friends; and my daughters were the happiest they had ever been,” JoAnna said in southern lifethe very first digital issue of, The Dream Homes issue. “I thought, ‘How could I deny this to my family?'”
Here’s what else she shared with the magazine:
By making a home, no matter the location“I’ve realized how connected I am to my spaces, whether it’s at home, or if I’m settling into a hotel room for an extended stay, or in my trailer at work. I lay rugs and hang artwork in my trailers. Everyone thinks I’m crazy, but I am.
On the only rules she has for guests at her house“Treat it like your own when you’re here.” You don’t have to ask for a drink; you can make yourself a snack. I just want you to feel at home.
On creating a joyful home meant to be enjoyed“I think it’s about telling your story and surrounding yourself with things that mean something, a memory. There is no real formula. It’s about you and your family, or the person occupying the space… It’s the little thing – the trinket, the book, the picture, whatever – that invites you to lean in and to look closer and say, ‘Oh, what is it? What is this story? What does it mean?’ I think that makes for a happy place – somewhere that’s an extension of who you are and what’s in your heart.
Fall in love with Lake Oconee and lake life“The stars are so beautiful here. I find myself taking longer walks and cycling after dinner and enjoying this beautiful place. Things get really meaningful and intentional, even if it’s just taking a nap; we don’t get bogged down in the chaos of life. That’s not to say I’m not really busy, but there’s something about being on the lake. We savor the moments more.
For more than JoAnnavisit SouthernLiving.com.