About Frances

Frances Schultz, portrait by Tiffany Evitts

Journalist, taste-maker, world traveler, hostess, Southerner, Sunday painter, and outdoors lover, Frances Schultz is an enthusiast on decoration and design, food and entertaining, travel and style.

She is author and co-author of several books, including The Bee Cottage Story—How I Made a Muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness, out in summer of 2015 from Skyhorse. A contributing editor to House Beautiful magazine and former editor-at-large for Veranda, she has written also for The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, Indagare, and The New York Social Diary. She was for six years on-air host of the award-winning cable television show Southern Living Presents and has appeared on The Today Show, The Nate Berkus Show, CNN’s Open House, and many others.

Frances’ creative spirit carries inevitably into her home and hobbies, and fuels her interest in the arts. She entertains often, and sketches and paints when she can. She’s a reader and perpetual student. And as much as she loves home, Frances loves traveling the world and being  outdoors as well—painting, gardening, tennis, hiking, riding, and shooting.

Born and raised in the small town of Tarboro, North Carolina, Frances graduated from St. Mary’s School with honors and from the University of Virginia with distinction. She is a member of the National Arts Club and serves on the boards of the Horticultural Society of New York and the Empowers Africa foundation. With husband Tom Dittmer, dog Stella, assorted horses and critters, she lives in the Santa Ynez Valley of California with visits to Manhattan and summers at Bee Cottage, in East Hampton.



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