About Frances

Frances Schultz, portrait by Tiffany Evitts

Journalist, speaker, taste-maker, world traveler, hostess, Southerner, and Sunday painter, 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 StoryHow I Made a Muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness, and her newest, California Cooking and Southern Style, out in autumn of 2019 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, and Flower magazine. A popular and sought-after speaker, 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, Martha Stewart Radio, and many others.

Frances’ creative spirit carries inevitably into her home and hobbies, and fuels her interest in the arts. A “Sunday painter”, she is also an avid 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 Tarboro, North Carolina, Frances graduated from St. Mary’s School 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, and assorted critters, she lives in the Santa Ynez Valley of California and New York City.



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