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Georgia Girls: Mary Lovett Beck

Name: Mary Lovett (Varner) Beck

Family: Jeff (husband), daughters Sally (14), Wynne (12) and Lovett (10)…..and a whole lot of sisters, brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews. And one Gigi (my mother and personal hero). And we all live in Columbus!

Hometown: Columbus, Georgia

Current Town:  Columbus, Georgia

What Years at UGA: 2001-2004

School/Degree: Public Relations in Grady School of Journalism

Profession: For the past few years I’ve worked in residential interior design, which has always been a passion of mine. In 2021, my youngest sister (who was in marketing at the time) and I combined our shared interests to form our own business, Varnish Collection. We offer wicker and rattan furniture and accessories for the home. Our pieces are handmade by artisans using all natural materials. We have a deep appreciation for unique design and family tradition (so much so that we based the name of our company off our maiden name, Varner). We strive to help others create beautiful and memorable spaces in their own homes. 

Book: The Giving Tree, Cutting for Stone, Pillars of the Earth (1)

Magazine: Anything “home” or “design” – I stash them in a pile until I can quietly pore over every page.

Podcast: How’d She Do That, This American Life and Nothin’ But Fine.

Blog: I’m afraid I’ve actually shifted from blogs back to books!

Instagram: @charliemackesy, @natgeo, @tanksgoodnews and too many artists and designers to count. (2)

Brand: Tuckernuck. (3)

Fashion designer: Buru – Morgan is a style icon, mother, wife, super smart business woman and a good person. Is she even real?

Interior designer: Chenault James and Charlotte Lucas – I think they are artists more than they are designers. (4)

Chef: Anyone who cooks for me.

Historical figure: She may not be in history books, but my grandmother (whom I’m named for) is a constant inspiration in my life. 

Quote: Every vacation we took growing up, my Dad would say, “we ain’t here to get no sleep, lose no weight or save no money.” If that’s not a good motto I don’t know what is.

Describe Athens in five words or less: Little slice of heaven.

Restaurants and bars: The Last Resort was my second home in college (bless you Jaamy) and I love that my children now enjoy it as well.

Shops: We pretty much spend our shopping time in the bookstore, but now that I have teenagers I’m thinking that will change to Heery’s.

Athens/campus landmark: The Tree that Owns Itself. (5)

Memory while in school: I would give anything to go back to living in the Theta house for one night! There were some crazy and fun memories – and some friendships that I really cherish.

Professor/class: Graphic Design and Art History were two of my favorites.

Gameday ritual/plan: In college we typically woke up to a blaring “Glory, Glory” followed by a questionable beverage. Now we usually have a soccer game or two, suit up in our red and black and get together with friends.

Tailgate Recipe: Pick up Smokey Pig BBQ sandwiches

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.