After Elizabeth Edwards died, ending her six-year battle with cancer, readers began searching my blog for photos of her ranch outside Chapel Hill, in North Carolina. According to news reports, she was at home, surrounded by family and friends.
Elizabeth Edwards’ Ranch
Nate Berkus visited her home on his show recently, and I found it very moving. She told him that she was determined not to live out the rest of her life as a victim. Some of these photos are screenshots I took from that interview.
I love the front porch with the brick floor. The “Big House” as they call it has a warm, family-friendly feel.
Nate greeted Elizabeth in her living room in front of the stone fireplace. He talked to her about her love for decorating. She even opened her own furniture store called Red Window in Chapel Hill that she said helped her turn the chapter and start fresh after separating from her husband.
There’s a quote on the kitchen wall by poet/songwriter Leonard Cohen that reads:
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
Cheryl, the reader who told me about it, says, “Elizabeth said that it was to remind her that nobody has perfect lives and that we have a choice about how we integrate the imperfect parts into our lives.”
I think the strength and resilience she showed in the face of tragedy and heartbreak was pretty amazing.
I originally posted photos of the house after Oprah interviewed the Edwards family in early 2009, and you can see more there. My heart goes out to Elizabeth’s family, and especially her children.