Blue and white plate. James Farmer Designs is a small garden and interior-design firm based in middle Georgia. With projects ranging from Cashier and Highlands, North Carolina, to Sea Island and across the deep South, James Farmer Designs strives to achieve the elegance of Southern style. Founder James T. Farmer III is an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine, and the author of four books: A Time to Plant, Sip and Savor, Porch Living and Wreaths for All Seasons. He works with Maggie Griffin, an associate designer with James Farmer and the principal designer at Maggie Griffin Interior Design.