Guest post by Ande Fanning, editor of Southern Lady.
In the South, the spirit of hospitality flows from the front porch to the backyard patio. Our homes are more than dwelling places; they are personal retreats where memories are made. Throughout the halls and walls, we cultivate collections that reflect our personal styles and preferences, and in turn, these fabrics and furnishings help tell the stories of who we are and what we love. Southern style is as identifiable as the signature drawl associated with the region. That’s why we are so excited to share some of the region’s most stylish interiors in our new coffee table book, Southern Style.
The book offers tours of some of the most inviting and interesting spaces below the Mason-Dixon line. Each house also features expert tips from professional designers and style-savvy homeowners. Take a peek inside some of the pages of Southern Style. We’re confident it’s the kind of book you’ll turn to again and again, finding fresh inspiration and reveling in these beautiful spaces each time.
Homeowner Joy Kloess used warm neutrals to even out the busy color palette in her home. “The house looked too choppy with red dining-room walls, a yellow den and kitchen, and a striped two-tone foyer. Plus, I had art and mirrors on every wall,” she recalls. Now, warm tones flow seamlessly from the entrance to the adjoining rooms and provide a perfect backdrop for the impressive array of antiques and objets d’art found within.
“What inspired us the most was the home itself—it exudes a traditional charm that we knew we wanted to carry throughout,” say designers Emily Hewett and Allison Walker of A Well Dressed Home. The team set about creating lasting style by neutralizing the living room, choosing light, bright tones to contrast the original hardwoods and play up the stained-glass windows. We loved the space so much we featured it on our cover.
A heart of hospitality and a head for ingenuity have long been decorator Melissa Salem’s tools for designing dream homes. When she and her husband relocated from Birmingham’s suburbs to the countryside, Melissa had the opportunity to use those gifts in the most personal of ways. Her vision was simple: Make a home where everybody feels welcome. “We wanted a place of refuge not just for us but for the people in our lives,” she says. Inspired by a rural upbringing, she fashioned a new home that mimicked the feeling of the house where she was raised.
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