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Being southern is more than saying ya'll and drinking sweet tea. Southerners are all about genuine hospitality, respectful manners, and romantic Old World gentility combined with down-home charm, practical wisdom, and a touch of mischievous whimsy.
To really know a southerner, visit her home. There you will find:
Welcoming porches and foyers that begin telling a story of who we are
Genteel yet comfortable living spaces designed to wow you, but also to invite you to settle in and stay awhile
A proud heritage reflected in family antiques and memorabilia woven into our décor
Romantic elegance wedded to down-home functionality, especially in the bedroom
Man-spaces that make the men in our life happy so we can have the décor we want in the rest of the house
Attention to detail that transforms a house into a breathtaking southern home!
Each chapter features a “Get Your Southern On" section where you can learn how to incorporate timeless southern values into YOUR décor. So pour yourself a cup of tea, curl up with SECRETS OF SOUTHERN DESIGNS – and get your “southern" on.
Who says elegance can’t also be green? The beams of this family room ceiling are made from reclaimed wood from an old barn. The table is made from rubber wood, which was fashion into furniture once the tree’s 60 year natural life span ended. In addition, throw pillows on the sofa were made from old rugs that were no longer usable.
It is important to me as a designer to always add the unexpected. I frequently do this with color. My staff often laughs when I say, “No not that color…it’s just too predictable”. Instead let’s spice it up and add something totally unexpected. This is where the artistry begins.
Notice the monogram displayed among the enormous amount of porcelain on my dining room sideboard. My initial comes first, then G for Grigg is in the middle, and my husbands’ initial is third. This was once the centerpiece of my family photo wall, but I wanted to put it in a more visible spot and thought it was perfect over our dining room sideboard.
In the sitting and bar area of Roger’s billiards room, I surrounded a round ottoman with four different chairs upholstered in the same fabric. It’s so much easier to engage in conversation when you’re seated “in the round”. And nothing is more southern than this trendy arrangement, which says “welcome”, yet is stately and elegant. While this room is definitely a man’s preserve, it also is kid friendly and is a room in harmony with my French theme. It’s a room I can live with.