South Carolina Interior Designer Shares Highlights from ADAC Panel on Southern Interior Design
Y’all can probably guess by now that I was thrilled to participate in the ADAC Panel last week on Southern Vernacular Architecture and Southern Interior Design. Here are some of the highlights from this fabulous day along with our answers to questions asked by those who attended.
Most inspiring southern city – Everyone agreed that Charleston, SC was the most southern inspiring city, although Lindsay Bierman also gets a lot of his inspiration from historical homes in VA.
Most important room in a southern home: The kitchen was the most popular choice for answers when asked what is the most important room in a southern home. We also agreed that the foyer plays a significant role as well.
Will younger generations carry on with southern tradition? There was much discussion about this. We had varying viewpoints, however, we all agreed that there was much tradition and heritage involved which seems to be the foundation of southern design. We are all hoping that this will keep the tradition strong and moving forward!
Best comment of the day: Someone in the audience did make the point that many of the most celebrated iconic designers are and were from the south!
James “Jim” Strickland co author of Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House is truly a southern gentleman! I admire Jim’s sense of style and the way he connects with an audience. Upon being asked the question, “what is the one thing that no southern home should be without”, I loved it when Jim replied “a dog”. Well, being the animal lover that I am, I couldn’t agree more. He went on to explain that Southerners are gracious people and like to live in casual elegance. Dogs invite just that feel! Be sure to pick up a copy of his book and read all about his approach to Southern architecture.
I had a real blast with my “color sister”, Carolyn Hultman. I call her my color sister because I was wearing a hot pink outfit (color of the year last year), while Carolyn was sporting coral which is color of the year 2012.
Carolyn is lively and just happens to be one sassy gal with loads of good taste. She was an exciting panelist with loads of great input and she also happens to have done work for the infamous Paula Deen! Carolyn is from Savannah.
Lindsay Bierman is the editor in chief of Southern Living Magazine. At first I was intimidated by his powerful knowledge and obvious sense of style. But once he started talking, I found him to be both fascinating and charming. When he spoke about the details he was incorporating into his 1000sq foot lake cottage, my design crush began! He loves details and so do I! He truly knows his stuff and I love what he has done with Southern Living Magazine, don’t you?
The final panelist was Pheobe Howard, affectionately referred to as Mrs. Howard. Phoebe has an amazing sense of style and should be named the queen of Southern Interior Design. I loved it when she said that no southern home should be without a wood burning fireplace. That is soooo true isn’t it? Phoebe’s new book is a must read. It is called “The Joy of Decorating” and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
All in all, it was an amazing day and ADAC was the hit spot to be. In case you didn’t know, ADAC is now open to the public. If you haven’t been it is truly fantastic. There are lots of inspiring showrooms and a wide array of events taking place. You still have to make your purchases with a designer, but it is certainly worth the trip and the resources.
One last photo!!
I am truly grateful to all at ADAC who helped to organize and put this amazing panel together. Thank you to Jim Strickland for leading us in a topic that is so passionate to all of our hearts. And, so much gratitude and love for my fellow panel members who hold the timeless and great tradition of Southern Design in their hearts.