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!

South Carolina Luxury Interior Designer shares Highlights from ADAC Southern Interior Design Panel

Our fearless panel leader and I (in pink!)

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.

South Carolina Interior Designer shares Highlights from ADAC panel on Southern Interior Design

Please be sure to pick up a copy of this amazing book! A must have for all southern homes and those looking to add a timeless collection to their design library

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.

South Carolina Luxury Interior Designer shares Highlights from ADAC Southern Interior Design Panel

My color sister! Carolyn Hultman and I in coral and pink

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.

South Carolina Luxury Designer shares highlights from ADAC panel on Southern Interior Design

Another book to proudly display your southern heritage! My color sister is featured in Paula Deen’s book, Savannah Style! A must have!

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?

South Carolina Luxury Designer shares highlights from ADAC panel on Southern Interior Design

Stylish and stellar, Lindsay Bierman, editor-in-chief at Southern Living Magazine.

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.

South Carolina Interior Designer shares highlights from ADAC panel on Southern Interior Design

Get some JOY in your life and get this book – The Joy of Decorating

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.

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Click here to check out all of the amazing events coming up at ADAC! You bet you will see me there again!

South Carolina Luxury Interior Designer shares Highlights from ADAC Southern Interior Design Panel

The “Dream Team” from left to right – Jim Strickland, Carolyn Hultman, moi, Phoebe Howard and Lindsay Bierman

One last photo!!

South Carolina Luxury Interior Designer shares Highlights from ADAC Southern Interior Design Panel

Carolyn Hultman, Jim Strickland and I looking pretty fab if I do say so myself

 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.

Are you interested in learning more about Southern Interior Design?  Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts, ideas and questions!

Now go have an “It’s So Fabulous Day” 

If you need help making your space more FABULOUS, then please contact me at Kimberly@knottinghillinteriors.com and visit our website www.KnottingHillInteriors.com

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Stylish, sophisticated and dramatic, Kimberly Grigg brings her unique talents to client’s homes across the country and to her retail boutique, Knotting Hill Interiors. An award winning retail boutique and an award winning full service design firm, Knotting Hill offers luxury interior design, renovation and remodeling services, custom design, childrens rooms and nurseries and accessorizing. The retail boutique sells fabric, home furnishings, retail design, lamps, accessories, art, upscale furniture consignment, gifts, fashion and jewelry. Voted “Best on the Beach” in both retail and design, our customers say that this place and this process is truly “enchanted”! Knotting Hill Interiors is based in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and has two locations at 7753 North Kings Hwy and 7751 North Kings Hwy.