Under the Influence of Southern Design! Part I

Southern design can be intoxicating!  As I think about my many southern clients and how I have approached their design, I again reflect on the complexities of the process and marvel that Southern design adds even another dimension!  It’s called HOSPITALITY!

Southern Hospitality is so FABULOUS! Don’t you think?

Southerners are gracious people indeed.  Growing up as a female in the south, I can assure you I was taught to say welcome almost before Ma Ma and Da Da!!!  Southerners more than WANT their homes to speak graciouisness they need their homes to do so.  Inviting entry ways, porches,  furnishings that scream comfort, personal collections are all ways that the Southerners extend their welcome mat.  Southerern design encompasses the need for expression and a drive for let’s get to know one another.  When you walk into my home, I want you to have a sense of who I am and also a sense of belonging in my space.  Southerners are all about comfort!

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Front Porches!! As southern as it gets!

What are some ways that you can express true elegant Southern design into your home?

  1. Roll out the welcome mat.  Rethink your entry.  Do you have a beautiful and stately entry door that says come on in?  If not, flank with plant material or statuary.  Once inside, make sure your foyer has indications of you and your family.  My foyer, for example, once contained a family crest sprinkled throughout the space and was hand painted by a local artist.
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A perfect welcoming look for fall!

  1.   Start a collection of something meaningful and display it in an interesting way.
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Ya’ll know how I love my Blue and White!!

  1. Dress it down…Southerners require comfort.  Don’t be matchy matchy in your approach.  No “suites” of furnishings.  Mix it up.  Bring in a fabulous antique piece  (Southerners love tradition and heritage!) and then surround it with other pieces that blend.
  2. Decorate and use your porch!   It’s especially nice if you paint the ceiling of your porch a wonderful haint blue.  A true southern tradition that was said to fight off spirits back in the day!
  3. Spiked or unspked, nothing says hello and welcome like a glass of good ole iced tea!
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What are some other ways to add “Southern Charm” to your home?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

If you need help adding a bit of Southern Influence to your home,then call me for a design consultation at 843 455-7574.

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

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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.