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Beautiful Southern Homes

Beautiful Southern Homes

Beautiful Southern Homes
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Bold, fearless, eclectic, colorful, and deeply personal, new Southern style is a design genre that transcends regionality, combining classic design elements with modern attitude. In Beautiful Southern Homes, we talk to up-and-coming Southern designers about what this style means to them, who inspires them, and how they have interpreted this look in their own homes across the country. Gorgeous photography captures the beauty and character of these spaces.

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Meredith Corporation

in this issue

1 min.
from the editors

Our Southern states serve up so many unique cultural riches, it would be impossible to list them all (though we can likely agree that ham and biscuits are right up there at the top). In this special issue, Southern homes are the focus—and we’ve rounded up some of the best of the best for you to tour. The interiors featured are the personal homes and favorite projects of what contributor Robert Leleux describes as “class acts of Southern design,” both notable and up-and-coming design stars who are celebrating and redefining the region’s wholly unique style. Through the rooms crafted by these rising decorating stars, you’ll get a glimpse at how our most tradition-based region is getting a fresh spin—whether it’s in mixing funky flea market treasures with formal family heirlooms, IKEA…

3 min.
get the look

Stately Meets Stylish pages 6–13 DINING ROOM: CHAIRS, CHAIR LEATHER —Darryl Carter; darrylcarter.com. PARLOR: PEDESTAL VESSEL WITH EGGPLANT, CARPET AT DAYBED, COFFEE TABLES— Darryl Carter; darrylcarter.com. ATELIER: WHITE PENDANT LIGHTING—Ingo Maurer; ingo-maurer.com. MASTER BEDROOM: BED—Darryl Carter; darrylcarter.com. Light and Livable pages 14–19 LIVING ROOM: SOFA—TCS Designs; tcsdesigns.com. RUG, ARMCHAIRS— World Market; worldmarket.com. FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH AT MANTEL—David Hillegas; davidhillegas.com. KITCHEN: ARTWORK— William McLure; williammclure.com. BEDROOM: BED HANGINGS—Larsen Fabrics; larsenfabrics.com. TOWARD CONSOLE TABLE: FRAMED ARTWORK— William McLure; williammclure.com. LAMP— Circa Lighting; circalighting.com. On the Bright Side pages 20–27 MASTER BEDROOM: BED from the CelerieKemble collection—Henredon Furniture; henredon.com. A Living Legacy pages 28–37 SUN PORCH: LAMPSHADE—Oriental Lamp Shade Co.; orientallampshade.com. BENCH FABRIC—Zak + Fox; zakandfox.com. PAINTING—Alida Whitney Morgan; alidamorgan.com. LIVING ROOM: PIGEON ON CHIFFONIER—Nancy Lee Carter; nancyleecarter.com. SILVER FLOOR LAMP—Circa Lighting; circalighting.com. BOTANICAL PAINTING—Alida Whitney Morgan; alidamorgan.com. RUG—Pottery Barn; potterybarn.com. BLACK-ANDWHITE PHOTOGRAPH—Matt Albiani; mattalbiani.com.…

4 min.
stately meets stylish

T wenty years ago, Washington, D.C.–based designer Darryl Carter became the proud owner of the erstwhile chancery of Oman, a Beaux Arts jewel box. Built in 1910, the structure retained most of its original architectural embellishments, including arched doorways, grand staircases, and intricate stonework fireplaces. “The house had been so splendidly maintained,” says Carter, “that there was little left for me to contribute.” The accomplished decorator did, of course, equip his digs with a thoughtful mix of modern pieces and elegant antiques, blended seamlessly thanks to a hushed palette of neutral upholstery and creamy white backdrops. His understated, collected approach not only lets the architecture shine, it’s livable and lasting. “Southern style is timeless and true to the individual,” says Carter. “It does not imitate, nor does it follow trends; it’s…

3 min.
light and livable

N estled on a shady street in Birmingham, Alabama’s historic Highland Park area is the apartment of artist and interior designer William McLure. In a building designed in 1906, McLure’s home boasts a fireplace in each room, soaring ceilings, and his naturally chic style. “It feels both timeless and hospitable,” McLure says, “in the tradition of easy, comfortable Southern living.” Accompanied by his roommate of 14 years—a Weimaraner named Baylor—McLure has transformed his space into a modern Southern bachelor pad, without forfeiting its sense of history. First, he painted dark wood floors a refreshing bright white (adding blue stripes in the kitchen). Then he combined heirloom antiques and flea market finds to offset the updated elements, while sprinkling in some of his own personal artwork, vintage family photos, and floral fabrics…

6 min.
on the bright side

T his New York apartment is the residence of Celerie Kemble, an accomplished designer of both interiors and furniture—and chronically overscheduled mother of young children. As such, the home is called upon to be stylish and practical. Kemble is known for forwarding the Palm Beach aesthetic she grew up surrounded by, with its whimsical colors, lush upholstered pieces, and unique sense of form. But she should be equally famous for advancing “durable chic.” In her projects, she employs childproof surfaces and fabrics to fantastic effect. Such features are also found in Kemble’s own home, in addition to other equally appealing attributes. Here, no surface is neglected; floors and ceilings are as decorated as any wall. The living room, though not lavishly large, is packed with sophisticated, well-dressed furnishings ready to comfort.…

6 min.
a living legacy

H igh on a mountaintop in Tennessee, outside the tiny town of Lebanon, you’ll find my family home. (Actually, you probably won’t find it. It’s that remote.) The house, built in the 1790s by my great-great-great-grandfather, is so old that renovations are (beyond a certain point) really not an option. Any decorating undertaken has to submit itself to the existing architecture. Also, because I’ve inherited most of my furniture and don’t have the heart to part with such things as my great-grandmother’s vanity table, I’ve had to content myself with supplementing heirlooms with modern art and textiles. A family home like mine teaches you that interior design is a larger conversation than merely chasing after one’s whims and fancies. I’m just a temporary resident here, after all. And houses in which…