Southern Living March 2019

SOUTHERN LIVING celebrates the legendary food, gracious homes, lush gardens, and distinct places that make the South unique. In every edition you’ll find dozens of recipes prepared in our famous test kitchens, guides to the best travel experiences, decorating ideas and inspiration, and gardening tips tailored specifically to your climate.

United States
Meredith Operations Corporation
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the happy gardener

LATE LAST FALL, I made the trip down to Waco, Texas, for a visit with Joanna Gaines, the Fixer Upper star who has almost single-handedly redefined the aesthetic of Southern homes. Driving up to the pretty white farmhouse (which she and her husband, Chip, began restoring in 2012), I was struck by how understated and approachable it is. The simple frame house with its wide porches, modern lines, and tin roof is tucked in the shade of huge oak trees under a big blue Texas sky. Around back, it’s a kid’s paradise with a pool, a hammock, a basketball goal, a disc golf target, a big tree house in an adjacent field, and a few family dogs lying around. If I were Joanna, I might never want to leave. We set…

5 min
beautiful spaces — inside and out before & after

The Color Master IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE that Dana Gibson starts a decorating project by painting everything white. After all, the designer fills her collections of home accents and wallpapers with splendid colors and vivacious patterns. But in her Richmond, Virginia, split-level, the whiteout came first. “If I started by putting colors on the wall, I wouldn’t know how the light would work or what I was going to need,” she says. While she gathered intel, Gibson and her contractor husband, Mark, tackled renovations. They peeled back dark paneling, ripped out cabinetry and carpet, and rebuilt the front steps. Then came the charm: highlighting the ample windows—and distracting from the low ceilings—with crown molding and a wainscot. With the structure sorted, she added back the color, staying on the bright side of the…

1 min
what’s in store: sitting pretty

GROUND CONTROL Cover exposed soil with decorative sheet moss for a polished finish. 1 Paper Orchid Basket in Natural Choose a preppy presentation for your plant with this scalloped container that has a plastic liner for durability. From $19/set of two; 2 Parlor Urn Planter Make a statement in a prominent place, like on a mantel or coffee table, with this 6-inch footed iron urn. $20; 3 Esschert Design 3 Piece Terracotta Pot Planter Set Introduce a wild English-garden feel into your room with this lightly whitewashed pot. $41/set of three; 4 Blue and White Orchid Chain Pot Pick a ceramic cachepot in a quintessential Southern palette. It looks nice empty or holding blooms. $145; TRAY: COURTESY SERENA & LILY; MISTER: COURTESY MODERN SPROUT…

1 min
small wonder

WHY WE LOVE IT Rick Clanton, co-principal at Group3 Designs, puts it best: “Small scale can feel really good. I imagine walking through the front door at the end of the day with my wife and looking out at a big view of nature and just being happy.” That vibe is why this cottage delights. Its practical floor plan covers all the basic needs with a living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bath so the real focus is on getting you to enjoy your surroundings. Clanton conceived the home so the front door could face a main house (if necessary) and the side porch could look out onto a lake, pool, or forest vista. WOW FACTOR The Lowcountry familiarity makes it welcoming and versatile. “Most traditional houses are very simple in shape,” Clanton says,…

1 min
charleston’s beachy shades

Paint Palette Use the fizzy mint and the icy white as your base colors on walls, large upholstered pieces, or rugs. Then add splashes of deeper green and ocean blue for contrast and dimension.…

2 min
“i didn’t want to wait for retirement…”

“WHILE VACATIONING at Walt Disney World, I took a day trip off the resort and stumbled upon a small town located in nearby Lake County,” says Kay Volmar, who decided right then and there that this was her forever home. “There’s a laid-back Old Florida feel with an eclectic, artistic twist. Plus, it’s historic, affordable, and kind of a secret,” she adds. Enamored, Kay returned to New York and started house hunting from her computer. Before long, one caught her eye. She made a deposit and sealed the deal. Kay then tried renovating long-distance for a year and a half, but it was challenging. “I lost a lot of materials, money, and time before coming down to give it a go myself,” she says. Little by little, she transformed it over…