Southern Living May 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
USD 4.99
USD 19.99
13 Números

en este número

2 min.
hospitality with a kick

MARSHA EVANS HASN’T been shy about dishing out advice over the years, whether I’m seeking it or not. She has plenty to say about Southern Living, for example, and she often calls me the day her new issue arrives. “I just loved that column about manners,” Mom told me recently. “You should do more of those.” In general, her philosophy is that more is better, especially if she’s talking about dogs, casseroles, mayonnaise, butter, salad dressing, or holiday decorating. There are so many family photographs hanging in her house that she’s run out of wallspace. When it comes to cooking, she has always believed in healthy doses of Creole seasoning, and she views anyone who doesn’t agree with a certain amount of suspicion. Once, when my brother brought a girlfriend home…

4 min.
naturally curious

“IT’S THE ACCESSORIES that give a room its character,” says homeowner Hanna Seabrook, who admits that when she’s not running Gadabout Creative, she’s scavenging Etsy, eBay, flea markets, and thrift stores for treasures that others often overlook. It takes patience, but collectors—like Seabrook—never have to decorate from scratch. “I always start with a piece I love and then build around it,” she says. Despite having ample time to amass her collection of furniture and accents, house hunting was a more urgent matter when Seabrook’s husband, Nelson, landed a job in Louisville, Kentucky. The then Charleston, South Carolina-based couple had only three weeks to find and buy their first home. They settled on a simple 1940s cottage with 1,800 square feet, lots of original architectural details, and an ugly kitchen. “This house…

3 min.
best yard on the block

MAKE IT DIFFERENT FROM every other one on the street. That was the only guideline the owners of this newly built Birmingham-area home gave to landscape designer Todd Dorlon. Brooke Oser and her husband, Allen, bought the house when it was still under construction because they wanted a blank slate. “That’s what attracted us to it. We could basically start from scratch,” she says. Dorlon relied on smart plantings to bring the exterior to life: Climbing roses add instant character to the new white-brick house, and sculptural boxwoods frame the yard from different angles while providing year-round structure. He dialed up the curb appeal by placing key focal points up front, like vibrant flower beds and a diamond-patterned bluestone walkway. Read on for six ways to make your yard say…

1 min.
porch party

1 Lalana Floral Dessert/Salad Plate Dress up your picnic’s plain dinnerware with this chinoiserie pattern layered on top. $17 each; 2 Lalana Floral Dinner Plate Set a pretty porch tablescape with flowers arranged in a pinwheel motif. $19 each; 3 Fairfield Outdoor Small Mixed Dip Bowls Elevate the cookout condiments by serving them in this quartet of coordinating (but not matching) 5-inch faux-pottery dishes. $24/set of four; 4 D’un Souvenir Ami Rose Pick an oversize unfurling-rose pattern for garden party cake plates. $9 each; 5 Noemi Rose Serve dessert on pieces designed with a bloom found in a 19th-century flower catalog. $9 each; 6 Faience a la Corne Bring the old-school charm of fine china to the patio. $10 each; 7 Bamboo Dinner Plates Mix and match this simple style with fun accents. $49/set of four;…

2 min.
southern tails

PETIQUETTE Enjoy the Ride Make trips enjoyable for canine copilots SCOUT OUT DOG-FRIENDLY PIT STOPS „ Check helpful sites like and to find spots like ParkGrounds, right off I-20 in Atlanta, which is half coffee shop and half dog park. CRUISE AT A SLOWER SPEED „ It’s no surprise that dogs love to hang their heads out the window—there are so many new scents to smell! But flying debris poses a major risk to ears and eyes. If you can’t bear to roll up the windows, Dr. Mary Burch of the AKC Family Dog Program says to limit window time to drives through the neighborhood at 25 mph or below. SECURE THEM IN THE BACK SEAT „ For their own safety, dogs need to ride in the rear of the car and be buckled with a…

2 min.
the foolproof flower bed

STEP 1 DESIGN THE SPACE Garden beds laid out in straight rows have a more formal appearance. But if you’d prefer to create a looser, more casual look, use a hose to mark out a curved shape. STEP 2 PUT THE TALLEST PLANT IN THE BACK Place the three hydrangeas 3 feet apart in a row that’s about 2 feet from the exterior wall. They grow 4 to 6 feet high and 3 to 5 feet wide—tall enough to cover your foundation without blocking the windows. These shrubs leaf out in early spring and bloom from mid-spring to the first frost. Renowned for their sturdy stems, the flowers of ‘White Wedding’ hydrangea stay pert on the bush or in cut arrangements. STEP 3 ADD A LOW HEDGE About 2 feet in front of the hydrangeas, plant five ‘Baby…