Southern Living January/February 2020

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

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3 min.
community cooking

WHEN MY WIFE AND I MOVED to Charleston, South Carolina, about 10 years ago, one of the best things we did was join a supper club with some other couples. We weren’t very organized, but every few months we’d gather for dinner at someone’s house, and we’d each bring a dish. The hosts got to pick the cuisine, and the menus always had an international theme, from Italian to Southeast Asian to Indian. The goals were to try new recipes and ingredients that were outside our comfort zones and to have some culinary adventures at a time when we were all tied down with little kids and limited budgets. When it worked, it felt as if we’d all been on a wonderful exotic trip together, though perhaps that was the…

5 min.
tales from our first home

Come On In! Click here to tour the Carrolls’ home. “ANNIE AND I DIDN’T REALLY like it when we walked in,” explains Connor Carroll, recalling the couple’s first visit (back when they were dating) to the 1950s ranch-style house that’s now their home. “It felt like you needed to wear a smoking jacket just to be inside it,” he says, laughing. But then they thought about it, and they came back. The 1,500-square-foot layout, including three bedrooms and one bath, was promising. It had a front yard and a backyard—plus a two-car garage. It was in the trendy, walkable neighborhood of East Nashville. But everything was outdated, and $219,000 felt like a lot for the shape it was in. Still, they saw potential. Also, everything Connor owned was in storage because he’d…

2 min.
finish that fixer-upper!

1. Know your nonnegotiables. Connor wanted to live in town. Considering his budget, he knew he would be looking at a house that needed work. “I have friends who wanted a new build, and they had to move really far out of the city,” he recalls. “This one was still beyond my price range, but the market was going nuts. If I wanted something in the city, I had to do it then.” 2. Take it one day at a time. It took several years (and emptying a savings account from childhood) for Connor to reach the down payment. For the renovation work, they advise patience. “We spent a lot of time finding the right people and pricing things out. If the estimates came back too high, we would figure out a way…

2 min.
make it worth your investment

1. Don’t overdo kitchen and bath updates. “The more you spend, the less the return on your investment,” says Dan DiClerico, HomeAdvisor’s home expert. Instead of gutting the entire kitchen, keep the layout, refinish the cabinets, replace appliances, and update decor (hang new curtains or add a fresh coat of paint) for a like-new kitchen at a lower price. Apply the same rules to your bath. Instead of replacing a tub, refinish it, and get the grout and tile cleaned by a pro. 2. Add insulation. Professionally installed attic insulation recoups almost its entire price at home sale, according to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value report. The EPA said this can also save you an average of 15% on your heating and cooling bills. 3. Install new windows. The National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) 2019…

2 min.
that color is so you

EXPECT ADVICE PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT READ THE RAINBOW Store displays and paint decks (pictured above) typically feature cards with seven swatches that are grouped by color family and listed from lightest to darkest. Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, says the top four swatches are the most used on each strip. ROUND OUT YOUR PALETTE Once you have one shade in mind (like Aquitaine, the midrange blue shown above), Wadden advises a shortcut to choosing complementary pairings: Stick to the same swatch placement on the card, and look two to three rows to the left and right on the paint deck or store display. WORK THE WHEEL KNOW HOT FROM COLD Art class reminder: Reds, oranges, and yellows are considered warm while blues, greens, and violets are cool. Limit the paint scheme in a…

5 min.
nightmares on elm street

THE NIGHTMARE By the time you hear the opossums crawling around your attic, they have already burrowed deep into your insulation, contaminating it and creating a puzzle maze with no winning prize. WHO YOU GONNA CALL? An exterminator, then a contractor to replace the insulation THE FIX: This issue originated when rain got into the eaves because your shingles didn’t fully cover the fascia boards. (So call a roofer too.) The water caused the wood to rot, which allowed opossums to gnaw their way in. PREVENTION TIP: “Trim tree limbs back 5 or 6 feet from the roofline,” says Whitman Wesley, vice president of Athena Pest Control in Mountain Brook, Alabama. “Cover any holes in wood or in crawl space vents with hardware cloth or metal flashing. A mouse can get through a hole…