Southern Living October 2018

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.
party season

IN 1972, JUST six years after Southern Living was founded, the magazine published its Party Cookbook, with a simple subtitle: Complete Menus and Entertaining Guide. The book was written by a witty Chattanooga food columnist named Celia Marks, who clearly understood the art of the soiree. By today’s standards, the cover is not attractive—a dark photo of a crown roast surrounded by spiced crabapples and parsley—but it sold more copies than any other cookbook in Southern Living history. Some of that success can no doubt be attributed to the menus and recipes, which cover every kind of party you can imagine (from a He-Man Brunch to a Holiday Reception), but the secret sauce is Marks’ advice that still holds up 46 years later. “Hospitality, a synonym for the South, comes…

3 min.
turn on the charm

“WE WERE itching to buy a house that would be a project for us,” says homeowner and Realtor Jacob Dorsett, who purchased the cottage before it even hit the market with his partner, James Laughlin, an architect. They’d been living in a Craftsman bungalow high on a hill in Birmingham when they first spotted this rare Georgian home just one street over. “The brick was in bad shape, but its simplicity felt youthful,” says Dorsett. The house needed help but not a total face-lift. “Because a Georgian’s design is so symmetrical, it’s a very approachable style to update,” Laughlin says. “We knew that with the right appointments, we could turn this cracker box of a home into something really special.” When it came to deciding which improvements to carry out,…

1 min.
mum’s the word

ONE STRIKING SIGNAL that summer’s heat may be coming to an end is when chrysanthemums start appearing at garden shops, supermarkets, and hardware stores. Easy blooms to care for and arrange, mums rival pumpkins as fall’s top porch accessories. With a rainbow of colors and various sizes and shapes now available, pompon-style blooms (like the purple ones shown at left) are no longer your only option. This year, combine different shades and shapes of mums with wild abandon; their shared seasonality will guarantee a cohesive look. For impact, put the larger mums (such as the purple one in the center and the yellow one in the back) in individual containers, and scatter terra-cotta pots filled with a mix of small mums and other plants. At left, we created a cheery combo…

3 min.
rocky top magic

“THE BEAUTY OF THIS LAND is what attracted the homeowners,” says landscape architect Sara Hedstrom Pinnell, who worked on this brand-new Walland, Tennessee, dogtrot-inspired cabin alongside architect Keith Summerour. The duo strove to preserve the site’s rugged landscape throughout the construction process so the finished house would fit seamlessly into its natural setting. To minimize tree removal, Summerour took a cue from old country builders of the 1830s. (Without the assistance of machines like backhoes and bulldozers, they would simply situate homes in natural clearings.) Once construction was complete, Pinnell skillfully placed an array of native plants to help the new structure seem even more at ease there. Read on to see how you can copy this cabin’s natural look for your own house and yard. COORDINATE WITH THE LANDSCAPE When specifying…

1 min.
austin’s spicy style

PAINT IT Color Picks Punch up your walls or furniture with these shades SHOP IT Decorating Picks Bring home Austin style with a new piece—or two…

3 min.
the grumpy gardener

FOILING SQUIRRELS › How do I stop squirrels from digging up my newly planted bulbs and eating them? —HELEN » Plant ones that squirrels won’t eat, such as daffodils, alliums, snowflakes, grape hyacinths, snowdrops, and Spanish bluebells. Don’t plant tulips and crocus. They’re a rodent buffet. MOVING BLUEBERRIES › I would like to relocate my blueberry bushes to a sunnier part of my garden in Alpharetta, Georgia. They are three to four years old and 5 feet tall. Do they need to be cut back before they are moved? Do they have taproots? —CAROLE » Nope, they don’t have taproots. Blueberry bushes are actually rather shallow rooted. Wait until after their leaves drop to transplant them. (This advice goes for other deciduous plants too.) Don’t cut them back. Doing so now would remove the flower…