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Southern Home September/October 2018

Southern Home showcases beautiful homes that will appeal to every design aesthetic. We canvas the Southern states to bring you some of the area’s most inviting and interesting homes, as well as the talented architects, designers, and homeowners behind them. Tour the South’s finest homes filled with art, antiques, collections, and family heirlooms.

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from the editors

IN THE SOUTH, THERE’S NO SEASON quite like fall. After this summer’s record-breaking heat, we welcome the cooler temperatures with open arms. And what better time of year to also welcome guests into our homes? Whether in the Blue Ridge Mountains or along Florida’s Gulf Coast, fall invites us to open up our doors to family and friends, as well as to the seasonal breezes that make this time of year perfect for gatherings. For one Atlanta-based couple, the season means long weekends with their blended family in a gracious North Carolina home designed by Francie Hargrove (page 21). In Houston, designer Sarah West incorporates architectural antiques and a sense of history into a new home for empty nesters who love to entertain (page 41). And a Louisiana family enjoys…

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the elegant étagère

1 BLADE ÉTAGÈRE IN THE THOMAS PHEASANT COLLECTION FOR BAKER FURNITURE; A sophisticated piece that pairs artistic form with practical design. Made of mahogany solids and veneers with brass accents; 50”W x 18”D x 33”H; $12,855; bakerfurniture.com 2 MARTEL ÉTAGÈRE BY UNIVERSAL TO THE TRADE; Sleek shelving that works with a variety of design styles. Acrylic posts with brushed brass accents and metal framed shelves; 38”W x 16”D x 90”H; To the Trade program pricing; universaltothetrade.com 3 PARRISH ÉTAGÈRE BY KATE SPADE OF NEW YORK FOR EJ VICTOR; The perfect spot for flowers, books, or barware. Made of rosewood with brass accents; 37”W x 14”D x 89”H; $5,615; katespade.com 4 TAVISH ÉTAGÈRE BY HOLLAND MACRAE; Inspired by English country homes with an added book support. Made of sycamore wood with an ebony finish.…

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barbara westbrook

Southern Home (SH): Who or what has been your greatest decorating influence? Barbara Westbrook (BW): I grew up in Virginia, a place rich with historic architecture. Antiques and architecture were much loved in our house, and my mom dragged us through plenty of antiques shops and wonderful old homes. That certainly helped train my eye. Early on in my design career, I worked for some talented Atlanta designers—Charles Gandy and Bill Peace of Gandy/Peace, as well as Nancy Braithwaite. From Charles and Bill, I learned about modern design; everything was very organized and precise, and they taught me a lot about editing. Nancy shaped me in a major way with her mastery of color. We would go through dozens of samples just to find the perfect shade of white, and it…

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beyond aesthetics

Ray Booth has made it big in the design world, but he’s still a small-town boy at heart. According to the architect and interior designer, some of his fondest childhood memories are of joyriding with his mother through the historic district of his hometown in Huntsville, Alabama. “As early as eight years old, I can remember looking out of the car window and studying the houses and buildings we’d pass so that I could go home and draw what I saw,” Booth says. “The pure grandeur of the architecture fascinated me, but my mother’s response saw beyond the beauty to the emotion. To her, these antebellum homes suggested as much an inner state of happiness as an outward expression of wonder and the security implicit in the survival of structures standing…

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under pressure

Signatures of good taste in a bespoke interior, antique barometers seem to be the epitome of classic design meets functional necessity meets ingenious contraption. Such devices have captivated collectors and designers for centuries. Their fundamental function was to anticipate weather changes, an essential tool in agrarian, seafaring, and generally curious societies. At first, they were rudimentary, invented in Italy in 1643 when Evangelista Torricelli, a student of Galileo, discovered that mercury reacted to atmospheric pressure—more pressure caused the mercury to go down, meaning rain was imminent; less pressure meant skies were clear. But over time, tastes and creativity had their way, and barometers became more prevalent as reflections of status in 18th- and 19th-century houses. The practical necessity of these gadgets has pretty much ceased with the technological treadmill that we’re all…

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need to know

INVENTED: 1643 PURPOSE: Predicting weather changes COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Italy, but they proliferated in England and France WHAT TO LOOK FOR: It’s difficult to find barometers that are still operational, but value increases if the piece is signed by the maker. Refer to Barometer Makers and Retailers, 1660-1900 by Edwin Banfield to find names of makers. TAKE CARE: Never lay a mercury barometer flat. Transport a mercury barometer in a plastic bag in case the glass tube holding the mercury breaks or leaks. Never take a mercury barometer on an airplane. Clean surfaces with a dry microfiber cloth. Use a professional for more in-depth cleaning. VALUE: Barometers by named makers can bring up to $18,000, but you may find 19th-century barometers for as little as $2,500. EXPERT PERSPECTIVE: Dealer John Forster of Barometer Fair in Sarasota,…