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Southern Home May/June 2019

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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United States
Hoffman Media
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

As we approach the summer months, the line between indoors and outdoors begins to blur, and we find ourselves spending more time on patios and screened porches. These extensions of our homes become our main living spaces where we linger well into the evening hours, enjoying conversation, cocktails, and alfresco meals. In this issue, we feature a number of homes with beautiful outdoor areas tailor-made for entertaining, as well as for quiet moments of solitude. Designer Kathryn Greeley created the ultimate outside space surrounding her quaint North Carolina cottage and has been cultivating the English-style gardens since 1986, filling them with an abundance of heirloom plants and old-fashioned flowers (page 55). In Louisiana, architect George Hopkins and designer Connie Seitz collaborated on a stunning new home that extends 1,000 feet…

1 min.
the great outdoors

1 PREVUE COLLECTION BY JOHN CALDWELL FOR BROWN JORDAN; Collection incorporates flexible suncloth strapping on an aluminum frame; fully customizable; $1,216 to $6,371; brownjordan.com 2 GREYSTONE COLLECTION BY ANN MARIE VERING FOR RESTORATION HARDWARE; Cast-aluminum construction shown in graphite; $468 to $862; rh.com 3 ALL SEASONS PADDED DINING CHAIR BY LLOYD FLANDERS; Aluminum frame with built-in reticulated foam seating; available in 19 colors; $700; lloydflanders.com 4 VIRGINIA THREE-SEATER BENCH WITH KESWICK BACK BY MCKINNON AND HARRIS; High-performance aluminum with an architectural powder-coat finish; $7,330; mckinnonharris.com 5 FUSION COLLECTION BY CASTELLE; Constructed of cast and extruded aluminum with tailored details for ultimate comfort; $1,750 to $5,372; castelleluxury.com 6 ASHLAND COLLECTION BY SUMMER CLASSICS: A MODERN TAKE ON TRADITIONAL STYLE; Handcrafted of high-quality teak with mortise and tenon construction; see website for retailers and pricing; summerclassics.com 7 OBSESSION…

6 min.
charlotte moss

Southern Home (SH): As a Virginia native who has lived in New York for a number of years now, how do you define Southern style? Charlotte Moss (CM): Congenial, welcoming, gracious, relaxed, unselfconscious. Those words carry over to how we decorate. It’s about having an ease and a lack of pretension. But we’re fierce in a lot of ways, which is the exact opposite of what Northerners might think of us. SH: OK, now we’re curious how you define fierce? CM: When I was growing up in Virginia, I can remember my mother and grandmother baking, knitting, gardening, and decorating with the best of them and then heading out to waterski on a summer afternoon and coming back to put on a crab feast for 20. As Southerners, we know how to have…

1 min.
beautiful balance

As a young boy, Lee Ledbetter would peer out the window of his mother’s station wagon and absorb the many diverse architectural forms—from the classic Georgian-style houses to the mid-century structures—that abounded in his hometown of Monroe, Louisiana. What began as a childhood fascination evolved into a tireless passion and a successful professional career that has spanned more than three decades and has made him one of the most prominent architects and interior designers in New Orleans and the South. In his first book, The Art of Place: Lee Ledbetter—Architecture and Interiors (Rizzoli, 2019), Ledbetter showcases 16 distinct projects, such as a neo-Gothic church on St. Charles Avenue, an artist’s bayou cottage, and a sculpture garden on the grounds of the New Orleans Museum of Art. He also shares imagery of…

1 min.
fashion forward

It is somewhat ironic that Emily Summers credits her traditional Midwest upbringing as the inspiration for her minimalist spaces. Born and raised in Kansas City, the Dallas designer fondly recalls the abundance of tailored Tudor-and Georgian-style homes filled with refinery but lacking in frills like gilded antiques and swags with tassels. “Appropriateness, elegance, and restraint were watchwords back home, and I still subscribe to those things today,” says Summers. “But I learned and formed my aesthetic by reacting in opposition to the styles that surrounded me. I recognized that I could never live in a traditional house with busy surfaces and small spaces. Before I departed my teens, I was a convert to modernism.” Summers’ first book, Distinctly Modern Interiors (Rizzoli, 2019), guides readers along her unique career path. Having spent…

2 min.
the colorful past of porcelain

As the Chinese saying goes, “The height of good taste is the simple appreciation of blue and white.” Indeed, few genres of ceramics have been more admired than those resplendent in blue and white. The widely collected porcelain first began to take root in the 14th century, when cobalt ore from Persia, crushed for use as pigment, was introduced to China via the Silk Road trade route. Having already mastered the production of porcelain—the secret to its white, translucent appearance would remain a closely guarded secret for centuries—Chinese craftsmen began to experiment with the blue pigment, applying it by brush to white porcelain bodies as decoration before then glazing and firing it. Although some blue-and-white porcelain was made specifically for the Chinese court, much of it was exported to the Near…