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Southern Home July/August 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

There’s nothing quite like spending time with family and friends in a second-home getaway. Whether situated along the coast or up in the mountains, such retreats offer the comforts of home without the hustle and bustle of daily life, giving you permission to relax and reconnect with loved ones. In this issue, we feature a number of luxurious second homes, each personalized to meet the vacation needs of its owners. On Bald Head Island, architect Ruard Veltman and designer Julia Wood blend coastal comfort and polished style in a cottage that perfectly reflects the tranquil beauty of the area (page 53). For semi-retired clients wanting a place to spend time with grandchildren, Virginia designer Janie Molster merges the past and the present with a mixture of antiques and contemporary pieces…

1 min.
garden party

1 BAMBOO MELAMINE DINNERWARE BY BALLARD DESIGNS; Inviting tropical motifs for your spring and summer table; Dinner and accent plates sold in sets of 4; $39–$49; ballarddesigns.com 2 BAMBOO FLATWARE BY AERIN; A perfect set for alfresco dining; 5–piece place setting; $125; aerin.com 3 NATURAL ROPE TOP TRAY BY ANNIE SELKE; Crafted of sturdy rattan with Lampakanai rope woven over it to create an eco-friendly tray; $208; annieselke.com 4 IZNIK TILE OUTDOOR MELAMINE PLATTER AND PLATES BY WILLIAMS-SONOMA; Finely detailed and colorful platter and plates are durable, scratch-resistant, and shatter-proof; $15–$60; williams-sonoma.com 5 CUPOLA POOL HOUSE LANTERN BY BEVOLO; Framed in copper and accented with a hand-spun copper top that brings warmth to any space; price available upon request; bevolo.com 6 ISABELLA COLLECTION BY JULISKA; Acrylic drinkware that is both beautiful and durable; $12–$49; juliska.com 7…

5 min.
meg braff

Southern Home (SH): How do your roots in Mississippi influence your decorating today? Meg Braff (MB): There’s a certain graciousness in the South that is really special. It’s everything from manners to a way of doing things to being a good listener, all of which are important in decorating. I want my rooms to be welcoming and approachable, not pretentious and definitely not ostentatious. In the South, people love pretty spaces, but they also love comfort. SH:Give us three adjectives that describe your style. MB:Exuberant, colorful, timeless. SH: In your recent book (The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy, Rizzoli), you write about surrounding yourself with things that make you happy and letting go of what doesn’t to make room for what does. We almost get a hint of a Marie Kondo vibe—that…

2 min.
detail oriented

There is more to the word “atmosphere” than its scientific definition—just ask James “Jim” Howard. In his recently published book, Atmosphere: The Seven Elements of Great Design (Abrams, 2019), the Jacksonville-based interior and furniture designer explores the artistry involved in creating an atmosphere of beauty and tranquility inside the home. “I’ve written this book to convey what I’ve learned about crafting atmosphere at home, wherever that home may be, whatever aesthetic it might have,” says Howard, who co-founded Mr. and Mrs. Howard with his wife, interior designer Phoebe Howard. “Doing so isn’t a matter of rules or formulas, but there is a science to it as much as an art. It requires knowledge, passionate research, and travel, but also a willingness to think inventively, creatively, and in multiple dimensions.” In its 270-plus…

2 min.

Few antiques can boast a history marked by as many twists and turns as that of bamboo furniture. Although some experts believe the Asian tradition of making furniture from the pliable plant may date back to the 13th century, it was unknown to most Westerners until 1757, when Scottish-Swedish architect Sir William Chambers published his groundbreaking album of engravings, Designs of Chinese Buildings, Furniture, Dresses, Machines and Utensils. The album recorded the various modes of architecture and decorations that Chambers witnessed during his travels to China, and it included a depiction of a pair of bamboo chairs and a table. However, not everyone heeded Chambers’ example of authenticity. Instead, some preferred furniture that imitated bamboo in showy fashion, including famed 18th-century English actor and aesthete David Garrick, who purchased a…

1 min.
need to know

• Because authentic bamboo furniture is delicate, many early examples have not survived. Centuries-old Chinese pieces are highly sought after and can command prices well into the tens of thousands of dollars. Eighteenth-century European-made examples, particularly those pieces that incorporated chinoiseriestyle lacquered decorations, are also desirable. • Late-19th-century bamboo furniture was widely produced in England especially, which makes these examples easier to find and thus more affordable. A small table typically costs a few hundred dollars, while a cabinet may run into the low thousands. The more elaborately decorated or unusually shaped a piece is, the more expensive it will be. • Bamboo chairs remain popular, whether made of real bamboo or turned wood, but glass-fronted bookcases fashioned from bamboo are also in demand at the moment.…