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Southern Home September/October 2019

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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 the fall season approaches and brings its long-awaited cooler temperatures, softer colors, and familiar feeling of autumnal magic, homeowners and designers alike are inspired to incorporate nature’s beauty into their décor and furnishings. Whether you prefer to spend your evenings entertaining friends with dinner and cocktails or with quiet, simple moments surrounded by family, the homes featured in this issue are picture perfect for any such occasion. A seamless connection between indoor and outdoor spaces—like the one homeowners Lori and Chris Sholota created (page 93)—is ideal for taking in the splendor of the season while enjoying morning coffee or an evening meal. The couple worked with a local architect to ensure the structure of their new build fit gently into the landscape, as if it had always been there.…

1 min.
sweet dreams

1 BEDDING BY BELLA NOTTE; Delphine deluxe shams and coverlet in Pearl; Frida sheets; Silk Velvet quilted throw blanket; Luna euro shams in Rosegold; Price $194–$722; bellanottelinens.com 2 AERIN SCALLOPED ORGANIC SHEET SET FOR WILLIAMS SONOMA; Loomed in Turkey of organic 200-thread-count cotton, available in blue or white scalloped edge; $249–$299; williams-sonoma.com 3 GUY BEDDING IN IVORY BASKETWEAVE WITH MIDNIGHT GREEK KEY VELVET APPLIQUE BY LILI ALESSANDRA; Pairs well with Valencia Decorative Pillows; $390–$5,850; lilialessandra.com 4 GINGKO BED COLLECTION BY YVES DELORME; A romantic floral print inspired by nature and printed on luxury, long-stapled cotton. $60–$495; usa.yvesdelorme.com 5 LIVENZA COLLECTION BY SDH IN OREGANO; Woven in Italy with 100% Egyptian Cotton. Certified–OekoTex. $70–$1,200; sdhlinens.com 6 NADIA BY MATOUK; A cotton matelassé weave creates a look that complements both casual and formal bed styles; $149–$498; matouk.com 7…

5 min.
mark d. sikes

Southern Home (SH): Your decorating is often described as all-American, which seems appropriate, given that you were born in Texas and later lived in Nashville, Atlanta, and the Midwest. Now that you call Los Angeles home, what about the South has impacted your style? Mark D. Sikes (MDS): Every place you live informs something in your life, right? In the South it was definitely about tradition and a sense of formality, gentility, and refinement, whether it be in decor, entertaining, or gardens. My time in the Midwest, where my grandparents and all my aunts lived, became where I really understood what a home feels like—comfortable and relaxed, easy. Now, on the West Coast, there’s this indoor/outdoor lifestyle and a casualness that’s layered—with a bit more of a bohemian slant. Mix all…

2 min.
beautifully blended

As a young child, Mona Hajj didn’t love her grandmother’s home because it followed any certain rules of interior design, she loved it because of its simplicity, its warmth, and its eclectic collection of beautiful pieces that had no rhyme or reason. From a rich, cushy living room to furniture and pillows adorned with antique textiles, the groupings of things in the house just felt good and right. Growing up in Beirut, Lebanon, Hajj was constantly surrounded by decorative objects and furnishings from all different eras. Whether it was an heirloom handed down through the family over generations or an artifact displayed in the streets of Beirut, she was never far from inspiration that she describes as serene, complex, and romantic. In her new book, A Romance of East and West,…

2 min.
radiant reflections

To truly appreciate sunburst mirrors, one must first understand their evolution from solar symbol to wall ornament. Defined as rays emanating from a central point, the sunburst had an ecclesiastical association for centuries, sometimes appearing as saintly halos in medieval religious paintings or translated into gilded, carved wooden accents on the altars of Christian churches. Louis XIV of France popularized the sunburst as a decoration for the secular realm in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Self-anointed as the “Sun King,” Louis even adopted a gilded sunburst bearing the face of Apollo, the Greek sun god, as his personal emblem. Intended to convey Louis’ absolute power, the symbol was incorporated into the architecture and interiors of the king’s grand palace, Versailles, where its presence burnished the motif’s reputation. Louis’ reign…

1 min.
need to know

• Because of their popularity in the twentieth century, sunburst mirrors were produced in great quantities and in a range of styles and materials, making these pieces affordable and easy to find today. David Duncan estimates that vintage models made of inexpensive composition or resin can cost as little as $275. However, antique gilt wood examples from the eighteenth century, especially those which are exuberantly carved, can fall into the $7,000 to $8,000 price range, depending on their size and condition. • Serious collectors of twentieth-century furniture tend to gravitate to mirrors designed by Poillerat, Vautrin, and the Italian designer Piero Fornasetti. According to Duncan, “Collectible examples by a designer such as Vautrin could sell for as much as $75,000.” • Sunburst mirrors are not merely decorative but functional, too. “Do remember…