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Southern Home July/August 2020

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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

The idea of summertime brings many familiar images to mind. Days spent on the beach, at the lake, or grilling in the backyard. Visiting family and friends across the country or just across the street. Taking the time to work in the garden or try out that new recipe you’ve been saving. While our world has been through a challenging time this year, we can hold on to the simpler, sweeter things and embrace the warm weather and brighter days ahead. It is the hope of the Southern Home team that this issue brings you some welcome inspiration and helps you transport yourself to the beautiful retreats we’re featuring. Escape to the mountains on page 69 and admire the beautiful Virginia property designed by Janie Molster with three generations of guests…

1 min.
outdoor rugs

1 SOCHI WOVEN INDOOR/OUTDOOR RUG BY MCGEE & COMPANY; A new take on the tried and true tribal motif, adding a layered feel to both modern and traditional homes alike. $158–$1,138; mcgeeandco.com 2 WILLOWMERE HAND-KNOTTED OUTDOOR RUG; 100% polyester fibers engineered from recycled plastic; standard sizes available; $598–$3,498; serenaandlily.com 3 LOMA OUTDOOR RUG BY MITCHELL HILL; Made of 100% recycled plastic; price available upon request; mitchellhill.com 4 PALMETTO INDOOR/OUTDOOR RUG BY BALLARD DESIGNS; The stylized trellis motif reminds us of Mediterranean grillwork. Made of washable, fade-resistant polypropylene; $29–$349; ballarddesigns.com 5 PIXEL RUG BY TIDELLI; Constructed of Tidelli’s signature material, outdoor roping and fully customizable for color and size; tidelli.com 6 SABRINA SOTO OUTDOOR RUG IN NAVY FOR RUGS.COM; Machine woven of polypropylene; available in five colors and various sizes; $198–$998; rugs.com 7 CLEO INDOOR/OUTDOOR RUG BY…

6 min.
paloma contreras

Southern Home (SH): Your path to becoming a designer has been unusual. Will you share your story? Paloma Contreras (PC): Foreign languages were my first love, and I majored in Spanish and Italian studies in college. I became a high school Spanish teacher, and although I enjoyed the subject matter and working with students, I realized early on my heart wasn’t in it, and I needed a creative outlet. A couple of people I knew were writing blogs to keep their friends and family in the loop, and I thought, I could do that. I started La Dolce Vita in 2007 without any sort of intention—I just knew that every now and then when inspiration struck, I would write a series of personal essays. Around that same time, we bought our…

1 min.
the great outdoors

The first book by renowned landscape architect, Keith Williams, The Graphic Garden, published by Pointed Leaf Press, highlights his more impressive projects to date and includes the revitalization of several historically landmarked homes and properties. Based in South Florida, Williams has been designing outdoor spaces for over 20 years, and his love and passion for his work truly shines in this monograph. With stunning photography, readers will see how Williams often integrates both native and exotic plants, builds opulent swimming pools, and adds in trees and stonework to create lush gardens full of tropical foliage. The book includes more than just plantings; it also features cabanas, a vertical garden wall, a loggia inspired by Bermuda, fountains, and motor courts. In showing the transformations and process of these design projects, the book…

1 min.
historic blooms

In 1955, Marjorie Merriweather Post purchased the Hillwood estate at the age of 68. The lush paradise sits on 25 acres in Washington, D.C., and includes 13 acres of formal gardens that extend from the house’s terraces and porches in progression of outdoor rooms. Published in partnership with Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens, A Garden for All Seasons: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Hillwood is the first book on the history and design of these remarkable grounds. Meant to complement the mansion’s interior rooms, each outdoor space has an intuitive flow, and readers will find endless inspiration from both the newly commissioned photography and the historic images. Alongside prominent landscape architects Umberto Innocenti, Richard Webel, and Perry Wheeler, Post also made sure the estate grounds included a fascinating array of trees, shrubs, and…

4 min.
garden glories

Shapely urns, statues of gods and goddesses, leonine wall ornaments spouting water into fountains, and French box-style planters—these are just some of the classic outdoor embellishments with which we decorate our gardens today. But what many may not realize is that each of these forms dates back centuries. While the spacious, formal gardens they were once made for may have lost ground to more informal landscaping, the charm and delightful nature of these ornaments and statues have ensured their place in gardens over the centuries. The modern notion of the formal garden can be traced back to Renaissance-era Italy, where the rich and powerful, including the Medici family, displayed their wealth and prestige by commissioning and residing in grand villas, which in turn spawned the desire for gardens designed to be…