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Southern Home September/October 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 first crisp breeze of fall is a welcome reprieve from summer’s heat and brings fresh inspiration for our interiors and lifestyles. Whether your autumn to-do list includes a hayride and pumpkin picking or walks among the leaves and hot apple cider, coming home to cozy décor and hues can be the best part of the season. The cooler weather gives us a chance to slow down and enjoy quiet moments at home, and the Southern Home team hopes this new issue—filled with grand estates and historic abodes—brings a little extra beauty to your days. Within these pages, you’ll find yourself at the captivating Merryhill house in Virginia (page 27), where a designer honors the home’s rich past while giving it a functional update. Get an up-close look at a classic…

2 min.
a fresh look at cane

6 min.
tara shaw

Southern Home (SH): In your new book, Soul of the Home: Designing with Antiques (Harry N. Abrams), you describe yourself as a modernist at heart. That’s somewhat surprising, coming from an antiques dealer. Tara Shaw (TS): As a teen I had a midcentury banquette covered in a leopard print and a black fur bedspread on a midcentury bed. Fortunately my family always allowed me to color outside the lines. SH: When did you develop your passion for antiques? TS: I had a pretty successful career in the fashion industry, and I had gotten to the point where I wanted to feather my New Orleans nest. At the time French Provincial furniture was prevalent, which wasn’t my cup of tea, so I started doing research, poring through auction catalogs and magazines, and learning all…

1 min.
comfortably southern

Charming, comfortable, and lovingly layered, James Farmer is known for his classic style that melds traditional looks with fresh approaches. His aesthetic is centered around how we live and love in our homes and how practical and functional can still be beautiful. In his newest book, Arriving Home: A Gracious Southern Welcome, readers will enjoy and discover how antiques can be mixed with new upholstery, collections and art can be displayed against updated wall coverings, and layers of jute, sisal, and wood can ground a space, while colorful additions add personality. From a grand Connecticut country home and a stately abode in St. Louis to a columned antebellum Alabama estate, Farmer’s style travels across the country to set the tone for the lives of his clients. The projects in this stunning…

1 min.
simply elegant

In The Beauty of Home: Redefining Traditional Interiors, award-winning interior designer Marie Flanigan gives readers an up-close look into her creative process and how she uses essential elements to curate beautiful yet approachable spaces. Timeless, emotional, and immediately recognizable, Flanigan’s interiors manage to remain true to her signature style while also reflecting her clients’ individual wants and needs. For more than a decade, she has crafted spaces that expertly reflect the stories of those who dwell within them. The framework for Flanigan’s stunning projects comes from her background in architecture, her sense of composition, and her use of elements of surprise. “As I learned the history of architecture, I was drawn equally to the orderly beauty of classical design and to the sculptural simplicity of modernism,” says Flanigan. “Over time, I…

4 min.
steeped in splendor

Centuries before it became entrenched in everyday Southern culture, brewed tea was an indulgence enjoyed mostly by society’s elite. Imported from China and introduced to Europe in the early 17th century, tea, like the porcelains and silks traded alongside it, was considered a luxury good, accessible only to those who could afford its princely cost. Adopted by the upper classes that were eager to flaunt their wealth and gentility, tea, specifically, the drinking of it, provided an opportunity to develop a new and elaborate social custom, one which required a retinue of tableware conceived solely for serving and consuming tea in style. Often designed as matching sets, teapots, urns, cups and saucers, milk jugs, and sugar bowls were some of the pieces required for serving tea properly, as were tea…