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Southern Home March/April 2021

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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 joy of springtime can be found not only in spending more time outdoors but also within the walls of our own homes. Whether you love to deep clean and declutter or find new pieces to add to your spaces, the change in the air inspires us to make happy changes around us. It is our hope that the vibrant pages of this colorful issue remind you of your love for mixing and matching, rearranging, and bringing the outside in. This season is the perfect time to give yourself fresh surroundings, even if that means something as simple as a bright bouquet of flowers on your kitchen table. This issue takes you to a peach farm in rural South Carolina, where designer James Farmer brings new life into an old home…

2 min.
home work

6 min.
janie molster

Southern Home (SH): If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Janie Molster (JM): An English teacher—I majored in English literature in college. SH: When did you realize that decorating was your destiny, versus Austen and Shakespeare? JM: I was young and newly married. We bought our first house, and I was long on creativity but short on budget. I really had fun and was experimental in some of the things I did. I remember being seven months pregnant with my first child, on the second step of a ladder, and rolling paint on the walls because I couldn’t stand one more hour in that room with the current color. Friends started asking me to help rearrange their furniture or pick out a paint color, and then it became friends of friends.…

1 min.
drama and romance

For the first time in print, Claud Cecil Gurney offers insight into the origins of de Gournay, the famous family-owned wallpaper company. Founded in 1984, the company is renowned worldwide for its hand-painted wallpapers that are interpretations of 18th- and 19th-century chinoiserie papers that often feature garden scenes in vibrant hues. Their bold color palettes and contem-porary designs draw interior designers and homeowners alike to their selections. De Gournay: Hand-Painted Interiors, showcases de Gournay designs within beautiful interiors created by top designers. From San Francisco and New York to London and Paris, readers can now glimpse city and country settings featuring the iconic papers. This special book is the perfect addition to a design lover’s library or a beautiful gift for anyone interested in the history of decorative arts.…

4 min.
life of the party

A libation dating back to ancient times, when the Greek and Roman gods Dionysus and Bacchus were identified with it, wine was a drink enjoyed daily by all classes of society. But beginning in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when winemaking became more sophisticated and the expensive methods of bottling and corking were introduced, the cost of drinking good wine became prohibitive to all but the wealthy. Like tea drinking, the consumption of wine became yet another social custom that set the upper classes apart from everyone else, and it inspired new types of luxurious accessories with which to drink and serve it, including wine coolers, coasters, decanters, and tables designed specifically to enhance the ease and enjoyment of drinking wine and spirits. Considered the height of elegance and sophistication even…

4 min.
french flair

When Michael Mitchell first came to the Daniel Island home, he noticed it lacked one thing: color. “It was a pretty white house, but she is a color person,” Mitchell says of his client Shelly Leeke, who with her husband, Derek Miller, had recently purchased the home. Mitchell and his husband, Tyler Hill, own Charleston’s Mitchell Hill, a full-service interiors firm with an expansive King Street showroom. “We do everything from reupholstering and curating art collections to full-home renovations,” he says. After finding the firm through an online search, Leeke and Mitchell quickly hit it off, and she began to share her vision for her home’s design. Having attended law school at Tulane, Leeke is fond of New Orleans style and wanted to bring French influence into the family’s home. “I…