Food & Wine
Southern Living

Southern Living March 2018

SOUTHERN LIVING celebrates the legendary food, gracious homes, lush gardens, and distinct places that make the South unique. In every edition you’ll find dozens of recipes prepared in our famous test kitchens, guides to the best travel experiences, decorating ideas and inspiration, and gardening tips tailored specifically to your climate.

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in this issue

2 min.
home improvement

EVERY YEAR at about this time, I start to think about all the projects that have been piling up over the winter. By March, my to-do list has gotten long: 1. Prepare the garden beds for spring planting. 2. Repaint the front door that our Jack Russell terrier has scratched to pieces. 3. Fix the driveway lights that the mailman ran over. 4. Cut down the dogwood that broke in half during a snowstorm. 5. Wash the grimy covers on the outdoor furniture. 6. Repair the sprinkler system. Again. Then there’s my wish list, the things I want to do but probably won’t: 1. Buy some new planters for the entryway. 2. Build a storage shed for all the bikes, scooters, soccer goals, and other detritus that piles up in…

1 min.
southern style now

BEAUTIFUL SPACES—INSIDE AND OUT WHILE SOUTHERN homes are among the most stylish you’ll find anywhere, they’re hardly known for recklessly chasing after fads. “The beautiful thing about real Southern homes is that they tend to float above the latest trends,” says Brandon Ingram, an architect based in Atlanta. “But right now, there’s a steady movement toward making them more fresh and relaxed.” Today’s lifestyle in the South is all about maximizing ease, comfort, and livability. This way of living is being reflected in every area of the home, starting outside with exteriors that are designed to channel nostalgic charms—like deep front porches proportioned for quick gatherings. Some of our newest floor plans are rethinking the open-concept layouts of past decades and are including a few more walls to accommodate privacy and…

1 min.
soft colors

THE SOUTH IS hardly shy about color, but right now, it’s making a statement by using hushed palettes. The shades being selected today whisper rather than demand attention. Rooms are being veiled in washed-out blues, dusty pinks, and delicate greens. The lighter hues are layered like neutrals with warm grays and enlivened by bright pops of color in accessories and textiles. “Ever-softer shades of pink, blue, turquoise, and green are showing up in fabrics, wallpapers, and overall design schemes,” says interior designer Lance Jackson, cofounder of Parker Kennedy Living in Commerce, Georgia. Classic textiles are being reinvented in serene color palettes as well. “Picture an 18th-century damask in faded slate blue, pale spa aqua, and soft grays,” says Scott Kravet, chief creative director for Kravet, Inc. In fact, Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt…

1 min.
light done right

Stardew (SW 9138); sherwin-williams.com “This serene gray-blue can somehow change color with the light, from a silvery shade to a deep blueberry.” JESS DAURAY Greensboro, North Carolina jessicadaurayinteriors.com Romance (SW 6323); sherwin-williams.com “The perfect neutral to brighten any room, this color is also soft enough to blend in with the rest of your home.” SARAH MOORE Birmingham, Alabama sarahcatherinedesign.com Filmy Green (SW 6190); sherwin-williams.com “A soothing green can do no wrong in any kind of bedroom—from a master to a nursery.” LAUREN DELOACH Atlanta, Georgia facebook.com/lauren deloachinteriors…

1 min.
textured finishes

FROM WILDLY popular grass cloth wallcoverings to agedlooking metals, we’re choosing warmer options because of the character and substance they lend. “I’ve been using more antique or brushed-brass finishes in hardware and other accents; they give a room that wonderful old-world feel and patina,” says Courtney Giles, a Southern Living Designer Network member located in Atlanta. Similarly, shiny chrome plumbing fixtures are no longer the default options for kitchens and baths. “Southern customers are loving warmer finishes on contemporary faucet lines— including matte black and brushed bronze,” notes Amy Zboralski, global specifications executive at Kohler Co.…

1 min.
matching patterns

CHOOSE YOUR PATTERN, and repeat it around the room: It’s a play out of the Southern-decor handbook, but thanks to statement wallpaper’s renaissance, matchy-matchy is also back. “There’s a renewed interest in using matching fabric and wallpaper. It makes a room feel instantly pulled together,” notes Dara Caponigro, creative director of Schumacher. Yet the look is lighter and airier for 2018, blending gentle colors, clean lines, and minimal visual clutter. “Even traditional patterns like chintz are more edited, and the backgrounds include more white space to make them look fresher and less stuffy,” explains Holly Blalock, vice president of merchandising and marketing at CR Laine. “They’re monochromatic or limited to a few hues instead of a color overload.” Asian motifs are also a popular category, from classic bamboo fretwork to trendier…