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Food & Wine
Southern Living

Southern Living September 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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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13 Issues

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2 min.
down on the farm

LAST FALL, a small group of Alabama dads and I decided to host an overnight camping trip for about a dozen fifth-grade girls, including my daughter, Phoebe. Our campground was a farm set just outside Birmingham, complete with chickens, pigs, a few barn cats, and a big meadow by the Cahaba River, where we pitched our tents. The goal was to teach the girls the simple joys of camping and provide a bonding experience, but there was really nothing simple about our endeavor. Given the competitive nature of some of the dads, we had enough supplies, food, and gear to survive for weeks, and we were seriously overprogrammed with activities. One dad had even written out a schedule that looked something like this. 4 p.m. Set up tents4:30 p.m. Egg toss5…

3 min.
the gentle art of dahlias

LOVELY AS they are, dahlias don’t top many lists of easy flowers for beginners who live below the Mason-Dixon Line. They don’t like our summer heat, humidity, and biblical downpours. Rather, these flowers long to be pampered in a gentle “kumbaya” climate like that of the Pacific Northwest. Deborah Stone, a jack-of-all-trades beauty-spa owner turned farmer, did not know this. What she did know was that at her home on Stone Hollow Farmstead in Harpersville, Alabama, she wanted to add cut flowers to her assorted all-natural product offerings of gourmet goat cheeses, community-supported agriculture (CSA) seasonal farm boxes, themed gift baskets, and Botanik? Skin (her line of plant-based skin-care goods). “I hadn’t seen any cut dahlias at the farmers’ market, so I began investigating,” she recalls. “Once I learned how hard…

1 min.
deborah’s favorite dahlias

5 min.
a treetop getaway

EXTERIOR Max Out Porches The original plan for this porch had no exit, but adding the split stairway provided quick access to the water and softened the look of the tall stone foundation, which gives the cottage an elevated tree house feel. LIVING ROOM Twice as Nice “This home lives large thanks to smart planning,” says Hillegas, who relied on a favorite design trick: symmetry. She centered the room around the concrete fireplace and then outfitted the space with pairs: two built-in bookcases flank the fireplace, a couple of slipcovered swivel chairs from Lee Industries sit in front of them, and matching floor lamps rest at each end of the sofa. A PEACEFUL 1,000-square-foot home sits nestled in a forested area of historic Blount Springs, Alabama. Only a nearby rushing waterfall breaks the silence, a stark…

1 min.
small ideas, big wow

OUT IN THE OPEN Laughlin pulled out a signature space-saving design and built sleek shelves across this kitchen window. They let in light while creating additional storage. A selection of the homeowners’ go-with-anything white pottery lines the shelves without obstructing the woodland view. WALLS AND CEILINGS NEED ATTENTION TOO The walls throughout the house are made of white-painted shiplap to provide a textured backdrop, but plain drywall clads most of the ceilings. Hillegas dressed them up with simple wallpapers (such as this subtle geometric pattern, Clara B in Heron; sisterparishdesign.com) for just the right touch of “notice me” interest. CREATE A CORNER OFFICE A narrow concrete desk placed near the front dining porch serves as a spot for writing and can double as a bar when entertaining guests. “We used a lot of concrete in…

1 min.
decorating picks