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Southern Home

Home Style 2019

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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the beloved abode

(PHOTOGRAPHY STEPHANIE WELBOURNE STEELE) Janie Marsden-Willis has had a lifelong affinity for things that have a history. She was raised working alongside her mother at Jane Marsden Antiques & Interiors, a cornerstone of the Atlanta design and furnishings market for three decades. So it comes as no surprise that Janie’s home has a story to tell, too. Built on bustling Peachtree Street in town, the house has been moved, turned into an apartment building, and was finally abandoned for a time before Janie and her husband, Mike, bought it in the late 1990s.The home’s exterior footprint was all that remained when the family began breathing new life into their beloved abode. When all was said and done, it became the ideal showcase for a lifetime of covetable finds Janie acquired…

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making magic

Mark and Sissy Simmons had a grand French Regency house in Nashville’s tony Belle Meade neighborhood where they raised four children. But once the children had grown and moved away, the time seemed right to feather another nest—perhaps something a little less formal that would still welcome their vast collections of antiques. So the couple decided to sell their house and build their dream home. They found a small rental cottage to serve as temporary space and made a few accommodations to fit their needs. But due to a fire, the Simmonses suddenly had no place to live—and their new house was in the earliest stages of construction. In the dining room, contemporary meets traditional with an all-glass table surrounded by 18th-century-style side chairs. Mark found the…

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home again

In the foyer, a black-and-green marble floor inspired designer Sandra Lynn to use a blue-green wall color. When an executive and his wife returned to Birmingham, Alabama, after living in New York City for many years, they were pleasantly surprised to find their former house on the market. With so many fond memories of family life in the spacious one-level, Regency-style home, the couple decided to purchase it again. However, they did want to make some changes inside to fit their new, more relaxed phase of life. So the homeowners called on the talents of designer Sandra Lynn, known for her comfortably elegant style, who had worked with them on a previous home. The front entrance is distinguished by a formal courtyard of pavers delineated with mondo grass.…

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best in show

With its equestrian paintings, distinctive hand-forged iron chandelier, 1840 English library table, and antique Oushak rug, the living room offers a sophisticated entertaining backdrop. The entry hall welcomes guests with a pair of gilded Chippendale mirrors hung over demilune tables. The genteel aura of Kentucky’s beloved Bluegrass Country seems to distinguish everything about Donna and Bill Shively’s Dixiana Farm. This is especially true in their elegant, four-year-old columned house that feels as if it has been there forever. Appearing in the distance like the setting of a Southern novel, the home is flanked by blowsy gardens and thick groves of century-old maple, oak, and walnut trees on more than 660 acres of rolling pastures, delineated by white-rail fences.Within this epicenter of the thoroughbred horse world that has…

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lakeside luxury

Architect Adam Gerndt brought the exterior stone walls into the living room to frame views of the lake through windows extending to the 19-foot ceilings. A trio of pendants from BoBo Intriguing Objects hangs over the dining area. A pair of slipcovered chairs by Cisco Brothers offers an inviting seating area in a sunny window. When Jason and Kate Price of Birmingham, Alabama, approached Tom Adams and Adam Gerndt of Adams Gerndt Design Group about building a new lake retreat, they brought the best gift a client can offer—a waterfront lot with spectacular views all around. Located in the Emerald Shores community of Lake Martin, the property is situated on a peninsula. Additionally, the lot is mostly flat, allowing the architects to organize a fairly conventional structure…

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french influence

(PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL HUNTER) There’s a Swedish lightness to the painted chairs and bleached demilune tables that works particularly well in Dallas, as do subtly striped wallpaper, carpet, and window treatments. Kincaid flanked the fireplace with mirrors from John Rosselli to “evoke windows and expand the space,” she says. The owner already had the rug, so Kincaid repeated its blue tones throughout the room with upholstery, window treatments, and a collection of Chinese export plates. For a fresh twist, Kincaid added a midcentury, glass-topped coffee table. If you ask a design expert for advice on the most worthy investment related to furnishing your house, the answer is often something like this: “Buy the best you can afford.” The response from Dallas designer Cathy Kincaid is similar, but her reason…