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For over 40 years, Southern Living magazine has delivered definitive Southern food, decorating, and entertaining ideas to its readers, making it one of the most trusted sources in the country with over 16 million readers monthly. Readers use it, keep it, live by it. It's the magazine that no Southern home in any part of the country can be without.
If you enjoy the style characteristics we associate with signature Southern style such as hospitality, warmth, charm, livability, graciousness, a touch of elegance, a balanced mix of the formal and informal, and fresh color inspired by nature and year round outdoor living, you may enjoy this book. It's not a coincidence that some of America's top designers, known for these elements, came from the South such as Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, Thomas Jayne and Miles Redd. Their rooms are colorful, charming, hospitable, livable, unique and inviting like the rooms in this book.
This book highlights distinct southern design elements associated with a warm climate and southern history: slipcovers, monograms, wicker-rattan-cane-bamboo furniture, antiques, painted floors, dressy curtains, portraits and collections. Then you see examples of these in a room-by-room guide from entryways to living rooms, to offices to kids' rooms.
There's a fun section on reinventing the old: before and after, decorating a bedroom three ways and furniture face-lifts. I never tire of seeing great examples of Grandma Agnes's chair redone attractively in a fresh fabric, some nail heads and paint which accent its great lines and improves its look. There are some stylish examples in this book.
What I noted about this book is that some of my favorite rooms that I have in my design files are in it. Usually in design books one might like 1/3 or 1/2 of the rooms. Most of the rooms in this book I really, really liked or would be happy to be in.Read more ›
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If you love 'Modern Traditional', 'British West Indies' (plantation shutters, linen, rustic) - you will LOVE this book. The cover does not do this book justice, in my opinion. I was so thrilled to open it and flip through so many inspirational, gorgeous rooms that exhibit the lived-in yet modern look that Southern Living Mag often features. It's organized similar to the Domino design book, very smart, with suggestions on how to replicate the rooms in your home by highlighting various furniture pieces at different price points. I think anyone who loves interior design could appreciate this book...give it a try!
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Katherine Cobbs left her first publishing job at National Geographic for the West Coast where she attended culinary school in order to combine her love of food with her passion for writing. For over fifteen years she has written and developed recipes for magazines such as Cooking Light, Cottage Living, Southern Accents, and Executive Traveler, websites such as Tastebook.com and Cooking.com and for book projects for Warner Books, Time-Life, Oxmoor House, Williams-Sonoma, and Artisan. She co-authored Bottega Favorita - A Southern Chef's Love Affair with Italian Food with James Beard Award-winning chef, Frank Stitt and The Hot & Hot Fish Club Cookbook with James Beard Award- and Iron Chef-winner, Chef Chris Hastings. She recently finished a cookbook collaboration with country music singer Martina McBride entitled Around the Table - Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year (Harper Collins Publishers/William Morrow, October 2014). She will soon be launching her own venture at CookFit.com