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Southern Living

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Home improvement, decorating, entertaining, cooking, and travel -- and of course, our signature recipes! Review

Who Reads Southern Living?
Southern Living is written for any woman who feels a strong connection to the South--geographic or otherwise--and who wants to live the lifestyle she associates with the region and the magazine. Specifically, she wants a warm, casual, inviting home; great recipes she can count on for friends and family; terrific travel ideas for family vacations; a garden that not only beautifies her home but extends family living/entertaining space into the outdoors; and a sense of pride and respect for the South.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue:

  • Weekend Guide for 5 different regions: What to do close to home right now: city day trips; new shopping and dining experiences; hiking and other outdoor activities; romantic getaways and quick vacations.
  • So Southern: Creative, seasonal, inspiring ideas.
  • Travel: Destinations primarily within the South; insider information from editors who have been there and tried each hotel, restaurant, attraction, etc.; beautiful sense-of-place features that inspire pride in the South; budget travel and splurges; trips packaged for families with young children, couples, girlfriends, etc.
  • Homes: Casual, comfortable homes that reflect the homeowners' lifestyle and their Southernness; creative decorating ideas; features that teach readers the basics of good design and offer advice from design professionals.
  • Gardens: Beautiful homeowner gardens to inspire; great indoor-outdoor living ideas; expert planting and growing advice specific to the South and tailored to all the regions of the South (coastal, Southwest, etc.).
  • Foods: Outstanding kitchen-tested recipes that readers have come to trust and treasure; Southern classics as a well as fresh twists and updated recipes using traditional Southern ingredients.
  • Feature Articles: Feature articles reflect the primary sections of the magazine, in terms of content. Recent issues have featured: Azaleas Say Welcome, A Farm-Fresh Easter, Kentucky's Wild Wonder (Red River Gorge), Food-for-You Grilling, The Allure of Natchez, No Fuss Allowed (casual lunch for friends), Creating Character (new Lowcountry home taking cues from Old regional architecture), and Legacy of Wildflowers (Winterthur estate).
Magazine Layout:
Southern Living is a visual magazine but still believes in storytelling. Its photographers have continually worked to raise the visual bar because readers want to see the all the beauty and seasonal color of the South. They also want to access useful information quickly and easily, so Southern Living focuses on clean design and readability. But also makes room in the book for great writing and storytelling. .

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Southern Living is unique in that it is almost entirely staff-produced. Its staff editors were chosen for their expertise in their particular fields. For example, the Garden staff includes landscape architects and horticulturists. The Foods section is produced by former chefs, culinary school grads, and registered dietitians.

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Comparisons to Other Magazines:
We really can't name another magazine that is (1) completely devoted to the South and (2) committed to combining great lifestyle and service with regional pride and sense of place. In short, Southern Living delivers both service and soul, with a strong Southern accent.

The top four advertising categories are food, travel, Pharmaceutical, and Homes goods. The advertising to editorial ratio is roughly 50/50.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: The Time Inc. Magazine Company
  • ASIN: B001ZZI5RY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews)
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please bring back the old Southern Living! May 20, 2011
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal
Like others, even though I don't live in the South. I have been a subscriber for over 30 years. What they have done to this magazine is a travesty. The things that made Southern Living special (and why so many of us saved old issues) are all gone. The articles are interchangable with the articles in any of a dozen other magazines. For all I know, the articles are written by a bunch of folks in NYC who have never set foot south of the Mason-Dixon line!
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86 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great in the 1970s, Garbage Today June 30, 2010
By Matt
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Having grown up in the heart of Dixie, I've read this magazine all my life, and I preceded its birth by over 10 years. Still have the entire 1974 year down in the ol' homestead (an ultramodern 1970s brick house) in an old cardboard slipcase. It was a wonderful magazine in the 1970s and even into the early 1980s. Today, it is pure garbage. Do not waste your money on a subscription. If you buy one issue, you'll have all the advertising you need, but you'll actually get better advertising of Southern lifestyles by picking up free flyers at various interstate welcome stations. In fact, Southern Living now resembles a magazine comprising interstate brochure writing sandwiched between so many advertisements you cannot make sense of the editorial. I know what I'm talking about. Since it was purchased more than a decade ago by Time-Life, Southern Living has gone steadily downhill. If you want a gardening magazing for the south, choose Garden Gate or Fine Gardening. Or buy books. It's cheaper. If you need travel information, use the internet. If you want home design, forget it. In the 1970s you had houseplans, beautiful landscape designs and decorating ideas. Today, you can get better ideas from a standard like Good Housekeeping or by watching home and garden shows on television. It's really sad how pathetic Southern Living is. If I were employed there as a writer -- and it is not my niche by any means, professional corporate writing is -- I would be a lifeless card-punching automaton regurgitating segment marketing pap. Pulp. Garbage. You can't even wrap a decent mullet with this piece of garbage, they've shrunk the page size.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Improvement Needed October 26, 2009
Subscription Term Name:2 years
Having been a subscriber for 14 years I can only say that the new changes are not for the better. New subscribers will never know what they have missed.....but us old timers have lost faith. Who said Southern Living needed to be changed? Shame on those who took a delightful magazine from wonderful to wanting. You should have asked the readers.........we would have shared our positive thoughts with you before you took this "improved?" approach.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Southern Living Yankee Takeover November 28, 2012
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal|Verified Purchase
Southern Living is (or was) an institution in the south. Real southerners know that the magazine as it appears today does not refect its wonderful heritage and is the product of a magazine takeover. When you look at the December issue are are advised that red Christmas decor is so "yesterday" and hum-drum, there is your clue that the fashionistas and their cooler-than-thou staffers have taken it down a very different path. Yes, there are some fun and fresh elements that I can appreciate as a 30-something female; Yet, the magazine lacks the soul and genuine southern vibe that it once had. When every other article uses the word "southern" in the title in an effort to convince us dolts that this is what "real" southerners should do, you know that the writers are desperately trying to seem like they are heart-of-Dixie folk. It kind of reminds me of the person who tells everyone how humble they are...

So, if you're a transplant living in the south, you may think this is very southern. If you are 25 and looking for a lifestyle magazine with some cutesy southern details, this may do for you as well. But if you were born in the south, love southern elegance and don't wish to be tutored in the ways of hipster thinking, then I would take a pass on this magazine.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad to see what has happened to Southern Living May 2, 2010
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I'm assuming the changes in Southern Living happened because of the state of the magazine industry, but it's such a shame. SL use to be one of the best. I don't live in the South, but really enjoyed the great articles, travel stories, unique recipes, decorating ideas and beautiful photos. Also liked the fact that the magazine carried its share of ads, but I didn't feel like I was paying for a book of advertising with few articles, the way I do with many magazines.

Now, all that is gone. I don't really even recognize the magazine anymore. Ridiculously short articles with little content, recipes that I've seen a zillion times, nothing really inventive or even fresh, just recycled, watered-down content. The cover photos are the only thing that is as lovely as ever. SL now looks like every other magazine on the stand, even worse than many. Why in the world? Is this what it takes to get readers and advertisers? I can't imagine. I'm hoping that SL doesn't go under, but cannot imagine that this change will help it stay afloat. Sad that it already seems to be gone. Very unfortunate.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better! September 28, 2011
By Abswb
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal|Verified Purchase
I've been a SL subscriber for years. Every Southern woman has to have it. It took a dip in quality in the past five years, but with a new editor the content is becoming more abundant. I look forward to it each month! Purchasing magazines through Amazon are often a lot cheaper than the offers you will get directly from the company. I even tried to renew one year asking SL to match the price that Amazon was offering, but they wouldn't do it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy reading this magazine and am glad I ordered it
I enjoy reading this magazine and am glad I ordered it.Each month I get to read interestingarticles and scan the beautiful pictures.The recipes are also great! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Virginia Gavin
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Published 7 days ago by Sloane Shepard
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
not what I thought it would be
Published 8 days ago by oscar
1.0 out of 5 stars 358 pages of wasted trees. A dozen or so brief lifeless articles
I was looking forward to leafing through Southern Living again. Got first issue today and promptly cancelled. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great magazine for southerners or anyone that enjoys learning about southern culture.
Published 12 days ago by Thomas Stanners
2.0 out of 5 stars If you've been a long time reader...
... like myself, you know this is the new and definitely NOT improved "Southern Living" Magazine. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
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Published 21 days ago by Charles W. Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars After a visit to Tennessee a few years ago, ...
After a visit to Tennessee a few years ago, I began subscribing to this magazine. Look forward to receiving my copy each month.
Published 25 days ago by Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine with great ideas
My favorite magazine even though I live in the North. I have subscribed to it for may years. It has great decorating ideas and every recipe I have ever made from this magazine... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sherri Orsucci
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm so sad to see SL deteriorating...
I still subscribe... Mostly because of the recipes, but I could probably just buy the annual collection in book form and skip the magazine, if the current trend continues. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cindy
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