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I have always had a passion for interiors, architecture and designers with a clearly defined signature style. I believe in the South we have a simplicity in home design. Yet, in the simplicity there is a rich and thoughtful detail that helps give nod to the care and craft that went into each selection. I love the craftsmanship of a wooden door and the inclusion of a farmhouse sink.

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This week’s #southernchat is focused on the Southern Home and all the goodness and richness that goes into our Southern style. I am so thrilled to have a special guest, M.K. Quinlan, Senior Style Editor at Garden & Gun Magazine. When I asked her if there was an approach she’d like to take to the Southern Home concept, her answer was so much more thoughtful than I could ever have hoped…

MK Quinlan Garden & Gun“Lately I’ve gotten stuck on this idea of “slow-style.”  It’s a play on the slow-food movement, a way of considering your personal style – whether in your home or your wardrobe—in a manner that is authentic to the person you are and the place where you’re from. There’s no science to it, but I think combining heirloom pieces with new purchases that have meaning to you is a good place to start.

My least favorite thing in the world is walking into a home that has been “designed”—each piece of furniture new, fabrics perfectly color-coordinated, family photos stuffed in drawers. It doesn’t tell me anything about the people who live there. This is the danger of hiring an interior designer and not including your personal tastes and opinions in the design process.

In the South, I think we’re able to rise above this more than most because of the value we place in our personal history, and because the home is about so much more than “looking pretty” to us. It’s about entertaining and letting people into your life.”

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I have never thought of the Southern Home in such a way, but it truly describes the Southern way and my own personal approach to decorating. I have been collecting and curating pieces for as long as I can remember to slowly build my home into the unique interior it is today. The story behind each piece is truly inspiring, when you step into someone’s home, being able to learn the history behind an item is even further rooted in our art of storytelling. And, if you know me well by now {or if we’re friends on Pinterest …}  you know my own personal Southern home style is most certainly barn chic.

I know you’ll enjoy chatting with M.K. as much as I have on this topic, so be sure to join us Monday 4/15/13 at 9:00 PM EDT for this week’s #southernchat! Also, be sure to follow along with M.K. on Twitter at @GGBelleDecor and on the Garden & Gun Style Blog – Belle Decor – that she pens.

#southernchat:  The Southern Home (RESCHEDULED TO: Monday, 5/6/13, 9:00 pm edt.)

Q1: What key elements define a Southern Home (interior & exterior)?

Q2: What elements in your own home are Southern-inspired?

Q3: Who are some of your favorite Southern designers, architects, or artists for the home?

Q4: What home accessories & furniture companies are your favorite to shop for curating your Southern home?

Q5: What questions do you have for M.K. about about “Slow-Style,” Garden & Gun or her Southern home?

Images: Garden & Gun / Elle Decor / SJP Home

 

Throwback Thursday: Vintage Jewelry

On Valentine’s Day, what better theme for Throwback Thursday than jewelry?

From rhinestones to broaches to cocktail rings galore, I love the constant inspiration that is taken from vintage jewelry to style some of the most fabulous events to everyday fashion. I love those pieces that feel like they just stepped out of your great grandmother’s jewelry box, but even with all the pieces out there today I found it a bit hard to pin down those doing it fabulously. J.Crew is one I think that has led the most recent trend of classic clasps and hardware, and BHLDN is hot on the heels of making the fanciest fetes forever chic.

Who are some of your favorite jewelry designers showing vintage pieces?

Vintage-inspired Jewelry: Loren Hope bracelet, J.Crew necklace, BHLDN earrings, Stella & Dot ring.

Southern Style

There are so many things I love about the timeless style of the south. I am a pretty big fan of classic wardrobe staples, rarely chasing too many fads. But, you can see southern style intertwined into every facet of the fashion industry today. The history of southern materials, like Sea Island cotton and Cone denim have made and inspired pieces new and old. Southern traditions, like field hunting, have provided style signatures like boots, outerwear, vests, and patches. And, the elegance from southern society has given nod to everything from beauty, hair & makeup trends to red carpet looks. Pearls & monograms, too. Charleston just hosted their Fashion Week last month, spotlighting many southern designers. And, even some of the south’s favorite staples aren’t necessarily made here, but can be seen in every closet on the block.

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Southern Style

Since we are still in the beginning stages of #southernchat, I’d love to take a 1,000 foot look at one of the truly classic themes here in the south – southern style. From boots to outwear to men’s & women’s wear to accessories and more, there are so many ways we can drill down into these theme areas in future chats, but I’m hoping by taking this week to look at fashion and style of the south as a whole, that we can celebrate the staples that keep us looking chic.  We’re exploring our favorite companies, style pieces, designers, purveyors, trends & more this week!

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#southernchat: southern style (Monday, 2/4/13, 9:00 pm est)

Q1: When you think southern style, what elements come to mind?

Q2: Who are some of your favorite companies or designers that help to define southern style?

Q3: What are some of the best southern-inspired style trends or elements?

Q4: What are your southern style staples or signatures?

Q5: What’s next for southern style / fashion / beauty?

Q6: We’ve already done bow ties! What specific style topics would you love to see in the future on #southernchat?

{ If you’re interested in sponsoring the southern style chat, or to learn more about #southernchat, to be a guest or host another giveaway, click here to learn more!}

Southern Style:  Barbour Jacket, Tiffany & Co pearl earringsJack Donnelly Khakis, Billy Reid Leather Duffle, Sperry Top-Siders, Madewell Chambray Shirt, Frye Boots,  Orvis Hat, Levi’s Jeans,  Southern Proper Bow Tie, Brooks Brothers Seersucker Shorts, Ann Mashburn Box Pleat Skirt, J.Crew Monograms.

first  image from my personal collection of engagement photos, shot by heidi at our labor of love

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