Dixie Chic

Get inspired by decor ideas with a distinctly Southern flair


Decorating Resolution 19: Layer Your Rugs

Layering rugs is a quick way to pull pattern, color, and texture all across the room like in the Athens, Georgia living room (pictured above). The simple sisal covering the hardwoods corner to corner creates a neutral background for the patterned and striped rugs. Love a particular rug style, but don’t think it’s large enough for your area? Buy two! Separate […]

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Decorating Resolution 18: Stock Up on Garden Stools

Garden stools are back again as the go-to decorating accessory. Although they have been a staple in Southern homes for decades, they’ve been rivaling the fiddle-leaf fig for exposure in blog posts lately and they are in abundance at inexpensive home decor stores and websites. And for good reason — they are the most versatile furniture piece you can buy. They […]

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Decorating Resolution 17: Redesign your Workspace

Take some time this weekend to de-clutter and refresh your desk. This will free space for your essentials, and it will also help clear your mind when sitting down to tackle assignments. First, decide what exactly needs to remain on your desktop and what can go into a drawer. Mail and loose papers should be organized out of sight while […]

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Decorating Resolution 16: Monogram a Sham

Give your bedding a quick and easy update with a monogrammed sham or two. The options are endless when picking a style, but we say the more unique the better for this personal touch. In a master bedroom, we love a more modern monogram (left) for a unisex feel. Choose a dark thread color that complements your bedding or bedroom color […]

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Decorating Resolution 15: Re-imagine Portraits

When it comes to selecting the right wall art, consider using what you might already have. Portraits, especially ones passed down from generation to generation, can add extra sophistication when paired alongside modern elements like contemporary wallpapers or vivid color combinations. Barrie Benson’s design (pictured) mixes old with new just right. She suggests pairing paintings of strangers with members of […]

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Decorating Resolution 14: Disguise Your Electronics

You want to tuck away your television, and your husband wants it on full display. With all the extra wires and boxes, there must be a way to fix the mess. Thanks to Style Director Heather Chadduck Hillegas, follow these few steps, and you’re on your way to making the television a statement piece worth displaying. Hide your television behind an armoire […]

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Decorating Resolution 13: Dress Up Your Vanity

Creating a display on your vanity is not only eye-catching, it’s an easy way to keep all of your favorite jewelry and statement pieces in arm’s reach. Choose a surface closest to where you dress each morning, and place a sturdy tray on top. Use unexpected pieces to hold necklaces and bracelets, like these decanters and small vases. Small dishes […]

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Decorating Resolution 12: Rethink Lattice

Bring the outdoors in and create an open and breezy side entry to your sunroom. “It can turn an underused room into a little jewel box,” designer Sara Ruffin Costello says in our January 2015 issue. In this design, Sara chose Moorish arches to give an additional shape to the allover grid. Pinch some pennies and try your hand at DIY […]

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Decorating Resolution 11: Organize Your Linen Closet

Ah, the linen closet. It’s inevitably stuffed to the brim with halfway folded towels and crumpled-up fitted sheets. It’s time to reorganize and de-clutter. Whether you have a closet or a cabinet, dedicate a space with at least four shelves to your linens. Tall shelves work best. Coordinate sheets by size and/or color, and assign a shelf for each room […]

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Decorating Resolution 10: Recharge with Animal Print

Take it from designer Angie Hranowsky, the queen of animal print: “(they) never fail to crank up a room’s style,” she says in our January 2015 issue. Incorporating animal print into your home’s design is both modern and traditional, and it’s full of personality. Make sure to consider scale and pattern when using multiple animal prints, and pair them with […]

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