Decorating Resolution 24: Try a Little Chinoiserie

As part of the 3 C’s of Southern Decorating (including checks and chippendale), chinoiserie continues to make a big comeback in modern Southern decor. Take a cue from Meg Braff’s design (pictured above) and choose a colorful chinoiserie wallpaper to set the tone for a happy guest room. Keep the look fresh with “updated fabrics and wallpapers that tweak these classic […]

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The End of the Confederacy and a Debut Novel

The Confederacy has collapsed, and Atlanta’s not much more than former kindling at this point. Also smoldering are the (former) marriages of several (formerly) Confederate women, now widows. And you can bet your bottom dollar they aren’t too happy with more than a few Union generals, particularly the infamously severe General Sherman.

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Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Coloring Cards

Abby Larson, founder of StyleMePrettyLiving.com, has set our hearts aflutter with her simple, fresh ideas for Valentine’s Day crafts. From creative cards, to a heartfelt celebration, we’re giving you all the ideas you need to step up your DIY game this month. Tune in each Friday for a new post from Abby. Moms are always looking for Valentines that don’t […]

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Decorating Resolution 23: Straighten Out the Laundry Room

Ah, the laundry room. Since you spend quite a bit of time in there, you might as well make it look pretty. Whether your washer and dryer have its own room or live in a closet, take advantage of all the space you have. Invest in a countertop above your set if they’re placed side by side, and use your vertical space wisely. […]

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Newly Engaged? You’ve Come to the Right Place!

Judging by our Instagram feed, many of y’all celebrated the holidays with not only a Christmas tree and wrapped gifts, but some sparkling new jewelry and a glass of champagne! We’re tickled pink to welcome all of the new brides-to-be to the Southern Weddings and Southern Living families!! As exciting as it is, wedding planning can also be overwhelming, so […]

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Poinsettia After Christmas — Now What?

You loved your poinsettia during the holidays, but (news flash!) the holidays are over. Now your plant is starting to look a little sad. One overarching question courses through your brain. What am I supposed to do with the dang thing now?

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Birmingham Wins Bid For 2021 World Games

Feeling a little sluggish this morning? Then you need to watch this video. It was part of the efforts of Birmingham to win the 2021 World Games. And guess what? We won, beating several international contenders. (See, we told you the U.S. South was on the rise.) Birmingham is the first American city to host the games since Santa Clara, California […]

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Decorating Resolution 22: Update Your Sofa Pillows

The quickest and relatively most inexpensive way to update your living room lies in your sofa pillows. We love the way this living room is tied together with bright, cheery yellow pillows topped with a tropical bird print. Try picking a color found in one area of your living room (like the painting above) and choose a complementary one as a […]

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Decorating Resolution 21: Wow with Wall Treatments

Speaking of entryways, (or back entries, in the case above) maximize style in small spaces with stenciled or papered walls in a large pattern. This overscale wall covering (Michael Devine’s Fretwork) brings in the outdoors with a lush green hue. Let whichever color you choose set the tone, and keep upholstered furniture and rugs on the simple side if set […]

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5 Great Interstate Highway Barbecue Joints

As I make my way across the South sampling barbecue, I spend a lot of time driving down winding two-lane backroads, for many of our best pit-cookers are found far off the beaten path. One of the great joys of such journeys is rounding a bend and spying the sign for a barbecue restaurant you’ve never heard of and hitting […]

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