Southern Charm ~ Decorating Inspired by the South
Sweet tea, wrap around porches, soaring staircases, antique furnishings, horse farms, the sound of cicadas at sunset y’all. These are just a few things that I’ve learned to love after living in the South for a for the last 7 years. But before we get lost in the grace and charm that is the south, let me introduce myself! I’m Sarah from Just The Bees Knees. You may have seen me around before. I’m monthly contributor for Remodelaholic and always like to share fun and inspiring mood boards. Sometimes I like to talk about different styles from different parts, like Modern Coastal, or Moroccan Chic. Today, It’s all about a style that I honestly never thought I cared for, but over the past few years I’ve learned to love and appreciate the comfortable elegance that is Southern style.
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To me, characteristics of Southern style is reminiscent of Old World charm. The homes are full of interesting antiques, unique architectural details, oil paintings, traditional furnishings, and a feeling of symmetry. Lets take a look at some inspiring Southern style homes.
Couldn’t you just picture yourself sipping a sweet tea (or in my case a Bourbon) on this porch! I know I could!
Now if I was to design a room with a bit of Southern Charm, I would definitely have to put my personal spin on it and infuse my love of neutrals, texture and clean lines with the Traditional elements of the South.
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Neutral Modern + Southern Charm
A Traditional sofa and wing back chairs are juxtaposed with the clean lines of the coffee table and modern chandelier. I also added a bold striped drape to mix with the traditional toile pattern in the pillows. A plate wall is very traditional, but one made with a mix of pewter and white plates has a much more modern feel! Southern decorators are masters at mixing wood tones. (And I just happened to write a how-to article on that very subject!). We can’t forget to add the touches of equestrian art, oil paintings in ornate gold frames, and pewter trophies filled with boxwoods or magnolias.
What do you feel about Southern decor? If you were to design a room in this style, would you keep it mainly traditional, infuse it with some more modern touches, or even give it a more rustic farmhouse appeal?!
Thank again to Cassity and the Remodelaholic team for having me today!! I hope y’all will have a stop over at my blog to poke around. I would be as pleased as punch.
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Absolutely gorgeous! I was in Savannah a month ago (then Charleston) and the architecture and arbors of jasmine made me swoon. We stayed in historical homes in both places and I literally hugged the outside of the house in Charleston, I didn’t want to leave. The Savannah home was decorated much like your style a good mix of old and new. I still have a souvenir on my arm…a monster bug bite! The bugs down south are no joke! HA!
Sarah, You definitely captured what I picture “southern charm” to be (though I’m no expert as a mid-westerner) Beautiful post!