Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The all new Southern Living Magazine!

I was surprised and happy to hear from the Southern Living Magazine in the US & about their all new revamped look. For all my readers in the South of the states, you must have already seen it on the stands, and for all of us who won't be able to quickly grab our copy, here's a sneak peek into the goodies inside!
I've always had a massive interest in Church architecture and have gobbled up every decor story available on how church elements and architecture can be used in a home. So imagine my excitement on seeing the beautiful story of what happened when a builder family got to move into their favourite Bishop's home. And how a home that is equal parts Gothic and gorgeous, comfortable and chaotic, became an inspired tribute to a dear friend.

Do click on the images to see a larger picture.
"Episcopal churches and cathedrals are characterized by Gothic elements such as arches; vaulted ceilings; stained glass windows; and rich, ornamental ecclesiastical symbols. “Being an Episcopalian, I knew what a rich architectural history there was to work with.”
"Inspired by church pews, neighbor and furniture builder Rob Cart crafted the breakfast room
table and bench. He carved quatrefoil designs in the base to reflect the Gothicstyle architecture."
Love that white painted hand railing and the black and white frames on the panelled wall.
"The home is decorated with pieces that are casual but that complement its formal architecture. The living room’s neutral palette— accented with a soft blue on pillows and in accessories— has the timeless appeal of a sepiatoned photo."
"A dramatic console table is a souvenir from a Highlands, North Carolina, trip."
Just check out those stained glass windows and the leaded glass door- sigh...
The other story that really caught my eye was this bunglow which used the most interesting wall art- in this picture you see a framed blue print- isn't that cool!!
This one's my fav! "“This is one of my favorite things,” says George(whose home it is) of the framed envelope in the dining room. It was addressed by George’s great-grandmother to her uncle, George’s namesake, in 1917."
"George was drawn to these vintage Chesapeake Bay maps because of their mustard yellow color and his love of colonial port towns. He discovered a large collection at an antiques store and bought the whole box."
The magazine is also stuffed with all kinds of interesting decor, food travel & health stories. I can't wait to lay my hands on my own copy :)
All images courtesy Southern Living Magazine


Rowena said...

I need to go find that magazine. I'm in the South right now. I remember that my grandfather used to get Southern Living when I was younger, and visiting him for the summer. It was a great magazine then, and I bet with a redesign it will be even better.

Gunjan Pai said...

vinee, have been following ur posts for quite a while - wanted to comment but cudnt really land up doing it - however, this time ur super-excellent post, way-out-brilliant writing and style just pushed me on to this page. thanks for the post. vinee, ur blog just keeps getting more n more like a treasure trove, with v wondering what treasure will pop up next:) this Church one is brilliant. u know what, i was also reminded a lil of Nainital - not that there is something like this there, but if spruced up, those Colonial homes sure have the potential2b the loveliest ever. amen2that.

veda murthy said...

xcellent .....awesome home and a wonderful post !

Anaka said...

I love these gorgeous pictures. Just a random thought though: do you ever think about how these looks work only in a cold or semi sterile environment? A lot of people in India copy these looks for their houses here and it seems so out of place.

vineeta said...

Rowena,its great to hear from you after long! Pick up the magazine for sure. And especially when the magazine has fond memories associated with it.

Gunj! :) After reading your comment, how I'm dying to go to Nainital & check out one of the many colonial mansions there. I hope I will be able to do it sooner than later.

vineeta said...

Veda, Thanx much!

Anaka, :) I am smiling as i read your comment, its an interesting and debatable thought. There are reasons why a particular geography has a particular style of architechture and these reasons have everything to do with its climate and availablity of resources. So its not only strange but also difficult to replicate a style that doesn't belong to your location. But that said, humans are driven by many things like passion and memory and I'm sure the people who choose to build differently have more personal than practical reasons to do it.

Anaka said...

Okay, maybe I spoke too soon and wasn't careful with my judgmental words :) I am referring to houses built by people who want their home to reflect their status- do you know what I mean? The large fancy cars, the "american" looking house? However I do think the photos you posted are of gorgeous homes, and there's lots of inspiration someone can draw from that while adapting it to their environment. I agree with what you say about having personal attachment to a place- although perhaps I never really thought about it that way. Tsk, tsk, terrible me considering what I do to Indian fabric!