The all new Southern Living Magazine!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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

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