The term “Southern comfort” exists for a reason; as a general rule, Southerners take their simple luxuries seriously. From comfort food to shabby chic decor, the hallmarks of Southern hospitality show up in homes all over the world as transplants make their way around the globe, settling into new frontier but keeping their aesthetic sensibilities about them.
Achieving a laid-back air of country decadence is, not surprisingly, a fairly easy thing to do. Mixing floral patterns and going for a white-on-white palette with allowances for rough edges, for example, are two basic approaches to take.
Exposed wood beams never hurt, nor do vintage dress forms, monograms or gingham, and when all else fails, well-considered antiques can always do the talking… with a Southern lilt, of course.
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