Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Southern Living Style

I'll be honest, I'm not a decorator.

Now don't get me wrong, I have loads of beautiful pictures, and knick-knacks, vases, and my couch matches the room nicely.

But when it comes to putting all those pictures and bookends, together in a room that looks like it belongs in a magazine.... I'm not so great. It ends up looking like what it is.... a mess.

Southern Living Style was a welcome book. The rooms in the homes in the book vary from rustic, to modern to simple and adorable.

But how hard is it to actually make one of these rooms appear in you're living room?

Of course we can't have exact rooms in the books, but you can get darn close!

Traditional Southern Style is explained and then explained so that its easily adaptability to any home. Even old furniture is able to be reupholstered and stuffed to fabulous modern pieces.

I loved the Fresh Ideas and Putting it all Together portions which basically show piece by piece how to get the room set up in the way that looks best, you don't need the exact pieces either, the book shows how to take simple items and put them together to make a fabulous room.

I found the "room-by-room" style sheets at the end of the book made my decorating life much easier. The sheets are quick references of measurements, colors and ideas for each room! Taking along one of these while considering items for a room, takes the frustration of wrong sizes or colors away.

At the end of the book is something I find particularly helpful is the Southern Style File where the editor's of the book share their secrets on designers, retailers and if you live in the south, you'll find stores in you're local areas that the editors of the book love visiting themselves! (I'm always a fan of any opportunity to shop local)

The pictures in the book are full color and shot beautifully, enough to inspire even the untidiest person to straighten up at least a little. I also like how much storage is featured in all the room ideas, making it easy to have a decorated home that is free of clutter.

Southern Living Style is released TODAY!

This 288 page book retails for $29.95

I received a free copy of "Southern Living Style" for this review. All opinions are 100% mine I did not receive any cash for this review.

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