My sister-in-law is one of the most stylish girls I know. Ten years ago she moved from Texas to Wisconsin. One of the things she took with her– besides her family–was her amazing Southern style.
I recently visited her home in Mequon (just outside Milwaukee), and I discovered the adage is ever true: You can take the girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the girl!
Melanie gave me permission to take photos, and as I did, I tried to put into words my definition of a southern home:
A Southern Home is a place of warmth and character–molded by family heirlooms, furniture filled with history, and subtle layers of detail. It feels as though it has evolved over time–and abounds with the sincerity of the souls who live there.
A home is more than a “decorated house.” It tells a story about the people who live there. Here are some ways to
- Mix the old with the new
- Surround yourself with personal touches
- Display your collections
- Decorate with memories
- Don’t be afraid to use color
- Mix texture, patterns, and styles
As you can see, Melanie demonstrates almost every element in this one vignette in her dining room.
My sister-in-law loves to garden and she is a true designer. Her talent is evident everywhere.
Thanks so much to my sister-in-law and her lovely family for sharing their home with us. (And for making my blog post so easy this week!)
Decorating with the things you love and cherish–That’s the real secret to
Gorgeous inside and out. The huge window is amazing. She took her gardening skills north to “friendlier” summer weather! Thanks for sharing, Sharon.