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FLOURISH Happy Holidays!

meet designer michelle smith Plus, gift guides, travel tips, recipes, profiles and more! Holiday 2011 i 1

Editor’s Letter A funny thing happened last month here in Florence, Italy where I’ve been shacked up for the past year. Elizabeth, our long-time blogger and Olivia, our fan-favorite Food & Travel editor both informed me that they would be passing through town on the same day! Here, thousands of miles from the South, the three of us were meeting up for coffee, gelato and conversation. One of the most amazing things about putting together Southern Flourish’s eight issues over the past two years has been all of the amazing people that I’ve had the opportunity to meet, often in the most unexpected places — and, sometimes, not even in person. The web has created a true community of people willing to share theirs talents, passion and expertise with us. It’s a beautiful thing. This Holiday issue will be the last Southern Flourish issue for a bit. We’re going to take some time off in 2012 to rethink and reassess the magazine. We hope you understand and won’t miss us too much! And, please, send any ideas for reinventing the magazine to It has been such a pleasure sharing the magazine with you and I hope that we are back soon. In the meantime, happy holidays to all of our fabulous, wonderful and devoted readers!


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Tori Burch Sweater A ridiculously cozy sweater is a must fo the winter season and this Tori Burch pi definitely fits the bill!

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< Sass & Bide Shift Dress I adore this dress. It says holiday celebration and fun without hitting you over the head with glitter and gold. Bally wedge ankly boots > These boots look both practical and fashionable — a hard combo to find.

Malene Birger Mittens > I love the retro charm of these mittens. Plus, they look like the warmest gloves I’ve seen in a very long time!

I was inspired by an

amazing yarn spool roll

display at Bottega Quattro, a chic boutique here in Florence. The colors felt so wintery without being dreary.

What’s on my


WISH LIST Kate hash Editorial director

Malarino Owl pendent > I love the intricate design of this necklace and think it would add whimsy to my typically very black-and-white winter wardrobe. < Michael kors clutch The perfect size for carrying on what’s important. Plus, this soft, beautiful leather clutch is the perfect size for toting i7 around my iPad!


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Elise Yettonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Style Our Southern dent editor and resi things expert for all c and handmade, chi , stylish, ELISE YETTON picks shares her top ay giftfor the holid . giving season



two one Otis James Handcrafted Tie This Nashville artist creates stunning custom neckties, bow ties and hats, perfect for every man in your life. 12 i Holiday 2011

Anderson Design Group Postcards This design group creates special vintage-like prints of Tennessee landmarks, old-timey ads and popular travel destinations. I have some of these in my house and adore them.

three Small Leather Bound Journal These mini leather journals are perfect for toting around in your bag for that unexpected burst of inspiration. Write, record and doodle away!

four Sydney Hale Co. Candle This Fir + Blue Sage candle not only smells amazing, but is made from natural soy wax and comes in a beautiful reusable container.

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five Imogene + Willie Hall Shirt


six Lowcountry Originals Chandelier

I+W has one of the Add some charm and coolest, most talked coziness to your home with this driftwood about stores of the south. Their denim and rope light. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you imagine a hearty, and classic shirts festive meal with your are made locally loved ones under this with the finest beautiful piece? materials.

seven Bonjour Card Stationery Set Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;adore these sweet French-inspired cards! Makes a perfect gift for a friend or little treat for yourself. Come on, you deserve it.

Gabrielle Handmade Ring I tend to go for simple jewelry and especially love elegant rings. This little number handmade in Charleston is both chic and playful at the same time. Holiday 2011 i 13

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Smith she designs jewelry, paper and textiles, works on your favorite sites and magazines as a prop stylist, promotes local design communities online and organizes one of the Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coolest indie market events. now do you see why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re obsessed? photography and art direction by

cade bowman styling by

michelle smith interview by

kate hash

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my southern

LIFE sheridan french Texas born and raised (But with a little european chic thrown into the mix) designer, entrepreneur and blogger Sheridan French gives Southern Flourish an inside look at her oh-sosweet Southern life. text and photos by

Sheridan French

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Moulin Brégeon

Charleston-based artist

zac mallard

shares his experience journeying through the french countryside. Don’t be surprised if you decide to add a trip to Le Moulin Brégeon to your holiday wish list. text by

zac mallard photography by

Olivia rae James

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recipes for the


holidays are you Invited to a bunch of parties this holiday season, but short on tasty dishes to bring along? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got you covered. Our resident Foodie, Olivia Rae james, asked a few of her favorite bloggers to spill the recipe beans. Mouthwatering appetizer recipes are just a page away... recipes collected by

Olivia rae James

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home sweet

home [\

It needed a little bit of attention, a whole lot of updating and about twenty gallons of fresh white paint â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but from the moment designer and Ten June Blogger michelle rothmeier and her husband spotted this house in the foothills of georgia they knew they had found home. take a tour of michelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home and learn how a little elbow grease transformed their living space. text and photos by

Michelle Rothmeier

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Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year!



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