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15 SOUTHERN WRITERS ************




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CMT Host Katie Cook with daughter Daisy aNd husband, actor/musician, Marc Pisapia

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Palm Beach . e l y t s e g a t n i v h t i w s f i t o m l a c i Whims

We found inspiration in vintage '60s Lilly Pulitzer fabrics and Slim Aarons photos.

This season’s hottest color, palm leaf green.

Independant Stylist Kate Hash



The Team: Spring 2010 Issue Contributors p. 10 Editor’s Letter, p. 16

IN EVERY ISSUE My Southern Life: Conni Togel] p. 20


TYPICALLY SOUTHERN Cover story My Southern Life: Katie Cook p. 40

My Southern Life: Courtney rnes, p. 27

Recycleable Beauty: Southerns Artists Go Green, p. 34

Southern Mama Celebrates Spring, p. 54 Five Must-Give Hostess Gifts, p. 49


Our Favorite Room: Sherry & John, p. 68 Nashville Star: A Home Tour with Beth Haley, p. 96 <<Save, Spend, Splurge: Quatrefoil Motifs p. 78

You Gr Gardn p.

Home Tour with Kelly Moseley, p. 58

row Girl! A Knack for neing 101 the Unexpected, p. 74 88 Pretty in a Pinch! Quick Floral Arrangements p. 81 Want to see your home in a future issue? Visit our submissions page to learn more.

Blooming Beauty p. 116

HEALTH, BEAUTY + FASHION Green Goes Glam p. 110

Skirt Alert p. 114

Derby Style p. 118

The Business of Southern Style, p. 120

Southern Twist: Southern Italy, p. 136 The Classics: Updated p. 150 Long Weekend Guide: Charleston p. 128

Where Does Your Food Come From? The Basics of Farm CSAs p. 146

Baking Bliss p. 142




Homemade Grits

What do I love about the South?

Growing up in the South has instilled a deep love and appreciation in me for all things southern. There are just so many wonderful little things that only exist here. I really can’t imagine a life without bbq, sweet tea, hospitality (like only Southerners have), that bluegrass twang, slow drawl, and sweeping fields. My husband and I wouldn’t live anywhere else and we hope that our daughter will love the South as much as we do. I mean, where else can you find pickled pigs feet at the gas station?



lori shearer atlanta, GA

Eat. Live. Modern.

What do I love about the South?

Born and raised in Southern Louisiana Lori Shearer has a true appreciation of southern style and traditions. As an interactive marketing executive working with international contacts and brands, she enjoys having her home base in the south, entertaining guests from around the world, and spreading the goodness of Southern delights with those she meets and interacts with. Lori continues to explore the amazing pockets of people and cultures – both large and small – in the southern U.S.

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Young House Love |

What do WE love about the South?

Can we say the sweet tea? And the weather? And the crape myrtles? Our answer is all of the above. We moved to Richmond, Virginia after years of living in the concrete jungle that is Manhattan. And as fun as those crazy days were, we yearned for green grass, sunny skies, a slower pace, and a house with a yard and a dog. So we shoved everything we owned into a minivan and havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looked back since. Not even once. The Petersikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog, Young House Love, was named by The Times Online as the #12 best design blog in the world!


MEG HIBBERT salem, va

Cookin’, Critters and Chillun cookin-critters-chillun/

What do I love about the South?

I learned to appreciate good cooking growing up in Georgia and Alabama. My husband, Bill, and I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and are avid University of Georgia Bulldogs. Our best collaborations are their daughters, who live in Charleston, S.C., and Charlotte, N.C.; and the five Virginia wine and garlic cookbooks they wrote. What I love best about living in the south is people are genuinely interested in each other. Meg’s favorite question is, “What did you eat?”



hannah brooks nation atlanta, ga Gadabout Paper

What do I love about the South?

My favorite part about living in the South is that there is always something that stays the same. We give leave to nothing. The best gets saved for now. Family is sacred, and the bonds which bring people together are so complicated that no one truly feels comfortable letting them go. HANNAH is our insanely talented fashion illustrator. to see more of her work or to order your own custom drawings, visit:


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Katie PARLA rome, italy

Parla Food


Katie Parla is a food and travel writer based in Rome, Italy. She is a certified sommelier with an MA in the Cultura Gastronomica Italiana. Parla has written about food and travel for National Geographic, Rough Guides, DK Eyewitness Guides, Insight Guides, Fodor’s and Time Out. She also works as a private guide, specializing in culinary tours of Rome, Naples, Sicily, Puglia, and other parts of Southern Italy. A certified archaeological spelunker, she regularly appears as an expert on the History Channel’s Cities of the Underworld. For more about Katie, visit her website:


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ABOUT SOUTHERN FLOURISH’s WRITERS While the magazine is based in Louisville, Kentucky, our writers are from all across the Southern United States. From Georgia to Lousiana to Virginia, our Spring 2010 writers are as diverse as they are wonderful. Nearly every one of our writers has a blog, so be sure to click through and learn more about these great ladies. For info about how you can write for a future issue, visit: Writer not pictured: Allison Jackson


mallory whitfield new orleans, la Miss Malaprop

What do I love about the South?

The food! And the laid-back, relaxed way of life. Particularly here in New Orleans, we really know how to make the most out of life, and make sure to share it with friends and family, whether on the front porch on a summer night, during Carnival or for holidays under the oaks.


Liz DemOS . Savannah, ga

Elizabeth Demos Design & Styling

What do I love about the South?

I love living in the South for the climate, the calm, the people and the history. I especially love living in Savannah, GA because we have a rich historic district that is only 20 minutes from the coast. It is just about the most perfect place to live.


KELLY ROJAHN . huntsville, al

KD Designs

What do I love about the South?

What isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there to love about living in the south? I love the people, the scenery, and all of the amazing food!

kate hash louisville, ky Simplicity & Sugar

What do I love about the South?

There is such a great appreciation for a relaxed pace of life. Critics can say what they want, but Southerners really know how to slow down, take a deep breath and be present in the moment. They truly have an appreciation for everything that each day brings, and not just rushing the day by in a swirl of activity.



BARB BLAIR greenville, sc

Knack Studios

What do I love about the South?

I’m a NOCAL girl transplanted in the south, and over the past 15 years have gained both an education and an appreciation for my digs. I had never heard of such things as debutants and cotillion balls, wearing jeans for any other occasion than one you get really dirty in, or the phrase “bless your heart” to name a few. But the south has won me over with it’s beautiful places and smiling faces. I love living so close to the beautiful mountains and the beach where I occasionally enjoy knocking back an ice cold RC cola.


natalie crowley atlanta, GA

Natty Michelle

What do I love about the South?

When I graduated a few years ago, I was convinced I needed a change. I interviewed in New York City and was ready to make the leap and move up north. Around the same time, I learned I got the job as the Marketing Intern at Cooking Light magazine in Birmingham and I just couldn’t pass up the amazing opportunity. During my time in there, I realized how much I loved the South. We have four gorgeous seasons, the best home cookin’ you can ask for (fried green tomatoes, anyone?) and hospitality like no other. I adore the South and all its charm, and I plan on sticking around for many years to come.

What makes the South such enchanting place in which

Is it the rich history? The delicious food? The architecture? The moderate climate? While all great, I’ve come to one firm conclusion: it’s

For the past nine months, as we planned and prep we were repeatedly wowed by the talent and p every turn. From our amazing writers and photo talented subjects of our feature stories (Katie and breadth of talent in the South right now

We are excited that Southern Flourish can help these and other wonderful, smart and talente look forward to doing it issue after issue, ye

If the number of blogs written by 20- and 30Southerners tells us anything, it’s that there is publication like Southern Flourish—one that hi to love about the new, fresh and modern Southern

We hope you enjoy this first issue and encour out to with any comments, suggestions or q have. Cheers,

Kate Hash Editorial Director


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Kate’s Favorites

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Editorial Director | Louisville, KY

************ Spring 2010 Issue Contributing Writers Courtney Barnes Atlanta, GA

Katie PARla Lesley Graham Marietta, GA

Barb Blair Greenville, SC

Julia CoNEY Washington, DC

Katie Cook Nashville, TN

Natalie Crowley Atlanta, GA

MEG Hibbert Salem, VA

Allison Jackson Atlanta, GA

Olivia Rae James Charleston, SC

Hannah Nation Atlanta, GA

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Sherry + John Petersik Richmond, VA

Kelly Rojahn Huntsville, AL

Lori Shearer Atlanta, GA


Mallory Whitfield New Orleans, LA

typically southern my southern life: conni togel my southern life: courtney barnes southern artists embrace eco-friendly materials *cover story* my southern life: katie cook gifts galore: 5 must-have hostess gifts southern mama celebrates spring

My Southern Life

award-winning artist conni togel gives us a look inside her creatively-charged world, full of family, farms and, yes, sheep. HEr artowork is full color and spirituality â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with a big dollop of fun.

6:04 Awake. Well, I’m sort of awake. Time to wake up my three girls (Jamie [16], Holly [13] and Annie [10]) and get ready for a day of hustle and bustle. 7:05 Fixing pancakes for the kids (no milk in the house so I used cream instead) 7:16 Trying to free the cat’s head from the bottom drawer where she got stuck. Have to avoid having my eyes scratched out by the angry kitty. Removed the drawer, freed the cat. 7:20 Piling kids into the car for the 30-minute drive to schools. 8:08 Walk into Dad’s and Mom’s house for a cup of coffee. 8:25 Heading up to Mom’s sewing/ spinning room to card some Cotswold wool from Philly, our Cotswold sheep. There are gorgeous clouds of white fluff that flies everywhere. Six carded wool batts later; the bag of uncarded wool is still as full as when I started. This is going to take forever. But it is therapeutic, relaxing and a nice change from the regular circus I run at home. 9:30 Typing a journal entry to Facebook on my iPhone – God’s gift to moms who don’t have time for sitting at a desk 10.11 Back at home – the studio is waiting. But, upon arrival at the house, I hear a distressed bleating sheep in the

meadow. Short investigation fin has managed to tangle herself i and is about to strangle herself. ground with a reluctant sheep, find her mom, while I am heade un-muddy clothes.

10:30 On the phone schedulin one of my girls.

10:36 Finally out in the studio w titled “Free Falling” and “Pink S enhance some ideas for several Australian show this summer. T float to the surface of the muck be filtered out and turned into b the mind and the heart, others ensure that the world keeps spi two.

11:20 Rescheduling the doctor’s forgot that the day it was sched the American Sheep Industry A Nashville, TN. It seems, traveli on my sanity. With over thirty s to doing everything twice or thr Artistic license to live life creati aren’t cleaned, the laundry isn’t not sorted by size, colors and sm

nds that one of our little lambs in a polyester-mesh fence . After a brief struggle on the she is happily bouncing off to ed back inside to get on some

11:25 Back at the easel. The thought processes in my head looks for that sense of wonder and fun and hopefully, that will never change. (Someone smart once told me “Our heads are round so our minds can change directions.” – mine definitely lives up to that motto.)

ng a doctor’s appointment for

1:10 Lunch! Something boring like a baked potato with sour cream sounds good right now.

working on two new paintings Slipped”. I also need to artworks that will be in my The studio is where my ideas that is my brain – some to beautiful paintings that stir to be hidden away forever to inning for another second or

s appointment, because I duled for is when I will be at Association Convention in ing as much as I do takes a toll shows a year, I’m getting used ree times, or not at all. ively, say I. So the windows t folded, and no, the shoes are mells on the shoe rack. Sue me.

1:30 Back in the studio to fling more paint at various projects – until it is time to pick the girls up at school around 3:15pm. 3:05 Waiting for kids. Sketching a little bit in the car. My sketchbooks allow me to record my thoughts in a visual way. Sometimes I’ll try and work out the layout of a painting or refine the visual statement I’m trying to accomplish. Often the sketch also will validate or dismiss an idea. Things that looked really good in my head don’t transfer well into a drawing or a painting, so they are just left to exist in my sketchbooks forever. 3:55 Time for a cup of coffee – except there isn’t any. Time, that is. Store orders have to be fulfilled, giclée prints need to be embellished for the exhibit in the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center, and Peter (my “Art Pimp” and husband) still needs to pack them up before he leaves around six o’clock or so. He will be driving the 6 hours up to the Richmond, VA area

tonight, install the exhibit tomorrow and then drive back home. The entertainment won’t start until he hits the road again: they are predicting snow for his drive home.

4:25 After hassling the girls about homework, pet feedings, room cleanings, and laundry putting-away for a bit, they’ve all settled down in front of their computers and/or homework. Our kids live quite the internet-connected life. Scary at times, but they have a larger worldview than many of their peers or for that matter, many of the adults around them. One taught herself some Japanese, so she could understand what she was reading in the Manga stories she was reading online. The other has acquired quite a skill set in creating digital art. And the little one is becoming quite savvy at finding the information she needs for her school projects. It’s a different world they are growing up in, for sure. The influence on real life is undeniable though: Last night I asked the oldest to put down her laptop and to go feed the dog outside. Her answer:” I can’t, Mom – it’s dark, and it’s

raining.” It was neither dark ou seconds elapse, until she realize – on her computer screen in th playing at the moment.

Personally, I think a lot of our c surprise in the future, when the makes your hair wet, and that i Can’t wait for the smiles that co Hopefully they will then replace real rubber boots to go splashin their own kids.

5:36 Time for some sort of dinn so I throw together some steak sweet potato casserole (if it can cooked by me).

5:55 Everybody is at the table – will eat. One doesn’t like sweet

utside, nor raining. A few ed, that it was in fact raining he little game world she was

children will have a big ey discover that real rain it makes the world smell nice. ome with that realization. e their laptop computers with ng through real puddles with

ner before Peter needs to leave, with gravy, rice and some n’t be cooked fast, it won’t be

– which does not mean they potatoes, the other can’t

stand onions, and the other won’t touch rice. Tomorrow (and possibly every day thereafter) will be frozen pizza day...

6:30 Peter is still running in and out of the house, carrying various items out to the trailer, and turning the living room into the main arena of the circus. Finally, Peter’s car pulls out of the driveway and the house calms down quite a bit. 6:43 Playing a game of JishakuTM with Annie – successfully letting her win every time by accident. 7:05 All us girls settle into to living room to watch some movie or the other – usually something funny, disneyesque. 8:34 Hassling the girls to go get ready for bed, or at least to be upstairs in their rooms, so Mom can have a few minutes of awake quiet. This takes about an hour, interrupted by various appearances of all the actors for hugs, questions, complaints, etc.

9:24 Everybody has dispersed to their rooms – which leaves a bit of quiet time to catch up with emails, cleaning the kitchen, and trying to collect some new ideas for new paintings. Most ideas show up when my brain has some time to follow one thought for longer than just a minute or two without interruption. So evening is definitely prime time for thinking... 11:03 Watching a bit of late night comedy, to hear other people thinking –observational comedy and satire as good as it gets. Laughing is healthy, they say. They are probably right – after a day like this, laughter really IS the only cure there is. A giggle always fits into a busy schedule – crying takes too long (not to mention the fact, that it makes the makeup run...) 11:33 My bed is yelling my name, so it’s time to heed that call, immediately...

With this small glimpse of my day, you might recognize a bit of why my sheep are such an important part of my life. They also have taken on the art world to transform perceptions. They have turned a stiff, rather haughty art world back around to where you are supposed to smile and have fun, instead of wondering why a pile of rotten apples with flies would be considered beautiful. Art should never be too complicated to understand. Instead, it should increase understanding, and, if possible, not only stimulate and revolutionize thinking processes but broaden views, entertain and make people want to “get it”. My sheep really are a vehicle for the message I hope to impart to the world around me. It’s about hope, laughter, love, courage and just a smidgen of insanity – all the things we should have instead of trying so hard to make life difficult.

The sheep get it. We should, too!



Purveyor of the popular and chic blog Style Court, Courtney Barnes gives us an inside look at her life in Atlanta. From visiting art galleries and antique stores, to admiring the architecture and buzz of her hometown, Courtney lives an enviable Southern life. ve Pomberg

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photographs and text by COURTNEY BARNES

As I sit in front of my MacBook sifting through hundreds of emails, it’s

so still outside that all I hear is a tiny chorus of chirping birds and the faint hum of a construction crew a few streets over. If I suspend disbelief, it’s almost as if I’m in the film Bright Star. Comparisons to country life are a stretch, though. Occasionally, looking through the tangle of tree branches out my window, I spot a commercial jet high overhead in the pale-blue sky headed toward Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

I venture out on to my street, with the intent of going to the art supply store. Trouble is, I live in a Atlanta, a city full of distinguished museums and antique shops beckoning me at every turn. It’s very easy to get distracted. Spend the day with me as I give in to a few of these wonderful distractions, including my favorite galleries and restaurants. Oh, and eventually I do make it to the art store.

My first stop is to see gallerist in our Westside Arts District. E generated a lot of buzz during year with her friendly style tha novice collectors at ease.

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I’m energized by the natural beauty in my own backyard and keep on my iPhone this picture snapped of the early20th-century Italianate steps on the grounds of Cator Woolford Gardens. The gardens are a popular site for Atlanta weddings, with proceeds from venue rentals benefiting the Frazer Center for the developmentally disabled.

I had to slow down to look at The Villa designed around 1920 by Southern architect

Philip Trammell Shutze. To me, living here looks idyllic; residents of The Villa are just a stone’s throw away from the

High Museum of Art, with views of the city skyline, yet their building is positioned on an emerald spot in Ansley Park that feels almost pastoral. (I’m not a real estate agent, by the way, it is just one of my favorite places.)

New Orleans-based furniture maker Matt Thompson is one of the most colorful characters I've come to know via blogging. Matt is an Arkansasborn, Yale-educated craftsman with a style has been dubbed Countrypolitan, and some of the most prominent designers in the Southeast have purchased his handmade work. He also gives his former girlfriends pieces when they marry or have children. The low dresser pictured here was a gift for a newborn. Old School Matt doesn't have a website but you can reach him at Silvarum.

An inspirational wall of color at a Buckhead art supply store, Binders. Students from the local art colleges can usually be spotted in the aisles picking up paints and brushes.

Next stop: the post office, to mail a

friend a present I festooned with fabric flowers handmade by B. Viz Design in St. Joseph, Louisiana. Nearby temptations included the sweet potato fries at D.B.A. Barbeque (apparently Ashton Kutcher is a D.B.A fan) and Jayme Lefflerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chic home furnishings boutique, Armour and Co. Further up the road, the window display at Providence Antiques had changed again, so I paused to see an un-upholstered loveseat awaiting a makeover and a bounty of fresh cut flowering quince.

A detailed view of an old loveseat frame in need of upholstery spotted at Providence Antiques on North Highland Avenue in Atlanta. Since there is no covered seat, the shop creatively put a large bucket of fresh flowering quince inside the piece.

I decided to festoon a present for a friend with handmade Fortuny fabric and linen flowers from B. Viz Design in St. Joseph, Louisiana. Take a closer look: Even the stamens are made from antique metallic trims! B. Viz Design's founder is a fascinating textile collector, Rebecca Vizard, who lives and works at Locustland Plantation. I'm hoping my friend and her three little girls will re-use the flowers on Easter baskets or do some sort of other craft project with them.

Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in my own backyard or in the emails I receive from colorful craftspeople and artists working across the South, I can always find a thing of beauty in my Southern life. -Courtney What are you waiting for? Click the web address below to head over to the always chic and informative Style Court blog. Stylecourt . blogspot . com

It’s not just smart to

be green these days, it’s practically hip. As temperatures rise and our collective consciousness turns to creating a more , some Southern artists are leading the way with their creative vision for turning one man’s trash into another man’s

sustainable future

work of art. text by MALLORY WHITFIELD

New Orleans based artist has been creating deconstructed dĂŠcor and recycled garb since long before Hurricane Katrina made salvaging and sustainability even more of a priority. A woman of many talents, Kerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary line, features original clothing made from vintage lace and organic fabrics along with upcycled vintage garments that lend a Southern inspired look

Kerry Fitts



straight out of a Tennessee Williams play. Her

wrist cuffs made from vintage lace and antique skeleton keys and her dark romantic ensembles have made her a favorite among those in search of an earthy, unique vibe.

Blythe King is another vintage-loving

seamstress who until recently made her home in southern Louisiana. She now resides in Richmond, Virginia where she creates for cell phones, mp3 players, laptops and moleskin notebooks using almost exclusively vintage materials, right down to the thread.

a collection of carrying cases

What started as a way to keep her shiny new iBook shiny and new has developed into a full line of cases, dubbed


Danielle Blumenberg, owner and designer of db Designs, creates

incredible repurposed jewelry pieces using antique and vintage solid silver flatware and coins. Her life as a military wife has given her the chance to travel around the world, though she currently lives in Fleming Island, Florida. Danielle strives to use natural chemicals in her work, such as eggs for patina, and citric pickle, to reduce her environmental footprint. The use of vintage and antique materials in her jewelry means buying one of her pieces is like

bringing home a little piece of history.

Carolyn Suddaby Cork and Cotton has

Morrisville, North Carolina based of taken her inspiration from sustainable home building materials.

After installing cork flooring in her own home, she was blown away by the of cork fabric, and began sewing with cork leather, which looks and feels similar to leather but is a more environmentally friendly choice.

beauty and durability

eye-catching handbags using this material,

Carolyn now designs her line of coupled with cotton fabrics for a truly unique look.

Artist Tracy Stannard of Popli

transforms pieces of vintage lace into one of a kind wearable works of art. She selects each piece based on its design and then hand paints them, adds silver findings and sometimes vintage glass beads to create that are sure to turn heads.

necklaces and earrings

Tracy, who resides in Milton, Georgia, revels in using recycled materials because she finds them so


rich in

Take a cue from these talented Southern artists and start thinking outside of the recycling box.

photo: bridgett ezzard


From award shows to celebrity interviews to hosting the popular weekly entertainment show CMT Insider,

Katie Cook

spends her days hobnobbing with country royalty and dressing in designer duds. Jealous yet? tag along with Katie on a typical day at the office, including an interview with the one-and-only Dolly Parton. Then, spend some time at her quirkycool nashville home.

Southern Life

StepHair One:and Wardrobe, Makeup Getting Ready

It’s always fun to get my makeup done by the pros! They make me look fabulous in front of the camera!

Decisions, decisions My dressing room is full of great clothes. Sometimes it’s really hard to pick out what I want to wear! Thankfully, I have my wonderful stylist Melissa. Here we are with Lance Smith, former host of CMT’s Top 20 Countdown.

Having some fun in wardrobe! I love award show season! We tried a lot of dresses before we found the perfect one for the Country Music Awards.

The winner!

PiInt Stop : the

hot seat

The tables turn!

Here I am being interviewed by a member of the Associated Press.

It’s show time:

DOLLY + CMT INSIDER Getting focused

I like taking time before each interview to review notes and mentally prep to get “in the zone.”

Class act

Dolly is one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet. She’s always so entertaining and fun to talk to. I loved hearing about her CD/DVD “Live from London”.

On set at CMt

This is where I spend every Thursday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; filming my weekly entertainment show CMT Insider. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been hosting since 2004.

Just for fun!

A favorite shot of me and Carrie after an interview for CMT Insider,

Time to Relax:

back at home

Tell us more! How did you get started AT CMT? I heard about the auditions from a friend and thought what the heck? If Ican get paid to interview people I look up to what could be better? I never dreamed I’d still be there nearly a decade later. Favorite thing about your job? The spontaneity, because I get bored easily. Favorite thing about Nashville? Best writers and pickers in the world! Favorite country ARTIST: That’s tough...Dolly, Deborah Allen, Vince Gill, Allison Krauss, I can go on and on.

The best part of my day!

Hanging out with my daughter Daisy is the highlight of my day. She loves helping me with cue cards — here we are making some for the CMA Awards.

Favorite quote: An apology is a good way to have the last word. -Unknown One crazy thing most people don’t know about you: My obsession with ufology! But is that crazy?

To learn more about Katie, visit:

We just had to share...

Katie welcomed us into her home for the cover shoot and we were blown away by her family’s great style — it’s retro meets sleek modern meets traditional. here are some of our favorite shots. photos by bridgett ezzard

Gifts Galore five can’t miss gifts for your hostess

Giving the traditional bottle of wine or box of chocolates is certainly acceptable in this day and age, but why not give your hostess something a bit more creative? Searching for a special gift is as much fun as it is to give, not to mention an exceptional way to say “thank you.” In hopes of inspiring, here are some ideas for unique hostess gifts that go above and beyond. COLLECTED BY NATALIE CROWLEY

Spice it up! Dean and Delucaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chic rack of herbs and spices that will add style to a kitchen and a savory flavor to all dishes. $165;

Baking with a Twist Delicious and irresistibly cute cupcake designs that will make a statement at every party. $15.95;

Pet Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Picks Nobody can resist an adorable pooch salt and pepper smooch set that resemble their very own pets. $11.99 - $22.99;

Everyone loves unique stationery! Spread the joy of snail mail, one card at a time. $10 for a pack of 8;

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Southern Mama: celebrate the spring season text by LESLEY GRAHAM It's amazing how refreshing it is to see new life after months of hibernating. Tiny green plants are emerging, the frost is melting, and a sense of renewal and warmth is in the air. Here are some ways to experience this glorious season with your family. The Big Clean

I'm from the school of thought that creativity springs from an uncluttered environment. A fresh, clean house will free your mind to enjoy all that spring has to offer with your family. As such, one of my favorite things to do in the spring is purge. I think it's important to assess every family member's room to see what can be passed down, thrown out, or donated. It's a great way to teach your children to share and to understand the importance of giving to those who are in need.

Let it Grow

Now is also a great time to run out to the nursery to get some favorite annuals and seeds to show children how plants grow. Sunflowers are my personal favorite to grow with kids. Gather your brood and play in the

dirt. There's really nothing sweeter than tiny little hands covered in soil. Explain how the sun and water work to help plants grow. The seedlings will thrill the tiniest gardeners and give them a deeper understanding of nature. You can track the seedlingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; growth by taking a picture everyday or just by stepping outside every few days.

Get Organized

Set up a chart for chores. When everyone has a role, it strengthens the feeling of family unity. Bonus: it also restores your sanity! Little ones can help by putting their toys away and by throwing their dirty clothes in a hamper. Remember to keep it fun. Whoever saddles up to clean the bathrooms should be treated to a back rub or other reward. There really is no better feeling than sliding in to freshly cleaned sheets at night

and waking up to a sparkling home at the break of dawn. It just takes a little work to get there.

Need a refresher? Ready, Set, Grow! is a great resource for both you and your child to better understand the gardening and growing process.

Hang dried lavender from your garden in bunches to freshen up every room. Enjoy the Season

Surrounding yourself with the beauty of spring recharges your soul, so make sure you get out and enjoy all that spring has to offer. This spring, consider camping. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an affordable way to escape your everyday, and provides great family time. I particularly love camping in the spring and fall. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not too hot or cold,

but still gives you the perfect excuse to make smores over a crackling fire. I still have such fond memories of camping as a child. If you can't get away, set up camp in your own backyard. Build a fire, roast hot dogs, and invite your friends over. If you have a projector, use an old white sheet and a few 2x4's to create your own outdoor theater. Create a seasonal soundtrack. I love making "mix tapes" at the beginning of each season and then months later you pop that cd in and you're instantly transported. Keep things airy with the Marie Antionette soundtrack, Lykke Li's Youth Novels, MGMT's Oracle Spectacular, and Camera Obscura's Underachievers.

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The much-adored (and uber-talented) Austin interior designer

Kelly Moseley gives us an inside look at her fun, functional and modern home. text by NATALIE CROWLEY

ARTIST AND HOME DESIGNER KELLY MOSELEY is well known in the Austin, Texas, area for her interior design talent and keen sense of style. Founding ANABEL INTERIORS in 2005,

Kelly has worked with many homeowners in the Austin area, and her creativity and artistic eye have helped many of her clients achieve a warm and welcoming personal space in their homes, never leaving any small detail to chance. Kelly is truly a master at creating surroundings that are stylish yet functional and comfortable, and her own home is no exception. Over the years, Kelly has successfully combined contemporary pieces and design into her traditionally structured 1930s cottage, resulting in a beautifully eclectic home. Recently, we were invited to explore Kelly’s newly renovated home, and we jumped at the chance.

there is a lot we can learn from this multi-talented southern gal.

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“I find the first instinct or decision I make about a particular design project is always the best one.”

Renovating Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home brought with it several challenges; one being the exterior deck. The rotting wood needed to be completely replaced, so Kelly and her husband gutted the deck and started from scratch. They decided to build a new patio off her screen porch and plant a garden; Kelly and her husband opted for pea gravel instead of pavers and did much of the work themselves. In one summer, after many trips to the landscape supply store and nursery, the patio and garden neared completion. The teak furniture purchased was the final detail that really brought the space together. The patio and garden are truly an outdoor living room that the family regularly enjoys, and Kelly says it is still her favorite

project to-date.

KELLY BELIEVES in choosing furniture and décor for your home that is stylish but always function

comfortable as well. She tells her customers not to sacrifice their individuality when designing a

“Every room needs something that is reflective or evocative of the people living space,” Kelly says. “I keep my kids chunky ceramic sculptures from preschool proudly displayed

in my bedroom. I love to wake up and see them every morning.” Featuring meaningful artwork o mementos will brighten a room like no store-bought object ever could, and as a result, your hom reflect what is considered special to you.

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Kelly’s kitchen is a popular hangout for her family. It’s also another great example of

Kelly’s dedication to balancing form and function. The open shelving gives the space an airy, casual feel that contrasts nicely with the sleek, modern base cabintry. The kitchen was also specifically designed to provide ample counter space for food prep. A bonus: the focus on functionality with the lower cabinets means that every member of the family has access to key items and can help with preparing meals.

The MASTER SUITE is proof that it’s possible to achieve a space that is tranquil and modern, yet friendly and inviting at the same time. The romantic fireplace instantly warms the room, and a mini-bar is close by for easy access to evening spirits. Kelly’s built-in bookshelves provide access to favorite novels while serving as a display case for collected pieces as well. Perhaps most impressive is how Kelly was able to sneakily integrate the TV into the room; if you don’t look closely, it’s easy to miss! The MASTER BATHROOM features a fantastic skylight that provides the room with easy, natural light. Two Asian-inspired light fixtures dim the room at night, creating an ambiance fit for a retreat; a perfect space for Kelly to relax after a long, stressful day at work.

KELLY’S STUDIO/OFFICE is a lesson in merging practicality and pizzazz. Every inch of the

workspace serves a functional purpose—from the Ikea magazine holders to the drawers that hold papers and supplies. Due to the fact that Kelly spends so much time in her office, it was important to her that it be more than just a supremely functional space; she also wanted it to feature personal items as well that serve for daily inspiration. Kelly combined vintage and modern furniture pieces in soft colors to help create a workspace that’s both



Kelly's Top 5 Tips for Do-itYourself Designers:


Always make sure you have enough TEXTURE in a room. Even if you decide to decorate a space in a modern style or with a monochromatic palette, don't forget to mix it up; for example, lacquer with wool, wood and steel can really blend nicely in a room.


LIGHTING is extremely important; avoid harsh overhead lighting as the

primary source of light in your home; instead, opt for lamps that create a cozy atmosphere. Recessed halogen lighting looks great with any style room and simulates sunlight, while dimmers work well in the evening to create romantic mood lighting.


DON’T OVERDRESS WINDOWS! Fussy fabric valances often hide natural

light as well as the view outside, and can make a room seem dated. Windows with elaborate trim look fabulous when dressed with a simple woven or fabric roman shade. My favorite flat panel curtains are those that hang 5 to 8 inches above the top of a window’s trim and just barely touch the floor.



have amazing artwork, no matter what your budget allows! Create instant artwork that is unique by framing gorgeous fabrics, vintage maps or graphic wallpaper samples.


Place something ORANGE in every room, even if it just a throw pillow or a small bit of color in a piece of art. I promise you, it will give the room warm, happy feeling.



This room wasn’t always our favorite room. In fact, it could have easily won the “Ugliest Space” award back when we purchased our house. We used to joke that it looked like an old hunting lodge with all that dark brick and dated paneling. And the heavy ceiling beams worked overtime to create an oppressive dungeon-esque effect. Thankfully, we were able to brighten up everything on the cheap with just a few gallons of cream colored paint on all the brick and paneling. It’s amazing what a few gallons of that stuff (and an ample amount of elbow grease) can do. It was the most dramatic makeover in our home and it only ran us around $80. Later we even went on to replace the fauxparquet linoleum with mocha hardwoods. Now our entire house has a seamless, open feeling that flows from room to room—which is totally key when it comes to making a small older home like ours feel expansive and airy. Bringing in some light yet super easy-care slipcovered furnishings, white framed photos and mirrors left the entire room feeling even more welcoming and serene.

No more dingy hunting lodge!





The den is definitely the room where we spend most of our time. I work from home as a blogger for our site Young House Love and I’ve set up a little makeshift office in the far corner of the room which is where the magic happens. Then when John comes home from work I take a few steps across the room to the sofa where we reconnect every evening: chatting, watching TV, playing with our eight pound chihuahua and even eating dinner there from time to time. We even had an empty corner across from my desk where we were able to create an incredibly affordable and functional “mini mudroom” for hanging scarves, bags, jackets, and the dog’s leash while taking off our shoes after a long day. Gotta love function like that on the cheap. And speaking of a long day, it’s not such a hardship when it’s spent banging away on a laptop in my << cozy little “corner office.” Yeah, it’s small, but it’s all I need and it really helps us gain every ounce of usable space from this formerly oppressive and off-putting room.

The lesson? Paint works miracles. Additionally, adding a few different zones (a seating area, an office, a mini mudroom) really helped us squeeze all the function we could out of our newly transformed room. Eating dinner in front of the TV never felt so good...


Steal their style!

Bambo Roman Shades,, $9-$32

Beige Armchair, Ikea, $129

Footstool, Ikea, $279

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Want to know more about what you see? Click any of the photos on this page to go directly to the manufacturer’s site.

Kinsey Chair, Room & Board, $699

Twine Floor Lamp, cb2. com, $199

Round mirror, West Elm, $199

"All I can say is that there's a sweetness here, a Southern sweetness, that makes sweet music. . . .If I had to tell somebody who had never been to the South, who had never heard of soul music, what it was, I'd just have to tell him that it's music from the heart, from the pulse, from the innermost feeling. That's my soul; that's how I sing. And that's the South." -Al Green



Planting a garden is one of the most rewarding and beautiful things that you can do for yourself and others. There is nothing that makes me happier than driving down my favorite streets and admiring the beautiful way that people adorn their homes. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to have a yard to create a charming garden. You simply need a few basic tools, a little bit of muscle and some containers. Turn the page to read more!

One of my favorite gardening resources is Garden Anywhere by Alys Fowler. She is extremely creative and resourceful. She takes everyday items and transforms them in to gorgeous planters, shows you how to grow fruits and vegetables in an affordable and lovely way, and everything is beautifully laid out and easy to follow. I think the key to enjoying anything is keeping things simple and pleasurable. Investing in a few good tools makes the job a lot easier. These are my must-haves for the garden novice: A trowel is a tool that you will use over and over again. I love this handcrafted one by Dewit. It is easy to hold and makes scooping soil and planting smaller plants a cinch. It’s probably the tool I use the most.

Garden Hoses are a dime a dozen, but you need a good one.

I adore these colorful, professional grade hoses that won’t kink. The key to healthy plants is the right amount of light and moisture. In the South especially, we tend to have thirsty plants and these scream warm weather!

Although, I treasure being in the garden, I don’t necessarily take a bare hands approach. I use these Women’s work high perfomance gloves. They are light and breathable, but have grippy fingers and palms. They dry quickly and have a clip to hang them when you’re done. I prefer a boot to a garden shoe, even for watering. I can’t get enough of these Muck boots. They are perfect for all kinds of dirty jobs, or running out to get the mail. The other tool I use the most is this pruner by Fiskars. Perfect for snipping herbs for dinner or grabbing fresh flowers for parties, but it also multi-tasks to clean up and cut back plants that are past their prime. To find out plants that are best for where you live check out’s plant finder. Plug in your zone, what kind of shade/sun you have and what you are looking for and it does the work for you!

Happy gardening!

Indoor Herb Garden 101

Creating a no-fuss herb garden is a cinch. I use fresh herbs in my cooking all the time, and it makes a huge difference in the flavor of our food. I love thyme, sage, rosemary, and parsley to start. Cilantro is another favorite. Create your own culinary garden with these easy to follow steps:


Herbs like full sun so plant your herbs near a window.


Select tiny pots to house your herbs. I love simple terracotta pots, because they just get better with age. Use a sharpie and your beautiful handwriting to label the herbs.


Use a good planting mix. Organic is best for both the herbs and the soil.


Water when the plants start to droop, but just wet the soil. The soil should be lightly moist to the touch. Pinch the tops of them off as they grow to keep them smaller.


Quatrefoil text by LORI SHEARER


nown for its use in Gothic architecture and decorative frameworks, the quatrefoil is now making its mark in modern design. A quatrefoil is a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially â&#x20AC;&#x201C;overlapping circles of the same diameter. You may recognize the quatrefoil from old cathedrals and churches or Moroccan patterns. Areas influenced by the Moorish kings (such as southern Spain) are adorned with quatrefoil patterns from things like tile design to buildings themselves. Modern pieces the feature the quatrefoil shape vary from exquisite updated collectables to everyday household items. Here are some ways you can snag the lovely design on any budget!


Quatrefoil Correspondence CardS $1.20 each | penny people designs In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s digital world there is still something very special about a handwritten note. Penny People Designs has a sophisticated yet simple Quatrefoil Correspondence Card that is bound to brighten someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day. The cute cards incorporate the quatrefoil shape and allow you to choose from a number of fonts and colors like hot pink, lime and periwinkle. You can get the cards (plus envelopes) at $1.20 per card starting in sets of 12.


Classical symmetry aqua print | $69.95 Crate & Barrel

Graphic prints can add a pleasant touch to any room. These ancient tile patterns by artist Chariklia Zarris bring geometric designs to life in several vivid colors, and they can be used as a set or individually.


Measuring nearly 20â&#x20AC;? x 20â&#x20AC;? individually, the set of six geometric patterns (including the quatrefoil) can be found at Crate & Barrel for $69.95 each or $369 for the set. The prints are outlined by an espresso stained solid oak frame. If there ever was a classic, investment piece of jewelry that you should indulge in, it is the Alhambra necklace by French jewelry powerhouse Van Cleef & Arpels. The Alhambra couture collection was revealed in 1968 and make liberal use of the quatrefoil shape. Van Cleef & Arpels is the type of jeweler that has marked the lives of princely, royal and imperial families around the world. Their creations are true treasures that often become heirloom pieces. Prices for items in the Alhambra Collection vary from around $5,000 and up.

Alhambra collection Von cleef & arpels


Pretty in a pinch. Produced & Written By Elizabeth Demos Photography by Blue Door Photography

Follow these simple steps to make the most of grocery store


Choose your color palette wisely

Pick flowers with one or two common colors in different textures, scales and sizes. You might need to buy several bouquets of mixed flowers to achieve a complete look.

Pick a great container I always grab a bundle of greens because they finish the look. I make it a ritual to scavenge my garden for extra special greens for filler, too.

For all the arrangements pictured I chose beautiful vintage containers rather than simple glass vases. The container is likely to inspire whether the arrangement is tight and organized or loose and free.

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the greens

Once you get home with your bundles of flowers you will need to prep them before arranging. On a large work surfaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I prefer my kitchen counter because I can spread out all the materials and it is near the sinkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;break apart your mixed bouquets and take a quick inventory. Sort flowers by color. Cut the bottoms and strip the leaves off the stem that will be below the container opening. This keeps the water fresh and gives you a long-live arrangement. Choose your containers and prep if necessary. If you are using a container that is particularly special or might be porous I suggest using something that will hold water inside your container, which is what I did with the peony arrangement.

Build your arrange

I typically build my arrangements using the greens first because I can control the trailing vines better when they are in the container alone. Then, I trim my flowers and build from the middle out. I like to put the most upright and splendid-looking flowers toward the middle and the angled or less attractive ones near the outer edge. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually waste many. I like really tight arrangements. You can always squeeze another little specimen in! For the peony arrangement, I cut the stems quite short and put the largest blooms in first and than filled in with smaller (and different color) peonies. I then stuck small leaves from my garden in with the cut leaves from the peony stems. For the Aster arrangement, I filled the glass container with seeded Eucalyptus greens and built the bundle of Asters, spider mums and tiny carnation blooms in and around the greens. Yes, I said carnations. When you cut them to a single bloom you get an entirely different look and in this case, a nice punch of color. For the green and white arrangement, I placed white hydrangea and large spider mums first since they filled the container nicely. Then I added Queen Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lace, star of Bethlehem, unopened carnation buds and, from my garden, asparagus fern and maiden hair fern.


Plant material resources: Fresh Market, Publix and Kroger...And my yard. Container resources:

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for the Unexpected Artist, store owner, blogger and allaround super woman Barb Blair of Knack Studios gives us the inside scoop on turning forgotten furniture into exquisite statement pieces.


Do you ever find yourself staring at that piece of furniture passed down to you from grandma and wonder how to make it relevant and fresh? I like to think that each piece of furniture is a little wooden person, each one has a story to just have to listen. As I walk through the isles of forlorn wooden people I can almost hear them whispering...look at my beautiful curvy legs, “look at all the detail on my feet”, or “hey , over drawers are hand carved” and my mind immediately begins to visualize a design plan, color and name. There is nothing better than taking a piece that has long been forgotten and turning it into something that is truly unforgettable and full of character. Don’t be afraid to listen.

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STEP ONE: Start off by fixing any repair issues you may have such as peeling veneer or loose joints and wood fill any holes you may not need. Once that is complete give it a good sanding all over with a fine 120 grit sand paper. Vacuum all the drawers and surface and wipe with a clean damp rag.

STEP TWO: Apply paint with an angled sash brush or a foam roller depending on the style of finish your little heart desires. I love the texture a brush adds and that is why I used a brush on this particular piece. After the first coat is dry apply a second coat.

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STEP THREE: Use an orbital sander for a super, heavy distressed look or a sanding sponge by hand for a more controlled look. Sand the entire piece until you get your desired look. Vacuum every inch of the piece to remove all of the sanding dust before you put the finishing touches on. Now is also the time to mark and drill new holes if you have filled the original ones.


STEP FOUR: Apply at least three coats of matte water based poly, drying and sanding in between every coat. Work as fast as you can because the poly is very quick drying, and be sure to not brush back and forth but instead use single strokes to keep poly from balling up and streaking. Once the poly is dry, put on the knobs you have chosen and line your drawers with paper.



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NASHVILLE STAR TEXT BY KATE HASH | photos by bridgett ezzard

Interior designer beth haley, owner of chic design firm beth haley design, gives us a tour of her modern nashville abode. filled with a mix of mid-century vintage, quiet glamour and easy elegance, bethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home proves that it is indeed possible to make clean, modern design feel cozy and family-friendly.

“I have a room for each mood and time of day,” says Beth Haley, interior designer and owner of Beth Haley Design. “First thing in the morning, it’s my white bathroom—everything feels fresh. Mid-mornings are best in the living room next to the east windows, and afternoons by the garage door, particularly in the spring and fall with the door open and kids playing outside. In the evenings, I love being in the den/media room/office with a good movie, a blanket and my family.” When you take a tour of her home, it’s easy to see why she can’t pick just one: each room exudes a distinct personality. Immediately upon entering the charming bungalow, you feel like you’ve taken in a breath of fresh air. The color palette in the living room—much like the rest of the house—balances fresh, organic colors with warm neutrals. The furniture includes a mix of high-end investment pieces and budget-friendly steals, like the armchairs from Ikea—“They’re so comfortable,” gushes Beth. The living room is punctuated with gorgeous works of art, including photography, small sculptural pieces and paintings by Beth’s son. “I love bowls, vases, art, books and lamps,” says Beth. “I scoured antique stores, yard sales, art galleries and festivals for pieces I loved.” Beth’s clean, modern aesthetic means that every accessory and work of art is carefully selected and serves a distinct purpose— both functional and visual—in the room. “Carefully selected pieces become functional works of art,” says Beth. “Most of our casegoods are sculptural storage pieces for dual function. I just love it when that happens!”

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The house you see now didn’t come without a lot of hard work—and no shortage of patience. The work began in early 2003 and took almost 12 months to complete. “At the time of the renovation, my office was at home and was piled with boxes,” says Beth. “I made phone calls with hammers and old classic rock blasting in the background.” The final product, however, was well worth the wait and is a perfect showpiece for Beth’s talents. “I designed the spaces to fit our lives perfectly,” says Beth. “Of course, the house has evolved and will continue to. I think this home is the perfect example of how thoughtful design can ‘live big’ and with a massage here and there, can change with your family and life.”

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FIVE QUESTIONS WE JUST HAD TO ASK… Is there a consistent challenge you face when working with older homes?

Not challenges, per se, but puzzle pieces. Most people are trying to find a way to better organize what they have, whether that be the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or the use of the rooms themselves. Older homes typically have limited space. You must be clever when using the cubic space you have or are adding. It is cubic space, not necessarily square footage, that matters most!

What is the biggest piece of advice you would give someone renovating an older home? Think forward as much as possible. Make your lists, functional and stylistically. Really think about how you want to use your space. What are your needs down to the details? Design for future life changes as much as you can.

What are the three most important style tips you would give someone decorating their own home?

First, buy what you absolutely love. You will take better care of it and keep it longer. Second, mix the pedigree of your artwork. Finally, don’t forget your windows! Window treatments are not only functional but they are the icing on the cake in any space!

What’s the most rewarding thing about owning your own business?

I can create the business to suit my needs. My business has supported me in the various stages of my life and the lives of my employees. We are about people. We support one another and work hard and so does the business in return.

What’s the most rewarding thing about working as an interior designer?

Most rewarding about working as an interior designer is helping the lives of the people we come in contact with. I love problem solving! I love putting all the pieces together for our clients. What I do makes their lives run more smoothly; their homes sustain them and renew them. Helping them create welcoming, healing, organized, functional and stimulating homes. It is a pleasure to be a part of their lives and the process.

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Look up, look down! These preppy pieces from Stella & Dot are perfect for the gal that likes to make a statement with her jewelry. ABOVE: Happy Flower Necklace, $249 BELOW: (l) Kelly Cuff, $89; (r) Bloom Flower Ring, $39

To call us obsessed with emersonmade would be a huge understatement. From their gorgeous hair clips to their striking lapel flowers, emersonmade flower accessories are girly chic perfection. Right: white ballet dahlia hair clip, $14.50. We also love the BIG POPPY, a customer fave that is often sold out.

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because your home needs to smell as good as you look. peony and orange blossom will keep your home smelling delicious all throughout the spring season. ambience perfume 250ml, $58

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VAnessa bruno drape jersey dress $490 ARDEN B DRESS | $78


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MAD IMPORTS COLORBURST CLUTCH | $30 Flower trim hat by british company debenhams | about $200 with current exchange rate

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st y le Created by Emmie Howard & Reagan Howell (formerly, Reagan Hardy, now a newlywed), Southern Proper began as a way for two belles to honor the things they love most: the South and southern gentlemen. With a desire to build a brand based on preppy southern fashion, Southern Proper epitomizes the lifestyle of a classic southern gentleman.

interview and text by ALLISON JACKSON

With Reagan away on her honeymoon, Emmie was kind enough to give me the scoop behind the southern-inspired haberdashery. SF: You two seem like such great friends, how did you meet? Emmie: We met in school, at Brenau Women’s College. Reagan joined my sorority (Alpha Chi Omega) and became my little sister. Reagan ended up transferring to UNC her sophomore year, but we remained close friends and stayed in close contact. We really bonded over how much we had in common; we’re both from small towns, we both love fashion and a well-dressed gentleman. At Brenau, we were the only girls who wore croakies – we called ourselves croakie soul mates! SF: Haha! Where did the idea for Southern Proper come from? Emmie: We both saw a gap in the market for a preppy brand. The true east coast preppy trend that’s been around forever, but in a way that connects it to Southerners. We wanted SoPro to really embody the lifestyle of the South and represent what it means to be Southern. Neckties were a great entry into the market, because they gave us the opportunity to showcase emblems that represent the south. And, accessories were a great way for us to break into the business. SF: So what was it like starting a business from the ground up? Emmie: It took six months to get

everything up and running. I had four years of corporate experience, where I was able to manage my own product line, that combined with Reagan’s PR and sales experience made it easy for us to come up with a solid business plan. We would meet a few times a month to discuss how we wanted to shape our business. Then there was the matter of finding investors, and the best advice I can give to anyone wanting to start a business is to use your resources and network. That’s how you meet the great people, build a great team and really make a splash. SF: What about some of the challenges you were met with, being new business owners? Emmie: There are a lot of tie companies out there. And a lot of our very first customers needed some convincing – why did they need another tie line? We also knew nothing about manufacturing and we knew we wanted to do it domestically, preferably in the south. We even needed to see how a tie was made! It took literally hopping in the car and driving around until we found a manufacturer in North Carolina that was willing to walk us through it. It was a growing experience. We launched in March 2006 and started by knocking on doors. We learned a lot – we learned how to approach people. We realized we weren’t just selling a Southern brand, we were selling the Southern lifestyle, we were selling ourselves, we were selling Emmie and Reagan.

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SF: And how about the rewards? Emmie: Uh, let’s see… working for yourself, being an entrepreneur. Getting to work with your friends and other young talent. Meeting people across the country and developing relationships with them, be it customers, vendors, whoever. It’s so cool to see people you’ve never met before wearing your brand. It makes you feel connected.

SF: Any future plans for the business? Emmie: We want the brand to symbolize what it means to be Southern. We’re starting to venture more into products for women. We have d-ring belts coming out this spring that will be for men and women using some of the tie silks. We also have a golf line we’re hoping to launch in the spring as well.

SF: What would you say is your favorite part of the business? Emmie: Definitely the creativity. Getting to try new things, use new materials, work with other creative people and tapping into their talents. All of the fun events, the people, the places. Like the really special places in the South we’ve visited on some of our photo shoots. Being immersed in the Southern lifestyle and meeting local Southern icons is something we probably wouldn’t have the opportunity to do if we were in a different business!

There are plans for a Southern Proper Gentlemen’s Jacket, the essential blazer for any Southern gentleman, that will carry him through his college years and into his first career. Then there is Southern Swim, a swim trunk line that will feature our prints and patterns.

SF: Alright, so where did Beau [the black lab] come from? Emmie: When we were first getting started, we sent an email to every guy we knew, asking what they thought of when they thought of the South. And every response mentioned how to treat a lady and manners, or a lab/hunting dog. Our lab, Beau, symbolizes both sides of a Southern gentlemen. Reagan is the proud owner of a black lab named Beau who is now our mascot.

Ultimately we want to remain more accessory driven, while maintaining the iconic Southern elements, like adding the pearls for Belles. It’s fun to be able to recreate classics with a southern twist, like the Proper Paisley line, taking a traditionally Southern icon like the cotton boll and butter bean, and incorporating those icons into patterns like paisley. It’s unique and different, but still refined enough to take the Southern Proper gentleman from the board room to the country club, which is what we strive to achieve, the perfect balance of southern-inspired design and sophisticated haberdashery.

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FOOD + TRAVEL long weekend guide: charleston, sc southern twist: southern italy baking bliss: two must-have cupcake recipes homegrown: the basics of joining a farm csa southern classics updated for a new generation



Local girl Olivia James takes us on a tour of beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. From historic and charming downtown streets to tranquil beachside retreats, olivia shows you how to get the most out of a long weekEND in the city.

Just saying the word Charleston evokes dreamy images of long ago summer days spent sipping sweet tea beneath magnolia trees and live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here, the sound of horse drawn carriages bumping along cobblestone streets can make you wonder if you have slipped back in time. But Charleston is not only brimming with old Southern charm and nostalgia, it has also become a progressive, contemporary city that exudes a dynamic energy. photographs and text by OLIVIA RAE JAMES

through for hours; it is exquisitely decorated, and everything in the store is a treasure. They have everything from clothes to furniture to housewares.

Day One: Time to SHOP! 8 AM: A freshly baked croissant topped with nutella and strawberries from Bull Street Gourmet is a lovely beginning to any day. Their iced coffee with frozen coffee icecubes is a brilliant solution to a typical watered-down coffee. Along with decadent breakfast treats, they have a great lunch and dinner, free wi-fi, homemade food for on-the-go, plus the best wine deal in the city. 10 AM: Whenever I get to a new city, I am always itching to check out the shops. King Street is the “Magnificent Mile” of Charleston, In addition to popular stores like Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, and J Crew, King Street also boasts numerous small, independent shops. There is a beautiful little boutique tucked away on Society Street called Estella Vitae. It feels like a vintage version of Anthropologie, with amazing antique finds and unique brands. It isn’t one of those thrift shops you have to hunt

Noon: Five Loaves Cafe is the perfect little spot for lunch. Their use of fresh, unique ingredients and the bright, cheerful atmosphere reveal why the same familiar faces are seen there over and over again. A combo lunch for $7.75 is always a great option. You get the choice of two items from their gourmet salads, sandwiches, and soups. After lunch at Five Loaves, be sure to stop by Sugar, less than a block away. Apple tarts, lavender chocolates, and ginger molasses cookies are only a few of the mouthwatering desserts they bake fresh daily. As endearing as your grandmother’s kitchen and as hip as any place you will find in Manhattan, Sugar will become one of your favorite spots in Charleston. 2 PM: The Charleston Market, an open-air market with a rich history, is a must when touring Charleston. You can browse the antique, art and food vendors, get a warm praline sample (they melt in your mouth), or buy a palmetto rose, handmade from palm leaves and exclusive to Charleston. Lively musicians always play at the market, creating big crowds and lots of fun.

5 PM: Near the Market is Waterfront Park; complete with a large fountain for kids to run through, rows of palmetto trees, and a stunning view of Charleston Harbor. If you stroll down East Bay Street, you will approach the famous Rainbow Row and eventually the Battery, a row of 18th century homes that epitomize Charleston’s architecture, at the tip of the peninsula. 7 PM: Modeled after an Italian villa from 79 AD, Muse is one of Charleston’s best-kept secrets. The stunning interior and thoughtful, creative food is different from anything in Charleston. They have over 100 wines by the glass and host frequent wine-tastings. Dining at Muse is quite possibly the closest experience you can get to a night in Santorini.

10 PM: Kaminsky’s Most Excellent Cafe, a lively little dessert spot, is ideal for a late night treat. They’re open late Thursday though Sunday and offer a variety of different desserts every night; chocolate praline cake, tollhouse pie and caramel banana torte, just to name a few. If that’s not enough, they also have dozens of coffee drinks and milkshakes (the Peppermint Pattie is to die for). After dessert at Kaminsky’s, catch a rickshaw back to your hotel for a delightful view of the city at night while feeling the wind in your hair.


8 AM: The Farmers’ Market is hands down m On Saturdays from eight to three it is set up the middle of the city. The crepe stand is an offering a diverse selection of both savory a fresh, you can watch them make yours after in one hand and a fresh squeezed lemonad track of time browsing the wonderful food a the local bluegrass band in the background Vendors you don’t want to miss: Rio Bertolini’s Fresh Pasta Stand: dozens

gourmet ravioli, regular and whole-wheat p sweet potato!) and delicious sauces. Mathilda Jewelry: gorgeous and unique fo definitely worth checking out.


my favorite place in Charleston. in Marion Square, a huge park in n infinitely popular breakfast spot, and sweet crepes. They are so ordering. With a delicious crepe de in the other, it’s easy to lose and art vendors, and listening to d.

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Nicole’s Nutty Goodness: local fruit and granola bars. It can

become addictive…I once ordered the “Berry Good Nutty Goodness” in bulk. 1 PM: Gaulart and Malacet, more commonly known as Fast and French, is akin to dining in a quaint cafe in the heart of Paris. The enchanting atmosphere and community tables give it an authentic European feel. Fast and French has plenty of great options for meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. Entrees like vegetarian pizza baguettes and hot ham and brie croissants are sinfully delicious. It’s superb even for lighter meals with their extensive fruit, cheese, bread, and wine selections. Their apple pie and vanilla ice cream desserts (both made in-house) and their fondue dinners on Thursday nights are especially unforgettable. You really can’t go wrong at this charming little spot on Broad Street. 2 PM: Charleston is a city I never tire of exploring. It is a quintessentially romantic city, ideal for endless hours of wandering around. Walking allows more leeway to discover the secret gardens and tiny alleyways up close, but for the young, elderly, or anyone in between, horse-drawn carriage tours are a great option. For home and garden lovers, history buffs, or art patrons, Charleston has a variety of guided walking tours so you can learn a few things while admiring this magical city. 8 PM: Trattoria Lucca is the epitome of cutting-edge Italian cuisine. Most places as trendy as this can seem cold and pretentious, but the outstanding food and staff at Lucca are as warm as an Italian family hosting you in their own home. The chef is a true genius, which is undeniable after you taste his innovative versions of classic Italian dishes. Its location on Bogard makes it a little bit of a hike, so you will probably want to get a cab or rickshaw for the trip. However, once you experience a dinner at Trattoria Lucca, you will soon understand why this hidden gem is a favorite of locals and tourists alike.

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Want to learn more about a shop, restaurant or activty in Olivia’s long weekend guide? On the next page we have a fully interactive directory of her favorite spots in Charleston!

Day THREe: RELAX + RECHARGE 10 AM: Only fifteen minutes outside of downtown Charleston is one of the prettiest coastlines in the South. Sunday brunch at Lost Dog Cafe is utter bliss. Being only one block from the ocean, you’re able to smell the sea while sitting on a beautiful patio, sipping a latte from their full espresso bar and enjoying their daily homemade quiche or pancakes. Hence the name, dogs are welcome! Noon: No one wants to go straight from brunch to the beach, so renting bikes and riding around Folly Beach is a great alternative. Besides a few hotels, it feels like a retro beach village where only locals reside. It’s a cheap and healthy way to spend a few hours and get to know the gorgeous island better. If you ride to the end of East Ashley Street and walk about a quarter mile to the beach, you can see the legendary Morris Island Lighthouse. 6 PM: After a long day in the sun, there is nothing better than fresh Mexican food. Taco Boy has a festive atmosphere, refreshing margaritas, and the absolute best nachos in the world.

>>>WHO WE LOVE AND HOW TO REACH ‘EM Bull Street Gourmet (843) 720-8992 Cupcake (843) 853-8181 Charleston Crepe Company (843) 573-3458 Charleston Walking Tours (843) 568-0473 Estella Vitae (843) 577-2944 Five Loaves Cafe (843) 937-4303 Folly Beach Recreational Activities Gaulart & Malacet/Fast and French (843) 577-9797 James Island County Park Bike Rentals (843) 795-4386 Kaminsky’s Most Excellent Cafe (843) 853-8270 Lost Dog Cafe (843) 588-9669 Mathilda Jewelry (843)-327-2839 Muse (843) 577-1102 Nicole’s Nutty Goodness (712) 899-0691 Palmetto Carriage Works (843) 723-8145 Rio Bertolini’s Fresh Cut Pasta (843) 588-5088 Sugar Bake Shop (843) 579-2891 Taco Boy (843) 588-9761

3 PM: Folly Beach is a mecca of peace and relaxation; fantastic for lounging with a great book or swimming in the ocean. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the mood for more of an adventure, you can charter a boat, rent kayaks or jet skis, go para-sailing, or hang out on the Folly Beach Pier fishing or dolphin watching.

Southern Twist: Southern


It seems no matter where you go, “the South” means something special. Food critic, travel journalist and history consultant Katie Parla takes us on a tour of her favorite South — Southern Italy. photographs and text by KATIE PARLA

Italians distinguish themselves from one another based on regional assoc

dialects, and cuisine. But they draw further dividing lines between north and sou (polenta eaters), while southerners are labeled terroni (farmers). While the south politicians even claim it should be severed from Italy altogether—this stereotype with authenticity, and untarnished by mass tourism. A visitor to southern Italy w peninsula. The best way to learn about Italy southern regions? Throu


The long strip of land that forms Italy’s heel is lapped by the waves of two seas, the Adriatic in the east and the Ionian in the instep. Accordingly, the region’s cuisine is heavily fish-based along the coasts where shellfish like cozze pelose (“hairy” mussels), ricci di mare (sea urchins), and gamberi rossi (red shrimp) are served raw. You might call this Italy’s answer to sushi. The interior is peppered with millions of olive trees, most of which are centuries old and produce the region’s famous extra virgin olive oil. The vast plateau bordering Basilicata in the west is Italy’s breadbasket where much of the country’s durum wheat grows. In

Puglia, durum wheat flour is used in rustic breads like pane di Altamura and a variety of fresh pastas like orecchiette (ear-shaped pasta) and cavatelli (rolled up orecchiette). The pasta condiments in Puglia are simple, owing to their origin as peasant dishes. A classic dish is orecchiette con cime di rapa (with broccoli rabe), sometimes topped with fried breadcrumbs. Cheese figures heavily into the Pugliese diet and there are soft and hard varieties to choose from. The most prestigious is burrata, a sheath of mozzarella stuffed with cream and mozzarella shreds.

ciations, and for good reason: each of Italy’s 20 regions has its own character, uth. Insults are hurled in both directions. The northerners are called polentari h is often painted as a backwards, impoverished, agriculture center—some e could not be further from reality. The south is brimming with charm, dripping will find elegant city centers, warm hospitality, and some of the best food on the ugh their cuisine, of course!


Ruled by Greeks, Romans, Goths, Germans, French, Spanish, and now Italians, the largest Island in the Mediterranean is where flavors of east and west converge. Perhaps the most striking aspects of Sicilian cuisine are the elements that have persisted since the ninth century Arab conquest of the island. Dishes like caponata (sweet and sour eggplant) and torrone (nougat) and ingredients like eggplant, citrus, and dozens of spices were brought to Sicily over a millennium ago and are still heavily used in the region’s cuisine.


The “toe” of the Italian boot has a rugged and mountainous interior trimmed by the Tyrhennian Sea in the west. The food is rustic, hearty, and spicy and does not shy away from bold flavors. The ingredient synonymous with the region is ‘nduja, a spreadable pork sausage made with copious amounts of red pepper and big chunks of fat. It can be slathered on crostini (toasted bread) or mixed into pasta dishes to add a pleasant heat. Another classic Calabrian ingredient is the cipolla rossa di Tropea, a sweet red onion so abundant it is prepared in every imaginable way throughout the year; it is baked into breads, pickled, caramelized, and used in a sweet jam.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Sea Urchins from La Rotonda in Torre Canne (Puglia); Pesce Crudo (raw oysters, clams and mussels) from Ristorante Lido Bianco in Monopoli (Puglia); Caciocavallo hanging to age at Salatino Caseificio in Locorotondo (Puglia).

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Fresh pomodoro bottled in Chieti at Ferragosto; Pizza barese in Matera (Basilicata); Orrecchioni being freshly made in a pasta shop in Matera; Fried meatballs, peppers and eggplant at Donna Teresa in Naples; Pane + Pace Bakery in Matera


Naples, the regional capital, is where pizza as we know it was invented. There, a thick doughy rim and elastic center are trademarks of this local specialty. Add tomato sauce, melted mozzarella, and basil leaves and you have the classic Pizza Margherita, named for Italy’s second queen, to whom the Italian flag-colored pie was presented over a century ago. In the plains northeast of Naples, water buffalo graze. Their milk is turned into the salty, flavorful mozzarella di bufala. This fresh buffalo milk product is best when served on its own or with freshly sliced tomatoes and basil leaves harvested from the volcanic soil around Campania’s infamous volcano, Mt. Vesuvius. If all of this pizza and mozzarella has you worried about your fat intake, fear not. The Amalfi Coast is where limoncello was born. This highly alcoholic lemon liquor aids digestion and is a requisite drink after large meals in Campania and beyond.


Sandwiched between Calabria, Puglia, and Campania, Basilicata is perhaps the least known Italian region. Pine forests, wheat covered plains, rugged mountains, and deep valleys cover this sparsely inhabited region. Basilicata’s cuisine is among Italy’s most basic because it was developed from a peasant tradition that could afford to waste nothing. Abundant produce like tomatoes and artichokes are preserved under oil for use in the barren months. Stale bread is fried in olive oil and dusted over pasta to add flavor and texture. The bread and pastas are similar to those found in neighboring Puglia, as are sharp, hard cheeses like caciocavallo.

While many northerners dismiss southern Italian culture as inferior to their own, Italy’s

south plugs along in defiance, turning out some of the best food on earth with simplicity and pride. Visitors will be welcomed with delightfully rustic and wonderfully fresh dishes, worthy ambassadors for Italy’s undiscovered south.


History buffs may recognize her from the History Channel’s “Cities of the Underworld,” on which she guided host Don Wildman through the architectural treasures buried beneath Rome, Naples and Sicily. If you’re in the mood for daily food photography and commentary delicious enough to make your stomache growl at work, be sure to add Katie’s food blog, to your RSS feed.

photographs and text by OLIVIA RAE JAMES

Baking Bliss Cupcake aficionado Olivia James shares two of her favorite recipes (and makes our stomaches growl in the process!)

Nothing says comfort like a pretty little cupcake. Full of charm, nostalgia, and decadence, they are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up, cure to a bad day, or way of saying thanks. Before I even moved to Charleston, I had my heart set on working at a little shop called Cupcake. I immediately fell in love with the adorable retro diner vibe and, of course, the painfully tasty and equally beautiful cupcakes. My love for cupcakes blossomed into a semi-obsession, and I began to constantly experiment with different recipes and flavors. I even started making antique cake stands, so my cupcakes would have the perfect place to sit. My two favorite flavors to make are lemon raspberry and chocolate hazelnut.

Talk about heaven in a biteâ&#x20AC;Ś

Vanilla Cake with Raspberries and Lemon Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients:


1 1/2 cups self-rising flour 2/3 cup softened butter 3/4 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup raspberies (both fresh and frozen work)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the icing: 1 (250 g) package cream cheese 1/4 cup butter 2 cups powdered sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Juice and zest from 2 lemons

For the icing: Beat softened cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until well blended. Add vanilla extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Gradually add powdered sugar beating until well blended. Top with raspberries.

In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the flour and vanilla. Divide batter evenly among 12 cupcake liners. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted through the center comes out clean.

Makes a dozen cupcakes.



1 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup brewed hazelnut coffee 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup canola oil 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the icing: 1 jar Nutella Chocolate bar for shavings

In one bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Then add the oil, vanilla, vinegar and coffee. Mix together until smooth. Divide batter evenly among 12 cupcake liners, filling about 3/4 full. Bake on the center rack of the oven for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted through the center comes out clean. After cooling, top with nutella and some pretty chocolate shaving for a finishing touch. Makes a dozen cupcakes.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Topped with Nutella



I love when our refrigerator is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables. Until recently, my husband and I always bought our produce at the grocery store. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that where you buy yours? By KELLY ROJAHN

When it comes to spring and summer meals, I crave fresh corn on the cob, blueberries, spinach, and refreshing mint tea. I can already picture our friends gathered around the grill. The waves of smoke pass through the air—chicken, peppers, pineapples, potatoes, and cedar chips; is your mouth watering yet? I love when our refrigerator is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables. But my husband and I always bought our produce at the grocery store. Isn’t that where you buy yours? Upon moving to the South, we soon learned that one has endless options for fresh produce. The South’s offers rich farmlands foster colorful, nutrient fruits and vegetables and we wanted to take advantage. Within a twenty minute drive of Huntsville, we found three farmers markets, seven roadside stands, and five locations allowing us to pick our own local produce. However, these options, combined with a busy schedule, have not been ideal for us. But research brought us to a new term: Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA. I wanted to learn about CSAs and what they have to offer. I immediately became elated with my findings. In my research, I found

Doe Run Farm located in Petersburg,

TN. Doe Run Farm operates as a CSA farm and is run by a retired couple, John and Judy McGary. Judy took the time out of her busy day to answer my questions about farm CSAs.

What is a farm CSA?

A CSA farm is a farm that grows the majority of its crops for a community of consumers that pay in advance for a "share" of the farm's harvest each growing season. Once the harvest begins, these consumers, known as "shareholders", receive a weekly box filled with a wide assortment of vegetables and fruit.

What are the benefits of joining a farm CSA, both for the farmer and for the shareholder?

There are many benefits for the shareholder. 1. The food is easily traceable as it is grown locally. 2. The boxes of produce are delivered fresh each week. 3. The shareholder has the opportunity to form a personal relationship with the farmer. 4. We grow food for your table throughout the year! Lastly, shareholders have a connection to the land through farm- direct food—a connection which many feel they have lost today! The farmer benefits by not having to worry about growing more than we can sell or not growing enough because our crops are already sold. This can eliminate a lot of waste on the farm. The shares sold also help pay for necessary repairs to equipment and purchase seeds.

How can shareholders make the most of a CSA membership? One can make the most of a CSA

membership by educating themselves on how important it is to eat "seasonally” and become aware of where the food you feed your family is coming from. Eating food that's in season has more flavor, is more delicious, and is generally more nutritious because if it's in season, it's generally fresh! “From farm to table” is our farm's favorite phrase!

How does a CSA help the environment?

A CSA helps the environment because a CSA program is obtained from a local source. Everything is grown less than a hundred miles from the family table! That means less use of fossil fuels for transportation, which contributes to environmental pollution.

What is the difference between farm fresh produce and grocery story produce? Produce from Doe Run Farm is delivered to our customers within hours of harvest. Grocery store produce is delivered to their customers within days of harvest.

Do you have any advice for someone considering a farm CSA? I would say that if you have never purchased a CSA share before, give Doe Run Farm's Mini Share a "try".

Can you tell me about Doe Run Farm?

One thing that makes us unique is that our farm is certified organic, and we are inspected on an annual basis. Our farm must meet certain criteria in order to be recertified each year. Our farm is sustainable. Farming for us is not just an occupation. We retired from other professions prior to purchasing our farm. We farm because we love to farm. We love seeing the smiles on the faces of our shareholders and their children on pick up day. We try to provide our CSA families a connection to the land through their food. In return, through the purchase of a CSA share, they give us the opportunity to continue to grow food for their tables—a unique and very special relationship.

What are the cost benefits?

We say that value for your dollar doesn't have to mean "cheap". Value can mean more quality and "bang" for your buck. If you think a CSA is a way to save lots of money, it isn't. We offer good value at a fair price! We think there is also a cost benefit in knowing who is growing your food, knowing that you are getting it direct from your farmer, knowing it's as fresh as you can get it unless you grow it yourself, and finally, knowing that your produce will be delivered to a nearby location ready for you to take home.

It did not take long for my husband and I to mail in our check to secure our CSA membership for the season. We’re counting down the days until we receive our first CSA box on Thursday, May 13th and look forward to enjoying the diversity of Southern produce for eighteen weeks.

Southern Classics: updated for a new generation photographs and text by MEG HIBBERT Ahh, Sunday dinners at Grandma's. In my case, it was my Aunt Myrtle's, where the big, old table with the chunky legs was filled with enough food for a dozen people, even if she was only feeding four. In addition to the fried chicken and country ham year-round, in the summer there would be fresh creamed corn, snap beans cooked with ham, butter beans, sliced tomatoes, collard greens, field peas, corn bread, yeast rolls, biscuits left over from breakfast, gravy, homemade jam and jelly and usually, cane syrup somebody out in the country had squeezed and cooked. Aunt Myrtle was a "maiden lady" – read that as "single" – and she had the time to cook the family's favorites. But these days with all of us working, caring for children or parents and doing a hundred things all at once, we don't have the time and we are definitely wary of the calories.

Still, we want comfort foods that smack of our Southern roots and homemade goodness. Here are my takes on two easy ones, Parker House Refrigerator Yeast Rolls and Stir-fried Greens that should fill your soul – and stir up your memories. The best thing about these recipes is they can fit into your shortened time for cooking. You can mix up the roll dough late one night and keep it in a covered container for up to a week in the refrigerator. This healthy version of collards, or if you'd rather, kale or Swiss chard, can be prepared in 10 minutes flat and is full of vitamins and fiber we need, as well as the healthy benefits of olive oil.

Serve the greens with the hot yeast rolls – and butter – along with oven-fried boneless chicken breasts instead of regular fried chicken, if you want to feel more virtuous.

: parker house refrigerator yeast rolls

Ingredients: Recipe: • 2-1/2 teaspoons dry yeast (one package) • 1 cup warm water • 1/2 cup sugar • 1 cup milk • 1-1/2 sticks butter • 2 eggs • 1 cup instant mashed potatoes • 5-6 cups unbleached, allpurpose flour • Melted butter to brush over baked rolls.

Dissolve yeast in water warm enough to stick your pinky in it for about 8 seconds without yelling ouch. Let the yeast bloom for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat milk gently on medium heat after adding butter and stirring in sugar. Stir in instant potatoes. Cool. Beat eggs, add dissolved yeast and milk, sugar, potato mixture. Stir in flour 1 cup at a time, using your clean hands near the end, and mix well until the dough no longer sticks to your fingers. Knead dough until it’s smooth, then put in an oiled container with a lid and place in the refrigerator until you’re ready to make rolls.

Ninety minutes before you’re ready to bake, take out onethird of the dough and roll or pat it out on parchment paper until the circle is about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into rounds with 2-inch cutter. With clean hands, fold almost half of the circle over and place rolls in a sunflower design in a buttered 9-inch round cake pan, or pan you like, so that the rolls are touching. Place in an oven with only the light on for about an hour, or until rolls are doubled. Remove rolls, preheat oven to 350 degrees, place back in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Brush with melted butter and wait for the

compliments! Makes 3-4 dozen, depending on size.

stir-fried greens

Ingredients: Recipe: • About one pound of fresh greens (Meg uses collards) • Two tablespoons olive oil • Sea salt and garlic to taste

Fresh greens, such as collards, are really the best for this recipe. Choose about a pound of smaller, tender leaves. With a paring knife cut out the white middle rib, if you’re using collards or chard.

Roll up each leaf and slice it into thin ribbons. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil gently in a 10-inch cast iron skillet. You really should have a cast iron pan or two, even if you didn’t inherit your mother’s or grandmother’s. Sauté collard greens for 4-5 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until tender. Don’t let the greens burn. Remove from heat and season with sea salt. You can also add finely crushed fresh garlic in the last minute, if you love garlic.


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