Jessica's Southern Style

Jessica's Southern Style

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Nancy Mitchell
Oct 10, 2014
(Image credit: Caroline Fontenot)

Writer and graphic artist Jessica Graves, of the fashion and style site The Love List, shared these photos of the living room of her Atlanta home. She's captured the classic style of the Southern interiors she's always admired and combined it with the light, beachy feel of Florida, where she grew up, to create a space that's lovely to look upon but still begs you to make yourself at home.

(Image credit: Caroline Fontenot)

From Jessica:

Iā€™m a freelance writer and I work from home these days, so making my little house a cozy, comfortable place to be is important. I also entertain frequently, so everything has to be functional and friendly ā€” pillows meant to be smushed, coffee tables that invite putting your feet up, surfaces clear for cocktails and lots of places to sit.

(Image credit: Caroline Fontenot)

I was raised in the Florida Panhandle near the Georgia state line, which anyone will tell you is culturally as "Southern" as where I live now in Atlanta (just with more salt water), so I wanted my home to feel like where I grew up in Tallahassee ā€” hospitable, warm, traditional and unpretentious ā€” with all of the natural light and relaxed vibe of Florida's beaches.

(Image credit: Caroline Fontenot)
(Image credit: Caroline Fontenot)

There are some family heirlooms I've pilfered from my Mom and Aunt mixed in with new purchases and sentimental things I've picked up along the way. Most importantly, everything is dog-friendly: the real boss here is Maggie, my rescue retriever. I got her from an awesome organization here in Atlanta called GRRA.

(Image credit: Caroline Fontenot)

Thanks for sharing, Jessica! Readers, check out Jessica's work on her website, as well as on The Love List. The photos you just saw are by Caroline Fontenot, and were styled by Ginny Branch.

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