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.
I’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 — pillows meant to be smushed, coffee tables that invite putting your feet up, surfaces clear for cocktails and lots of places to sit.
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 — hospitable, warm, traditional and unpretentious — with all of the natural light and relaxed vibe of Florida's beaches.
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.