What is "Southern Style"?

What is "Southern Style"?

Claire
Feb 11, 2009
(Welcome to Claire — a new weekly blogger from Atlanta!)

Because we're blogging from Atlanta on ATDC, we're feeling the need to explain why we belong here. The most obvious reason is that DC is the closest AT comes to covering a distinctly "Southern" region. That got us thinking about whether a distinct regional style below the Mason-Dixon line and east of the Mississippi River even exists. Much of Southern Style could just as easily be called "traditional" — or "kitschy." Although we gave up kitsch after college — and we've always been a tax bracket or two removed from Garden Club glamour — we still think there is such a thing as Southern Style. So we got started on a partial list of objects that are sometimes associated with it. What do you think? Are these Southern? Are they stylish? What would you add?

Spanish moss...
Wide porches with painted ceilings...
Wicker (especially rocking chairs)...
Salvaged pieces from roadside diners and run-down churches...
Formal fabrics and tassels (Yes, tassels — we hear they're staging a comeback!)

Anything else? What does Southern Style mean to you?

(Photos from Art Meripol for Southern Living; Flickr member iLoveButter licensed under Creative Commons; Flickr member xsquared; Megan Thompson for Southern Accents; Nancy Ledved for design*sponge )

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