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A Fashion Forecast for Walls

This interior decor piece originally appeared in the Summer 2017 print issue of Paprika Southern. This issue is now sold out, but for more features on interior decor, fashion, natural beauty, southern artists, and much more, order our current issue or become a subscriber.

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A Fashion Forecast for Walls

Written by Stephanie Tallevast / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

Homes featured: Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Showhouse 2017 / Home of Jessica O’Neill / Home of Julie Harelson / Home of Tracy Rose

Interior design is akin to fashion in that sometimes you feel you have it all figured out, then the trends shift a little, and you’re standing looking at your wardrobe, or your living room, thinking that you may need a change to keep it fresh. When this happens, updating just a few elements can give rooms new energy. If you are considering revising your interiors this summer, begin with your walls! Good looks in paint and wallpaper that are sure to make your home’s style au courant are easy to incorporate.

So much in our world pushes color and design trends one way or another. Our mood created by global events, reactions to previously fashionable looks, the popularity of the hue of a starlet’s awards show gown, and the predications made by forecasting organizations in the design world can all play into what we collectively feel to be in style. In the end, one should create interiors to reflect their own sense of chic. Figuring out how to incorporate design trends so they are still true to one’s authentic style is a task worth completing. 

Since walls are inclined to be the largest surface area of all of a room’s design elements, changing them can produce maximum impact to the mood of a room. Wallpaper can be more of an investment and may require professional installation, while paint is inexpensive and ranks as the easiest do-it-yourself project around. Both paint and wallpaper can help accomplish different objectives, so each should be considered according to a project’s design needs. Researching available products and testing colors and patterns out in their space before making a decision is key.  Current looks are fresh and clean, as well as bold and commanding. Summer is the perfect time to recharge your home with a few of the following wall trends.

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White Out

In recent years, more and more spaces have been painted all white. Once considered an unimaginative, go-to color for rentals and spec homes, white is now a backdrop for clean and sophisticated interiors. Decorators are using single shades of the brightest white, barely-there pastels and the lightest neutrals throughout entire homes. All of these colors allow for an interior’s contents and decorative elements to take center stage, usually with some eye-catching contrast. Unlike murky, mid-tone colors of ten years ago, white walls lend a crispness that allows furniture, textiles and artwork to pop. 

And, of course, not all white is white. The quest for the perfect white paint color begins in remembering that a paint can seem pure white, but there are colorants present that will drive its appearance. Being surprised (pleasantly or unpleasantly) by a pink, blue or yellow undertone to your white color can lead to mistakes in other décor purchases. Be sure to buy a sample of the paint and apply it either to the wall or to a piece of poster board to tape to the wall. It is important to observe the color at all times of day and in different light, for several days before making a final selection. 

In addition to pure whites, paint with only a tinge of a pastel color are popular. These can allow for a specific color to be present while retaining the distinction between a room’s decorative elements and wall color. One of the darlings of pastel paint colors recently has been blush pink, along with lightly hued aqua and soft orchid purple. Neutral colors nowadays bend towards taupe and gray, but there are warm versions of both, so don’t abandon an existing warm palette just to update a space. People are finding that living with a white, light pastel or a pale neutral throughout all or most of their rooms offers a cohesive simplicity. This is a streamlined approach to the wall color of an entire home and makes for visual ease and flexibility in décor. 

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Into the Dark

In an about-face from white paint, it has also been popular lately to shake things up with a moody, dark hue. Deep navy, evergreen, chestnut, eggplant and even black have become popular wall color choices for creating rooms that are both dramatic and cozy. Just like with white paint, contrast between décor and the walls makes for an appealing energy with dark paint. However, dark paint colors often are kept to one or two spaces in a home. While the consideration of dark paint may cause worry for it becoming a dreary space, remember that dark rooms can enrobe and even feel cozy. In some homes many of the spaces share an open plan, so a single, lighter paint can be better there, but in isolated dens, bedrooms or bathrooms, a dark wall color can feel rich, like the interior of a jewel box.

Dark putty browns and taupes lend a natural warmth to a room. Purple charcoals and navy blues create a feeling of opulent infinity, recalling a night sky. And, black walls can provide pure drama and definition in a room’s design. All of these colors let architectural elements such as white painted moldings stand out. When selecting colors in the darkest range, there are a few things to remember. Dark paint is a commitment. It takes many coats to achieve the richness and saturation of the paint chip, so know that it’s a longer painting process. Test the color on a wall or poster board in your space and research online how it looks in a room. Pinterest offers a wealth of images for paint color research. 

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Wallpaper for the Win

Over the past decade or so, it was difficult to find much wallpaper product on the market. When it became unfashionable to use busy papers and kitschy borders, painted walls were favored for decorating fashionable homes. But now wallpaper is back in a big way. Images of walls covered in eye-catching patterns are everywhere in shelter magazines and on social media. Unlike wall-covering application of years past, the current tend is mostly limited to just a few rooms of a home or only accent walls and ceilings. 

Fresh patterns range from hip geometrics, marbled designs, overscale florals, tie-dyed and ombré looks, juicy tropicals, as well as printed grasscloths. Recently, accent applications have been noted in powder baths, the backs of bookshelves, ceilings and accent walls. For sourcing nowadays, the world is your oyster. Online and brick and mortar retailers, as well as interior designers, can help you procure your perfect wallpaper. Also, print-on-demand services have emerged online, which allows people to design and print their own wall-coverings.

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The Fifth Wall

Lastly, a wall trend that has everyone looking up is ceilings that are anything but plain. The departure from the standard white painted ceiling to a tinted paint color or wallpaper design has opened up a huge design opportunity. Lowcountry residents achieve a regional look often by incorporating their own version of “haint blue” on porch ceilings and even on the ceilings of their interior spaces. Pale blue is always refreshing and evokes the feeling of a wide-open sky. 

Other options for popular ceiling considerations are a pale color that repeats something used in a room already (top left, as seen in the CSOL 2017 Designer Showhouse). This could be a pale salmon pink ceiling to pick up the color of coral pillows on a sofa. Often when a neutral is chosen for walls, a slightly lighter version of that neutral can be mixed and applied to the ceilings. Consider that ceiling paint will have a cast down on the room. Color on ceilings is a very powerful way to establish a specific style.

If a single color on a ceiling seems intriguing, wallpaper can take it to the next level (as seen bottom left in the CSOL 2017 Designer Showhouse). This method of injecting pattern in a room has been in style intermittently; now it’s a hot trend again. Here, the ceiling can be considered an accent “wall” to drive the design of the room towards a desired look. This is an ambitious project, but one with impactful results. Be aware that this project will take extensive planning. Be sure to have all correlating design features worked out before embarking on your wallpapered ceiling installation. (An installation, by the way, that may best be left up to a professional!)

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Get the Look: Southern Spring Interiors

In the Spring 2019 issue of Paprika Southern, contributor Stephanie Tallevast shared strategies for injecting color into interiors after a long winter. To help you re-create some of the interiors looks we shared, Stephanie has compiled some home accessories to get you started. If you’re dreaming of colorful home decor this season, just choose a look, and away we go!

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Get the Look

Southern Spring Interiors

Written by Stephanie Tallevast / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

Emily McCarthy’s Convivial Porch

Focus on neutral big-ticket items in black and white, add natural materials such as sisal and bamboo and finish with a flourish of brights such as emerald green and sunny yellow to entertain with style.

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Deco Palm Green Throw Pillow / Palm Beach Tray / Olin Black Striped Dhurrie Rug / Seagrass Wrapped Pitcher

Susan Mason’s Vivid Drawing Room

High drama will follow when complimentary colors of plum and goldenrod are layered with metallic gold. Collected items look rich against deep walls and striking textiles with strong color contrast.

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Metallic Gold Lampshade / Benjamin Moore Blackberry Wine / Gold Vintage Persian Rug / 19th Century Minton Majolica Garden Stool

Tressa & Steve Kelly’s Charming Guest Room

Nothing says “welcome” like a bright and cheerful guest quarters decked in bright colors. Try deep peacock blue along with accents of its complimentary color, orange, and highlights of apple green.

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Crestview Collection Raleigh Owl Orange Table Lamp / Original Painting by Bellamy Murphy / Stacy Ellis Design Mexican Blanket Pillow Cover

Becky Prescott’s Mid-Century Kitchen

Dish out a daily offering of made-from-scratch delights and some fun-loving spirit with mid-century colors of lemon yellow, aqua, and poodle pink.

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Mary Sunshine Diner Chair / Alice & Pearl Oven Mitt / Glidden Powder Pink / Wilsonart Countertop Laminate in Retro Mint

Tim Woods’ Art-Focused Home

Let natural materials such as wood and leather set the stage for spotlighting colorful artwork and collections.

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Mid-Century Leather Show Wood Chair / Women of Abstract Expressionism Coffee Table Book / Modern Nature Cork Wallpaper, White and Gold

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The Spring 2019 issue of Paprika Southern is an explosion of seasonal inspiration. We’re sharing an in-depth interview with photographic artist Ansley West Rivers, whimsical and colorful spring fashion, farm fresh recipe inspiration, a photo story on the ASI Tea Company featuring the Southeastern yaupon tree, our guide on incorporating spring color into your interiors, and much more.

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Signs of Spring: How to Update Your Porch for Spring

Signs of Spring: How to Update Your Porch for Spring originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Paprika Southern. To see this full feature in print, along with colorful spring fashion inspiration, produce-forward spring recipes, avant-garde makeup looks, and much more, order a back copy of the Spring 2017 issue of Paprika Southern.

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How to Update Your Porch for Spring

Written & Styled by Stephanie Tallevast / Photography: Siobhan Egan / Florals: Everbloom Inc. / Accessories: Hope Farm Co., FLOY & Brown Dog Market at Cohen's Retreat / Location: Cohen's Retreat

Most of us fall under Mother Nature’s spell this time of year, daydreaming about being outside amongst the springtime splendor. It’s the perfect occasion to refresh our outdoor living spaces. And why not begin with a home’s most welcoming space, the front porch? Arranging a porch for the enjoyment of the inviting temperatures, the lazy downtime and some impromptu entertaining shouldn’t require excessive means or much time, just a lot of inspiration.

Begin with comfortable seating and interesting service tables. Sturdy pieces that are light enough to easily move for the sweeping away of springtime pollen are ideal. Remember to give every seat a place to put a drink or rest a book. A mix of vintage and new items adds interest and gives your furniture arrangement character. Shop resale and thrift stores for interesting items that keep your big box store purchases from looking too predictable.

Outdoor furniture can be livened with a vibrant paint color. An unexpected version of your chosen hue can be achieved using spray paints, especially specialty color spray paints available at art supply stores. Try a palette of a couple of offbeat colors set against blacks or neutrals. The prep and paint of seating and occasional pieces takes less than a day. Once applied, a quirky, bold color lends maximum impact. 

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No porch is complete without bright florals and lush greens, arranged in container gardens. Jennifer Melear of Everbloom, Inc. gives tips on creating your own vibrant planters. She advises “Choose your tallest plant to add first, placing it with either a radial or offset composition in mind, and to fill in from there.” She also suggests varying the texture of each plant that is added. “On a porch, where the planter will not be viewed from all sides, you will want to place the tallest plant toward the back and stagger plant heights from there” says Jennifer. She also shares that you should observe the amount of light that your space receives and choose either shade-loving or sun-loving plants to thrive in their environment. 

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When selecting an actual container, many options are available. Simple terra cotta pots are a great choice, since they hold moisture. Glazed terra cotta can add a pop of color. Items that are upcycled for use to hold a plant make spaces authentic and unique. Be sure to use a plastic planter pot inside repurposed containers so that plantings can be lifted out to drain after watering.  

In an area such as a front porch, a variety of pillows and textiles add pattern and warmth. Go for at least one strong print or color that will set off your entire furniture arrangement. Use of regular fabrics in a covered area is fine, as long as they are stored when not in use. For uncovered areas or for items that will remain in place most of the time, opt for indoor/outdoor solution-dyed acrylic fabrics that will not fade. Pillows and cushions constructed in indoor/outdoor fabric are readily available at furniture and home improvement stores in the spring. Be mindful to do your best shopping early, as the selection offered of these seasonal items dwindles by summer.

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Accessories for porches shouldn’t overcrowd; rather just punctuate. Besides adding warmth, vintage items help to make a space one-of-a-kind. Trays are especially useful to transport items from interior spaces for use outdoors. Citronella candles keep pests far away, and retailers now offer a variety of stylish versions.  Most of all, bring out only durable and washable items so your outdoor relaxation remains stress-free.

Lastly, a seasonal bar is a snap to incorporate into covered outdoor areas for outdoor entertaining. A small cart, shelf or cabinet will do to hold essentials for mixing the perfect porch libation. Keep it simple by having only a limited number of items in your offerings. For a touch of luxury, don’t forget the cloth cocktail napkins. Considering a signature drink for the season allows you to stock just its needed ingredients and to offer a fun cocktail to guests who join you in toasting to the pleasures of the season. Cheers to spring!

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The Spring 2017 issue of Paprika Southern is filled with thoughtful and colorful seasonal inspiration. We’re sharing spring recipes highlighting local, seasonal produce, spring fashion inspired by color, avant-garde color-saturated makeup looks, our tips on updating your outdoor entertaining space for warm weather, and much more.

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How to Begin a Lifelong Art Collection

This is a condensed version of Piece by Piece: How to Begin a Lifelong Art Collection, which appeared in the Spring 2018 print issue of Paprika Southern. To see the full article, plus an exploration of the photographic legacy of Jack Leigh, dreamy floral-inspired spring hair ideas, a citrus-infused brunch menu, and much more, you can pick up a back issue now.

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Piece by Piece

How to Begin a Lifelong Art Collection

Written by Stephanie Tallevast / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

Through an art collection, a personal point-of-view is expressed with elegance and sophistication, and the statement it makes can be as distinctive as the individual who has amassed the works. A well-curated and thoughtfully-presented art collection can drive the aura, the style and the statement of any environment. Unlike presentations of an art museum or gallery, a personal art collection can be more of a reflection of the thoughts, the preferences and the authentic style of its owners, in a way that is spoken through the artwork, rather than primarily that of an artist, curator or gallerist. 

For the seasoned collector, ideal display logistics have most likely been executed and future acquisitions may be budgeted well in advance of the next purchasing opportunity, but for someone who is just starting out in the world of art collecting, the nuances may seem a little perplexing. Giving direction and order to a small, existing collection or even making the initial purchase to begin a collection is not as overwhelming as it may seem. With some exploration, research and planning, building an art collection is an endeavor that can result in a striking and profound, as well as deeply personal, element of an interior space. 

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Start at Home Base

How does one begin an art collection or go from owning a few pieces to shaping a serious collection? At the outset, it is important to see what is out there and to develop personal preferences before going headfirst into purchasing. “Always be true to your tastes, first and foremost. Define your likes, dislikes, taking note of subject matter you’re drawn to, techniques, mediums, styles, particular artist, and how you feel about it,” says Leslie Lovell, owner of Roots Up Gallery in Savannah. Having an established taste in art makes the experience of collecting more impassioned.

A great way to research and define your taste is simply by visiting local galleries. Many specialize in representing regional artists. Never be afraid to browse, ask questions, and research pricing.  When Leslie and her late husband Frances Allen founded their gallery the couple focused on southern, self-taught artists, and one defining factor in opening their doors was making art approachable. She encourages everyone to discover what they love in art by browsing galleries and museums, as well as by attending local art events, such as show openings, lectures and art walks. Many of these events give attendees the opportunity to meet and talk with artists and ask questions. 

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Combining Art, Heart, and Smarts

Savannah art patron and collector Lori Judge is a testament to how the acquisition of a single piece of art can grow into an impressive collection with purpose and presence. Her love of art and artists began when she moved to Savannah in 2000. Soon after Lori acquired an original print (actually bartering for it) from a Savannah College of Art and Design printmaking student.  She says she still has as much of a connection with the work today as she did the first day she saw the work. That print (pictured above) began her journey as a collector.

As Lori continued to collect, she became more passionate about art. At first, she just enjoyed the process of discovery and acquisition, with no specific plans for her collection. In 2002, Lori began attending the international art fair Art Basel in Miami. The exposure to the art world in such an extended view eventually generated the notion that she herself could open her collection to share with her community. The idea for The Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection was born. Lori has curated and displayed much of her art in the Judge Realty office, located in the Savannah Historic District, for public viewing. 

After additional acquisitions, Lori realized that many of her pieces had themes of economy, energy and the environment, issues already of interest and importance to her. Thus, a focus for the collection emerged. Lori utilized the services of Susan Laney, owner of Laney Contemporary Fine Art, to help her catalog, organize, and display her pieces. The process of working with Susan as a consultant helped to create some long-range planning and thoughtful insight into her collection. Susan assisted with display and proper records for all of Lori’s collected works.

Continue reading in the Spring 2018 issue of Paprika Southern

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Best Practices

At the addition of each new piece of art, proper record-keeping and display are vital. Susan Laney, owner of Laney Contemporary in Savannah, stresses the importance of documentation. She suggests making a template form for all works in a collection and recording information such as artist, title, date of the work, medium, size, where purchased, current location, and so on. Susan says it is best to enter this information into a database and to make a hard copy to keep in a file (along with the certificate of authenticity, if available). 

Another practice Susan suggests is photographing every piece in a collection, either professionally or non-professionally, depending on the level of your inventory. In addition to keeping records for each work in a database and in a file, Susan suggests having them secured on the back the frame of the work to serve as an information backup. A good framer should be able to attach a document pocket to the back of most framing at your request. 

The effort made to catalog helps give provenance and validity to your art. Susan notes, “Once a collection is properly cataloged and evaluated, it then becomes apparent if additional professional services will be needed.” This includes appraisers, restorationists, or insurance specialists. The entire cataloging project can easily be the do-it-yourself kind, but should time constraints or the need for a trained-eye be a factor, professional consultants can be hired to assist with the job. 

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The Bottom Line of Collecting

Leslie Lovell, Lori Judge, and Susan Laney all agree: buy only what you love! In the end, that’s what collecting is all about. Sometimes, other factors creep in to a buying decision, but Lori advises, “If you don’t love it, don’t buy it.” 

Remember, the pieces in a collection give back in very specific ways each day. Be sure that you have researched enough to have an understanding of that connection. As Leslie reminds, “Have fun and choose things that speak to you, because these pieces are going to surround you.” A new collector may not fully understand how a well-selected work of art can enhance their life for as long as they own it, but it is one of the greatest joys of collecting. Susan sums it up, saying “Even if your taste changes, for the most part the real love that you have for a piece is a forever thing.” Yes, a forever thing: such is the love of art.

Top Tips

Lori Judge

  • Explore art galleries or attend art shows. It is important to educate yourself about what is being created.

  • Set a budget every year. This is a practical way to make your collection grow.

  • Don’t be afraid to negotiate. Not all pricing is up for discussion, but often you can work out something satisfactory to all parties, especially on major purchases.

Leslie Lovell

  • Become a part of your community’s art events to help develop your own taste, preferences, and knowledge in art.

  • Don’t follow trends in art; buy only what you truly love. 

  • Use art talks and show openings as an opportunity to get to know artists personally. Forging a relationship with an artist can deepen your appreciation for their work.

Susan Laney

  • Make the investment of time to catalog your collection. Turn to a professional if you need help in this task.

  • Find a framer who understands fine art and who can collaborate with you to best showcase your collection.

  • Don’t buy art purely as a financial investment; think of it instead as an investment in your quality of life and in your community.


#1 Tip from Lori, Leslie, & Susan:

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Read the full article, plus much more inspiration for creative and intentional living in the Spring 2018 issue of Paprika Southern!

Fall Forward: Mid-Century Inspired Home Styling

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This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Paprika Southern. To see the full feature in print, plus fashion inspired by academia, a fall dessert buffet, dark and moody wedding inspiration, and much more, order your copy of the Fall 2017 issue of Paprika Southern today.

Fall Forward

Mid-Century Inspired Home Styling

Written and Styled by Stephanie Tallevast / Photographed by Siobhan Egan / Furniture and Accessories provided by Clutter, West Elm / Special Thanks: Cohen's Retreat

Autumn calls for a shift in mood for our interiors, even if the Lowcountry is fickle to exhibit the crisp and cool weather ideal to the season.  Including some cozy elements and fun mid-century touches, as well as accentuating existing items, can poise a home for all the activity to come. 

The fall season fosters entertaining at home. Adding simple and functional furnishings to spaces can make time hosting friends and family relaxed. Search out vintage items such as a Danish modern cabinet to double as storage for bar items and as a display surface for food and beverage presentation. A couple of vintage metal frame accent chairs add chic to a room, and also provide easy-to-move seating when needed. Other mid-century touches can lend not only a clean and functional element to interiors, but also a sophisticated vibe. Geometric shaped vases and accessories, woven throws, textural pillows and sculptural-looking plants can help to inject a fun and streamlined vibe. Incorporating abstract paintings, (which happen to be very popular and accessible at the moment), with texture such as drips or palette-knife work help to energize a space.

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Styling fall entertaining presentations with a selection of familiar serving items, merged with a few purchased pieces that reflect the present mood, will welcome guests with an appreciated ease. An honest tablescape of well-worn serveware and linens makes entertaining heartfelt. The punctuation brought by a few contemporary items adds interest. Natural, autumnal elements such as apples  or fall herbs are inexpensive and take literally minutes to arrange, but lend glorious fall color to any tablescape. 

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Hors d'oeuvres created from vintage cookbook recipes are thoughtful conversation-starters and the cookbooks themselves make lovely decorative elements in the kitchen. When short on time, a few cheeses placed on vintage serving pieces are a wonderful presentation. Offering a batch of martinis, served in vintage stemware such as cordial glasses, is an easy way to bring some mid-century glam to any game night or football viewing party this fall. 

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Put function first when tweaking interior spaces for the season! A foyer or back entry can display the style of an entire home and can provide ease in everyday use. As the weather changes, a free standing coat rack can stow jackets and scarves. Locating a bench by the door to change out of wet boots is always appreciated. Reading on cool nights is even better in a comfortable chair situated fire-side. None of these furnishings need be ho-hum or predictable. Home decor retailers have created affordable and modern forms for such pieces, making it possible to have function and beauty in every corner of a home. 

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Darker colors and richer textures drive home the exciting feeling of autumn in a room. Don’t be afraid to explore unexpected color combinations such as navy against black to get a moody feeling next to warm wood furnishings. Textured fabrics, such as a patterned bouclé, are the perfect pop against a solid background. With the luxurious feel and color saturation of upholstery fabrics such as velvets, colorful accents brought into a room through accessories and art begin to sing. A brightly glazed lamp, a mid-century ceramic piece or even a stack of vintage books looks great alongside rich textiles. With just a few new additions, an interior can reflect a refreshed ambiance, ready for the charm of fall.

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Vintage metal and leather accent chairs, teak Danish modern cabinet, tiered metal accent table, lamp: Clutter

Vintage Persian runner: eBay

Octagonal mirror, throw pillow, wire candle holder, brass-tone vase: Homegoods

Woven throw, throw pillows: TJ Maxx

Mid-century Coat Tree, Celine Bench, Carlo Mid-century Chair: West Elm

Abstract oil painting by Rebecca Brashear: Private collection

Throw pillows: FLOY

Side table: Katy Skelton via West Elm

Landscape painting: Jami Ganem

Still life painting: Artist unknown, Two Women and a Warehouse

A Collection Converges in Savannah: Southern Coastal Apartment Tour

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Paprika Southern. To see the full feature, order your copy of our Fall 2016 issue.

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Written by Stephanie Tallevast / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

The downtown apartment of Alison Seeger tells the tale of a lady rooted in two cities, and how the current chapter of her story has written Savannah as her home. Her interiors have an inviting atmosphere encompassing qualities of their Savannah Historic District setting, their eclectic décor and their gracious owner. Alison has furnished her home with a fetching blend of collected antiques, textiles, and art. Of course, fresh-feeling slipcovered furnishings, signature to her style and an exemplification of her business, Alison Seeger Slipcovers, make up a significant part of her design point-of-view. 

Alison recently moved from a smaller Savannah apartment, which she occupied part-time, in her building to her current larger space, right down the hall. For a few years, she has lived in both her hometown of Covington, Louisiana and Savannah, Georgia creating custom-tailored slipcovers for clients in both places. So, for a while, the smaller apartment was the perfect fit as a part-time home. But as her business grew in Savannah, and as Alison was more and more drawn in by The Hostess City, she felt that making Savannah a more permanent home base was right for her. And, when the bigger digs became available, she snapped up the space. Savannah became her official full-time address when she sold her house in Louisiana.

Once the larger apartment was hers, Alison went to work layering a graceful mix of the treasures she has collected over the years. In addition to once living in Covington, she also spent time living in downtown New Orleans, and has collected enchanting pieces along the way from both places. In the past few years, she has added to her collection from Savannah sources. She has unearthed special furnishings from local stores such as Clutter and Sherry’s Honeypot Fabrics. Alison notes, “If you buy what you love, it will work with everything you already own.”

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This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Paprika Southern. To see the full feature, order your copy of our Fall 2016 issue.