The Guide to Southern Decorating—Plus, a Giveaway!

Julia Millay Walsh

If you’ve ever spent time in the South, you may have noticed that decorating seems to come naturally to those that live there. It’s a part of the lifestyle and the culture, and Southerners often inherit family heirlooms like hand-painted oyster plates, julep cups, and old oil paintings that make their homes all the more intriguing. Needless to say, there’s something about a Southern home that’s hard to emulate—they just have that je ne sais quoi. But we’ll try anyway… Today we’re talking to three interior designers about how to decorate like a true Southerner.

Read on for our conversations with New Orleans–based designer Melissa Miles Rufty of MMR Interiors, Atlanta-based designers Carter Kay and Nancy Hooff of Carter Kay Interiors, and L.A.-based designer Mark D. Sikes, who recently brought Southern spirit to the interiors of Reese Witherspoon’s Nashville store, Draper James.

Plus, we're giving away a $1000 shopping spree to Draper James and $1500 to Viyet—learn how to enter below.

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