Memorial Day is celebrated every May but few people know that it has strong southern and African American Roots. According to SavingPlaces.org, ” Every May, the nation marks Memorial Day, the longstanding tradition we use to recognize fallen veterans. The holiday has its origins in “Decoration Day,” originally held in Charleston, South Carolina in 1865, when […]
Southern style is important to a Black Southern Belle. Especially when it comes to her home. Whether she lives in a country cottage or downtown loft, she wants to incorporate her southern style into her space. If you are a Black Southern Belle looking for design tips, today we are bringing youA�5 Tips For Decorating A Small Space With Southern Style.
With the help of Louisana Based Designer, ArianneA�Belizaire, we are giving you the tools you need for your new home or apartment.A�Through her popular blogA�Inspired to Style, Arianne shares decorating tips, curates design inspiration, reports on the latest trends to sweep the design world and offers a behind-the-scenes look at her latest design projects. Readers and viewers love her practical tips and entertaining how-to videos.
This Louisana Belle is one to watch and is giving her take onA�5 Tips For Decorating A Small Space With Southern Style. These are tips you should definitely add to your list!
1)Figure Out The Focal Point: Decide what you want your eyes to be drawn to as you enter the room and create your space plan around that element. In this project, we wanted the focal point to be the natural light that filters into the room from the windows, so we placed the sofa on the window wall and installed gorgeous, custom floor-to-ceiling drapery.
2)Leta��s Give Them Something To Talk About: Every Southern home has to be ready for entertaining at a momenta��s notice. Because real estate is sparse in small spaces, you have to be smart about the size and placement of the pieces your bring into the room. In this project, we gave our client plenty of comfortable seating set in a layout that encourages conversation. We also chose small, easily movable coffee tables so that she could move them closer to guests who might need a place to set down their glass of wine or cup of coffee.
3)Make Every Inch Count: Our clienta��s high rise unit has an open concept floor plan, so the dining room could easily be seen from the kitchen and living room. We gave her stylish, usable space by adding a banquette and statement lighting to this space. Now her guests have a comfortable place to sit and enjoy drinks or dinner.
4)Color Is Your Friend: Small spaces are much more interesting and impactful when you skillfully use color to bring energy and life to your space. How did we decide on the color scheme for this project? We took our color cues from our clienta��s extensive art collection.
5)Through At Least One Transformer In The Mix: In any small space, youa��ll never have the square footage to fulfill all of your needs. In this project, our client, who loves to entertain, really wanted a bar area but we didna��t have the space to add a full bar to the mix. However, the credenza that her living room TV sits on was empty until we came up with the idea to paint it, add new hardware and convert it to a bar storage piece. Now, when shea��s entertaining guests she simply opens the credenza doors to pull out her wine glasses, bottle of wine and wine opener!
As much as I love my home, just a few weeks ago, my backyard was not my favorite space. With help from Pavestone and Home Depot, I was able to create and style a beautiful southern outdoor oasis. Over a few days, my husband and mother were able to transform our backyard into a beautiful […]
Looking for some last minute derby party inspiration? We have you covered. Today we are showing some fun from our recent Black Southern Belle party with Kentucky Derby Baby Shower Style. From classic red roses, to fun antiques and a fair share of horses, these images are sure to inspire you for your last minute […]
Today we are featuring one of the most important leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. A Mississippi native and political power house, Hamer is a truly powerful Black Southern Belle. Today we are showcasing her power throughA�12 Prolific Images of Fannie Lou Hamer. Hamer shaped the world we live in today and we are honored […]
Sring is here and we are ready for outdoor entertaining. If you are looking for some inspiration for tips on how to create a southern inspired outdoor oasis, we have exactly what you need. We partnered with Home Depot for the Patio Style Challenge. Using products from Home Depota��s Mix and Match collection, we were […]
From Daisy Bates to Oprah Winfrey, black women in the South have blazed the trails of journalism. We reached out to black female journalists — women who are either from the South or who now call the region home– to ask them how they found their voices for storytelling. We also asked them to recommend […]
Spring is here and that means it is time to pull out your favorite southern styles. Nothing says spring in the South quite like a great plaid piece. This forever classic pattern adds a bit of chic to any outfits.A� Today we have Tips for Styling with Plaid fromA� Unlikely Martha and Unlikely Market. These […]
Do you want to add a little touch of elegance to your home? Antiques are a great way to start. Whether you have a modern condo or a classic Victorian dwelling, antiques are always a great way to add layered style to any southern home. With help from Tennessee based Interior Designer, Chad James, we […]
Mother’s Day is right around the girl. Every Black Southern Belle has a mother or mother figure who helped shaped them into who they are. Why not celebrate your mom with a stylish gift. Today we have a curated list ofA�Black Owned Mother’s Day Gifts from Effie’s Paper.A� These gifts are sure to be a […]
Do you love music and home decor? Why not blend those two interests together. If you want to add a bit of soul to your home, check out these AfricanA�American Album Covers to Use as Art. You can choose from any era or any genre, these are favorite ways to add some personality to any […]