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 […]
We love everything about Memphis from the Blues to the Barbeque. But today we are showcasing a beautiful home. Today’s Memphis, TN Home Tour showcases a stunning home with modern rustic style. Demetris Mays-Graham is a local Memphis interior decorator who has a knack for mixing classic pieces with modern rustic style in a fresh inviting way. Take a tour of her beautiful Memphis, TN and get some modern rustic style inspiration for your next design project.
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What is your favorite room in your home?
A�My favorite room in my home by far is my master bathroom. I love everything about it.A� From the Carrara subway tile in the shower, and the cement tile floors to the amazing deep soaking tub. It truly is my sanctuary!
For the holidays, what are some of your favorite decor pieces to incorporate?A�
I love Christmas and it is my favorite time of the year to decorate. My husband and I with our two daughters, Taryn and Kennedy love to shop for the Christmas tree. We usually select a 10 ft Frayser fir from Whole Foods garden department and decorate the tree together. I’ve collected many ornaments over the years but my favorite part of the tree decor is the tulle Garland . It’s dresses the tree up beautifully with little effort.
How would you describe your home decor style?
A�My decor style for my home is definitely eclectic . I love mixing antiques with traditional and French inspired pieces. I really love mixing metals and painted furniture finishes.A� It delivers a look that is current yet timeless. Each room in my home has a different yetA� cohesive style.
What is your favorite piece of art in your home and why?
I have several art pieces that are special to me but one in particular I love was painted by my husband Terrell. It is an abstract that has rich gem tones of blues and greens. I love it because it reminds me of lying on the beach and watching the ocean waves. It appears to dance to me.
Did your mother inspire any of the pieces in your home?
Growing up I can remember that my mother always kept a very clean, warm and welcoming home . I lot of my design style is inspired from my mom. For example, my mother love rugs. We had beautiful hardwood floors and my mother kept lovely rugs in each room. I find myself collecting beautiful rugs to display in my home like my mom.
What is your motto when it comes to decorating your home?
My decorating motto is ‘ buy great pieces that you love and decorate around it’. Your furnishing should be of great quality that will stand the test of time. You can save money on the accessories, but your statement pieces must be good quality. For example, my Marsh Carson sofa I purchased 24 years ago still looks amazing in my living room.
Did you do any DIY projects in your home? If so, what did you do?
A�Boy do I have several DIY projects in my home. To name a few, I recently painted my antique armoire and Duncan Phyfe sofa in my bedroom. I also distress painted the shiplap on the ceiling of my bedroom. My husband built my sliding barn door and wardrobe closet in my master bedroom. My favorite DIY project that we did was my kitchen island.A� It was repurposed from a China hutch.
What are some uniquely southern items in your home?
My southern furniture style is reflected on my front porch. I have two shaker rocking chairs and a porch swing. I also have two huge ferns that adorn each side of my porch entry.
How does living in the south affect your home decor style?
A�Living in the south has influence my decorating style in many ways. Hospitality is big in the south, so I wanted to make my home warm and inviting. This include having a formal living room and dining room with lots of seating for entertaining. Also chandeliers! Southern homes must have at least one chandelier lol. I have six chandeliers which three are included in my bathrooms.
Do you utilize local furniture brands?
As far as local furniture brands, my furniture is from all over the world. I acquired many of my furniture pieces from auctions and estate sales in our travels. However, I do have a few local shops that I love to find treasures including Frugal finds and Worlds Away LLC .
Do you have any family heirlooms? If so, what and tell us more about them?
A�Most of my family heirlooms are family photos and picture frames. However, I recently acquired my grandmother’s china cabinet that is over 80 years old that I am restoring.
What are some of your mothera��s home decor traits or styles that you inherited?
I inherit my mother’s style for decorating using family photos. I have photos displayed on my bookshelves and tabletops in most rooms in my home.
What is your fondest memory or home decor shopping with your husband?
A�My fondest memory shopping for decor with my husband has to be right after we bought our home. We would travel to various auctions and he hated for me to get in a bidding war lol. He knew that when I wanted a piece I wasn’t going to leave that auction without it!
In your kitchen, what piece of decor is the most functional and stylish and why?
I love my kitchen and my kitchen island by far is the best and most functional piece. It is storage, a cook top, a bar, counter top and centerpiece.
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 […]