Wednesday, September 8, 2010

guest post :: kim from "chattafabulous"

 I am so excited to have Kim from "Chattafabulous" here today to take part in my "Southern September" series!  I am so glad she took time out of her crazy schedule...she's currently in the process of share her favorite things about living in the South.

First of all I'm so excited that Jade has asked me to participate in her series about all things Southern!  I read Jade's blog every day and I love her perspective on design and discovering new lovelies on her "Favorite Find of the Week" posts.

I am a southern "transplant". I was originally born in Pennsylvania and moved to South Carolina when I was in elementary school.  Eighteen months later we moved to Atlanta and I lived there until I moved to Chattanooga in 2001, so the South definitely feels like home to me.  There is so much I love about living here, and I am going to share the little things about living in the south that bring me joy.

1.  Sweet tea!  There is nothing more refreshing on a sultry southern afternoon than a big ol' drink of sweet tea on ice with a few lemon slices.  Heaven in a glass!

2.  Cicadas.  The music of cicadas usually starts up when summer is in full swing.  You can hear them after dark and I can't imagine summer nights without the hum of whatever it is they use to make that sound.

3.  Front porches. Gotta have a place to drink your sweet tea and listen to the cicadas!

4.  Azaleas, Dogwoods and Crepe Myrtles.  Hear this!  There is no place more glorious than the south in the springtime!  Have you ever driven through Atlanta's older established neighborhoods in April?  Plan a trip this spring - it is a breathtaking sight!

5.  Manners.  We still call our elders ma'am and sir here.  'Nuff said.

6.  Traditional design rules. It's true, the south's favorite interior design style is traditional, although quirkiness is always welcomed!

7.  Love of Country and Love of God - we feel it and proudly express it here!

There's so much to love about the South - and I'd love to post more but the Georgia game is about to start - go Dawgs!! (woof woof)


Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Jade, thanks so much for inviting me to participate in your Southern Series! I love all things Southern and it was hard to narrow down my favorites!

Everton Terrace said...

I've always wondered about this sweet tea. Is it different from the iced tea they drink so much of here in the southwest?
Kim, you've made me want to see the south in spring. My daughter LOVES the south - especially all the manners.

kayce hughes said...

So fun to find you via Chattafabulous!

Leah said...

What a great post! I truly love the south even though I have never really been!


Liz, Viive and Benji said...

I am also a transplant. New York girl in North Carolina. I am not leaving! The weather is better, the traffic is easier (at least in Winston-Salem). The shopping is great--High Point, Metrolina, and the people are wonderful. Thanks again for always stopping in.

shari @ little blue deer said...

From one southern girl to another, love! XX!

the gardeners cottage said...

i have always wanted to take a garden tour of the south. the pictures i have seen drive me mad with envy. i wouldn't mind sitting on that front porch and drinking a mint julep either.


Style Attic said...

Well, I declare, this was as precious as pie! I found myself nodding and saying "why yes, yes & YES!" I will never leave "The South", it's home and my heart lies in those crepes and quirky design :) XO, Kelly

Style Attic said...

OK, my word verification a second ago was "piggley", so I just had to add "The Piggly Wiggly"! You know you're in the south when that's the name of your grocery store!! :) Kelly

Deede said...

As to southern style iced tea....many people boil the tea bags as they're steeping the tea, add the sugar (lots of it!) while the tea is fresh-off-the-stove hot and make it really strong.
Nice to see you guest posting here, Kim. This is a great blog! I'll have to come back and read more soon. I have a friend in the Tampa Bay area that does slipcovers like we do in Chattanooga. She's Angie of Thread Needle and Angie's Slipcover Designs. Maybe you know her, Jade?

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

Great Post! I need to spend more time in the south. Dying to get to Atlanta! I do love Charleston, thought, and go every two years or so.

Kristin said...

I love every single thing until I go to the end...Go Gators! HA! A wrap around front porch is definitely on my dream home must have list!

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