show & tell | Oct 2, 2018 |
Where’s the Southern Style Now festival headed this year?

Miles Redd, Wendy Goodman, Hutton Wilkinson, Julia Reed, Carolyne Roehm, Ann Mashburn, Patricia Altschul of Southern Charm and more are descending on Charleston, South Carolina, this November for the latest iteration of Southern Style Now.

Melanie Turner's master bedroom for Southern Style Now/Traditional Home Showhouse
Melanie Turner’s master bedroom, featuring lighting by Circa Lighting, for the 2017 Southern Style Now/Traditional Home ShowhouseJean Allsopp

SSN founder Robert Leleux writes to attendees: “We’ve worked to create a series of one-of-a-kind, boutique experiences for you this year—far more doing, less talking than in previous years! Fear not, throughout the course of the weekend, there’ll be plenty of such experiences to go around.”

Brockschmidt & Coleman's dining room for the Southern Style Now/Traditional Home Showhouse
Brockschmidt & Coleman’s dining room for the 2017 Southern Style Now/Traditional Home showhouseJean Allsopp

Among those experiences are keynotes with New York magazine editor Goodman in conversation with Wilkinson and Margot Shaw, Vogue-approved wedding planner Tara Guérard with designer Nicki Clendening on party planning, workshops on embroidery and artisan light fixtures, book signings, museum visits, and the return of the Traditional Home showhouse (located in a single home built in 1844 downtown).

Where’s the Southern Style Now festival headed this year?The city of Charleston is as chockablock with design talent as it is with beauty and charm. The ascendant generation of designers, amply represented in our Southern Style Now/Traditional Home showhouse, never fails to wow.

Leleux, for one, is hesitant to play favorites. “It’s hard to choose among one’s children, but besides keynotes by Patricia [Altschul] and Carolyne Roehm and Miles Redd, I can’t wait to, once again, be bewitched by Julia Reed’s tales of her Southern escapades.”

Extracurricular activities (so to speak) are also on the docket. “Everyone should prepare themselves to have a most disgraceful time in the Holy City. Of course, this festival will feature more stars than there are in the heavens, including the divine Patricia Altschul of Southern Charm. Of course, the days will be packed unto bursting with stimulating talks, workshops and keynotes. But before, during and after these improving events, the booze will flow as freely as the badinage.”

Southern Style Now runs November 1 through 4. Tickets are now available.

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