During our last move, I got rid of most of my issues of Southern Accents… a decision I regret. Now defunct, Southern Accents is still my favorite interiors magazine. A friend lent me her July/August 2008 issue, and I loved revisiting this stunning blue and white beach house by Phoebe and Jim Howard. Located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the beach house was designed to reflect their clients’ nautical interests and Charleston roots. Jim Howard oversaw the interior details from the moldings and the mantels to the floors and fixtures, while Phoebe was responsible for the furnishings. Using understated details, the Howards created a classic and comfortable home that is fitting of its surroundings without resorting to clichés.
“You can capture the feeling of the beach without direct reference to it,” Phoebe said. “You can do it with casual rugs, comfortable overstuffed furniture, less formal curtains, and mirrors, which keep things light and bright.” She saturated the house in a variety of blues reminiscent of the sea while Jim’s use of paneling and elaborate moldings pays homage to the antebellum homes of Charleston, creating a classic setting to complement the antiques.
And if anyone has any extra issues of Southern Accents they would like to part with, please message me. I would be happy to take them off your hands! 🙂