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Paula Deen's Savannah Style with Brandon Branch
Somin & Schuster
ISBN 978-1-4165-5224-6
Published April 2010 - Hardcover - 204 pages - $29.99

"Southern Style" these days is not limited to the South, and the purpose of Paula Deen and Brandon Branch's book is to share with those who would like to have a little southernness out in the rest of the country.  They also show how some people epitomize how the rest of us think they live in the South.  Their book beautifully illustrates the changes in living and homes as the four seasons unfold.  They begin in Spring and with "Porch Livin'".  Now, not everyone has a porch to decorate, but, you can spruce up an outdoor table or area.  The first thing that hit me in this book were all the lemons in the chandelier on page 9, and I thought, how extravagant!—all those lemons at the prices they are, and you don't get to eat/drink them!  We get to peek inside (and outside) Paula's home, as well as into the homes of others who live in Savannah, and who apparently, have style.  The porch I liked the best (the least overdone or fussy or cluttered) is on pages 14 and 15.  There are lots of examples of wicker furniture and wrought iron designs which are lovely.  They also cover parlors, kitchens, stoops, libraries, and bathrooms, and all throughout, Brandon offers his "Brandon's Style Secrets" which are great for ideas for your own spaces.  I liked the two bookshelves ideas (in tight spaces) on page 100, Paula's kitchen and sitting area on page 155/156, her lovely bedroom on page 180/181, and the one on page 191.  I would love to have been able to see inside Paula's pantry—I love pantries.  My worst decorating ideas are the kitschy shells on pages 80/81, the too cluttered "parlor" on pages 86/87, and the Christmassy (-messy) room on page 171.  I can also do without the taxidermy—any way you look at it, it's just poopy and creepy.
Conclusion - Beautiful photos of lovely rooms and for the most part, lovely décor.

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Review copy not supplied by publisher - library copy reviewed.

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