In the South, there’s no season quite like fall. After a summer of record-breaking heat, we welcome the cooler temperatures with open arms. And what better time of year to also welcome guests into our homes?
The September/October issue of Southern Home features a variety of houses tailor-made for gatherings. In a gracious North Carolina home designed by Francie Hargrove, an Atlanta-based couple enjoys long weekends with their blended family. In Houston, designer Sarah West incorporates architectural antiques and a sense of history into a new home for empty nesters who love to entertain. And a Louisiana family enjoys hosting frequent family get-togethers in an Alys Beach home designed by Leah Richardson to blur the lines between indoors and out. Plus, we invite you inside our first Southern Home showhouse to see how a whole host of Southern designers brought this neglected relic back to life. And don’t miss architect Bobby McAlpine’s thoughts on one of the most iconic ways a Southern home welcomes visitors—through the layering of gardens, gates, and porches. Then take time to relax with friends on your own porch and enjoy all that fall has to offer.