Review~ Paula Deen’s Savannah Style

by Gwen

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I have been in a major decorating slump ever since moving last Spring. We moved from a large house on an acre to one that is about half the size on a 1/4 acre. Just fitting in the house has been a challenge and decorating it? Don’t even go there.

Slowly but surely, I was coming around though and reading Savannah Style put me right over the hump. Luscious, warm, inviting, and homey are the thoughts that came to me while reading this book.

Paula Deen teamed up with her stylist, Brandon Branch for this book and they are such a good fit. The main text is all Paula sharing the stories of her family and the city she loves Savannah. The beautiful pictures are mouthwatering and Brandon Branch adds his own thoughts on how to get the looks in your home if you have a smaller budget or live in another area.

The book is broken down by Seasons and includes a beautiful section on Holidays. Not every house featured is the historic townhouses we all envision when we think Savannah. There are many shots of fishing cabins, sleeping porches, and dock areas.

Brandon’s Style Secrets have made me a huge fan with tips like

Remember, slipcovers are a cheaper way to change the look of furniture than buying new or reupholstering.

Don’t be afraid to use old lawn furniture that is rusty or has chipped paint. Courtyard furniture shouldn’t be mint perfect. A worn look is very good!

Instead of throwing out that old chest of drawers you’ve had since college, add old knobs and paint it an outrageous color. It will add a touch of whimsy to your rooms.

Take a tip from bookstores and display some of your more beautiful books face out, rather than spine out. They become a conversation piece and a focal point of the space that way.

If you know Paula Deen style and love what she cooks up in the kitchen, you will enjoy her down home tales of Savannah. She tells her story while winding the unique history of Savannah’s style in a way that makes you feel like you are sitting down together having coffee or that she is touring you around that beautiful city.

My decorating burnout is completely gone and I am ready to tackle my new cottage with a new attitude thanks to Paula Deen’s Savannah Style. If ya’ll don’t see me for a while, I am off painting!

You can browse Savannah Style at Amazon.

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Thanks to Pump Up Your Book for including me in the great book tour! Now if they could just get Paula Deen to cook for me, I would die a happy gal.

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7 Comments to “Review~ Paula Deen’s Savannah Style”

  1. I’ve always wanted to visit Savannah! I love Paula Deen, and I didn’t know she had a decorating book, too, I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the review!

  2. I think I need to get my hand on this!!! I love her…seriously!

  3. Okay, let’s fight about who loves her more:)

  4. Road trip to Savannah after Blissdom ’11 ????

  5. Kudos to her for including some humbler homes and spaces. I get frustrated with books where every scene is shot in a mansion.
    As for your decorating woes, I think it takes time to ‘bond’ with a new house, not to mention figure out where to put everything. Now you’ve lived there for a few months, you probably have a much better feel for what will and won’t work.

  6. I am not sure that you could say that I have “bonded” with this house or not. There are things that I love; I will give it that. Still, I feel so crammed and discombobulated. Picture a rather large person trying to fit into jeans about 6 sizes too small and you have the idea!

  7. I like Paula Deen and I love decorating books. But I keep passing this one by because her hair looks lavender! Thanks to your review, however, I may be able to get past that.

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