ashley2016-e7c840e8The South is known for many things. Sweet tea, grits, fried chicken, magnolias, gardenias, azaleas and, of course, accents are just a few things that come to mind. But we are also known for our unique and stately architecture and lush gardens.

The May issue has always been one of my favorites. As a reader, I felt I was afforded a personal invitation to a friend’s house and granted permission to peer into their personal space without feeling creepy. Admittedly after perusing the homes featured in the magazine, I was often left feeling rather inadequate about my own surroundings. Over time, I have developed my own eclectic sense of style. However, it is safe to say you will not be seeing my home grace the pages of AugustaMagazine.

In this issue, we invite you to visit two very different homes. Kerry Ezelle’s mid-century modern in Country Club Hills and Debbie and Mark Anderson’s eclectic yet traditional Southern home in West Lake. Each home is unique in its own way and tells the story of the family who lives there.

The Ezelle home makes the most of the natural light, boasting floor to ceiling windows that reveal picturesque views of Augusta Country Club’s golf course. The openness of this house is perfectly suited to Kerry’s taste and lifestyle.

The Andersons’ home embraces their sense of family. Throughout their home, Debbie has skillfully combined past and present with family mementos, welcomed by a porch that encourages a lazy afternoon spent with a book and a cocktail.

My hope is that by virtually touring these homes you might be inspired. Maybe you’ll want to change the paint color in your living room, the window treatments in your kitchen or simply the throw pillows on the sofa. Regardless of how big or small the change is, we hope this issue provides the inspiration you need.  

-Ashlee

This article appears in the May 2016 issue of Augusta Magazine.

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