The Meaning of a Southern Home

Salem-SW-PortraitMelissa Salem

“A Southern house is a home that is lived and used and loved. It’s spaces that say, ‘You don’t have to pretend here! Be yourself, kick off your shoes, and sit by the fire with me.’” 







When decorator Melissa Salem and her husband relocated from suburban Birmingham to the country, she envisioned a house that evoked a sense of comfort for all who entered. To achieve her goal, Melissa used her bucolic setting as a source of ongoing inspiration and took to antique shops and flea markets to find many of the decorative elements. “When we find pieces that speak to me, I buy them and always find a way to fit them in,” she says. “These special finds are what make a house a home. I don’t buy to impress; I buy what I love and whatever adds joy and color and story.”

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