August 6, 2009

Southern Accents 1977-2009

It was announced at noon today that Southern Accents will be closing and that the September/October issue will be their last. However, it is anticipated that their website will remain active, unlike Domino's. I hope that their blog, Miss Gracious Living, will also remain active. I was lucky enough to be one of their Miss Gracious Bloggers, along with Joni from Cote de Texas, Patricia from Mrs. Blandings, and Courtney from Style Court.
It is such a shame that a magazine with a circualtion of more than 400,000 has to close. The magazine was full of beautiful houses and ideas that reflected gracious living in the American South, but without being stuffy and old-fashioned.
Many bloggers, myself included, have referenced their beautiful images and their terrific articles. I can only hope that everyone at the magazine moves on to bigger and better things, especially frequent Pigtown*Design commenter and on-line friend, Karen Carroll.

22 comments:

  1. We are just so shocked! This is getting ridiculous. Southern Accents was one of my favorite magazines, and their show houses were just the best! So Sad.

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  2. this is a tragedy- AAL is on it too. what or who is next?- I have just resubscribed too. such a shame. go cheer up with my Cary Grant flower post. la

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  3. Just a sad, sad thing......
    What is going on in the world?
    Where is all the inspiration going to go?
    Leslie

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  4. Durn.

    I feel like I lost an old friend too, Joni. And I was just organizing 20-odd years of issues at my mother's house last week.

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  5. So sad. If they keep the website alive, perhaps there's some hope that the magazine might come back. Others have. Just trying to be hopeful.

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  6. I'm beginning to think that the whole idea of gracious living is under siege by what? The economy? We've been through worse and now is no time to let down the side.

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  7. A trip to magazine aisle is a thinner, sadder experience. I thought Southern Accents was positioning itself to fill voids left by others. What saddens me most is where will the photographers go? Blog world is dependent upon these magicians. I have been a magaholic my entire life. I can't imagine going cold turkey now.

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  8. I am hugging all of my saved copies right now (and there are many years worth. I will be holding on to them for years to come.

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  9. You just don't know how my heart breaks over this announcement. I have many friends and acquaintances that have dealt with SA on a personal and professional level. I always felt such pride that The South was represented the Southern Accents way. Who will carry the torch now?

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  10. The sky is falling...

    I loved their 'educated eye' page.

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  11. It does seem so personal now. The web site news is good, though!

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  12. I really am sick about this. This was one of the best magazines. I looked forward to each issue and I'm now very glad I saved so many.

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  13. Too sad. It was one of the good ones. I would ready it when I lived in New York and pine for home.

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  14. I am beyond sad that Southern Accents is closing down. We lost House and Gardens, Dominos and now we are to lose this inspirational source of joy! Getting the mail will just not be the same. The door to some of the loveliest homes in America is closing on us.

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  15. I think this just portends the future of print media. It's tragic. I feel that even though I'm not yet fifty years old, I'm becoming a relic myself simply based on the amount of time I lament things gone away versus expressing excitement and intrigue about new media-new technology-trends.

    I love the digital world but I think little by little, our collective soul is being chipped away.

    ADG

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  16. I am heart-broken as I just sent my check off for a subscription 3 weeks ago.

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  17. I cannot BELIEVE this. I am such an ardent fan of Karen Carroll and this magazine. It really makes me feel sad. This is an institution.

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  18. That's too bad. I've only subscribed for the past year, but have enjoyed it.

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