interview + giveaway: lindsay bierman

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Southern Living Editor-in-Chief, Lindsay Bierman, about his personal holiday decorating style.  What better way to get us all in the Christmas spirit?   A goody for you:  below Lindsay’s interview is a chance to win a copy of Southern Living’s “Christmas At Home” special edition filled with decorated Southern homes, DIY ideas and recipes for pulling off the perfect Christmas in your home.  We’re giving away 5 copies, compliments of Southern Living.

Please welcome Lindsay Bierman!

Lindsay Bierman

SS:  You have access to every imaginable resource at your fingertips…what are your favorite materials to work with when in comes to holiday decorating?

LB:  Here at Southern Living, the holiday rush starts in January (seriously) with reader submissions for our Big White Cake contest and continues until we ship our December issue to the printer in October…

Mrs Billetts White Cake_Slice-1

“Mrs. Billetts White Cake” 2012 winner Sue Winter  [get the recipe here]

LB:  After our white cake contest, then it’s time to get our own homes ready.  At that point, I’m ready to pare down to what I consider the holiday decorating essentials: white lights, natural garlands, a flocked tree, and silver ornaments.  It goes with my house.


LB: I also love anything made of magnolia – is there a better color combo in the world than that green and brown leaf?  If you want some amped-up color, spray-painted magnolia leaves also make the prettiest wreaths!

Magnolias, spray painted red here, almost take on a poinsettia look.


Magnolia garland embellished with bits of evergreen and holly.


SS:  Three clever ways to pulling off a charming holiday look on a slim budget…   

LB:   It doesn’t get any cheaper or easier than holly or magnolia or nandina branches from your own yard in a vase!  The taller the better.  Just a couple of good tall cuts in a clear vase will do—it’s all about the scale.  Or cut poinsettias – take them out of that foil pot and make a simple arrangement in, say, a creamware vase or silver pitcher. Gorgeous.


Poinsettias looking lovely with creamware and a simple touch of holly…


SS:   My secret to keeping holiday entertaining stress-free…

LB:.  Bourbon. I like to rub the inside of a lowball glass with a wedge of orange, add 2 oz of rye with a few dashes of bitters and a splash of simple syrup, stir gently, and fill with ice.  Takes the edge off every time.

SS:   I love to wrap gifts in…

LB:.  Brown kraft paper and and sage-y green ribbon, maybe with a spring of cypress for the fragrance, and a letterpressed gift tag. It’s understated and elegant.  I’m also in love with the way Miles Redd wrapped his box for our 2012 gift guide: elegantly simple with navy paper and a classic red bow.


SS:  Favorite Christmas song…

LB:  The theme song from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

SS:  What I enjoy most about being Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living magazine…

LB:  I work with some of the most inspiring and creative people anywhere. Every day I see something—a photo, a scouting shot, a product someone called in, a flower arrangement, a beautiful layer cake—that makes me swoon.

This year’s Big White Cake contest runners-up.
SLwhite cake runners up

SS:  Southern Living magazine is clearly the style icon in the print magazine industry.  What is your secret to keeping such loyal readership?

LB:  Staying true to our Southern roots. As an editor, I want to keep our audience informed, inspired, comforted, and entertained. At some deep emotional level, I hope everyone who subscribes feels that we truly reflect who they are and where they come from. You can’t be all things to all people, but there’s a pride of place in the South that transcends all other affiliations. I want every issue to embody what a joy and privilege it is to live here.

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Thank you, Lindsay for taking the time to visit and share your holiday decorating ideas with us.  Think I’m going to use his Magnolia branch idea this weekend on our mantel! 


Lindsay has offered a copy of Southern Living’s “Christmas at Home” Special Edition to FIVE simply seleta readers. This special issue is filled with every stylish holiday idea and Southern recipe imaginable.  You will love it.


1.  Name your favorite Christmas song.  Mine is Little Drummer Boy (the old version by Harry Simeone Chorale).

2.  Tell us one decorating idea you have used from Southern Living magazine OR what features you enjoy most in Southern Living.  Are you a recipe person?  A design junkie?  Or maybe a D.I.Y. kind-a-girl?  Do share!

Winners will be chosen at random by yours truly and announced on Sunday ; )  I’ll ship out the magazines to our five winners on Monday morning!

[all photos courtesy of Southern Living]

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  1. Ann says:

    White Christmas is my all time favorite song but I also love Frank Sinatra singing Christmas. I have a 2006 version of “Christmas at Home” that I refer to every year. My favorite is an article on Great Garlands. In my old house I picked greenery and added it to my chandalier every holiday. I used pink plaid bows and bought some gold beads and tied the bows on the chandalier just like the photos in the book. It looked fabulous. (my room was pink and green). I also copied some wreaths in the magazine using natural wreaths with a lime green silk ribbon. I hang these today on my dutch doors going out to my patio and an upstairs porch. Timeless style for sure!

  2. Ashley C says:

    My favorite Christmas song is the classic Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Reminds me of Christmas morning. I’m partial to all the delicious recipes in Southern Living, especially when they are featured on the cover. I often make the recipes before I even read the rest of the issue.

  3. Traci says:

    Lucky Girl! Lindsays “10 Tried & True Decorating Rules” is like my bible…I refer to it often! I love everything about SL, but I’m drawn more to the decorating/gardening aspect.

    My fave Christmas tune at the moment is Sarah McLachlans/Barenaked Ladies God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

    Happy Holidays and thanks for a great giveaway opportunity!

  4. Teresa S. says:

    Silent Night is my all-time favorite Christmas Song. I love both the instrumental versions, and the meaningful words. As for Southern Living… my mom renews my subscription every year. We are military, so we constantly move, but I am always assured that my Southern Living will follow me wherever I go… a little piece of home. My favorite sections are always the Southern Made pages, and the decor features.

  5. Stacey says:

    Favorite Holiday song is ” Grown Up Christmast List” by Amy Grant.
    I love all the home design articles in Southern Living but am also drawn to the recipes. I live in the PNW, so some of these Southern dishes are new to me.

  6. Kim says:

    Hark the Herald Angels Sing is my favorite song.

    My favorite idea from Southern Living was a recipe years ago for Divinity Ghosts!
    It is a Halloween treat made with white icing mix-so hard to find now!

    Thank you Seleta!

  7. MH says:

    Silent Night is my favorite Christmas song. I love Southern Living for their recipes. Every time I choose a recipe from Southern Living over a random .com sight – Southern Living’s recipe is always tastier. My grandmother buys me the magazine and sometimes the christmas recipe books and I use to print out the recipes and grocery lists.

  8. cathy says:

    I would pick White Christmas as my favorite if I have to pick.
    I once remodeled our master bedroom to look almost exactly like one featured in Southern Living.
    I loved it.

  9. Christine P says:

    Burl Ives “Holly Jolly Christmas” is may favorite.

    I love the recipes from SL. Totally inspiring and tasty!

  10. Jennie W. says:

    There are so many Christmas songs that I adore, but if I had to pick one it would be Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.” It brings me back to being a little girl enjoying the holidays at my grandparent’s home.

    Love all the decorating ideas from SL. So fresh, inspiring and classic at the same time.

    Thank you for offering such a great giveaway!

  11. Kathy says:

    O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas carol.

    I’ve subscribed for years to Southern Living and my mom for years before that! I have used their issues many times for inspiration, especially the use of fruit in centerpieces. I also love their Christmas with Southern Living hardback books at our library.

  12. Emily says:

    Favorite Christmas song: Such a tough choice but today I’ll have to go with Once In Royal David’s City. Makes me tear up every time.

    I love and soak up every ounce of my Southern Living each month because it reminds me of home! I’m a Texan living in New York while my husband is in school, so seeing Southern Living in my mailbox is such a joy. We both enjoy the taste of home we get from the recipes.

  13. Susan says:

    My favorite song – I’m dreaming of a white christmas… just love it. In Southern Living I always look forward to the decorating features. Fun and inspiring. Thanks!

  14. Kelly says:

    What Child Is This? is my favorite song, and the homes section of Southern Living is always where I start. I toured the Idea House this year for the first time in many — the highlight of my fall, with so many ideas I’ve already brought home. I grew up in Tennessee and SL keeps me in touch with my roots.

  15. Pamela says:

    O Holy Night – makes me think of Christmas Eve Service.

    I am always look for inspiration for flower arrangements in the pages of the magazine and love to see spots to check out when traveling!

  16. Shelly says:

    Favorite song? That’s a toughie for me, but one that makes me happy everytime I hear it and puts a smile on my face is I’ll Be Home With Bells On by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton! I love them together! And I’m not even a country girl. :)

    I love Southern Living for the decorating segments. I can’t get enough of seeing into people’s homes and how they live.

  17. Kelly E. says:

    1. My favorite Christmas song is Joy To The World.

    2. I LOVE Southern Living and I particularly love Mr. Bierman. I actually wrote to him last year (and he wrote back!) to let him know that Rick Bragg’s article at the magazine’s closing is one of the highlights of the magazine for me. I also think Lindsey, himself, is a fantastic addition to Southern Living. I look forward to his opening letter as much as I do Mr. Bragg’s story at the end. The middle bits are just icing on the cake!

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  18. Denise S. says:

    Silent Night is my favorite song. Does not matter who the artist is either, I love it!
    I am so glad Lindsay is the editor of SL. He is fantastic! I love the decorating segments and looking at lovely homes but a good recipe hooks me in too…….I have quite a few SL recipe books. They are the best :)

  19. Melanie says:

    O Holy Night is my favorite! I’ve been a subscriber to Southern Living for years and I can always count on their recipes. The recipes for the Best Fudge Cake and Mint Cake from years ago are some of my family favorites.
    Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

  20. Barbara says:

    My favorite Christmas song is ‘Joy to the World’–mainly because this season is such a Joy in every way.
    I read SL from cover to cover — some issues a decorating idea catches my eye and some will be the recipes — usually both. I always look forward to the Rick Bragg essay on the very last page–so southern and I always relate. Most of the time I will end up reading it aloud to my husband b/c each article is so real to us. And always funny. Love SL–subscriber for over 40 years…

  21. sarah says:

    My favorite carol is Angels We Have Heard on High. I studied voice in college and loved adding a tenor line above the sopranos every time Christmas came around. This year, I’m teaching the song to my 2 and a half year old, and he asks all the time for me to sing “gloria.” Melts my heart.
    I love the decorating/DIY parts of SL.
    Thanks to Lindsay and you for this fun interview and give-away.

  22. Oh holy night, for sure! I love the recipes in Southern living, I actually just made a wonderful swiss cheese chicken dish. Thanks for this giveaway! xoxo

  23. Kerry says:

    I love O Holy Night. It is such a peaceful song with a powerful chorus. just lovely.

    and while i drool over the recipes in Southern Living, I think I probably enjoy the design and decorating articles most of all!

  24. Lori H says:

    Silent Night. And I love all of Southern Living, but especially the recipes and the entertaining tips!

  25. April B says:

    My favorite Christmas song is Carol of the Bells…just love it!

    Southern Living is my all-time favorite magazine. I love the recipes and the features on regional artisans and destinations.

  26. Sara says:

    O Holy Night is my fav.

    I grew up having Southern Living issues scattered around our house. My mom has subscribed for decades. After I got married, I would read it occasionally, (usually at my parent’s house) but hadn’t picked it up in a while. Over the past year, the new changes at SL are bringing me back. Love the new direction!

  27. Christina W says:

    Angels We Have Heard on High

    The recipe section, of course, is my favorite. My go-to holiday pie is their chocolate bourbon pecan pie (I add more chocolate than the recipe calls for). Yum!

  28. Lizziefitz says:

    Silent Night! I used to sing it to my babies all year round as a lullaby at night;)
    Living in the South for the past three years has been a huge blessing in our lives.
    I credit Southern Living’s on location articles for planting the seed for our life change:)

  29. Please tell him this: My mother,mother-in-law, and I all subscribed to SL for years and years, and then we all dropped it because we felt the quality had gone down. However, under his guidance it is BETTER THAN EVER. We are all back, and we all agree that this December’s issue is the best one we have seen. Congrats.

    Now, my favorite song is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, and I love the SL recipes. Can’t wait to make the white cake winner.

    Also, how do I get my place in their magazine? As empty-nesters we moved downtown from the suburbs, and we down-sized to a bright/beautiful 3,000 foot townhouse, and I bet a lot of his readers can relate.

  30. JulieCatherine Smith says:

    Southern Living feels so much more hip and fresh than I remember when I was a child and mom my subscribed. My mom got my a subscription when I graduated from college and moved to NYC, and let me tell you I have been a subscriber ever since.

    My favorite Christmas song is Christmas Time in New Orleans by James Andrews. My family is from Louisiana and this just gets me in the holiday spirit every year!

    SL is my go to for recipes and decorating. It also makes me yearn for green pastures and raising my own chickens one day (Brooklyn won’t work for that right now). I look forward to getting it every month and my NYC friends have come to love it too.

    Lovely giveaway!

  31. jessie says:

    My favorite “traditional” Christmas song is O Holy Night, but my real favorite is All I Want for Christmas is You–the version from Love Actually, because that little girl totally kills it, right??

    Last year for our Christmas party I made the big white cake from Southern Living–it was a chocolate gingerbread toffee cake with whipped ginger cream…took like three days and several Amazon orders of supplies! But it turned out delicious and was so pretty no one wanted to cut it.

  32. Rebekah says:

    I’m almost ashamed to admit it – but I love Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas! I have to blame it on Love Actually (one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies) and being obsessed with her Emotions album back in the early 90s..

    I am a tried and true Southern Living girl! Usually any female raised in Georgia by Southern mothers grew up with an arsenal of Southern Livings! My great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother all subscribed and of course I have continued the tradition. It’s my decorating and cooking go-to! Christmas time I always end up using SL for my baking recipes – a favorite is the red velvet cheesecake and the unbelievable Chocolate-Citrus Cake With Candied Oranges from December 2009’s issue! Highly recommended!!!

    p.s. Seleta: GO JACKETS!

  33. Andrea says:

    My favorite Christmas song is “Welcome Christmas” from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I love the Who’s and they’re Christmas spirit.

    I absoultely love Southren Living magazine. My great-grandmother, grandmother, and my mother are all subscribers. I love all the decorating ideas as well as all the recipes.

  34. Marilyn Hergenrader says:

    Silent Night is my favorite Christmas song. We sing it by candlelight every year at our Christmas Eve service and it is moving! What a beautiful way to remember the meaning of Christmas. There are TOO many decorating ideas I have copied from the pages of Southern Living. But, I REALLY love the recipes. I have two all-time favorites…the Spectacular Pumpkin Pie made with ginger crisps and Pomegranate Marininis. They are delicious and served at our family Christmas day lunch.

    Are you a GT fan, too?

  35. Marcia Smith says:

    Many years ago I “stole” an idea from Southern Living that I still do to this day!! Greenery, pine cones and ribbon wired together and wired to the lock on all my windows! So festive from inside and out! I am a design junkie but also an avid cook! Southern Living recipes are always winners. In my younger years I belonged to a Southern Living group – we each made one recipe from each issue and had a wonderful luncheon every month! Christmas Southern Living became dinner and we invited husbands!!! Such fond memories!!!

  36. Michelle says:

    Favorite Song~ So MANY! Anything old-timey or traditional from Sinatra, Bing Crosby, etc. I really like “Let it Snow” and “White Christmas” and “Santa Baby.”
    Even though I don’t live in the south, I like SL magazine! I made Gingerbread pancakes for my family when they were visiting, a recipe from one of their issues from a few years ago….they turned out really good!!

  37. Kathy McCann says:

    “Angels We Have Heard on High” has always been my favorite, especially when “gloria” is sung. I have used many ideas in my house over the years from Southern Living but my favorite is my family room fireplace that was inspired by a Southern Living Christmas book stone fireplace. I still love the stone and wooden mantel surround as much as when it was built 16 or 17 years ago. I have years and years of the Annual Recipes books but I love the decorating ideas the most.

  38. Cindy says:

    Christmas music, have to go old school…Bing Crosby’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas! I mean who can hear Bing singing and not be in the Christmas spirit. My grandmother loved, my mom loved and now I even play it for my children. I have copied many, many decorating holiday ideas from the Southern Living magazine but the one thing that stands out is my torn out page with the classic southern mac ‘n’ cheese recipe. That page has been on my kitchen counter for almost every holiday! Happy Holidays Everyone!

  39. elaine says:

    My favorite Christmas carol is Joy to the World fond memories of a 4th grade Christmas concert. We were in the military and moved several times but SL always moved with me. I am very fond of the landscaping articles. I have a mailbox that I copied from Southern Living. Merry Christmas!!

  40. Melanie says:

    I LOVE “O Holy Night”: nothing beats it for sheer epicness! However, I’m also really enjoying Orla Fallon’s Christmas album which I just bought, and her song “Bells of Christmas.”

    I haven’t subscribed to Southern Living (yet!) but I see references from it on blogs and I always like what I see. Really beautiful decorating ideas.

  41. Sandi says:

    My all time favorite Christmas song is “O Holy Night” sung by Andy Williams. I enjoy the recipes in Southern Living the most, but the decor features are wonderful too. I was born in Mobile, but moved to WA state at the age of 10 months and have made my home here. But I really think I am a southern belle at heart, because I am always so drawn to everything about Southern living magazine!

  42. Sandra says:

    Through the past years I have always loved “Silent Night” but the day my mother passed I happened to turn the radio on and the song,”I’ll Be Home for Christmas” was playing, little did I realize how true the words were, she did go HOME for Christmas so now I have a two favorite list.
    I love S.L. and I too have subscribed for years but just recently had to cut our budget. I collected the cookbooks and have always tried MOST of the recipes and continue to use them faithfully. I have decorated my tables from all of the Christmas Editions of SL. I still use the hurricane to decorate year round with little things I have learned through SL.
    S L is always my “go to” book for anything!!!
    Thank you so much for a perfect way to help with our holidays!!

  43. kelsey says:

    I love Silent Night. My favorite is to hear it during a Christmas church service with friends and family singing along with the choir. The lit candles add such a wonderful glow that I just think Christmas doesn’t get much better that that.

    Love SL. Eagerly await it every month. I have really enjoyed many of the recent homes that have equine related decor. I loved the house with the barn near the house. Horses are a part of my life and it is great to see new ways to use trophys, boots, etc. in new ways. I also look forward to the letters from the editor which isn’t typical for me. Just love L.B.’s two cents worth.

    Loved the post and congratulations on having your home featured again. Merry Christmas.

  44. Kim G says:

    The Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby and David Bowie

    The recipes are my favorite! Love to cook and look forward to getting my magazine and seeing what’s new.

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

  45. Lauren says:

    This year I’ve been loving “Do You Hear What I Hear” by Pink Martini. But I also love the traditional Christmas hymns we sing at church!

    My favorite part of Southern Living are the beautiful homes that are featured, like yours!! I may not be able to pull off the whole look, but I like using parts where I can.

    Happy Holiday Season!!

  46. Beth Love says:

    I love the instrumental songs by the Transiberian Steamroller. I love Southern Living for its recipes, home, and garden sections. Thanks!

  47. Nancy says:

    My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night.
    I have always been a recipe girl. As soon as my SL magazine comes I start looking for a great new recipe to try!

  48. Kimberly Heckman says:

    My favorite song, that I listen for every year, is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by thé Bare Naked Ladies. It always makes me smile and sing along. As for my favorite Southern Living section it would havé to be recipes! I lové to read them and them make them!! I lové all thé magazine and plan my next house(s) with théir inspiration but réally enjoy thé food sections.

  49. Erin says:

    Hi Seleta.
    I love your blog! I am also a mom of 4 (3 boys, 1 girl).

    My favorite Christmas songs are Joy to the World and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Although I live at the beach in Southern California, I love Southern Living magazine. There is nothing like Southern hospitality. I have several Southern Living party pieces in my home. I especially love the decorating. Each home has a warm and layered feel that makes me want to move right in.

  50. nik says:

    My favorite songis The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole.

  51. Amy says:

    ~ One of my very favorite Christmas Songs is ” Merry Christmas Darling” by the Carpenters.
    The entire album has hummed in my head since I was a little girl… I know the entire album by heart and I never ever tire of it and especially that song.xo. I Love Southern Living Magazine especially for the design ideas in their Christmas issues. I decorate several of my clients homes at the Holidays and have used many ideas from the pages of Southern Living~. Especially beautiful were two urns with holiday greens I made last year for flanking a front door. Everything in the magazine is ALWAYS so classic and beautiful and the recipes are also wonderful….. So much so I also love the Southern Living Cookbook!

  52. Stephanie T says:

    I love all Christmas songs! I guess Sleigh Ride by Johnny Mathis or All I Want For Christmas by Mariah Carey are my top favs. Nothing better than Christmas music.

    Southern Living is the BEST. Have been reading it for as long as I can remember, my whole family subscribes to it! The recipes and decorating are my favorites but also love all the gardening and travel pieces. There is no better magazine!! Great giveaway, lucky you getting to interview Lindsay Bierman.

  53. Vicki says:

    Christmas hasn’t begun until I go to church and sing “The First Noel” which is one of my favorites!

    I count on Southern Living for great recipes. I have a fail safe BBQ Shrimp & a Crunchy
    Romaine Ross salad recipes that are always a hit & make me look like the bomb and they are super easy! I’ll be happy to share if you’d like!
    I also love the classic decorating style you find in Southern Living that is always warm and inviting. Great inspiration and ideas!

  54. Diane says:

    Hi Seleta,
    I LOVE Lindsay Bierman and I was just getting ready to write him a note telling him that!
    I enjoy his editorials & remember the one from last Oct. (year ago) when he wrote about
    Halloween…I agreed with his thoughts completely & have been meaning to write him ever since!

    I am a long time Southern Living subscriber & he is doing such a great job….I just made (this morning!)
    that Christmas white cake for my son’s 16th birthday tomorrow! (he doesn’t like chocolate)…I
    can’t wait to taste it…it looks great, the frosting recipe was perfect. I just read how simple those
    snowflakes were to make but don’t have time at this late hour to get fondant so he’ll have to do
    with the standard candles & Happy Birthday Alex in tube frosting writing…

    Sooo my favorite Christmas song is Silent Night…esp. love the jazz versions like Michael McDonald.
    I actually love all the Christmas music esp. when it has a smooth jazz (think Watercolors on XMRadio) vibe.
    Last year saw Dave Koz in Atlanta…love love love him…on his Christmas tour…our anniversary is Nov. 26th, that
    was a gift.
    AND my favorite Southern Living feature…is everything! I love the houses! (yours!!)and the recipes!(I always
    say if it is a S.L. recipe it is a good one)…the travel! (have riped out recent articles on Rome, GA & Birmingham)..
    and the editorials (most hysterical one I re-read recently was titled “Why Thank You” -April 2012).

    My best friend in New Hampshire just emailed me to ask me what kind of a cake I was making Alex, I told
    her & asked her if she still received S.L. (her husband works for the Red Sox & they have lived in N.H. for
    several years now)…& she said of course & had seen the recipe.

    Thank you for writing about him, I couldn’t believe you had him featured when I have had my S.L. Dec. issue
    on the kitchen counter all day!
    God Bless You & Your lovely family,

  55. Maria says:

    I absolutely love Lindsay, his is the only editorial introduction I always read. Coastal Living was never the same after he left! I am digging the travel section of SL these days, such great insight into hip shopping and dining in southern cities! I also enjoy the Tailgating story every year, as my hometown of Jacksonville always ranks high with the largest outdoor cocktail party for the Florida – Georgia game! And Baby it’s Cold Outside is my fave Christmas tune.

  56. Katharina says:

    My favorite christmas song is Silent Night – Stille Nacht to sing infront of the christmas tree on christmas eve and in church on christmas night, when it is cold and snowy outside.
    For a good mood during a car ride it is ‘Last Christmas’ played on the radio… over and over again.

    We can only by Southern Living in special book stores at the train station or at the airport here. So I don’t get to read it regulary. But whenever I get a chance I really, really enjoy the beautiful pictures and love to be inspired or at least “dream” :)

  57. Tiffani Johnston says:

    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (any version)…it just melts my heart seeing my 2 year old’s face light up when she hears it. It truly makes Christmas unbelievably special for me!!

    I love absolutely everything about Southern Living magazine…I try to duplicate their classy front porches w amazingly beautiful and tasteful greens every Christmas. But, last year, SL helped me get my most favorite Christmas gift – my Zoubaby monogrammed rain boots, LOVE them!!

    Great interview and Merry Christmas

  58. Jenna S. says:

    My favorite Christmas song would be Merry Christmas Darling by The Carpenters. That song puts me in the mood to drink hot chocolate with my loved ones! I love the recipes from Southern Living! I have been meaning to try that Big White Cake recipe. Maybe I will find a good excuse to make it this month!

  59. Jenna S. says:

    My favorite Christmas song would be Merry Christmas Darling by The Carpenters. That song puts me in the mood to drink hot chocolate with my loved ones! I love the recipes from Southern Living! I have been meaning to try that Big White Cake recipe. Maybe I will find a good excuse to make it this month!

  60. Helen says:

    My favorite song s Mary Did You Know? I love southern Living recipes for holidays!

  61. Helen says:

    My favorite song Is Mary Did You Know? I love southern Living recipes for holidays!

  62. Robin says:

    For favorite Christmas song it’s a tie… or a clue to my Gemini personality. Judy’ Garland singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas makes me so nostalgic for the Christmases of my childhood, but Papa Noel by Brenda Lee is so fun and cheerful and makes me want to have a Christmas cocktail party like the one at the beginning of Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil. Lots of plaid and magnolia leaves and ham and biscuits and champagne, but no shootings please.

    Southern Living is MY GO-TO when I want to make a layer cake. I am a good cook but a timid baker, and their cake recipes are the best – delicious and always pretty and different from what we usually serve here in New England. Plus an opportunity to use Grandma’s vintage cake stand.

    Great interview Seleta!

  63. Collins says:

    Great interview of Mr. Bierman! It was fascinating to read and helps me personalize Southern Living and love it even more. My favorite Christmas songs have always been Rudolph and Oh Holy Night. I would love to know even more about Mr. Bierman – can you do a second interview?

  64. Heather says:

    My all time favorite Christmas song is Feliz Navidad. I love the beach beer commercials in the cold winter with palm trees. Makes me so jealous of where you live! I’d say I’ve loved all the Southern Living tree ideas. I now use poinsettias, holly and gold twigs in mine. It gives the tree so much more dimension and texture for a truly design feel. Happy Holidays!!

  65. Jill says:

    I just love “Silver Bells” and Southern Living! I use the entire magazine as inspiration for entertaining and decorating. My most successful duplication was a recipe for guacamole stuffed cherry tomatoes served on a white platter; I also copied their trio of stacked pumpkins for a Halloween display. I can’t wait for the new issue each month. Thanks for a chance to win “Christmas at Home”!

  66. Jill says:

    I love “Silver Bells” and Southern Living. I find the entire magazine very inspirational for entertaining and decorating. My most successful duplication from the magazine was guacamole stuffed cherry tomatoes served on a white platter; I also copied their trio of stacked pumpkins for a Halloween display. I can’t wait for each new issue! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of “Christmas at Home”.

  67. Kathy says:

    My favorite song is Blue Christmas – the Elvis version of course. I have loved Southern Living for ever ( it seems). I especially enjoy the decorating section and most recently the fashion they have started showing. That’s where I learned about my favorite southern dress designer -Kayce Hughes.

  68. anne m. says:

    I love Sammy Davis’ version of “Baby it’s Cold Outside.”

    I love to look mostly for decor ideas eg. furniture, wall decor, color schemes.

  69. Kim says:

    I am a California girl, but I have had a subscription to Southern Living for many years. I just love the decorating and entertaining features! Always great.

    My favorite Christmas song is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. I love the frank Sinatra version. Reminds me of being with family.

    I really enjoyed reading all about Mr Bierman and his style.


  70. Joan Troyer says:

    The cake made me drool lol

  71. pve says:

    My sister recently told me I am a “doer” and I got to thinking that I am. I think all the goodness in blog land and all the wonderful ideas in Southern Living make me feel better about my “doing”-
    I love Handell’s Messiah and I love love love Holiday Music and “What child is this” makes me cry cry cry each and every time.
    Loved this interview. Thanks for sharing.

  72. Rachel says:

    My favorite Christmas carol is Joy to the World. I’m thankful a Savior came to this world! I am a long time Southern Living subscriber. I live in California and LOVE southern hospitality! My favorite parts of SL are the recipes and decorating ideas.

  73. Jennie says:

    My favorite song is O Holy Night… My favorite holiday idea from Southern Living is a gumdrop topiary that was featured years ago. My boys and I make an new one every year. I love the recipes and design tips from SL and I really love reading it on my iPad!

  74. CArolyn says:

    Hallelujah Chorus! I get goose bumps every time. I love Southern Living and have been a reader for as long as I can remember. It was the first magazine I ever subscribed to! One of my favorite items that I used was the cake one year that was decorated with fondant as a white package tied in a red ribbon and bow. Even used it throughout the year with other colors as a birthday cake. This year I may try the runner up cake with chocolate inside and peppermint balls on top. Looks divine!

  75. Carole Tannehill says:

    carole tannehill December 1, 2012
    My favorite Christmas carol is Silent Night. I used to sing this to my little granddaughter when she went to bed. She always wanted to be sung to and her mom, my daughter, knew a million songs, I had to rely on Christmas carols. (Marissa left us when she was 2 yrs. old. 10 years ago. It’s taken me that long to listen to Silent Night without crying.)

    I love Southern Living, that’s from an Ohioan who lives in Mississippi 3 months out of the year. My daughter and her family live there and I get to have a winter without snow. Tracy, daughter, and I love to garden. We have used many a gardening and planting idea from this wonderful magazine. I devour my subscription as soon as it’s delivered. The layout, pictures, articles, all of it is wonderful and reader friendly.


  76. Rachel says:

    My favorite Christmas carol is Joy to the World. It’s wonderful that a Savior came to the world. I LOVE Southern Living. I live in California and have been a long time subscriber. I love everything about the magazine, the recipes, garden ideas, and decorating ideas. A great magazine! Thanks for the chance to enter the give away.


  77. Kimber-Leigh says:

    1. Oh Holy Night. and Breath of Heaven.

    2. I love using one of the white cake recipes each year. And I love it when they include some variations…the Caramel Cream Cake from a few years back is one of my all-time-favorites (and I get requests for it all the time!)

  78. Aunt Kathi says:

    What a wonderful interview!
    My favorite Christmas song would have to be the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah”. I also love many pop Christmas songs which makes Christmas my favorite time of the year. :)
    I began subscribing from Southern Living in the early 70’s after buying my first home in Texas, and have to credit them for helping me develop my favorite landscape style of ‘lush green folage accented with white’. I still have so many articles clipped that it is ridiculous. :)
    That said, I love the newly reorganized format that was introduced in August and love having the thrill of the interior design first and the new compartmentalized departments. Aunt Kathi

  79. Priscilla Cardillo says:

    I love “Little Drummer Boy” too! One thing I love to do that I always see in Southern Living is to decorate with sprigs of greenery. I have holly, juniper, boxwood and other pretty branches outside right now. I might put my poinsettia’s in creamery too. I love using my Granny’s sugar cookie recipe, it’s the best I’ve ever tasted. My other Granny has a mississippi pecan pie recipe that I make every year…everyone who’s tried it says it’s the best they’ve ever had. I made one for my brother-in-law, just for him since he finished the rest that night and wanted another one. There are so many DIY things on my to do list right now. My daughter and I are big DIY girls. She and my son made a big pile of paper snowflakes and I’m trying to think of the perfect way to decorate with them. Oh, and this Christmas I’m still so inspired by your house decorating, especially since my daughter’s favorite color is aqua and my sons is green. Thank You!

  80. Catherine S says:

    I love O Holy Night! And my favorite part of Southern LIving is probably the recipes…my all time favorite chili recipe was from an old copy of Southern Living that my mother has saved.

  81. Erin says:

    I LOOOOVE White Christmas! I have to say my favorite part is probably the recipes, Christmas baking is my favorite kind of baking!

  82. Heather says:

    My favorite Christmas song is “O Holy Night.” Right now, I’m loving the gardening section of Southern Living. As a first time home owner, I’m still trying to figure out the whole “green thumb” thing!

  83. Shar says:

    How could I even choose a favorite song, love so many. O Holy Night, The First Noel, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas come to mind. I take SL magazine and use their recipes frequently. One of my long time favorites is a Black Bottom Cupcake recipe. Oh, and there is a shrimp and pasta dish that I love! Thanks so much for chance to win!

  84. Shar says:

    How could I even choose a favorite song, love so many. O Holy Night, The First Noel, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas come to mind. I take SL magazine and use their recipes frequently. One of my long time favorites is a Black Bottom Cupcake recipe. Oh, and there is a shrimp and pasta dish that I love! Thanks so much for chance to win!

  85. first – great interview. i love a quote from LB about using the right color white paint – something he said a while ago, like, let me save you the time, just use Ivory White (BM), it’s tried and true.

    now, my fave xmas song is that collaboration by Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan for Holy Night. I am usually a traditionalist for xmas music, but this strikes a cord (pun intended).

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