Erin Austen Abbott Erin Austen Abbott is a writer and photographer with 20 years of experience writing about design, interiors, food, family, and travel. About Southern Living Southern Living, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, celebrates the food, homes, places, and culture of the South. We reach 7.2 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.