Valerie Rains Valerie Rains is a seasoned travel and interiors writer whose research has taken her to 31 states and 19 countries, and into the homes (virtually or otherwise) of scores of design-savvy individuals. She's been sharing her discoveries, insights, and insider tips in national publications for nearly 20 years. 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.