9 Times Reese Witherspoon Brought Her Southern Style Into Her California Home
Reese Witherspoon knows a lot about Southern style. The actress and business mogul has turned her lifestyle brand Draper James—inspired by her paternal grandparents, Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon—into a go-to destination for all-things Southern. Naturally when it came time to decorate her California home, she filled it with design elements that pay homage to her Southern heritage. After all, Reese has been bringing Southern charm to Hollywood for years with roles in films like Sweet Home Alabama and The Man in the Moon. While she may have to tone down her accent to play a well-to-do mom in Big Little Lies, she is a Southerner through and through. As she told Jenna Bush Hager in an interview for Southern Living, her Southernness is “like a pair of slippers that I put on when I’m at home.” It only makes sense that her home would reflect her Southern roots.
Here are nine times her house showed her Southern style at home in California:
Guests at Reese’s house are greeted by a welcome mat that says “hey y'all" which is chock full of Southern charm.
Reese once said, “My rule is if it's not moving–monogram it” and that motto can be seen throughout her house and particularly on her monogrammed pillows.
“Southern women have long appreciated how color garners a reaction when walking into a room—and we welcome it,” Dallas-bred fashion designer Lela Rose once said. That Southern love of color is evident throughout Reese’s home.
Gingham started from humble beginnings as a tester fabric in British fashion houses, before making its way to Southern mills during the Depression. Now it’s a staple in Southern closets and interiors.
Whether you’re rooting for your alma mater, prepping for the Super Bowl, or tailgating for the home team Southerners also know how to show their team spirit. Reese continues the tradition by supporting Team USA with red, white, and blue decorations.
Prints with Personality
As anyone who has worn a Lilly Pulitzer dress knows, the best prints can be fun, colorful, and confident. Reese shows them off on her walls.
Southerners know that dogs are part of the family. When it comes to designing a home, it’s best to incorporate design elements that can withstand all the love from our four-legged friends.
As Clairee said in Steel Magnolias, “The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.” Accessorizing a home is just as important as accessorizing an outfit, which Reese clearly understands from her throw pillows to her throws.
A Copy of Southern Living
What can we say? She has great taste in magazines.
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