Enduring Southern Homes – A Beautiful Book & Giveaway

Hello Dear Readers!

Happy First Day of Spring!!!

To welcome in the First Day of Spring this year,

I thought I would do something special for my readers.

You know how much I love beautiful interior design books. . . . and yes,

I often give away a copy of my favorites to one lucky reader.

Well, today, I am giving away a most beautiful book by an incredibly talented designer,

Eric Ross. His designs are like classic songs . . .

songs that are sung for generations and generations, standing the test of time.

So sit back and enjoy the stunning photos (Photography by Even Krehbiel)

and you will be mesmerized by the a sampling of Eric Ross’ gorgeous homes

that he has designed for his clients.


(Details of the giveaway are below)


The Breakfast area at Boxwood Hill


I chose the first image of this post, which is Eric and Ruthann Ross’ Breakfast Room,

as my first/feature image, as it showcases the stunning linen press.

This linen press is a special piece that the designer, Eric Ross and his wife Ruthann purchased

at their first auction together.

They initially used it as a changing table/station for their daughter.

And need I say more about the adorable fur baby?!!

Below is more of the breakfast area and a glimpse into their beautiful kitchen.

They call their home, Boxwood Hill.



When I read “The Beginning” at the beginning of the book,

memories of me and my hubby during our dating time and early marriage years, and even now,

came rushing back. We so love looking at beautifully appointed homes and back then

it was “free entertainment” for a young married couple who from time to time,

drove around in the car at night, when our son had trouble sleeping!

As we looked at gorgeous homes, he was slowly falling asleep. A win-win.

Eric talks about how he as a young boy would love to ride his

bicycle through beautiful neighborhoods looking and pretty much studying

and admiring the wonderful stately homes.

My hubby studied architecture in college (not an architect) and he loves, as do I,

looking at beautifully appointed homes with great architectural details.

Maybe this is why we have changed our “right-sized” home plans many times.

Tweaking and more tweaking and even changed something just a couple of weeks ago.



Above and below are photos of Boxwood Hill’s Den. Be still my heart.



How would you like a most beautiful office like Eric’s wife, Ruthann?



Love the beautiful dramatic look of the french doors painted that lovely green,

as you enter Ruthann’s office.

This stunning Great Room (below) has beautiful upholstered walls, just one of the

many incredible textures throughout this room.



The book is divided into chapters of 12 homes (including his) in which Eric Ross has

designed the interiors….The photo above is in the Chapter called

The Suburban Chic Home …. and that it is!

Another beautiful room of both neutral and warm colors

in the Chapter, “Colonial Encore”



A most dreamy bedroom and bath.




This book is filled with the most outstanding interiors of beautiful, refined, charming,

timeless interiors, yet has that “come in and sit a spell and have a glass of sweet tea!” feel.

Homes from the newly built to the estates, to the condo. 

I was inspired by one of the photographs in the book that made me re-arrange

the catch all/sunroom in the rental, The Berry Patch House, just the other day.

I saw this, while reading this book from cover to cover and thought . . .

hmmm . . . time to re-arrange the catch all/sunroom room!



So I did! The image in the upper right hand corner of the above page was my inspiration.



Enduring Southern Homes now has a place on the chinoiserie table for easy access.



The beautiful photographs here today are just a very small peek into the approximate 200 pages

of exquisite photographs from a collection of 12 homes, including Eric Ross’ gorgeous

Boxwood Hill. Eric is from Kentucky and resides in the Nashville, Tennessee area,

in a hub of southern charm.

And now to the Giveaway.

I am giving away a copy of Enduring Southern Homes to one lucky reader.

All you have to do is:

1. Leave a comment letting me know that you would like a chance to win a copy of this book.

2. For an additional chance to win, follow me on Instagram. Let me know in the comment that you follow.


The Giveaway starts today, March 20, 2019 and ends at Midnight EST, March 31st, 2019.

The Giveaway is restricted to residents of the Continental United States only.

If you would like to order your own autographed copy, you can order one HERE.

Copies of this book are also available at book stores and Amazon.

Have a most beautiful day …. and Good Luck!!!


Note: The review of this book is joyously and happily my own.

Because I love this book so much, I am personally giving away a copy to one lucky reader.


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  1. Barbie Bertke says

    I would love a chance to win this book. You are so generous to give someone this beautiful book. Sadly I am one of those very few that is not on instagram. Thanks anyways Shirley.

  2. This appears from your preview to be one of the loveliest books on southern decorating that I have seen in a long time. If I don’t win I am going to have to buy it (already on my Amazon wish list) as I am currently redoing my kitchen and need all the help I can get. Thanks for sharing it with us today.

  3. Beautiful rooms in this book! Boxwood Hill’s den is so inviting. I think I will try wicker chairs around my breakfast table for spring and summer. Thank you for sharing and giving away a copy to a lucky reader…hopefully, me!

    • Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy if the book. Beautiful pictures!

    • Would just love to win this book! Like Eric, I would drive around looking at architecture/homes. I grew up in a small northwest town, where there were few brick homes. When I lived in Charlotte for a year, I was in heaven with all the brick and stately homes!!! This book reminded me of that time and how the southern style is so elegantly comfortable. Thank you for the wonderful post.

  4. Kellee Kennett says

    Your blog is filled with so much inspiration. I would love to win Eduring Southern Homes as I would enjoy the inspiration for my old Southern Georgia home! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says

    What a lovely book! I would like a chance to win please.

  6. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says

    p.s. I do follow you on Instagram!

  7. I would love a copy of this book. I love looking at beautifully decorated homes. And he is from Kentucky and lives around Nashville! Our home territories!
    I also follow you on Instagram. Thanks for all the inspiration you post on both sites.

  8. Marlyn Yoder says

    I know I would love this book! What a nice thing to do…a give away! Also, just for the record, I love your work as well! Always classic and so beautiful!!!

  9. Love your homes as well as looking for ideas in these beautiful books.

  10. I always look forward to reading your blog ! I like your design taste in flowers and furnishings. As a fellow empty nester, my husband and I are trying to navigate many of the choices that you are also encountering as we try to imagine this next stage of life. It is nice to follow along on your adventures, would love to win the book !

  11. Oh yes…I would love to win a copy of this book. Looks like there is plenty of inspiration no matter what part of the country you are from. Thanks for the generous giveaway! 😉

  12. I would like a chance to win! Beautiful book!

  13. Hey, Shirley! Would love to win this book so sign me up! Would also love to get together to take you to some of my favorite shops in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area. Let me know if you are up for it. Best regards, Deborah

  14. I can see curling up with this book on a rainy spring day.

  15. oh my goodness… what a beautiful book that would look perfect on my coffee table !! 🙂 .. and yes I do follow you on IG ….

  16. I would love to win this charming book! Wonderful inspiration for decorating. Thank you.

  17. I would live to win the book and thank you for sharing

  18. Rebecca Turner says

    A beautiful book! I love timeless design, and like you, I enjoy looking at decorating books over and over again for entertainment and ideas. My husband’s aunt first inspired my interest in design when she brought me a few decorating magazines after I’d had surgery, years ago. I’m sure I would enjoy a copy of this, Shirley!

  19. Marty melton says

    I have a saved spot just waiting for this gorgeous book!! Whoever wins it is a lucky person, indeed! Thank you for sharing these beautiful and informative times!

  20. This book is exquisite. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    I already follow you on Instagram.?

  21. Would love to win….love your blog.

  22. Thank you for this opportunity. I would love to be included.

  23. Janie landis says

    Shirley, I would love to win a copy of the book. I follow you on Instagram and love your posts and find them quite inspiring! Thank you so much.

  24. Ohhhh wow! A beautiful book featuring some stunning, yet warm and inviting homes! I woul love to have this book ?

  25. Good Morning Shirley,
    I would love to win a copy of Eric Ross’ beautiful book and it would pair so well next to another favorite book of my Modern Mix by Eddie Ross. I wonder if they are related…ha! I do follow you on instragram and was excited to see the pic of your ground breaking on the new house. Happy First Day of Spring!

  26. Susan McMillan says

    Thank you for offering this wonderful book! I will go right to Instagram to follow you!

  27. I have always loved Southern decorating, going back to Southern Living and even Paula Deen had a book featuring beautiful Southern homes. I would love a chance to win this beautiful book.

  28. Sharon Colburn says

    Lovely book. I would enjoy having a copy. I will subscribe to Instagram

  29. Oh my goodness, the photos are beautiful. I would love a copy of this beautiful design book.
    I follow you on Instagram but really love following your blog and seeing how you make your house a home. I can’t wait to see your new home.

  30. The photos are just exquisite! I would love to win this book.

  31. Such beautiful and inspiring pictures. I love that he does “down to earth” traditional decorating. I would love to win a copy of Eric’s book. He decorates like you do!

  32. Tonita hickey says

    Oh how I need this book! So dreamy! ❤️

  33. I am also a fan of home decor books. This one like amazing. Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Belinda medlin says

    I follow him and love his work. He has talked about his book and I would love to have a copy. I am now following you on instagram! Happy first day of Spring!

  35. Shirley, as you know, I LOVE this book! It’s filled with page after page of inspiration, Eric is a genius in design. Every room he designs is perfectly wonderful. xo Lidy

  36. Susan nicholson says

    Shirley, the pictures you have shared from Eric’s book are gorgeous and so welcoming in style. I would love to own this book, thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  37. I have SO enjoyed seeing your blog today—as always!! I will be 80 years old in November and would LOVE this book for that birthday. Maybe my wish will come true.
    Have a wonderful day.

  38. Thank you for the opportunity to win this incredible book. I loved the story of when you and your husband loved looking at stately homes and neighborhoods. My husband and I love to do that as well. Following your blog has given me so many wonderful ideas to try. This book would be a beautiful asset to my home. Thank you for your generous chance to win.

  39. Susan Malizia says

    Enjoy your blog and Am following you on IG…would love to browse throw this inspiring book! =)

  40. nancy Brantley says

    I would love to win this book! Decorating has been my passion before marriage. I bought furniture before marriage for our new house. AND…I have always rode thru neighborhoods looking at homes and their landscape! I get joked about miles on vehicles are from riding looking at homes and gardens. Yes, that’s my passion! Along with looking at books and magazines.

  41. Carol smith says

    Hi Shirley, I love Eric Ross’s designs. I have been collecting his books lately and would love a chance to win this one. I enjoyed your blog today. Have a happy first day of spring. ~carol

  42. Follow everything Eric does!! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  43. What a beautiful book. Shirley your whole house could be in this book. I see so much of your style. Thanks for a chance at winning this beautiful book.

  44. Shirley, I love Eric’s book that arrived last week. His classic style is perfect and will always be timeless. Good luck to all of your readers!

  45. thank you for the opportunity to win this book Shirley. His style is amazing.

  46. I would love to have a copy of this book. I especially like Boxwood Hill’s den. I’m following you on Instagram! Thanks!

  47. I would love to win a copy of this book. (I trust your taste when it comes to design and design books!) And, yes, I already follow you on Instagram.

  48. Thank you, Shirley. I am unfamiliar with Eric Ross..what a wonderful designer. I would love to have this book. So glad you introduced me to his work.

  49. Oh yes, I would truly love to win a copy of this wonderful looking book! Thank you for so many lovely decorating ideas. Love all your decor expertise!

  50. Glorious, is the only word that fits!
    My color being green, our bedroom doors are cut and frosted glass. Why haven’t I thought of
    Such an easy, beautiful, classic look? This book will be popular for years and years to come. I would love to
    To be included in your drawing (don’t do Instagram ..yet!)
    Thank you so much for sharing and good luck to all of us!

  51. Karen Aamodt says

    Hi! I would love to be the One Lucky Winner and receive this book, but it is so beautiful I think I would buy it even if I don’t win a copy of it. We moved from Southern California to Northern Kentucky 20 years ago and we’ve worked hard to stay true to the spirit of our 1926 Dutch Colonial while staying true to our desire to have a comfortable home and not just a house which dictates to us. If we could only re-do the kitchen I would be so happy.

    This book will look beautiful on the sitting room coffee table, with all my notes in the margins. We’ve all heard to not have accent walls but in the bedroom photo you’ve shared we see how to do it the right way: not a loud accent wall, but instead something soft and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

    Karen in NoKY

  52. Linda Beth says

    I would be thrilled to win this lovely book. Very inspiring photos!

  53. sue Kueffer says

    Thank you, Shirley, for the opportunity to possibly win a copy of this inspirational design book. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed. I have followed you for some time now on Instagram and enjoy your feed as much as your blog.

  54. Oh. My. Word. Eric’s book is so beautiful!! I am in love with so many of his rooms, for example the breakfast room with the wicker and the checkered wallpaper! I am finding inspiration already for the home we will build next year at the lake, and I bet you are finding tons for your new house too Shirley! Enter me to win pretty please!!

  55. Barbara Januscheitis says

    I would be so happy if I won a copy of this book. I already follow you AND Eric on Instagram. Thanks for sharing your pictures and offering this book as a give away.

  56. Eleanor fodrey says

    Oh I would love to win a copy of that book. The glimpse of photos above make you long to see all the other pages of delightful rooms. I follow you on Instagram as well. Thank you for doing this for your readers.

  57. Mary Lou house says

    Sunshine do pretty today! All I need is that wonderful book to read on my patio!

  58. Oh my goodness, I love this home, and one of the reasons it speaks to me is the symmetry of the decor. That just seems To give out a peaceful feeling. Also love traditional decor! And love Housepitality and can’t wait to see your forever home finished! Following you on Instagram, too!

  59. Thanks for the giveaway! What a great gift to win. I signed up to follow you on Instagram.

  60. What a beautiful book, I would love to add it to my design library!

  61. I would love to win this beautiful book! Thank you for the opportunity!

  62. Terri SantaColoma says

    I would love the book Shirley. I follow you on instagram.

  63. I can see why you would love this book and how it could influence your thinking. You don’t need any help when it comes to decorating, but you never know from where a new idea will come.

  64. Oh, what a beautiful book!!! I would love to win this.

  65. Thank you for the chance to enter this wonderful giveaway. I also follow you on Instagram. Stunning photo of the authors kitchen

    Linda m

  66. Jeanne Bell says

    I would love to enter your giveaway and thank you for the chance.

  67. Vicki Crowe says

    I have followed you on instagram for a while and would absolutely love to win a copy of Eric’s book! Thank you for the chance!

  68. Sherry Myers says

    I would love a chance to win this beautiful book! You did a great job interpreting the book with your sunroom arrangement. You inspire me all the time on your blog. I pop over to your Instagram account quite frequently. Thank you for being an inspiration to me!

  69. Karol Iberg says

    I would love to win the book. We have lived in the south for years now. I am already following you on Instagram. I don’t want to miss a thing.

  70. Marie rhudy says

    So sweet of you to share this lovely book. I would definitely love the chance to win a copy. Thanks!

  71. Just recently became acquitted with Eric Ross and would love his book.

  72. Shelia P. says

    Hi Shirley! What a great book! I’m obsessed with design books. I devour them page by glorious page, lol! Thanks for the give away. Good luck to everyone, including me, haha! ?. Have a great day!

  73. I would love to win this book. I thought I was following you on IG but I wasn’t. Now I am!

  74. Thank you for having these giveaways! What a lovely book to have! When we moved from Pa to Florida I gave away most of my decorating books. I would love to collect a few now,especially the ones that reflect my new location in the south. This book would certainly be a perfec fit, and would love it!

  75. Becky in 'Bama says

    What a delectable book to win! Photos that will leave me looking and learning – for hours. Thanks for the opportunity and thanks for your charming blog.

  76. Mary L Stevens says

    Be still my heart I love this book!!! The kitchen and breakfast area WOW!! Could sit for hours going through it. Would love to win! I do follow you on Instagram and thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book!

  77. Cherie Martin says

    I would love to win this beautiful book! I love Southern style of decorating even though I am a Northerner. I am an admirer of architecture and design who as a child chose my bike routes to the community pool so I could ride past my favorite houses! Thank you for this opportunity to win this lovely inspiration!

  78. The book looks wonderful! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win, Your home always inspires me.

  79. OMGoodness, I would LOOOOVE to win a copy of this book! It looks fabulous! Thanks for the chance, what a nice give away! I wish I had the budget to do some of these things!!! Beautiful pictures. Yes, I follow you on Instagram!! Is that supposed to be a separate comment??? LOL

  80. Audra Taliaferro says

    I would love a copy of this book and all the inspiration it has!!!! I also followed you on Instagram!

  81. I would love to win the book Enduring Southern Homes. After reading your wonderful article I will definitely be following designer Eric Ross.

  82. I am in love with the pictures so I know I would love the book. Thank you for this opportunity!

  83. carolyn clifton says

    What a beautiful book. Thank you for the chance to win.

  84. Ooooo!! I love this book! Thank you so much for the chance to win! And, I follow you on Instagram!

  85. Beautiful book as well as your blog.

  86. trina evans says

    Absolutely beautiful pictures of the rooms! Would love to win a copy of the lovely book. And, as always you make your home look just gorgeous.

  87. Joanie Burgess says

    I would surely love a chance to win copy of this beautiful book….P.S. I love everything you post. I am a “blue and white” person too….love the blue and white in your kitchen!!!

  88. Glenda Rogers says

    A beautiful book! Would love to spend time looking, planning, wishing
    With these lovely pictures. Thank you!

  89. I would love to win this beautiful book. I’m in the process of moving to N.C. soon. I’ve been following you for a few years now. Can’t wait to visit all the places you mention. Thank you so much.

  90. The book looks like it has great content and pictures! Could use some of the ideas in my own home.

  91. We moved into our forever home last fall and I am for the first time, enjoying the slow and deliberate process to decorate and make it ours. This book will be a great addition to my soon to be built coffee table.

  92. Thank you for the chance to have this wonderful book! I always enjoy your posts and find lots of inspiration from your decorating.

  93. Thank you for this opportunity! I would love to own this beautiful book. Your intermediate home looks very nice! Good luck on the new build.

  94. Bonnie Gutierrez says

    First of all, I love that pink sofa. Now Enduring Southern Homes certainly looks like a book I could spend an afternoon
    (or two) pouring over!

  95. Bonnie Gutierrez says

    Forgot to say I am following you on Instagram.

  96. Carol (Lewis) Griffin says

    Love these rooms! And, as always, thank you for giving us a chance to win a beautiful book! Would love this one to go along with a recent one from you!!! xoxoxo

  97. Linda Carr says

    I would love to have a copy of this book! Thank you for arranging the Giveaway! I love your rooms – always look forward to seeing your blog pop up in my email! Such good ideas.

  98. Susan Smith says

    I think my post ended up in the wrong space. Sorry! I was trying to enter the drawing for the beautiful book. Thanks!

  99. Looks like a lovely book. I’d be happy to win your giveaway. Thank you.

  100. This would be a wonderful book to have in my library.
    So glad you posted that you are keeping the large boulders in your future yard.
    I’m really into rock gardens and can’t wait to see what you do out there.

  101. Hi Shirley, I would really like to win a copy of this book. I already follow you on Instagram.

  102. This book looks amazing! Would love to be the lucky winner!

  103. The book looks inspirational! I would love to add it to my decorating library!

  104. Becky Buice says

    I would love to have a copy of the book. I sold most of my shelter books when we built the townhouse and I am missing them! I have followed on Instagram for quite a while. 🙂
    Enjoy the building process!!

  105. What a beautiful book, would love to win it. Margaret

  106. Alycia Nichols says

    Eric and I could’ve been best friends as kids!!!! I used to do the same thing: ride my bike or walk through neighborhoods to enjoy and capture ideas! I STILL do it!!! What a gorgeous book! I’m going to order one!!!

  107. Awesome !!

  108. hi,
    great post!
    Really awesome information about interior design books. please keep shearing.

    Thank you.

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