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Southern Chateau is a blog written by Carol Raley of Carol Raley Interiors. An outgrowth of her.. love of French-inspired interiors coupled with a Southern sensibility. A mixture of fine and.. humble, high and low, simple and ornate.

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  • Exciting Things in the Works!
    on Jun 14, 2015
    Of course you know that my passion is the thrill of the hunt. Whether it be antiques, vintage items, or all the wonderful to-the-trade items that I am able to procure, it's all wonderful!Please stay tuned for an exciting announcement here soon. Our t...
  • Be Happy Being You
    on Jun 7, 2015 in Philosophy
  • Set Your New Year Intention
    on Jan 4, 2015
    It's a brand new year. Although I'm not a big resolution maker, I do believe that a fresh new calendar laid out before us can have a liberating and inspiring effect. This year feels good to me. I feel hopeful and optimistic. I feel creativity fl...
  • It's the Most Crazy Time of the Year
    on Dec 15, 2014
    This time of year is over the top for a designer. We want to get our clients' projects and homes ready for their guests and get togethers. In my own case, I even do holiday decorating for a few select clients. We love being able to weave our design a...
  • Crush du Jour
    on Nov 20, 2014
    Just wanted to share this scheme coming together at the studio today. Chinoiserie, animal print, luscious trims, all come together in a fabulous tone-on-tone combo. Then I would add in this great charcoal grasscloth for the walls for drop dead drama.
  • My Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe
    on Jan 16, 2014
    I thought I would quickly share my recipe for Creamy Tomato Soup.  It is SO GOOD on a cold winter day!Ingredients:5 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth1 26.46 oz. box Pomi strained tomatoes2 tblsp tomato paste1 tblsp butter1/3 cup heavy creams...
  • In the Shop
    on Jul 12, 2013
    These beautiful needlepoint pillows are available!   They have gorgeous shades of coral, green, saffron, French blue. Needlepoint fronts, velvet backs. 16x20.  $180 each.   Have a fabulous weekend!!
  • In the Shop
    on Jun 19, 2013
    Original oil painting for sale. 34Wx46HBeautiful landscape painting. I love the colors used. $800 plus shipping. E-mail for more info.
  • Happy Weekend!
    on Jun 7, 2013
  • The Salsa Recipe You've Been Waiting For!
    on Jun 7, 2013
      If you want to win friends and influence people, then you absolutely must make this salsa for your next party or get-together.  You will be a legend. Ingredient List:1 15oz. can whole tomatoes1 can original Ro-Tel1 chipotle pepp...
  • My Life as an Old-School DecoratorI am a decorator.  I didn't pick this job.  It picked me. It has been a twenty year journey, one that has been circuitous, not the upward, linear trajectory that we all like to think happens.I, like most people, am on all the social me...
  • Fabulous Finds Sale!If you share my love of fabulous, gorgeous designer and vintage pieces, today is your Lucky Day!!I have for sale today two very wonderful vintage side tables/nightstands from Eloquence.  They are so beautiful and feminine.  They were used i...
  • Carol's Spicy Chipotle Chicken Chili
    on Mar 7, 2013
       I realize this is not a food blog, but I have had several requests for my recipe for my chicken chili so I decided to put it here so that it would reach more people who might enjoy it.Ingredient List:3 cooked chicken breasts, c...
  • Never Chase After AnyoneThis is good advice.  In all aspects of life.  Including online.  Do you chase after people online that never give you the time of day in return?  Never read your tweets, posts, updates when you constantly high-five them?Then stop...
  • New Year and Time For a Life-Cleanse
    on Jan 2, 2013 in detox self-care cleanse New Year
    January 2 is for me like it is most people, I think.  After the holiday festivities, real life appears.  The New Year spread before us feels fresh and new.  This morning I was thinking about the usual first-of-the-year diet I...
  • Resolutions and Reflections
    on Jan 1, 2013
    2012 was not my best year.  An accumulation of things made it challenging, the biggest being my Dad being very ill and then us losing him.  Makes looking down the barrel of a New Year a bit different for me this year.  On the one hand...
  • In the shop.....
    on Oct 8, 2012
    Check out this great nailhead chair and French pillow we have on display. 2 chairs in stock.
  • My New Difficult Client... Me!
    on Oct 3, 2012
    There has been an unspoken problem around here for a while.  A sort of white elephant in the middle of the proverbial room. This place needs my attention.  You've heard the saying that the shoemakers children have no shoes.  Well, that...
  • Our Homes, Our Legacies
    on Sep 24, 2012
    My Dad passed away a few weeks ago.  Since then my Mother has been facing the fact that in the near future she will probably be selling their home and moving somewhere smaller.  In the process, she has told me to "take what you would like t...
  • Friday Fabric Pick!
    on Sep 21, 2012
    Just had to share this gorgeous fabric I just got in.   Love!!!