Flower Magazine

JUL-AUG 2019

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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With a brand-new book and business venture to her name, the acclaimed author and consummate entertainer is spicing things up with a pinch of humor and a dash of style Julia Reed CELEBRATES Photography by PAUL COSTELLO lower: Tell us about your upbringing in the Mississippi Delta and your many homes-away-from-home thereafter. Julia Reed: I grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, a small but surprisingly cosmopolitan town smack in the middle of the Delta. When I was 16, I left to attend boarding school and college in Washington, D.C., then stuck around to work at Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. Then I had a newspaper job in Winter Park, Florida, where I was a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel. Needless to say, the magazine world lured me back, so I took a job at Vogue in New York, where I stayed for 20 years. During that time, I visited New Orleans frequently. It was during one of those trips that I heard myself announce—at about 3 o'clock in the morning—that I was making a temporary move there to cover a scandalous gubernatorial race. It was a good idea, and I did it, but I had absolutely no plans to do it until that moment. By the time the election was over in 1991, I'd been seduced by the city. I never really left New Orleans, although I retained my Upper East Side apartment. I finally sold it in 2005 and officially made New Orleans my home. I hear you now have a second home back in the Delta and that it's quite a place! That's right! Ever since I left the Delta, I fantasized about having my own place there some day. When my parents moved out of my childhood home a few years ago, I begged them to keep the lot behind it so I could build on it. F

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