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(SAVANNAH, GA) – The new season of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty’s The Masterpiece Series” kicks off with an illustrated lecture based on “The Southern Cottage” by Susan Sully, a leading authority on Southern style and the author of six volumes on the subject.

The lecture-luncheon will be at 12 noon on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Chatham Club. To make a reservation, $25 payment must be received by Friday, Sept. 7. Checks should be made out to CDS Lecture Series and sent to Lori Combs, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty, 17 W. Charlton St. Savannah, GA 31401. Proceeds will benefit Savannah Music Festival and Savannah Technical College. To find out more about upcoming lectures, call Lori Combs of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323. The lectures are open to the public and you do not need to be a client of Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty to attend.

“Susan is such a bright, dynamic woman – so knowledgeable about so many subjects and so talented,” Celia Dunn said. “I think it will be a lot of fun to hear about the Southern cottage. She relates well to her audience and she knows how to get everyone interested and involved.”

Sully’s lecture, accompanied by beautiful illustrations from the book, will explore the variety of architectural styles found in Southern country homes, from center hall cottages to chinked log cabins, from Southern vernacular types to shingle style homes.  Houses from the beaches of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina will be contrasted with country retreats in Virginia, North and South Carolina.  Her lecture will demonstrate the many different styles and moods of the interiors of Southern cottages, from the elegant to the rustic, from old-fashioned charm to contemporary verve.  Two cottages from Tybee Island are included, as well cottages from nearby beaches in Florida and Charleston.

“While I was working on this book, I spent a year rambling (and sometimes racing) around the South, tracking down beach and mountain houses that reflect the way Southerners live when they relax: gathering on porches, seeking the solitude of a hammock or garden, and surrounding ourselves with the things we love, whether family antiques or shells just washed up on the sand,” Sully said. “This book is getting a HUGE response – it was featured in Better Homes and Gardens (July), The Chicago Tribune, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. I think that is a fine tribute to how utterly charming and delightful our Southern way of life is!”

Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty created “The Masterpiece Series: The perfect home is a means of self-expression” because every home is a masterpiece. Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty’s Masterpiece Series will feature Savannah’s premier experts sharing their strategies for making homes more beautiful and life more enjoyable. Topics range from wine to Oriental rugs.

Sully’s books include “Charleston Style,” “Savannah Style,” “New Orleans Style,” and her newest publication, “The Southern Cottage:  From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Florida Keys.”  Her writing is also frequently featured in magazines including Southern Accents, Coastal Living, Town & Country Travel, Art and Antiques, and many others.  Sully has lectured at Sotheby’s in New York, The Smithsonian Institute, and historical preservation societies and art museums across the country.  Sully has a degree in art history, with a focus on architecture, from Yale University.  She lives in Asheville, North Carolina and New Orleans, Louisiana with her husband, artist Thomas Sully.

After the lecture, Sully will be available to sign books.  Please bring cash or checks.  She will be offering “The Southern Cottage” at a special price of $35 and “Charleston Style” for $20.

Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty specializes in fine luxury residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region's top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years' combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.

For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900. 

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