New Online Obsession: Garden & Gun Magazine



The Deep South of America is my dream destination and the top of my wish list. I guess a lot of our dreams come about from intangible ephemera like favourite movies we watch over and over again, well-thumbed books and pored over imagery. I know my fascination with The South started in my teens and with the discovery of the spine-tingling novels of Gothic writer Anne Rice which described New Orlean’s haunting historic districts in luscious detail.




Since then I have greedily drunk up any literature, films and articles about the atmospheric South – from comforting Rom-Coms set in Alabama, to darkly funny TV shows like True Blood to deliciously deep-fried food programmes and enthralling supernatural books. Adding weight to my curiosity is that of recent, The South has also become a huge draw for emerging designers and home ware brands with favourites like Anthropologie mining the South for unusual and evocative designs.

Sealing the fate of my love affair with The South is my new online obsession – the amusingly titled Garden and Gun. A beautifully designed and styled magazine [available online and in print] the magazine celebrates the rich culture, food, music, and art of the Deep South. Traditional Southern recipes with a twist like Krispy Kreme Brulee and jewel coloured Rose Gimlets sit alongside evocative tales of local syrup farmers in Texas, reviews of off the beaten track Cajun family-run eateries and too cool for school indie rockers of the South all mixed up with poignant narratives of The South’s history. Enough to sate my daily dose of Southern Comfort… for now.






Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

4 Comments on New Online Obsession: Garden & Gun Magazine

  1. Anna
    Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 19:21 at 7:21 pm (6 years ago)

    Very cool looking magazine, kind of like a deep south version of ‘Fieldsports Magazine’ which my boyfriend reads. I make fun of him then read it when he’s out! Cool post, thanks Rohini

  2. Nat - Tea, cake and make
    Thursday, August 30th, 2012 11:11 at 11:11 am (6 years ago)

    Oh wow, that magazine sounds awesome! I’d love to visit the deep south too, it looks and sounds amazing.

  3. Eugenia
    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 20:44 at 8:44 pm (6 years ago)

    Enjoying your blog….and was impressed by your love of ‘The South’. Was born, raised and I live here in the South. I love it too! One of my favorite books (and now a movie) is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Many of the characters are eccentric but very believable! I was born halfway between Charleston and Savannah, and I love visiting New Orleans.

  4. Rohini
    Thursday, September 20th, 2012 11:59 at 11:59 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks Eugenia – means a lot! I cannot wait to visit one day…

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