A Kentucky native, Dean was born in horse country to a family of hosts and entertainers. After majoring in theatre at The School for the Creative & Performing Arts, Dean relocated to Los Angeles, armed with Southern charm, quick wit, and a keen understanding of etiquette and polished presentation. Her passion for meticulous detail, production, and smartly-styled surroundings helped launch a gallery & production studio, birthed a well-read design blog, and eventually led to an internship with interior icon Kelly Wearstler. Following seven years on the West Coast, Dean moved to Chicago after meeting her now-husband through a surprising turn of coincidences. She always says yes to champagne and thrift stores (even better if the two are combined), drives an old pick-up truck to estate sales, and is happiest when she's on any kind of adventure, big or small.
Midwestern in roots and southern in education, Natalie returned to sweet home Chicago after attending Baylor University. Her well-rounded approach to event production pairs logistical mastery with her instinctive eye for details and design. She brings an energetic spirt to any occasion, with the ability to appreciate each moment while always looking three steps ahead. Outside of South Social & Home, Natalie is the co-founder of Yoga+ Chicago, an event series combining vinyasa yoga classes with educational and interactive workshops. A curious mind, she has a knack for finding local gems during her travels, as well as at home. Natalie's always up to speed on the dining scene and she's our go-to gal when in search of a restaurant recommendation. She enjoys recipe-testing, dabbling in photography, and exploring the city on her orange bicycle.
Like Dean, Jourdan is a Kentucky girl and is the youngest of five kids in a big Southern family. She's most proud of surviving her 20's as a scrappy New York magazine editor, working endless hours by day and pitching her skills at parties and productions by night. Give this girl a cocktail and she'll regale you with stories of working for Oprah, having her wedding splashed in the pages of Country Living, or that time when she wrote a rad travel-crafts book called Fly DIY. Jourdan brings that Southern somethin' to every project, with her quick wit and polished personality, and her secret specialty is dreaming up totally unique party themes. Jourdan adores her husband (a doctor-to-be who brought her to Chicago), their hound-mix Louis, and traveling. In that order.
Born in New Orleans and raised in Oregon, India brings an incredible sense of style and vision to every project. Her ability to multi-task, organize, and keep a level head is unparalleled, and she always knows the best places to go for lunch and cocktails. With a keen understanding of space planning, affinity for well-made goods, and the ability to create a perfect vignette, India has become an invaluable asset to the SS&H team. Like Dean, India has been combing thrift stores and estate sales from a very young age, and has turned her thrifting obsession into a business as the founder of Some Like Us-- a carefully curated source for vintage clothing, accessories, and home wares. A few of India's favorite things, in no particular order: wandering the French Quarter with a pina colada, hosting dinner parties, and her dog, Charlie, who looks exactly like Steve Buscemi.
Jordan hails from the Sunshine State and landed in Chicago after a brief stint in NYC. Her Floridian blood begs to differ with Chicago's frigid temps, but she uses that as an excuse to build her winter coat collection. From a young age, Jordan knew that she wanted to be a designer and, with a stedfast work ethic, received her Bachelors in Interior Design from Florida State University. Creating warm, inviting spaces, mixing the old with the new, and collecting unique pieces over time are exactly what makes this girl tick. It''s rare to catch her without a veracious smile and her unwavering optimism is what helps drive the rest of the team. In between FaceTime sessions with her nephew, Jordan loves chasing her dog, Jackson, gaining inspiration from her favorite design blogs, and working with her hands.
Emily comes to us from Ohio, the heart of it all, where she earned her degree in Retail Merchandising from Ohio University. After graduating, she headed to Chicago and started her career in visual merchandising with Crate & Barrel and CB2. Once she'd perfected the art of room staging and styling, vignettes, and window displays, Emily left to pursue a personal goal of curating her own line of home furnishings, called Maya Mueble. When she's not traveling to Latin America to source new product and artisan partners, Emily can be found planning her next road-trip, swooning over ranunculus bouquets, and fine-tuning her Instagram photography skills.