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Mama Of Two, Gray Benko, Invites Us Into Her Happy Southern Home

Written by James Kicinski-McCoy

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Photographed by Clay Austin

When one envisions their version of “The South”, there’s a good chance the image contains a mix of year-round warm weather, evening baseball games, freshly baked apple pie, and a kind demeanor that’s unlike anywhere else in the States. Lucky for us, we’re getting a firsthand account of what life looks like in a southern city that seems to have it all. Our resident tour guide is none other than Gray Benko, a Charleston, South Carolina-dwelling photographer and mother of two (daughter Farris, 8, and son Charlie, 5).

While dressed head-to-toe in Old Navy‘s latest and greatest for Spring (think new brights, stripes, and graphic tees!), the adorable red-headed trio allowed us to tag along as they spent the day hitting up some of their favorite local hangs. The icing on the cake? We received the grand tour of the family’s colorful 1890s home that both Gray and her husband Michael have thoughtfully restored and curated themselves.

So, pull up a chair, grab your morning cup, and get to clicking through our oh-so inspiring and smile-inducing gallery, where Benko fills us in on her deeply planted Southern roots, raising kids in today’s modern age, and all things real-life motherhood.

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