Katherine is a Southern blogger who loves to explore gracious living, hospitality, home decorating, and traveling in the South

A Southern blog defining gracious living with advice on Southern hospitality, style, & home decorating.  

Let’s design a life we adore with more gumption, charm & grace!

Gracious living and Southern hospitality at its finest with a Wedgewood vase filled with pink peonies.

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Katherine of Pender & Peony sitting on settee sipping tea in blue caftan

A Hostess Caftan for the Holidays

Entertaining at home for the holidays? Throw on a fab caftan for just the right mix of casual chic and comfort! Comfort and style don’t… Read more

Front entry table with white poinsettia floral arrangement in blue and white ginger jar

My Colorful Christmas Home Tour

Step inside my colorful Christmas home tour with the Very Merry Holiday Home Blog Hop and get inspired to make your home festive and bright!… Read more

a bold Christmas tablescape set with a William Morris print, centerpiece of white roses and magnolia, polka dot placemats, and layered pink and green china

Set a Bold Christmas Tablescape in Pink & Green

5 Tricks to create a bold Christmas tablescape in a colorful palette that is whimsical and swoon-worthy! Forget boring ole palettes of red and green!… Read more

Katherine hanging an ornament on colorful Christmas tree

A Chic & Pink White Christmas Tree

Decorate a white Christmas tree with oodles of color, paper snowflakes, chic ornaments, and vintage charm for a bright, festive look sure to make everyone… Read more

Boxes, candy, little toys, ornaments, and twine mingle on this poinsettia paper for the supplies to make these advent calendar present ornaments

DIY Advent Calendar Ornaments

Create this charming DIY advent calendar to celebrate the joy of Christmas and spark quality family time! Plus the mini-boxes double as ornaments! Part of… Read more

Layout of the 10 most useful tools for holiday decorating

My 10 Favorite Tools for Holiday Decorating

Mix complex plaids with deconstructed plaids in your Christmas decor like this placemat with a wide spaced plaid and this more complex plaid tablecloth.

Guide to Mixing Plaid Decor for the Holidays

10 ways to mix and match plaid decor for the ultimate festive look and feel this Christmas! Mad for plaid this holiday season? Me too!… Read more

Close up of my casual fall uniform

My Casual Fall Uniform

A casual fall uniform for those hectic schedules you can throw on and get out the door, while still looking smart and pulled together. When… Read more

Antique white tureen filled with roasted brussel sprouts for a delicious Thanksgiving Side Dish

Thanksgiving Side Dish: Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, & Beets

Roasted Brussel sprouts are a classic for Thanksgiving side dishes, but liven up this traditional recipe with a healthy twist by adding pickled beets and… Read more

Christmas in the South…

Full of charm, tradition, and whimsy, Christmas in the South is truly unique, especially when it comes to our decor. 

But how do you achieve the look?

Let the Southerner’s Guide to Charming Christmas Decor Inspire You!

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Think gumption, charm & grace matter?

Yes, then come sit by me.

I think we just might be kindred spirits!

Blonde woman in white dress and hat gazes at purple dahlia

 

 

I like to think myself a smart woman who has gumption in spades, celebrates charm and color, welcomes adventure, and appreciates everyday beauty!

Did I describe you too?

But if like me, you have a mile long to do list

(ok more than one);

Urgent hands pulling you in a million different directions;

And often feel undermined by flawed expectations;

It can be hard to live up to that charming personality. 

Am I right?

 

What if…

We slow down and choose with more intention.

We cultivate personal growth not perfection.

We act with gratitude in our hearts.

We speak with more civility and lavish kindness.

We celebrate that which is timeless and delightful.

I bet we could design a life we adored & that is what I call gracious living!

Purple dahlia in full bloom

Does such a thought just tickle you pink?

Me too!

Grab a glass of bubbly & let’s talk gracious living!

Start the conversation here with…

The Gracious Disposition

An approach to life – a mindset – based on positivity, gratitude, and civility to cultivate personal growth not perfection, overcome the emotional rollercoaster, and fill your life with joy!