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 walking up hill for stress relief

Adventures into the Gloaming

Whirling thoughts… Pressure mounting… The spiral of stress… Sometimes life overloads, and I feel like I’m going to bust out of my skin; hammer my… Read more

Southern Living Party Cookbook beside ginger jar vase of dahlias

The Charming Index – September

Charming | ADJ. | The power or quality of giving delight… Your monthly guide to charming things, people, places, reads, eats, and style! No. 1… Read more

A Southern autumn table set with Mason's china, monogrammed napkins, fall florals, and trellis runner

The 5 Essentials of a Southern Autumn Table

Looking to host a quintessentially Southern dinner affair this autumn? Then be sure to set your table with these 5 must-haves of a Southern autumn… Read more

Traditional interior with chic fall mantel decor, gilt mirror, and green gingham curtains

Chic Fall Mantel with Majolica, Topiaries, & Magnolia

For a tradition look with a twist decorate a chic fall mantel with Majolica, magnolia, tortoise shell, antlers, and topiaries!  Traditional with a twist you… Read more

Decorate coffee table for autumn with a fall dish garden

3 Ways to Use a Fall Dish Garden

How to create an easy fall dish garden filled with autumnal color and three inspirational ways to use it! I know you may be thinking…dish… Read more

Affordable Chinoiserie decor on gold bar cart with fanciful landscape in background

Get the Chinoiserie Look for Less

Love the Chinoiserie chic look? Not so enthusiastic about the price tag? Create the Chinoiserie look for less with these shopping sources for Chinoiserie decor… Read more

Open Apple computer with Henry the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and my Labor Day sales picks

My Labor Day Sales Picks

My labor day sales picks – all the best online deals you need to know about! Hey y’all! I hope you are having a fabulous… Read more

Blue and white ginger jar floral arrangement with dahlias and fern on antique sideboard with books

How to Get the Perfect Ginger Jar Floral Arrangement

An easy 5 step tutorial to create the perfect ginger jar floral arrangement with expert tricks to make it stunning and lush! Ok ladies, I… Read more

Sycamore Hill Blueberries

The Charming Index – July

Hello lovely peonies! I know it has been far too quiet hear on P&P, and I do apologize for totally disappearing for almost two months.… Read more

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!