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Naming Your House

Naming your house: white brick house with dogwood trees in bloom

Naming your house is a great way to define identity, add character, and show affection for that place we call home!   There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like home. Home brings to mind a distinctive vision, stirring memories, special smells, and a singular feeling of love.  There’s …

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Details from Swan House

Enamored with the Jazz Age and the New South? Visit Atlanta's Swan House for a taste of 1920's culture, design, and luxury!

Enamored with the Jazz Age and the New South? Visit Atlanta’s Swan House for a taste of 1920’s culture, design, and luxury! Down in Atlanta behind the eye popping electric blue doors of a classical style mansion the swinging lilt of jazz and the faint tinkle of a flapper’s jet beads can be heard amid …

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Tea for Two

Brew a pot of tea and invite your kindred spirit to spend a lovely afternoon nibbling on delicious treats with a spring tea for two! #teafortwo #teaparty

Brew a pot of tea and invite your kindred spirit to spend a lovely afternoon nibbling on delicious treats with a spring tea for two! Is there any problem a good gossip and a cup of tea can’t solve?  Highly unlikely, if you ask me! And yet we don’t indulge in low tea nearly often …

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Holiday Etiquette & Hospitality + My Plaid Christmas Table

The Southern approach to holiday etiquette and hospitality plus a plaid Christmas table idea.

The Southern approach to holiday etiquette and hospitality plus a plaid Christmas table idea perfect for holiday entertaining. Good manners the world over are important even today when it feels like propriety has fallen out of favor and civility is long forgotten. Here in the South, being courteous and well-mannered have a certain sine qua …

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Apple Cider Hot Toddy with Pineapple & Bourbon

This apple cider hot toddy is perfect for those cold, blustery days when you need something to cozy up and warm your insides.  Made with pineapple, bourbon, and moonshine you are sure to get a toasty feeling!

This apple cider hot toddy is perfect for those cold, blustery days when you need something to cozy up and warm your insides.  Made with pineapple, bourbon, and moonshine you are sure to get a toasty feeling! Y’all this is such an easy drink to make. It tastes amazing and will warm you up in …

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A Whimsical-Glam Christmas Table with Hoskins in the Flat

Embrace the unexpected this holiday season with a whimsical-glam Christmas table bedecked with mixed metals, pink and green hues, Arté Italica dinnerware, poinsettia, and fanciful ornaments.

Embrace the unexpected this holiday season with a whimsical-glam Christmas table bedecked with mixed metals, pink and green hues, Arté Italica dinnerware, poinsettia, and fanciful ornaments. Candlelight flickers over a carefully laid table. The air is laden with evergreen and mama’s cooking. A Christmas tree shines merrily in the corner, while presents peak from underneath. …

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Currently Reading…My Southern Journey

Rick Bragg's book My Southern Journey will make you laugh out loud and cry until your eyes are bleary.  Every Southerner should own this incredible work. I recommend reading this with a glass of bourbon on your favorite porch.

Let Rick Bragg take you home with My Southern Journey… This book takes me to places familiar: It takes me to lazy evenings rockin’ on my grandmother’s porch. It takes me on truck rides down back country roads on misty mornings. It takes me to oyster bars in Charleston and a barstool in my favorite …

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Preppy July 4th Outfits

Celebrate the USA this July 4th with some all American sportswear in classic red, white, and blue! Summer is already slipping away from us, and July 4th will be here next week.  I just can’t believe it.  This year we have big plans to go to the anvil shoot at the Museum of Appalachia.  Yes, …

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Styling Your Home with Sentimental Decor

Display your keepsakes, layer your travel mementos, and give family heirlooms pride of place: learn how to style your home with sentimental decor. As Southerners we are undeniably partial to sentimental decor whether it’s childhood keepsakes, travel mementos, or antique heirlooms passed down for generations.  These treasures tell our stories.  They make up the fabric …

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Southernisms: Mama Always Said…

Southern mamas' advice - The best words of wisdom from our Southern mamas - take them to heart!

Southern mamas’ advice – the best words of wisdom from our Southern mamas – take them to heart! As y’all know, Southern mamas are brimming over with important pearls of wisdom, and in honor of Mother’s Day this weekend I’m sharing some of my favorite Southern mamas’ advice from my own family.  After all, “Mama …

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