Fourth of July table setting

Simple and Stylish Décor Ideas for the Fourth of July

Phyllis Inspiration 9 Comments

Fireworks bursting, American flags flying, good old-fashioned cookouts—there is so much to love about the Fourth of July. When it comes to decorating for the holiday, I love to draw on my love for blue and white and use bright red blooms and accents as celebratory complements. Over the years, we’ve had a variety of opportunities to experiment with red, …

Friends and Family Special Sale

Friends and Family Special Sale

Phyllis Blog Spotlight 5 Comments

Classic Southern recipes, gorgeous entertaining ideas, unforgettable travel destinations—I love to escape from the summer heat and go through the pages of one of our magazines. It brings me a special kind of joy to realize that our readers also love our titles. A Southern Lady reader recently shared on Facebook how much fun she had making a recipe from …

Magnolia Hall Lamp Giveaway

Downton Abbey Lamp Giveaway from Magnolia Hall

Phyllis Décor, Giveaway 131 Comments

You know how I love classics of all kinds. I am drawn to what has long been valued and loved, and furniture is no exception. Amidst all the trends that come and go stands the romantic, timeless furniture sold at Magnolia Hall. It is reminiscent of the past but looks just as beautiful in your home today. The company opened …

Father's Day

Father’s Day Thoughts

Phyllis People 29 Comments

My dad is 86 years old and still going strong. He is quite the character and delights in any lighthearted moment. He is a retired executive and can now spend time doing what he really loves: gardening! He and mom have wonderful flower gardens and vegetable gardens. My grandchildren love being in their gardens with him almost as much as …

Southern Style Book

Homes that Define Southern Style

Phyllis Décor, Inspiration 7 Comments

Guest post by Ande Fanning, editor of Southern Lady. In the South, the spirit of hospitality flows from the front porch to the backyard patio. Our homes are more than dwelling places; they are personal retreats where memories are made. Throughout the halls and walls, we cultivate collections that reflect our personal styles and preferences, and in turn, these fabrics …

Acre Restaurant's Fried Green Tomatoes

It’s Fried Green Tomato Time

Phyllis Lifestyle 20 Comments

I got a message just this week from my friend David Bancroft at Acre Restaurant in Auburn, Alabama. Included in that message was a photo of the most beautiful green tomatoes hanging on the vines right outside his restaurant. He knew I would go nuts, as his recipe for fried green tomatoes is one of my all-time favorite dishes. In …

European Homes & Style

European Homes and Style

Phyllis Inspiration, Lifestyle 19 Comments

We Americans are totally enamored with European homes, fashion, cars, and royalty. I have been to Europe a couple of times, and the one thing that impresses me more than anything is that Europeans do not tear down buildings and homes. Instead, they are remodeled, updated, and can live on. It is nothing for a building to be 600 years …