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 …

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Meet Susan Gravely of VIETRI

Phyllis Décor, People 10 Comments

I had the pleasure of spending time with Susan Gravely of VIETRI at one of our Southern Lady Celebration’s weekends years ago. She is a delightful lady and captured the hearts of everyone there. I loved the story of how their business, VIETRI, was birthed and how it continues to grow. You will find stunning VIETRI pieces all throughout the …

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The History of Bride’s Baskets with Lidy Baars, Antiques Dealer and Curator

Phyllis Lifestyle, People 29 Comments

Hi, Lidy Baars from FrenchGardenHouse here. Nothing makes me happier than to set my dining table or tea table with a beautiful, gleaming silver Bride’s Basket. Inspired by my love for shiny, elegant things, I bought my first Victorian “bride’s basket” long before I became an antiques dealer. I was 16. When other girls my age saved up for a …

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Simple Tulip Tips from Dorothy McDaniel

Phyllis People, Video 11 Comments

I was lucky to meet Dorothy McDaniel years ago. She has been a featured floral designer in Southern Lady magazine and was a big hit at Southern Lady Celebration. She owns one of the most successful floral shops in the Birmingham area, Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market, and loves teaching people her tips and techniques for working with flowers. Anyone who …