Spring in New Orleans Plantation Country

Spring in New Orleans Plantation Country

Phyllis Lifestyle 8 Comments

Spring in the south is just so beautiful, bedecked with a rainbow of blooms and a light breeze. It’s the perfect time of year, in my opinion, to stroll the estates and gardens of the New Orleans Plantation Country. Along the winding River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, this unforgettable sight offers a unique look into the past. …

Picking out Paint with Sister

Picking out Paint with Sister

Phyllis Lifestyle 34 Comments

The saga continues. Last week, I needed to select paint colors for the house. This is like going to a candy store and trying to decide which color jelly beans to buy—they’re all so tempting! So I went to the paint store, bought the “fan of paint,” and took it back to my new home with Sister. I spread it …

Gracious Living in the New Year

Gracious Living in the New Year

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This post is part of the Southern Lady Magazine’s “Gracious Living in the New Year” web series.  When we were designing our new home for the remodel, Neal and I planned one large room to serve as the living room, dining room and piano room with the kitchen opening right into the family room. It’s one room for all. I …

French Style with Vintage Finds

New French Style with Vintage Finds Book Giveaway!

Phyllis Giveaway 50 Comments

I love collecting books, and if you could see my collection, you would think I am nuts. I just love surrounding myself with beautiful books that inspire me. I had the opportunity to go to Paris several years ago. I fell in love with the French style and their way of decorating and collecting. As I wandered the streets looking …

Living with My Sister … Again!

Living with My Sister … Again!

Phyllis Lifestyle 24 Comments

In one of my last blogs, I told you the story of our packing and getting things ready for storage. Thank you for the many comments regarding your experiences with packing! But what I didn’t tell you is that our house is not ready, and Neal and I moved in with my sister, Janice, and her husband. When she offered …

A Heavenly Blue And White Home - Southern Style Spring 2017

A Heavenly Blue And White Home

Phyllis Décor 23 Comments

Blue and white runs in my veins! I love anything blue and white. I wanted to share with you a story that was published in the Spring 2017 Southern Style. It makes me smile just looking at the photos of this blue and white home. I share my love of blue and white with the owner and designer of this …

Exclusive Tea Towel Giveaway

Exclusive Tea Towel Giveaway

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I’m giving away one of TeaTime magazine’s new tea towels! Their online boutique has grown to now include whimsical shirts and precious tea towels. One lucky reader will win a beautiful tea towel featuring the There’s Always Time for Tea design. This design is one of Diana Hansen of White Flowers’ exclusive designs for Tea Time Magazine. The towel is printed on …

Lets get organized! - The Ribbon In My Journal

Let’s Get Organized!

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January is the month to get organized, as well as to simplify our minds and lives. For me, this means I start cleaning out my kitchen. After the holidays I find extra tools, pans, and books cluttering my cooking space. Those over sized pans are essential when serving the family come Christmas dinner, but during the rest of the year …

Hoffman Media Blowout Sale 2017

The Blowout Sale Of The Season

Phyllis Lifestyle 3 Comments

Join our biggest Blowout Sale yet! It’s first come, first serve, so don’t wait. With discounted prices on all books, back issues and special issues you can stock up on delicious southern recipes, beautiful decorating inspirations, and stories from the women who’ve been there. I love to escape the winter chill with a warm cup of tea and a stack of …

Moving after 25 years - The Ribbon In My Journal

What Moving Has Taught Me

Phyllis Lifestyle 54 Comments

As I write this, I am taking a break from packing. Neal and I are moving in March to a home that is under renovation. Our house we are in has sold and we are very grateful for that. As I sift through 20 plus years of stuff, I have come to realize several things: Things that I knew I …