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Love on the Table by Beth Albright

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Written by Beth Albright As a Southerner, I’ve always known that food and love are one and the same. My grandmothers both knew this secret and, as we do down South, passed that bit of magic down to future generations, the same as with our stories. Memories and shared recipes all get wrapped and tied with ribbon in faded, stained …

Spring in New Orleans Plantation Country

Spring in New Orleans Plantation Country

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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. …

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

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The whole concept is amazing to me. As one of our most popular and widely anticipated folklore celebrations, Groundhog Day is such a seemingly-silly tradition. How does the groundhog seeing his shadow determine if winter remains or if the season has come to an end? I always watch with amazement at the man who holds up the groundhog for all …

French Style with Vintage Finds

New French Style with Vintage Finds Book Giveaway!

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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 …

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 …

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Our Top Three Posts From 2016

Phyllis Décor 6 Comments

I can’t believe another year has flown by! Now that I’ve taken a moment to slow down and reflect on 2016, I am amazed at all of the wonderful projects and blessings that took place. I know I cant say it often enough, but I’m truly thankful for every reader and every life the Hoffman Media staff influences with our …

Christmas in St. Augustine

Celebrating Christmas in St. Augustine

Phyllis Lifestyle 2 Comments

I just love the traditions and beauty this time of year. Although I don’t often get to travel during the holiday season, I so enjoy seeing the different decorations and holiday magic of each city. When I do travel I tend to head north towards the cooler weather. Neal and I had the best time when we went up to …

The Cornucopia: A Thanksgiving Symbol

Phyllis Décor 14 Comments

My mother always has a marvelous Thanksgiving table. It is piled high with the classic food of the holiday causing the delicious aroma of turkey and pie to fill the house. Her table is not only full of delicious food, but is always decorated beautifully. Since I was a child, I have admired the cornucopia my mother used to decorate …

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Blue Willow Tablescape with Jennifer Carroll

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Jennifer Carroll, an event planner of 20 years and a mother on one, has kindly shared her easy fall tablescape design for any gathering, big or small with me. Jennifer has loved planning and playing “hostess” from the time she was a little girl. When it comes to party planning, she believes in keeping it simple. In her lovely “Blue …

New Orleans Plantation Country Giveaway

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The historic homes of New Orleans Plantation Country are some of the most beautiful and traditional representations of southern architecture and decor. I so enjoy traveling and experiencing these grand homes. Each plantation shares unique stories of the families who lived there, and even some thrilling tales of those who haven’t quite moved on. Fall is an especially magical time …