A Renovation Escapade

Phyllis Décor, Inspiration 27 Comments

There was a little mishap with the title of my last e-mail. Oops! This post is not about the Victoria Stationery set (but I’ll be choosing a winner soon!)  My husband and I are renovating an older home for our “final resting spot” as we call it. When I think back on it, I have been renovating my whole life …

10 Tips for Decorating Your Home for Summer

Phyllis Décor 10 Comments

Summer in the south will be upon us in no time, and with the gorgeous weather comes the urge to entertain. Hospitality meets casual comfort during the summer, and nature provides us with an abundance of inspiration. I caught up with Southern Home Editor Lynn Lee Terry to provide a few tips for decorating your home for the season.  1. Lighten up, and …

An Egg Smocking Legacy

Phyllis Décor, Inspiration 21 Comments

No matter how you typically decorate Easter eggs, I think you’ll be touched by this beautiful story from Lucy Finney, one of our photo stylists and a model for Classic Sewing magazine. Her mother, Betty Carter, created quite the egg smocking legacy! Thank you, Lucy, for sharing this. Happy Easter! Love, Phyllis “When my mother, Betty Carter, was young, each year …

Seasons of Williamsburg

Phyllis Décor, Inspiration 11 Comments

Those of you who know me totally understand my obsession with Williamsburg. I love the city in all seasons, and I have written about my experiences there many times. Strolling down Duke of Glouster Street and observing the beautiful gardens inspires creativity. On one of my last visits there during the holidays, I visited a favorite place of mine, Seasons …

Cottages of White

Phyllis Décor 26 Comments

What is your personal style? I am often asked that question, and I have to stop and think about it. I love English-style furniture, French fabrics, and antiques. I went through a period in my life where every room was wall papered, and that phase lasted only a little while. Truthfully, I find that I like to make small changes …

Lauren Brennan Brower's New Orleans home decorated for Christmas

Inspired Christmas Decor from a New Orleans Home

Phyllis Décor 11 Comments

At Christmastime, I love to see beautiful decorations—fresh greenery over entryways and windows, wreaths on doors, and trees bright with lights and ornaments. While there are beautiful homes all over the country this time of year, you know I have a special place in my heart for a gorgeously decorated Southern home. This year’s Holidays special edition of Southern Lady captures …

Pyrex and Salt and Pepper Shaker Collections - Ribbon in My Journal

The Charm and Personality of Well-Curated Collections

Phyllis Décor 24 Comments

I often find myself inspired by the home décor captured in our magazines. Peering into a person’s home tells a special kind of story. The color palette, the textures of the fabrics, the shape of the furniture—each element is a clue into what the homeowners love, where they’ve been, and what sets them at ease. Those pieces offer useful ideas …

Photo of home decor from Southern Home special issue

Inspiring Interiors from Southern Home

Phyllis Décor 13 Comments

We Southern women love to decorate our homes in our favorite colors and patterns. If you know anything about me, you know mine has a lot of blue and white porcelains, fabrics, upholstery, and dishes. When I saw the cover of our new Southern Home special edition, I went completely starry-eyed over the large blue and white striped chairs. Immediately …