French cottage

A French Cottage Preview

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Summer always seems to put me in a travel state of mind—and an adventure to France is on just about everyone’s bucket list! Victoria magazine’s latest special issue is full of the most breathtaking inspiration, including carefully restored interiors and storied dwellings in the heart of France. French Cottage 2019 is packed with charm, elegance, and the very best of the …

Vietri Santorini Collection

Hear from Vietri Founder, Susan Gravely at Our Southern Lady Celebration

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I cannot tell you how excited we are about the upcoming Southern Lady Celebration! I have fabulous memories about events held in years past. It seems like yesterday that we all gathered together to glean inspiration from wonderful women who were willing to share their stories. It encouraged me immensely, and I know it did you as well. And this …

Bridals by Lori

Say Yes to the Dress….And to Our Southern Lady Celebration!

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Lori Allen of Bridals by Lori is coming to the Southern Lady Celebration! My sweet granddaughter and I just love watching the show and swooning over those magnificent dresses that Lori and her team select for the lucky brides. Lori Allen is one of the world’s foremost experts on bridal couture and currently stars in the TLC network’s ten-season reality …

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Strength in Gathering

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We are planning some amazing events this year! As I was contemplating these upcoming events, I let my thoughts return to all the wonderful events our company has hosted through the years. What is it that makes us want to gather together? I remember with great fondness the friends that I have made at Southern Lady Celebration, Occasions for Tea, …

What Is Your Style?

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For the most part, we all like to say that we have a “style” or a combination of styles that we prefer. Traditional, French country, romantic, contemporary—the list goes on. This new book, Country Farmhouse by Cindy Smith Cooper, includes a range of different styles from vintage to industrial to classic, and many in between. But however unique each home …

French Butter Cookies

The Cookie That Makes Everyone Happy

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It’s time for another reader request topic: French baking recipes! Oh, I just love this subject. French baking sounds fancy, but in reality, is very simple. What makes it special is using the proper techniques combined with high-quality ingredients. The recipe I have chosen to share is perhaps the simplest cookie of all. It is humble in shape and color, …

Taylor Linens Aprons

If We’re Going to Cook, Let’s Wear Something Pretty While Doing It!

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Aprons are one of those gifts that become more and more special with each use. Just like pages of a cookbook that are stained with cake batter, the more wear and tear an apron gets, the more you know it has done its job and the more memories it holds. For us cooks, each little stain created in between washes …

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A Tour of Ireland

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Most of us love to travel, talk about our next trip, or even daydream about exploring a unique location for the first time. Last month, Victoria magazine posted an incredible tour of Ireland on their website. Every image absolutely blew me away, so I just have to share it with you. Ireland’s charm is undeniable. Whether countryside or city, there …