Belle Isle Estate

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 …

garden, pergola and pool

I Would Love to Hear What Inspires You

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Now that it is officially spring, it’s time for another topic request! Not only did you all give me wonderful ideas when we did this a few months ago, but your feedback also opened the door for more conversations among the community we have through this blog. The moments I love most are when I get to connect with you …

The Cousin's Skirt from Spring 2019

Sew, What’s the News?

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There is so much excitement going on in the world of sewing! So, I would love to share some of what we have been working on over the last few weeks. First, Classic Sewing magazine now has a new and improved newsletter!  And our fabulous graphic designer created the cutest graphic for it! We have already received many lovely comments …

French Living and Free Shipping!

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I have always admired the loyalty and sense of community that is present among longtime Victoria readers. Along with the publication itself, we offer Victoria Classics Book Club selections and exclusive seasonal merchandise. The latest special issue of Victoria Classics is called French Cooking & Entertaining. And let me tell you, I was completely enamored when I saw how beautifully …

living room from Classic COttages by Cindy Cooper Smith

Classic Cottages: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Classic Cottages is a book that inspires me all over again every time I open it. Flipping through, I seem to fold down the corner of a different page than the last time—does anyone else do this? Anyway, be it a corner shelf with collected treasures, a simple floral arrangement, or a flourishing garden, I always discover something beautiful that …

Southern Lady magazine spring tablescape

A Springtime Tablescape from Southern Lady Magazine

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The first official day of spring is not until March 20, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting ready! This year, I have found myself more excited than ever to change seasons. Fresh flowers, light and bright recipes, and plenty of color are all ways I try to embrace the arrival of springtime. And not to mention, who doesn’t …

You’ll Be Ready for a Beach Trip After Reading This

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The sea, for so many of us, represents tranquility and peace. For others, it is a wonderful color palette that inspires beautiful design work. Such is the case for Tracey Rapisardi, and we were absolutely thrilled to publish her new book, Simply by the Sea. Tracey grew up in New England, meaning the coastline and the ocean were influential in …

Phyllis and son Brian Hart Hoffman speaking at the Southern C

Meeting Challenges Head On: A Recap of the Southern Coterie Event

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I was privileged to speak at The Southern Coterie gathering last week in Sea Island, Georgia—The Southern C for short! It is an annual conference where hundreds of entrepreneurs gather and share ideas, advice, and experiences. My goodness, there were mostly young people there, and I felt rather “mature!” My son Brian and I were the keynote speakers, together on …