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 …

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Living With a Tragedy

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This past weekend, our state of Alabama was hit by ferocious tornados. There are 23 fatalities as of this writing. Our hearts are broken for the families that lost loved ones and for people who survived but lost everything they have. For some families it’s both. You can’t dry tears and say anything that can help ease their pain. You …

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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 …

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Let’s Talk Biscuits!

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Whether or not you’re a Southerner, it’s no secret that biscuits in the South are a way of life. Born out of necessity and frugality, biscuits provided a high-calorie breakfast for those who worked a lot and did not have much to spend on meals. Now our nostalgic and familiar staples are found in nearly every Southern restaurant and home …