The Story of Labor Day

Phyllis Inspiration 10 Comments

I have such fond memories of Labor Day weekends. It means a day off from work and school, and a Monday, no less. What’s not to love? I enjoy spending time with my family on Labor Day, taking advantage of the extra day of rest that this holiday provides. Recently I’ve been wondering exactly how this day came to be. …

Blue and White Interiors from Decorating Expert Phoebe Howard

Phyllis Inspiration 12 Comments

The recent issue of Southern Lady features a special look into how interior design maven Phoebe Howard got her unexpected start in professional decorating. Among the rooms included in the magazine are a series of blue and white interiors that I absolutely love. Of course, you know my love for blue and white china. I so enjoyed seeing that aesthetic replicated …

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 …

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 …

Fourth of July table setting

Simple and Stylish Décor Ideas for the Fourth of July

Phyllis Inspiration 11 Comments

Fireworks bursting, American flags flying, good old-fashioned cookouts—there is so much to love about the Fourth of July. When it comes to decorating for the holiday, I love to draw on my love for blue and white and use bright red blooms and accents as celebratory complements. Over the years, we’ve had a variety of opportunities to experiment with red, …