Seasons of Williamsburg

Worth the Trip to Williamsburg

Phyllis Lifestyle 16 Comments

I love Williamsburg—as you all know! Always on the top of my list, it is a fabulous place to go for inspiration and restoration. I make Seasons of Williamsburg a part of my trip anytime of the year I am lucky enough to be in Virginia. This year Neal and I planned a trip to be at the Christmas Open …

Crown Jewels

A Crown Jewels-inspired Setting for the Holidays

Phyllis Décor 13 Comments

Growing up there was nothing more luxurious than gemstones, especially the crown jewels meant for royalty. Maybe it was my fantasy of becoming a princess or the luster and hues that intrigued me, but when I saw this lovely tablescape on the pages of Southern Lady’s Holiday issue, my inner schoolgirl was giddy with excitement. This lovely holiday table setting …

Holiday

Crisp Holiday Inspirations

Phyllis Décor 5 Comments

Red is one of my favorite colors. Red pillows with white accents find a place on my sofa and side chairs. A seasonal wreath with red ribbon adds the finishing touch to the living room. The color red is even highlighted in my kitchen for the most festive time of year. During the holiday season, I love to find new …

White Pumpkins - The Ribbon in my Journal

White Pumpkins and Bittersweet

Phyllis Décor 21 Comments

White pumpkins are all the rage in decorating. I have one question. When did these things appear? Growing up I never saw a white pumpkin…every pumpkin I ever saw was orange. Yes that’s it, orange. Charlie Brown movies are my favorites, especially It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I still watch that movie every Halloween and relive a bit of …

Sybil Sylvester - Ribbon In My Journal

A Unique Dose Of Christmas Cheer with Sybil Sylvester

Phyllis Décor 12 Comments

There is nothing that stirs the holiday spirit like beautiful floral decorations in a grand, old Southern home. While I am a fan of traditional Christmas decoration with its red and green, there is a fine line between festive and flashy. I have to appreciate the creativity in a holiday design that honors tradition, but is just a little bit …

Jennifer Carroll - Ribbon in my journal

Blue Willow Tablescape with Jennifer Carroll

Phyllis Décor 9 Comments

Jennifer Carroll, an event planner of 20 years and a mother on one, has kindly shared her easy fall tablescape design for any gathering, big or small with me. Jennifer has loved planning and playing “hostess” from the time she was a little girl. When it comes to party planning, she believes in keeping it simple. In her lovely “Blue …

My Hand-Embroidered Tablecloth

Phyllis Inspiration 48 Comments

Have you ever spent years on a project? The first time I undertook a long and difficult project was after I graduated from high school. My Grandmother Hill gave me some money as a graduation present because she knew that I wanted a tablecloth. The tablecloth that I wanted was not just any tablecloth. It was plain linen; however, it …

New Orleans Plantation Country Giveaway

Phyllis Giveaway, Video 58 Comments

The historic homes of New Orleans Plantation Country are some of the most beautiful and traditional representations of southern architecture and decor. I so enjoy traveling and experiencing these grand homes. Each plantation shares unique stories of the families who lived there, and even some thrilling tales of those who haven’t quite moved on. Fall is an especially magical time …

Black & White Party - The Ribbon In My Journal

Black & White Party

Phyllis Décor 14 Comments

In the South, we love to host parties. A party is so much fun, and we can always find a reason to celebrate! There are many ways to approach planning such a celebration and deciding on food, decorations, etc. Selecting a theme makes this process easier and allows the elements of the party to be more cohesive. One unique way …

Beautiful Ivy Tablescape

Phyllis Décor 24 Comments

Do you have an especially cherished set of dishes? I have many that are special to me for various reasons, but one of the most meaningful is my mother’s green ivy dishes. The ivy wreaths on the classic white dishes with a green trim have always caught my eye. Ivy is a greenery that I always have in abundance. I …