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 …

Introducing New Southern Spaces Book

Phyllis Inspiration 2 Comments

One of my favorite things about living in the South is the beautiful homes. I always love seeing the variations in architecture and style across the region. Decorating a home is truly an art. Southern Spaces is a new book that explores the aspects of decorating that are uniquely Southern. Editor Kathleen J. Whaley was kind enough to share some …

Epergne - Ribbon In My Journal

Magical Marriage of Serving and Centerpiece

Phyllis Décor 15 Comments

It is no secret that I love beautiful serving pieces. I also love beautiful centerpieces. When I find both of those things combined into one, it’s even better. This magical combination comes in the form of the epergne. An epergne is a dining centerpiece that sits on four feet with a large central bowl and four or more smaller bowls …

Unique Centerpieces - Ribbon in my Journal

Unique Centerpieces

Phyllis Décor 18 Comments

It can be a challenge to keep your décor fresh and exciting. I can easily find myself falling into a rut with decorating, especially when it comes to decorating a tablescape. One way I have found to challenge myself and keep my skills sharp is to repurpose unconventional items as unique centerpieces for my table.  Cream pitchers and sugar bowls …

Lakeside Pottery from Victoria Magazine

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Lakeside Pottery’s Home Studio Creations

Phyllis People 10 Comments

Guest post from the editors of Victoria. Surrounded by acres of orchards and vineyards, artisans Ron and Barb Zimmerman draw inspiration for their work from the shifting kaleidoscope of autumnal beauty that unfolds beyond the doors of their home studio in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Since opening Lakeside Pottery a quarter-century ago in the Canadian countryside, they have developed a loyal following …

Mountainside Hideaway from Southern Home

An Enchanting Mountain Hideaway from the New Southern Home

Phyllis Décor 28 Comments

When our newest edition of Southern Home was placed on my desk, my heart skipped a beat when I came to the article “Mountain Hideaway.” In the fall I always dream of living in the mountains where the autumn leaves surround you with an explosion of color. Toby West and Tom Hayes own the most enchanting cabin, and I wanted …

Pyrex and Salt and Pepper Shaker Collections - Ribbon in My Journal

The Charm and Personality of Well-Curated Collections

Phyllis Décor 24 Comments

I often find myself inspired by the home décor captured in our magazines. Peering into a person’s home tells a special kind of story. The color palette, the textures of the fabrics, the shape of the furniture—each element is a clue into what the homeowners love, where they’ve been, and what sets them at ease. Those pieces offer useful ideas …