Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Southern Lady Autumn Inspiration

I'm a fan!

Southern Lady

Another stellar publication of Hoffman Media.

This beautiful magazine celebrates those who live in the south.

It inspires and delights and brings southern

hospitality into the lives of each reader.

Case in point!

Enchanted Evening

Southern Lady ~ October 2014 

"As the sunset paints the sky the brilliant 
shades of fall leaves, gather friends for an elegant outdoor 
meal served in dazzling surroundings."
Enchanted Evening, Southern Lady , October 2014

Enchanted Evening, Southern Lady , October 2014

And dazzle it does!

Just look at the details on this table!

In addition to the magical alfresco setting,

 everything on the table delights and enchants my senses.

Enchanted Evening, Southern Lady , October 2014

Especially this salad plate!

Do you recognize it?

It's one of my favorite patterns

~ Bird and Butterfly, by Mottahedeh ~

Lucky me!

I have a dozen dinner plates in this gorgeous pattern.

All were a gift from the sweetest, 

most generous blogging friend,

A heartfelt "Thank You, Cherry Kay!"

I adore these plates!

Sacred Bird and Butterfly by Mottahedeh

This design is true to the original 

antique Chinese export china used in the 

Nathaniel Russell House in Charleston, SC.

The design is in 

iron red with 22k gold rim.

Click here to read

about the details of this autumn table

that I created for a 50th birthday celebration.

While not as elaborate and awe inspiring as

the incredible table featured in Southern Lady,

my table features layers of textures and natural

elements to compliment the elegance of the china.

I hope you will take a look.

Our Thanksgiving celebration last year also

featured my treasured Sacred Bird and Butterfly plates.

With twelve guests for dinner, 

I decided to keep things simple

with two tables of six out in the sun room. 

I used natural linen table toppers over

longer brown linen cloths for the textiles.

Napkins were heirloom white linen with hand

stitched monograms by my husband's grandmother.

Each presented with a sterling antique French napkin ring.

The little bundles of hypericum berries and greens

were copied from an idea seen in Southern Living.

Simple arrangements of sunflowers and mums

in natural bark containers offered a touch of color.

Battery operated faux bark

candles gave a warm glow to the setting.

Woven chargers, enameled and silver flatware, 

and rosewood steak knives offered

additional textural elements.

As you can see, I like texture!

Thanksgiving Dinner 2013

~ Not The Traditional Fare ~

Prime Rib Roast
Brussel Sprouts and Carrots
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Cornbread Muffins


Your can order your own copy of

Southern Lady, October 2014 here.

Believe me you will not be disappointed!

It is filled with gorgeous photography, scrumptious

recipes, and boundless inspiration.



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.