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Southern Lady November/December 2020

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Southern Lady celebrates, delights, and inspires women who live in the South - and those who are simply Southern at heart. Every issue features home design inspiration, recipes, and elegant entertaining ideas, Southern travel destinations, fashion, and much more and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet.

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United States
Hoffman Media
7 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
sincerely: letter from phyllis hoffman

As always, Christmastime finds me grateful for the many blessings in my life, more than I could possibly name. But one feels especially close to my heart this time around: the blessing of family. What a year it has been, and there is such delight in being surrounded by the ones I love most, reviving the same treasured rituals that have made the holidays special since I was a small child. Like most families, we’ve added to and modified our traditions over the years as our kids married and grandkids were born. I’ve shared a little of our story on page 91, and I hope reading it brings a smile to your face, just as reminiscing did to mine. Throughout the rest of this issue, we offer decorating ideas, recipes, and…

1 min.
from the editor

SILENT NIGHT We typically host Christmas Day at our house, and it’s always a wonderful blend of family time and traditions, from our handmade stockings filled with surprises to the sausage balls we nibble while opening gifts. But perhaps the best part comes at evening’s end, after the presents are neatly stacked, the kitchen is clean, and the good tableware is put away. As everyone else settles down with their new books and other diversions, I like to steal into the living room for a few quiet moments to myself, a cup of hot chocolate or eggnog in hand. I switch off all the lamps, leaving only the glow of the tree, and curl up in my favorite armchair to reflect on a beautiful day and the meaning of the season.…

1 min.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? WE’D LOVE TO SEE—TAG US IN YOUR PHOTOS! Get a glimpse of the beautiful images our social media friends have shared with us, capturing their own inspiration from the pages of Southern Lady. Top row: Magnolia accents and subtle hues give @kelleynan’s tree a Southern twist. A pair of sparkly nutcrackers and miniature golden trees glisten and gleam atop @studio434designs’s mantel. Bright red poinsettias line the stairs leading to this Savannah home, captured by @kbkisses. Middle row: A pine cone placed at each setting adds a finishing touch to @305decoliving’s pretty tabletop. The snowy scene of @betweentheporches’s exterior evokes magical memories of a white Christmas. Bottom row: Warm and inviting, @oursouthernhome’s roaring fireplace sets the perfect backdrop for a cozy evening. A gingerbread house is taken to new…

4 min.
a sweet journey

Starting behind the wheel of a refurbished yellow school bus, Jael and Dan Rattigan have sown the seeds of cacao-bean bliss from Minnesota to Costa Rica to their most fruitful operation: French Broad Chocolate in Asheville, North Carolina. Their restaurant, café, and boutique delight patrons with scrumptious confections like a molten truffle-in-a-cup and seasonal favorites such as bonbons and peppermint bark—all with the main element crafted at their own factory. Finding the best ingredients for their delectables is of utmost importance to Jael and Dan, whose adventure began in Minnesota nearly two decades ago. “We are very meticulous about our sourcing,” says Jael. The pair is also committed to supporting local farmers and craftsmen, a sentiment that dates to a stint on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica working hand in…

3 min.
artisanal accents

They say there’s no place like home for the holidays, but after almost two decades in the interior design industry, Colleen Waguespack was struck by a surprising seasonal trend: nothing was made to last. “In looking for Christmas decorations that were the quality of what we use on the interior design side, I found they weren’t being made of timeless materials you’d be interested in pulling out year after year,” she says. “It started with saying, ‘Gosh, we should make stockings and tree skirts for clients in fabrics that complement their houses, rather than Christmas being such a departure [in appearance].’” The decision to do just that inspired her to create Fig & Dove, a curated collection of fine decorative accents for the well-appointed home. Colleen got her start in corporate design…

1 min.
mad about plaid