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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Phyllis Hoffman DePiano EDITOR Lisa Frederick MANAGING EDITOR Marie Baxley ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ashley Shaw ASSISTANT EDITOR Elizabeth Bonner Czapski SENIOR COPY EDITOR Rhonda Lee Lother COPY EDITOR Adrienne Davis EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Holl
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Home Away From Home
When it comes to holiday décor, interior designer James Farmer says, “A Christmas tree is the last resort for me.” Instead, he channels his affinity for floral arranging into various displays and intriguing vignettes that nod to the year’s most magic
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A Tradition of Trimming
Kaleen and Allen Riley love Christmas with all the decorations they can muster. Allen starts setting up themed trees in September at their Trussville home, from a heavily flocked tree with bowing limbs to what he calls a vintage “shiny silver one wit
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All Is Merry & Bright
As Christmas draws near, it doesn’t take much to ready your home for the merry moments ahead. Leave existing mantel decorations in place, and simply incorporate a garland of juniper and cedar interspersed with red carnations, white tea roses, holly,
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Tabletop Tidings
Adorn Christmas spreads with Haviland & Parlon’s adaptable Colette Gold dinner plate. Its brilliant Limoges porcelain with curvaceous edging befits the celebration. A sophisticated scene elevates the inspiration plate for elegant fêtes, echoing its c
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Gathered in Harmony
With the holiday season in full swing, nostalgic refrains that celebrate charismatic reindeer, twinkling tree lights, and dreamlike snowfalls permeate the air. Sing along to timeless melodies in the company of dearest companions as neighbors greet yo
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A Wonderous Feast
A regal celebration awaits as family and friends with hearts full of cheer gather to share a splendid Christmas Eve repast amid shimmering gold and luxurious ruby accents. Seasonal scents waft from clove-pierced citrus and naturally aromatic wreaths
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Starters
MAKES 36 1 (16-ounce) package hot Italian sausage, casings removed½ cup finely chopped yellow onion1 tablespoon all-purpose flour½ teaspoon kosher salt¼ teaspoon smoked paprika1 cup finely shredded Brussels sprouts(about ½ pound)1 (8-ounce) package c
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Sides
MAKES 6 TO 8 SERVINGS 6 slices bacon, chopped1 cup sliced yellow onion1 (28-ounce) bag frozen O’Brien potatoes, thawed1 medium Fuji or Gala apple, cored and sliced ¼-inch thick6 cups collard greens, rinsed and chopped1 teaspoon kosher salt½ teaspoon
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Desserts
MAKES 1 (9-INCH) CAKE 2⅓ cups granulated sugar, divided3 tablespoons water2 tablespoons bourbon1 cup unsalted butter, softened4 large eggs3¾ cups cake flour1 tablespoon baking powder½ teaspoon ground nutmeg1 cup whole milk2 teaspoons vanilla extractE
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Resources & Credits, Directory of Companies
See HOME AWAY FROM HOME. Pages 9–22: Interiors; James Farmer of James Farmer Designs. Ceiling color; Iced Marble (1578) by Benjamin Moore. Christmas florals by Libby Endry; The Gardener’s Cottage. Pages 9–10: Natale dinner plates; Arte Italica. Grass
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Traditions Renewed
There’s a saying that the more things change, the more they stay the same. As I pulled my sparkly baubles and faux greenery out of storage and fluffed them up for this year’s celebration, that phrase kept going through my head. It’s important, especi
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Phyllis Hoffman DePiano EDITOR Lisa Frederick MANAGING EDITOR Marie Baxley ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ashley Shaw ASSISTANT EDITOR Elizabeth Bonner Czapski SENIOR COPY EDITOR Rhonda Lee Lother COPY EDITOR Adrienne Davis EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Holl
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Waterfront Wonderland
If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas in the South, try trading the idea of snow-covered scenes for sparkling sun-bleached shores. While December might not seem like the ideal time for a beach vacation, the charming town of Seaside, Florida, transf
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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
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Swirls of Delight
MAKES 10 Dough: ¼ cup warm water (105° to 110°)1 (0.25-ounce) package active dry yeast3½ cups all-purpose flour¼ cup granulated sugar1½ teaspoons kosher salt¾ cup whole buttermilk1 large egg, lightly beaten6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened Fill
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From the Editor
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 ev
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Resources
Styling by Sidney Bragiel. Photography by John O’Hagan. See Let it Glow. Page 25: Peace on Earth blue bauble stocking; Bauble Stockings. Wedgwood Lavender on Cream dinner plate and Noritake Monteleone salad plate; Replacements, Ltd. Page 31: Rosentha
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@southernladymag
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
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Gift From The Sea
MAKES 4 APPETIZER SERVINGS 2 pounds of fresh mussels, debearded1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal4 tablespoons unsalted butter1 cup finely diced yellow onion¼ cup sliced garlic1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes1 cup dry white wine1 teaspoon kosher salt1
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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 rest
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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 wer
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Peekaboo Surprise
Kindle the exuberance of drawing gifted goodies from full stockings by placing a petite version of this essential Yuletide frill at each place setting. Tuck printed menus into the hand-stitched accents and reveal the occasion’s tantalizing feast to c
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Simply Radiant
The exquisite elegance of Rosenthal-Continental’s White Velvet dinner plate offers a pristine backdrop for various wintertime schemes. Reminiscent of branches clothed in a glistening coat of snow, its subtle border accentuates the picturesque scene o
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Bountiful Blessing
As a symbol of prosperity and good fortune, pomegranates lend an air of graciousness to decorative arrangements fashioned this time of year, whether tucked into wreaths, set at individual place settings, or perched amid fresh flowers. A silver footed
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Evergreen Allure
Layered with modish accessories, Royal Worcester’s Holly Ribbons china takes on an updated appeal while alluding to Christmases past. Watercolor shades of green on the table linen play off luxe velvet chairs and create a painterly backdrop for shagre
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New Looks for Christmas China
Time-honored china patterns and a parade of resplendent tableware ring in this jubilant season, showcasing the perennial appeal of cheery favorites. Trimmed with a garland of holly, Lenox’s Holiday dinner plate takes on an elevated presence when pair
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Eye for Opulence
When Anita Rankin and her husband decided to downsize, the seasoned designer had no intention of parting with all the furnishings and fixtures she’s collected over the years. Instead, she dreamed up a house that let her scale back without sacrificing
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Resounding Joy
Swirls of light and glittering gold radiate celestial purity on a tabletop awaiting an extraordinary feast to extoll Christmastide for all who gather on the glorious day. The satin sheen of baubles lifts abundant white blooms enhanced by dinner plate
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Let it Glow
Gather in the heart of the home amid a glowing display of neutrals, natural greens, and golden hues. The subtle scheme earns interest not from traditional holiday colors, but instead from assorted embellishments that meld shapes and sizes, patterns a
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