Things We Love: Making a Grand Entrance

grand entrance
Robert A.M. Stern


 From an evening gown to a perfect floral arrangement, an entrance is sort of like a first impression: You only get one chance to make it.

entrance donald lococo arch
Donald Lococo Architect


 A round table is one of our favorite ways to make a statement in the foyer.

brick grand entrance
Emily Jenkins Followill Photography


Paired with the perfect flowers — and, of course, the right statement lighting — it’s a piece that is as versatile as it is lovely.

wood grand entrance
Ken Gemes Interiors


 In a pinch, we love the idea of pulling chairs up to an entrance hall table for extra seating at a dinner party.

wood grand entrance
Donald Lococo Architect


 You know we always love decorating with books. The entrance hall table is no exception!

Catalano Architect and Interiors


 Beyond that crucial table, so many other elements can absolutely make an entrance. The right rug…Woodwork for miles…

grand entrance
Historical Concepts


And, of course, a show-stopping chandelier.

LDa Architecture


 And if you have a spectacular view? Don’t forget to flaunt it!

LIsa Sherry Interiors


 Something a little bit unexpected can certainly make an entrance pop — whether it’s cozy furniture or a bold paint choice.

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Anne Decker ArchitectGordon Beall Photography


 And a fun pattern on the floor adds instant interest, as does a fabulous arch!

seagrass grand entrance
Lisa Sherry Interiors


Cool art is instantly eye-catching and we love a seagrass rug for creating a less dressy feel.


Symmetry isn’t required for making an entrance, but a special pair can take a foyer up a notch.

paint grand entrance
Eric Piasecki


 And, sometimes, the loudest statements are the simplest of all.

basket grand entrance
Ralph Lauren


 Tables and lighting, accessories and flooring are all great ways to make an entrance. But nothing says, “welcome” quite like filling your home with things (and people) you love! And if you have puppies, so much the better!

Thanks for stopping by today. We hope it’s a wonderful one!

the secret to southern charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

Things We Love: Hanging Lanterns

hanging lanterns
Lee Ann Thornton

Lanterns have played an important part in our nation’s history ever since the whole “one if by land, two if by sea,” Paul Revere thing. (Which would be super easy to reenact on this front porch!) But, if you ask us, these lighting staples are far from out of date! 

hanging lanterns in the living-room
Lee Ann Thornton

Statement lighting is a trend that, to us, is always in style. For a traditional feel whose style keeps hanging around (pun intended), look no further than lanterns. 

hanging lanternskitchen
Anne Decker Architect

In an open floor plan, a large lantern like this one becomes a major focal point.

hanging lanterns kitchen
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

If the typical lantern seems too staid for your home, we love a good play on the staple. Fun takes on shape make the look fresh and fun.

hanging lanterns gold
Alyssa Rosenheck

And adding a hint of gold ups the glamour quotient on any piece.

Elizabeth Schmidt DesignJ Werner Straube Photography

You know we love a little whimsical flair, and these lanterns really deliver that. They remind us of something out of a Dr. Seuss book–a really chic Dr. Seuss book, that is.

S.B Long Interiors

But, sometimes, you need your lighting to hang quietly, to make a softer, subtler statement.

hanging lanterns bedroom
Lee Ann Thornton

For those times, a wood lantern delivers an organic feel that complements the room perfectly.

hanging lanterns wood
Wm. B. Litchfield Design

An older home generally calls for a certain look. And these lanterns add a particular antique feel.

hanging lanterns porch
Lisa Sherry Design

There’s nothing like dining by the glow of candlelight. If you’re dining by the glow of candlelight outside, all the better! 

Today is the first day of summer so dining like this for months on end is all we can think about!

Thank you for stopping by today.  We always love it when you do!



The Secret to Southern Charm


If you are in the Raleigh area, I will be at Quail Ridge Books on Thursday, June 21 at 11am for a TALK and SIGNING with the fabulous Mary Alice Monroe. We would LOVE to see you there!


More The Secret to Southern Charm Events


June 21: Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, 11 am, Talk and Signing with Mary Alice Monroe

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 3: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event

Things We Love: Flush Mount Lighting

flush mount lighting in foyer
Emily Jenkins Followill Photography


We used to think that flush mount lighting was only for low ceilings, you know, those spaces that could quite handle a big chandelier or a dangly, statement light fixture. But a few of our favorite lighting designers and companies have changed all of that, turning what used to be the underdog of the lighting world into a go-to staple. From plain white to shiny gold, round to quatrefoil, flat to proudly pointy, there are so many ways today to get the flush mount lighting thing oh so right. Check out a few of our go-to flush mount staples that will have you rethinking everything you know about lighting!

table for two in kitchen
Ashley Whittaker Design


closet with flush mount light
Peter Pennoyer Architect


closet with flush mount lighting
Kristin Panitch Interior Design


mudroom with flush mount light
John B Murray Architect


mudroom with flush mount lighting
Sara Gilbane Interior Design


hallway with flush mount lighting
McCann Design Group


mudroom with flush mount
Revival Construction


kitchen and dining with flush mount design
Tim Barber Design


kitchen with flush mount lighting
Jennifer Worts Interior Design


flush mount lighting in bathroom


closet with flush mount lighting
Tamara Magel Interior Design


black and white bathroom with flush mount lighting
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography


Sometimes you do have to save the best for last, and, in this case, we think it’s true! We love, love this stunning fixture. It is so on trend! Are you a flush mount fan? Or would you choose a snazzy chandelier any day?

Attention New York friends!

Society Social + Lily Pulizter Collaboration

On March 18th a joint bar cart will be rolling out to all Lilly Pulitzer stores for their iconic “Lunch with Lilly” event and our sweet friend Roxy Te will  be rolling out to the Madison Avenue store for meeting, greeting, and mingling! Mark your calendars for this Saturday from 1pm to 3pm! And for the pre-party, go see them TODAY from 5pm to 8pm! Roxy is a doll, and if you haven’t met her you should. You’ll love her!

Also, we’re so thrilled that the NYC Slightly South of Simple launch party on April 26, 2017 will be at Roxy’s gorgeous Society Social showroom. We’d love to see you there and on April 25 at the 92nd Street Y!:

In Good Taste:Jean Stoffer Design


Good morning, friends! We hope you had a terrific long weekend, filled with sun and fun and, of course, most importantly, remembering those who have sacrificed themselves for our freedom. 


Fabulous Floor Lamps!

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

If there’s one thing that has the power to change the feel of the room in an instant, it’s light.

Architectural Digest

From light fixtures to the perfect lamps, we love adding light in any way we can to instantly make a room feel bright and fresh. 


In Good Taste: Lisa Furey

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Good morning! We hope you’re having an amazing week so far. Ours is about to get even better because you know how much we love stumbling upon a new designer that we love. And that’s just what happened when we found Lisa Furey!

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It goes without saying that we aren’t all the same. So why should our decor be? Tailoring a look to any home, any budget, and style is one of Lisa’s strong points, and one of the reasons we think her work is always in good taste.


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