Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Palace of the South

I have admired this print of the antebellum Hay House which has hung in Mama's family room for many years. Last week I had a chance to attend a Christmas Lunch and Tour of the spectacular Hay House in Macon, Georgia.  The four level, 18,000 square foot home is crowned by a three-level cupola. Known as The Palace of the South, it has all the grandeur you would expect from a Southern mansion built in 1855.

The home was decked out for the Christmas holidays with many Christmas trees and lots of festive garland adorning the mantels and stairways.

The Music Room/Art Gallery was set for lunch which was delicious.  Background music was by Caleb Esmond, a talented eleventh grader from Macon who hopes to pursue collaborative piano and piano composition after high school.

The Johnston-Felton-Hay House, often abbreviated Hay House, was built in 1855 by William Butler Johnston and his wife Anne Tracy Johnston in the Italian Renaissance Revival style.  The home was sold to Mary Ellen Johnston and her husband Judge William H. Felton in 1896.  Maude and Parks Lee Hay bought the home in 1926 and after the death of Mrs. Hay in 1962, the home was turned into a house museum.

The home has 24 rooms, full of beautiful art, ornate period furnishings, stunning silver, and exquisite stained glass.  It's still in the process of being restored, which I'm sure is an on-going process.  There are secret hiding rooms, a wine cellar, a larder, chandeliers fit for a palace, and of course unbelievably beautiful architectural detail.

Photography was not allowed during lunch or during the tour.  I did find some photos of the interior on the web and wanted to share them with y'all.

I did sneak a photo of a table set for tea...and my outfit.  I'm wearing a very comfy animal print dress with a cowl neck, by Tyler Boe.  My ballet flats and pocketbook are Chanel.

The Hay House reminds me of the elegance of a bygone era.  I can't wait to return for another visit to this beautiful home so I can study all the silver, china, and every little nook and cranny!

If you are traveling through the Macon area, make sure you visit this home.  It's located at 934 Georgia Avenue, Macon, Georgia.  For additional information regarding tours or events, call 478.742.8155.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry Little Christmas

I'm a bit behind with posting on my blog.  These are some photos of a tablescape I did the other night...

My family loves red velvet cake and I always buy mine from The Fresh Market.  They have the best!

I love to pair Harney Tea's Chocolate Tea with this cake...their Valentine Blend has the perfect chocolate flavor!

I do love MacKenzie Childs' Courtly meets all my gingham/buffalo check obsessions y'all.

Oh how I want a little red car again!

Thanks for visiting with me today.  Hope y'all are having a Merry Little Christmas season!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Jane Coslick Holiday Cottage Tour

There are so many adorable beach cottage homes on Tybee Island, but the cottages restored and decorated by Jane Coslick are the cutest!  Recently I attended her 3rd Annual Holiday Cottage Tour.  I took so many photos of the exterior and interior of the homes on the tour and thought y'all might like to see just a few of them.

This cottage was our first stop...I think the pink zebra print is just too adorable.

That's my friend Tybee Joy posing outside the detached garage living area...look at all that pink zebra!

This definitely is THE most chic outdoor shower I've ever seen.

Well, I could just move in.

Moving on...I loved this yellow house with the turquoise painted screen door.

Jane jazzed up this porch with beautiful fabric.

This homeowner set a lovely coastal Christmas table...

These are not my colors for the kitchen, but how fabulous are these appliances?!

So, if your frig starts to rust or fade over time, just add colorful dots!

If you are short on space, get creative and enjoy cocktails while you are doing the laundry.

Love Jane's use of shutters as doors.

Of course, I love the pink coffee table!

Love, love, love this bunk room.  There are 8 bunk beds for the children!

I love everything about this bedroom...the headboard, the linens, and the bench!

Love this colorful, unique headboard!

Everyone needs a sleeping porch at the beach.  This one is adorable!

Love these Jane Coslick adirondack chairs!

If you live at the beach, your ride should look like this!

Thanks for visiting with me today.  Remember to note my new blog address, effective January 1, 2015:

Please disregard the above blog name change.  I will remain at and you may also read my blog at

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Decorations

Hello y'all!  Here's a few photos of my Christmas decor.  Some of it you might remember from last year and some of it is new this year.

I decided to go with a burlap/cotton boll/deer theme this year.

This slim tree fits perfectly into the narrow space beside the fireplace.  The green gingham ribbon coordinates with the fabric on my dining chairs and I love all the cotton!

I'm not a fan of the tv above the mantel, but I lost that battle!

I'm not taking this wreath down after Christmas.  I love it too much!

I was going to hang a gaudy deer head, but then I found this cute one at Pier 1.  

This is the "Happy Holidays" tree in the dining area.
Y'all might remember these nightstand trees from last year.

This was the black tree I used during Halloween.  Now it's my Parisian tree.

I still love all my "Joyeux Noel" Christmas loot.

Of course, I had to put out all my pink Christmas loot...

I didn't do much outside this year...maybe next year!

I hope y'all are enjoying the Christmas season.  This is a reminder that I'm changing my blog name to  This change will take place before the first of the year.  Hope you will visit me there!

*Edited:  Please disregard the blog name change above.  I will remain at and you can also read my blog at

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Working on the Blog

Hey y'all!  I am changing the name of my blog to Social Graces-101 and trying to get the links updated.  I hope to have everything working soon!

*Edited:  Disregard Social Graces-101.  I will remain and you can also reach my blog at

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween at the Roost

Here's a few photos from Halloween. Yesterday morning we had some sweets...we were recuperating from the Florida State - Louisville game on Thursday night.

I put up a black Halloween tree this year.  Our porch is not as big as the one we had in Florida, but whatever!  (less to clean, right?)

I dressed up the skeleton to scare those visiting the guestroom.

Last night I served hot apple cider with cookies, and of course Merlot and Chardonnay to the adults...they need treats too!

We weren't really sure what the trick-or-treat turnout would be...but I had my sign ready.  Well, we had a huge crowd and it was freezing y'all!  (Note to self, have a fire pit in the front yard next year)  Also, I'll need to step up my game, because this neighborhood is a magnet for trick-or-treaters.  

Hope y'all had fun celebrating the spooky night!