This month’s theme on the blog has been all things southern and I love a good list, so I put together a list of ten things I believe every southern girl keeps at home, or at the very least aspires to. Let me know which items on the list you have and which you’re in the market for!
a family heirloom
This could be anything passed down from an older member of the family, from china collections and tea services to a string of pearls or a great piece of furniture. In addition to some china and pottery, my favorite family heirloom is a framed collection of jewelry from family members dating back to the early 1800s.
You’ll find it on hand towels, cocktail napkins, pillowcases, shot glasses, weekender bags, note cards, slippers, and anything else that doesn’t move.
They work well for so many different things. Use them for a flower arrangement, to drink sweet tea, or to store your homemade preserves.
cast iron skillet
A well-seasoned one to cook everything from cornbread and greens to biscuit peach cobbler and frittatas.
special thank-you notes
A southern woman always has a stack of thank-you notes in her desk to send out after lunch with a friend or receiving a gift. I love what they have to offer at Smythson, Rifle Paper Co., Mark and Graham, Paperchase, and even Target.
This could be a chair, a side table, a tray, or even a light fixture, but wicker is a quintessentially southern texture you’ll find somewhere in any southern woman’s home.
old bay seasoning
This classic spice mix is great for chicken and seafood, but it’s also really good on oven fries, deviled eggs, popcorn, and corn-on-the-cob.
china passed down from grandma
Whether it’s something she picked up at an antique store herself or bought new for her wedding, grandma’s china is a southern decor staple. I have my paternal grandma’s tea service and a few pieces from my maternal grandma’s collection of Delft pottery.
No southern home is complete without a cocktail kit, no? Be sure to have some shakers, corkscrews, strainers, muddlers, and mixing spoons on your bar cart to whip up whatever your guests have in mind.
This is a super versatile category, but I can almost guarantee you’ll find something gingham in every southern home whether it’s a picnic blanket/tablecloth, cloth napkins, a throw pillow, or even a piece of statement furniture.