About Me

Hey there, welcome to my blog, A Southern Inspired Life! I’m Mary Beth and I’m new to this whole blogging thing. So, since I love reading other blogs so much and spending hours upon hours on Pinterest anyway, I figured that I might as well start my own! We shall see how it goes!

For as long as I can remember, I have loved all things Southern, which makes sense because I was born and raised in a small town in Virginia, and on a farm no less! I have lived in Virginia all of my life and wouldn’t have it any other way. I grew up in Bedford, attended the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, and now reside in a suburb of Richmond. I love the slower paced life in the south…and its sweet tea and porches!

I have been married to my husband Gary, also a UVA graduate, for 24 years. I have been a stay at home mom ever since my oldest daughter, Holly, was born. She is 22 and is a senior at James Madison University (JMU) (Go Dukes!) I also have a 19yr-old daughter, Hannah, who is a  sophomore at JMU (again, Go Dukes!) My baby, and only son, Sam, is 17 and is a senior in high school and has recently been accepted to JMU (again, Go Dukes!). As a stay at home mom, I have dedicated my life to raising my three children, making our house a home, and spreading Southern charm every chance I get.

I have always loved decorating our home and putting my personal touch on things. As a kid, I enjoyed constantly rearranging my bedroom to give it a new, refreshed look. Thriving on challenges, I think about how I can make a room function better, can I find an item cheaper somewhere else, or how can I use what I already have to make a room more appealing. I like trying new ways to solve a problem.  My true life’s work, however, is raising my children to have a strong character, good manners, a big heart, and to be independent. The biggest compliment to me is when others compliment them.

A better way to get to know me, is for me to share a quick list of my loves, dislikes, and how I see myself.

I love…

making lists

babies and little kids

color, especially orange and blue (and pink & green) (and red:)

shopping, except for groceries

reading, especially Southern literature

home decor

being outside

having lots of pets

eating, but hate cooking

plaids and pearls

visiting decorated model homes


sweet tea, coffee, Diet Coke, and Diet Dr. Pepper

porch swings

outdoor concerts


floating on the lake

fried chicken and biscuits

learning new things


I …

am proud of my Southern heritage

am punctual

live for porch time

think I’m funny

am very competitive

am a little bit of an introvert

am a cancer survivor

have been a homeschooling mom

am a planner

am detail oriented

am a bit of a hoarder



So, how many interests do we share? Whether it’s many or just a few, I bet we all have one thing in common: we want to provide our family with a home that they can live comfortably in and feel proud of. I invite you to join me on this journey, as I turn inspiration into transformation!