A Recipe for Southern Deviled Eggs.

For some reason I’m always the one that seems to be in charge of making the deviled eggs at our family gatherings and I sure don’t mind a bit. It’s one dish that’s always a staple on our Easter table but honestly there are few family gatherings that don’t include this staple around our parts. 

The best recipe for Southern Deviled Eggs / heirloomed

About two years ago with teamed up with Atlanta ceramics artist Devanie Schillip to create our Deviled Egg Crate Platter, inspired but the simplicity of the farm stand paper egg containers, and to fulfill my quest of being able to find a Deviled Egg platter that wasn’t large and round (and hard to fit in your fridge or on your dining room table!). The result has become of our best-sellers in the collection, and the beautiful deep grey glaze is the perfect pairing for showcasing your next batch of Deviled Eggs.

The best Southern Deviled Egg recipe / heirloomed
slicing Deviled Eggs / recipe / heirloomed

As part of my Southern Kitchen Bucket List (and one that I actually have already mastered for once!), I love sharing my recipe for Deviled Eggs because when people enjoy them it makes me think it’s because that’s the way they remember the recipe tasting in their own home. The fact that they will get the chance to recreate a family recipe just makes my heart full. And that’s just the thing about learning to make really great Deviled Eggs, it’s a practice-makes-perfect kind of recipe that you have to just sit in the kitchen and make with your Mom over and over again to get just the right taste and texture. 

It was actually kind of hard for me to put this one into a recipe format for sharing because I’ve made these so many times that it is truly a splash of this and a scoop of that when I actually make them in my own kitchen. But if you’re the measuring type then the below recipe will get you pretty close!

Southern Deviled Eggs recipe with Dukes mayonnaise / heirloomed
Classic Deviled Eggs recipe / Dukes Mayo / heirloomed

Southern Deviled Eggs

6 whole Organic Eggs, hardboiled + halved vertically 

4 TBSP Dukes Mayonnaise 

2 TBSP pickled relish

1 TBSP apple cider vinegar

2 tsp Coleman's Dry Mustard Powder

1/2 tsp Kosher salt

Cracked Pepper

1 bundle Green Onions

Begin by hard boiling a dozen eggs for approximately 10 minutes, then allowing them to cool completely in an ice water bath. Peel, wash and pat dry, slicing each egg vertically. In a medium-sized glass bowl spoon out the yolk from each egg, setting aside the egg whites. To the bowl of egg yolks add mayonnaise, pickled relish, apple cider vinegar and dry mustard. Mash and mix with a fork until the appropriate texture is achieved. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Coleman's Dry Mustard Powder / Deviled Eggs Recipe / heirloomed
How to make the best Deviled Eggs / recipe / heirloomed

At this point it’s great to stop and taste your mixture to see if you can get it just like you remember from your childhood. Play with it by adding just a tad more mayo, relish or apple cider vinegar until you get it just right but go slowly so you can make adjustments along the way. Once you have it just right, scoop a generous spoonful of your yolk mixture into the “bowl” of each halved egg white and set each in your Deviled Egg Platter.

I prefer to just scoop mine in there instead of getting to fancy with the pastry bag but feel free to go with your presentation preference. Once each filled egg has been added to your platter, add a generous sprinkling of kosher salt, freshly cracked pepper and little round snips of your green onions over the top of the eggs for a beautiful and fresh presentation on your table. 

Southern Deviled Eggs recipe / heirloomed
Cracked pepper over classic Deviled Eggs / heirloomed

There are SO many variations on Deviled Eggs out there these days, so feel free to take this classic recipe and adapt to spice it up a little with a dab of olive tapenade on top, mix in a little mound of fresh crab or add a generous piece of salty bacon on top. However you take your Deviled Eggs, these are sure to become a staple for your Easter table and far beyond!

green onions garnish Deviled Eggs / heirloomed

I’d love to know the secret to your own family recipe for Deviled Eggs. #HEIRLOOMED And, if you love deviled eggs too, I'd appreciate if you share or pin this recipe!

Southern Deviled Egg / pin it Pinterest / heirloomed

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Capsule Collection + Spring Staples to add.

About 5 years ago I made the not-so-difficult decision to completely revamp my closet and wardrobe, weeding out all the pieces I no longer actually wore. The most signifiant edit I made was getting rid of any piece that was actually colorful. Insert your gasp here.

Now, if you know me or have ever peeked at my Pinterest "neutral style" Board then you know that I didn't have to get rid of too many things to make this happen. If you look at my closet today it's a thoughtful array of grey, white, black, chambray, denim and nude, with the occasional mix of drab green and navy blue. Any print is far and few between and generally comes in the form of a classic stripe or plaid.

Creating a capsule collection was a pretty easy task for me, though I'm always on the hunt for staple pieces to add to my collection. Always. Having a whole wardrobe of pieces that mix and match each other usually makes getting ready a breeze, and with my entrepreneur / mom lifestyle I love piece that can take me from the warehouse to a meeting to carpool without missing a beat.

Because I love to share stories here about things that are vintage and classic, I thought it would be fun to incorporate a little style series to share some of my favorite pieces. Chances are, they're pieces you'll be able to keep around season after season, generation after generation.

Love to know some of your favorite wardrobe staples!

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heirloomed story : Namesake Mantle Clock.

I love sharing the stories behind some of the "old" things in our home and how we mix them with "new" to make a fresh and current, yet still a storied space. 

There are quite a few treasured pieces that are true heirlooms in my family, ones that were passed down to me through my family instead of me sourcing them from antique stores or vintage markets. This Mantle Clock is one of those pieces.

southern plantation mantle clock / heirloomed

This piece came from my namesake, my Great Aunt Ashley whom I never met but my association have heard many stories. I guess she must have been a pretty special lady if I was named after her. Well, she is to me for any sake. 

As the story goes there were many, many mantle clocks in their beautiful Southern plantation home back in the day. As with most plantation homes, the Virginia estate featured several fireplaces and this beauty was lucky enough to sit atop one of the mantles for many, many years. 

It's a heavy piece with a beautiful, worn black patina that reminds me of a cast iron pan that has been well-used in the kitchen. The simple yet special guided design details also have a beautiful look today, a luster that you can't quite get when producing new pieces.

The parts + pieces are all here but it's time to find a good clock maker to take a look at it and see if they can get it back up and running for me, as I'm just dying to hear the hourly chime it produces. I can only imagine what it must have sounded like on the hour in Ashley's house, with each clock delivering it's own unique sound and echoing through the halls all at once.

Today, this piece sits in our living room in our built-in book case as it is actually too deep to sit on either of our fireplace mantles (at least comfortably ... it's heavy and I'd hate for it to fall!). When it catches my eye it always makes me smile and gives me great appreciation for my commonplace name that is actually a family one. 

Growing up I always joked that there was at least 2 other Ashley's in my class at any given time. "Ashley L." was what I became known as to many of my friends + teachers but in looking back I love the "Gone with the Wind" connotation which is the same feeling I get when thinking about Aunt Ashley and her storied home as well. I'd love to visit it one day during my travels to see the original family home and try to imagine which of the fireplaces this little treasure adorned. 

I'd love to see you share your own #HEIRLOOMED treasures and stories with us!



heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com

MEET THE ARTIST : Britt Bass.

Britt Bass' work is inspired by the "grand and small." The shapes and colors she uses are derivative of "everything from the shadows reflected onto buildings to the way the mountains meet the sea." 

The aqueous media she works in successfully portray these inspirations. Britt's paintings are done in one or a combination of acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastels, pencils, inks and others. When it comes to her medium she says, "the messier the better!" 

Britt's studio, though, is bright, clean and well-organized. Along the walls you'll see her finished pieces, and if you walk far enough back in the shotgun-style space, you'll find the large work tables she uses to stretch canvases, pack orders and store work. Even farther back and you'll find her printing room, where her giclee reproductions come to life on canvas and paper. She says that separating all of her workspaces and processes like this allows her to be fully present when she's creating her works. 

Collaborating with other local artists is important, and Britt is no exception. Currently, she's collaborating with Atlantan illustrator, Meredith Mejerle. She incorporates Meredith's "beautiful florals" into her own work, creating stunning compositions representative of both artists. 

Her dog and studio companion, Birdie.

Her dog and studio companion, Birdie.

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When we spoke with Britt about her work, she shared with us the story of the necklace she rarely takes off. The diamond on the necklace was once a part of her grandmother's engagement ring. Britt's father gave her the necklace on her wedding day, and it quickly became her "everyday staple." A special heirloom and reminder of the grandmother she sadly never got to meet, the necklace has barely moved from her neck since her wedding day. That being said, she's sure that one day she'll pass it on. 

The necklace given to Britt by her father, featuring the diamond from her Grandmother's engagement ring.

The necklace given to Britt by her father, featuring the diamond from her Grandmother's engagement ring.


When it comes to heirlooms and the preservation of stories, there's nothing more important than hearing the narratives and inspirations of the makers and collaborators in your communities. We believe firmly in those people who work with their hands and master their craft, keeping it alive for another generation.

So, we reached out to artists in our community who we look to for inspiration ourselves. We asked them for insight into their creative processes, the legacy of their artwork, the importance of learning fundamental skills of a craft, and the role that their most special heirloom plays in their day-to-day. We also talked to them about our newest Studio Apron and received their design feedback. We wanted to ensure that the Studio Apron would be for artists and by artists. 

heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com

heirloomed story : The Vintage Safe.

There are certain objects I’m drawn to when I go out rummaging through antique stores, estates sales and the like.

I usually drag my husband and kiddos and dog along for the ride when we are on a road trip, sometimes they all wait in the car while I head in to explore but many times they all come along and dig right there with me. It is a tradition from my own childhood that I remember from the long car rides up to North Carolina each summer, stopping along the way at any place that looked interesting and full of treasures.

Vintage safes are hard to come by these days so when we find one we always stop to take a peek. My husband may actually be more into them than me, and I love his passion for hunting these treasures. We found our first safe in a now obsolete antique mall in Thomasville, Georgia, where a city where find many of our treasures during our travels. The shop owner told us it had been there awhile and that he still had the working combination so we could actually get inside. This size safe was perfect for a personal collection, something one could keep in their home or small shop and stash some of their valuable possessions. We love them for their size as they make a perfect end table, and a great conversation piece.

Our first safe is inscribed with the safe makers name, and Birmingham, ALA on the front.  A dark, worn black color with gold decorative details. It is heavy as can be, 500 lbs or so if I had to guess and we often worried about it going right through the floor of our old 1940’s home so it didn’t get moved very often. When we brought it home for the first time we opened it up with the shopkeepers combination to find a special treasure inside. An old land deed from a plot somewhere in very rural South Georgia, complete with a large leather medallion attached. I wondered how long it had been since anyone had actually been inside. I have always been glad we snagged this first safe, mostly because my husband couldn’t find a way to get the enormous wall safe that was built into the building out. A crane and wrecking ball was the only solution the shopkeeper had offered us at the time, though he wasn’t keen on that idea himself.

Our second safe now sits in our Keeping Room, and ironically also came from Thomasville from another of my favorite shops. My best friend called to tell me she had spotted it there, knowing our fondness for them but also because it featured the location of “Monticello” on the front. Now this particular one was from Monticello, Florida, not far from my hometown of Tallahassee, but since our family farm is in Monticello, Georgia we had an instant connection to this special piece and knew at once we had to have it.

One of my favorite features of these beautiful pieces are their interiors, which are often very decorative and colorful, with lots of little drawers and shelves. Many of them have hand-painted numbers and letters, some marking the last time the safe was inspected. It’s a shame we can’t keep them open all the time to enjoy the decorative interior, but the many little hands and fingers in our house prevent us from doing so - and I’m sure have saved a slammed finger or two for that very reason. 


heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Ourshop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linenapronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com