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Today took me to the beautiful mountains of Virginia to the charming Draper Mercantile to meet some amazing readers and talk about Lies and Other Acts of Love. Being a beach girl now, it’s always fun to visit the mountains we visited so often as a child. We still love a good ski day, but there’s nothing like a beautiful beach, as our friends at Coastal Living can attest.

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This Jamaica home is everything a great vacation place should be: relaxed, simple, and very, very vibrant.

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This pink kitchen is the cutest! And who wants to spend all her time cooking while on vacation?

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This cozy, multi-purpose alternative to a bunk room is perfect for sleep or play. And this storage solution is positively charming.

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The eclectic art is the icing on the cake in this great bedroom.

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Painted wood walls are always welcome at a beach house. They add instant style. 

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In a beach house as great as this one, there’s really no harm in getting a little sand on the floors. But it’s nice to get to wash up before you go inside all the same. We hope the rest of your summer holds a little sand in paradise!

Photo: Brie Williams; Stylist: Liz Strong via Coastal Living



I am so excited because we have already started planning the Slightly South of Simple book tour for next April and May. We’re going to do something really fun this year in honor of the fact that protagonist Ansley Murphy is an interior designer: a house tour!

If you might be interested in having the Slightly South of Simple tour come to your house (or town!) don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected] for more information!