In Living Color

color on porch
Architectural Digest

There’s nothing like a stunning vignette and a clear blue sea to make us dream of the beach. 

living room with wood beams
Architectural Digest

And when we dream of the beach, what else to we dream of? Why, beach reading, of course!

beach chic
Ralph Lauren Home

We can’t believe that Slightly South of Simple is releasing tomorrow officially. It will be on the shelves at your favorite local bookstores, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target, on Amazon and wherever books are sold. 

Architectural Digest

These gorgeous images capture that perfect relaxed beach feel–the one I hope readers also get from Slightly South of Simple–perfectly. 

CTC&G

Pink and blue is a favorite, classic color combination, one that we were so excited to see on my new book cover!

Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

The pictures really don’t do it justice. This is one of those books we’d buy just for the cover! (Even if I didn’t happen to write it…)

Andrew J. Howard Interiors

This cozy beach house room is just the kind of place we’d like to spend a pretty post-spring break afternoon. 

Summer Thornton

Today we’re in Kinston, NC at a fabulous home, celebrating Slightly South of Simple and raising money for the local Lenoir County SPCA.

Coastal Living

Even though there’s nothing we’d rather be doing than supporting a cause close to our hearts, this picture is awfully tempting…

Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

If you’re looking ahead to your own beach reading…

Meg Braff Interior Design

This is your last day to pre-order Slightly South of Simple before it releases tomorrow! 

Kristy Hard at Work

What are the chances I would have worn a hot pink dress in my author photo? Maybe I was trying to conjure a pink-and-blue book cover!

Slightly South of Simple

Thank you, thank you to all of our wonderful, loyal Design Chic readers. We love seeing you every day, getting your emails and comments and hearing your thoughts. And I am especially grateful of all of your support of my writing career. You have all just rallied around me from the first day. I hope you love this one, the first book in the Peachtree Bluff Series, as much as I loved writing it! 

This is the last day to enter to win!! We’re partnering with our friends at Reebonz to give away a stunning black, Salvatore Ferragamo Darina back, which retails for $1750, to one lucky reader! If you’ve already ordered Slightly South of Simple, don’t forget to enter this one! And if you haven’t, now is your chance! Pre-order from your local bookstore, Indiebound.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or Duck’s Cottage


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Magical Garden Parties

Garden Party with Carolyne Roehm
Carolyne Roehm via CTC&G

 

Good morning, chic readers! For those of you who celebrate, we hope you had a terrific Easter weekend! It is almost impossible to believe that I leave today for the Slightly South of Simple tour–and my first event is tomorrow! (But don’t worry. The book doesn’t release until April 25, so there’s still time to pre-order from your favorite store to have your copy in hand on launch day!)

garden party
Carolyne Roehm

 

After months of planning and plotting, and, yup, you guessed it, packing, we are ready to take this five weeks by storm!

garden party
Lonny

 

A garden party seemed appropriate for today for a number of reasons, not the least of which that it is spring, spring, spring and there is no better season to be outdoors and take the time to implement those special touches.

Architectural Digest

 

But another reason that it’s appropriate is because my first event tomorrow is speaking to the fabulous Talisman Garden Club in Spartanburg, SC. 

garden party
Suzanne Tucker and Timothy Marks

 

The event will be held at the beautiful Piedmont Club, which the stunning Montgomery House, an 1893 Queen Ann with quite a bit of history, was converted into.

garden party
Tara Guerard

 

Many of the original rooms–including the fabled ballroom–are not open to the public, but I’m going to see if I can finagle (or sneak… whatever…) in there and get a peek for all of you! If you don’t follow us on Instagram–@kristywharvey–make sure to start. I’ll be sharing lots of fun video and photo coverage of the stunning homes we’ll be touring as a part of the SSoS tour!

dining al fresco
Architectural Digest

 

Either way, there is nothing more southern than starting a book tour in an historic home converted to a beautiful club and dining and speaking with a group of women who put a strong emphasis on beauty and culture. 

garden party
Tara Guerard via Lonny

 

I bet those ladies know how to throw a garden party!

garden party dining
Architectural Digest

 

These pictures might just be inspiration enough for throwing some of our own this summer, but, just in case, we can’t wait to hear some of these lovely ladies’ best tips for creating a garden party in style

porch dining
Architectural Digest

 

Mint juleps (or Antebellum Juleps as we’re having at some of my outdoor events!) and sweet tea are a must, of course. 

garden party with flowers
BHG

 

And colorful blooms straight from the garden can’t help but add charm galore.

garden party dining alfresco
Jenny Kayne via OKL

 

Favorite china and glassware are always a welcome touch.

dining al fresco
John Hummel & Associates

 

But, really, the thing that makes every garden party so much fun is the people around the table. We hope your week holds some special time with wonderful friends. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

We are so excited to by celebrating the beginning of the Slightly South of Simple book launch in style! We’re partnering with our friends at Reebonz to give away a stunning black, Salvatore Ferragamo Darina back, which retails for $1750, to one lucky reader! If you’ve already ordered Slightly South of Simple, don’t forget to enter this one! And if you haven’t, now is your chance! Pre-order from your local bookstore, Indiebound.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or Duck’s Cottage


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Thank you so much to our fabulous–and hilarious–friend Katie Clooney at Preppy Empty Nester for this fabulous review of Slightly South of Simple!  

“I highly recommend Slightly South of Simple to the reader who appreciates the charm of Southern Literature.  It’s one of the best.”–Katie Clooney, Preppy Empty Nester

photo via Lindsay Corrigan

 

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We are so excited for one of the biggest design weekends of the year.  If you are at High Point Market, we’d love for you to drop by the Codarus Showroom, IHFC H220, on Sunday, April 23, 3-5pm  for snacks, sips and Slightly South of Simple.

New York Living: Re-Inventing Home

 

New York Living: Re-Inventing Home

I always thought I would live in New York. Maybe not forever. The average southerner only makes it 18 months, after all. But Mom and Dad lived there, at least for a while, and we were very frequent visitors for my entire life. 

As it turns out, I’m a small town girl through and through, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still love heading to NYC to meet with my editor or, as I’ll be doing April 25 and 26, having my very first NYC book launch! 

No doubt about it, New York living is different. The spaces can be smaller, but not only do we love a good cozy space, we also love to see how creative people get with them! Tub by the fireplace anyone? It’s genius!

Of course, not every New York space is small. Not at all. 

But, no matter the size, it seems that New Yorkers know better than most anyone how to take advantage of every square inch in total style.

A fabulous new coffee table book, New York Living: Re-Inventing Home displays the ups and downs, highs and lows and ins and outs of city living at its finest. From a Brooklyn brownstone to a 5th Avenue Penthouse, this gorgeous book indulges our curiosity in how other people live.

If you’re a fan of city living–or simply a fan of seeing how other people live–make sure to pick up a copy for your coffee table!

Speaking of New York:

We’re so thrilled that the NYC Slightly South of Simple launch party on April 26, 2017 will be at Roxy Te’s gorgeous Society Social showroom. If you don’t know Roxy’s work, you will love, love, love her and her fabulous wares. We’d love to see you there and on April 25 at the 92nd Street Y!

NYC launch party for Slightly South of Simple

 


Slightly South of Simple is on Preorder special right now for only $9.41!

If you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)

 

 

Things We Love: Goodman Hanging Lamps

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Barbara Waltman via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

If there’s one thing we think completely transforms a room, it’s statement lighting

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Pendant lighting in a kitchen illuminates any island in style.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over an island
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

For the ultimate in stylish pendant lighting Goodman pendants are oh so chic.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Wendy Labrum Interiors

 

A white light with a gold interior is so gorgeous and lends the perfect touch of sparkle and shine.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Sotheby’s Realty

 

Metallics add a bit of glamour to any room, and these perfectly sized pendants add instant wow-factor.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

These gorgeous lamps add another touch of gold to this very stylish kitchen. We love the juxtaposition of the gold with the steel windows and doors.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Munger Interiors

 

The high-low combination lends a homey feel to this stunning kitchen. The Goodman pendants are the perfect bridge between the two styles.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Geoff Chick and Associates

 

If you aren’t a friend of mixing metals, silver Goodman pendants are the way to go. The shades of gray all combined are beautiful.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Elizabeth Metcalfe Interior Design

 

Then again, speaking of mixing metals, the gold and silver mixed together is always one of our favorite looks.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Chango & Co

 

Goodman pendants add a sparkling element to this lovely kitchen. The mixture of the wood, metallic and white are lovely.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
New England Home

 

All of these elements mix together beautifully to create a stunning kitchen.

Goodman Pendant Lights in kitchen
Ashley Winn Design

 

A beautiful backsplash, a shiny countertop, fabulous barstools and Goodman pendants… It’s the perfect recipe for a gorgeous kitchen! 

Are you a fan of Goodman Hanging lamps?

Have you entered our fabulous Minted giveaway yet? We’d love to see what you do with your $350!

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House Tour: Martha’s Vineyard Charmer!

Martha's Vineyard House Tour entrance

We all have them, those favorite places in the world that we love to return to again and again, year after year. For our family, one of those places has always been Martha’s Vineyard. We love quaint, charming places on the water with a few good shops and a few good restaurants. When it comes to those, Martha’s Vineyard is hard to beat. As if we needed anything else to love about this wonderful town, this beautiful home by Liliane Hart Interiors has just put us right over the top–and has us dreaming about a return trip! Take a peek. We think you’ll love it just as much as we do. 

Martha's Vineyard House Tour living room

 

Martha's Vineyard House Tour living room

 

Martha's Vineyard House Tour dining room

 

Martha's Vineyard House Tour family room

 

Martha's Vineyard House Tour kitchen

 

Martha's Vineyard House Tour kitchen

 

Martha's Vineyard House Tour porch

 

Martha's Vineyard House Tour bathroom

 

Martha's Vineyard House Tour bedroom

 

Martha's Vineyard House Tour bedroom

 

Martha's Vineyard House Tour bathroom

 

Martha's Vineyard House Tour bedroom

 

Martha's Vineyard House Tour bedroom

We hope you enjoyed this fabulous Martha’s Vineyard tour. Do you have a favorite vacation spot?


With less than three weeks until the Slightly South of Simple book tour officially begins, we are getting so excited and feeling the need to celebrate! Celebrate with us by entering to win a $350 gift card from our friends at Minted!

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In Good Taste: Marshall Watson Interiors

Marshall Watson Interiors entrance with flowers
Photographer: Alise O’Brien

 

 Pinterest-worthy. That’s what we’d say about Marshall Watson Interior Design

Marshall Watson Interiors dining table
Photographer: Alise O’Brien

 

With all the choices of things to pin out there these days, that’s a pretty high compliment. 

Marshall Watson Interiors poolside
Photographer: Alise O’Brien

 

But these gorgeous rooms and outdoor spaces by these user-talented designers are ones we want to remember, take inspiration from and come back to again and again. 

Marshall Watson Interiors porch
Photographer: Geno Perches

 

If we weren’t already having Spring fever (which we are, big time…) then this porch would certainly inspire it. From the lush landscape to the beautiful touches, every element is utter perfection.

Marshall Watson Interiors dining room
Photographer: Geno Perches

 

These banana leaf chairs are some of our favorites! In fact, we have them in the Beaufort playroom!

Marshall Watson Interiors dining table on the porch
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

Dining al fresco has never looked so good. Sunflowers add a cheerful burst of color.

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

Dark furniture and warm tones make this light-filled room feel super cozy.

Marshall Watson Interiors bedroom
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

Just… wow. Does it get more breathtaking?

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

You know we love designers who are versatile, and the eclectic range of looks here is phenomenal! 

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: Luke White

 

Soft colors and comfortable textures combine here to create a room that is both comfortable and chic.

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: Luke White

 

We just love the feel of this beautiful home!

Marshall Watson Interiors dining room
Photographer: Luke White

 

This is the kind of space where we would like to be dining tonight–or any night. A beautiful vision, perfectly conceived… Well, we’d say that’s what Marshall Watson Interiors is all about! 

For more work from this fabulous designer, you don’t want to miss his new book,  The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors, available now!

We’re celebrating that my new book Slightly South of Simple is coming out in less than one month by partnering with our friends at Minted to host a fabulous $350 giveaway! Enter now!

 

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