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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Banquette Seating, Serena & Lily Market Ready for Summer & More!

Banquette seating from Serena & Lily

 

Blue and White Banquette Seating + Natural Elements = Perfection

 

Serena & Lily Market

 

Serena & Lily Market Ready for Summer 


slightly south of simple and codarus

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.

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I’m heading to NYC one week from today, to launch Slightly South of Simple at the 92nd St Y–and I have 2 tickets to give away! If you’d like one–or a couple–just email me at [email protected]! Click here for event details.

 

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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 Mini Bag, which retails for $1250, 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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  • We have a wedding in July this summer and I think this could be a fun handbag
  • Love the graphic print on this dress
  • A shirtdress is a staple in my wardrobe
  • An Equipment blouse is a must for me and this one is in a great gingham pattern
  • How cute is this tunic

WEEKEND SALES

New Items added to Sale – love this maxi – anthropologie 

Extra 40%  off Sale- love this dress j crew

Just Added Savings Sale – love this cowhide rug one kings lane

Up to 70% off Sale- love these gladiators  – shopbop

Up to 65% off – bought this for the book tour- neiman marcus

New to Sale – serena and lily

New to Sale – nordstrom

New Items Added to Sale – saks fifth avenue

Buy More Save More – wisteria

 

Serena & Lily Ready for Summer and More!

Serena & Lily Westport

 

Serena & Lily Westport Ready for Summer

 

natural products

 

Natural Products for Spring Cleaning

 

maragita

 

A Margarita with Benefits

 


slightly south of simple and codarus

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.

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I’m heading to NYC one week from today, to launch Slightly South of Simple at the 92nd St Y–and I have 2 tickets to give away! If you’d like one–or a couple–just email me at [email protected]! Click here for event details.

 

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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 Mini Bag, which retails for $1250, 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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  • We have a wedding in July this summer and I think this could be a fun handbag
  • Love the graphic print on this dress
  • A shirtdress is a staple in my wardrobe
  • An Equipment blouse is a must for me and this one is in a great gingham pattern
  • How cute is this tunic

WEEKEND SALES

New Items added to Sale – love this maxi – anthropologie 

Extra 40%  off Sale- love this dress j crew

Just Added Savings Sale – love this cowhide rug one kings lane

Up to 70% off Sale- love these gladiators  – shopbop

Up to 65% off – bought this for the book tour- neiman marcus

New to Sale – serena and lily

New to Sale – nordstrom

New Items Added to Sale – saks fifth avenue

Buy More Save More – wisteria

 

Front Door Favorites, Home Inspiration by Martha Mulholland and More!

ivy on front door

 

Favorite Front Doors

domino

 

Home Inspiration by Martha Mulholland

 

Home Inspiration by Martha Mulholland

 marysia swim

 

wicker dining furniture

 

Add a Casual Vibe with Wicker

dering hall

 

bedroom with side tables

 

Expertly Styled Bedside Tables

dering hall

 

Washington Post

 

Design Chic Shares Statement Coffee Tables for Every Style and Space

washington post

 

Nicaragua with Kate Brien

 

Nicaragua with Kate Brien

–  marysia swim

 


slightly south of simple and cedars

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.

_______________________________________________

I’m heading to NYC one week from today, to launch Slightly South of Simple at the 92nd St Y–and I have 4 tickets to give away! If you’d like one–or a couple–just email me at [email protected]! Click here for event details.

 

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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 Mini Bag, which retails for $1250, 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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Things We Love: Cast Iron Sinks in The Bathroom

bathroom round mirror Brockway sink
Studio McGeeKohler Brockway sink

Good morning, Design Chicers! It is a beautiful day for a book club luncheon in my lovely hometown of Salisbury, NC. When it’s several book clubs together, all the better! The Slightly South of Simple tour is off to a great start because of book clubs and garden clubs, which we would imagine are some of the oldest and most beloved organizations around. 

Brockway sink in bathroom with subway tile
Domino

But, sometimes, there’s really no need to reinvent the wheel.

bathroom with Brockway sink and subway tile
BHG

When you’ve got a good thing going, why not stick with it?

bathroom with Brockway sink and red stools
Terra Cotta DesignsJeff Herr Photography

Cast iron sinks have been around almost as long as bathrooms themselves, and their enduring style and timeless attitude is a playful nod to the past, one that Ansley, the interior designer protagonist in Slightly South of Simple would love as she redesigns the historic homes in her town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia.

Brockway sink in bathroom
BHG

An easy way to get two faucets in a small space,

Kohler Brockway sink with round mirror
Domino

Cast iron sinks come in as many styles as their are bathrooms.

blue Brockway Kohler sink
BHG

In playful colors that are perfect for kids’ bathrooms,

orange bathroom with Brockway Kohler sink
Papyrus Home Design

And hearty, functional design that complements other bathroom stones, metals and textures, these old favorites can easily be dressed up or dressed down to suit any space.

bathroom with Kohler Brockway sink
BHG

Built into a cabinet,

bathroom with Kohler Brockway sink
Carla Lane Interiors

Or freestanding and just a touch industrial,

aqua bathroom with Brockway Kohler sink
LDa Architects

There are so many ways to style these sinks!

Brockway Kohler sink in bathroom
BHG

From brightly colored to simple white, cast iron sinks add an immediate charm to any bathroom. Have you ever lived in a house with a cast iron sink?

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It’s five days until the big day! If you haven’t preordered Slightly South of Simple, you still have time! I’ll be signing copies at South Main Book Co. on April 22, so, if you want a signed copy shipped straight to your door, don’t hesitate to contact Wendy at  (704) 630-9788. I’ll be personalizing all ordered copies on April 22! You can also preorder from your favorite local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, TargetIndiebound, Books-A-Million or wherever books are sold. 

Don’t forget to enter to win the fabulous Ferragamo Darina bag from our friends at Reebonz!
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An Art Filled Atlanta Pied-a-Terre

Good morning, chic readers from here in Hoschton, Georgia! The Slightly South of Simple tour is off to a terrific start. I am thrilled to be here today at Deaton Creek to talk to a fabulous group of writing, downsizing and creating a life you love.

living room

I’ll be in Atlanta later on the in tour (May 6 at Boxwoods at 11 am). In the spirit of Georgia, Slightly South of Simple’s setting, we thought we’d tour this fabulous Atlanta home by Barbara Westbrook and Elizabeth Hanson of Westbrook Interiors today.

dining room

Atlanta is one of our favorite cities because it combines the best parts of a big city and a small southern town.

dining nook with pendant

And, whether it’s a traditional home and yard with a picket fence or high rise city living you’re looking for, Atlanta offers both in style!

dining nook

This gorgeous Atlanta pied-a-terre has a view as beautiful as its interior.

We love the clean, uncluttered, streamlined look of this entire home.

master bedroom

It’s luxurious without being overdone or stuffy.

bathroom

And glamorous while still being livable.

sitting room with abstract art

This home even has its own master bedroom sitting area! Does it get any better?

dressing room

A hand-drawn Prunus pattern on glazed silk paper by Fromental defines this gorgeous vanity area. It makes a soft and elegant statement.

powder room with abstract wallpaper

A Phillip Jeffries floral wallpaper in the half bath is a little bolder.

bedroom with abstract art

This black and white bedroom proves that, when done right, a smaller bedroom can feel spacious, chic and fabulous for guests! Thanks so much for stopping by today to tour this Atlanta stunner!

INTERIOR DESIGN: Barbara Westbrook and Elizabeth Hanson, Westbrook Interiors

ARCHITECT: Robert Tretsch, Harrison Design

PHOTOGRAPHER:  Erica George Dines


 

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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