In Good Taste: Charles Hilton Architects

living room Charles Hilton Architects

Good morning, good morning, chic reader friends! We hope you are having a wonderful week. Ours is off to a terrific and busy start, which is really the best kind, if you ask us. 

living room Charles Hilton Architects

We are having a few days of weather in the 60s, which is a very happy occurrence for me, in particular, because, whether it’s 90 or -20 (Well, I mean, it’s NC, so it’s never -20…) I am outside playing tennis or golf or basketball, digging holes in the yard, finding bugs… Life with a little boy is never dull!

desk in bay window Charles Hilton Architects

The gorgeous designs of Charles Hilton Architects are never dull either, which is why we are always so excited to see what they come up with next!

kitchen Charles Hilton Architects

Are you big on open floor plans? Or are they not really your thing?

white kitchen Charles Hilton Architects

We always love chatting with designer friends about this because they tend to have a strong opinion one way or another. These rooms really straddle that line between open and closed, giving the airiness of a more open floor plan but still maximizing space.

office overlooking the water Charles Hilton Architects

This office is spectacular–and feels much more like being on one of the beautiful boats outside the window than inside a house. What a great feeling! (My boys would love this!)

blue and white dining room Charles Hilton Architects

Blue and white is a time-tested combination that can sometimes lean toward the more traditional side of things. The touches in this home give it that modern touch.(Did you see that lucite console and those benches? So cool!)

blue and white pool house Charles Hilton Architects

If there’s anywhere blue and white must live, it’s the pool house. This pool house remodel is so vibrant.

blue and white pool house Charles Hilton Architects

Fun patterns, textures and, of course, architectural details lend this pool house a fabulous personality.

guest bedroom Charles Hilton Architects

Speaking of personality. We’re loving everything about this room! Especially its versatility. The fabric and art are our favorite touches, but, if you took them away, the room would have a totally different–but still beautiful–feel. 

child's bedroom Charles Hilton Architects

Oh the views… Everything about this room is a cozy child’s haven that will grow as they do. We think a window seat should be mandatory for a child! I can’t count the number of hours I spend curled up in mine! (It’s no coincidence I have two in my grown-up house!)

blue and white bathroom

Just, yes… It’s all perfection!

pool and pool house Charles Hilton Architects

If the pool house is good the pool must be pretty great too, right? This one definitely doesn’t disappoint! And in only a short couple of months we can be lounging by one again! 

What’s your favorite Charles Hilton space?

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More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

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In Good Taste: Rafe Churchill Architecture

Gray kitchen with Green pendants- Rafe Churchill

Happy Tuesday, Design Chicers! (I am completely shocked that I have never thought of “Design Chicers” before. I think I’m using that from now on.) If you’re trying to escape from the cold today, escape with us–and the good taste of Rafe Churchill Architecture.

Gray kitchen with Farmhouse Sink - Rafe Churchill

Deep wood, dark counters, touches of brass… We’re feeling warmer already!

Farmhouse sink- Rafe Churchill

It is the details, as we all know, that make a home truly extraordinary, that take it from pretty to perfect. This sink is one of those details! Ditto those pulls.

large kitchen island - Rafe Churchill

We are firm believers that every room needs a touch of black, and we have a feeling that these architects and homeowners agree. The black bar stools are so chic!

farmhouse table with transitional chandelier - Rafe Churchill

Nothing warms us quite like the sun, and we are huge fans of all the windows in these lovely homes. This fixture is the perfect touch of whimsy.

gray kitchen with wood island - Rafe Churchill

Rustic wood… Soft grays… A pot of soup boiling on the stove… Every unique touch in this kitchen feels homey.

kitchen with butcher block island - Rafe Churchill

We’re always torn in the kitchen because, of course, we love to accessorize. But then again, there are so many things in the kitchen that take up space anyway. We love how this kitchen makes use of the fresh and the functional to add charm and depth.

farmhouse office - Rafe Churchill

I am currently in the process of designing my dream office–it won’t be this big, but I just need a tiny, cozy spot. And it is a LOT of pressure. You always dream about what you want your office to look like, but putting it down on paper and trying to visualize creating something from nothing… Well, it’s very fun but a little daunting. My must haves? My Delano desk from Currey & Co, major bookshelves, a fireplace and lots of light. These bookshelves are giving me lots of inspiration!

sewing room - Rafe Churchill

Seeing people’s charming craft rooms makes us wish we were crafty! We could pull out our sewing machine and whip up some new pillows or wrap a gift that would knock your socks off…

bathroom with oriental rug - Rafe Churchill

But, alas, it is not the case. We are, however, terrific at taking baths. (That’s something, right?)

bathroom with cowhide rug - Rafe Churchill

And this gorgeous room proves that bathtubs–and tile floors–don’t have to be white. We love the darker color combination here. It feels woodsy and warm.

farmhouse sunroom with shiplap ceiling - Rafe Churchill

This is the kind of place to spend a chilly day. Warm sun, cozy furniture, a snuggly throw… We could stay here and while away the afternoon… If only it weren’t time to pick up carpool! 

However you spend your afternoon, we hope it’s wonderful!

For more from one of our new favorite architects, visit his website!

 

More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

Also, 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!)



House Tour: Birmingham Beauty

home-and-garden

Good morning, chic readers! Birmingham, Alabama is one of our favorite southern cities, and this Birmingham House by architect James F. Carter gives us one more reason to add to the list of reasons we love this southern enclave.

gardens

With all the modern amenities of a brand new house,

southern

But the stately details that overflow with old southern charm. 

black-and-white

Can you get any more classic than those black and white floors?

bookshelf

Those stairwell areas are always hard to decorate. How many pictures do you need? How do you space a gallery wall? This bookshelf idea is totally genius!

speaking

Speaking of bookshelves and Alabama (and speaking of speaking…) I have the privilege of speaking at Hoover, Alabama’s Southern Voices, which is most certainly a bucket-list item of mine, Saturday, February 25.

dining

It will be such a privilege to present alongside some of my personal favorite authors, Rebecca Wells (the Ya-Ya Sisterhood), Chris Bohjalian, Julie Cantrell, Mary Kubica and Karen White, along with a few that I am so excited to get to know. If you’re in the area, come see us!

readers

I am going to go out on a limb and say that I think these homeowners might just be avid readers.

wood

Bookshelves in every room are the kind of statement we like to make!

paneling

This paneling is just exquisite. It’s hard to believe that this is a new house!

brass

Navy and brass is a classic color combination that we can’t get enough of. 

kitchen

It is perfection in the kitchen, the perfect shade to feel deep but not heavy.

hardware

We think one of the major characteristics that separates the old from the new is hardware. This lock makes the door look like it has been there forever!

bedroom

Sloping rooflines add such character.

paint

Did we mention charm? Oh, the charm!

nook

What a perfect little nook for working–or daydreaming. 

bathroom

Classic details, beautifully implemented, are always in style. We think it’s safe to say that James Carter has gorgeously good taste.

What do you think?


In Good Taste: James F. Carter Architect, Birmingham, Ala

shiplap hallway - James F. Carter Architect

From charming cottages and cozy cabins to grand estates and gorgeous outdoor spaces James F. Carter adds the perfect architectural details to every space he designs. We are always in awe of talent, but that awe is doubled when it is so incredibly versatile. You’ll want to savor every fabulous detail in this architect’s arsenal.  

shiplap beach house- James F. Carter Architect

 

kitchen with wooden stools - James F. Carter Architect

 

 

blue and white bunkbeds - James F. Carter Architect

 

blue and white bunkbeds - James F. Carter Architect

 

white kitchen - James F. Carter Architect

 

cabin - James F. Carter Architect

 

dining room with wood beams - James F. Carter Architect

 

cabin bedroom with raw wood ceiling - James F. Carter Architect

 

White Georgian House with dormers - James F. Carter Architect

 

Stables with cupula - James F. Carter Architect

 

stable - James F. Carter Architect

 

garden with pool - James F. Carter Architect

We don’t think we could pick a favorite space. Which is yours? Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!


 

More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

Also, 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!)

House Tour: A City Residence

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Good morning, chic friends! Our friends at Skurman Architects have a treat for us today! A beautiful city residence that is perfection from the outside in.

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InGoodTaste:Mark Finlay

1ingt mark finlay

It’s basically a holiday where we are this week: the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament! The first over-500 pound fish was caught today, raking in the $433,500. Hemingway would be proud. My son is in heaven watching these giant fish come in and get weighed. I’m more considering what I would do with the prize money!

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