“Kristy Woodson Harvey really knows how to tell a southern tale. Every single time her stories unwind gently, like a soft wind in Georgia, then that wind catches you off guard and throws you into her characters’ tumultuous lives. Slightly South of Simple is the same. One gracious, old home inherited from Grandma, one mother who has so many secrets if the walls talked they would pour out like lemonade on a hot summer day, and three headstrong sisters, all working their way through the chaotic mess and joy of life, together. I loved it.”
“Kristy Woodson Harvey cuts to the heart of what it means to be a born-and-bred Southerner, complete with the unique responsibilities, secrets and privileges that conveys. Discover four women who are at once different yet utterly the same, and a town that you won’t ever want to leave. Interior design, family secrets, life on the coast… it’s easy to see why everyone is buzzing about SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE.”
Good morning, readers! It’s the day after the big day. Slightly South of Simple officially released yesterday! It’s so exciting. We have had a fun-filled few days, signing early copies at the Codarus showroom at High Point Furniture Market, throwing a joint launch party/SPCA fundraiser in Kinston, NC and officially launching at the 92nd St. Y in NYC–with a pre-party at our fabulous new friend July Galloway’s gorgeous home. Tonight we’ll be at the Society Social Showroom, 73 Spring Street, from 6:30-8:30. Come say hi!
Slightly South of Simple is set in the charming town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a tiny town with a cast of quirky characters with Ansley Murphy, a widowed interior designer and mother of three daughters, at the helm.
One of my favorite characters in the book is a McDonald’s franchise owner turned handyman/bike refurbisher, Hippie Hal.
As Ansley says, the man may wear a piece of rope for a belt, but he has taste.
And he enlists his friend Ansley to turn his charming historic home in Peachtree Bluff’s downtown into a bachelor pad with plenty of style.
We imagine Hippie Hal’s redesigned home to look a little like this fabulous one from Hamptons Cottages & Gardens.
Vintage maps and antique wood add that masculine feel that every good bachelor pad needs.
Traditional colors and a mix of old and new furniture help maintain the integrity of the historic house with updated charm.
Hippie Hal has a lot of useful skills, not the least of which are in the kitchen.
With a light and bright breakfast room, he can serve plenty of guests.
Simplicity is one of the main tenants of this character’s life. We think this open shelving would suit him perfectly.
Neutral doesn’t have to be boring, as is evidenced by this room.
Touches of wood, even in unexpected places, add a hint of that British Colonial feel that Hal was looking for.
Varying shades of blue define the color palette throughout the home but provide enough variety to be interesting.
This navy nook provides a perfect crash pad for guests–or reading nook for catching up on the latest books.
This fun take on subway tile is a fabulous touch!
Hippie Hal always has a few bikes in his front yard. Looks like this charming house is no different!
Where I’ll be this week on the Slightly South of Simple Tour:
Wednesday, April 26: Blogger Brunch at The Enchanted Home, Private Event, 12 pm
Wednesday,April 26: Party at Society Social 73 Spring Street, New York, NY, Cocktails and hors d’ouvres, 6:30-8:30 pm, free and open to the public
Thursday, April 27: Read between the Wines at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Rd., Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 5-7 pm, 910-287-2800, Contact: Pat Wilson, [email protected]
Friday, April 28: Litchfield Books’ Moveable Feast, Luncheon, Talk and Signing, Grand Dunes Ocean Club, 101 Grande Dunes Bvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572, 11 am, open to the public, tickets required, Contact: Vicky Crafton, 843-237-8138, for tickets
Friday, April 28: Signing, Litchfield Books, 2 pm, free and open to the public
Friday,April 28: Keynote at General Federation of Womens’ Clubs of SC, Pawley’s Island, SC; Subject: Decorating tips for Mary Alice Monroe’s novel Beach House for Rent
Saturday,April 29: Charleston, SC luncheon and talk, High Cotton, 199 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, Contact: [email protected]
Sunday, April 30: Champagne brunch at Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event, $35 includes copy of novel, 2 pm, Contact: Contact Jamie Layton, Downtown Books, [email protected], (252) 473-1056
Don’t forget to enter to win a $250 Amazon gift card to stock up on all your summer necessities!
It’s here, it’s here, it’s here! Slightly South of Simple is officially out in the world. You can pick up your copy at your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or online at Amazon or any of your other favorite retailers. In the meantime, we wanted you to explore the home of my interior designer main character, Ansley Murphy, and get a little better feel for her aesthetic.
We picture Ansley’s aesthetic to be light, bright, streamlined and coastally chic.
In the historic, fictional town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, Ansley designs not only the yachts coming in and out of the harbor, but also the historic homes that line the picturesque downtown.
When Ansley’s three daughters come home–grandchildren in tow–that can only mean one thing: lots of family dinners! This is just the type of comfortable yet chic dining room that Ansley would love.
In her own home and in her redesigns, Ansley’s aesthetic is very natural with well-chosen pops of pretty colors. This green and yellow is absolutely lovely.
Wide-plank hardwood floors and windows that let in plenty of light are hallmarks of some of Ansley’s prettiest redesigns.
Of course, with all of those kids home, Ansley’s bedrooms are getting quite a bit of use! We picture this as the perfect master retreat where Ansley can get away from it all…
And a sweet blue color palette is perfect for soothing Sloane’s nerves while her husband is deployed.
A chic–and a touch Bohemian–canopy bed would suit Emerson, the youngest, actress daughter’s personality to a tee. We love the mix of antique and new!
But the best part of Ansley’s house? This gorgeous, waterfront porch, of course, where she can sit with her daughters and her mother and sort through all the big decisions they are making over the year that will change their lives–and their family–forever.
We want to thank you for being such loyal readers of Design Chic and hope that you will take the time to read Slightly South of Simple. It’s perfect for lounging beach or poolside or a gift for Mother’s Day, graduation, wedding guests or bridesmaids!
There’s nothing like a stunning vignette and a clear blue sea to make us dream of the beach.
And when we dream of the beach, what else to we dream of? Why, beach reading, of course!
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.
These gorgeous images capture that perfect relaxed beach feel–the one I hope readers also get from Slightly South of Simple–perfectly.
Pink and blue is a favorite, classic color combination, one that we were so excited to see on my new book cover!
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…)
This cozy beach house room is just the kind of place we’d like to spend a pretty post-spring break afternoon.
Today we’re in Kinston, NC at a fabulous home, celebrating Slightly South of Simple and raising money for the local Lenoir County SPCA.
Even though there’s nothing we’d rather be doing than supporting a cause close to our hearts, this picture is awfully tempting…
If you’re looking ahead to your own beach reading…
This is your last day to pre-order Slightly South of Simple before it releases tomorrow!
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!
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.
Nothing says “beach” like a gorgeous natural fiber rug. And a roaring fire makes this beach house perfect for year round relaxation and fun.
Every part of this house is clean, crisp and has the feeling of a chic escape.
Nothing adds a casual, put-your-sandy-feet-up feel quite like a slipcover. It makes for easy clean up at the end of the season too!
This sleek countertop is reminiscent of the sand outside the door. A recessed sink makes cleaning a breeze–and entertaining a cinch!
Speaking of entertaining… This is such a well-stocked bar! Everyone needs simple, beautiful barware.
Open shelving lends to the perfectly undone vibe of the beach house. Earth tones are a perfect fit.
Wood paneling is a necessity for a beach house! It juxtaposes beautifully with this fabulous tub and creates a totally custom look.
An outdoor shower is the perfect finishing touch for this incredible home. And the kayak? Icing on the cake! With Spring Break right around the corner, do you have plans?
Loving this beautiful Instagram pic of Slightly South of Simple from our fab friend Mary Anne from Classic Casual Home! It’s so hard to believe that I’m leaving for the Slightly South of Simple tour in less than a month! Check out the tour schedule and see if I’m coming to a city near you. I’d love to see you!