A Stunning Shorefront House and Slightly South of Simple!

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! 

You can pick up from your favorite local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, TargetIndiebound, Books-A-Million or wherever books are sold. 

Want to find out more?


Images via Phoebe Howard Design

 

Ten Spring-Ready Porches for Effortless Entertaining

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Suzanne Kasler Design via One Kings Lane

 

Good morning, chic readers!

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Historical Concepts

 

It is feeling like spring here, and all we can think about is getting outside. 

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Summer Thornton Design

 

Outdoor entertaining is one of our favorite things about this fabulous season.

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Serena & Lily

 

And we can always use a little porch inspiration!

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Whether your porch is neutral or bright, has wicker furniture, wrought iron or teak, we can all agree on one thing:

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It should be comfortable!

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Lisa Mende Design via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

We believe that outdoor spaces should coordinate with indoor ones, be an extension of the home’s decor–but, perhaps, with a touch more color and whimsy. 

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Serena & Lily

 

Then again, neutral surroundings that let the natural beauty shine are fabulous as well.

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Patrick Ahearn Architects

 

A beautiful fireplace is like icing on a fabulous cake. 

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Aerin Lauder’s Palm Beach Porch via Architectural Digest

 

And, of course, the view makes the porch. 

 

 

 

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Aerin Lauder via Architectural Digest

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With a view like this, you can’t help but want to get outside! Needless to say, these stunning photos have done nothing to cure our Spring fever! Are you sprucing your porch for spring?


 

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Lindsay Corrigan Photography

 

Only Two Weeks Until Slightly South of Simple Releases! Coming up next week. we’ll be giving away a gorgeous Ferragamo Darina bag from our friends at Reebonz–so stay tuned for that.

NYC Friends, fun news! I have 5 tickets to my official launch at the 92nd St Y to give away! I’ll be talking about Slightly South of Simple and giving tips for Decorating Small NYC Spaces. Email me at [email protected] to claim your ticket! 

https://www.facebook.com/2725779/videos/10104358031087588/

 

Westport, Connecticut Beach House

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Is there anything more classic than a fabulous cedar shake beach house? We don’t think so! 

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This stunning Westport, Connecticut beach house by Austin Patterson Disston Architects is just the kind of place that would be perfect for Spring Break!

Westport, Connecticut beach house foyer

Well, a very, very sophisticated Spring Break!

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Nothing says “beach” like a gorgeous natural fiber rug. And a roaring fire makes this beach house perfect for year round relaxation and fun.

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Every part of this house is clean, crisp and has the feeling of a chic escape.

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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!

Westport, Connecticut beach house kitchen

This sleek countertop is reminiscent of the sand outside the door. A recessed sink makes cleaning a breeze–and entertaining a cinch!

Westport, Connecticut beach house kitchen

Speaking of entertaining… This is such a well-stocked bar! Everyone needs simple, beautiful barware.

Westport, Connecticut beach house kitchen

Open shelving lends to the perfectly undone vibe of the beach house. Earth tones are a perfect fit.

Westport, Connecticut beach house bathroom

Wood paneling is a necessity for a beach house! It juxtaposes beautifully with this fabulous tub and creates a totally custom look.

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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!

Mary Ann’s Instagram and we’d love for you to visit us on Instagram, too!

Charming Riverside House in Georgia

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With the Slightly South of Simple book tour only weeks away, we have Georgia on the brain! SSoS is set in the fictional town of Peachtree Bluff, but this Riverside house in Georgia is completely real–and totally charming! 

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Packed with cozy style and adorable features, this kitchen looks like the perfect place to enjoy hot, sweet cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven with someone you love.

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This exposed ceiling makes an incredible architectural feature–and creates the feeling of so much more space in a room. What a great hack for low ceilings!

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Everything about this room calls for curling up by the fire and enjoying a good book. With the weather this week, that might be something we could all use a little more of!

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Another incredible ceiling that totally defines this room. We love when the decor simply serves to intensify the charm of the architectural details of the house. This whole room has a casual-yet-elegant feel. 

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Wood paneling adds instant character–and a game table infuses a room with a feeling of fun and relaxation.

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We love rooms that don’t take themselves too seriously.

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Both of these bedrooms are comfortable, eclectic and totally in keeping with the tone of the house. 

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Natural fibers work in any home, really. But, for a river or beach house they are a necessity!

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Cozy fire pits like these are where memories are made. Simply add good friends and great conversation!

What Design Bloggers are Saying about Slightly South of Simple (Preorder your copy today!):

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“Kristy’s book(s) should be on every book club must read list…Kristy has the ability  to make her characters come to Life!!!! 
You get to know them and feel like you are there with them.” –Patty Day, Patty’s Epiphonies



House Tour: Birmingham Beauty

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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.

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With all the modern amenities of a brand new house,

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But the stately details that overflow with old southern charm. 

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

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Sloping rooflines add such character.

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Did we mention charm? Oh, the charm!

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What a perfect little nook for working–or daydreaming. 

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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?


House Tour: A Very Buckhead Christmas

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Now that we have finished hauling the rest of the Christmas decorations out of storage it is finally feeling like the most wonderful time of the year! Decorating for Christmas is one of our favorite things to do. If you need a little help getting started–or simply can’t get enough holiday decor–take a peek at this gorgeous Buckhead home from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles photographed by the fabulous Emily Followill Photography

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We hope that whatever the rest of this holiday week holds, it fills you with joy. Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your celebration!


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