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Hillbrook Collections Garden Sheds

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The Alison

 

 

Good morning, chic readers! We get so excited when we are SO excited about a post. (It still happens most weeks, which, eight years in, is kind of a big deal.) Today is definitely one of those days.

garden sheds
The Alison

 

We did a post about She Sheds a few weeks ago, and loved all of your emails and comments about them. One of our favorite emails was from Hillbrook Collections, showing us their fabulous, outstanding version of a backyard getaway.

garden sheds
The Sara

 

What we loved right away about Hillbrook’s designs is all the uses. The office, the garden shed, the man cave, the she shed, the storage shack… (Although, none of these is a shack in the least!) These multi-purpose outdoor additions to your garden or yard were too gorgeous not to tell you about.

garden sheds
The Sara

 

The thing about sheds is that they usually come in two different varieties: custom-built, which either takes forever or ends up costing way more or prefab from a big box hardware store that isn’t–How do we put this delicately?–concerned with aesthetics.

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The Cary

 

These darling Hillbrook designs are built and delivered to your site, which is absolutely the best of both worlds. No waiting for custom building but so much style!

garden sheds
The Cary

 

The Cary is so adorable and would be the perfect little writing retreat. I can imagine a sweet desk situated to look out that window. The thing about a room of one’s own is that it doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be your own. Especially for artistic pursuits, we think tiny spaces are the best!

garden sheds
The Will

 

My son is dying for a building shed of his own. I’m dying for my yard to look prettier. This looks like a good compromise and is aptly named after him! The best of all possible worlds!

garden sheds
The Will

 

It would be hard for this point to be any more gorgeous, but the Will is the icing on the cake!

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The Candy

 

The Candy is as sweet as its name. This would be the most epic playhouse ever.

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The Candy

 

Nestled into a gorgeous yard and painted a custom color, this shed is nothing short of idyllic.

Best of all, each Hillbrook shed is handcrafted of top quality materials, so no buyer’s remorse! We want them ALL! Which Hillbrook Shed would you choose for your yard? And what would you use it for?

 

If you’re looking for a perfect Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out Slightly South of Simple!  Happy Monday!

 

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Things We Love: Garden Gates

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Jean Allsopp Photography

 

These long, lazy days of summer are the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the splendor of a beautiful garden

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

While flowers, shrubs and green things of every kind are certainly the main event of any garden, there’s one essential that we think adds so much charm and style:

garden gate with climbing roses
BHG

A fabulous garden gate!

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BHG

From a sophisticated pergola overflowing with flowers,

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Hollander Design

To a simple gate that whispers “welcome,”

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Architectural Digest

From a simple, classic wrought iron,

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Hollander Design

To a stunning style with automatic open,

garden gate
Hollander Design

There are so many styles to enhance a garden of any size or type.

 

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Jean Allsopp Photography

A gate is a perfect opportunity to insert another material into a pretty brick wall,

garden gate
Jean Allsopp Photography

Or create a secret passageway in a stone enclosure.

garden gate
Jean Allsopp Photography

Dark stains blend with the wood around,

garden gate
Hollander Design

 

While white makes an elegant statement–especially when combined with white florals on the front. What is your favorite type of garden gate?


 

What Exquisitely Unremarkable is saying about Slightly South of Simple:

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“I have read Kristy’s other two books, Dear Carolina and Lies And Other Acts Of Love, and while I completely enjoyed both, [Slightly South of Simple] really hit home.  I don’t know if it was the fact that it’s set at the beach ~ where I live ~ or that there were references to NY ~ where I also live ~ that it’s the story about three sisters and their widowed mom ~ hello, that’s my family ~ or the fact that I myself am the mom to girls.  Or maybe it was those references to 9/11. I swear, the conversation in the book is the exact one I had with my own husband on that terrifying morning. So much of what Kristy had written felt familiar. I just couldn’t put it down.  Of course, even if you don’t have the same connections that I have, you’ll still love this one. The characters are likable, the Southern setting is dreamy, there are tears, laughter, surprises, secrets and best of all, romance. The perfect summer read.” Kim, Exquisitely Unremarkable
I’ll be on tour this week! Come see me!

July 13: Sky Valley Literary Luncheon, Sky Valley Country Club, Sky Valley, GA, 12 pm

July 14: Highlands Golf and Country Club, Talk, Luncheon and Book Signing, 981 Dillard Road, Highlands, NC 28741

July 14: Signing, Acorns Shop at Old Edwards Inn, Nantahala National Forest, 465 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741, 2-4 pm

July 15: Atlanta Market, Codarus Showroom 240 Peachtree St N.W., Suite 15-A-1, Atlanta, Ga 30303, 404.749.5050, Signing 1-3 pm

Thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to read my latest novel Slightly South of Simple! I am so grateful to each and every one of you. If you have read, would you consider writing a brief review on Amazon? You don’t have to have purchased there to review, and reviews help authors so very much! Thanks for all your support!

Gardening Sheds Add Charm and Function

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Architectural Digest

 

We always talk about finding the perfect storage space for those necessary things that seem to accumulate indoors, but, sometimes, it’s finding a spot for the outdoor things that is even more difficult!

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BHG

 

Tricycles, baseball bats, that trusty lawnmower, gardening gloves, shovels…

 

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Architectural Digest

 

All those things that hold up the walls of the garage or clutter the yard need their place too.
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BHG

 

Full disclosure: Even if we didn’t have one, single thing that needed to be put away outdoors, we’d still be pining for these garden sheds!

gardening sheds
BHG

 

They are so undeniably charming that we can see the writing on the wall…

gardening shed
BHG

 

That old blower would still be hogging its corner of the garage so that we could set up a little table and chairs, 

gardening shed
BHG

 

maybe a desk, and use that adorable potting shed for a tiny getawayOur friends at TruGreen have given us so much inspiration for creating that special SheShed. From choosing your colors to picking a theme, their advice is spot on.

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New England Home

 

Who could possibly resist having their morning coffee here? It seems like a great way to gather your thoughts for the day.

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Architectural Digest

Big, small, manicured or rustic, we think all of these garden sheds are something very, very special.

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BHG

 

We hope to transform ours in Beaufort into something just as lovely one day soon. Happy Monday, friends!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

“Fans of Nancy Thayer and Patti Callahan Henry will devour this story of the first of three sisters, the men in their lives, and the mother who bonds them all.” (—Booklist Online)

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Slightly South of Simple yet, take advantage of Barnes & Noble’s Buy 2, Get 1 Free offer! It’s the perfect time to stock up on summer reading!

In Good Taste: Hernandez Greene Interior Design

Hernandez Greene entrance

If you’re like us, you believe that good taste never means just one thing. It can apply to a range of styles, a mix of materials and all sorts of different feels. Hernandez Greene Interior Design creates a variety of worlds for its clients, each one encapsulating a style–and a version of good taste–that reflects the family that lives within. We hope you enjoy these stunning rooms as much as we did!

Hernandez Greene living room

 

Hernandez Greene dining room

 

Hernandez Greene kitchen

 

Hernandez Greene bedroom

 

Hernandez Greene living room

 

Hernandez Greene playroom

 

Hernandez Greene living room

 

Hernandez Greene bathroom

 

Hernandez Greene bedroom

 

Hernandez Greene bedroom

Thank you so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We always love it when you stop by!

What Bloggers are Saying about Slightly South of Simple:

“[I]f I recommend one book to you this year (so far), let it be Slightly South of Simple for your first beach read. The darling and charming Kristy Woodson Harvey’s latest novel is the definition of a summer novel. I loved it almost as I love her.”–Jessica, Simply Bedazzled

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Heading on Vacation?  Barnes and Noble has a BUY 2 GET THE 3RD FREE SALE and Slightly South of Simple is included!  

 

 

10 Chic Spring Easter Tables

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Tom Scheerer

Happy Thursday, Design Chic friends! We are preparing for Easter weekend and definitely in a Spring Break state of mind. It’s going to be busier-than-usual kind of Spring Break since I leave for my 5-week Slightly South of Simple tour on Monday. It’s hard to believe it’s already here! Take a peek at the tour schedule to see if I’m going to be in a city near you! 

Tory Burch

If you’re an Easter-celebrater, how do you celebrate? Do you have a pretty lunch at home?

dining table
Williams-Sonoma

A brunch complete with hot cross buns?

Shop Terrain

A casual cookout with friends?

No matter how you celebrate, a beautiful Easter table is all-important. Our sweet friend Lidy of French Garden House sure knows how to make an Easter table come to life!

Easter Table
BHG

So, to be honest, we’re having Easter brunch at the club this year. I know. But, knowing that I’ll be leaving on Monday it didn’t seem like the best time to cook an elaborate meal and have all the family. Plus, this way, everyone gets to eat exactly what they want. 

Easter Table
Pottery Barn

But that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun Easter decorations out. It is, after all, one of the most fun holidays. We’ve long been fans of this precious Easter china from Pottery Barn. Oh to have more storage space! 

Easter dining table - Williams-sonoma
Williams-Sonoma

When you set your Easter table, do you like it to be fun, bright and floral?

Easter Table
Williams-Sonoma

Or do you keep things a little simpler? Either way, we’d love to see your Easter table! 

Easter Table
Williams-Sonoma

Whether you celebrate or not, we hope you have a beautiful, warm Spring weekend! 


Thanks to our beyond awesome friend Rene from Cottage and Vine for featuring a fabulous interview about Slightly South of Simple, writing, and my favorite hostess tips. She covered it all! Who did I tell Rene was my greatest inspiration? Here’s a hint:

Photo by Lindsay Corrigan

Just a little more than a week left to preorder Slightly South of Simple from your favorite bookstore! Thank you, dear friends for all of your amazing support. It means the world to me!

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