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!
I absolutely cannot wait to introduce all of you to the characters in Slightly South of Simple.
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