Slightly South of Simple-Inspired Historic Remodel

Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

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]

FridayApril 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

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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!)

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What People Are Saying About My New Book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE:

“Harvey, considered to be the ‘it girl’ of Southern fiction, introduces the first novel in the Peachtree Bluff Series this spring. Child, this book is everything! We’re hoping to see this soapy read on the Hallmark Channel.” –Jamey Gidden, Daytime Confidential

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!)

Concrete Uses for Every Room of Your Home

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If we’re being totally honest, when we think of chic, luxury materials to make a home super chic, concrete isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. 

kitchen with concrete floors
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Of course, it makes for a beautiful driveway and a great parking pad and a stunning garage floor. But concrete in the home hasn’t always been on our radar.

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 It is now! As these photos will attest, concrete floors are too, too fabulous. Stained or stamped, they can really create any look you can imagine!

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Need a shelf that is chic and sturdy? No problem. 

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Looking for a countertop that is durable and maybe a little bit different? Concrete has your back!

kitchen with concrete countertop
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I would have guessed this countertop was slate or even a honed granite. Nope! 

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We are loving this shade of gray–and this sneaky dog food storage. How convenient!

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But concrete isn’t just for built-ins. This fabulous dining table is made of it too! Aren’t those curtains great? 

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Concrete is such a versatile and functional surface, making it perfect for bathrooms.

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No more worries about the wet floor!

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While we love the look of concrete that has been polished and sealed, it’s pretty great in its raw form as well.

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Concrete has always been an outdoor staple, and this fire pit adds style in droves to an outdoor seating area.

outdoor concrete sink with corbels
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From the garden to the guesthouse, the kitchen to the carport, there’s a great use for concrete in any space! 

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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!)


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