In Good Taste: Marshall Watson Interiors

Marshall Watson living room
Photographer: Werner Straube

 

Some designers contend that there should be an antique in every room.

Marshall Watson entrance hall
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

For others, it’s a touch (or more!) of black, or a spot of red

Marshall Watson bathroom
Photographer: Werner Straube

 

Others still, don’t have any rules at all, make the rules up as they go along, bend the rules to reflect the family. 

Marshall Watson office
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

Whether it’s with a statement making gallery wall filled with good memories,

Marshall Watson dining room
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

A chic-yet-durable breakfast room suitable for adults and children alike,

Marshall Watson living room
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

Or a room that combines comfort, tradition, and abstract style to create effortless style,

Marshall Watson bathroom
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

We’d say that the designers of Marshall Watson Interiors play by their own rules. 

Marshall Watson dining room

The results, home after home, room after room, time after time, are stunning, pulled-together interiors that are unique to the families that live inside their walls.

Marshall Watson butler's pantry

And, really, isn’t that how it should be?

Marshall Watson sunroom

From combining comfort, style and function in a sunny garden room,

Marshall Watson bedroom

To creating a cozy, layered nest, the perfect end to any long day, 

Marshall Watson bathroom

These designers make good taste seem totally effortless.

Marshall Watson outdoor

On this, the second day of spring, we have to say that we think this outdoor style is just as chic as the indoors–and we can’t wait to get savor plenty of outside time in the months to come. Wherever you are, we hope it’s beginning to feel like spring! Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

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We’ve found a favorite new magazine that we are absolutely crazy about! Seasons Style & Design, based in Greensboro, NC and affiliated with O.Henry Magazine, is simply too beautiful for words! (These pictures don’t do it justice!)

slightly south of simple book

So I couldn’t be any more thrilled that they were so kind to feature me–and Slightly South of Simple–in their stunning spring issue. Such a treat! I’ll be at High Point Market, as Seasons says, at the Codarus Showroom, on Sunday, April 23, from 3-5pm. I hope all you fabulous design lovers will join me if you’re in town for the big show!

  Thank you so much to Seasons for all the book love! If you’re in the Piedmont, make sure to pick up a copy–or read online! You can follow anywhere you are! We know we will!

 

Things We Love: Flush Mount Lighting

flush mount lighting in foyer
Emily Jenkins Followill Photography

 

We used to think that flush mount lighting was only for low ceilings, you know, those spaces that could quite handle a big chandelier or a dangly, statement light fixture. But a few of our favorite lighting designers and companies have changed all of that, turning what used to be the underdog of the lighting world into a go-to staple. From plain white to shiny gold, round to quatrefoil, flat to proudly pointy, there are so many ways today to get the flush mount lighting thing oh so right. Check out a few of our go-to flush mount staples that will have you rethinking everything you know about lighting!

table for two in kitchen
Ashley Whittaker Design

 

closet with flush mount light
Peter Pennoyer Architect

 

closet with flush mount lighting
Kristin Panitch Interior Design

 

mudroom with flush mount light
John B Murray Architect

 

mudroom with flush mount lighting
Sara Gilbane Interior Design

 

hallway with flush mount lighting
McCann Design Group

 

mudroom with flush mount
Revival Construction

 

kitchen and dining with flush mount design
Tim Barber Design

 

kitchen with flush mount lighting
Jennifer Worts Interior Design

 

flush mount lighting in bathroom
Lonny

 

closet with flush mount lighting
Tamara Magel Interior Design

 

black and white bathroom with flush mount lighting
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

Sometimes you do have to save the best for last, and, in this case, we think it’s true! We love, love this stunning fixture. It is so on trend! Are you a flush mount fan? Or would you choose a snazzy chandelier any day?


Attention New York friends!

Society Social + Lily Pulizter Collaboration

On March 18th a joint bar cart will be rolling out to all Lilly Pulitzer stores for their iconic “Lunch with Lilly” event and our sweet friend Roxy Te will  be rolling out to the Madison Avenue store for meeting, greeting, and mingling! Mark your calendars for this Saturday from 1pm to 3pm! And for the pre-party, go see them TODAY from 5pm to 8pm! Roxy is a doll, and if you haven’t met her you should. You’ll love her!

Also, we’re so thrilled that the NYC Slightly South of Simple launch party on April 26, 2017 will be at Roxy’s gorgeous Society Social showroom. We’d love to see you there and on April 25 at the 92nd Street Y!:



Things We Love: Decorating the Console

entrance with console
Tracery Interiors

 

Finding a piece of furniture we love is usually easy. It’s styling it to make it blend beautifully in the room that can be harder!

console with flowers and wallpaper
Pimlico Interiors

 

Console tables are some of our favorite pieces for tricky spaces. 

console with books
Linda McDougald Design

 

From that spot in the entrance hall that begs for a little something more…

console with flowers and mirror above basket below
Dana Wolter Interiors

 

to that pretty wall between two windows…

gold console with flowers
Suzanne Kasler Design

 

There are so many great spots for a console table. As this photo shows, it can even serve as an impromptu bar! These homeowners get extra points for greeting guests with champagne!

console with books
New England Home

 

We have used console tables as desks in small spaces, and we adore the idea of keeping an ottoman underneath for instant transformation into a chic (masculine) vanity. And talk about a one-of-a-kind accessory! We can all use a helping hand every now and then.

console table
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

If we had to pick one thing that we thought was most important over a console table, we’d say it’s the art or mirror over it. But why choose? This mirror/photograph combination is perfect.

gray console with flowers
Massuco Warner Miller

 

A pretty table is a great spot to display favorite things–and incorporate favorite colors. This yellow really pops!

entrance with console table
Anna Burke Interiors

 

One thing we always focus on is height. Lamps, candlesticks and vases like this are great ways to add it!

console with light wood
BHG

 

If you ask us, symmetry is always in style. We love the look of a pair of lamps. 

console painted and filigree
Massuco Warner Miller

 

Sometimes less really is more. With a console this beautiful, there’s no need to fill it with a bunch of stuff!

Brunschwig and Fil Touches wallpaper
Alyssa Rosenheck

 

Sometimes we think we have to choose one statement piece, but this vignette proves that isn’t true. So many fabulous things going on here!

beach style console
Munger Interiors

 

Using all that vertical space is always a great idea. This basket full of beach towels is cute and functional!

console table on the porch with mirror over it
Suellen Gregory Interiors

 

A statement mirror, height on the end… This outdoor table is gorgeous–and, better yet, party ready! We couldn’t love it more. What’s your favorite way to style a console table?

What people are saying about Slightly South of Simple (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017):

The south is known for breeding brilliant storytellers and Kristy Woodson Harvey has proven herself to be one of the south’s most heartfelt female driven authors of our generation.” — Jaime Pressly, star of CBS’s Mom

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In Good Taste: Amy Berry Interior Designer

entrance with Bunny Williams round table of Amy Berry Interior

We could tell pretty much everything we needed to know about Amy Berry’s style from her skirt and her dog. When we heard that she was one of House Beautiful’s “next wave” designers, we weren’t even a little bit surprised.

four club chairs with living room - Amy Berry Interior Design

Good taste is pretty clear at first sight.

living room with large map and orchid -Amy Berry Interior Design

And one glimpse at any of Amy’s perfectly curated rooms, and we could tell that she was the kind of designer whose rooms we would watch, study and come back to again and again.

sunroom with labradoodle and oomph side table

In addition to giving us Spring Redesign Fever, she has also given us puppy fever. Have you ever seen a face this sweet? 

kitchen with marble countertops and farmhouse sink

A hoard or flowers can only make a home more beautiful. We can only imagine how beautiful these will be around the house.

kitchen bar with marble countertop- Amy Berry Interior Design

A well stocked bar–and coffee bar–is a necessity for guests and homeowners alike!

closet -Amy Berry Interior Design

Speaking of starting the day out on the right foot, this closet is completely stunning!

built in bunk beds -Amy Berry Interior Design

And you know how we feel about a built-in bunk. A built-in bunk with Hermes blankets is almost too good!

cozy corner in a nursery -Amy Berry Interior Design

Why invest in a changing table when it’s so easy to convert a pretty chest that will grow with her? 

office and study space -Amy Berry Interior Design

This office is the perfect place to work and play. We love how the storage space is maximized.

blue and white nursery with lucite crib -Amy Berry Interior Design

An acrylic crib is oh-so chic.

blue and white nursery with lucite crib

These babies will be dreaming in style! (Hopefully dreaming and not up all night…) 

nursery -Amy Berry Interior Design

This menagerie is too, too cute. And all the little clothes are so precious!

bla bla dolls in nursery

Too sweet for words!

bla bla mobile in nursery

We love a Blabla mobile better than about anything. Will’s was made of Carolina blue rams, a very appropriate gift for a family of Tar Heels. We aren’t sure which of Amy’s rooms we love the most. The good news is, we don’t have to choose just one! Which is your favorite? 

Thanks for stopping by today. We always love seeing you!

Slightly South of Simple is on Preorder special right now for only $9.95! 

Advance Praise for Slightly South of Simple:

“Writers come and writers go but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive Sisterhood of Southern Writers.” —The Huffington Post, Jackie K Cooper

Things We Love: Blonde Wood in Every Room

dining room with blonde wood from Leroy & Jackson
Leroy & Jackson

 

We don’t know if it’s true that blondes have more fun. (Although, as a lifelong blonde, I could made a strong case for it!) But we’re pretty sure, if these gorgeous homes are any indication, that blonde wood make a house more fun.

blonde wood cabinet in bar
Chango & Co

 

Nothing says “party” quite like a beautiful bar. This one has so many fun elements and this chest is the perfect base. The mix of woods here is fabulous!

white kitchen from Collins Interiors
Collins Interiors

 

We’ve never seen anything quite like these blonde wood pendants! They are incredible and blend so well with the bar stools. Can we talk about these vases too? All we know is that we want them!

white kitchen from Wendy Word
Wendy Word Design

 

Hardwoods are obviously a perfect choice for kitchen style. We love them in a variety of shades, but we think a lighter flooring choice feels casual and fun. What do you think?

Stone in the kitchen with blonde wood island by M. Elle Design
M. Elle Design

 

The great thing about using wood is that you really can’t go wrong when mixing and matching shades, stains and color tones. These rustic, distressed beams pair perfectly with the more refined wood below.

rattan chair in Chango & Co dining room
Chango & Co

 

We are still loving the casual air farmhouse tables lend, even to more formal spaces. Paired with a natural fiber chair, it’s such a great look!

light wood in beach house by Tom Scheerer
Tom Scheerer Interior Design

 

From bright bold, shades….

dining room with blonde wood from Marshall Watson Design
Marshall Watson Design

 

To more subdued tones or neutrals, every color pairs well with blonde wood!

desk in mudroom from Orrick and Co
Orrick and Co

 

We’re a little jealous of all this organization right by the back door. (It’s nearly impossible to believe, but I still don’t have that mudroom I’ve been thinking about for months…)

blonde wood in bathroom
Coastal Living Magazine

 

Shiny and fresh or raw and rustic, we love blonde wood any old way! Are you a fan?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We love our readers!


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!)


Things We Love: The Heart of the Home

kitchen
Studio McGee

Hi, friends! Is the kitchen the heart of your home? It definitely is in our houses.

kitchen
Tara Fingold

We don’t know why it is that people always tend to gather in the kitchen, but, when your kitchen looks like one of these, it’s no wonder, really!

kitchen
Adore Magazine

You know we’re a big fan of neutrals, but of all the places to be white and clean and streamlined, the kitchen is our favorite. 

glass
BHG

(We have glass jars with scoops like these. We love the way they look and they are also super convenient.)

kitchen
Mariann Simon Design

We don’t know about you, but we spend so much time in our kitchens. We love walking in to total simplicity, and, for us, a mostly white kitchen is simple and chic.

 

wood
Emily Followill Photography

The juxtaposition of white cabinets with these fabulous brick and wood floors is gorgeous.

kitchen
Chango & Co

We are gigantic fans of a farmhouse sink, and this one is totally on point!

stainless
AD

Ok. Now we’re thinking our glass jars need an upgrade. Forget the lentils, rice and beans. Bring on the Oreos!

wood
Lisa Luby Ryan

No window? No problem. This mirror adds light and makes the space feel larger!

kitchen
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

We love bobbin chairs, but bobbin barstools? Obsessed!

marble
Sam Allen Interiors

This marble backsplash is stunning!

kitchen
BHG

If you’re worried about your white kitchen looking boring, just make sure to mix up the texture. It adds tons of interest. A little something green never hurts either! 


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