In Good Taste: Barbara Westbrook Interior Design

Good morning, chic readers. We hope your week is off to a wonderful start. We don’t know about you, but we are dreaming of Memorial Day. All those white dresses and seersucker suits, not to mention sunshine and pool time. 

Barbara Westbrook living room

Here, there’s a big band party and dinner to mark the occasion, not to mention cookouts and beach time, boating, a parade. We know it’s not the official start of summer, but it feels that way all the same.

Barbara Westbrook living room

This bright, airy room feels perfect for summer and is the epitome of Barbara Westbrook’s good taste. The perfectly worn rug and those welcoming Carolina blue shutters might be our favorite parts… Although it’s hard to choose, isn’t it?

Barbara Westbrook dining

Dining rooms often feel too open to us, a little bit empty and formal. This one is as warm and welcoming as the friends we can imagine around it!

Barbara Westbrook kitchen

Rustic beams, wood cabinets and dark floors make this kitchen feel cozy and intimate, the perfect place for a long chat over a good cup of coffee.

Barbara Westbrook kitchen

Wide plank floors have to be one of the best kitchen flooring options of all time. Whether a house is old or new they add that instant feeling of history and age–the graceful kind, of course.

Barbara Westbrook kitchen

This is the inspiration photo dream kitchens are made of! Plenty of room for food prep, storage, setting a fabulous table… This kitchen has it all! 

Barbara Westbrook kitchen

For large kitchens, we adore this double island look. One for eating, one for food prep. It’s perfect!

Barbara Westbrook bedroom

Even during the summer when the temperatures are sweltering outside, we love coming hope and cozying up. Stunning throws and rich textures (Velvet for summer is everywhere!) give a bedroom a sanctuary feeling all year round. A chaise for enjoying the view is a bonus!

Barbara Westbrook bathroom

Black and white is one of our favorite color combos, of course. Shades of gray only up the ante!

Barbara Westbrook bathroom

We’ve always loved a little glamour in the bathroom. Pretty metallics and an accent chandelier fit the bill perfectly. 

Barbara Westbrook porch

This is exactly what we were talking about! The kind of scene Memorial Days were made for. 

Wishing you a little sand in your toes–and a copy of Slightly South of Simple in your hand–this Memorial Day weekend! 


What Design Bloggers are Saying about Slightly South of Simple:

“I have to rave a little bit about Kristy Woodson Harvey’s books…they have honestly turned into my favorite books to curl up with and just get lost in. I recently just read her newest book, Slightly South of Simple {click here to see review} and I was captivated by the character relationships that develop throughout the story, how I was able to relate to the characters, and be transported to a different state through her writing. All of Harvey’s books just ooze with southern charm, emotion, and interesting family dynamics.” –Lauren, A Touch of Southern Grace

 

House Tour: Ponte Vedra

Ponte Vedra Phoebe Howard living room beach house

Good morning, chic readers! We are having another wonderful week on the fabulous Slightly South of Simple book tour! After an incredible fundraiser for Children’s Security Blanket, I am thrilled to be heading to Florida for events in Vero Beach and Palm Beach. (Details below!) 

To get in the Florida state of mind we decided to tour this gorgeous Ponte Vedra home today designed by the user-talented Phoebe Howard.

With a clean sleek vibe,

And that classic Florida feel,

This Ponte Vedra home is perfect for vacation or year-round living.

Soft blues and greens with splashes of natural fiber are perfection for a beach house. 

Pretty bedding in a coastal shade creates a charming oasis.

Bamboo is the ultimate material for designing a Florida retreat around.

A nautical touch here and there is always welcome.

Bright pops of fun colors scream vacation,

And can be reminiscent of the beauty that lies beyond the walls of the home. If you’re in the Florida area (Or Atlanta!), come visit me!


Slightly South of Simple Upcoming Tour Dates. For Signed, Personalized Copies Contact FoxTale Book Shoppe:

Thursday, May 4: Luncheon, Talk and Signing, The Moorings Yacht and Country Club, 100 Harbour Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963, 12 pm, (Open to Club Members Only) [email protected]

Friday, May 5: Talk and Signing, Palm Beach Library System, Lantana Road Branch, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth, FL 33462, (561) 304-4500, Free and Open to the Public

Friday, May 5: Party and Signing, Palm Beach, FL

Saturday, May 6: Celebration of Mother’s Day at Boxwoods in Buckhead, 100 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, 11 am-3 pm, Contact Susan: [email protected], (404) 233-3400

Saturday, May 6: Signing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188, 4:30-6 pm, Contact Karen Schwettman, [email protected], 770-516-9989,

Sunday, May 7: Mother’s Day Tea at Urban Relics, Sandy Plains Village, 4651 Sandy Plains Rd #104, Roswell, GA 30075, (770) 587-3900, 2-3 pm, Contact is Annelle Gerson,  [email protected], 770-993-1555, 2:00-3:00

In Good Taste: Threshold Design

When it comes to good taste, NYC design firm Threshold Interiors has it all figured out. 

It’s hard to believe that just a week ago we were in NYC launching my latest novel, Slightly South of Simple. This week we’ll be hitting spots from Lake Lure, SC to Vero Beach and Palm Beach, Florida, and end up in Atlanta. Check out this week’s events below. I’d love to see you!

I spoke at the 92nd St. Y last week about designing small NYC spaces, but I have to say that these kitchens don’t look small at all!

In fact, they are spacious and leave plenty of room for imagination. 

From beautiful natural stone

To statement-making hardware

Space-defining pendant lighting

To beautiful beams

Threshold has thought of everything in these gorgeous kitchens. 

And this blue backsplash adds a special touch of color. Kitchens aren’t the only thing Threshold does wonderfully well, but today seemed like a great time to focus on the heart of the home. Would any of these elements be included in your dream kitchen? 


Slightly South of Simple Tour Dates This Week! For Signed, Personalized Copies Sent to Your Door, Contact FoxTale Book Shoppe.

Tuesday, May 2: “Books and Bites” literary luncheon, Lake Lure Inn, 2771 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746, (828) 625-2525, sponsored by Friends of the Mountain Branch Library, Meet and Greet, 11 am, Lunch at 11:30 am, Contact JoAnne Ellingston, Friends of the Mountain Library, [email protected], 828-625-9637

TuesdayMay 2: Talk, Signing and Fundraiser to benefit Children’s Security Blanket at home of Laura Hodge, Spartanburg, SC, Contact is Laura Allen, [email protected]

Wednesday, May 3: Holcombe Book Club, Country Club of Spartanburg, 11:30 am

Thursday, May 4: Luncheon, Talk and Signing, The Moorings Yacht and Country Club, 100 Harbour Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963, 12 pm, (Open to Club Members Only) [email protected]

Friday, May 5: Talk and Signing, Palm Beach Library System, Lantana Road Branch, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth, FL 33462, (561) 304-4500, Free and Open to the Public

Friday, May 5: Private Party and Signing, Sailfish Club, Palm Beach, FL

Saturday, May 6: Celebration of Mother’s Day at Boxwoods in Buckhead, 100 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, 11 am-3 pm, Contact Susan: [email protected], (404) 233-3400

Saturday, May 6: Signing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188, 4:30-6 pm, Contact Karen Schwettman, [email protected], 770-516-9989,

Sunday, May 7: Mother’s Day Tea at Urban Relics, Sandy Plains Village, 4651 Sandy Plains Rd #104, Roswell, GA 30075, (770) 587-3900, 2-3 pm, Contact is Annelle Gerson,  [email protected], 770-993-1555, 2:00-3:00

Charming Reading Nooks!

reading nook
Architectural Digest

 

Happy Thursday, Design Chic readers! Have you had a good week? I know I have! I’m just on Cloud Nine about Slightly South of Simple‘s release and this wonderful book tour I’m on–and all of your kind words!

reading nook
Kapito Muller

 

This is probably pretty obvious, but reading is one of my great loves. It always has been, actually, from the first day I started.

chaise in an office
New England Home Magazine

 

I still remember how it felt to read my very first book all by myself. (It was called Dr. Cat, and I want a copy for my son, but I can’t find one anywhere!)

reading space on the beach
Coastal Living

 

Ever since that day, I’ve been pretty much hooked. So I think it’s totally necessary to have a great reading nook.

reading nook
Geoff Chick Architect

 

We have a lot of them in our house, actually. A chaise with a lamp in the guest room for guests, a pair of them in the room off the kitchen, lots of throws over cozy chairs that just beg to be read in, a double window seat on the third floor with the best view in the house…

reading nook
Lonny

 

When I first set out on my journey to become an author, I used to have dreams of having a bookshelf full of nothing but rows of my books.

reading nook
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

I’ve realized now, as my third book is releasing, that I have so many other books it might be unrealistic to dedicate an entire bookshelves to just me…

cozy reading nook
Robert A.M. Stern

 

But it’s still pretty cool to look over and see my name on some of those spines.

reading corner
Collins Interiors

 

And it’s crazy to think that only two years ago my debut novel, Dear Carolina, was just releasing. And that only a year ago Lies and Other Acts of Love was coming out. I almost can’t remember my life before I was an author, and it hasn’t even been that long!

reading nook
Architectural Digest

 

And, if you aren’t tired of hearing it yet, YOU are one of the major reasons that I get to continue on in this career, that I get to keep writing books. Thank you for reading, for reviewing, for recommending to your friends, to my fellow bloggers for sharing on your blogs and for being generally awesome. I am eternally grateful!

reading nook outdoors
BHG

Now that Slightly South of Simple has been out for a few days, I hope you have a chance to curl up in your favorite reading nook and visit my fictional town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia. It’s like taking a vacation without having to leave your favorite comfy spot!

Thanks for stopping by today! We always love it when you do!

Slightly South of Simple

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

 




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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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

 

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