Styling Your Bookcase

living room with bookcases
Andrew J. Howard

 

We were sad to leave an incredible few launch days for Slightly South of Simple in NYC but so excited to be heading back to the Carolina coast today for several really fun events! (If you’re in NC or SC take a peek at my next few days of events below. I’d love to see you!)

bookcases with matching colored books
Michael Wells Interiors

 

Are you one of those people who has all of your books compactly stored on your e-reader?

etagere bookcase
Lonny

 

Or, like us, do you still prefer to hold the real thing?

bookcases with book light
BHG

 

Book hoarding has always been a bit of an issue for me, but it has gotten a million times worse since becoming an author because, not only do I get hordes of free books, but most of them are signed. Who could possibly get rid of those?

bookases
BHG

 

Hubby and I have these giant, probably twelve-foot tall bookshelves on either side of the fireplace. The other day I was up on a stool restyling things when he came in and said, “Do you think you could start getting rid of some of your books after you’re finished reading them?”

bookcase surrounding fireplace
Architectural Digest

I looked at him, puzzled, and said, “You know I’ve gotten really good about donating books to the library.”

books in a nook
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

His turn to look, puzzled, at the probably 500 books I was currently organizing. Reading the look on his face, I laughed and said, “Oh, honey. These are the ones I haven’t read yet.”

bookcases in office
Sage Design

 

So, yes, I may have a problem. I can’t help myself. I buy books incessantly. Fiction, non-fiction, every design and coffee table book on planet earth. Yoga. Meditation. Cookbooks that I will never, ever use but for some reason love to read. Fishing books for hubby. Children’s books for my little guy, a genre that has not widely expanded since he can read himself… Being on tour is quite the problem since I’m in bookstores constantly.

bookcase in dining room
Architectural Digest

 

The good news for my husband is that I’m mostly flying on this tour, so I’m a little more limited as to what I can bring home. 

book lights over bookcase
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

But maybe this is why I love bookshelves that look a little lived in, that look like the books have been read and cherished, or at least will be read and cherished. 

books in bookcase
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

And mixing in well-placed accessories, of course, adds to the overall style. But we pretty much love bookshelves however they come! 

bookcase in bedroom with canopy bed
Architectural Digest

 

No matter how you style your bookshelves, we hope you’ll consider adding a copy of Slightly South of Simple to them! Or that stack beside your bedside table… Or your beach bag… Or your Mother’s Day gift or wishlist! Thank you to each and every one of you for all of your support during this first week of Slightly South of Simple being out in the world. I am so grateful for friends like you! 

Upcoming Events!

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

Help us spread the word about Slightly South of Simple and be entered to win a $250 Amazon gift card. Details in the Rafflecopter! 

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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

Don’t forget to enter to win a $250 Amazon gift card to stock up on all your summer necessities!

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In Living Color

color on porch
Architectural Digest

There’s nothing like a stunning vignette and a clear blue sea to make us dream of the beach. 

living room with wood beams
Architectural Digest

And when we dream of the beach, what else to we dream of? Why, beach reading, of course!

beach chic
Ralph Lauren Home

We can’t believe that Slightly South of Simple is releasing tomorrow officially. It will be on the shelves at your favorite local bookstores, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target, on Amazon and wherever books are sold. 

Architectural Digest

These gorgeous images capture that perfect relaxed beach feel–the one I hope readers also get from Slightly South of Simple–perfectly. 

CTC&G

Pink and blue is a favorite, classic color combination, one that we were so excited to see on my new book cover!

Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

The pictures really don’t do it justice. This is one of those books we’d buy just for the cover! (Even if I didn’t happen to write it…)

Andrew J. Howard Interiors

This cozy beach house room is just the kind of place we’d like to spend a pretty post-spring break afternoon. 

Summer Thornton

Today we’re in Kinston, NC at a fabulous home, celebrating Slightly South of Simple and raising money for the local Lenoir County SPCA.

Coastal Living

Even though there’s nothing we’d rather be doing than supporting a cause close to our hearts, this picture is awfully tempting…

Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

If you’re looking ahead to your own beach reading…

Meg Braff Interior Design

This is your last day to pre-order Slightly South of Simple before it releases tomorrow! 

Kristy Hard at Work

What are the chances I would have worn a hot pink dress in my author photo? Maybe I was trying to conjure a pink-and-blue book cover!

Slightly South of Simple

Thank you, thank you to all of our wonderful, loyal Design Chic readers. We love seeing you every day, getting your emails and comments and hearing your thoughts. And I am especially grateful of all of your support of my writing career. You have all just rallied around me from the first day. I hope you love this one, the first book in the Peachtree Bluff Series, as much as I loved writing it! 

This is the last day to enter to win!! We’re partnering with our friends at Reebonz to give away a stunning black, Salvatore Ferragamo Darina back, which retails for $1750, to one lucky reader! If you’ve already ordered Slightly South of Simple, don’t forget to enter this one! And if you haven’t, now is your chance! Pre-order from your local bookstore, Indiebound.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or Duck’s Cottage


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In Good Taste: Jessica Bradley Interior Design

Jessica Bradley Interior Design living room

“Any good interior designer knows how to make a house look great,” according to designer Jessica Bradley . 

Jessica Bradley Interior Design living room

“But some recognize that it’s not just what you see…it’s what you feel.”

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Darien, Connecticut Riverview House Tour

Darien, Connecticut House Tour

Good morning, chic readers! With the days getting longer and the warmer, it’s the perfect time to take a trip to a gorgeous river house. Lush surroundings and even lusher interiors make this the ideal getaway. APD Architects outdid themselves on this one. Take a peek!

Darien, Connecticut House Tour - foyer

 

Darien, Connecticut House Tour - living room

 

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Darien, Connecticut House Tour

 

Darien, Connecticut House Tour - dining room

 

Darien, Connecticut House Tour - butler's pantry in blue lacquer paint

 

Darien, Connecticut House Tour - living room

 

Darien, Connecticut House Tour - dining room

 

Darien, Connecticut House Tour - kitchen

 

Darien, Connecticut House Tour - bedroom

 

Darien, Connecticut House Tour - bathroom

 

Darien, Connecticut House Tour.- bathroom

 

Darien, Connecticut

We hope you enjoyed your trip to Darien, Connecticut. We know we did! 


Speaking of trips, I’m heading to NYC less than two weeks to launch Slightly South of Simple at the 92nd St Y–and I have six tickets to give away! If you’d like one–or a couple–just email me at [email protected]! Click here for event details.

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Ten Spring-Ready Porches for Effortless Entertaining

porch
Suzanne Kasler Design via One Kings Lane

 

Good morning, chic readers!

porch living
Historical Concepts

 

It is feeling like spring here, and all we can think about is getting outside. 

blue and white porch
Summer Thornton Design

 

Outdoor entertaining is one of our favorite things about this fabulous season.

blue and white porch
Serena & Lily

 

And we can always use a little porch inspiration!

porch ready for Summer
Architectural Digest

 

Whether your porch is neutral or bright, has wicker furniture, wrought iron or teak, we can all agree on one thing:

porch
Historical Concepts

 

It should be comfortable!

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Shophouse
Lisa Mende Design via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

We believe that outdoor spaces should coordinate with indoor ones, be an extension of the home’s decor–but, perhaps, with a touch more color and whimsy. 

porch
Serena & Lily

 

Then again, neutral surroundings that let the natural beauty shine are fabulous as well.

porch
Patrick Ahearn Architects

 

A beautiful fireplace is like icing on a fabulous cake. 

Aerin Lauder Palm Beach Porch
Aerin Lauder’s Palm Beach Porch via Architectural Digest

 

And, of course, the view makes the porch. 

 

 

 

Aerin Lauder porch
Aerin Lauder via Architectural Digest

porch

 

With a view like this, you can’t help but want to get outside! Needless to say, these stunning photos have done nothing to cure our Spring fever! Are you sprucing your porch for spring?


 

Slightly South of Simple
Lindsay Corrigan Photography

 

Only Two Weeks Until Slightly South of Simple Releases! Coming up next week. we’ll be giving away a gorgeous Ferragamo Darina bag from our friends at Reebonz–so stay tuned for that.

NYC Friends, fun news! I have 5 tickets to my official launch at the 92nd St Y to give away! I’ll be talking about Slightly South of Simple and giving tips for Decorating Small NYC Spaces. Email me at [email protected] to claim your ticket! 

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