Choosing the Perfect Sofa

living room sofa
Phoebe Howard Interior Design

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a terrific week. We can’t believe that summer is coming to an end here in North Carolina and, as usual, the start of the school year has us thinking about new projects we want to undertake in our homes. 

living room sofa
Suzanne Kasler via Architectural Digest

 

Undeniably one of the most important parts of the living rooms in our homes is the sofa. So, so many things come into play when choosing the right sofa that it can be overwhelming. Here are a few of our tips for choosing the perfect one! And click this link to check out some of the great sofa options available. 

sectional sofa in living room
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

  1. Think about the purpose of your new couch. Is it more decorative? Do you want to be able to stretch out on it and take a nap? Do you want to be able to curl up and watch a movie with your sweetheart? If so, styles that are at least 40 inches deep (when the cushions are out) and 72 inches long are a must! 
living room sofa
Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

2. What does the rest of the furniture in your room look like? We love sofas with legs, but in a room with all leggy furniture, it can be a little bit too much! Skirted sofas are perfect for rooms where there is already plenty of wood. Using a dark fabric is a great idea for a skirted sofa, as it makes dust, dirt and shoe marks much less visible.

sofa for living room
Phoebe Howard Interior Design

 

3. Do you want your couch to blend in or stand out? Because of its size in comparison to the rest of the pieces in the room, the sofa makes a statement. We love neutral couches whose pillows can be changed frequently to tell a new story. But choosing a big, bold pattern or a fun color can totally transform a room.

sofa in living room
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

4. Does your couch need to be kid-friendly? Everyone thought I was crazy when I bought a pair of white leather tufted sofas for the playroom, but it was the best purchase I ever made! Everything wipes right off, and there’s even a handy correction pen for covering up travesties like permanent market. (Thank goodness we haven’t had to use that one!) Sunbrella or other outdoor fabrics are also great choices for kid-friendly couches.

sofa in living room
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

5. What is your ceiling height? For room with ceilings eight feet tall or less, lower-backed sofas are a must! They make the room seem much larger than an oversized piece would. Conversely, if you have extremely tall ceilings, make sure the back is tall enough to command a presence. 

sofa in entrance foyer
Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

6. Are you a fluffer? For a low-maintenance look, tufted backs are wonderful and are easier to maintain than couches where both the back and seat pillows must be constantly fluffed. 

sofa in dining room
One Kings Lane

 

7. What kind of arm is right for you? Just remember that arms take up lots of visual space and can look clunky. You can never go wrong with an English roll arm!

living room sofa
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

There is no doubt that the right sofa is critically important to a space. What do you look for when sofa shopping?

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House Tour: Buckhead Cottage Charm

Buckhead Cottage

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your week is going great. We’re halfway to the weekend already! 

Buckhead Cottage entrance

Take a break from your busy day and wander through this gorgeous Buckhead home featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.

Buckhead Cottage dining room

Architect William B. Litchfield and Jackye Lanham designed this stunning space, replete with southern charm.

Buckhead Cottage dining room

Classic finishes lend this home tons of personality. 

Buckhead Cottage living room

Cozy spaces with plenty of light give this cottage a distinctively homey feel, perfect for curling up and relaxing. 

Buckhead Cottage living room

A mix of old and new lend a collected, finished feel to each of the homes stunning spaces.

Buckhead Cottage kitchen

Touches of wood add depth to the bright white renovation of this sparkling kitchen.

Buckhead Cottage living room

Grass cloth in a light shade is cozy and just a tiny bit reminiscent of the coast. 

Buckhead Cottage dining room

One of our favorite parts of this redesign is that the spaces flow together effortlessly without being so open as to feel cavernous.

Buckhead Cottage living room

Three dimensional art always adds a unique flair. 

Buckhead Cottage hallway

Architectural details take center stage in this home.

Buckhead Cottage bedroom

The continuity of furniture colors and styles from one room to the next lends soothing appeal.

Buckhead Cottage bathroom

Chic finishes and a spa like tub make this master bathroom an oasis.

Buckhead Cottage bathroom

Simple and clean, this is an enviable vanity. 

Buckhead Cottage bedroom

A sweet window seat makes this bedroom feel even cozier. 

Buckhead Cottage bedroom

Unexpected angles and classic prints and fabrics add to the cottage feel of this stunning home. We hope you enjoyed touring this one as much as we did. Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

Emily Followill Photography

Need some summer entertaining tips? Check out Elizabeth Moyer of Pretty Pink Tulips fabulous post on the stunning blogger lunch friend Tina of the Enchanted Home hosted for Slightly South of Simple!

 

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If you’re looking for a perfect Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out Slightly South of Simple!  

 

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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

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

 

10 Chic Spring Easter Tables

Easter table - dining table
Tom Scheerer

Happy Thursday, Design Chic friends! We are preparing for Easter weekend and definitely in a Spring Break state of mind. It’s going to be busier-than-usual kind of Spring Break since I leave for my 5-week Slightly South of Simple tour on Monday. It’s hard to believe it’s already here! Take a peek at the tour schedule to see if I’m going to be in a city near you! 

Tory Burch

If you’re an Easter-celebrater, how do you celebrate? Do you have a pretty lunch at home?

dining table
Williams-Sonoma

A brunch complete with hot cross buns?

Shop Terrain

A casual cookout with friends?

No matter how you celebrate, a beautiful Easter table is all-important. Our sweet friend Lidy of French Garden House sure knows how to make an Easter table come to life!

Easter Table
BHG

So, to be honest, we’re having Easter brunch at the club this year. I know. But, knowing that I’ll be leaving on Monday it didn’t seem like the best time to cook an elaborate meal and have all the family. Plus, this way, everyone gets to eat exactly what they want. 

Easter Table
Pottery Barn

But that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun Easter decorations out. It is, after all, one of the most fun holidays. We’ve long been fans of this precious Easter china from Pottery Barn. Oh to have more storage space! 

Easter dining table - Williams-sonoma
Williams-Sonoma

When you set your Easter table, do you like it to be fun, bright and floral?

Easter Table
Williams-Sonoma

Or do you keep things a little simpler? Either way, we’d love to see your Easter table! 

Easter Table
Williams-Sonoma

Whether you celebrate or not, we hope you have a beautiful, warm Spring weekend! 


Thanks to our beyond awesome friend Rene from Cottage and Vine for featuring a fabulous interview about Slightly South of Simple, writing, and my favorite hostess tips. She covered it all! Who did I tell Rene was my greatest inspiration? Here’s a hint:

Photo by Lindsay Corrigan

Just a little more than a week left to preorder Slightly South of Simple from your favorite bookstore! Thank you, dear friends for all of your amazing support. It means the world to me!

In Good Taste: Kristin Paton Interiors

It is incredible how one piece, used in a different way in a home, can look entirely different. Like, how this antique entrance hall chest, could look stuffy in a room full of other antiques, but, in the hands of Kristin Paton Interiors, accessorized with light, bright, up-to-date pieces, becomes an up-to-date statement.

Or how French sconces, when combined with abstract art, take on a look that is young and eclectic, not stuffy.

That is the real gift, we believe, the mix of finishes and fixtures, textures and tones that defines a room and a home so beautifully and well. 

From a bright, window-filled shore escape that is light and spacious,

To a darker office that feels like the perfect place to do business–or play chess,

Kristin Paton is an expert at combining elements to create a statement. 

From a clean, functional kitchen…

To a traditional dining space with a twist…

To understated glamour in the dining room…

Paton creates signature spaces that ooze with style.

This uniquely chic office is perfect for work or play,

One signature piece of art defining the color scheme. 

This aqua and pink scheme is so chic for a bedroom as well. We think it’s safe to say that, no matter where Kristin Paton lends her touch, it turns out beautifully!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 

Eric Roth Photography

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With only two weeks until the Slightly South of Simple release–and one week until the tour begins–we can’t wait to meet some of you in person. Thank you so much to Glitter Guide for choosing Slightly South of Simple as an April “Must Read!”

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