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!”

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! 

https://www.facebook.com/2725779/videos/10104358031087588/

 

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!

 

Painted Shelving Transforms Rooms, Spaces With Pops of Color & More!

painted shelving in library

 

27 Designers Transform Rooms with Beautifully Painted Shelving

dering hall

 

Spaces with Vibrant Pops of Color

dering hall

 

 Cozy Bohemian Hideaway living room

 

Inside Lela Becker’s Cozy Bohemian Hideaway

rip & tan

 

Daphne Javitch’s living room

 

Inside Wellness Guru Daphne Javitch’s New York City Home

rip & tan

 

Bunny Williams Pool house

 

Enchanting Outdoor Spaces from Designers’ Homes

one kings lane

 

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!)

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