House Tour: Alys Beach House

Alys Beach house

If you’ve ever been to Alys Beach, you know the it has an impossibly chic, almost austere feel to it. 

Alys Beach house

An entire town of gleaming white stucco, with wood or black accents and even the occasional aqua front door, it is the poster child for luxurious uniformity. 

Alys Beach house living room

It is the kind of place where everything is similar yet each home, building or shop is differentiated from the next by a few special, unique features that make it stand out. In short, we absolutely love it and think that its power and glamour is in its elegant exterior.

Alys Beach house living room

Stepping inside this fabulous Alys beach home designed by the talented team at  Urban Grace Interiors, we think you might agree that its beauty is also in its interior.

This is the kind of home that whispers. It doesn’t jump out at you and say, “Look at me, look at me!”

It simply wraps you in its embrace and lets you relax, the worries of the real world floating out to sea. 

A calm and soothing palette extends from the outside to the inside, making the entire space feel cohesive and perfectly planned, 

And not the slightest detail or space–even the laundry room–has been overlooked when it comes to making this a retreat to remember. 

Full of comfortable spaces and cozy spots,

For friends and family members of all ages,

Alys Beach house bedroom

Texture and a pop of color combine to make this home simplicity at its finest.

Alys Beach house bedroom

Few accessories keep the space uncluttered so its inhabitants minds can be uncluttered as well.

Alys Beach house bathroom

And every space is perfectly appointed for relaxation in style.

Alys Beach house tour bathroom

Nothing in this well appointed home fights for attention. Instead, it all works together to bring a sense of harmony.

Alys Beach house tour

The inside is fabulous, sure. But, when we step outside again, back to that exquisite facade that makes Alys Beach so enviably lovely, it is a reminder that the outdoors are perhaps why we visited this spot in the first place.

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here! 

Photography: Framework 

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Summer Outdoor Entertaining Tips

pool house for outdoor entertaining
Crisp Architects

 

Do you feel like summer is flying by? We sure do! It seems like every year after July 4 the days just disappear and we are trying to savor the days of summer even more. 

pool house for outdoor entertaining
New England Home Magazine

 

These outdoor spaces are just the kind of spots where anyone would be lucky to while away a summer day, getting some sun and taking a quick dip in the pool, lounging in the hot tub with a cocktail as the sunsets and hot days give way to cool, breezy nights. 

pool house for outdoor entertaining
New England Home

 

Entertaining outdoors is one of the best parts of summer, and Danver outdoor kitchen cabinets are stainless and weatherproof for flawless outdoor dining all year round. 

pool house for outdoor entertaining
Architectural Digest Photo: William Waldron

 

A great entertaining space is certainly the best place to start when it comes to outdoor entertaining. 

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Suzanne Kasler

 

For effortless outdoor style, we love the idea of creating outdoor spaces that are cohesive and mesh well with our interiors, as though the outside is simply another living room, an extension of the peerless style within.

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Architectural Digest – Gil Schafer Architect

 

After all, when the outdoors beyond are this beautiful, who wouldn’t want to spend all year in any one of these outdoor spaces? 

pool house for outdoor entertaining
Architectural Digest – Photo: Björn Wallander

 

Great landscaping only makes a stunning outdoor space even better. From perfectly planned greenery to beautiful blooms to charming and delicious planter boxes where guests can pick their own lettuces, herbs or veggies that will later be on their plate, great landscaping is another layer of outdoor entertaining hospitality.

pool house.for outdoor entertaining
Crisp Architects

 

We love the little things when it comes to entertaining, like setting the perfect table. Beautiful blooms from the garden, a favorite china pattern and a special, meaningful touch–like a sprig of rosemary, a box of chocolates or a favorite book–are all it takes to create an outdoor experience to remember!

Are you planning any outdoor entertaining for the rest of your summer?

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

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THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO READ MY LATEST NOVEL SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE! I AM SO GRATEFUL TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. IF YOU HAVE READ, WOULD YOU CONSIDER WRITING A BRIEF REVIEW ON AMAZON? YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE PURCHASED THERE TO REVIEW, AND REVIEWS HELP AUTHORS SO VERY MUCH! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

 

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Splenderosa’s Splendid Summer BOX

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What People Are Saying About Slightly South of Simple

Slightly South of Simple

“My prediction is that 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)

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/slightly-south-of-simple-kristy-woodson-harvey/1124085475?ean=9781501158056

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Slightly South of Simple yet, take advantage of Barnes & Noble’s Buy 2, Get 1 Free offer! It’s the perfect time to stock up on summer reading!

Pool Designs, Gorgeous Gardens Ready for Summer & More!

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Inspiring Pool Designs

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hydrangea gardens

 

Gorgeous Gardens ready for Summer

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Tory Burch for Summer

Tory Burch for Spring and Summer

– tory burch

 

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Final Weekend for Nordstrom Half Yearly SALE

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WEEKEND SALES

25% OFF Shorts Tops, Sandals & Swim- anthropologie 

Extra 30% off Sale- j crew

Just Added Savings Sale  – one kings lane

Up to 70% off Sale – shopbop

Up to 65% off – neiman marcus

New to Sale – serena and lily

The Big Half Anniversary Sale – nordstrom

Up to 40% Off Friends and Family Sale – saks fifth avenue


What People are Saying about Slightly South of Simple:

SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE cuts right to the heart of what it means to be a born-and-bred Southerner, complete with the responsibilities, secrets and unique privileges that conveys. Kristy Woodson Harvey creates four women who are at once completely different yet utterly the same–and a town that you won’t ever want to leave. Interior design, family secrets, life on the coast… It’s easy to see why everyone is buzzing about SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE. –Bestselling author Cassandra King

In Good Taste: Marshall Watson Interiors

Marshall Watson Interiors entrance with flowers
Photographer: Alise O’Brien

 

 Pinterest-worthy. That’s what we’d say about Marshall Watson Interior Design

Marshall Watson Interiors dining table
Photographer: Alise O’Brien

 

With all the choices of things to pin out there these days, that’s a pretty high compliment. 

Marshall Watson Interiors poolside
Photographer: Alise O’Brien

 

But these gorgeous rooms and outdoor spaces by these user-talented designers are ones we want to remember, take inspiration from and come back to again and again. 

Marshall Watson Interiors porch
Photographer: Geno Perches

 

If we weren’t already having Spring fever (which we are, big time…) then this porch would certainly inspire it. From the lush landscape to the beautiful touches, every element is utter perfection.

Marshall Watson Interiors dining room
Photographer: Geno Perches

 

These banana leaf chairs are some of our favorites! In fact, we have them in the Beaufort playroom!

Marshall Watson Interiors dining table on the porch
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

Dining al fresco has never looked so good. Sunflowers add a cheerful burst of color.

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

Dark furniture and warm tones make this light-filled room feel super cozy.

Marshall Watson Interiors bedroom
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

Just… wow. Does it get more breathtaking?

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

You know we love designers who are versatile, and the eclectic range of looks here is phenomenal! 

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: Luke White

 

Soft colors and comfortable textures combine here to create a room that is both comfortable and chic.

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: Luke White

 

We just love the feel of this beautiful home!

Marshall Watson Interiors dining room
Photographer: Luke White

 

This is the kind of space where we would like to be dining tonight–or any night. A beautiful vision, perfectly conceived… Well, we’d say that’s what Marshall Watson Interiors is all about! 

For more work from this fabulous designer, you don’t want to miss his new book,  The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors, available now!

We’re celebrating that my new book Slightly South of Simple is coming out in less than one month by partnering with our friends at Minted to host a fabulous $350 giveaway! Enter now!

 

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House Tour: Naples, Florida Vacation Home

living room with wood beams - Naples

With Daylight Savings Time right around the corner

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Chinoiserie triptych by Allison Cosmos

 

and Spring Break dangerously, wonderfully close, we can’t help but get a little touch of spring fever.

 bamboo chairs

What better place to visit (even if it’s only on our computers!) for a little spring dreaming than Naples, Florida.

living room with desk

This gorgeous Naples vacation home is sophisticated and chic, the kind of place where you could live all year round, not just vacation.

dining room

Is it any surprise that one of our favorite designers, Summer Thornton, designed this stunner?

kitchen

A sleek and elegant kitchen with all the right details is a perfect spot for entertaining. (Because, try as we might, they’re never going to leave our kitchens!)

living room

This color palette feels cozy and warm–and different from anything else we’re seeing right now. We love it!

This piece is so perfect for those spaces where something with a back would feel too closed. Plus, it’s comfy extra seating!

bedroom with 4 poster bed

Each room is a little different from the last but the unifying themes in this home–like the color palette–makes it cohesive.

light wood paneling in bedroom

Wood paneling gives a nod to the beach nearby.

canopy bed
Architectural Photography

This canopy bed is so elegant. This bedroom feels like a getaway!

blue and white porcelain
Architectural Photography

This gallery wall proves that it’s completely possible to do coastal without getting kitschy.

bathroom with porcelain freestanding tub
Architectural Photography

On vacation or just an ordinary day, this tub would feel like a vacation any time!

bathroom Naples
Architectural Photography

Because bathroom storage is always at a premium, we’re loving how these baskets not only take advantage of extra space but also add texture.

bedroom

A settee at the end of a bed is so sweet. And there’s enough seating to have a party in this room!

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Architectural Photography

Florida should be fun! And this porch knows it. The blue and white tiles add a touch of whimsy.

porch with dining table

A pretty pool and lush landscaping lend a view worth coming back to. 

patio with chaise
Architectural Photography

From the kitchen to the bedrooms to the patio, blue and white porcelain is a unifying theme of this beautiful Naples getaway. If this beautiful coastal getaway doesn’t have you Spring dreaming, we don’t know what would! Where’s your favorite spring vacation spot?

Congratulations to Colette Darling, the winner of the $200 Framebridge Gift Card Giveaway! Stay tuned for our next fun giveaway.

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What People are Saying About Slightly South of Simple:

SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE cuts right to the heart of what it means to be a born-and-bred Southerner, complete with the responsibilities, secrets and unique privileges that conveys. Kristy Woodson Harvey creates four women who are at once completely different yet utterly the same–and a town that you won’t ever want to leave. Interior design, family secrets, life on the coast… It’s easy to see why everyone is buzzing about SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE. –Cassandra King, bestselling author of The Same Sweet Girls

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel,  (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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