10 Favorite Covered Porches

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Beth Webb Interiors

With the beginning of school right around the corner and summer promising to transform into fall at any moment, one thing is for sure: It’s porch sitting season!

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Urban Grace Interiors

You know we love outdoor spaces that are an extension of our indoor ones, and while summer entertaining outdoors can be so much fun, it’s really the fall when those perfect crips evenings beckon us outdoors.

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Beth Webb Design

Whether dining with a group of treasured friends…

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Summer Classics

Or gathering for cocktails after the kids’ soccer game,

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Leah Bailey Interior Design

Or simply treating yourself to a quiet morning cup of coffee with a magazine that has been waiting to be read,

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Historical Concepts

These ten stunning porches fit the bill for whatever outdoor activities you might have in mind!

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Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

We adore bamboo for its beachy feel that works well in any setting,

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Ken Tate Architect

And iron, aluminum and wrought iron are classic looks that are always in style–especially in black and white.

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Heather A.Wilson Architect

But the thing we covet most of all, the thing on our porch wishlist, is an amazing hanging bed.

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Geoff Chick Design

For sitting, swinging or even that elusive front porch nap, these hanging beds are as comfortable as they are chic. What’s on your porch wishlist? 

If you need a good read while you’re relaxing on your porch, why not check out my national bestselling Slightly South of Simple? But don’t take our work for it! Check out what After Orange County is saying about Slightly South of Simple:

“[J]ust as I had anticipated, it was a delight to read. The good news is that this book is the first of a series that Kristy is writing called the Peachtree Bluff Series, so we now have much more to look forward to! As the mother of 3 boys, I could relate to the mother character in this story, Ansley, who is the strong matriarch of 3, not-so-simple adult daughters. Each one of Ansley’s daughters come home to their roots, the seemingly idyllic southern seaside town called Peachtree Bluff.  The story weaves its way through the characters’ lives, each with their own unique & individual challenges.” — Celia, After Orange County 

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House Tour: Euclid Traditional Beauty

Amy Berry Design Euclid Traditional Beauty

Hi, chic readers! We spent the day doing a hygge photo shoot for a magazine, surrounded by furry throws, hide rugs, lit candles, and of course, a roaring fire–with the air conditioner cranked down the 65. While we love the hygge trend, it felt funny to be decorating for winter in the dog days of August! But it’s always fun to look toward the season ahead. 

This fabulous Euclid Traditional by the uber-talented Amy Berry Design hits all the high notes of summer. You’ll see what we mean, especially when you get to the porch!

Amy Berry Design Euclid Traditional Beauty

While it was fun to get a glimpse of winter, we were glad to come back to our summer digs, with the light, fun patterns, the natural fibers, the fresh flowers…

Amy Berry Design Euclid Traditional Beauty

And, we have to say, looking at these gorgeous rooms, this stunning space would look amazing in any season. 

Amy Berry Design Euclid Traditional Beauty

Barry is so wonderful at mixing the old and the new, at combining an antique rug with new upholstery, an antique piece of furniture with fresh accessories, making the entire thing come off as updated but with a sense of history.

Amy Berry Design Euclid Traditional Beauty

If we had to choose one word to describe her interiors, we think it would be inviting. 

Amy Berry Design Euclid Traditional Beauty

This is the kind of home where, after you walk through the door, you want to stay awhile.

Amy Berry Design Euclid Traditional Beauty

Speaking of seasonal decor, this sunny space makes it feel like summer even what lies beyond the door is less than toasty!

Amy Berry Design Euclid Traditional Beauty

We adore the incredibly tailored look of this bedroom. It’s crisp, neat and finished–with just the right amount of monogram!

Amy Berry Design Euclid Traditional Beauty

Library lamps are one of our favorite trendy items that we think everyone should have at least a couple of. Cozy reading nooks are always welcome–especially as we prepare to transition to cooler weather.

Amy Berry Design Euclid Traditional Beauty

You think the inside is good? Just wait until you see the outside! 

Amy Berry Design Euclid Traditional Beauty

Now this is a patio.

Amy Berry Design Euclid Traditional Beauty

You know we love outdoor spaces that are an extension of the indoors, and this porch fits that bill perfectly. Every detail is gorgeous!

Amy Berry Design Euclid Traditional Beauty

Chic chaises top our outdoor wishlist. This Carolina blue with white piping is so summery and equally as elegant. We’d love lounging here!

Thanks so much for touring this gorgeous home with us. We love it when you stop by!


What People are Saying About 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)

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What People are Saying about Slightly South of Simple

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I feel so proud of Kristy every time I open one of her books! Her writing is intriguing and warm and I can’t go by a summer without having one of her novels in hand.

 – Luciane, Home Bunch


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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. –Bestselling author Cassandra King

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!

 

 

Outdoor Kitchens Perfect for Summer Entertaining!

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

With Memorial Day behind us and months of summer unfolding sweetly and unhurriedly ahead of us, we thing it’s official: Porch sitting season is here!

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite things about summer is spending time outdoors with friends, grilling out and sipping cocktails, taking a dip in the pool or lounging with a great book. The kids running barefoot, catching lightning bugs, the cicadas chirping rhythmically in time to the evening breeze… We can’t think of anything better!

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

One of our favorite, favorite ways to make the most of all the goodness summer has to offer is with outdoor entertaining.

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

Gorgeous outdoor furniture, vibrant indoor outdoor fabrics… Little touches can turn a regular outdoor space into an experience, a porch into a living room, an extension of the indoor decor.

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

Beyond a simple sitting area, we are loving that outdoor kitchens are making such a huge splash right now! What could be better than having all of the essentials you need for outdoor cooking and entertaining right at your fingertips all year round?

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

This summer, we think it’s time to go way beyond the barbecue. From cabinetry to countertops, there are so many ways to create an outdoor kitchen that will be the envy of the neighborhood–and make you wonder how you can ever go back to standard, indoor cooking again.

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

Stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinets take the quality–and the style to the next level. Plus they hold up incredibly well to the elements that come along with outdoor living.

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

Our dream outdoor kitchen appliance? A poolside pizza oven! Or maybe a smoker outside the sunroom.

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

Just add a little sun, a few friends, and your outdoor space is party ready all year round! If you could design your dream outdoor kitchen, what would your essentials be?

Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your day. We hope it’s great!

Slightly South of Simple

What People are Saying About Slightly South of Simple:

“Kristy Woodson Harvey really knows how to tell a southern tale. Every single time her stories unwind gently, like a soft wind in Georgia, then that wind catches you off guard and throws you into her characters’ tumultuous lives. Slightly South of Simple is the same. One gracious, old home inherited from Grandma, one mother who has so many secrets if the walls talked they would pour out like lemonade on a hot summer day, and three headstrong sisters, all working their way through the chaotic mess and joy of life, together. I loved it.”     New York Times bestselling author Cathy Lamb 

House Tour: Santa Monica Classic Beauty

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Good morning, friends! Welcome to this gorgeous Santa Monica home! (The dog is welcoming you too!)

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Real estate in Santa Monica is quite possibly some of the most sought after in the lovely USA, and, one peek inside this home and it’s easy to see why! We were immediately drawn to the outside of the home, and, inside, the white paint and dark wood look so clean and fresh.

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We love the way this dark, antique chair pops against the white walls. And how well the dog hair blends too!

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The bright, white kitchen is sleek, streamlined and perfect for cooking for a crowd. LOVE the white Viking!

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The glass cabinets, wine storage and baskets make sure that everything in the kitchen has its place.

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A bedroom with a sitting room and fireplace feels so cozy, perfect for enjoying a chilly afternoon!

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Bedrooms with slanted walls are some of our favorites. They are so charming and always filled with wonderful nooks.

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When space is at a premium, a built-in bedroom is the perfect solution. Any little boy would love this room!

bathroom Santa Monica

Secret spaces and hidden passageways are perfect for parking a child’s imagination! And the roofline in this beautiful bath adds interest.

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Subway tile in a bathroom is one of our favorite picks — especially when it has great gray grout.

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A laundry room like this would make us want to do the laundry! Well… maybe…

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Who needs a gym when you can exercise from the comfort of home? Looking out this window would be great!

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A fantastic piece of Santa Monica real estate could never be complete without amazing outdoor spaces.

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We’d say porches like these fit the bill!

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Dining, lounging, and entertaining… These porches are perfect for everything! 

A gorgeous home for a gorgeous day! Hope yours is wonderful!


Tim Barber Ltd. Architecture

Kristen Panitch Interiors

Karyn Millet Photography

 

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Tuesday, May 16: Reynolds Plantation Girls Night Out Event, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr. Greensboro, GA 30624, Contact: Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected],

Wednesday, May 17: River Hills Country Club, 1 Country Club Dr., Lake Wylie, SC 20710, 12 pm, Contact Sue Foster, vice president of programs [email protected], noon-1:15 pm

– JUNE –

Monday, June 5: “Prologue” Series with Wilmington Star News, 7 pm

Saturday, June 17: Dee Gee’s Books and Gifts, Morehead City, NC, 12-2 pm, Signing

Tuesday, June 20: Suzanne Westenhofer Book Club, 12 pm CST

Wednesday, June 28: Gainesville Newcomers Club Luncheon at Chattahoochee Country Club, Gainesville, GA, 3000 Club Dr, Gainesville, GA 30506, 9:30 am, Contact Joanne Dandrea, [email protected]

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