Slightly South of Simple Cover Reveal!

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Annabelle’s Guest House!

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Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend! I had some of the most fun four days ever as one of the celebrity guests at the Wilmington, NC Azalea Festival, celebrating the launch week of my new novel, Lies and Other Acts of Love. Let me tell you, these people party in style.  (Check out some of my favorite photos below!)

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Cozy Reading Nooks!

Ralph Lauren’s Home via Architectural Digest

Bookstores are some of my favorite places in the whole world. And that’s a very good thing since the Dear Carolina tour has left me visiting quite a few of them! I particularly love the independent ones, with the cozy rooms and cute corners for reading.

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Liz Caan Interiors

Over the past few weeks, I have visited some old loves and some new favorites. The Literary Bookpost in Salisbury, NC and McIntyre’s in Pittsboro, NC have long been two of the tops on my list. But now I’ve added Scuppernong in Greensboro, NC, The Corner Bookstore in Winder, GA, Avid Books in Athens, GA and FoxTale Books in Woodstock, GA to that list, not only because their people are so friendly and charming but also because their stores are so cute! Anyone would want to spend an afternoon in any one of them!

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Beautiful Blue and Orange and a Giveaway!

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Blue and orange has long been one of our favorite color combinations. We don’t see it often on the outside of a house, but it is an adorable look!

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Windsor Smith Design

And, of course, no one does orange better than Hermes.

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Things We Love: Bathroom Mirrors

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APD ArchitectureKeith Scott Morton Photography

 

Good morning, friends! We hope you are all having a wonderful day. We are in full-on Dear Carolina book tour mode, hanging out in Georgia this week and having a blast! But that doesn’t mean the design fun has to end. Check out these fabulous bathroom mirrors that make any bath shine with style.

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John B. Murray Architect
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Roger Davies Photography via Architectural Digest
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Garden Court Hotel

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Emily Followill Photography via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

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Timothy Whealon Design
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James Michael Howard Design
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Sarah Richardson Design
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Caden Design Group

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It has been such a fun couple of weeks, and I have had such a blast getting to meet Dear Carolina readers — especially some fabulous blog friends! The signing at Barnes & Noble in Charlotte day before yesterday was so much fun! I got to hang out with the fab Traci Zeller from Traci Zeller Designs

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Have a wonderful visit with the amazing and lovely Lisa Mende from Lisa Mende Designs

 

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And meet beautiful Brenna from Domestic Charm and her precious daughter Finley. Finley is so smart and so adorable. She studied my pile of books and, so smartly, said, “Does your hand get tired from having to write that book over and over again?” Is that the cutest ever? I told her all about the cool machine that keeps me from having to do that, and then felt very grateful for it! So thoughtful and so introspective. This girl has big things in her future!

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Oh… And I got to sign a book for NC Governor Pat McCrory’s wife. So that was pretty awesome. 

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Yesterday, Winder GA’s Corner Bookstore gave me a wonderful Winder welcome. I got to meet so many lovely ladies — including the ever-amazing Patty (in the floral dress to my left!) from Patty’s Epiphonies! We “chat” every day, so it was so fun to finally put a face with a name! We had a terrific visit and even got to meet sweet M.C.!

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Every day since Dear Carolina has come out has held a fun and wonderful adventure. This is a picture from my Greensboro, NC signing with my precious cousins Catherine and Raymond. 

There’s nothing like the support of your family and friends to make you feel incredibly grateful! This is an amazing ride that keeps getting better! Thank you so much for being such amazing Design Chic readers and for being so great about my new adventure!

Have a fantastic day!



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Homes of Dear Carolina: Khaki’s House

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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Good morning friends! Thank you again so much for your unwavering support of Dear Carolina! I am so touched and humbled and grateful by the outpouring of support for the book!

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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

I think it’s normal for writers to envision every part of their novels. The characters, their hair colors, their mannerisms, their day to day routines…

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But, when you’re a design blogger, you can’t help but dream about their homes!

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