Good morning, readers! We hope you are having a great week and are getting used to the time change. If you have little ones like I do, I trust that you have extended your morning coffee to an all-day affair. (Or perhaps you’ve opted to stay in bed so as not to have to hear about the election… Happy Election Day, by the way!)


I had the bright idea of trying to keep my little guy up an hour later so maybe he would sleep until “normal” time. Total backfire. If anyone out there has any sage, time-change parenting advice, I’m all ears. I assume that once he’s a teenager and wants to sleep all day regardless this will all even itself out. 


Needless to say, I’m rethinking the whole puppy thing. It has only been two days of less sleep than usual and I’m already asking myself how I did this with a baby! 


My husband is sensible and, knowing what’s to come, goes to bed an hour earlier. He’s also a relentlessly cheerful morning person. And he doesn’t have to watch This is Us


I have to stay up and watch it because, if I don’t, inevitably someone at preschool or Bike and Barre will accidentally let some very crucial piece of information slip and then I’ll know what’s going to happen, and that’s the worst, really. So, as you can see, there is no feasible way for me to go to bed earlier. 


If you are feeling less-than-your perkiest this beautiful day, don’t worry. Studio McGee is here to save the day! We’ve shared house tours from their work here and here.  And, of course, we’ll have a beyond stunning house tour to give you energy tomorrow. (You can go ahead and watch the Younger saved on your DVR too! Oh, or, right, the election coverage.)


Because, with a palette this fresh and combinations this classic, you can’t help but feel energized just looking at these beautiful rooms. This hall is so bright and beautiful and the family photos are so sweet…


And then you see that tiny dress and the little doll and rocker and suddenly realize that all the sleep deprivation in the world is totally worth it…


Okay, okay. Puppy is back on. Even if it means sacrificing a little time that would otherwise be spent soaking somewhere similar to the above. 


There is something timeless yet updated in Studio McGee’s style that always makes us want to take a second look. 


And a touch of the unexpected–like a fun pattern on the floor and the black wall–takes their designs completely over the top! We’re smitten! Do you love their work as much as we do? 

Lucy Call Photography

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Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple or The Secret to Southern Charm, pick up your copies before The Southern Side of Paradise (NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!) releases May 7, 2019!


Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

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