Hamptons Cottages & Gardens


Good morning, readers! The Southern Side of Paradise officially released on Tuesday! It’s so exciting. We have had a fun-filled few days meeting lots of readers and signing tons of books–and the fun is just beginning! (More tour info at the bottom of the post.)



The Secret to Southern Charm is set in the charming Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a tiny town with a cast of quirky characters with Ansley Murphy, a widowed interior designer and mother of three daughters, at the helm. 



One of my favorite characters in the book is Ansley’s long lost first love come back, Jack.



In an effort to win back Ansley’s heart, Jack buys the house next door, the one he knows Ansley has dreamed of decorating for most of her life. 



And he enlists Ansley to turn his charming historic home in Peachtree Bluff’s downtown into a bachelor pad with plenty of style. (Enough style that maybe it won’t be a bachelor pad for long…)



We imagine Jack’s redesigned home to look a little like this fabulous one from Hamptons Cottages & Gardens.



Vintage maps and antique wood add that masculine feel that every good bachelor pad needs.



Traditional colors and a mix of old and new furniture help maintain the integrity of the historic house with updated charm.



If Jack’s plan of winning his way into the Murphy girls’ hearts works, there will be plenty of activity in his kitchen. 



With a light and bright breakfast room, he can serve lots of guests.



Simplicity is one of the main tenants of this character’s life. We think this open shelving would suit him perfectly.



Neutral doesn’t have to be boring, as is evidenced by this room. 



Touches of wood, even in unexpected places, add a hint of that British Colonial feel that Jack was looking for.



Varying shades of blue define the color palette throughout the home but provide enough variety to be interesting.



This navy nook provides a perfect crash pad for guests–or reading nook for catching up on the latest books.



This fun take on subway tile is a fabulous touch!



Jack’s white picket fence is the perfect finishing touch to a beyond charming exterior. Looks like this charming house is no different! 

If you haven’t met them yet, I absolutely cannot wait to introduce all of you to the characters in The Southern Side of Paradise!


and…Our Favorite Idea for Mother’s Day…

The Southern Side of Paradise

 The Southern Side of Paradise


The Southern Side of Paradise Tour!

The first two weeks of the The Southern Side of Paradise tour have been absolutely amazing! Thanks to everyone who has come out. Check out the rest of the great events on tour. I’ve love to see you! Click here for full details on every event!

May 11: South Main Book Co., Salisbury, NC, 11am-1pm

May 13: Junior League of Louisville Book Club Cocktail Reception, Louisville, KY                                                    

5:30 – 7pm; Speak – 7:15 – 8:30

May 14: Murder by the Book, Houston, TX, 6:30 (store closes to public at 6pm)

May 15: Houston Women’s Club, Houston, TX, 7 a.m

May 15: Signing at Segreto Finishes, Houston, TX, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

May 16: Signing at Stanley Korshak, Dallas, TX, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

May 16: Signing at Half Price Books, Dallas, TX, 7:00 pm

May 18: Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH, 2:00 pm

May 19: Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN,  2:30pm (ET)

May 20: Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas Coffee, Daniel Island, SC,                 

10:30 am to 12 pm

May 20: Buxton Books, Charleston, SC, 5:30 to 7 pm

May 21: Snee Farm Garden Club, Mount Pleasant, SC, 10:30am

May 22: Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX,  

May 28: Florence Public Library, Florence, AL 11:30am (CT)

May 31: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 1: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 3: Lexington County Public Library, Columbia, SC,  6:30pm

June 4: Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC, 6:30pm

June 5: The Atlanta History Center at Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA,  

June 6: The Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC, 5pm

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE,  

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE, 7pm – 9pm

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD, 11am – 1pm

August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC, 3pm

August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC, 6pm

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC, 2:00pm

August 8: Figure Eight Island Yacht Club Author Series, Figure Eight, NC,  

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY, 5pm – 7:30pm