guest house

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having an amazing week! It has been perfect beach weather here, and we are loving every second!

guest house flowers


If you aren’t near the coast, we say it’s the perfect time of year to call up your friends with beach houses and crash for a while!


guest house


In my latest novel, The Southern Side of Paradise–and in the entire Peachtree Bluff Series–my interior designer protagonist Ansley’s guesthouse gets quite the workout.


guest house


The series opens with the sisters fighting over who will live in the guesthouse. (And queen bee eldest sister Caroline proclaiming that it is hers!)


guest house


When this beautiful space caught our eye, we couldn’t help but imagine it to be similar to the gorgeous guesthouse that the Murphy girls all want to lay claim to. 



Lovely and luxurious, this is just the kind of place where we would love to be guests!



The space feels homey yet streamlined, which is the best combination we know of.

guest house


And well-placed planks on the walls and ceilings add charm in droves.

All in all, this is just the kind of place where we’d love to wear out our welcome and luxuriate all summer long!

Do you want to come to this gorgeous guesthouse too?

Interior Design: Tillman Long

Architect: D. Stanley Dixon

Builder: Ladisic Fine Homes

Photograpy: Emily Jenkins Followill

If you haven’t picked up your copy of The Southern Side of Paradise, today is a great day! My publisher, Simon & Schuster, has chosen The Southern Side of Paradise as a part of their Bookcation promotion! For a limited time, you can get 25% off and free shipping with the code SUMMER19!


The Southern Side of Paradise Tour!

Twelve states, forty-one stops… Most of The Southern Side of Paradise Tour is behind me, but I’d love to see you at an upcoming event! If I’ll be in a city near you I’d love to see you! Click here for full details on every event!

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

Slightly South of Simple

If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store