Brownstone staircase Lisa Tharp  


Mom and I are both born and bred North Carolina girls. We lived in Manhattan for a while when I was little (Dad did, too. We didn’t leave him at home…), but, overall, we’re kind of good with small towns and slow paces. 


But, every now and then, I think it’s natural to imagine what something else would be like, to dream of dashing off to your favorite big city to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle. 

  Brownstone living room with abstract art  

To trade carpool for walking to school, yards for rooftop decks and houses for brownstones

  Brownstone living room  

If you’ve never imagined brownstone living, this exquisite one from Lisa Tharp might just change your mind. 

  Brownstone kitchen with brass stools  

The architectural details alone might be enough to convince us. 

  Brownstone bedroom  

Every, single place you look, Tharp has created a home, has created a moment

  Brownstone bedroom  

This is the kind of brownstone that you need to tour again and again to take in every lovely, luscious square inch of style.

  Brownstone entry  

It’s the kind of place that makes you think you could be made for city living, after all.

  Brownstone rooftop patio

But, then again, there really is no place like home.


Photography | Read McKendree|@readmckendree

Architecture |  Mellowes & Paladino Architects

Renovation | J.W. Construction


If I ever doubted that, last weekend at the Best of Our State Weekend, hosted by North Carolina’s incredible Our State Magazine confirmed it. (If you’re thinking of moving here, one issue and you won’t be able to fathom living anywhere else. You’ve been warned.) One of my bucket list items has always been to speak at an Our State weekend, and, last weekend, I got to cross it off. The crazy part is, I never actually told anyone I wanted to speak there. It just happened. I love those moments best.

You know how sometimes you’ve wanted to do something for a long time and it isn’t as good as you thought? This was NOT one of those times. It was SO MUCH BETTER than I even imagined. Huge, huge thanks to Our State for having me, The Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst for hosting us, and, most of all, to the 800 amazing readers who showed up on their Saturday afternoon to cheer me on. Walking into 2020 so grateful! 

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here!



My next novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, releases April 28, 2020! I can’t wait to share this tale of Gray and Diana, their unlikely friendship, their summer loves and their chance at happily ever after, the sequel, with all of you. It’s never too early to preorder from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer!

More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

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