blank to beautiful


Good morning, friends! Today is a banner day on Design Chic! We are launching our new video interview series, Blank to Beautiful, where we’ll be interviewing designers, writers, artists and creatives about the glorious transformation from blank to beautiful. (Feel free to share the video if you’d like!)

Because today is the launch of my sixth novel, Feels Like Falling, Mom (Beth) did something she’s not too terribly fond of, and took the the camera to interview me about my creative process, my childhood aspirations, the craziest part of launching a book without a tour and lots of fun mother/daughter things. It’s actually really cool to be interviewed by your mom! I might take her on the road with me when we get to go out again!(And, also, if you’re thinking we’re crazy to launch a book and a new series, we know. But why not, right?!)


Maren Devine warrior girl


Order Feels Like Falling and send your receipt to between now and May 3 and be entered to win a huge 30×40 print, of your choice, on canvas by @marendevineart and a $100 Visa gift card!

If you’ve already sent your receipt, you’re entered!

Thank you for all your amazing support during this time when things are so hard for so many. I hope Feels Like Falling is the perfect escape—and I can’t wait to see a gorgeous Maren Devine piece hanging in someone’s home!!

Thanks, Design Chic readers, for all your support over the past few years, and these past six books. If you haven’t read one of my books yet, but you’ve been curious, today would be a great time to start! I’m usually on week two of a six-week book tour right about now, traveling around the country and meeting thousands of readers in person, so this launch, needless to say, is going to be a little bit different! 

Parade, Working Mother and SheReads called it one of the most anticipated reads of 2020, Frolic and Get Literary want you to read it for Spring, Mary Kay Andrews picked it for her 2020 reading challenge–and called it “your next summer sizzler”–and the Southern Independent Booksellers Association awarded it an “Okra Pick,” meaning they want to hand sell it all season long!


And don’t forget:  Books make great MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS!


Pick up your copy at your favorite local bookstore,, Amazon or wherever books or sold.

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.

It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.

Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy.

Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.

With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.

In her warmest, wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.


Also, for the first time ever, we are hosting a Feels Like Falling Photo Contest! From now until May 3:

1. Take a photo of Feels Like Falling

2. Post on Instagram or Facebook

3. Use the hashtag #feelslikefalling so I can find your photo and tag me if you can!

4. I’ll repost them and then…

One grand prize winner will receive a $100 Target Gift Card and 5 runners up will receive an exclusive Feels Like Falling Candle. You photos can be pretty or funny, cute or cuddly, crazy or tame… It doesn’t matter! Whether you’re a reader or an influencer, you can enter!

photo via Andrew Howard

Thanks so much again for all your support! Next week I’ll be interviewing our first designer–Andrew Howard about what inspires him, his favorite projects and creating his dream home. You know how much we adore him, he’s funny as all get out, and we can’t wait to give you behind-the-scenes look at how he transforms spaces from blank to beautiful! 

Get FEELS LIKE FALLING today from your favorite independent bookstore, online retailer or wherever books are sold. Friends!

Amazon is temporarily sold out of paperbacks but of course have the kindle available. (Thank you, by the way!) They’ll be back soon, but,

in the meantime, here’s a list of availability:




Porter Co Book Shoppe

The Country Book Shop

Quail Ridge Books

Beaufort Linen Co.

Dee Gee’s Books & Gifts