The Colors of Paradise

Collins Interiors


Good morning, chic readers! We are CELEBRATING today because, today, my fifth novel and the final book in my Peachtree Bluff Trilogy, The Southern Side of Paradise, releases! 


living room
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


After more than a year of writing, editing, promoting and, yes, picking the cover, it is so exciting to see the book come to life out in the world. 


show house
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Show House


As you might imagine, I am a very visual person, so covers mean a lot to me. 


porch with color
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles


I am so fortunate that my cover designer at Simon & Schuster is a genius–and came up with more than a dozen too-gorgeous-to-be-believed covers for me to choose from. I had the hardest time deciding which one fit the story best! 


palm beach style with color
Meg Braff Design


Ultimately, it came down to something pretty simple: the yellow. The cover I chose has a yellow hat and a yellow title, and, I don’t know about you, but I am loving yellow lately.


palm beach colors
Meg Braff Designs


That yellow is combined with the perfect hot pink…


Marika Meyer Interiors


And the most serene water blue…


Gray Malin for One Kings Lane


I sent this Gray Malin photo for cover inspiration. Water, sand, vibrant hues. It just feels like summertime, doesn’t it?


Coastal Living Magazine


Like this. I wanted a cover that would make my readers feel like this


abstract art
Serena & Lily


And these are the bright, bold hues to do it. 


The Southern Side of Paradise


I think they nailed it, don’t you? If these aren’t the colors of paradise, then I don’t know what are. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your support of my books, The Peachtree Bluff Series and, of course, Design Chic! Mom and I love being here with you every day, and we can’t thank you enough for spending a few minutes of your day with us for NINE YEARS!

If you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift or your next beach read, I’d love it if you’d check out The Southern Side of Paradise! It is available from your local bookstore and wherever books are sold, including:


For Signed Copies Call South Main Book Co:  (704) 630-9788


Kristy on Tour! (Full Tour Details Available Here)

Top 10 Favorite: Beautiful Breakfast Rooms

breakfast room
Suzanne Kasler


It’s the most important meal of the day. 


breakfast nook
Suzanne Kasler


So it follows that it’s also one of the most important rooms


breakfast room
Suzanne Kasler


At least, these beautiful breakfast rooms would have us believing that it is!


breakfast nook breakfast room
One Kings Lane


From a nook in the kitchen


breakfast Room
Beth Webb Interiors


To a full, sunny, dedicated space,


breakfast room
Beth Webb via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


Darker and more formal, 


breakfast nook with banquette
Maureen Stevens Design via Dering Hall


To light and casual, 


breakfast nook
Serena & Lily


There are as many ways to breakfast room as there are to brunch!


breakfast nook with banquette
Gomez Associates via Architectural Digest


We’re big fans of the multi-tasking space that combines breakfast with books, 


breakfast nook
Liz Caan & Co


And love the idea of beginning each day with so much color! 



Speaking of breakfast, our friend Elizabeth from Pinecones and Acorns has the breakfast and books thing down. It’s so beautiful!

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Peachtree Bluff Series

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!


The Southern Side of Paradise Tour!

Twelve states, thirty-seven stops…If I’ll be in a city near you I’d love to see you! Click here for full details on every event!

April 24: Quantum Leap Series at Quantum Leap Library, Orlando, Florida

April 26: General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Wilmington, NC

May 2: North Myrtle Beach Library, North Myrtle Beach, SC, 10 – 11am

May 2: Silver Coast Winery, Ocean Isle Beach, NC -Time, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

May 3: Moveable Feast Luncheon, Pawley’s Island, SC, 11am

May 4: Kinston, NC BBQ Festival,  11-1

May 5: Dee Gee’s Launch Party, Morehead City, NC, 2-4 pm

May 7: Beaufort History Museum Tea, Beaufort, SC (SOLD OUT)

May 8: Newberry County Library Literacy Luncheon, Newberry, SC, 12pm

May 9: Live at Your Library Series, Gastonia, NC, 12pm

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 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





LaGrange Interiors

Monique Lhullier
House Beautiful
House of Straw

Miss Zelt
Peace and Love

La Maison Gray

hundreds of pearls
sis maxina

Bethesda Style

Life of Polarn Per
House of Straw

La Maison Gray

Click Below To See Our Silver Obsessions!

Fashionable Friday: Shades of Gray

Even before the advent of the bestselling novel, gray was one of those shades we couldn’t get enough of. Although it’s perfect for year-round wear, we find it fits so very well during this time of year, when the weather is cooler and white slowly dwindles away and is incrementally replaced with more subdued tones. We know it’s the little black dress that gets all the attention, but, this fall, we’re wanting to make some closet space for the little gray dress as well.
Pearl of Carolina

This gown with so many shades of gray is so incredibly chic for any black-tie affair. We love how the bow at the neck gives it a touch of youth and whimsy. 
zsa zsa bellagio
We love how, in the right fabric, gray is so shimmery and elegant.
zsa zsa bellagio

This is so, so glamorous!
Heartbeat Oz
Little ruffles are so feminine and chic.
casa bella

A touch of sparkle is always just the right thing for a night out. 

This frock is beautiful at any age, but can’t you see it as a super-chic Mother of Bride dress? 
zsa zsa bellagio

Love the lace!

I need this dress for holiday parties. That neckline is so amazing, and I adore the shape. Don’t you feel like it’s one of those perfect, not-too-dressy, all-occasion designer dresses?
Bill Blass Designer
Sleek, simple and stunning!
Victoria Beckham

Gray really is such a versatile color. It’s amazing in this more casual dress. Although, we’re pretty sure that Victoria Beckham looks good in anything…
Heartbeat Oz

Definitely another contender for holiday season 2012 party wear. I love, love, love a bit of a full skirt! Who doesn’t want to feel like a little ballerina every now and again?

We hope you all have an amazing weekend full of fun and a perfect gray party dress!


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