In Living Color

Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

There’s nothing like a stunning vignette and a clear blue sea to make us dream of the beach. 

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And when we dream of the beach, what else to we dream of? Why, beach reading, of course!

We can’t believe that Slightly South of Simple is releasing tomorrow officially. It will be on the shelves at your favorite local bookstores, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target, on Amazon and wherever books are sold. 

 

These gorgeous images capture that perfect relaxed beach feel–the one I hope readers also get from Slightly South of Simple–perfectly. 

Pink and blue is a favorite, classic color combination, one that we were so excited to see on my new book cover!

 

The pictures really don’t do it justice. This is one of those books we’d buy just for the cover! (Even if I didn’t happen to write it…)

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This cozy beach house room is just the kind of place we’d like to spend a pretty post-spring break afternoon. 

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Today we’re in Kinston, NC at a fabulous home, celebrating Slightly South of Simple and raising money for the local Lenoir County SPCA.

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Even though there’s nothing we’d rather be doing than supporting a cause close to our hearts, this picture is awfully tempting…

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If you’re looking ahead to your own beach reading…

This is your last day to pre-order Slightly South of Simple before it releases tomorrow! 

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What are the chances I would have worn a hot pink dress in my author photo? Maybe I was trying to conjure a pink-and-blue book cover!

Slightly South of Simple

Thank you, thank you to all of our wonderful, loyal Design Chic readers. We love seeing you every day, getting your emails and comments and hearing your thoughts. And I am especially grateful of all of your support of my writing career. You have all just rallied around me from the first day. I hope you love this one, the first book in the Peachtree Bluff Series, as much as I loved writing it! 

New York Living: Re-Inventing Home

 

New York Living: Re-Inventing Home

I always thought I would live in New York. Maybe not forever. The average southerner only makes it 18 months, after all. But Mom and Dad lived there, at least for a while, and we were very frequent visitors for my entire life. 

As it turns out, I’m a small town girl through and through, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still love heading to NYC to meet with my editor or, as I’ll be doing April 25 and 26, having my very first NYC book launch! 

No doubt about it, New York living is different. The spaces can be smaller, but not only do we love a good cozy space, we also love to see how creative people get with them! Tub by the fireplace anyone? It’s genius!

Of course, not every New York space is small. Not at all. 

But, no matter the size, it seems that New Yorkers know better than most anyone how to take advantage of every square inch in total style.

A fabulous new coffee table book, New York Living: Re-Inventing Home displays the ups and downs, highs and lows and ins and outs of city living at its finest. From a Brooklyn brownstone to a 5th Avenue Penthouse, this gorgeous book indulges our curiosity in how other people live.

If you’re a fan of city living–or simply a fan of seeing how other people live–make sure to pick up a copy for your coffee table!

Speaking of New York:

We’re so thrilled that the NYC Slightly South of Simple launch party on April 26, 2017 will be at Roxy Te’s gorgeous Society Social showroom. If you don’t know Roxy’s work, you will love, love, love her and her fabulous wares. We’d love to see you there and on April 25 at the 92nd Street Y!

NYC launch party for Slightly South of Simple

 


Slightly South of Simple is on Preorder special right now for only $9.41!

If you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)

 

 

In Good Taste: Marshall Watson Interiors

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Photographer: Alise O’Brien

 

 Pinterest-worthy. That’s what we’d say about Marshall Watson Interior Design

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Photographer: Alise O’Brien

 

With all the choices of things to pin out there these days, that’s a pretty high compliment. 

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Photographer: Alise O’Brien

 

But these gorgeous rooms and outdoor spaces by these user-talented designers are ones we want to remember, take inspiration from and come back to again and again. 

Marshall Watson Interiors porch
Photographer: Geno Perches

 

If we weren’t already having Spring fever (which we are, big time…) then this porch would certainly inspire it. From the lush landscape to the beautiful touches, every element is utter perfection.

Marshall Watson Interiors dining room
Photographer: Geno Perches

 

These banana leaf chairs are some of our favorites! In fact, we have them in the Beaufort playroom!

Marshall Watson Interiors dining table on the porch
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

Dining al fresco has never looked so good. Sunflowers add a cheerful burst of color.

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

Dark furniture and warm tones make this light-filled room feel super cozy.

Marshall Watson Interiors bedroom
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

Just… wow. Does it get more breathtaking?

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

You know we love designers who are versatile, and the eclectic range of looks here is phenomenal! 

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: Luke White

 

Soft colors and comfortable textures combine here to create a room that is both comfortable and chic.

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: Luke White

 

We just love the feel of this beautiful home!

Marshall Watson Interiors dining room
Photographer: Luke White

 

This is the kind of space where we would like to be dining tonight–or any night. A beautiful vision, perfectly conceived… Well, we’d say that’s what Marshall Watson Interiors is all about! 

For more work from this fabulous designer, you don’t want to miss his new book,  The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors, available now!

We’re celebrating that my new book Slightly South of Simple is coming out in less than one month by partnering with our friends at Minted to host a fabulous $350 giveaway! Enter now!

 

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In Good Taste: Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

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Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

As the year comes to an end and the holidays begin, our kitchens begin to take center stage. The heart of home is certainly a vital part of our festivities and day-to-day lives all year round, but never do we realize their importance as much as when we’re cooking those Christmas meals. For inspiration on how to live well in your kitchen, from now all the way into the New Year, take a page from Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath. 

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Wishing you a wonderful day with a bit of time to relax and enjoy this beautiful season!

 


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House Tour: A Very Buckhead Christmas

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Now that we have finished hauling the rest of the Christmas decorations out of storage it is finally feeling like the most wonderful time of the year! Decorating for Christmas is one of our favorite things to do. If you need a little help getting started–or simply can’t get enough holiday decor–take a peek at this gorgeous Buckhead home from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles photographed by the fabulous Emily Followill Photography

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We hope that whatever the rest of this holiday week holds, it fills you with joy. Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your celebration!


House Tour: Upscale Charm

 

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Charm. That’s the word that comes to mind when considering this fabulous Atlanta home designed by the uber talented Meridy King. Incredible architectural details, eclectic style and a landscape plan to write home create a beautiful oasis amidst the city life.

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | INTERIOR DESIGN Meridy King, Meridy King Interiors.| LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Adriana Hernandez, Arcoiris Design Gardening | ARCHITECT Bill Edwards, Edwards Architecture Ltd. | Photography: Erica George Dines home office

 

 

The perfect mix of antique and modern, this is the kind of office that is full of inspiration–and perfect for meeting clients!

 

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | INTERIOR DESIGN Meridy King, Meridy King Interiors.| LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Adriana Hernandez, Arcoiris Design Gardening | ARCHITECT Bill Edwards, Edwards Architecture Ltd. | Photography: Erica George Dines dining room

 

A round dining table is one of our favorite things. Especially in a square dining room, it is so chic and allows for conversation in a way that other shapes simply don’t.

 

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | INTERIOR DESIGN Meridy King, Meridy King Interiors.| LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Adriana Hernandez, Arcoiris Design Gardening | ARCHITECT Bill Edwards, Edwards Architecture Ltd. | Photography: Erica George Dines foyer

Rustic touches are always welcome.

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | INTERIOR DESIGN Meridy King, Meridy King Interiors.| LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Adriana Hernandez, Arcoiris Design Gardening | ARCHITECT Bill Edwards, Edwards Architecture Ltd. | Photography: Erica George Dines living room

 

 

This room proves that you don’t have to pick a “style.” Traditional, laid-back furnishings pair perfectly with modern art and a rustic fireplace.  And, of course, accessories always put something great over the top!

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | INTERIOR DESIGN Meridy King, Meridy King Interiors.| LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Adriana Hernandez, Arcoiris Design Gardening | ARCHITECT Bill Edwards, Edwards Architecture Ltd. | Photography: Erica George Dines beeroom

It’s amazing how simple architectural details can add so much charm. 

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | INTERIOR DESIGN Meridy King, Meridy King Interiors.| LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Adriana Hernandez, Arcoiris Design Gardening | ARCHITECT Bill Edwards, Edwards Architecture Ltd. | Photography: Erica George Dines porch

The outdoor living spaces perfectly mirror the interior of this fabulous home. 

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | INTERIOR DESIGN Meridy King, Meridy King Interiors.| LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Adriana Hernandez, Arcoiris Design Gardening | ARCHITECT Bill Edwards, Edwards Architecture Ltd. | Photography: Erica George Dines porch

In the outdoors, as with interiors, it’s all about the little things! The details make this space so chic.

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | INTERIOR DESIGN Meridy King, Meridy King Interiors.| LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Adriana Hernandez, Arcoiris Design Gardening | ARCHITECT Bill Edwards, Edwards Architecture Ltd. | Photography: Erica George Dines outdoors

Just, wow. This is a photo made for Pinterest! And wonderful conversation with someone you love.

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | INTERIOR DESIGN Meridy King, Meridy King Interiors.| LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Adriana Hernandez, Arcoiris Design Gardening | ARCHITECT Bill Edwards, Edwards Architecture Ltd. | Photography: Erica George Dines

Lush and well planned yet totally unfussy, this is the kind of landscape architecture dreams are made of! Do you see those tiny stone steps into the water? Swooning! The dog looks almost as if he was planted there to perfect the scene!

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | INTERIOR DESIGN Meridy King, Meridy King Interiors.| LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Adriana Hernandez, Arcoiris Design Gardening | ARCHITECT Bill Edwards, Edwards Architecture Ltd. | Photography: Erica George Dines garden

If we weren’t dreaming of spring before (Which, I mean, who are we kidding? We’re always dreaming of spring!) we certainly are now! Fresh vegetables and beautiful blooms are only weeks away! And a home and garden this fabulous can’t help but make us want to start planning our perfect spring landscape!

Thanks so much to all of you for making Design Chic a part of your day. We love it when you stop by!

 

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House Tour: Beaufort Update!

 So, you know we’re dedicating our Wednesdays to house tours. We thought this Wednesday might be a good time to give you a little update on the Beaufort house! If you’re thinking What? This is PROGRESS! check out our before pictures here and here. Obviously, this is only primer on the walls and a couple of spindles have been painted white to test. But it’s amazing how big of a difference just a little white paint can make!
 Our original plan was to rip out this fireplace and start over. As it turns out, it was going to be a major structural deal, so we’re experimenting with other options. It’s amazing what an eyesore it was before and how much better just this little tester paint looks! 
 Dark half bath door primed! 
 The upstairs master bath is painted, and I am obsessed with this color. It’s one of the only times in my life I walked into a room and thought, “Yup. Nailed that paint choice.”

Here’s another view.
 The floors up here were painted brown, so we’re exploring some options. They might possibly be able to be sanded and refinished, but we’re trying a little white paint just in case it doesn’t work. We love it! It’s so fresh. 
 The bathroom has been painted too. And, no, this fabulous chair isn’t staying… We’ll auction it off to the highest bidder 🙂

Untold baths are going to happen here, just admiring the view out the window!
 Little Will’s bathroom tile is finished as well!
 We think the gray grout looks great!
 Laundry room! It’s small for a reason, people.
 The lighting is clearly not finished in Will’s room. Sorry for the horrible pictures.
 We might seal these window frames off and leave them looking rustic. We think it would pair well with the built-in ships beds. This is one of those times, like normal, where we walked in and thought: “We picked that color…”
The blue lines in the hall wall are the site of the future third floor demo, affectionately named the “stairway to heaven.” And, let us tell you, when you get out on that widow’s walk, you feel pretty close to it! We’re hoping to bust that ceiling out this week.
The floors in the kitchen/mudroom are down. We can’t wait to see this place with a pair of chaises!
We’ve come a long way, baby. 
As a reminder, here’s the old kitchen. Ahhh, memories!
The upstairs guest room with shiny, new paint! Is it weird that I miss the pink walls?
Mom and Dad’s bathroom floor is down and the tub and tile — sans grout — are in! 
Shew! We can’t wait to show you even more progress in a week or two when we go back to check on things. 
We’ve still got a ways to go, but it’s safe to say that this project will be finished one day… Thanks for visiting us today. We hope you’re having a wonderful day!

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