In Good Taste: Barbara Westbrook Interior Design

Good morning, chic readers. We hope your week is off to a wonderful start. We don’t know about you, but we are dreaming of Memorial Day. All those white dresses and seersucker suits, not to mention sunshine and pool time. 

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Here, there’s a big band party and dinner to mark the occasion, not to mention cookouts and beach time, boating, a parade. We know it’s not the official start of summer, but it feels that way all the same.

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This bright, airy room feels perfect for summer and is the epitome of Barbara Westbrook’s good taste. The perfectly worn rug and those welcoming Carolina blue shutters might be our favorite parts… Although it’s hard to choose, isn’t it?

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Dining rooms often feel too open to us, a little bit empty and formal. This one is as warm and welcoming as the friends we can imagine around it!

 

Rustic beams, wood cabinets and dark floors make this kitchen feel cozy and intimate, the perfect place for a long chat over a good cup of coffee.

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Wide plank floors have to be one of the best kitchen flooring options of all time. Whether a house is old or new they add that instant feeling of history and age–the graceful kind, of course.

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This is the inspiration photo dream kitchens are made of! Plenty of room for food prep, storage, setting a fabulous table… This kitchen has it all! 

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For large kitchens, we adore this double island look. One for eating, one for food prep. It’s perfect!

 

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Black and white is one of our favorite color combos, of course. Shades of gray only up the ante!

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We’ve always loved a little glamour in the bathroom. Pretty metallics and an accent chandelier fit the bill perfectly. 

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This is exactly what we were talking about! The kind of scene Memorial Days were made for. 

Wishing you a little sand in your toes–and a copy of Slightly South of Simple in your hand–this Memorial Day weekend! 

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What Design Bloggers are Saying about Slightly South of Simple:

“I have to rave a little bit about Kristy Woodson Harvey’s books…they have honestly turned into my favorite books to curl up with and just get lost in. I recently just read her newest book, Slightly South of Simple {click here to see review} and I was captivated by the character relationships that develop throughout the story, how I was able to relate to the characters, and be transported to a different state through her writing. All of Harvey’s books just ooze with southern charm, emotion, and interesting family dynamics.” –Lauren, A Touch of Southern Grace

 

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In Living Color

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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!

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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! 

In Good Taste: Jessica Bradley Interior Design

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“Any good interior designer knows how to make a house look great,” according to designer Jessica Bradley . 

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“But some recognize that it’s not just what you see…it’s what you feel.”

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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. 

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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.

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Photographer: Geno Perches

 

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

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Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

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

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Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

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

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Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

Just… wow. Does it get more breathtaking?

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Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

 

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

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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!

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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:Park and Oak Design

Even their name conjures good feelings. Park and Oak Design. It sounds like a firm that brings the outdoors in. That creates simple yet beautiful design schemes that feel totally livable.

It’s kind of like judging a book by its cover. You’re really not supposed to but, sometimes, the cover does give you a really accurate glimpse into what the book is about.

In this case, we judged a firm by its name. And like that book cover, it did give us a pretty accurate glimpse into what was to come.

If we had to pick one word to describe Oak and Park Design, we think we’d choose… airy. (It’s hard to choose one word, especially when you’re used to getting 85,000 to describe things.)

There’s a minimalistic air about this firm’s work that we find incredibly appealing and totally refreshing.

A modern streak runs through all of these designs that pairs well with traditional touches.

And you know how we love our subway tile!

We love how simple this kitchen is. You can never go wrong with black, white and a touch of natural fiber.

It took us a while to warm up to the idea, but we are now big fans of mixing metals. This kitchen is case and point!

These pendants are perfection.

Speaking of pendants, this is one of our favorites. It’s even more stunning in real life!

Saarinen tables are always a favorite. Sleek, modern and totally functional, they’re a great pick for a breakfast room, especially one that isn’t huge.

The right combination of high and low, rustic and modern, this gorgeous bathroom is the perfect mix of favorite elements blended together in just the right way.

A great wallpaper can totally make a bathroom. We love the vintage feel of this marble sink. The simplicity of these fixtures is a perfect complement to the fun wallpaper. All in all, we think you’ll agree that the work of Park and Oak is in good taste. Which is your favorite room?

We hope you’re having a great day and staying warm! 

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From Our House to Yours…

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It’s almost here! It’s almost here! We had the best time at family Christmas #1 yesterday. Lots of food and lots of fun. The snowball slingshot launchers were by far the biggest hit with boys 4-7. Thank goodness the snowballs were fabric, as it was 80 degrees here! As you can see, the stockings are hung by the chimney, just waiting for Santa to arrive…

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And the table is reset and ready for more Christmas cheer….

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And the kitchen is cleared from the beef tenderloin, salad, rolls, carrots, mashed cauliflower, and, of course, chocolate caramel cake. 

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Cookie Party Invitations

We are officially ready for the next event. But, even if we weren’t, our friends at Mixbook have our back, with gifts and invitations ready on the double for every event and gift recipient left on your list.

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If you’re wanting to ring in the New Year right or even gather friends and family for a holiday open house, Mixbook has a bevy of beyond gorgeous invitations to make the season bright!

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What will our family be getting in their stockings? Photo books from Mixbook, of course!  This photo of little Will and my dad, his Howdy, just watching the boats go by. It’s such a reminder of how those simple, small moments add up to something really big. 

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You know we’re huge fans of gold… and calligraphy… and there were so many chic themes to choose from!

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I make these every single year for our families, and, without a doubt, this was the easiest, quickest and most beautiful book I’ve ever made.

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All I did was gather my photos, and let Mixbook’s autofill option take over. Usually, this ends up being a nightmare, but, in the interest of research, I decided to try it out. It was wonderful! I switched just a couple of photos that I wanted to be on the largest pages and that was all! The result was fabulous–and took me maybe thirty minutes tops, including the time it took to gather my pictures. Some years, this is a project that takes hours on end.

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Art Work to Canvas

Speaking of fabulous gifts, Mixbook’s Art Work to Canvas capabilities top our list of favorite, favorite holiday gifts for grandparents, kids, parents and everyone in between. Have you ever seen anything so adorable?

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Metal Art

We’re also loving metal art for offices, kitchens, bathrooms and anywhere that moisture could live or frames are easily broken. 

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Long story short, Mixbook has everything we need to make the rest of our holiday season merry and bright.

From our home to yours, sweet friends, happy, happy holidays!

 

 

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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In Good Taste: Shelley Johnstone Design

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After weeks of high sixties and mid-seventies temperatures here, it has finally gotten cold. We’ll never quite understand North Carolina weather, how it is seventy-five and then, all of a sudden, with no warning, you wake up and it’s thirty-two and it stays that way for months. But, it actually makes us kind of excited, the cold weather. 

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