Artists We Love: Brush Studio’s Tamra Lewis

Brush Studio abstract art

 

One of the glories of Instagram–besides the gorgeous images, of course–is the friends you meet along the way.

 

Brush Studio flowers

 

Tamra Lewis, the talent behind Brush Studio Art, is one of the amazing women we’ve had the chance to become acquainted with over the past couple of years–

 

Brush Studio flower art

 

And her stunning art always makes us smile!

 

Brush Studio

 

We adore her birds nests….

 

 

Swoon over her flowers

 

 

And think her wedding pieces might be one of the best ways we’ve ever seen to commemorate a magical day!

 

 

Tamra said, One day I had an overwhelming desire to paint and I never stopped.  

 

 

I can totally and completely relate to this. That’s sort of how I became a writer!

 

 

And her passion for what she does shines through in every brush stroke. 

 

 

Our latest tal piece? The loveliest oyster you’ve ever seen.

 

 

For more artistic inspiration–and to meet a really kind, generous and wonderful person–head over to Instagram and follow @brushstudioart!

 

 

Thanks so much for spending your summer with Design Chic. We always love seeing you here!

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Tour a Gorgeous Home in Atlanta from Harrison Design

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Tour a Gorgeous Atlanta Home from Harrison Design

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The Most Beautiful Spring Table Inspiration 

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bedroom and bedding from Serena & Lily

 

Creating a Relaxing Bedroom Retreat

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Tory Burch sport activewear

 

Stay-at-Home Style

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Liza Hathaway abstract art for a cause

 

Liza Hathaway Art for a Cause-20% of her proceeds will Benefit the Maryland Food Bank

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Ready for a new spring read to enjoy on your fresh made-over porch? Check out Feels Like Falling, the book Mary Kay Andrews called, “Your next summer sizzler!” Preorder now to avoid shipping delays. Official release date April 28, 2020.

In Good Taste: Lucy Williams Abstract Art

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If you’re a long-time reader of Design Chic, you probably know that we don’t like to play favorites. But sometimes… Well, sometimes we just can’t help it!

Lucy Williams kitchen

Lucy Williams is one of those people who you simply can’t help but look at with wonder. 

Lucy Williams interior design

An incredible designer whose moodboards even inspire awe, 

Lucy Williams pillows

Who can mix patterns and textures with ease to create a totally customized look, 

Lucy Williams interior design

And who is a genuinely kind, supportive friend, and incredible blogger to boot, she is a one of our go-tos for inspiration in every sense of the word.

Lucy Williams interiors

We’re especially loving her incredible work at the Ronald McDonald House! (See what we mean?)

Lucy Williams art

Oh–and did we mention she’s one of our favorite artists? If you’re in the Richmond area (Or if you aren’t, make a trip!) be sure to go meet our friend Lucy on October 4 from 6-8pm at Palette Paint & Home in Richmond, Va. More than 40 paintings will be on display. Don’t miss it!

Lucy Williams art

In the meantime, check out a few of these gorgeous examples of her stunning artwork!

Lucy Williams art

 

Lucy Williams art

 

Lucy Williams art

 

Lucy Williams art

 

Lucy Williams art

 

Lucy Williams art

For more about the reception–or more about her art and design work–check out Lucy’s fabulous site!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here!

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If you’re hanging on to summer, make sure to grab a copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

A Few More Events for The Secret to Southern Charm

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC–RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH DUE TO HURRICANE FLORENCE DAMAGE 

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event

November 6: Private Book Club Event, Beaufort, NC, 6 pm

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FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

 

Styling Your Kitchen with Studio McGee and More

Studio McGee kitchen

 

Styling Your Kitchen with Studio McGee

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Love Discovering a New Artist @janetimberlakecooper  via @maisonshoppe

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Nordstrom

 

Nordstom Anniversary Sale – New Fall Items at Great Prices

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Happy Weekend, friends!

 




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  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

 The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

 

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 2: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event 

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House Tour: Brookwood Hills Beauty

Brookwood Hills House Tour

We talk a lot on Design Chic about combining the old with the new. Grandmother’s silver on your Saarinen table, fun buffet lamps on an antique buffet, a new, shiny bar cart filled with Grandfather’s decanters. There are so many fantastic ways to incorporate the old with the new on the inside. But, on the outside? It’s harder to pull off. Perhaps that’s why we’re so enchanted with Kevin and Lee Kleinhelter’s gorgeous Atlanta home. (We’ve talked about Lee’s Good Taste before.) It’s streamlined and modern but still feels familiar. 

Brookwood Hills house tour entrance

And, inside, it gets even better.

Brookwood Hills house tour living room

We literally love every inch. Take a peek for yourself!

Brookwood Hills house tour living room

Steel windows are so chic to us. Love, love them!

Brookwood Hills house tour kitchen

And these barstools? What a find! We can sort of picture how excited Lee must have been when she found these!

Brookwood Hills house tour dining room

That chandelier? Do we even have to say it? Delicate, whimsical… It’s perfect!

Brookwood Hills house tour

One of our favorite things about this house is that it doesn’t “have to” anything. It doesn’t have to feel Hollywood Regency in the kitchen and then carry that through the rest of the house. It exudes the feeling that it was filled with pieces out of true love, not obligation.

Brookwood Hills house tour kid's bedroom

We bet every kid in town wants to sleep over in these bunks.

Brookwood Hills house tour bathroom

The orange is so good. And not too matchy or contrived. 

Brookwood Hills house tour bedroom

All that glitters… You know the rest.

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We want to have the guts to paint a room black. We really do. But when it’s presented as painting a room black and gold… Well, now we’re thinking we could do it!

Brookwood Hills house tour bathroom

The floor is utter brilliance. No one needs to talk us into that!

Brookwood Hills house tour game room

Coolest ping pong table ever. We want this. And one of those lucite foosball tables. And maybe that sheep. And the painting. We could go on like this for awhile…

Brookwood Hills house tour bedroom

Awwww! Why stop now? We want that dog too! What a gorgeous color! So simple. So chic. We mean the room. But the dog too.

Brookwood Hills house tour bathroom

Swooning.

Brookwood Hills house tour closet

On the verge of needing to call the paramedics.

Brookwood Hills house tour bedroom

Yellow=love. We are OBSESSED with yellow right now.

Brookwood Hills house tour bedroom

Dear Lee Kleinfelter, we know we don’t really know each other, but we’d like to move into this yellow room, please. Or any of the rest of the rooms in this house.

Brookwood Hills house tour bathroom

This bathroom feels modern and fresh. But somehow familiar too, right? We think that’s what creating a home is all about!

Source: Atlanta Homes Magazine

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Speaking of fabulous celebrations, there are so many fun dates coming up on the The Secret to Southern Charm tour! We are heading to Palmetto Bluff on Tuesday for a talk on Wednesday and, August 2, if you’re in Sea Island, come celebrate with us! This is a free event. 

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Prime Day Deals start at 3PM.  You don’t want to miss this sale!

Dear Carolina

Hi, friends! Exciting news! My first novel, Dear Carolina, is only $1.99 today on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes and wherever you get your ebooks! Dear Carolina released May 5, 2015 and was one of: 

*PopSugar’s Best Books for Women*
*Huffington Post’s Summer Reading: Women’s Fiction Style*
*Glitter Guide’s Must-Read List for June*
*Deep South Magazine’s Best Beach Reads*
*The Herald Sun’s Summer Reads*

Right now it’s ranked #1 in TWO categories on Amazon and #8 overall at Barnes & Noble! So exciting. Thanks so much to those of you who have read and helped spread the word! It’s the perfect addition to your beach bag!

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  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

 

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In Good Taste: Brian Brady Design

If, for you, relaxation is all about a water view, then this is the room for you. Interiors as soothing and spectacular as the exteriors make this space feel like and instant vacation. 

But we’re learning that when you’re in a space by Brian Brady Design, every day suddenly feels like a holiday. 

Chic yet comfortable living spaces seem to be a hallmark of this designer and architect.

And there is no doubt that his work is in good taste. 

Architectural details abound in these perfectly curated homes, and the art hanging on the walls is just a beautiful as the touches that make these spaces so unique.

Mixed in with his classical architecture and classic interiors are moments of the unexpected. It is those moments that make these spaces unforgettable.

Leather is a chic staple but can tend to look heavy. These chairs incorporate this favorite in a way that takes up very little visual space.

White and bright is the mainstay of this kitchen, but these unique pendants give the eye an immediate place to go.

This lovely master bedroom incorporates classic blue and white in a way that is soothing, spa like and classic.

A master bedroom sitting room is a luxury not to be squandered. We can’t think of a better place to ease into the day!

When it comes to design, the outside is just as important as the inside. The slate walk is a welcoming touch on this stunning cedar shake cottage.

The only thing better than a gorgeous house is a gorgeous poolhouse! We’d love lounging by this one all summer long!

Nothing says “summer” quite like a fresh coat of white paint. It’s a welcome addition all year long. We are absolutely loving the good taste of this fabulous designer. What about you?

Thanks so much for stopping by! We always love it when you do!

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Outdoor Showers for Summer Living and More!

Outdoor Showers for Summer Living

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Big Design for Tiny Spaces

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Adding Natural Material to Any Room

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Decorating With Pink

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Southern Style with Reese Witherspoon

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What People Are Saying About Slightly South of Simple

 

“My prediction is that writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.” (―The Huffington Post)https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/slightly-south-of-simple-kristy-woodson-harvey/1124085475?ean=9781501158056

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Slightly South of Simple yet, take advantage of Barnes & Noble’s Buy 2, Get 1 Free offer! It’s the perfect time to stock up on summer reading!

Library Restaurant in Cashiers, NC

The Library Restaurant and Bar - Cashiers, NC

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend. We had the most fun on our trip to Cashiers, NC last week. We think it is certainly one of the most beautiful spots in the country. 

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

We rented a house on the property of the High Hampton Inn and Country Club, which, incidentally, was the setting for the remake of Dirty Dancing. From the youngest to the oldest, we all loved this beautiful spot, with its hiking, lake activities and charming dining hall that seems like a throwback to a simpler time. 

Buttermilk Pie with Bing Cherry Compote

One of the highlights was our dinner at Library Restaurant – Cashiers, NC, a new favorite!

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

Owned by Chicos founders Marvin and Helene Gralnick and the utterly charming Liz Klapdohr and Chef Johannes, the restaurant is eclectic, warm and as inviting as its owners.

 

The stunning chandelier in the bar area is the only thing that survived Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans Chicos location. It stands proudly lighting this beautiful yet chicly rustic space, which was originally a members only club where people could drink legally during Prohibition.

Library Restaurant Cashiers, NC

The bacon-maple rosemary popcorn and vegetable house chips with romesco sauce are not to be missed.

And the garden salad, marinated vegetables, toasted pecans, and passion fruit-tupelo honey vinaigrette go way beyond basic salads. 

The Library Restaurant Cashiers, NC

The east coast oysters with bloody mary- wasabi vinaigrette, memo chives and lime dust are transformative. 

Library Restaurant Cashiers, NC

But, beyond the food, which was, we all agreed, among the best we have ever had, we have seldom felt so welcomed and so at ease in a space–even with a five year old. 

Buttermilk Pie with Bing Cherry Compote

Liz regaled us with a kitchen tour where my little guy got to have his Library hat signed by all of the chefs. He was thrilled!

Library Restaurant Cashiers, NC

And there was even a delectable gourmet children’s menu with meals made from all of the same local ingredients as the main menu. 

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

And the dessert was legendary. We had this buttermilk pie with bing cherry compote–and a brownie with ice cream–and they were the perfect sweet complement to a truly extraordinary meal. 

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC abstract art

But perhaps the best part of this extraordinary restaurant was the incredible art, created by owner Marvin Gralnick.

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It is abstract, fun and completely fabulous.

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

The art is the perfect juxtaposition to the interior of the restaurant.

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

And a good reminder to relax…

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

And be happy, which, once you visit the Library, you really can’t help but be both of those things. When it comes to summer vacations, this one was tops. Do you have any fun trips planned for the summer?

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Heading on Vacation?  Barnes and Noble has a BUY 2 GET THE 3RD FREE SALE and Slightly South of Simple is included!  

What design bloggers are saying about Slightly South of Simple (Currently on the Buy 2, Get 1 Free Promotion at Barnes and Noble!): 

“Kristy’s books are wonderful southern fiction and all of them have a mother daughter element that makes you reflect on your own relationship with your mother.  Her writing has touched me personally, and not just because I live in Charlotte and Kristy is a North Carolina native… I am now starting her third novel that debuted in April, Slightly South of Simple, and just like the others two books, I can’t put it down!” —Sarah Sofia Productions

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