30A Virtual Vacation

 

Happy Tuesday, friends! We loved yesterday’s tour of 30A via Eleanor Lynn Nesmith’s book 30A Living so much that we had to have an encore! Who wouldn’t want to be in this gorgeous part of Florida right now? (And Jean Allsopp photographed it all so beautifully that it practically comes to life in your lap!)

 

 

Magnificent beaches

 

 

Blue skies…

 

 

And, of course, those aqua waters that the area is known for all combine in these thoughtful pages to create a can’t-miss experience. Who wouldn’t want to entertain here?

 

 

Interior charm,

 

 

Meets exterior bliss in one of our must-have books for the coffee table, nightstand and ultimate hostess gift–once we get back to having parties, that is! For more stunning views and inspirational vignettes get your copy here.

 

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Our favorite season is in full swing! Have you picked up your summer reads yet? I would love it if you’d consider adding my sixth novel, Feels Like Falling, to the list!

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Summer’s here and the time is right…for reading at the beach! Or at least for reading fun, engrossing books that whisk you away. So, here’s your shot at winning TWELVE of this season’s most sizzling page-turners by me (Kristy Woodson Harvey), Mary Kay Andrews, Elin Hilderbrand, Jamie Brenner, Nancy Thayer, Debbie Macomber, Emily Giffin, Susan Mallery, Susan Wiggs, Mary Alice Monroe, Susan Elizabeth Phillips & Robyn Carr. Entry deadline: Sun 6/28. One winner of all 12 books will be chosen at random and announced on Mon 6/29/20. Good luck! DETAILS & ENTRY FORM HERE: https://bit.ly/BeachReads2020

 

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House Tour: Alys Beach Retreat

Alys Beach house living room    

 

Good morning, chic readers! We were supposed to be heading to Alys Beach next week with our extended family. For obvious reasons, we are not. So we thought, Why don’t we all go to Alys Beach together? 

 

  Alys Beach house tour dining room with chandelier and chippendale chairs    

 

This Alys Beach Retreat makes us feel like we’re on a vacation without even leaving the couch. We hope it does the same for you!

 

  Alys Beach house lucite game table  

 

Alys Beach is known for its stark, white structures that are nothing if not beautiful in their austerity.

 

  Alys Beach house breakfast nook  

 

This lovely home continues the theme, seamlessly blending the outdoors with the indoors.

 

  Alys Beach house kitchen with island and pendants  

 

One of the things we love most about vacation homes is that they aren’t encumbered by all the trappings of everyday homes. We adore the clean look of this kitchen.

 

  Alys Beach house bedroom with chandelier  

 

Cozy linens and fun textures make this bedroom welcoming and warm,

 

  Alys Beach house chair  

 

While special accents add a pop of whimsy.

 

  Alys Beach house bathroom  

 

From the perfect space for two,

 

  Alys Beach house bedroom  

 

To a chic bedroom dressed in soothing shades,

 

  Alys Beach house abstract art  

 

To a well-appointed nook, perfect for reading, every space is perfectly suited for relaxation.

 

  Alys Beach house bunkbeds nook  

 

Beach houses are made for sharing, right? This adorable, sneaky set of built-in bunks adds extra space for more guests. (Do you think those are 6-feet apart? Kidding… Kidding…)

 

  Alys Beach house entry  

 

A unique entryway welcomes guests,

 

  Alys Beach house patio  

 

While a breathtaking exterior steals the show.

 

  Alys Beach house pool  

 

From days spent lounging by the pool,

 

  Alys Beach house patio  

 

To nights spent with good friends and even better stories, this is the perfect place to spend a memorable Spring Break–even if you never leave the comfort of your own home.

 

Thanks for touring with us today, friends! We hope you feel like you’ve been on a getaway!

 INTERIOR DESIGN: Nina Nash Long and Don Easterling ARCHITECT: Douglas Bock, Domin Bock Architects PHOTOGRAPHER: Chris Long

 

Big News! I’m going to be a part of MyDoma’s incredible 19 Hours Conference! I’ll be talking about Influencer Marketing with Dina Holland and Kate O’Hara, moderated by LuAnn Nigara in one of many amazing events. You can get more information and register here!

 

Only TWO More Days to Enter Our Five Days of Giveaways!

 

Today’s prize: TWO winners will get a lovely pearl bracelet from Sassie Rocks and a copy of The Southern Side of Paradise! But there’s still time to enter to win alllll these prizes and more. Check out our Five Days of Giveaways Post for more info!

 

 

Amazing news! My forthcoming novel, Feels Like Falling, has been chosen as a Spring 2020 Okra Pick! If you’re new to Okra, this is one of my favorite prizes in the biz. The Southern Independent Booksellers Association (i.e. A lot of our favorite local bookstores!) put their heads together to determine which books they’re most excited about hand selling in the next season.

Big thanks and all the love to Lizy from Copperfish Books who wrote the most gorgeous review of Feels Like Falling that accompanied the announcement:

Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Gallery Books, April, 2020″Diana is one of my top five favorite book characters of all time: she’s witty, she’s got a spine of steel, and she’s from a social class that tends to be glossed over in women’s fiction. I loved how heartwarming this book was. I say this about all of Kristy’s books, but it genuinely made me laugh out loud and tear up, too!”
~ Lizy Coale, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

 

 

And Feels Like Falling is available for preorder now, so it can be in your hands on April 28! From now until April 4, I’ll be donating 100% of preorder profits to United Way for Coronavirus Relief. 

 

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House Tour: Alys Beach House Designed by Jenkins Interiors

 

It’s the official end of summer party at our beach this weekend. Needless to say, this is not okay. Fortunately, we have one more month until school starts, but, either way, this summer has gone way, way, way too fast. (Don’t they always?)

 

 

Today we’re savoring summer in one of our favorite places, Alys Beach

 

 

In this sunny Florida spot it stays warm just a little longer than here in NC, which is always a plus. 

 

 

And this fabulous Alys Beach house designed by Jenkins Interiors is a real gem on scenic 30A.

 

 

With bright, light open spaces

 

 

An absolute dream kitchen

 

 

And bright, beachy touches combined with stunning naturals everywhere you look, Jenkins Interiors combined all the right elements to create one fabulous beach house. 

 

 

With a master bedroom fit for a queen (or king!),

 

 

A guest room we’d want to inhabit all summer long, 

 

 

And the perfect accessories in every spot–like this fabulous light fixture

 

 

This Alys Beach retreat is the perfect escape no matter the weather. 

 

 

Although, if we’re choosing, we’d like to add a little extra summer… What about you?

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

Looking to add a little pizazz to your summer reading list? Check out my Peachtree Bluff Series, available at your local bookstore, Target, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and wherever books are sold! Signed copies available from The Country Bookshop.

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

Upcoming events in Beaufort, NC, Highlands, NC, Cashiers, NC, Jefferson, GA, Figure 8, NC, The Hamptons, NYC and Spartanburg, SC. For full tour dates, visit my author site

House Tour: Urban Grace Beauty in Alys Beach

Alys Beach house designed by Urban Grace

If you’ve ever been to Alys Beach, you know the it has an impossibly chic, almost austere feel to it. 

Alys Beach house porch designed by Urban Grace

An entire town of gleaming white stucco, with wood or black accents and even the occasional aqua front door, it is the poster child for luxurious uniformity. 

alys Beach Living room designed by Urban Grace

It is the kind of place where everything is similar yet each home, building or shop is differentiated from the next by a few special, unique features that make it stand out. In short, we absolutely love it and think that its power and glamour is in its elegant exterior.

Alys Beach house living room with grasscloth designed by Urban Grace

Stepping inside this fabulous Alys beach home designed by the talented team at  Urban Grace Interiors, we think you might agree that its beauty is also in its interior.

Dining room in Alys Beach designed by Urban Grace

This is the kind of home that whispers. It doesn’t jump out at you and say, “Look at me, look at me!”

kitchen in Alys Beach by Urban Grace Interiors

It simply wraps you in its embrace and lets you relax, the worries of the real world floating out to sea. 

kitchen Urban Grace Interiors

A calm and soothing palette extends from the outside to the inside, making the entire space feel cohesive and perfectly planned, 

And not the slightest detail or space–even the laundry room–has been overlooked when it comes to making this a retreat to remember. 

Full of comfortable spaces and cozy spots, that Urban Grace does so well,

bathroom Urban Grace

For friends and family members of all ages,

Alys Beach house bedroom

Texture and a pop of color combine to make this home simplicity at its finest.

Few accessories keep the space uncluttered so its inhabitants minds can be uncluttered as well.

Alys Beach house bathroom

And every space is perfectly appointed for relaxation in style.

Albs Beach bathroom

Nothing in this well appointed home fights for attention. Instead, it all works together to bring a sense of harmony.

Urban Grace pool

The inside is fabulous, sure. But, when we step outside again, back to that exquisite facade that makes Alys Beach so enviably lovely, it is a reminder that the outdoors are perhaps why we visited this spot in the first place.

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

 

 

The Southern Side of Paradise Peachtree Bluff Series

 

I’d love for you to grab a copy of  The Southern Side of Paradise , one of Us Weeklys “Us Musts“.  It’s the perfect Summer read! 

 

 

If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store

 

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House Tour: Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors

Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors living room

Good morning, chic friends, and happy Wednesday! Are you in the mood to tour a fabulous home today? We know we are! This gorgeous beach house  designed by Urban Grace Interiors  is the perfect combination of relaxing and chic and hits all the high notes when it comes to style. So take a look around. You’re welcome to stay as long as you like!

Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors

 

Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors dining room

 

Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors kitchen

 

Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors kitchen

 

 Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors bedroom

 

Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors bedroom

 

Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors bedroom

 

Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors

 

Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors bathroom

 

Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors bathroom

 

Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors porch

 

Alys Beach Beauty with Urban Grace Interiors curb appeal

 

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

 

Giveaway on Design Chic!

The Peachtree Bluff SeriesPeachtree Bluff Series

 

We’re celebrating THREE WEEKS until the launch of The Southern Side of Paradise. I know! We can’t believe it either!

Today, you have a chance to win not only copies of all three books in the series–Slightly South of Simple, The Secret to Southern Charm and The Southern Side of Paradise–but also this gorgeous 8×10 marsh scene from the incredibly talented Amy Moffatt Art. We are crazy for Amy’s art, and this marsh scene reminds us so much of Peachtree Bluff that we knew the two needed to be together! Enter below!

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House Tour: Alys Beach Retreat

Home of Interior Philosophy Co-Owner

 

Even though it may not officially be fall yet, Labor Day always feels like the end of summer–to us, anyway. 

We are always sad for the end of summer, with its carefree beach days and long, lazy boat hours. Of course, fall has plenty of its own charms–football season, boots, pumpkin spice lattes… (In case you haven’t heard, they’re back!!)

Even still, we’re already dreaming of Spring Break! 

For this year’s late April Spring Break, we think the weather–and the beauty–of Alys Beach will do quite nicely. 

To facilitate our Spring Break dreaming we wanted to take a look around this fabulous Alys Beach home. 

The think we love most about this 30A enclave–besides its pristine white sand beaches and clear blue water, of course–is its soothing, uniform palette. 

This beautiful home builds on the exquisite creams and browns and neutrals of the chic beach town’s exterior, making the entire thing feel cohesive. 

Unexpected accessories lend a touch of the exotic and a bit of the British Colonial to the home’s overall feel. 

Every room–even the bathroom–is set up to take advantage of the breathtaking view that lies beyond.

And despite this home’s upscale elegance, nothing feels too precious. 

It’s the kind of place where sandy feet can tread and memories can grow. 

It will still be weeks before we pack up our bathing suits for the winter and pull out the boots, months before the winter doldrums have time to cast their shadow and sink in. 

All the while, we’ll feel happy and light knowing that another April, another Spring Break, and the promise of the sunny skies and stunning landscape of Alys Beach are just around the corner! 

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


The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re looking for something to read this weekend, 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.

Upcoming Events on The Secret to Southern Charm Tour:

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: Alys Beach House

Alys Beach house

If you’ve ever been to Alys Beach, you know the it has an impossibly chic, almost austere feel to it. 

Alys Beach house

An entire town of gleaming white stucco, with wood or black accents and even the occasional aqua front door, it is the poster child for luxurious uniformity. 

 

It is the kind of place where everything is similar yet each home, building or shop is differentiated from the next by a few special, unique features that make it stand out. In short, we absolutely love it and think that its power and glamour is in its elegant exterior.

 

Stepping inside this fabulous Alys beach home designed by the talented team at  Urban Grace Interiors, we think you might agree that its beauty is also in its interior.

This is the kind of home that whispers. It doesn’t jump out at you and say, “Look at me, look at me!”

kitchen Urban Grace Interiors

 

It simply wraps you in its embrace and lets you relax, the worries of the real world floating out to sea. 

kitchen Urban Grace Interiors

 

A calm and soothing palette extends from the outside to the inside, making the entire space feel cohesive and perfectly planned, 

And not the slightest detail or space–even the laundry room–has been overlooked when it comes to making this a retreat to remember. 

Full of comfortable spaces and cozy spots,

bathroom Urban Grace

 

For friends and family members of all ages,

Alys Beach house bedroom

Texture and a pop of color combine to make this home simplicity at its finest.

 

Few accessories keep the space uncluttered so its inhabitants minds can be uncluttered as well.

Alys Beach house bathroom

And every space is perfectly appointed for relaxation in style.

Albs Beach bathroom

 

Nothing in this well appointed home fights for attention. Instead, it all works together to bring a sense of harmony.

Urban Grace pool

The inside is fabulous, sure. But, when we step outside again, back to that exquisite facade that makes Alys Beach so enviably lovely, it is a reminder that the outdoors are perhaps why we visited this spot in the first place.

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

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Want to know more about Slightly South of Simple? Visit Lissy Parker for a fabulous, fun-filled interview!



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House Tour:Alys Beach Residence

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Good morning, everyone! Are you snowed in? We’re hoping to make it to Atlanta for the Design Bloggers Conference this morning, but we’ll see how the airports and highways are treating us! In the meantime, whether you’re warm and cozy or up to your knees in a blizzard, we hope this Alys Beach Residence brightens your day!

the-beach
Oh… this view. We might do a last-minute plane switch and head somewhere warm!

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