In Good Taste: Jenkins Interiors

 

Good morning, readers! We hope your Tuesday is off to a great start! I’m heading to Birmingham this morning for some fun meetings for my next novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, and I couldn’t be more excited to visit one of my favorite cities. (Plus, I got hubby some of those awesome noise-cancelling headphones for Christmas and I might or might not have snuck them into my suitcase…)

 

 

I’m a bit of a homebody, (which is kind of ironic since I travel for weeks at a time now!) so it was sort of shocking to me when, on my first trip to Mountain Brook, my favorite Birmingham suburb, I decided that I could really move there and be as happy as a clam. That’s saying something!

 

 

Finding new places to love is probably the best part of book tour–and I found out a few years ago that I’m a big fan of our our biggest state: Texas!

 

 

I am so, so thrilled to be taking my very first trip to Dallas–home of the beyond fabulous designers of Jenkins Interiors– this May.

 

 

If the rest of Dallas is anything like their gorgeous work, I think I’m in for a treat! 

 

 

When we think of Texas, we think of making a statement, of doing something just a little bit out of the ordinary in the best possible way. 

 

 

We think these designers excel at that very thing, 

 

 

Creating calm and beautiful spaces that have a tiny element of the unexpected, like an exciting chair back,

 

 

A fun shaped stool

 

 

Or a statement vanity

 

 

Looking at the good taste of these Jenkins Interiors we think it might just be true that everything is bigger in Texas–especially the style! 

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

 

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In Good Taste: VSP Interiors

Good morning, readers! We hope you are having a fabulous 4th of July week! Either way, it’s about to get better! A chic mix of antiques and modern furniture with vibrant, well-placed accessories, art and pops of color make each of VSP Interiors‘s spaces statement making. From luxurious living rooms to cute kids’ rooms, there’s something for everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We always love seeing you here! 


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The Secret to Southern Charm

 

Southern Living, USA Today’s Happy Ever After, Deep South Magazine, Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer all agree that THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM is one of the best books of summer. Have you picked up your copy for 4th of July reading?

 

 The Secret to Southern Charm Events

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

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 3: 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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Creating a Dream Home–Down to the Last Detail

What do you think of when you hear the term “dream home?”

For us, so many different things come to mind. 

We could dream of a tiny farm cottage with a picket fence and trailing ivy…

Or a sprawling country estate with horses and plenty of room for beautiful gardens

A quaint ski chalet…

Or a cedar shake New England home with plenty of room for visiting guests. 

For us, a dream home could be anything, really, where we are surrounded by things we love–and people we love, of course. 

No matter how you define “dream home,” we feel pretty sure that this qualifies as one. 

The Fox Group.  has created an enviable space with so many stunning details it would be impossible to pick a favorite–

And we would could look at these photos a thousand times and still find something new to delight and inspire. 

From open shelving on a very luxe level,

To extraordinary hardware, 

Marble as far as the eye can see, 

To a workspace for everyone in the family, 

Each perfectly orchestrated area of this family house makes it feel like home. 

We think it would be nearly impossible to pick a favorite room, a favorite detail. But if we had to, we think the bathroom in this dream home might take the cake! 

What is your idea of a dream home? Is is luxurious, modern and spacious like this or something a little simpler? We’d love to know! 

We hope you had an amazing weekend and are so grateful that you stopped by Design Chic to spend a bit of your Monday with us. We always love it when you do! 

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Things We Love: Kitchen Stools

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TS Adams Studio

 

If you’re like us, your bar stools get a lot of use. From a quick on-the-way-to-school breakfast to cocktails after work, the heart of the home is one of our favorite gathering spots–and there’s a lot of sitting, leaning and general wear and tear that happens around our bar stools, so they need to be chic yet durable. Check out a few of our favorite looks to make the space around the kitchen island even more beloved. 

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Terra Cotta Design Build

 

kitchen stools
Tracy Lynn Studio

 

kitchen stools
Terra Cotta Design Build

 

kitchen stools
BHG

 

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Whittney Parkinson Design

 

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Sage Design

 

kitchen stools
Claire Zinneker – Katie Jameson Photography

 

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Tamara Magel Design

 

Which bar stools are your favorite? Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We hope it’s terrific! 

books slightly south of simple

Resolving to read more this year? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, and preorder book 2, The Secret to Southern Charm, releasing April 3! I have the best readers in the whole wide world! Thank you so much for your support. 

 

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Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! 

THE 2018 SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR:

Feb. 1: “Literacy is Key: A Book & Author Event,” 3700 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN; Sponsored by Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association; tickets are $55, purchase tickets online at memphis.kappa.org;  10:00 am-2:00 pm, open to the public

The Secret to Southern Charm book

March 15: Official Launch and Fundraiser for Pat Conroy Center at the home of Alison and Mark Guilloud, Beaufort, SC, cocktail buffet, portion of proceeds to benefit the Center, 6:00 pm

March 21: Westminster Towers, 1330 India Hook Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732, tea with accompaniments, tickets are $20, reservations at 803-328-5000, must pay by check or cash before event; 4:00 pm, public

March 22: 2018 Friends of Joyner Library Spring Banquet, East Carolina University fundraiser,   Greenville Hilton, 207 Greenville Blvd SW, Greenville, NC 27834 tickets are $75 and include signed copy of The Secret to Southern Charm; (Checks payable to Friends of Joyner Library and mail to Joyner Library, Office of Library Development, 2400 Joyner Library, Mail Stop 516, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858 or online at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/giving/friends.cfm), doors open at 5:30 pm, event from 6:00-8:30 pm

March 31: Sips, Sweets and Southern Charm, Beaufort Linen Co., 331 Front St., Beaufort, NC, 1:00-4:00, free and open to the public

April 2: Rowan Regional Public Library Friends of the Library Meeting, Salisbury, NC 

April 3: Launch party at South Main Book Co., Salisbury, NC, 5:00-7:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 4: Holcomb Reading Club in Spartanburg at Spartanburg CC, Spartanburg, SC, 11:30 am, private event

April 4: Afternoon tea, Poinsett Club, 807 East Washington Street, Greenville, SC, ticketed event, open to members, For tickets Stacia Smith, (864) 242-3062,  [email protected], 3:00 pm, private

April 5: Kiawah Reads talk and signing,  Sandcastle Community Center, 23 Beachwalker Drive, Kiawah Island, SC 29407, beverages and light snacks, Contact Mandi Danker [email protected] for tickets, 11:00 am, open to the public

April 5: Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, 509 S Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506, Contact Mary Wiser, Friends of Florence County Library, 843-413-7065,  [email protected], 6:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: Moveable Feast through Litchfield Books; Litchfield Beach, SC, contact is Vicky Crafton, 843-237-8138, [email protected], 11:00 am with signing at bookstore at 2:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: “The Secret to Southern Charm at Woodhouse Day Spa,” Woodhouse Day Spa, 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, wine and nibbles, Contact is Kimberly Powell, 843-203-1772, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, open to the public

April 7: Wine, Women & Wisdom, Southern Style, launch of this luncheon series at Buxton Books, 2A Cumberland Street, Corner of Concord and Cumberland, Charleston, SC 29401, Contact Polly Buxton, [email protected], 843-696-5050, noon-2:00 pm, open to the public

April 8: Southern Sweet Tea Author Talk & Book Signing at Summerville Library presentation Dorchester County Library, 76 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, SC 29485, tea, water, lemonade, and pastries served; Contact is Leslie Koller, [email protected], 842-871-5075 ext. 220, 2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 9:  “Books and Bites” at Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL with sandwiches and tea, organized through The Book Loft, 214 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, “meet and greet” with signing, contact events person is Christy LeLait, [email protected], store: 904-261-8991, 11:30 am, open to the public

April 9: The Bookshelf, 126 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792, Book Clubs and Beach Reads: A conversation with Kristy Woodson Harvey, wine and cheese provided,  Contact Ashley Sherlock [email protected], [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to public

April 10: “Books and Bites,” Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Gulf County, 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, contact is Nancy Brockman, [email protected], 850-229-8879, 12:00-2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 10:  Sundog Books, 89 Central Square, Seaside, FL  32459, Contact Dwan Dawson-Tape, 850-231-5481, [email protected], 4:00-5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 11: Dothan Country Club,”Lunch and Learn,” 200 South Cherokee Avenue. Dothan, Alabama, $20 ticket includes buffet and author presentation. Call 334-791-2706 or email [email protected] to rsvp. Ticket paid for at the door , 11:30 am CST, open to the public

April 11: Bay Point Book Clubs’ Cocktails with Kristy, 5:00 pm, private

April 12:  St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon, 218 Bunkers Cove Rd, Panama City, FL 32401, 11:30 am, private

April 13: Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library Book and Author Luncheon, Pfeiffer University, Highway 52 North, Misenheimer, N.C.  28109,  hosted by Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library, tickets are $30.00 for Friends members and $40 for nonmembers; Tickets will be available on the University’s website in mid-January. They will also be available by calling the Advancement Office at 704-463-3034, event from 11:00 am-1:15 pm, open to the public

April 14: Catawba College Dinner, Salisbury, NC, private

April 15: Signing at High Point Furniture Market, High Point, NC, Details TBA

April 16: The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC28387, 5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 17: SC Entertainment Television talk in Kinston, NC, private

April 17: Sips and Sweets, Community Council for the Arts, 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC, 100% of book purchase price will be donated to CCA, to reserve a copy or purchase a copy to pick up at a later date, call (252) 527-2517free and open to the public

April 19: Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library,269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, MD 21403, event contact is Amanda Spino, 410-222-1770, [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to the public

April 22: Reading at ROOT, Manasquan, NJ, please register through BookTowne, Contact is Maribeth Pelly, [email protected], 732-722-7255, 3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 23: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, free but registration required at 341-282-9232; 7:00 pm, open to the public

April 24: Meet Author Kristy Harvey at Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH 44129, organized by Cuyahoga County Public Library, Contact is Billy Kelly, [email protected], 216.749.9359, 7:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 26: “Books and Bites,” Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin, North Carolina 28734, Light refreshments will be provided, 12 pm, free and open to the public

April 29: Viva Wine Bar, 168 Exchange Street Pendleton, SC 29670, contact is Sally Martin, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30: The Secret to Southern Charm: Kristy’s tips for living a beautiful life, inspired by Southern interior design and entertaining; Huff Harrington Home Store, 3872 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, refreshments provided; Contacts are Meg Harrington and Ann Huff: [email protected], 404-467-0311 , 1:00-3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30,: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St, #138, Woodstock, GA30188, contact Gary Parkes, [email protected], 770-516-9989, 6:30 pm

May 1: Reynolds Plantation Linger Longer Cultural Series, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr., Greensboro, GA 30624, contact Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected], 5:00 pm

May 2: Charleston, SC UNC Alumni Event

May 5:  Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Party, Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event; The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits three Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contest and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live.;  Contact Jamie Anderson at Downtown Books, 252-473-1056, [email protected]; 4:00 pm, open to the public

June 17: Raleigh, NC Read & Go program, Salisbury, NC Tour, Contact

June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private

DON’T FORGET, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM IS AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER BY CALLING YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE, ANY OF THE FABULOUS BOOKSTORES ABOVE OR AT INDIEBOUND, AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE OR WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD!

 

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In Good Taste: Kristin Paton Interiors

It is incredible how one piece, used in a different way in a home, can look entirely different. Like, how this antique entrance hall chest, could look stuffy in a room full of other antiques, but, in the hands of Kristin Paton Interiors, accessorized with light, bright, up-to-date pieces, becomes an up-to-date statement.

Or how French sconces, when combined with abstract art, take on a look that is young and eclectic, not stuffy.

That is the real gift, we believe, the mix of finishes and fixtures, textures and tones that defines a room and a home so beautifully and well. 

From a bright, window-filled shore escape that is light and spacious,

To a darker office that feels like the perfect place to do business–or play chess,

Kristin Paton is an expert at combining elements to create a statement. 

From a clean, functional kitchen…

To a traditional dining space with a twist…

To understated glamour in the dining room…

Paton creates signature spaces that ooze with style.

This uniquely chic office is perfect for work or play,

One signature piece of art defining the color scheme. 

This aqua and pink scheme is so chic for a bedroom as well. We think it’s safe to say that, no matter where Kristin Paton lends her touch, it turns out beautifully!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 

Eric Roth Photography

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With only two weeks until the Slightly South of Simple release–and one week until the tour begins–we can’t wait to meet some of you in person. Thank you so much to Glitter Guide for choosing Slightly South of Simple as an April “Must Read!”

In Good Taste: Marshall Watson Interiors

Marshall Watson living room
Photographer: Werner Straube

 

Some designers contend that there should be an antique in every room.

Marshall Watson entrance hall
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

For others, it’s a touch (or more!) of black, or a spot of red

Marshall Watson bathroom
Photographer: Werner Straube

 

Others still, don’t have any rules at all, make the rules up as they go along, bend the rules to reflect the family. 

Marshall Watson office
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

Whether it’s with a statement making gallery wall filled with good memories,

Marshall Watson dining room
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

A chic-yet-durable breakfast room suitable for adults and children alike,

Marshall Watson living room
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

Or a room that combines comfort, tradition, and abstract style to create effortless style,

Marshall Watson bathroom
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

We’d say that the designers of Marshall Watson Interiors play by their own rules. 

Marshall Watson dining room

The results, home after home, room after room, time after time, are stunning, pulled-together interiors that are unique to the families that live inside their walls.

Marshall Watson butler's pantry

And, really, isn’t that how it should be?

Marshall Watson sunroom

From combining comfort, style and function in a sunny garden room,

Marshall Watson bedroom

To creating a cozy, layered nest, the perfect end to any long day, 

Marshall Watson bathroom

These designers make good taste seem totally effortless.

Marshall Watson outdoor

On this, the second day of spring, we have to say that we think this outdoor style is just as chic as the indoors–and we can’t wait to get savor plenty of outside time in the months to come. Wherever you are, we hope it’s beginning to feel like spring! Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

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We’ve found a favorite new magazine that we are absolutely crazy about! Seasons Style & Design, based in Greensboro, NC and affiliated with O.Henry Magazine, is simply too beautiful for words! (These pictures don’t do it justice!)

slightly south of simple book

So I couldn’t be any more thrilled that they were so kind to feature me–and Slightly South of Simple–in their stunning spring issue. Such a treat! I’ll be at High Point Market, as Seasons says, at the Codarus Showroom, on Sunday, April 23, from 3-5pm. I hope all you fabulous design lovers will join me if you’re in town for the big show!

  Thank you so much to Seasons for all the book love! If you’re in the Piedmont, make sure to pick up a copy–or read online! You can follow anywhere you are! We know we will!

 

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