10 Favorite Rooms With a Well-Placed Antique

Sarah Bartholomew antique chinoiserie chest and antique architectural prints
Sarah Bartholomew

 

We love a new accessory or modern piece of furniture as much as the next people. 

 

Morrison Fairfax Interiors antique chest with blue and white plates
Morrison Fairfax interiors

 

But, for the right balance in any home, there is absolutely nothing like a well-placed antique. 

 

An antique instantly grounds a room and gives it a sense of place and history. 

 

entry
Connecticut Cottages and Gardens

 

Whether it’s a find shipped back from a once-in-a-lifetime trip, 

 

antique clock Marshall Watson interiors
Marshall Watson Interiors

 

A unique accessory like this gorgeous clock that adds a one-of-a-kind feel, 

 

antique chest
Cottages & Gardens

 

Or that piece that has been in the family forever, 

 

paint and antique desk
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

There is absolutely no substitute for the perfect antique. 

 

antique desk and chair in office
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

Combined with other antiques, 

 

antique pottery
Architectural Digest

 

Or juxtaposed with the new and the next, 

 

antique kitchen table
Donald Lococo ArchitectJohn Cole Photography

 

When it comes to a beautiful antique, you really can’t go wrong! Do you have a favorite antique in your home? 

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Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey Beach house book
 

I am so excited that my new novel Feels Like Falling releases on April 28!

More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.

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More Tour Dates for The Southern Side of Paradise

 

October 16, 2019: Kristy will “take over” A Novel Bee Facebook Group all day. Visit the page for fun guests and giveaways.
 
October 17, 2019: Clinton, SC Multi Book Club Event. Private.
 
October 18, 2019: “W.I.S.E” Fireside Chat with Chef Vivian Howard, Rene Chou from WRAL and Chief Justice Beasley, emceed by Kate Daniels, Walnut Creek Country Club, Goldsboro, NC, VIP experience 5-5:30, Program begins at 6:30.
 
January 3-5, 2020: Best of Our State with Our State, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC. Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Pinehurst Resort. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year. Click here for more information and tickets. 
 
January 21, 2020: United Way Pitt County Annual Fundraiser, Greenville, NC.
 
February 13-16, 2020: Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA.
 
February 22, 2020: Ladies Luncheon and Signing Event at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC
 
April 28, 2020: Feels Like Falling Releases! We are working hard on the Feels Like Falling tour. We can’t wait to share all tour dates with you in January!

 

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Things We Love: Meaningful Collections

collections of canes
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

When you live on the coast, you have a lot of time to think about which things in your home are most important to you. 

 

collections of porcelain
Suzanne Kasler

 

At least once a year there is some sort of hurricane or major storm and, not wanting to be stuck on an island indefinitely, we evacuate. (It was the deal I made with my husband when we moved! I’m pretty sure he would never leave…)

 

collections of china
Beth Webb Interiors

 

Generally, we don’t give it much thought. 

 
collections of antique audubon prints
Sarah Bartholomew

 

Board up, pack a bag, hope for the best, come home and assess. 

 

collections of books
Suzanne Kasler

 

But everyone has those things that are most important to them, those special, sentimental pieces that represent family or trips or happy times, the non-negotiables that they pack up and take when a disaster seems imminent because they would be heartbroken if they lost them. 

 

collections of silver
Beth Webb Interiors

 

It could be signed books, family silver, favorite, irreplaceable photos taken during a time when clouds lived in the sky, not on our cell phones and laptops.

 

collection of hats
Architectural Digest

 

Collections, if you will, that don’t fall into the “it’s just stuff” category. 

 

collections of blue and white
Suzanne Kasler

 

It could be a collection of treasured blue and white china, collected over generations and passed down or simply gathered through years. 

 

collections of baskets
Serena & Lily

 

Baskets adorning a wall

 

collections of tortoise boxes
Suzanne Kasler

 

Precious tortoise boxes, each symbolizing a cherished vacation, memory or special occasion, 

 

collections of cornishware
One Kings Lane

 

Charming Cornishware given piece by piece as wedding gifts from family and friends. 

 

collections of plates
Architectural Digest

 

Or maybe even family china or linens, repurposed and much loved. For me, for years, it was nothing. But, when Hurricane Florence came, and maybe now, ever after, I took two treasures: an antique lapdesk and an early 1800s mother-of-pearl and sterling dessert set that belonged to my husband’s grandmother and was one of my favorite wedding gifts. It was far too beautiful for floodwaters. 

Are you a collector–or a wannabe collector? What would you collect if you were going to start?

 

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Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Feels Like Falling preorders are rolling in! Get yours today!

 

More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.

Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her evangelical husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger fired from her job at the local pharmacy.

Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a busted Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.

With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn, but when the one that got away comes back, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.

In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.

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More Tour Dates for The Southern Side of Paradise

September 25, 2019: New Bern, NC Book Club, Private Event.
October 16, 2019: Kristy will “take over” A Novel Bee Facebook Group all day. Visit the page for fun guests and giveaways.
October 17, 2019: Clinton, SC Multi Book Club Event. Private.
October 18, 2019: “W.I.S.E” Fireside Chat with Chef Vivian Howard, Rene Chou from WRAL and Chief Justice Beasley, emceed by Kate Daniels, Walnut Creek Country Club, Goldsboro, NC, VIP experience 5-5:30, Program begins at 6:30.
January 3-5, 2020: Best of Our State with Our State, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC. Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Pinehurst Resort. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year. Click here for more information and tickets. 
January 21, 2020: United Way Pitt County Annual Fundraiser, Greenville, NC.
February 1, 2020: SuperBook Weekend Adventure, Aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA. Click here for more information and tickets.
February 13-16, 2020: Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA.
February 22, 2020: Ladies Luncheon and Signing Event at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC
April 28, 2020: Feels Like Falling Releases! We are working hard on the Feels Like Falling tour. We can’t wait to share all tour dates with you in January!

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House Tour: Lauren Elaine Interiors

Lauren Elaine Interiors entrance with antique chest

 

Good morning, chic friends. Our hearts are heavy this morning, as we know yours are, thinking of our friends in the Bahamas and the rest of Dorian’s path. 

 

Lauren Elaine Interiors living room

 

As we head inland today, there is no time that we are so poignantly reminded of the importance of home, of its impact on our lives, our families and our well being. It goes without saying that our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.  

 

Lauren Elaine Interiors living room

 

When it comes to expressing ourselves and creating a space that feels uniquely like us–and our families–there truly is no place like home

 

Lauren Elaine Interiors living room design

 

That’s something that designer Lauren Lowe and her husband Brandon, owners of this Classic Redux, know all about. 

 

Kitchen in blue and white Lauren Elaine Interiors

 

When they moved into their freshly built home after putting their touches on, they knew right away that something didn’t feel quite right. 

 

 

This 1930s Collier Hills home, however, was full of the charm and character that their new home was missing. 

 

 

Add an antique art and furniture collection that the couple negotiated with the sale of the house, 

 

 

Special, modern touches,

 

 

And a heaping helping of talent from Lowe and you have the recipe for a perfect home for a family of three. 

 

 

But this designer’s favorite part of the renovation?

 

 

Creating a sweetly chic space for her baby son–

 

nursery in blue and white

 

And a place where she and her husband–and the family’s dog!–could share their little boy’s first special moments. We don’t know about you, but we think this charming home is perfect from top to bottom! What’s your favorite space?

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Lauren Elaine Interiors

Emily Followill Photography

 

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The Peachtree Bluff Series

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Slightly South of Simple

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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Things We Love: Steel Doors in Design

steel entrance doors
Architectural Digest

 

Doors and windows are one of those things that are so crucial to the feel of a house but are quite often overlooked.

steel doors
Beth Webb

 

Sometimes, we can go through them and look out of them many, many times a day and never give them a second thought.

steel Door
Architectural Digest

 

When they’re as fabulous as these steel doors, though, the panes in your home become something truly  

steel door
Architectural Digest

 

We usually think of steel as adding an industrial touch, but when used the right way, these steel doors and windows add an antiqued, lived-in feel to a home.

steel doors and windows
Architectural Digest

 

They are sleek, clean and uncluttered,

steel doors in game room with wood beams
Ohara Davies-Gaetano

 

while still maintaining an undeniable charm.     

steel doors
Tom Arban PhotographyAnne Decker Architect

 

They add that all-important touch of black that every room needs,

steel doors in living room
McGill Design Group

 

somehow seem to make the light pouring in seem even brighter,

steel door living room
McGill Design Group

 

and make a statement all their own, no window treatment required.

porch steel doors
Architectural Digest

 

  Talk about intensifying the view!

steel doors on porch

Lucas Eilers

We could stare out any of these doors and windows all day long.

We hope your Thursday has room for a little daydreaming, whatever window you’re looking out. Thanks for stopping by!

 

If you need a good read for these chilly fall evenings, why not check out my national bestselling The Secret to Southern Charm

The Secret to southern Charm

More Info about The Secret to Southern Charm

-A 2018 Spring Okra Pick
-USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction
-Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018
-Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List
-Raleigh News & Observer’s “The Best Reads of Summer”
-Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books”
-New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick

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Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).

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In Good Taste: Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design

Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design via Dering Hall

Good morning, chic readers! We’re in full hurricane hysteria here in NC–and, unfortunately, the lines at the gas stations and empty bread aisles seem justified this year.

But, on the bright side, there’s nothing like a little good taste to take your mind off the chaos!

Amy Hirsch Interior Design

And if anyone can do just that, it’s Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design!

The perfect blend of elegance,

And laid-back style, 

Amy Hirsch Interior Design

Unique details, 

Amy Hirsch Interior Design Kitchen

And classic touches, 

Amy Hirsch interior design kitchen

This designer’s taste hits all the high notes of style.

From an eclectic white kitchen,

With chic wood accents,

A statement ceiling,

To an unforgettable backsplash,

Amy Aidinis Hirsch creates unexpected spaces with unforgettable elements that combine in the perfect way.

From a statement nook,

To a too-good-to-be-true bathroom.

Amy Hirsch Interior Design pool

Indoors or out, these homes are the perfect places to relax after a long day and dream of the sunny skies ahead after the storm!

Hoping everyone in the path of Hurricane Florence stays safe!

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Today, we are carrying everyone who lost friends or loved ones on September 11 in our hearts. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will never forget.

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The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re looking for something to read over Labor Day, 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.

 

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Library, Who Am I?, September 13, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm with:

September 21: Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, NC, Q&A and Signing. Presented by Friends of the Library. For more information call the Library at 828-743-0215, 3:00pm, free and open to the public

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, 6 pm, open to Chattooga Club members and guests

September 26: New Bern, NC Private Book Club Event, 6 pm

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

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

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Lake Michigan Cottage Renewed

renewed beach cottage

“Renewal” must be one of the most beautiful words in the English language. 

flowers

It conjures images of fresh flowers growing after a long winter, new babies born and that much-needed (but often far too seldom taken) time for ourselves. 

summer cottage

Summer, for us, is always a time of renewal, a time to relax the schedule at least a tiny bit and focus on more fun, less work and, of course, no school! 

renewal

More time with friends and family, longer days and shorter to-do lists help provide that much-needed renewal for us. 

Just like we do, our homes can begin to get a little tired, not only from basic wear and tear but also in the ways in which we adorn them. 

This beyond charming Lake Michigan cottage was ready for a bit of a facelift. 

And, in the hands of Chenault James Interior Design, it certainly found its new life. 

dining

A bright and sunny palette instantly breathes new life into a space, and nothing says “fun” like yellow and green. 

Old furniture gets new sense of purpose with fresh paint, making the entire space feel fresh but still maintaining a treasured home’s history. 

Nothing adds character to a beach cottage quite like wood paneling. 

But painting it makes the entire scheme feel lighter and brighter. 

Simple touches like these yellow floors add a vibrant element. 

And fun hints of the color bring joy into the bathroom. 

Even the laundry room has loads of personality! We couldn’t adore this Lake Michigan home–and its chic, effortless combination of old and new, any more. Renewal, indeed!

Wishing you a wonderful day, chic readers. Thanks so much for making us a part of your day!

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This Week on the The Secret to Southern Charm Tour:

Tuesday, July 31 at Quarter Moon Books in Topsail Beach, NC AND…

Thursday, August 2 at The Sea Island Club Members:

 

 

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