House Tour: In New Orleans with Colleen Waguespack

Colleen Waguespack Interiors


Leave it to a true New Orleans native to create magic in a historic New Orleans home. 



Colleen Waguespack of Colleen Waguespack Interiors reimagined this gem, built in 1868, filled with historic charm, for a modern family’s needs. 



One of the “Seven Sisters” designed by architect Henry Howard, Waguespack used the shotgun-style design to her advantage creating a true showplace. 



Bold, modern art, comfy seating,



And cozy nooks for reading and resting,



Define this light, bright home that is filled with beautiful, unique spaces. 



A cozy and charming kitchen comes to life with form and function, 



A mix of old and new creates a dining room perfect for guests–



With a touch of whimsy. 



One of our favorite things about Waguespack’s designs is that she isn’t afraid of color



Bold hues,



And fun patterns mix to breathe new life into a an old home, making it fit for several centuries to come.

Love Colleen Waguespack as much as we do? Check out our super fun chic chat with her!

Alison Gootee Photography

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



Looking for some fun this week? Have you joined us on Friends and Fiction yet? If not, we are having the BEST time! Join Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Patti Callahan Henry, Mary Alice Monroe and me on Wednesdays at 7 pm. This week, we’ll be hosting the fab Fiona Davis and her new book, THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE. Don’t miss it!


Then, on Thursday, July 30th at 6:30 pm, join Mary Alice Monroe and me virtually with Sumter County Museum for a fun talk about FEELS LIKE FALLING and ON OCEAN BOULEVARD. Register here!




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Looking for the perfect summer read?  I would love it if you would pick up Feels Like Falling!






Favorite Images from Soul of the Home


Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend and a wonderful Easter. We know it was certainly a different one. (You have to scroll down to see what our church did. So cute!)



During this unusual time, we have been relying a lot on books for solace, and you know we can’t get enough of a good coffee table book.  We are positively in love with Tara Shaw’s new Soul of the Home, filled with stunning design, great advice, and, our favorite: antiques!  Her designs are warm, welcoming and worthy of looking at again and again.



And we are swooning over this secretary–and the built-in Swedish clock is so stunning! This looks like a work-from-home paradise!  But statement furniture (like this piece!) is only a part of the story.



Well-appointed chef’s kitchens that don’t overlook a single detail,



And luxe layers that add an undeniable warmth to every Tara Shaw room,



All contribute to the feeling that each home, each place, truly does have a soul. And Tara Shaw is just the person to discover it.


If you could use some uplifting images and incredible inspiration–and, of course, some fabulous decor advice–pick up a copy of Soul of the Home, releasing April 21 but available for preorder now.


Images courtesy of Abrams Books



Speaking of good reads… My new novel, Feels Like Falling, releases in fifteen days! Have you preordered yet? If you want to learn more, listen to me live on IGTV with Zibby Owens at 11 am EST today!



And this Wednesday at 7 pm EST tune in for the first episode of Friends & Fiction, my new Facebook Live project with Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe! We’ll be on Mary Kay Andrews’ Facebook page, but you can RSVP Here!


Things We Love: Meaningful Collections


collections of china
Beth Webb Interiors| Emily Followill Photography


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. 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…) Generally, we don’t give it much thought. 




Board up, pack a bag, hope for the best, come home and assess.  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
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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. Collections, if you will, that don’t fall into the “it’s just stuff” category. 

blue and white Tina of The Enchanted Home
The Enchanted Home


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

French Garden House


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.


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!



Lake Michigan Cottage Renewed

renewed beach cottage

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


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! 


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. 


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!

Photography: Kim Cornelison

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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:





Scentimental Gardens and Slightly South of Simple

Scentimental Gardens ,

It’s day 22 of the Slightly South of Simple book tour, and I am so incredibly humbled and grateful to all of the people across the country who have so graciously opened their homes and shops to me –  you are truly amazing!Scentimental Gardens

and to all of you wonderful readers, booksellers, bloggers, reviewers and friends a big thank you for your support!

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Speaking of wonderful shops, I am THRILLED to be visiting Sentimental Gardens in Geneva, Illinois

Scentimental Gardens

for a celebration and signing, TODAY!

Scentimental Gardens

Scentimental Gardens is the home away from home of my long time uber-talented blog friend, Debra Phillips.

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It is here that Debra combines her love of gardening and antiques.  

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Aren’t her urns incredible?!

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I’m definitely in need of her help in Beaufort!

If you are in the Geneva area today, please stop by,

I’d love to meet you!

Slightly South of Simple


Upcoming Tour Dates:

Tuesday, May 9: Evanston Public Library Event, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201, 5-7 pm, free and open to the public

Thursday, May 11: Jefferson’s Gifts, Greenville, NC, 310 W 9th St, Greenville, NC 27834, Wine Tasting and Signing, 5-7 pm, for information call (252) 355-5600

Friday, May 12: Meredith Lewis’s home, Wilmington, NC, Mimosas and Muffins, 10:00 am-12 pm

Friday, May 12: Signing at Neuse Sports Shop, Kinston, NC, 5-7 pm

Saturday, May 13: Beaufort Linen Co., Beaufort, NC, Mother’s Day Muffins and Mimosas, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, free and open to the public

Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day Sip and Sign, Winder, GA Private Home

Monday, May 15: Signing, Meet & Greet, Avid Book Shop, 1662 S. Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30606, 5:00-6:00 pm, Contact: Rachel Watkins,

Tuesday, May 16: Reynolds Plantation Girls Night Out Event, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr. Greensboro, GA 30624, Contact: Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director,,

Wednesday, May 17: River Hills Country Club, 1 Country Club Dr., Lake Wylie, SC 20710, 12 pm, Contact Sue Foster, vice president of programs, noon-1:15 pm