Things We Love: Pietro Cicognani Architecture & Design

 

Good morning, chic readers! And get ready to be wowed! 

 

 

We know we were by Pietro Cicognani Architecture and Design, with photography by Francesco Lagnese Photography.

 

 

We were in awe of the range of this lovely, lovely volume of work

 

 

From the perfectly charming,

 

 

To the elegantly rustic,

 

 

To rooms that absolutely burst with color, flavor and light, 

 

 

This book has the right inspiration for any space you’re looking to create.

 

 

This studio is nothing short of magic, an artist’s dream that takes advantage of every inch of view!

 

 

There’s storage space, and then there’s storage space. What a magnificent place to keep things tidy and out of the way.

 

 

Outdoor parties are no problem at this elegant home.

 

 

These outdoor spaces–even in photos–are positively transporting.

 

 

We loved traveling to all these exquisite homes inside the pages of Pietro Cicognani Architecture and Design. We think you will too!

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

 

 

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Savor the season even more with a copy of my instant USA Today Bestseller, 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 extremist 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, Diana Harrington, 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 worn-out 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 her first love returns, 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, 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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Blank to Beautiful: Ken and Duke Tate

 

Happy Tuesday, chic readers! We hope you had the most amazing Memorial Day Weekend and got some time off to celebrate with family and friends–even if it was via Zoom! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this incredibly fun interview with architect extraordinaire Ken Tate and his son–author and sales and marketing manager Duke Tate. 

 

 

This dynamic father-son duo is overflowing with talent. Listen in as I chat with them about what it’s like to work together in a family business, what project Ken still has on his wishlist and get insight into one of the most fascinating creative processes I’ve ever heard–that actually inspired some of the storytelling in Ken and Duke’s latest collaboration, The Alchemy of Architecture. Check out more of Ken’s breathtaking work below. 

 

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For more Ken Tate on your coffee table, don’t miss out on his too-gorgeous-for-words book collection

 

 

Check back next Tuesday when I’ll be talking with New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews not only about her incredible novels but also about the design style that has inspired more than one story!

 

 

Pool and beach season are officially underway! Start yours on the right note by slipping a copy of my latest novel, the instant USA TODAY bestseller, Feels Like Falling, into your beach bag! Already read it? My Peachtree Bluff Series, featuring a trio of sisters, their mother and a family secret that has the potential to reshape what it means to be a family, is a great choice. And Slightly South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm are now available in mass market paperback! 

 

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In Good Taste: Bill Ingram Architect

Bill Ingram Architect shingled house

 

Like great writers, musicians, composers and artists, so many great architects have such a flair that their work is immediately identifiable. Bill Ingram is one of those rare architects whose work varies to suit the needs of a client but still maintains that signature flair that is all his own.

 

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Looking at these fabulous photos, we think you’ll agree that Bill Ingram ‘s work is in good taste.

 

 Thank you for stopping by today.  We always love seeing you here!

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With just a few days until Mother’s Day, have you picked something up for mom yet?  Feels Like Falling , is the perfect gift!  

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This Weeks Virtual Tour for Feels Like Falling

May 7: Conversations from a Page Virtual Event, 12 PM EST, RSVP Here. And sign up for the wonderful CFAP Newsletter Here!

May 8: Story on the Square Zoom event, 6:30PM. Details to come.

May 9: 7 pm. Farmville Public Library.

May 10: Book + Bottle 2 pm. More information here.

 

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Things We Love: A Gorgeous Garage

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More than just a place to park your car, a garage — when done right — is an integral part of the home. We’re still in the planning stages of our addition,  and a gorgeous garage is on the top of our list for things we need — and inspired this post! Keeping our cars out of the salt air is great, sure. 

 

This one is particularly well done, we think. but there’s nothing better when it’s raining outside and you have a car full of kids, groceries, etc. than to be able to slide right in your door without getting a drop on you!  When it comes to garages, it’s all about the garage doors isn’t it? We love the charm of these carriage doors

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

 


the Secret to Southern Charm

Simon & Schuster thinks Mom and her book club will love The Secret to Southern Charm for Mother’s Day and so do we!

COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! 

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American Farmhouse Style

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 American. Farmhouse. When we hear those two words, we know what’s to come is going to be good. Great, actually.

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We can just picture reclaimed (or original!) wood floors and a smattering of antiques.

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Fabulously rustic wood beams and a smattering of sunlight — perfect for getting plenty of work done in a perfectly farmhouse office.

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 A farmhouse is the kind of place where families can come together, where it’s okay to have a little bit of dirt on your feet.

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The kitchen is beautifully updated for fresh-from-the-garden meals any night of the week.

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 But it still maintains so many of the characteristics that give a farmhouse its undeniable charm in the first place — like a warm and welcoming paint color, for instance.

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 And family dinner around the dining room table isn’t just something that sounds good on paper. It’s a nightly ritual.

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 A proper garden is a must at the American farmhouse. Watering cans and clippers and garden clogs… and a new sink ensconced in something antique is a really great way to enter off of the garden if you can get it. (And a dog bowl because, of course, the farmhouse has dogs!)

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 A bit of rustic beauty combined with upscale elegance works nicely for entertaining friends.

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 And, well, there are some places that you just don’t really need to be rustic…

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 Like in this beautiful bathroom, for instance.

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Flowers must greet you at the door; that’s a given. But they can’t be too terribly fussy. Wild is always better on the farm.

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 And a bit of stone on the facade is simply stunning.

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 A fence for cattle or pigs… or looks… is always a great touch.

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 And extra credit is given for a real-life, old-timey barn.

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Yes, we’d say this American farmhouse hits all the high notes of what we expect from a truly fabulous American farmhouse that is as livable and updated as it is rustic and character-filled. We think we could move right in! What about you? Can you see yourself living on this gorgeous farm?

 

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I just wanted to thank you so much for all of your support during these first few weeks of  The Secret to Southern Charm Book tour. My novel even became a TARGET FICTION BESTSELLER AND A BOOKSCAN NATIONAL BESTSELLER!  Thank you,  for helping to make my dreams come true, for telling your friends and writing reviews, for hosting and coming to my events . . . I am here today because of you, and, even though we may not have ever met, I count you as one of the people I am most grateful for every day.

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR!

 

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

Apr. 20: Launch of Literary Luncheon series at The Annapolis Bookstore, 53 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, Contact is Mary Owen, 410-280-2339, [email protected]

April 21: Bethany Beach Books, 99 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19967, Time: 11:00AM-1:00PM

April 21:  Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 3 until 5 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 http://westervillelibrary.org/events?event=29771 or by calling the library at 614-882-7277 ext 4; 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, GA 30188, 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

May 10: Children’s Cancer Partners Fundraiser, Cornelius Yacht Club

May 21: Sassee Reads Books Club Chat

June 13: Raleigh, NC Read & Go program, Tour of Salisbury, NC based on Lies and Other Acts of Love, Raleigh Parks & Rec,(919)996-4723

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

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

July 25: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm
 

 

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In Good Taste: ADAC’S Architect of the Year

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Oh my goodness… We are SO excited! In case you haven’t heard, Jeffrey Dungan has been named ADAC’s 2017 Architect of the Year!

 

We aren’t surprised.  Not even a little.

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One, quick glance at Dungan’s work and it’s evident that he is completely deserving of this honor.

But there is nothing better than seeing talented, kind people whose work you have loved for years get acknowledged in such a big, big way!

From well thought out floor plans,

To extraordinary built-ins,

The perfect windows for every space,

To architectural details that create a mood,

Each space that Dungan undertakes is more fabulous than the last.

We could never pick a favorite space, but this rustic charm might be up there. It’s perfect for a cozy winter day.

 

Congrats again, Jeffrey! We are so excited for you and think it goes without saying that this is a well-deserved honor!

 

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

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Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple or The Secret to Southern Charm, pick up your copies before The Southern Side of Paradise (NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!) releases May 7, 2019!

 

Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

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.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

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House Tour: Forever Home in Buckhead

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Forever home. It’s a tall order, a big request and a giant leap. 

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Because creating a house where you want to stay for the foreseeable future can be hard enough. 

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Taking that giant leap and creating a home where we want to stay forever is a big, huge deal.

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But that’s exactly what Liza Bryan and architect Ryan Duffey did for these Buckhead homeowners. 

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And the results are,

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 as you can see for yourself, perfection, the creation of a place that is, without a doubt, worthy of the title “forever home.” 

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From living, dining and gathering spaces perfect for family, friends or a quiet night at home,

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To bedrooms that are cozy, warm and filled with a sense of history, yet updated and refreshed,

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Every piece of this fabulous renovation was perfectly planned. 

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From the tiny details, 

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To the big picture stuff,

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Indoors and out, 

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This Buckhead home is beautifully, wonderfully reimagined to take this family into the next phases of their lives today, tomorrow and forever. What are your requirements for your forever home?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love it when you stop by!

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Liza Bryan Interior Design

Ryan Duffey Architect

Emily Followill Photographer

 

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