In Good Taste: C. Brandon Ingram Design

C. Brandon Ingram curb appeal with climbing vines
Peachtree Circle


No matter how old we grow, the promise of a secret garden still thrills us. And, with a gorgeous gate and pathway like this, it’s really no wonder.


C. Brandon Ingram curb appeal with boxwoods on either side of walkway
Peachtree Circle


With classic designs,


C. Brandon Ingram covered patio with wicker furniture
Interior Design by Don Easterling and Nina Nash – Peachtree Circle


Bright, airy spaces,


C. Brandon Ingram covered porch with fireplace
Interior Design by Don Easterling and Nina Nash – Peachtree Circle


Inviting porches,


Courtney Giles design kitchen with lanterns over island
Courtney Giles Interiors – Dover


And enviable kitchens,


 Courtney Giles laundry room
Courtney Giles Interiors – Dover


C. Brandon Ingram Design creates homes so stunning, so livable and so well-planned, that we’re always excited to see what they’re going to come up with next.


C. Brandon Ingram curb appeal White House with green shutters


Their exteriors absolutely wow.


C. Brandon Ingram curb appeal White House white shutters


From grand and gorgeous,


C. Brandon Ingram curb appeal Southern Living house
Oak Leaf Cottage


To quaint and charming,


C. Brandon Ingram curb appeal flower boxes


The work of these architects is always in good taste. Stop back by tomorrow for a truly spectacular C. Brandon Ingram house tour that you won’t want to miss!



With Only Two Weeks Until Feels Like Falling Releases, We Are Proud to Announce the New Virtual Tour!

April 13: IGTV with Zibby Owens, 11am. Details to come.

Wednesday Nights Beginning April 15: Friends andFiction! Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel, Patti Callahan Henry, Mary Alice Monroe and Mary Kay Andrews will be in conversation on Mary Kay Andrews’ Facebook page. 7 pm. RSVP Here.

April 20: “Carolina Beach Books” Zoom event with Rowan Public Library, Kristy in Conversation with Mary Alice Monroe, 6:30 pm EST. South Main Book Co taking preorders. Join here:
Meeting ID: 889 3137 8533

April 22: 12:00pm EST, Elysian Magazine Virtual Event. Susan Meissner and Kristy Woodson Harvey discussing Bibliotherapy and the Power of Friendship. Link to come.

April 23: Kristy Take Over The Romance of Reading Facebook Group.

April 25: Zia Boutique Virtual  “Books and Bloody Marys.” Kristy in conversation with Zelle Wiggins, owner of Zia Boutique and founder and author of Southern Style Blog. Preordered, personalized books will be available for pickup at Zia Boutique, as well as signed books. 1113 Military Cutoff Rd A, Wilmington, NC 28405. 11:00 AM.

April 26: Kristy Take Over Great Thoughts, Great ReadersFacebook Page.

April 26: Page 158 Zoom Virtual Event.

April 26-May 2: Kristy Take Over Bloom With Tall Poppy Writers

April 27: Fountain Bookstore Virtual Event via Crowdcast

April 28:SIBA Virtual Event via Zoom, 3:00 PM, 20 min presentation with a 20 min Q&A. Books available fromFiction Addiction.
Full list of participating booksellershere.

April 28: Kristy a Part of“A Mighty Blaze.”

April 29: Kristy a Part of BookSpark’s Keep Calm and Read On Virtual Event.

April 29: Kristy Virtual/Drive-by Event with Beaufort Linen Co, Noon, Kristy & BL Sending Email/Paper Invitation 

April 29: Kristy on Zoom with Liz & Lisa at Warwick’s. Click on the link in the Kristy Woodson Harvey event details. Enter the Meeting ID:  728 655 614 and Password: 397363.

April 30: Friends & Fiction, 7 pm, Mary Kay Andrew’s Facebook Page.

May 1: The Country Bookshop via Facebook Livein conversation with Kimberly Daniels Taws, 12PM.

May 1: 7 pm EST Kristy Facebook LiveQ&A. (If you’d like to join on your page or in your group contact Kristy for more info!)

May 2 : South Main Book Company Virtual Event. Preorder from 704-630-9788, [email protected]

May 3: Florence-Lauderdale Library, 1 pm CST/ 2 pm EST

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

May 10:Book + Bottle 2 pm. Moreinformation here.

May 20: M Judson Booksellers Zoom Virtual Event, 12:00PM.

May 28: Virtual Book Club Chat, The Lowcountry Book Club. 8 pm.

The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses

Jeffrey Duncan Architect entrance

William Abranowicz Photography


My 92-year-old grandmother started aerobics yesterday. Yes. Started. In the thirty-three years I’ve known her, she hasn’t been much for exercise, but September is a really good time to start something new if you’re going to. And there’s no time like the present.

Jeffrey Duncan Architect entrance

One of our Design Chic favorites, architect Jeffrey Dungan, decided to start something new too–and we couldn’t be more excited!

Jeffrey Duncan Architect kitchen

His new book, The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses, released on September 4, and, in our opinion, it’s one of the best of the year so far!

Jeffrey Duncan Architect bedroom

A little more about the book: Architect Jeffrey Dungan is recognized for his clean and modern approach to traditional homes. His fresh take on architecture is rooted in the beauty of materials rendered in their natural state. Dungan’s projects poetically embrace clean lines and natural elements, to reveal a timeless home that can be enjoyed by future generations to come. Layered in between are thematic essays and more than 240 images that showcase Dungan’s approach to architecture and the importance of elements and materials that honors THE NATURE OF HOME.

Jeffrey Duncan Architect home

When it comes to home, this timeless approach couldn’t be more important. Because while, sure, home is a canvas that is always evolving, it’s the basis of it, the roots, the things that stay the same in the meantime that create those true and lasting memories, that feeling when you pull in the driveway, when you walk in the front door

Jeffrey Duncan Architect home

No one does home quite as well as Jeffrey Dungan

The Nature of Home, in 240 captivating photos, and a series of fascinating, well written essays, proves that once and for all!

Make sure to pick up your copy of The Nature of Home from your local bookstore, Amazon or wherever books are sold!


William Abranowicz Photography


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


































In Good Taste: Paul Bates Architects

Paul Bates entrance

So, yesterday was the big day. 

Paul Bates living room

Well, I guess maybe not the big day. We didn’t get married or have a baby or move or publish a new book or anything. 

Paul Bates living room

But we bought school supplies, and, in our family, that’s a big, huge deal, a fresh start, a new beginning. 

Paul Bates kitchens

In buying school supplies, the details are everything. And what you pick is the foundation for the entire year. 

Paul Bates kitchens

In that way, buying school supplies is a whole lot like architecture

Paul Bates kitchens

The plan is the start, the foundation for all the good to come. 

Paul Bates kitchens

And the details are everything. 

Paul Bates kitchens

As you can tell from these fabulous photos, from the traditional to the very modern, Paul Bates Architects know all about the importance of details. 

Paul Bates kitchens

Their good taste, evident in each one of these stunning houses, truly speaks for itself. 

Paul Bates dining room

From blonde wood beams that pair perfectly with steel windows, 

Paul Bates family room

To library paneling so beautifully executed it speaks volumes of its own, 

Paul Bates living room

Each architectural detail breathes life into the space. 

Paul Bates porch

Indoors and out, good taste abounds. And, like back to school shopping, every space feels like a new beginning. 

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


The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, 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.


The Secret To Southern Charm Tour




In Good Taste: Austin Patterson Disston Architects

Austin Patterson Disston entrance

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you got a lot of holiday shopping done over the weekend and can take a breather today and relax! If you’re feeling a little holiday-cluttered already, take a break from the chaos with the clean lines and fresh look of these gorgeous rooms by Austin Patterson Disston Architects. Each one is more beautiful than the last! 

Austin Patterson Disston kitchen


Austin Patterson Disston kitchen


Austin Patterson Disston living room


kitchen.Austin Patterson Disston


Austin Patterson Disston kitchen


Austin Patterson Disston kitchen


bedroom.Austin Patterson Disston


chaise in bedroom.Austin Patterson Disston


bathroom.Austin Patterson Disston


bathroom Austin Patterson Disston


Austin Patterson Disston bathroom


porch.Austin Patterson Disston


outdoor shower.Austin Patterson Disston

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We hope it’s a great one!
















House Tour: Tim Barber, Ltd.

house tour Tim barber

Good morning, our chic friends! We have just gotten back from beautiful Spring Island, SC after attending a gorgeous wedding for a family friend. 

Tim Barber house tour

In the wake of the fun and festivities, the parties and, maybe best of all, getting to watch our family’s youngest member ring bear his little heart out, we’ve been talking about weddings and what makes them great. 

Tim Barber house tour

In weddings, and in homes, the details, of course, matter a lot. The perfect song choice for the father-daughter dance and the right molding. A beautiful boutonniere perfectly pinned on a steamed lapel or an exquisitely angled library light. 

Tim Barber house tour

Petals lining the aisle just so and windows expertly chosen to let in all the light.

Tim Barber house tour

But, honestly, it’s more than that. The perfect wedding and the perfect home are all about the way the details combine into a message, a cohesive narrative that makes people feel something, have an experience they will never forget. 

Tim Barber house tour

We always say, at a wedding, that the one, single thing that truly matters is the bride and groom. If they are having the time of their life then everyone else will too. It doesn’t matter if the food is cold and it pours down rain and the caterer forgot to deliver the cake. The guests take their cues from the main characters and the memory is a fond one.

It’s harder to say what that one, overarching thing is that makes a home truly special.

Tim Barber house tour

But, touring this stunning one by Tim Barber, Ltd., we’d have to say that it’s the architectural details. 

Tim Barber house tour

So, sure, everyone that walks in the bathroom probably doesn’t consciously realize that beautiful wainscoting sets it apart.

Tim Barber house tour

But the takeaway is that feeling of having been somewhere that is finely orchestrated. 

Tim Barber house tour

We love to think that people feel well cared for and comfortable when they are in our homes.

Tim Barber house tour

Just like we did when we left this stunning wedding.

Tim Barber house tour

Because, just like that very important event in the life of a couple and a family is ultimately a reflection of them, of what they love and how they feel about each other,

Tim Barber house tour

We think the best houses are just the same. 

Tim Barber house tour

This home, from beginning to end, the front door to the back porch, feels warm and welcoming. What, to you, makes a home feel special?

House Tour Tim Barber, Ltd.

Interiors: Artistic Designs for Living, LLC
Construction: Hughes Construction
Landscape: Scenic Scapes, Inc.
Photography: Laura Hull Photography

If you’re looking for a perfect Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out Slightly South of Simple!  Happy Monday!




In Good Taste: Brian Brady Design

If, for you, relaxation is all about a water view, then this is the room for you. Interiors as soothing and spectacular as the exteriors make this space feel like and instant vacation. 

But we’re learning that when you’re in a space by Brian Brady Design, every day suddenly feels like a holiday. 

Chic yet comfortable living spaces seem to be a hallmark of this designer and architect.

And there is no doubt that his work is in good taste. 

Architectural details abound in these perfectly curated homes, and the art hanging on the walls is just a beautiful as the touches that make these spaces so unique.

Mixed in with his classical architecture and classic interiors are moments of the unexpected. It is those moments that make these spaces unforgettable.

Leather is a chic staple but can tend to look heavy. These chairs incorporate this favorite in a way that takes up very little visual space.

White and bright is the mainstay of this kitchen, but these unique pendants give the eye an immediate place to go.

This lovely master bedroom incorporates classic blue and white in a way that is soothing, spa like and classic.

A master bedroom sitting room is a luxury not to be squandered. We can’t think of a better place to ease into the day!

When it comes to design, the outside is just as important as the inside. The slate walk is a welcoming touch on this stunning cedar shake cottage.

The only thing better than a gorgeous house is a gorgeous poolhouse! We’d love lounging by this one all summer long!

Nothing says “summer” quite like a fresh coat of white paint. It’s a welcome addition all year long. We are absolutely loving the good taste of this fabulous designer. What about you?

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


Marco Ricca Photography


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