In Good Taste: Spitzmiller and Norris

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

Good morning, chic readers! What is it about summertime? 

 

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

Is is the memories of long, lazy childhood summers?

 

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

The heat and sun and sand and salt? The bare feet and everything in bloom?

 

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

Tall and stately, bright and breezy, cedar shake or painted brick, the designers at Spitzmiller and Norris make every home feel as perfect as…

 

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

Well, a day by the pool. The perfectly designed, uber-chic pool, that is. 

 

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

Double front porches like this always make us think of lazy days in the Lowcountry, sweet tea the only antidote for sweltering heat. 

 

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

A getaway (or stay awhile) to the mountains keeps the summer heat at bay, cool mornings and nights and refreshing breezes making memories of sweltering days a thing of the past. 

 

Spitzmiller and Norris living room

 

If you can’t take the heat, don’t stay out of the kitchen. Heavens no.

 

Spitzmiller and Norris kitchen

 

If you can’t take the heat, go in the kitchen. Open windows lend fresh breezes, 

 

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And a beautiful dining spot allows for cool, easy summer entertaining. 

 

Spitzmiller and Norris pool table

 

A stately and masculine retreat allows for playing inside games–like pool–until the cool breezes of pheasant season come back around. Indoors and out, in any season, the good taste of Spitzmiller and Norris speaks for itself. 

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


Looking for the perfect summer read? Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Betches and more all think you should slip my new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, into your beach or pool bag. Have you checked it out yet? Signed copies now available from The Country Bookshop!

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

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!

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House Tour: Historic Beauty in Mill Valley

Mill Valley house

If you aren’t familiar with the talented team at G.P. Schafer Architects and the fabulous London based designer Rita Konig, you definitely need to keep reading!  Their portfolios are so bursting with gorgeous homes that it was hard to choose which to showcase first. But one look at this Mill Valley House,  we knew it was the one. The young couple who purchased the home wanted to maintain the original charm of this 1870s stunner while updating it for modern living. Take a peek and you’ll see that the dream team of GPSA  and Rita Konig achieved just that!    

Mill Valley house and garden

 

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The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re looking for something to read, 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 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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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!

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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.

 

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In Good Taste: Haver & Skolnick Architects

Haver & Skolnick Architects via Dering Hall

Good morning, chic friends! We hope your week is off to a great start! We’re just getting home from a fabulous trip to Sea Island, GA. (If you didn’t get a chance to check out the amazing Sea Island house we featured yesterday, don’t miss it!) 

The weather was perfect, the house we stayed in was beyond and my The Secret to Southern Charm talk and signing in the spectacular Club Room of the Cloister was honestly one of my favorite events to date, which is really saying something! 

Speaking of fabulous houses, Haver & Scolnick Architects know a thing or two about creating them. One peek at the architectural details in this chic butler’s pantry and it’s evident that everything else is going to follow suit. 

The kitchen is certainly the heart of the home, and this one is so warm and cozy that we can’t think of a better place to gather family and friends for a delicious meal and a good chat.  

These architects absolutely know how to set the tone of a space. Rustic beams add an old world charm and feel. 

This is organization at its absolute finest. Chic storage is always welcome–and welcoming!

A dedicated gardening space is one of our dream rooms. These architects make it a reality! 

As fabulous as the indoor spaces are, the outdoor spaces are even better. But aren’t they always?

We would absolutely live in these divine outdoor living spaces

Every little nook is expertly thought out and perfectly curated. 

And character oozes from every space. 

From barns to living rooms, indoors or out, we think the work of Haver and Skolnick Architects is always in good taste!

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

 


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

 

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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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

 

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Austin Patterson Disston kitchen

 

Austin Patterson Disston kitchen

 

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Austin Patterson Disston bathroom

 

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