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House Tour: Luxury Brownstone with Roof Deck

Brownstone staircase Lisa Tharp  

 

Mom and I are both born and bred North Carolina girls. We lived in Manhattan for a while when I was little (Dad did, too. We didn’t leave him at home…), but, overall, we’re kind of good with small towns and slow paces. 

   

But, every now and then, I think it’s natural to imagine what something else would be like, to dream of dashing off to your favorite big city to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle. 

  Brownstone living room with abstract art  

To trade carpool for walking to school, yards for rooftop decks and houses for brownstones

  Brownstone living room  

If you’ve never imagined brownstone living, this exquisite one from Lisa Tharp might just change your mind. 

  Brownstone kitchen with brass stools  

The architectural details alone might be enough to convince us. 

  Brownstone bedroom  

Every, single place you look, Tharp has created a home, has created a moment

  Brownstone bedroom  

This is the kind of brownstone that you need to tour again and again to take in every lovely, luscious square inch of style.

  Brownstone entry  

It’s the kind of place that makes you think you could be made for city living, after all.

  Brownstone rooftop patio

But, then again, there really is no place like home.

Photography | Read McKendree|@readmckendree

Architecture |  Mellowes & Paladino Architects

Renovation | J.W. Construction

If I ever doubted that, last weekend at the Best of Our State Weekend, hosted by North Carolina’s incredible Our State Magazine confirmed it. (If you’re thinking of moving here, one issue and you won’t be able to fathom living anywhere else. You’ve been warned.) One of my bucket list items has always been to speak at an Our State weekend, and, last weekend, I got to cross it off. The crazy part is, I never actually told anyone I wanted to speak there. It just happened. I love those moments best.

You know how sometimes you’ve wanted to do something for a long time and it isn’t as good as you thought? This was NOT one of those times. It was SO MUCH BETTER than I even imagined. Huge, huge thanks to Our State for having me, The Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst for hosting us, and, most of all, to the 800 amazing readers who showed up on their Saturday afternoon to cheer me on. Walking into 2020 so grateful! 

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

 

REFRESH YOUR HOME In 2020

My next novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, releases April 28, 2020! I can’t wait to share this tale of Gray and Diana, their unlikely friendship, their summer loves and their chance at happily ever after, the sequel, with all of you. It’s never too early to preorder from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer!

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.

 

VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

In Good Taste: Torrance Mitchell Designs

Peter Frank Edwards Photography

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Tuesday is off to a terrific start. You know how much we love sharing the work of favorite designers on Tuesdays–and you’re in for a real treat today with the good taste of Torrance Mitchell Designs.

 

Francesco Lagnese Photography

 

Charleston-based designer Olivia T.M. Brock put her M.S. in Historic Preservation to good use by opening her firm in a city known for its historic homes

 

Julia Lynn Photography

 

With the perfect blend of traditional details, modern touches and a dash of Southern charm, she creates homes that are stunning to say the least. 

 

Julia Lynn Photography

 

Each space is full of special, unique touches, like this gleaming brass hardware that ties this kitchen together. 

 

Beau Clowney Architect@hectormsanchezphoto

 

And soft, dreamy color palettes create spaces that feel fresh, homey and uniquely warm. 

 

@hectormsanchezphoto

 

These gorgeous floors are perfection! We’re loving the painted look right now!

 

wicker chaise in sunroom of Olivia Brock
Peter Frank Edwards Photography

 

A sweet spot for spending a quiet day of rest and relaxation. So soothing!

 

Peter Frank Edwards Photography

 

The mix of texture and pattern in this charming bedroom is positively sublime!

 

@hectormsanchezphoto

 

We are huge fans of baby blues, and they are lovelier than ever in Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam’s kitchen.

 

@hectormsanchezphoto

 

Her bedroom is wistful and ethereal, the perfect spot for a staycation. 

 

@hectormsanchezphoto

 

But nothing tops this fabulous sweet pink bathroom of Gal Meets Glam designer! Do you love the good taste of Torrance Mitchell as much as we do?

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today! We love seeing you here.

In Good Taste: Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects

 Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects entrance

Ike Kligerman Barkley Architect – IKBA

 

If you’ve ever built a house, you know that architecture is everything. 

 

 Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects living room

 

The way a home sits on a lot to take advantage of the morning sun,

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley dining room

 

The addition of beams and built-ins to a make an open concept feel cozy and just separated enough, 

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley family room

 

The brilliant way that the right paneling, the right molding and the right accents can make even a new house feel like it has a sense of history

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley family room

 

The stunning portfolio of Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects never ceases to amaze us. 

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley family room

 

Their work proves that the little things–like figuring out how to make the very most of a small space–are actually everything. 

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley bedroom

 

From indoor spaces that capitalize on both a charming slanted roofline and a killer view, 

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley porch

 

To a chic porch that doubles as the ultimate living space, 

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley porch

 

To a multi-purpose indoor/outdoor space with so much personality it almost has a pulse, these architects have a knack for creating truly unforgettable spaces

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley pool

 

We need a vacation in this exact spot, immediately if not sooner!

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley pool

 

Because the only thing better than unforgettable indoor spaces is their outdoor counterparts.

What is your favorite Ike Kligerman Barkley space?

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


Thank you to Parade for choosing my forthcoming THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, releasing May 7, as one of “12 Big Fiction Reads Every Book Club Will Love in 2019!”

 

House Tour: Montana Mountains Ski House

Get out your parka, pull on your ski boots, and come with us to this gorgeous Montana Mountains Ski House by Gary McBournie. 

With the perfect deep tones, 

And layered designs, 

And warm, cozy features, 

This is the ultimate spot for winter skiing, an aprés ski celebration, 

And waking up the next morning to admire the view–and do it all over again! 

A beautiful blend of textures, tones and colors gives this house a uniform and unique look,

While unique furnishings and architectural details create a strong sense of place. 

We have winter and skiing and fires and cocoa on the brain, but this is definitely the type of place that’s perfect for all four seasons. 

Thank you so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here!

Don’t forget: Southern Living will be revealing the first peek at the cover for my new novel, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, this Thursday at 12 pm.

I can’t wait to share the last installment of the Peachtree Bluff Series with you! Catch up on the first two books in the series, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM while you’re waiting. Don’t forget that books make the best holiday gifts!

GIFTS FOR HER

GIFTS FOR HIM

HOSTESS GIFTS

GIFTS FOR KIDS

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

 

Things We Love: Painted Houses

painted houses
Emily Jenkins Followill

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a fabulous Thursday.

painted houses
BHG

 

There are so many fun ways to spruce your home for summer–starting with the exterior and the landscape.

painted house
Coastal Living Magazine 

 
New, seasonal flowers, fresh mulch or pine straw and giving the bushes a good prune can  

painted houses
Ruard Veltman Architecture

 

make a world of difference in a home’s exterior and curb appeal

painted bricks
Coats Homes

 

We don’t know about you, but we love painted, wood houses.

painted houses
Douglas VanderHorn Architects via Dering Hall

 

On a home that’s a throwback to a simpler time or a fresh, new facade, a pretty painted exterior is a forever favorite.

painted houses
Brooks and Falotico

 

In a pretty pastel,

painted houses
Brooks and Falotico

 

A bold and vibrant shade,

painted houses
Coats Homes

 

Or a simple neutral,

painted houses
Studio McGee

 

Exterior paint sets the tone for what’s to come in a big, big way.

painted houses
Architectural Digest

 
We absolutely adore this home and the beautiful paint color is  the perfect complement to the amazing architecture. 

ARE YOU A PAINTED HOUSE LOVER?

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These are this Summer’s Best Books According to:

The Charlotte Observer and The Raleigh News and Observer

Beach Reads and Romance

“The Secret to Southern Charm” by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Gallery Books, April 2018)

North Carolina native and New York Times bestseller author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with a sequel to her beloved Peachtree Bluff series. Military wife Sloane Murphy is forced to deal with her husband missing in action as she tries to take care of her young children. Harvey, a UNC-Chapel Hill alum, infuses plenty of women power in this story of juggling the highs and lows of life.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article213002339.html#storylink=cpy

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER AND RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER FOR CHOOSING 

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM AS “ONE OF THIS SUMMER’S BEST BOOKS”!

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

TALK AND SIGNING

If you are in the Raleigh area, I will be at Quail Ridge Books on Thursday, June 21 at 11am for a TALK and SIGNING with the fabulous Mary Alice Monroe. We would LOVE to see you there!

More The Secret to Southern Charm Events

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]g; 252-728-5225; open to the public

June 21: Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, 11 am, Talk and Signing with Mary Alice Monroe

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

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

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 3: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

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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Porch Sitting Essentials for Summer

porch railing
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Good morning, chic readers! Porch sitting season is in full swing and, we don’t know about you, but we couldn’t be more excited!

porch railing
Ken Tate Architect

 

This idyllic gazebo by the sea is just the kind of place where we’d like to spend the next few months. And this beautiful custom railing adds even more appeal to this charming spot. 

porch rail
Coastal Living Magazine -Photo: Lisa Romerein

 

When it comes to porch essentials, we tend to think about furniture and accessories, lighting and the perfect tray to carry those sundown cocktails, but porch railings are another absolute essential and can help define the look and feel of a porch.

porch railing
Coastal Living Magazine – J. Savage Gisbson Photography

 

This classic X-railing is airy and open and screams summertime. (Although it’s probably not the best for containing toddlers!)

wrought iron rail
Coats Homes

 

A beautiful wrought iron rail is both classic and sophisticated and tends to hold up really well.

porch rail
Coastal Living Magazine- Tria Giovan Photography

 

We are absolutely loving wire terrace railing lately, especially for maintaining a crisp, clear view. Wire adds a bit of a modern feel too. 

porch rail
Alessandra Branca Bahamas House – Architectural Digest

 

Chippendale is another classic favorite and, in a fun color, it helps turn a porch into an outdoor living room with tons of personality. 

porch railing
HC&G

 

You know how much we love architectural details, and porch railings are no exception. As with furniture, sometimes rails are even chicer when you mix and match styles for a totally custom look. 

porch railing
Architectural Digest

 

Aerin Lauder’s Palm Beach retreat is stunning any way you slice it and these turned balusters contribute to the old world glamour. 

porch railing
Historical Concepts

 

For that quintessential mountain feel, there is nothing like a railing made from locust logs and branches. This one is exquisite and blends right in with the nature surrounding it. 

What is your favorite type of porch railing?

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

Photo via Gallery Books

What A Touch of Teal is Saying about My Latest Novel, The Secret to Southern Charm:

“Last fall, I read Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey and fell in love with Ansley, and her daughters, Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson. (You can read my recap of that book here.) Luckily for me, the gals are back in this second installment of the Peachtree Bluff Series, entitled The Secret to Southern Charm… This story is heartwarming, and had me flipping its pages late into the night.”

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

 

 

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