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

painted houses
Ruard Veltman Architecture

 

along with beautiful with beautiful architecture like new homes in Charlotte, SC 

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?


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]; 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

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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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The Power of Architectural Details

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Marshall Watson Interiors

 

Good morning, chic readers, and happy Thursday! We hope you are looking forward to a wonderful weekend ahead! We had an amazing time last weekend hearing from the one and only Marshall Watson, one of our favorite designers and we know one of yours as well. So it seemed fitting to begin today’s post with a little something from him.

wood architectural detail
Architectural Digest – Eric Piasecki

 

We all know that the devil is in the details. And these gorgeous homes prove that the style is in the architectural details too. 

kitchen architectural details
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

From elegant archways to charming shiplap ceilings, thoughtful door casings and custom cabinetry, it’s the little things in a house that add up to something big. 

architectural details
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Fortunately, when it comes to homes in Australia, there’s one builder that understands the value of these details all too well. For more information about Novus Homes and to check out their chic style, visit: http://www.novushomes.com.au.

staircase
Phoebe Howard Design

 

And, of course, how we accentuate those details can only make it better. From pretty accessories that go with the flow and work with the overall taste and feel,

dining
Architectural Digest- Pieter Estersohn

 

To bold statements that stand out in style, varied pieces work together to achieve an overall look and feel that is uniquely yours.

bathroom
Tim Barber, Ltd

 

Small spaces turn into an event with the right details–

bunkroom
James F. Carter

 

And four blank walls become the place where family fun is had and memories are made. 

kitchen
Brooks and Falotico

 

Just a hint of color can change the entire look of any space. The blue in this kitchen is so chic!

kitchen
BHG

 

If you could add one architectural detail to your home, what would it be? 

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

 

The Secret to Southern Charm - beach book

Resolving to read more this year? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, and preorder book 2, The Secret to Southern Charm, releasing April 3!  I’m so grateful for the support of my readers!

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For more inspiration visit our Instagram and Pinterest

and see our Top Ten Posts of 2017 here!

 

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In Good Taste: ADAC’S 2017 Architect of the Year

 Jeffrey Dungan entrance

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!

 Jeffrey Dungan

We aren’t surprised. 

Jeffrey Dungan kitchen

Not even a little.

 Jeffrey Dungan

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.

Jeffrey Dungan

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

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

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Last week we had the pleasure of spending a fun-filled long weekend in the place that we think gets as close to Christmas magic as you can without going to the North Pole: NYC! I had the most amazing day of meetings with the team at Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) about all that is THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, the sequel to SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and the second book in Peachtree Bluff series–and filmed fun videos that I can’t wait to share with you! To celebrate the upcoming launch (April 3, 2018!) and get you in the holiday spirit, we’re giving away a $100 Amazon gift card for your holiday essentials. Enter below!

 

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GIFTS FOR KIDS

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books

 I had the most amazing day of meetings in New York with the team at Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) about all that is THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, the sequel to SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and the second book in Peachtree Bluff series–and filmed fun videos that I can’t wait to share with you! To celebrate the upcoming launch (April 3, 2018!) and get you in the holiday spirit, we’re giving away a $100 Amazon gift card for your holiday essentials. Enter below!

 

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In Good Taste: Muskoska Living Design

For us, the holidays are about coming together, 

A time to gather family and friends to celebrate a year well lived and that the best is yet to come. 

So the holidays are probably the time that we’re most focused on our homes, on how well our living spaces entertain, how cozy our dining rooms are. 

Fabulous Muskoka Living of Ontario creates spaces that are absolutely perfect for special gatherings and entertaining–not only at the holidays but all year long.

We can picture a festive Thanksgiving lunch around this table,

A quick summer breakfast at this island

before jumping into the lake, of course!

Fall cocktails by this fireplace would be absolutely spectacular, 

And, of course, Muskoka Living even created the perfect space for us to clean up when it’s all over!

From charming architectural details that can’t help but define a space, 

To cozy, warm areas for finding calm and peace,

From a quick spruce to total design-build management

Muskoka Living creates the kind of spaces that we would want to return to again and again–holidays or not!

What do you do to prepare for a holiday crowd?

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by our little corner of the web today. We always love seeing you!

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GIFTS OF BEAUTY

 

 

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Statement-Making Homes

statment -making stairs
Simon Upton via Architectural Digest

 

One of our favorite parts of any house is those focal points, the moments that stop us in our tracks, that make us remember the way a home looked and felt long after we have left it. 

statement-making stairs
Phoebe Howard Design

 

From the stairs so beautifully detailed that they take your breath away,

statement-making abstract art
Beth Webb Design

 

To a piece of art that absolutely defines a space, 

statement-making abstract art
TS Adams Studio

 

That sets the tone so effortlessly, so seamlessly, that it seems like it was made for the space, there are so many ways to make a statement in a home. 

statement making art
Vant

 

For a fabulous, statement-making focal point, Vant panels are quick and easy to install, cost effective and instantly transform a room. In new leather finishes and cotton weave, Vant panels can even be mixed and matched to create a custom look.

living room statement art
Vant

 

For a beautiful headboard, a piece of 3-d art or transforming an entire wall simply and easily, Vant panels are a unique and simple way to go. In a variety of colors, these panels are a perfect way to personalize any space. 

statement windows
Architectural Digest

 

We are people who need light, all year, every season. That’s why, to us, there’s nothing better than a huge, fabulous window that lets in tons of light. If they also add a touch of black, they get extra credit.

statement-making windows
Caan Interiors

 

Or a smaller, detailed window that adds not only light but also tons of charm.

statement mirror in bathroom
Architectural Digest

 

Speaking of adding light, a chic mirror is a great way to make a small space feel bigger and break up an existing wall of mirrors,

statement-making mirror
Tobi Tobin Design

 

And add interest to a stairwell.

statement-making lighting
Metcalfe Design

Statement lighting is one of our favorite ways to define a room. 

statement lighting
Orrick and Company

 

Each of these fixtures adds a modern touch to the room. 

 

What’s your favorite way to make a statement?

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