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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. 

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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?

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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.”

 

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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!

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BHG

 

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

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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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In Good Taste: ADAC’S 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!

 

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!

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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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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?

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Statement-Making Homes

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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. 

living room statement art

 

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. 

 

 

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

 

What’s your favorite way to make a statement?

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A Stunning Staircase for Every Space

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Phoebe Howard Design

 

In many homes, the stairs are the very first thing you see when you walk in the door. 

staircase
J.K. Kling

 

Whether they are simple or ornate, bare or expertly covered, the stairs can set the tone for the experience people will have when they walk through the door. 

staircase
Orrick & Company

 

In that way, the stairs become the perfect place to create a stunning vignette, a shining moment, that helps define the way the home looks, and even more importantly, the way it feels. We love how the curve in this stunning staircase seems to fit this table. It’s the perfect welcome. 

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Peter Pennoyer Architect

 

This absolutely breathtaking architecture takes the staircase to a whole new level. This isn’t a staircase that makes a statement upon entrance, it’s a staircase that is a defining part of the home’s entire scheme. 

staircase
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

But as much as we love stairs, residential elevators are pretty cool too, such a luxury for hauling groceries and luggage and, of course, a necessity for many. With a chic carpet and a fun light fixture, they can be fabulous looking too!

staircase
Chango and Co

 

Speaking of lighting, picking the right fixtures is a must for us in the stairwell. Not only is it crucial for lighting the path but it also helps create a chic design scheme in what could be a plain, boring spot.

staircase
Threshold Design

 

From shiplap and classic details that feel perfect for a coastal home,

staircase
Simon Upton via Architectural Digest

 

To more modern touches that further a mood, 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

To even a gorgeous spiral staircase that not only serves a purpose but also accessorizes a space, 

staircase
New England Home Magazine

 

The staircase is so much more than just a utilitarian feature in a home. 

staircase
Tom Scheerer

 

With the right attention, it can become another one of a home’s shining moments.

What is your favorite way to decorate a staircase?

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