White House, Big Charm

White House
New England Home Magazine

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a wonderful day and that, if you are in the path of Irma, you are staying safe. And friends affected by Hurricane Harvey, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you rebuild. 

White House
Architectural Digest

 

All of this crazy weather really has us thinking lately about how important our homes are to us, how they protect us and give us a refuge from the stresses and pressures of the outside world. It’s something we don’t recognize as much as we probably should until they are threatened.  Learn more about latent defects insurance.

White House
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

These stunning white houses are full of charm and character. They are welcoming spaces that we are certain beckon their owners home each night. While we focus a lot on interiors, on how our favorite cozy chair and that painting we couldn’t take our eyes off of make us feel a certain way, the exteriors of our house can–and should–do that exact same thing. 

White House with dormers
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

If a home should be anything at all, we think it should be welcoming. Window boxes and a trellis covered in vines are two of the best ways we can think of to take a home’s exterior from plain to positively darling. It’s simple touches like this that make a home feel loved and lived in. And don’t our special spaces deserve to be cared for?

Rob Lowe's White House
Architectural Digest

 

We all know that bigger isn’t always better and good things can come in small packages, but this stunning facade is positively breathtaking. The symmetry is spectacular.

White House with hydrangeas
New England Homes Magazine

 

That being said, there’s something undeniably charming about a lack of symmetry. Maybe it’s because hydrangeas our are favorite flowers, but we think this giant display is breathtaking. We love them in any shade, but these pretty blues and lilacs top our list.

white house
BHG

 

Landscaping is obviously one of the most important ways to make your home feel unique. While we love flowers and big blooms, there’s something stately about a classic cluster of Boxwoods flanking the front door. Well-maintained foliage always contributes something special to a home’s exterior and gives the sense that there is a staid, lovely interior beyond the front door.

White House with red door
Architectural Digest

 

We are suckers for black and white, but a splash of color is always welcome. A set of red front doors adds an undeniably farmhouse feel to this impeccably manicured lot.

White House
BHG

 

There’s no doubt about it: Adding exterior color increases curb appeal. Plus, it’s easy to tell visitors that yours is the house with the red roof! Porches add character in droves and make for great porch sitting, especially during the cool fall months. 

 

What are your favorite ways to add character to a home’s exterior? Do you have any home improvement projects on your wish list?

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A Cottage by Tammy Connor Designs

Tammy Connor Interior Design cottage living room

Summer may be coming to an end, but we think the fall is one of the absolute best times to enjoy a seaside cottage, like this beautiful one from Tammy Connor Designs. 

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage living room

If you’ve ever seen a winter sunset at the beach, you know what we mean.

Tammy Connor Interior Design cottage dining room

And there’s something really special and unique about curling up with a cozy throw and a good book inside a beautiful home and watch the water go by.

Tammy Connor Interior Design cottage kitchen

This is the kind of place where we would love to do just that!

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage hallway

We think the best beach cottages have a little bit of history, the feeling that generation after generation has loved them and made them feel like home. A gallery wall of family photos and treasured memories adds that exact feeling to this charming spot.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

When we think of beach cottages, we think of simplicity, especially because they are generally closed up for at least a part of the year. These built in nightstands are a great touch.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

A distressed wood headboard adds to the coastal feel.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

Twin bedrooms are practically a requirement for a cozy beach cottage. 

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

Unexpected three-dimesional objects can become art when used correctly!

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

A single leaf makes for a perfect, simple accessory!

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage

Chunky baskets are the perfect place to store those cozy throws and stacks of books we were talking about curling up with!

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

If a twin bedroom is good, a built-in bunk room is so, so much better.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

Curtains and storage make these spots cozy and private for guests of all ages.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

We love using a desk as an end table for sending postcards home.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage porch

As perfectly coastal as the interior of this home is, the outside is even more incredible. There’s no better place than a swing to watch the waves crash to the shore.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage porch

And a screened porch is perfect for keeping the mosquitoes at bay.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage

This picture-perfect cottage is the right mix of old and new, modern and rustic for relaxing all year long. What’s your favorite part?

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In Good Taste: Melissa Ervin Interiors

Melissa Ervin Interior Design living room

We hope you had an amazing long Labor Day weekend, chic readers, and that you found some time for fun and a little time to relax as well! I got my first taste of being a plane commuter, flying to Atlanta to speak at the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Decatur Book Festival and then flying back home that night so that I could spend two long, lazy beach days with my boys. I’m glad I don’t have to do it every day and have a new respect for people whose daily commute involves a flight, but it wasn’t so bad just this once–and totally worth the down time after!

Melissa Ervin Interior Design library

The “No Lifeguard on Duty” signs are going up, the September Vogues are in mailboxes and on newsstands, and there is that unmistakable crisp in the air that can only mean one thing: It’s fall! We think this gorgeous living room by Melissa Ervin Interior Design looks every bit of this wonderful season.

Melissa Ervin Interior Design dining room

No place is perfect, but one of the things we love the most about North Carolina is that we get to anticipate, feel and savor each and every season.

Melissa Ervin Interior Design kitchen

Right now, we’re so excited for boots and tailgating, fall leaves and pumpkin patches, all of those things that have such incredible staying power. Speaking of staying power, we first featured this fabulous kitchen on Design Chic several years ago, and we love it as much today as we did those years ago!

Melissa Ervin Interior Design kitchen

We know that there’s probably no such thing as “timeless,” but there’s no doubt that Melissa Ervin’s designs have major staying power.

Melissa Ervin Interior Design kitchen

From gorgeous custom architectural details,

Melissa Ervin Interior Design kitchen

To well-placed antiques,

Melissa Ervin Interior Design bedroom

Always-chic color palettes,

Melissa Ervin Interior Design bedroom

To the ultimate in luxurious details,

Melissa Ervin Interior Design bedroom porch

Melissa Ervin’s work is always in good taste. And, speaking of fall, this is the perfect place to savor this, our favorite season (we always say that when a new one comes!), while watching fall’s crops come up. What could be better than that?

We hope your fall is off to a fabulous start. Thank you so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! 


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Magnificent Home on the Shore of Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan Beach Home

When it comes to stunning design, mastering that particular combination of timeless charm and modern appeal is a delicate balancing act. Robert A.M. Stern’s team of architects, landscape architects and interior designers makes it look effortless, as evidenced by this fabulous Lake Michigan home. We think you’ll agree that, from floor to ceiling and everything in between, this home is picture perfect.

Lake Michigan Beach Home entrance

 

Lake Michigan Beach Home entrance

 

Lake Michigan Beach Home entrance

 

Lake Michigan Beach Home library

 

Lake Michigan Beach Home dining

 

Lake Michigan Beach Home dining

 

 

Lake Michigan Beach Home pool

 

Lake Michigan Beach Home pool

For another of our favorites from this talented team take a look at this Hamptons shingled house.  Whether you’re relaxing with loved ones or shopping your favorite sales, we hope it’s a wonderful Labor Day! And if you’re looking for a little reading material, we think we have just the one!


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In Good Taste: Hernandez Greene Interior Design

Hernandez Greene entrance

If you’re like us, you believe that good taste never means just one thing. It can apply to a range of styles, a mix of materials and all sorts of different feels. Hernandez Greene Interior Design creates a variety of worlds for its clients, each one encapsulating a style–and a version of good taste–that reflects the family that lives within. We hope you enjoy these stunning rooms as much as we did!

Hernandez Greene living room

 

Hernandez Greene dining room

 

Hernandez Greene kitchen

 

Hernandez Greene bedroom

 

Hernandez Greene living room

 

Hernandez Greene playroom

 

Hernandez Greene living room

 

Hernandez Greene bathroom

 

Hernandez Greene bedroom

 

Hernandez Greene bedroom

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

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In Good Taste: Rafe Churchill Architecture

Gray kitchen with Green pendants- Rafe Churchill

Happy Tuesday, Design Chicers! (I am completely shocked that I have never thought of “Design Chicers” before. I think I’m using that from now on.) If you’re trying to escape from the cold today, escape with us–and the good taste of Rafe Churchill Architecture.

Gray kitchen with Farmhouse Sink - Rafe Churchill

Deep wood, dark counters, touches of brass… We’re feeling warmer already!

Farmhouse sink- Rafe Churchill

It is the details, as we all know, that make a home truly extraordinary, that take it from pretty to perfect. This sink is one of those details! Ditto those pulls.

large kitchen island - Rafe Churchill

We are firm believers that every room needs a touch of black, and we have a feeling that these architects and homeowners agree. The black bar stools are so chic!

farmhouse table with transitional chandelier - Rafe Churchill

Nothing warms us quite like the sun, and we are huge fans of all the windows in these lovely homes. This fixture is the perfect touch of whimsy.

gray kitchen with wood island - Rafe Churchill

Rustic wood… Soft grays… A pot of soup boiling on the stove… Every unique touch in this kitchen feels homey.

kitchen with butcher block island - Rafe Churchill

We’re always torn in the kitchen because, of course, we love to accessorize. But then again, there are so many things in the kitchen that take up space anyway. We love how this kitchen makes use of the fresh and the functional to add charm and depth.

farmhouse office - Rafe Churchill

I am currently in the process of designing my dream office–it won’t be this big, but I just need a tiny, cozy spot. And it is a LOT of pressure. You always dream about what you want your office to look like, but putting it down on paper and trying to visualize creating something from nothing… Well, it’s very fun but a little daunting. My must haves? My Delano desk from Currey & Co, major bookshelves, a fireplace and lots of light. These bookshelves are giving me lots of inspiration!

sewing room - Rafe Churchill

Seeing people’s charming craft rooms makes us wish we were crafty! We could pull out our sewing machine and whip up some new pillows or wrap a gift that would knock your socks off…

bathroom with oriental rug - Rafe Churchill

But, alas, it is not the case. We are, however, terrific at taking baths. (That’s something, right?)

bathroom with cowhide rug - Rafe Churchill

And this gorgeous room proves that bathtubs–and tile floors–don’t have to be white. We love the darker color combination here. It feels woodsy and warm.

farmhouse sunroom with shiplap ceiling - Rafe Churchill

This is the kind of place to spend a chilly day. Warm sun, cozy furniture, a snuggly throw… We could stay here and while away the afternoon… If only it weren’t time to pick up carpool! 

However you spend your afternoon, we hope it’s wonderful!

For more from one of our new favorite architects, visit his website!

 

More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)



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