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, 


Spitzmiller and Norris boy

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

Memorial Day and High Flying Flags

white clapboard house with high flags flying


We hope you are all having a wonderful, relaxing day with family and friends. Between the barbecues and sunbathing, boat riding and fireworks, we are remembering all the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom and all those who continue to fight to keep this country great. We are so grateful for the sacrifices that our troops and their families make every, single day of the year! Take a look at a few favorite homes proudly flying their flag!

white clapboard house high flying flags
Patrick Ahearn


shingled and white clapboard house in Martha's Vineyard with flag flying
Patrick Ahearn Architect


Patrick Ahearn Architect


flag flying on shingled house from Patrick Ahearn Architect
Patrick Ahearn Architect


clapboard house flying flags
Patrick Ahearn Architect


gray shingle house with flying flag
Patrick Ahearn Architect


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Austin Patterson Disston


gray shingle house flying flags
Patrick Ahearn Architect


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Ralph Lauren


dining alfresco on wicker furniture with Serena & Lily with American flag flying
Serena & Lily


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The Southern Side of Paradise Peachtree Bluff Series

I’d love for you to grab a copy of  The Southern Side of Paradise , one of Us Weeklys “Us Musts“.  It’s the Perfect Memorial Day Weekend Read! 


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More Tour Dates

May 28: Florence Public Library, Florence, AL 11:30am (CT)

May 31: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 1: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 3: Lexington County Public Library, Columbia, SC,  6:30pm

June 4: Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC, 6:30pm

June 5: The Atlanta History Center at Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA,  

June 6: The Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC, 5pm

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE,  

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE, 7pm – 9pm

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD, 11am – 1pm

August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC, 3pm

August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC, 6pm

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC, 2:00pm

August 8: Figure Eight Island Yacht Club Author Series, Figure Eight, NC,  

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY, 5pm – 7:30pm


Ten Favorite: Cottages with Charm & Style

10 favorite beach cottages
Coastal Living Magazine


Some people dream of growing up and living in a huge, sprawling mansion, with cavernous rooms and tons of space. 


shingled cottages
Dearborn Builders


But others–like us–are partial to a simple cottage by the sea. 


singled cottages with white picket fence
Patrick Ahearn Architect


A white picket fence is mandatory, 


shingled cottages with blue door
Jenny Wolfe Interiors


A shingled exterior is a plus, 


bee cottage
Bee Cottage


And a sweet shutter color (like on Frances Schultz’s former beloved Bee Cottage), is icing on the cake. 


white clapboard cottages with blue door
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens


Window boxes and a Carolina blue door would be mandatory on our charming cottage, 


white clapboard cottages with tin roof
Beaufort, SC Historic Cottage


And a little bit of age and history makes it all the better. 


cottages in Beaufort, sc
1889 Historic Cottage


Porch swings and idyllic cottages seem to go together like peas and carrots, 


cottages with yellow front doors
Coastal Living Magazine


And while the traditional basics are always in style, a few out of the ordinary touches like a yellow door, 


white clapboard cottages


Or these fun and festive paper lanterns, simply add to a cottage’s signature style. Which of these dreamy cottages would you choose?

Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!

We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site

 Don’t forget, everyone who preorders THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE and emails me at [email protected] will be entered to win a trip for two to all the weekend’s events and lodging for two at Beaufort’s charming Pecan Tree Inn! (Signed copies can be preordered from South Main Book Co. at 704-630-9788 or [email protected])

Top Ten: Painted Front Doors

painted front door
Geoff Chick Architect


Nothing adds curb appeal quite like a painted front door. Take a look at a few of our favorites!

painted front Door
Verandah House


painted front Door
Studio McGee Design


painted front doors
Urban Grace


painted doors
Sanchez Photography Domino Magazine


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Lucy Cuneo Photography via Architectural Digest


painted front doors
Architectural Digest


yellow painted doors
John Ransom Photography Gary McBournie via Coastal Living


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Hayburn & Co


painted front door
Jane Beiles Photography


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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).

Preorder from your local bookstore or Indiebound!

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In Good Taste: Hám Interior Design

Hám Interior Design entry

A Carolina blue door and a black lab? There’s really no better entrance if you ask us. (Although, in Henley-on-Thames, where this gorgeous door resides, we’re pretty sure it isn’t called Carolina blue.) Hám Interior Design firm, our big time design love this week, combines classic sensibilities with stunning architecture for spaces with purpose, with style and, most important of all, with that certain undefinable something that makes a house feel like a home. Leave your wellies by the door, brew a cup of hot tea and take a peek at these cozy, livable houses that are so unforgettably chic you’ll undoubtably find yourself daydreaming about a few little changes for you own home. Enjoy!

Hám Interior Design entrance


Hám Interior Design kitchen


Hám Interior Design kitchen
Hám Interior Design kitchen


Hám Interior Design kitchen


Hám Interior Design kitchen


Hám Interior Design living room


Hám Interior Design entry


Hám Interior Design closet


Hám Interior Design closet


Hám Interior Design bedroom

We hope you loved the good taste of Hám Interior Design as much as we do and that it brightened your day!

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

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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.





Top Ten Ways to Add a Touch of Wood to a Kitchen

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Artichoke, Ltd


Kitchens are the subject of many a home renovation these days, and there are so many tiny details that can help define the kitchen to make it a chic heart of the home.

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Ike Kligerman Barkley


One of our favorites? Wood! Here are ten ways to add a touch of wood to one of everyone’s favorite spaces. 

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Architectural Digest


1. Incorporate Beams: Wood beams add a hint of rustic charm to any space, no matter how elegant. 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. architect William B. Litchfield and designer Jackye Lanham


2. Add Bar Stools: When it comes to bar stools, we think mixing materials is always a good idea. This combination of wood, metal and rattan adds color and texture for a chic look. 

Terra Cotta Design


3. Accentuate the Island: A little bit of wood goes a long way. This rich tones of this island add juxtaposition and charm. 

touch of wood in kitchen
Tracery Interiors via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


4. Use a Library Ladder: A library ladder is one of our bucket list home items. While we’d ideally love to have the library to go along with it, a ladder can be incredibly useful in a kitchen too. 

touch of wood in kitchen
Sage Design


5. Repurpose a Piece of Furniture: We tend to think of built-ins in the kitchen, but there’s no real reason why everything has to be. A favorite chest, armoire or corner-cupboard looks beautiful and adds a surprising element. Extra credit if it’s an antique!

wood kitchen
Brooks & Falotico


6. Mix in Butcher Block Counters: For the ultimate in functional wood additions, butcher block counters are a perfect fit. This workspace is as pretty as it is practical.

touch of wood
Studio McGee


7. Rethink Shelving: We love the look of open shelving, but it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach. These pretty wood shelves are the right touch of casual while cabinets lend plenty of space for covered up storage. 

touch of wood
Studio McGee


8. Choose Hardwood Floors: Need we say more? Any color, any style, this design staple has staying power for a reason!

kitchen with warmth of wood
Studio McGee


9. Decorate with Cutting Boards: For a low maintenance, inexpensive touch of wood, a cutting board fits the bill perfectly. It adds all the charm of wood and makes sure cook prep is only an arm’s length away. 

Betty Lou Phillips


10. Incorporate Fun(ctional) Accessories: We all want our kitchens to be pretty, sure. But of all the rooms in the house, function in the kitchen is key. Wood tools and ways to organize them add a hint of this great material while keeping things organized.

What’s your favorite way to incorporate wood into a kitchen? 

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today! We hope you have a fabulous week!



The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re looking for something to read over Labor Day, 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 13: Chapel Hill, NC Library, Who Am I?, September 13, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm with:

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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