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.
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
If you’ve ever seen a winter sunset at the beach, you know what we mean.
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.
This is the kind of place where we would love to do just that!
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.
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.
A distressed wood headboard adds to the coastal feel.
Twin bedrooms are practically a requirement for a cozy beach cottage.
Unexpected three-dimesional objects can become art when used correctly!
A single leaf makes for a perfect, simple accessory!
Chunky baskets are the perfect place to store those cozy throws and stacks of books we were talking about curling up with!
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!
The “No Lifeguard on Duty” signs are going up, the September Voguesare 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.
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.
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!
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’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!
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.
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!
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!
Thank you so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We always love it when you stop by!
“[I]f I recommend one book to you this year (so far), let it be Slightly South of Simple for your first beach read. The darling and charming Kristy Woodson Harvey’s latest novel is the definition of a summer novel. I loved it almost as I love her.”–Jessica, Simply Bedazzled