House Tour: Warm & Welcoming English Manse

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Now that we have finished getting the Christmas decorations out,  it is finally feeling like the most wonderful time of the year! Decorating for Christmas is one of our favorite things to do. If you need a little help getting started–or simply can’t get enough holiday decor–take a peek at this gorgeous English Manse from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. We know you’ll be inspired too!

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English manse living room with fireplace

 

English Manse living room with mantle decorated for christmas

 

English Manse living room decorated for christmas

 

English Manse living room decorated for christmas

 

English Manse kitchen decorated for christmas

 

 

English Manse bedroom decorated for christmas

 

English Manse bathroom decorated for christmas

 

English Manse decorated for christmas

 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

D. Stanley Dixon Architect

Lynne T. Rankin Design

Emily Followill Photography

 

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MORE ABOUT FEELS LIKE FALLING:
It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy. Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy. Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience. With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all. In her warmest, wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.

 

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Blank to Beautiful: Ken and Duke Tate

 

Happy Tuesday, chic readers! We hope you had the most amazing Memorial Day Weekend and got some time off to celebrate with family and friends–even if it was via Zoom! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this incredibly fun interview with architect extraordinaire Ken Tate and his son–author and sales and marketing manager Duke Tate. 

 

 

This dynamic father-son duo is overflowing with talent. Listen in as I chat with them about what it’s like to work together in a family business, what project Ken still has on his wishlist and get insight into one of the most fascinating creative processes I’ve ever heard–that actually inspired some of the storytelling in Ken and Duke’s latest collaboration, The Alchemy of Architecture. Check out more of Ken’s breathtaking work below. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more Ken Tate on your coffee table, don’t miss out on his too-gorgeous-for-words book collection

 

 

Check back next Tuesday when I’ll be talking with New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews not only about her incredible novels but also about the design style that has inspired more than one story!

 

 

Pool and beach season are officially underway! Start yours on the right note by slipping a copy of my latest novel, the instant USA TODAY bestseller, Feels Like Falling, into your beach bag! Already read it? My Peachtree Bluff Series, featuring a trio of sisters, their mother and a family secret that has the potential to reshape what it means to be a family, is a great choice. And Slightly South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm are now available in mass market paperback! 

 

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10 Ways to Add a Touch of Wood to a Kitchen

Jean Stoffer Design woods beams in kitchen
Jean Stoffer Design | Stoffer Photography Interiors

 

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

 

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

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. 

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

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. 

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!

 

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.

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. 

 

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

 

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. 

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!


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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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Tour a Greek Revival Home

 

 

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A Rockport, Maine Kitchen Remodel

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Gardenista Best Garden for 2018 

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Creating a Relaxing Porch

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Tour the Coastal Living Showhouse

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Make Your Small Space Feel Larger

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The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, 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.

The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

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In Good Taste: Paul Bates Architects

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So, yesterday was the big day. 

Paul Bates living room

Well, I guess maybe not the big day. We didn’t get married or have a baby or move or publish a new book or anything. 

Paul Bates living room

But we bought school supplies, and, in our family, that’s a big, huge deal, a fresh start, a new beginning. 

Paul Bates kitchens

In buying school supplies, the details are everything. And what you pick is the foundation for the entire year. 

Paul Bates kitchens

In that way, buying school supplies is a whole lot like architecture

Paul Bates kitchens

The plan is the start, the foundation for all the good to come. 

Paul Bates kitchens

And the details are everything. 

Paul Bates kitchens

As you can tell from these fabulous photos, from the traditional to the very modern, Paul Bates Architects know all about the importance of details. 

Paul Bates kitchens

Their good taste, evident in each one of these stunning houses, truly speaks for itself. 

Paul Bates dining room

From blonde wood beams that pair perfectly with steel windows, 

Paul Bates family room

To library paneling so beautifully executed it speaks volumes of its own, 

Paul Bates living room

Each architectural detail breathes life into the space. 

Paul Bates porch

Indoors and out, good taste abounds. And, like back to school shopping, every space feels like a new beginning. 

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

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The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, 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.

 

The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

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FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE

 

House Tour: A Charming English Cottage

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Krista Nye Schwartz and Tami Ramsay, the co-owners and principal interior designers behind Cloth & Kind, have been inspired since their childhoods by international travel and the natural world.

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One glance at their fantastic interiors, like this reimagined English Cottage, and it is clear that integrating treasured and well-loved relics into their designs is a priority for this dynamic duo.

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White House, Big Charm

Tim Barber, Ltd

 

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.  All of this crazy weather really has us thinking lately about how important our homes are to us. 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. 

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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? 

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Shelley Johnstone Design

 

 

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.

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Studio McGee| Lucy Call Photography

 

We are suckers for black and white, but a splash of color is always welcome. A bluefront doors adds an undeniably charming 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 blue door! 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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In Good Taste: Carpenter & MacNeille

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Good morning, readers! Are you having a good day? I am in the Holy City (Charleston, SC) for a wonderful writer’s conference. There is certainly no shortage of gorgeous homes in this town — or good food!

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Even if you aren’t in Charleston this week, we thought we’d share some fabulous design eye candy with you today.

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