Inspiring “Before and After” Outdoor Spaces and More

before and after outdoor spaces


18 Inspiring “Before and After” Outdoor Spaces

sunset magazine


before and after


Get the Look of this Room with a View

serena & lily


abstract art


Fabulous Beaufort Artist Vicki Mann Launches a New Online Home

–follow @vcmann on instagram


The Southern Side of Paradise

Thank You Entertainment Weekly for Choosing The Southern Side of Paradise as a Spring Reading Pick

The Southern Side of Paradise is an Entertainment Weekly Spring Reading Pick!

entertainment weekly & camille pagán


before and after bedroom


Creating a Stylish Kid’s Bedroom

–  maisonette


memory tricks


Great Memory Tricks

nbc news


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Peachtree Bluff Series

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!


 And announcing… The Southern Side of Paradise Tour!

Twelve states, forty-one stops…If I’ll be in a city near you I’d love to see you! Click here for full details on every event!

April 24: Quantum Leap Series at Quantum Leap Library, Orlando, Florida

April 26: General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Wilmington, NC

May 2: North Myrtle Beach Library, North Myrtle Beach, SC

May 2: Silver Coast Winery, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

May 3: Moveable Feast Luncheon, Pawley’s Island, SC

May 4: Kinston, NC BBQ Festival

May 5: Dee Gee’s Launch Party, Morehead City, NC

May 7: Beaufort History Museum Tea, Beaufort, SC (SOLD OUT)

May 8: Newberry County Library Literacy Luncheon, Newberry, SC

May 9: Live at Your Library Series, Gastonia, NC

May 11: South Main Book Co., Salisbury, NC

May 13: Junior League of Louisville Book Club Cocktail Reception, Louisville, KY

May 14: Murder by the Book, Houston, TX

May 15: Houston Women’s Club, Houston, TX

May 15: Signing at Segreto Finishes, Houston, TX

May 16: Signing at Stanley Korshak, Dallas, TX

May 18: Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH

May 19: Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN

May 20: Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas Coffee, Daniel Island, SC

May 20: Buxton Books, Charleston, SC

May 21: Snee Farm Garden Club, Mount Pleasant, SC

May 22: Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX

May 28: Florence Public Library, Florence, AL

May 31: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 1: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 3: Lexington County Public Library, Columbia, SC

June 4: Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

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

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

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD

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

August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC

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

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY


Spring Stationery and Southern Charm

Good morning, chic readers! We are so, so excited that my latest novel, The Secret to Southern Charm, releases TOMORROW! My official launch is in my hometown of Salisbury, NC from 5-7 and you’re all invited. There will be food, cocktails, fun and, of course, books, books, books! If you’d like a personalized copy sent to you, call South Main Book Co. at 704-630-9788. Thanks so much to our friends at Minted for sponsoring this year’s gorgeous invitations. We love them so much! If you’re a dedicated Minted user, you know how great they are to work with. If you aren’t, check out some of our favorite invitations, greeting cards, art–and maybe even a few unexpected items–that make Minted so special. 

The Minted Invitation for the Launch of The Secret to Southern Charm – Would Love to See You There



Artist Jennifer Wick’s Laurels of Green Wedding invitations

For a little something different for your big day!

minted invitation


A Delightful Delivery

Because nothing is more fun than baby announcements!


Customizable Greeting Cards

For those times when every card you read is groan-worthy…

minted kids


Introducing Little Minted 

Have you ever seen anything so cute?

art prints at Minted


Minted Fine Art Prints

For giving your space a spruce!

wedding gifts minted


Minted Weddings Color Library

To simplify your big day!

If you’ve never shopped or created with Minted, now’s the time!  

The winner of the $200 Target Gift Card Giveaway is Elizabeth. No last name was included on the Rafflecopter, but Elizabeth, I have emailed you!! Thanks to everyone who entered–and everyone who has preordered!

Salisbury friends, if you’re a Friends of Rowan Public Library member (or want to be one!), I’ll be in the Stanback Auditorium tonight at 7 pm talking about books, libraries and, of course, The Secret to Southern Charm! Books will be sold through South Main Book Co. Last day to preorder from your retailer of choice!

For more about The Secret to Southern Charm and the ladies of Peachtree Bluff, check out this brief clip!








Paris in Bloom

Paris flowers

One of the most fun parts of being bloggers is all of the amazing people we have gotten to meet along the way.  You know we love our readers and are so grateful for all of you,

Paris flowers

but we also adore all of the bloggers and super talented friends we’ve been fortunate enough to have in our lives.

Paris flowers

One of our favorite special friends–and, incidentally, one of the most talented artists we know–Jeanne McKay Hartmann, inspires us daily with her gorgeous paintings.

Paris flowers

And now she can inspire you too!  She has opened an online shop where you can purchase 

Paris flowers

her beautiful work inspired by an uber-chic trip to Paris!

paris art

Aren’t they amazing?

Paris art

We love them all! Take a look at a few of our favorites below, then visit her shop and pick yours!

Happy weekend, sweet friends!

Jeanne McKay Hartman- art watercolor
Hot Press Peonies
Pink Tulips in Blue and White


Jeanne McKay Hartman- art watercolor
Sunflowers in Blue and White


Watercolor Jeanne McKay Hartman
Yellow Tulips


Thank You For Helping to Make Slightly South of Simple a National Bestseller–and a HUGE Thank You to all of you who Have Already Preordered  The Secret to Southern Charm, out April 3, 2018! I am totally blown away by your love and support. 












Feeling Fall with Fabulous Friends

Good morning, chic readers! We are so, so excited that By Invitation Only is back in action. If you aren’t familiar with By Invitation Only, it is a super fun collaboration where favorite bloggers get together every month and write about the same topic. You can visit our friend DA Wolf at Daily Plate of Crazy to find links to all the bloggers participating.



This month, we’re welcoming fall, in our homes and in our lives overall. We don’t know about you, but, for us, welcoming fall means opening the windows, letting fresh air in and savoring the crispness in the air.

Thom Filicia


Welcoming fall is about adding cozy throws and great textures and favoring shades of tan and pumpkin, gold and creams, the richer hues that correspond so well with the changing leaves and the sun that’s setting just a little earlier already.

Sotheby’s Realty


Fall is also a fabulous time to celebrate the change of seasons with a fun soiree, which, of course, means getting the kitchen in tip top shape.



We’ll admit it: We like to leave the cooking to the professionals. But the right, gorgeous cookware that makes the food taste as good as the pots and pans look is a necessity when getting ready for a change of season celebration.

Evars and Anderson


I’m in the market for new barstools right now, and these adorable cushions welcome fall in this kitchen with aplomb! A pretty (and delicious!) arrangement of seasonal fruits and veggies makes for a stunning centerpiece, no flowers required.

One Kings Lane


One of the things on our minds right now is hanging some new pieces of art to really get our houses party ready. These fall tones are very of the moment!

Coastal Living Magazine


Speaking of works of art, what a perfect setting for a fall fete!

Tory Burch


When it comes to parties, getting dressed is half the fun! This Tory Burch outfit hits all the high notes of equestrian style. 

Kate Spade NY


Speaking of animal-inspired fashion, this display at Kate Spade is so fabulous! It seems like leopard is everywhere we look this fall. So we must include it in our outfits!

Rose and Ivy


While cocktails and dinner are always fabulous, sometimes having a few good friends for a great cup of coffee is all it takes to turn an ordinary day into a celebration. A mix of antique silver and new pottery, we couldn’t love this juxtaposition any more!

Tom Ford Favorites for Fall


Our friend (He’s so not our friend. But girls can dream, right?) Tom Ford has assembled the ultimate fall collection for making our faces look fabulous no matter what the season holds. 

paint colors for fall


And the brilliant minds from BHG have so many great tips for the perfect paint tips to transform any home for fall. We’re obsessed with Golden Ginger. It may very well be the new not-quite-white we all need so much!

Do you have any plans for fall celebrations? 


If you’re looking for the perfect books to add a little warmth to your Fall, check out my latest novel, Slightly South of Simple (Simon & Schuster, 2016) or preorder The Secret to Southern Charm (Simon & Schuster, 2017) so you’ll have reading to look forward to this Spring!














Add Statement Art to Your Dining Room and More!

dining room with statement art

Add Statement Making Art to Your Dining Room

dering hall















  • This one from DVF
  • This stripe from Halston Heritage
  • I love the color of this one
  • And this one
  • For a little dressier look, this one is beautiful
  • And here is a perfect straw clutch to carry with them all


If you’re looking for a perfect Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out Slightly South of Simple!  Happy weekend!

Outdoor Showers for Summer Living and More!

outdoor showers


Outdoor Showers for Summer Living

laurel and wolf


big design for tiny spaces and abstract art


Big Design for Tiny Spaces

– laurel & wolf


adding texture and natural material in the kitchen


Adding Natural Material to Any Room

dering hall


pink in the living room


Decorating With Pink

one kings lane



Southern Style with Reese Witherspoon



What People Are Saying About Slightly South of Simple


“My prediction is that writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.” (―The Huffington Post)

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Slightly South of Simple yet, take advantage of Barnes & Noble’s Buy 2, Get 1 Free offer! It’s the perfect time to stock up on summer reading!

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