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



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? 

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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!

Upping Your Entertaining Game! (And a Great Giveaway)

entertaining for a baby shower with minted

Spring is here and that can only mean one thing: Time for entertaining! Well, to be fair, it can mean a lot of things… But isn’t that a fun thing for it to mean?

art from Minted

From sprucing your nest to fabulous invitations, cute party ideas and everything in between, Minted is one of our favorite one-stop shops for all of our entertaining needs. (Keep reading to find out how to win $300 towards your spring entertaining goals!)

Sip 'n See with Minted

Babies are obviously born all year round, but we tend to think of Spring as baby shower season. This beautiful Sip and See for a sweet baby girl is so idyllic! This pink and white just feels like Spring. And the invitation is so adorable!

art from Minted

Beautiful art by talented artists is one of Minted’s specialties. We love, love all of our Minted art–and are always perusing their new independent artists to see what’s next.

Easter egg hunt with Minted

With Easter right around the corner, there’s no time like the present to plan a charming Easter egg hunt! Minted has you covered!

No matter the celebration, they can help bring the vision to life!

marriage ceremony with Minted

Planning your dream wedding? From formal and elegant to truly farm to table, weddings–and invitations–come in as many styles as the couples who are having them. We love to see the creative things that people come up with!

Launch of Slightly South of Simple

We have partnered with Minted many times before on fabulous Christmas cards, photo books and more, but we were so excited to work with them on fun party invitations for the Slightly South of Simple book launch as well! (So, yeah, Spring is Slightly South of Simple season too!)

Slightly South of Simple NYC launch

We love these invitations for the Kinston, NC SPCA fundraising launch and the NYC launch–oh, and you’re invited too!! We’d love to have you!

Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous piece of art, a fabulous invitation or are already thinking about holiday cards, we’re so excited that Minted is helping us celebrate the countdown until Slightly South of Simple (less than one month!) and offering $350 to one of our amazing readers! There are so many ways to enter! We’ll announce a lucky winner on Monday, April 3.
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Slightly South of Simple

InGoodTaste:Jeanne Mckay Hartmann


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, but we also adore all of the bloggers and super talented friends that we have met along the way.


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