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!

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before and after bedroom


Creating a Stylish Kid’s Bedroom

–  maisonette


memory tricks


Great Memory Tricks

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Click on each image Below to Learn More About the Product:

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


Styling Your Kitchen with Studio McGee and More

Studio McGee kitchen


Styling Your Kitchen with Studio McGee

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Love Discovering a New Artist @janetimberlakecooper  via @maisonshoppe

jane timberlake cooper




Nordstom Anniversary Sale – New Fall Items at Great Prices



Happy Weekend, friends!


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


July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 2: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

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 





















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. 












Thom Filicia and 40 Years of Kips Bay!



Good morning, chic friends! We hope you had a fabulous weekend and that your Monday is off to a terrific start. If it’s not, don’t worry! It’s about to take a turn for the better.

We love Thom Filicia. Who doesn’t, really? And it was such a treat to get to meet him at the last High Point Furniture Market! Today, we are thrilled to get to share with you Thom’s “A Study In Style” in the 43rd Kips Bay Showhouse.


The beautiful sculpture, “Frenetic Composure,” is one of the most notable pieces in the stunning office. Artist Robert Greene created the sculpture out of many pieces of wood, to display the activity of the human mind. The sculpture is meant to be representative of the human condition. It was inspired by Greene’s own father’s struggle with ALS — and all proceeds from the sale of the sculpture go to ALS research.


Artist Lesli Devito!


 Happy Monday, friends! If you weren’t feeling energized yet, we have a feeling that Lesli Devito’s art — and her infectious smile — are going to brighten up your day in short order!


 We had the best time meeting Leslie at the Design Bloggers Conference. And now we are having the best time getting to see her house! Isn’t her living room fabulous? We love the stuffed animal on the couch. It instantly adds that “homey” feel that makes every member of the family feel welcome.


The Impact of Art

HB Home

 We’re always hesitant to pinpoint the most important element in a room.

HB Home via House Beautiful

Because, in reality, they all combine together to create a room with a certain feel and appeal.


Design Chic

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