House Tour: A Beautiful Mix of Designer Style

Phoebe Howard


After touring the 2019 Atlanta Homes Designer Show House, I’ve had this fantasy of these designers coming to my house and each taking over a room, leaving a breathtaking finished product. Each one has his or her own distinct style but somehow, when they are taken as parts of a whole, these designers’ disparate ideas combine seamlessly into an idyllic home with undeniable flow. But don’t take our word for it. Step inside, stay awhile, peruse until your heart’s content. And then–trust us–do it all over again. You aren’t going to want to miss one gorgeous detail!


Jonathan Savage


Beth Webb and Tristan Harstan



Yvonne McFadden


Huff-Dewberry, INC.


Huff-Dewberry, INC.


Huff-Dewberry, INC.


Stefan Alexander


Honey Collins


Ashley Gilbreath


Erin Gates design


Erin Gates design


(Y’all! The ping pong paddles! We are in love!)


Jennifer Ferguson


Jennifer Ferguson


Huff Harrington Design


Huff Harrington Design


We hope that you have enjoyed this fabulous Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse as much as we did. What ideas did you get to take back to your home?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. Seeing you here makes ours!



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In other news, my next novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, releases April 28, 2020! I can’t wait to share this tale of Gray and Diana, their unlikely friendship, their summer loves and their chance at happily ever after, the sequel, with all of you. It’s never too early to preorder from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer!

In her warmest, wittiest, and 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.

House Tour: Lauren Elaine Interiors

Lauren Elaine Interiors entrance with antique chest


Good morning, chic friends. Our hearts are heavy this morning, as we know yours are, thinking of our friends in the Bahamas and the rest of Dorian’s path. 


Lauren Elaine Interiors living room


As we head inland today, there is no time that we are so poignantly reminded of the importance of home, of its impact on our lives, our families and our well being. It goes without saying that our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.  


Lauren Elaine Interiors living room


When it comes to expressing ourselves and creating a space that feels uniquely like us–and our families–there truly is no place like home


Lauren Elaine Interiors living room design


That’s something that designer Lauren Lowe and her husband Brandon, owners of this Classic Redux, know all about. 


Kitchen in blue and white Lauren Elaine Interiors


When they moved into their freshly built home after putting their touches on, they knew right away that something didn’t feel quite right. 



This 1930s Collier Hills home, however, was full of the charm and character that their new home was missing. 



Add an antique art and furniture collection that the couple negotiated with the sale of the house, 



Special, modern touches,



And a heaping helping of talent from Lowe and you have the recipe for a perfect home for a family of three. 



But this designer’s favorite part of the renovation?



Creating a sweetly chic space for her baby son–


nursery in blue and white


And a place where she and her husband–and the family’s dog!–could share their little boy’s first special moments. We don’t know about you, but we think this charming home is perfect from top to bottom! What’s your favorite space?

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Lauren Elaine Interiors

Emily Followill Photography


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The Peachtree Bluff Series

If you’re looking for something to read, make sure to grab a copy of The Southern Side of Paradise , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote. And take an EXTRA 15% Off at Barnes and Noble

Slightly South of Simple

If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store



Exclusive Peek Inside a Lake Martin, Alabama Home by Susan Ferrier


Good morning, chic readers! Do we ever have a treat for you today. We are so excited to give you a first look at a stunning Lake Martin, Alabama home, designed by Susan Ferrier, one of the leading interior design talents in the southeast and beyond, and David Baker of Tippet Sease Baker Architecture, featured in this month’s Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.




Elizabeth Ralls, editor in chief of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, describes how this duo “thoughtfully designed each room in the house based on its relationship with the surrounding lake” to create a getaway that was the perfect fit for the magazine’s May issue, whose theme was “the intersection of cozy, contemporary design with escapist appeal.”



While the interiors are stunning, the setting is equally as impressive. The home is surrounded by the lake on three sides, and, Ferrier said, “the effect is a total immersion of the nature and the lake throughout the interiors.”



The juxtaposition of luxe and low-key, dark and light, texture and a touch of whimsy, create a getaway that is, in the words of Ralls, “decidedly glam.” Ralls said that Ferrier’s “best-of-both-world’s mentality” created a space that was also clean and soothing.



Like the other homes in this issue, this Alabama getaway proves that, “destination design doesn’t have to be cliché,” said Ralls. 



This home is absolutely anything but. It is an inviting gathering space that is also very much of the moment, and, as Ralls said, “genuinely exudes that sense of warmth and hospitality that Southerners are widely known for.”

For Ferrier, “This was always a story about the best way for a family to be together on this beautiful point that reaches into the lake.” And that shows at every turn.



“It’s the perfect summer home,” Ferrier said. “The goal was for the water to be the last thing you see right before you shut your eyes at the end of a fun day on the water or for a well-deserved afternoon nap.”



What could possibly be better than that? 



The latest issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, which Susan Ferrier calls, “a leader in the design community,” hits stands (and mailboxes!) today. For more on this stunning Alabama home, visit Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Photos by: Erica George Dines




There are only 22 days left to catch up on Slightly South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm before the third in the Peachtree Bluff series, The Southern Side of Paradise, releases May 7! 

Things We Love: 2019 Kitchen Design Winners

kitchen winners
Designer Mark Williams- Photography by David Christensen



We wait for it with baited breath every year…


kitchen winners
Designer Mark Williams


The Kitchen of the Year winners from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles!


kitchen winners
Designer Mark Williams


We don’t know about you, but kitchens are some of our favorite spots in the home, and we love seeing what’s new and what’s next–but also what traditions are still firmly in tact. Because Southern design is always a little bit about tradition. Even in the kitchen.


kitchen winners
INTERIOR DESIGN Melanie Davis Design, ARCHITECT Historical Concepts-Photography by Lacey Sombar


AH&L always delivers the best of the best, and these kitchens are no exception. Want to see what’s new–and what’s sticking around for another season? These are some of our takeaways:


kitchen winners
INTERIOR DESIGN Melanie Davis Design, ARCHITECT Historical Concepts


  1. Lucite bar pulls. We’re obsessed with this sleek take on an old favorite. Still chic, but a little subtler.


kitchen winners
INTERIOR DESIGNER Mallory Mathison Inc., ARCHITECT Brandon Ingram


2. Woven bar stools. And thank goodness. My Serena & Lily ones have practically never been sat in!


INTERIOR DESIGNER Mallory Mathison Inc., ARCHITECT Brandon Ingram


3. Brass! We’ve always been fans of mixing and matching metals, and we’re loving seeing more brass in these stylish kitchen. We hope this trend sticks around.


kitchen winners
INTERIOR DESIGNER Mallory Mathison Inc., ARCHITECT Brandon Ingram


4. Dark painted cabinets. We think of ourselves as being drawn toward light and bright, but we’re loving dark painted cabinets. Gray and navy are our favorites.


kitchen winners
INTERIOR DESIGNER Mallory Mathison Inc., ARCHITECT Brandon Ingram


5. Mixing and matching. Who says the kitchen has to be all or nothing? Wood cabinets and painted islands are the best of both worlds.


kitchen winners
INTERIOR DESIGN Jessica Bradley Interiors, KITCHEN DESIGN Laurie Lehrich, Cardea HomeMarc Mauldin Photography


6. Subway tile and white marble. Our old standbys are sticking around!


kitchen winners
INTERIOR DESIGN Jessica Bradley Interiors, KITCHEN DESIGN Laurie Lehrich, Cardea HomeMarc Mauldin Photography


We think it’s safe to say that 2019 is going to be a great year for kitchens!


kitchen winners
INTERIOR DESIGN Jessica Bradley Interiors, KITCHEN DESIGN Laurie Lehrich, Cardea Home – Marc Mauldin Photography


Which one is your favorite?

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


Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2019 kitchen of the year winners


My new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, releases May 7, 2019! While you’re waiting, catch up on the series with this great sale at Barnes & Noble!

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Also, don’t forget… 

Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble.  


June 1, 2019 Peachtree Bluff will be “taking over” Beaufort, NC, the town on which it was based. Every single person who preorders between now now and will be registered to win:

*Two tickets to the Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover and Tour–on Beaufort’s signature double decker red buses!

*Two tickets to the farm-to-table dinner and launch party under the stars at the Beaufort Historic Site

*Two nights lodging in Beaufort, NC

Just send an email with proof of purchase to [email protected] to enter!

Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

Preorder from your local bookstore or Indiebound!

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House Tour: Alys Beach Retreat

Home of Interior Philosophy Co-Owner


Even though it may not officially be fall yet, Labor Day always feels like the end of summer–to us, anyway. 

We are always sad for the end of summer, with its carefree beach days and long, lazy boat hours. Of course, fall has plenty of its own charms–football season, boots, pumpkin spice lattes… (In case you haven’t heard, they’re back!!)

Even still, we’re already dreaming of Spring Break! 

For this year’s late April Spring Break, we think the weather–and the beauty–of Alys Beach will do quite nicely. 

To facilitate our Spring Break dreaming we wanted to take a look around this fabulous Alys Beach home. 

The think we love most about this 30A enclave–besides its pristine white sand beaches and clear blue water, of course–is its soothing, uniform palette. 

This beautiful home builds on the exquisite creams and browns and neutrals of the chic beach town’s exterior, making the entire thing feel cohesive. 

Unexpected accessories lend a touch of the exotic and a bit of the British Colonial to the home’s overall feel. 

Every room–even the bathroom–is set up to take advantage of the breathtaking view that lies beyond.

And despite this home’s upscale elegance, nothing feels too precious. 

It’s the kind of place where sandy feet can tread and memories can grow. 

It will still be weeks before we pack up our bathing suits for the winter and pull out the boots, months before the winter doldrums have time to cast their shadow and sink in. 

All the while, we’ll feel happy and light knowing that another April, another Spring Break, and the promise of the sunny skies and stunning landscape of Alys Beach are just around the corner! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, friends! We always love it when you do!


The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re looking for something to read this weekend, 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.

Upcoming Events on The Secret to Southern Charm Tour:

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 






10 Patios for Relaxing in Style this Summer

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


It’s funny how things change as you get older. 

Serena & Lily


(I know because I’m, um, older today.)

Tracy Hardenburg DesignPhotography by Par Bengtsson


While I still love to celebrate my birthday for, well, the entire month, like any normal person, with dinners and wine with friends and trips and presents and too much cake, after a fun, fun, fun summer of lots of events and tons of guests and just the right amount of sun and salt and sand (because there’s never enough, is there?) I think what I’d like most for my birthday is to sit on my front porch. 

Amanda Barnes Interiors via Dering Hall


It’s a pretty boring and simple request, but if there’s any time to reflect on your front porch, a birthday is the time to do it. 

Tim Barber Ltd


I insisted the cake on Friday and present opening on Saturday also take place outside because even though it’s hard for presents to get better, they actually are even better with a sunset in the background and a perfect summer breeze. 

One Kings Lane – Eric Piasecki Photgraphy


I love my porch very much, but it could certainly take some pointers from these gorgeous patios!

Vicki Archer Design and Carla Coulson Photography


Chic yet comfortable, 

Orrick and Company


And simple yet stylish, 

Tim Clarke Interior Design


These are the kinds of outdoor spaces that are made for summer memories. 

Cottages & Gardens


So whether you’re catching up with friends or a good book, sipping coffee or cocktails, any time is a good time to savor summer on one of these fabulous patios.

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Speaking of fabulous celebrations, there are so many fun dates coming up on the The Secret to Southern Charm tour! We are heading to Palmetto Bluff on Tuesday for a talk on Wednesday and, August 2, if you’re in Sea Island, come celebrate with us! This is a free event. 



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