Happy second day of 2020, friends! We hope your brand new decade is off to a terrific start and that your resolutions are going great–if you made any, that is. (Of course, we think you’re perfect the way you are!)
Here in Beaufort, we celebrate New Year‘s twice, once at 7 pm and once at midnight. At 7, disgraced pirate Captain Shack walks the plank covered in the ill humors and bad intentions of all the people of Beaufort.
He jumps and washes out to sea, as does the negativity of the year before, making way for a fresh beginning. (To be clear, it’s a fake pirate…) It’s such a fun symbol of letting go of the past to make way for the future. Plus, there are bonfires and s’mores, so that’s a bonus.
When it comes to fresh starts in the New Year, I bet quite a few of us begin in the kitchen, clearing away the clutter (and the candy!) of the old year.
If you’re looking for some kitchen inspiration to start your 2020 off right, look no further! This year’s Atlanta Homes & Lifestyleskitchen design winners know more than a few things about what’s new, what’s next and what’s fresh in all things kitchen.
We are love, love, loving seeing lacquer in these beauties.
And chic organic elements are always welcome. They give this kitchen a distinct feel.
Bar stools just keep getting cooler (and more distinctive),
And, of course, space for family and friends and plenty of warmth defines these gorgeous rooms, which are the heart of the home to say the least. We’re taking notes, making lists, and getting lots of ideas for a 2020 refresh in our own kitchens. What about you?
Life–and houses–are all about the details. And no one embraces that philosophy better than Lisa Tharp Interior Design. From the largest room to the tiniest nook, nothing is overlooked. During this season that is all about the little things, take a peek at some of our favorite work from this talented designer–and get a jumpstart on your home inspiration.
We hope you loved the good taste of Lisa Tharp Architecture + Design as much as we did.
Thanks so much for spending a part of your day with us here at Design Chic. We love it when you stop by!
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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 online retailer.
More Tour Dates
May 28: Florence Public Library, Florence, AL 11:30am (CT)
May 31: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC
June 1: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC
June 3: Lexington County Public Library, Columbia, SC, 6:30pm
June 4: Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC, 6:30pm
June 5: The Atlanta History Center at Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA,
June 6: The Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC, 5pm
July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE,
July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE, 7pm – 9pm
July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD, 11am – 1pm
August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC, 3pm
August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC, 6pm
August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC, 2:00pm
August 8: Figure Eight Island Yacht Club Author Series, Figure Eight, NC,
August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY, 5pm – 7:30pm
Good morning, chic readers! We hope you’re having a great day! If there’s one thing we know for sure (We’re getting all Oprah on you today!) it’s this: People gather in the kitchen.
Open floor plan or closed and no matter where you put the food, a crowd is always going to gather in this favorite homey spot. So we may as well make it beautiful! Check out a few of our favorite tips for styling the kitchen.
Add height. Height is just as important in the kitchen as it is on the coffee table or the buffet. Fresh, gorgeous branches are not only long lasting but they also add that organic, outdoor element in the kitchen without the falling petals.
2. Keep it streamlined. We love glass cabinets so much. But it’s important to remember that less is more when styling behind them. This is a great place to incorporate a pop of color if you’re going to.
3. Give the kitchen some jewelry. We’re big fans of brass accents. They’re like accessories for the kitchen! Knobs and pulls are pretty, but pot fillers and gorgeous faucets take it to the next level.
4. A keeping room? Yes, please! Everyone is going to gather in the kitchen. Why not make it comfy?
5. We’re big fans of bar stools, but life is all about mixing it up. Comfy and chic, these benches are the perfect cozy seat.
6. A touch of green is always welcome in the kitchen. Adding a bowl of apples or a fresh green plant is a lovely addition to a white kitchen.
7. Incorporate a touch of color. You know we’re all about a white kitchen. But sometimes a pop of color is nice too. Simple touches, like these pops of blue, add depth and dimension to this stunning space and help bring out the blue of the sea beyond.
There’s nothing we love more than a big spread of food and drinks for a big crowd. But kitchen styling can make our kitchen feel like an event every day. What’s your favorite way to style the kitchen?
Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here!
-A 2018 Spring Okra Pick -USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction -Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018 -Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List -Raleigh News & Observer’s “The Best Reads of Summer” -Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books” -New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick
Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.
After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.
Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.
But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.
Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).
Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had the best weekend and are rested and refreshed for a great week ahead. (Or are using the week to rest for another fun weekend… Either way!)
We are so excited about Valentine’s Day this week. We love pink and champagne and chocolate, so it’s really kind of an ideal holiday, Hallmark-created or not. Plus, we love having a reason to celebrate!
Speaking of celebrating, with February halfway over, we are already thinking about a Spring full of celebrations.
Baby showers, engagement parties, book club events… There’s so much to look forward to–and Best Prices for Furniture is going to help us get ready for all of it!
Shoppers have compared Best Prices for Furniture to the “Easy button” for furniture.
It’s easy to see why. Best Price for Furniture combines hundreds of brands in one place and is set up so that many well-established dealers compete for your business by offering the lowest price, saving you hundreds or even thousands on those pieces you’ve been coveting!
The only hard part is choosing which pieces to get first!
If you suspect your Valentine might be a little behind on his or her shopping, now is a great time to get a quote and drop a little hint–in the form of a Best Prices for Furniture quote right in their inbox! When it comes to the gifts we receive, we like to leave little room for error.
Bar stools, a bench for the end of the bed and a desk for a soon-to-be office are just a few of the things we’re working on right now. What’s on your renovation wishlist?
Thanks for stopping by today, chic readers. We hope your Monday is marvelous!
Thanks a million to everyone who entered to win the 2 tickets to my The Secret to Southern Charm launch party in beautiful Beaufort, SC at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. We were blown away by the 740 entries we received! The winner was Allison Dunne. We can’t wait to celebrate with–and meet–you, Allison! If you want to join us in Beaufort, SC you can buy your tickets here. Your $75 includes a signed copy of The Secret to Southern Charm, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, my talk about The Secret to Southern Charm and historic preservation, the party at the incredible historic Elizabeth Barnwell Gough house in downtown Beaufort, a donation to the Pat Conroy Literary Center and a whole lot of memories!
Take a peek at this video of me trying to describe The Secret to Southern Charm in 5 seconds or less!
Blonde wood, natural fibers, lots of light, and fabulous lighting to boot…
These spaces utilize neutrals–complemented with plenty of texture–to create an oasis-like feeling.
These designs are, to us, simplicity at its finest, spaces that complement the outdoors and focus on the natural beauty all around.
Pops of color enliven the entire space and natural elements prove that accessorizing can be easy!
Even the Cynthia Hayes Interiors laundry rooms are in good taste. Baskets are our absolute favorite way to keep organized. Do you use them?
We love wood on the floors…
But wood on the walls is a fun alternative and achieves the same feel, especially in bathrooms where tile floors are super easy to keep clean and germ free–a real concern during flu season!
Pretty patterns in light colors add so much interest to walls. We love the touches of blue.
Slanted ceilings can be so charming, as this twin bedroom proves. We love the molding and extra touches here. Looks like the perfect place for a sleepover to us!
No matter how gorgeous the inside, you know the outdoor spaces are always our favorites. You can’t get more classic than teak chairs with white cushions. This looks like the perfect spot for whiling away a summer day. It will be here before we know it!
Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here–and hope you are recovering from the post-Super Bowl exhaustion!
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Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (Simon & Schuster, April 03, 2018) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 60 seconds. No major commitments here!)
If you’re like us, your bar stools get a lot of use. From a quick on-the-way-to-school breakfast to cocktails after work, the heart of the home is one of our favorite gathering spots–and there’s a lot of sitting, leaning and general wear and tear that happens around our bar stools, so they need to be chic yet durable. Check out a few of our favorite looks to make the space around the kitchen island even more beloved.
Which bar stools are your favorite? Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We hope it’s terrific!
Resolving to read more this year? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, and preorder book 2, The Secret to Southern Charm, releasing April 3! I have the best readers in the whole wide world! Thank you so much for your support.
Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!
THE 2018 SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR:
Feb. 1: “Literacy is Key: A Book & Author Event,” 3700 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN; Sponsored by Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association; tickets are $55, purchase tickets online at memphis.kappa.org; 10:00 am-2:00 pm, open to the public
March 15: Official Launch and Fundraiser for Pat Conroy Center at the home of Alison and Mark Guilloud, Beaufort, SC, cocktail buffet, portion of proceeds to benefit the Center, 6:00 pm
March 21: Westminster Towers, 1330 India Hook Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732, tea with accompaniments, tickets are $20, reservations at 803-328-5000, must pay by check or cash before event; 4:00 pm, public
March 22: 2018 Friends of Joyner Library Spring Banquet, East Carolina University fundraiser, Greenville Hilton, 207 Greenville Blvd SW, Greenville, NC 27834 tickets are $75 and include signed copy of The Secret to Southern Charm; (Checks payable to Friends of Joyner Library and mail to Joyner Library, Office of Library Development, 2400 Joyner Library, Mail Stop 516, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858 or online at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/giving/friends.cfm), doors open at 5:30 pm, event from 6:00-8:30 pm
March 31: Sips, Sweets and Southern Charm, Beaufort Linen Co., 331 Front St., Beaufort, NC, 1:00-4:00, free and open to the public
April 2: Rowan Regional Public Library Friends of the Library Meeting, Salisbury, NC
April 3: Launch party at South Main Book Co., Salisbury, NC, 5:00-7:00 pm, free and open to the public
April 4: Holcomb Reading Club in Spartanburg at Spartanburg CC, Spartanburg, SC, 11:30 am, private event
April 4: Afternoon tea, Poinsett Club, 807 East Washington Street, Greenville, SC, ticketed event, open to members, For tickets Stacia Smith, (864) 242-3062, [email protected], 3:00 pm, private
April 5: Kiawah Reads talk and signing, Sandcastle Community Center, 23 Beachwalker Drive, Kiawah Island, SC 29407, beverages and light snacks, Contact Mandi Danker [email protected] for tickets, 11:00 am, open to the public
April 5: Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, 509 S Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506, Contact Mary Wiser, Friends of Florence County Library, 843-413-7065, [email protected], 6:00 pm, open to the public
April 6: Moveable Feast through Litchfield Books; Litchfield Beach, SC, contact is Vicky Crafton, 843-237-8138, litchfield[email protected], 11:00 am with signing at bookstore at 2:00 pm, open to the public
April 6: “The Secret to Southern Charm at Woodhouse Day Spa,” Woodhouse Day Spa, 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, wine and nibbles, Contact is Kimberly Powell, 843-203-1772, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, open to the public
April 7: Wine, Women & Wisdom, Southern Style, launch of this luncheon series at Buxton Books, 2A Cumberland Street, Corner of Concord and Cumberland, Charleston, SC 29401, Contact Polly Buxton, [email protected], 843-696-5050, noon-2:00 pm, open to the public
April 8: Southern Sweet Tea Author Talk & Book Signing at Summerville Library presentation Dorchester County Library, 76 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, SC 29485, tea, water, lemonade, and pastries served; Contact is Leslie Koller, [email protected], 842-871-5075 ext. 220, 2:00 pm, free and open to the public
April 9: “Books and Bites” at Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL with sandwiches and tea, organized through The Book Loft, 214 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, “meet and greet” with signing, contact events person is Christy LeLait, [email protected], store: 904-261-8991, 11:30 am, open to the public
April 9: The Bookshelf, 126 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792, Book Clubs and Beach Reads: A conversation with Kristy Woodson Harvey, wine and cheese provided, ContactAshley Sherlock [email protected], [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to public
April 10: “Books and Bites,” Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Gulf County, 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, contact is Nancy Brockman, [email protected], 850-229-8879, 12:00-2:00 pm, free and open to the public
April 10: Sundog Books, 89 Central Square, Seaside, FL 32459, Contact Dwan Dawson-Tape, 850-231-5481, [email protected], 4:00-5:00 pm, free and open to the public
April 11: Dothan Country Club,”Lunch and Learn,” 200 South Cherokee Avenue. Dothan, Alabama, $20 ticket includes buffet and author presentation. Call 334-791-2706 or email [email protected] to rsvp. Ticket paid for at the door , 11:30 am CST, open to the public
April 11: Bay Point Book Clubs’ Cocktails with Kristy, 5:00 pm, private
April 12: St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon, 218 Bunkers Cove Rd, Panama City, FL 32401, 11:30 am, private
April 13: Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library Book and Author Luncheon, Pfeiffer University, Highway 52 North, Misenheimer, N.C. 28109, hosted by Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library, tickets are $30.00 for Friends members and $40 for nonmembers; Tickets will be available on the University’s website in mid-January. They will also be available by calling the Advancement Office at 704-463-3034, event from 11:00 am-1:15 pm, open to the public
April 14: Catawba College Dinner, Salisbury, NC, private
April 15: Signing at High Point Furniture Market, High Point, NC, Details TBA
April 16: The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC28387, 5:00 pm, free and open to the public
April 17: SC Entertainment Television talk in Kinston, NC, private
April 17: Sips and Sweets, Community Council for the Arts, 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC, 100% of book purchase price will be donated to CCA, to reserve a copy or purchase a copy to pick up at a later date, call (252) 527-2517, free and open to the public
April 19: Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library,269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, MD 21403, event contact is Amanda Spino, 410-222-1770, [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to the public
April 22: Reading at ROOT, Manasquan, NJ, please register through BookTowne, Contact is Maribeth Pelly, [email protected], 732-722-7255, 3:00 pm, free and open to the public
April 23: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, free but registration required at 341-282-9232; 7:00 pm, open to the public
April 24: Meet Author Kristy Harvey at Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH 44129, organized by Cuyahoga County Public Library, Contact is Billy Kelly, [email protected], 216.749.9359, 7:00 pm, free and open to the public
April 26: “Books and Bites,” Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin, North Carolina 28734, Light refreshments will be provided, 12 pm, free and open to the public
April 30: The Secret to Southern Charm: Kristy’s tips for living a beautiful life, inspired by Southern interior design and entertaining; Huff Harrington Home Store, 3872 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, refreshments provided; Contacts are Meg Harrington and Ann Huff: [email protected], 404-467-0311 , 1:00-3:00 pm, free and open to the public
May 1: Reynolds Plantation Linger Longer Cultural Series, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr., Greensboro, GA 30624, contact Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected], 5:00 pm
May 2: Charleston, SC UNC Alumni Event
May 5: Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Party, Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event; The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits three Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contest and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live.; Contact Jamie Anderson at Downtown Books, 252-473-1056, [email protected]; 4:00 pm, open to the public
June 17: Raleigh, NC Read & Go program, Salisbury, NC Tour, Contact
June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public
July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private
DON’T FORGET, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM IS AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER BY CALLING YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE, ANY OF THE FABULOUS BOOKSTORES ABOVE OR AT INDIEBOUND, AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE OR WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD!
After three weeks at home finishing the edits for my next book, The Secret to Southern Charm, I’m back on the road today for two NC events today and two tomorrow. While I’m on the road I’ll be thinking about some of the sprucing I need to do before the fall–some fun, like replacing my bar stools and finding spots for several new pieces of art. And some not so fun, like replacing the roof.
Multi-purpose pieces like this beautiful bar cart,
And art that makes a major statement are only a few hallmarks of this talented designer’s interiors.
We are huge fans of designers who aren’t afraid to mix it up with lots of color, and we’re swooning over this yellow and white Ikat. We’re loving all that is yellow right now–and who doesn’t want to be reminded of summer all year round?
This blue and white polka dot is slightly more subdued but no less eye catching. Skirts like these are a fun, inexpensive way to transform an old piece of furniture that needs some love into a focal point once again.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Library lamps are one of our new obsessions–especially as the seasons begin to change. The cooler air means more time indoors snuggled up with a good book. The perfect light and a perfect throw make that even more desirable. And now I’m adding a pair of those to my list for fall…
Speaking of spending more time indoors… It’s the perfect time to invite a few friends over for a fun fall cocktail. There’s nothing like a good drink and great company to take the edge off of a cold night.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the good taste of Allison Elebash interiors as much as we have. Wishing you a wonderful day!