10 Favorite Ways to Add Texture to a Room

seagrass bag adds texture
Ralph Lauren Home

 

Happy Monday, readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend. We figured if anything could get your week started off on the right foot, it was a couple of cute puppies… And maybe a few of our favorite seagrass accents to lend a coastal chic feel to any space. Take a peek at these fabulous looks that add texture and style.

seagrass rug.adds texture
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Seagrass rug in this Sea Island Home

seagrass staircase.adds texture
J.K. Kling

 

The perfect seagrass staircase

 

seagrass basket pendant in kitchen adds texture
Studio McGee

 

Woven Pendants Make a Statement over the Island

 

seagrass stool in kitchen adds texture
Milk and Honey Home

 

Seagrass Stools add Texture to the Kitchen

 

seagrass basket in kitchen adds texture
Terra Cotta Design

 

Stay Organized with a Seagrass Basket

 

seagrass woven baskets adds texture
Gary McBournie
 

Seagrass woven baskets at the end of a bed

seagrass bed
BHG

 

Riverside House Seagrass Bed

 

seagrass rug
Miles Redd via Architectural Digest

 

Just-Right Rug 

 

bathroom seagrass chair
Lee Ann Thornton

 

Seagrass Chair and Basket add Function to the Bathroom

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here! 

 

 


 

If you’re looking for something to read, 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.

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Library, Who Am I?, September 13, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm with:

Diane Chamberlain, author of The Dream Daughter
Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of The Secret to Southern Charm
Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings
Lloyd Kramer, Director of Carolina Public Humanities, will moderate
September 21: Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, NC, Q&A and Signing. Presented by Friends of the Library. For more information call the Library at 828-743-0215, 3:00pm, free and open to the public

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, 6 pm, open to Chattooga Club members and guests

September 26: New Bern, NC Private Book Club Event, 6 pm

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

November 6: Private Book Club Event, Beaufort, NC, 6 pm

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Top Ten Favorite Seagrass Accents

seagrass bag
Ralph Lauren Home

 

Happy Monday, readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend. We figured if anything could get your week started off on the right foot, it was a couple of cute puppies… And maybe a few of our favorite seagrass accents to lend a coastal chic feel to any space. Take a peek at these fabulous looks that add texture and style.

seagrass rug
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Seagrass rug in this Sea Island Home

seagrass staircase
J.K. Kling

 

The perfect seagrass staircase

 

seagrass basket pendant in kitchen
Studio McGee

 

Woven Pendants Make a Statement over the Island

 

seagrass stool in kitchen
Milk and Honey Home

 

Seagrass Stools add Texture to the Kitchen

 

seagrass basket in kitchen
Terra Cotta Design

 

Stay Organized with a Seagrass Basket

 

seagrass woven baskets
Gary McBournie
 

Seagrass woven baskets at the end of a bed

 

seagrass bed
BHG

 

Riverside House Seagrass Bed

 

seagrass rug
Miles Redd via Architectural Digest

 

Just-Right Rug 

 

bathroom seagrass chair
Lee Ann Thornton

 

Seagrass Chair and Basket add Function to the Bathroom

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here! 

 

I am so excited to announce that THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM is one of Southern Living Magazine‘s Best Spring Break Reads of the Year! Also, I’m celebrating one month until the official release date with a super fun giveaway!

SINCE THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM COMES OUT IN A MONTH , I’M HAVING A GIVEAWAY TO CELEBRATE! FROM NOW UNTIL MARCH 10, PREORDER THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM AND GET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

*an e-copy of SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE
*an advance copy of DEAR CAROLINA
*an advance copy of LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE for free (while supplies last!)

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS:

1.Email me your receipt to [email protected] with which book you’d like
2. If you’d like THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, let me know if you prefer Kindle, Nook, Kobo or iBooks and what email address you’d like it sent to.
(*DC and LIES are advance copies with plain orange covers… just found a box of them!)
Now you’ll be all caught up on my old books before the latest comes out! Thanks for being such awesome readers and friends! Can’t wait to celebrate this new launch with all of you!
THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM is available for preorder from your local bookstore, or preorder online from Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite bookstore. Thanks for being the most awesome readers ever!
And don’t forget, the first launch party for my newest book baby is March 15 to benefit Pat Conroy center! Supplies are limited, so get your tickets now!

 

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In Good Taste: Janie Molster Designs

Janie Molster entrance

Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to have the fabulous Janie Molster,  with us today, answering our burning questions–and lending a few tips! Thanks for stopping by, Janie, and for sharing your gorgeous work with us.

Janie Molster library

How did you get started as a designer?
My friend had business cards printed for me.  I think everyone close to me could see this path for me, except me.  Once I dove in, it became crystal clear.  I had always been somewhat obsessed about my environment–staying up all night in rental apartments painting the walls until they were exactly right, etc. When my husband and I bought our first house and I was able to flex my design muscle a bit more, I got some calls and requests for advice and help and and here we are.

Janie Molster dining room

Where do you get your inspiration?
I have been asked that question before and honestly, my answer changes constantly.  Last night I received a couple of new shelter magazines and sending a quick shout-out to my design industry peers–YOU inspire me!  I love to see what other people are creating and I love to watch trends.  I may not hop on every one but creativity breeds more creativity.  Following others in my field and having an inspiration group to bounce ideas off of is so valuable to me.

Janie Molster kitchen

Do you have a favorite project to date? Or a favorite type of project that tends to be your favorite?
It’s often the last project.  I begin missing my clients and our frequent talks and trouble-shooting sessions.  We call it “uncoupling”…very hard.  Right now I am in the midst of something wonderful: a large lodge in the Allegheny mountains.  The lodge sits adjacent to another project we have done for the same clients (our 5th project for them).  Needless to say, we have a great understanding of each other and things are coming together seamlessly.  The lodge will be a second home on the property with a few bedrooms as well as entertaining spaces geared for large events–almost like a mini-conference center with a residential perspective. There are some amazing craftsmen on the project. Stay tuned.

Janie Molster kitchen

What is your favorite tip for making small spaces feel larger?
Use fewer, bigger pieces and edit, edit edit.  People tend to think in a small space, use small furniture and clutter things up with teensy tables and chairs.   Also important is to use large room-size rugs that hug the perimeter of the space.

Janie Molster bedroom

What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?
Skilled labor.  The trades that I rely on daily are harder and harder to find.  Fyi…we are always hiring: Conservationists who can repair antique furnishings and art, seamstresses who can produce couture-quality window dressings, custom upholsterers, decorative painters, etc.  

Janie Molster bedroom

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?
No question, mothering 5 children.  If I can share any wisdom to other designers, especially those in the throes of parenting, always choose family first.  I am blessed that my career has successfully weathered the storm of a few years of intermittent attention.  There were times when I was barely keeping my foot in the door of the design world–so I guess that’s the answer.  Biggest accomplishment: Keeping my foot in the door.

Janie Molster bedroom

Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?
I am in love with all of the upholstery designs by John Saladino.  His pieces were innovative on day 1 and they never feel dated.  I also love what Susan Ferrier is doing with McAlpine.  While her work had a moody edginess about it, she fully embraces femininity.  She doesn’t shy away from pretty–she sets it on fire.

Janie Molster porch

Ebooks or hardbacks?
Hardbacks for sure.  Give me a rainy day and stack of my dog-eared design books–Nirvana.
M&Ms or Skittles?
green peanut M&M’s…they bring good luck 🙂
Coffee or tea?
coffee.  Can’t tie my shoes in the am without it.

Favorite color?
pink, every shade
Accessory you couldn’t live without?
personal?
It’s the leather lariat I have worn every day for years.  It’s light and simple–I can run, swim and sleep in it.  It fits snug around my neck and has a simple gold ball at the end.  My dear friend, Atlanta jewelry designer Jeanmarie Quarterman made it for me.
decorative?
My collection of vessels and sculptures by New Orleans artist Julie Silvers that move around my house all the time–looking perfect in every room.  
Go-to paint color?
Love trim and doors in Galveston Gray by Benjamin Moore.

Janie Molster porch

Thank you so much for stopping by today, Janie! We loved having you here–and couldn’t love your beautiful designs any more! 


 

I am so, so, so excited to share that Slightly South of Simple has been chosen as a Kindle monthly deal so, from today until April 1, you can read the first book in the Peachtree Bluff series for only $1.99–just in time for the The Secret to Southern Charm release on April 3. 

 

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Things We Love: Woven Texture in Every Room

Beach house living room
Andrew J. Howard Interior Design

Good morning, chic reader friends. After a rainy, rainy day yesterday, we are ready for a little sunshine and to get out and about. Nothing says “bright and happy” quite like this fabulous room by our friend Andrew Howard. This is also a room that proves the power of texture.

Blue and white sitting room with woven blinds
Suellen Gregory Design

Just a hint of it totally changes a room. Aren’t these woven blinds wonderful? They add the right touch of a little something extra.

woven texture coffee table in living room
Serena & Lily

You know we love our neutrals. What keeps them from looking boring? Great textures, of course! Just a hint of it takes this coffee table from simple to stylish.

Living room with vaulted ceiling and black pendants
Serena & Lily

Our hands-down favorite way to add texture to any space is with a natural fiber rug. From a formal living room to a casual playroom, natural fibers work well in any room.

kitchen with basket pendants
Studio McGee

Mixing up the materials is a great way to add dimension and style to a kitchen. We’re big fans of these great pendant lights.

Woven barstools at kitchen island
Lynn Morgan Design

Speaking of texture in the kitchen, these barstools are oh so chic.

dining room with bench seating
Jute Interior Design

Three-dimensional art always makes a statement. Baskets are a great way to make it unique. 

hanging rattan swing chair from Serena & Lily
Serena & Lily

I have a hanging swing chair just like this in my bedroom–and it is one of my very favorite things–and adds an air of fun to the entire room.

belly basket woven add texture
Serena and Lily 

We are loving belly baskets right now, especially when there is a pop of color added to them. 

outdoor shower at beach house with basket and rock floor
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Life is better with an outdoor shower, no doubt about it. A pebble floor and a basket full of shower essentials make it all the better! What’s your favorite way to add texture to your space? 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)

HouseTour:PacificPalisades

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Clean, bright and perfectly appointed, we think this Pacific Palisades palace from Studio McGee is practically paradise. 

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Neutrals, Naturally

 

marble
Brittany Ambridge Photography

They seem to softly whisper elegance everywhere they go,

basket
Domino.com

Making a statement in the most subtle of ways.

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