A Charming Cottage in Connecticut

cottage entrance

Few trips are as quintessentially summer as the family beach trip.

cottage living room

And, while life (unfortunately) doesn’t always allow for a summer away from the real world, fortunately, we can be there today wherever we are!

cottage living room

This Niantic, CT house is absolutely everything a summer house should be.

cottage dining room

Relaxed, casual, completely unfussy yet totally refined.

cottage kitchen

It’s the kind of place that looks like generations of family members have spent their summers and generations more will continue to. 

cottage staircase

Nautical touches like this blue and white striped runner and rope railing make it feel classically coastal,

cottage bedroom

While painted shiplap adds an old world feel. 

cottage bedroom

Cute accents like a rope ball and ship’s lanterns add coastal touches without being kitschy. 

cottage bathroom

And a clawfoot tub is the perfect spot for washing the sand down the drain at the end of the day. 

cottage bedroom

Bamboo blinds are all these rooms need–and collect far less dust during the off seasons than curtains. 

cottage bathroom

And a bath updated in all the right places and preserved and others maintains the upscale coastal charm feel. Wherever you are today, we hope you enjoyed this trip to beautiful Niantic as much as we did. 

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

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 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

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 3: 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 

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Tour a Charming Nantucket Cottage and More

Nantucket cottage

 

Tour a Charming Nantucket Cottage

coastal living

 

coastal bathroom

 

Designing a Bathroom with Coastal Style

serena & lily

 

Whether you’re relaxing with loved ones or shopping your favorite sales, we hope your weekend is wonderful! 

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.

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WEEKEND SALES

 

4th of July Sale Up to 30% Off – horchow

Up to 70% Off  – shopbop

Extra 25% off Sale Items  anthropologie

Up to 50% off   j crew

25% Off Sitewide one kings lane

Up to 70% Off  – neiman marcus

Up to 60% Off  serena and lily

New Items Added to  Salenordstrom

Spring Sale Up to 40% off saks fifth avenue

The Design Sale Up to 70% Off moda operandi

Favorites for the Homedesign chic

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 The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

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 3: 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 

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Fresh Summer Showers

summer showers
Architectural Digest

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a great day. With Fourth of July right around the corner, it’s time for sandy feel, pool time and plenty of guests. All we know is that our showers are getting ready to work over time!

summer showers
New England Home Magazine

 

We do some of our best thinking in the shower. We don’t know if it’s the warm water or the quiet or the lack of multi-tasking but we always get the best ideas in there. But that’s just the beginning. 

bathroom
BHG

 

The shower is one of those places where function is really important. But when it can be this beautiful too, then the shower can quickly become a favorite spot in the house!  Isn’t this shower door amazing?

summer showers
Architectural Digest

 

A rain shower head is so calming and perfect for refreshing skin after a long day of fun in the sun. It can turn a simple shower into a spa-like experience! And who couldn’t use more of that?

summer showers

New England Home

Handheld shower heads are our new go-to, simply because they make cleaning the shower and bathtub an absolute breeze. With showers getting bigger and tilework more intricate, an easier clean is a must! Nothing makes it easier to reach those far-off shower corners where grime can accumulate.

summer showers
New England Home Magazine

 

This rustic bathroom ceiling juxtaposes beautifully with the marble tile to create a one-of-a-kind experience that is utterly chic. 

summer showers
Patrick Ahearn Design

 

From simple tile to luxurious marble, there’s the right shower for any decor and feel. And a garden seat is one of our favorite spots for stacking towels. 

summer showers
Terra Cotta Design

 

We love the chair in here and the extra storage under the sinks and basket for putting spare towels is a bonus! There never seem to be enough towels!

summer showers
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Marble tile in a herringbone pattern makes the shower fun and a little bit different, while a soaking tub is perfect for unwinding after a long day. 

summer showers
Design Chic

 

We used a simple subway tile in Little Will’s shower with a soft gray grout and love it! The color makes it easier to clean and in an old house it’s simple yet functional. The stool is his new favorite thing. Not only is it useful, but the teak is also beautiful and water resistant, which is a must in a bathroom.

shower
BHG

 

But there’s no reason to stick to just one material. Mixing and matching for a totally custom look is so much fun. 

shower
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

With so many beautiful choices, it’s hard to pick a favorite. All we need now is one of those waterproof shower pads for writing down all our great ideas!

Thank you so much for stopping by Design Chic.  We always love it when you do.  Happy Monday!

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The Secret to Southern Charm

 

Southern Living, USA Today’s Happy Ever After, Deep South Magazine, Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer all agree that THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM is one of the best books of summer. Have you picked up your copy for 4th of July reading?

 

 The Secret to Southern Charm Events

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

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 3: 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

 

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House Tour: California Cool Gambrel

California Mansard entrance

Summer’s here and we’re celebrating the place where the sun always shines. (Well, you know, it shines a lot.) This gambrel house designed by Cecy J Interiors oozes California cool and is a place we’d love to hang out no matter the weather. Take a quick peek. We think you’ll agree!

California mansard entrance

 

 

California Mansard kitchen

 

California mansard kitchen

 

California mansard kitchen

 

California mansard bathroom

 

California mansard bathroom

 

California mansard bathroom

 

Is this a dream house or what? Right down to the adorable dog in the backyard! Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here! 



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 you tote.

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

 

 

The Fabulous Freestanding Tub

freestanding tub
Metcalfe Design

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend! We know it isn’t the official start of summer, but once school is out, it always feels like it to us. 

freestanding tub
Alyssa Rosenheck

 

And summer is the perfect time for catching up with friends, taking that much-needed vacation and finding the time for the rest and relaxation you missed out on throughout the year. 

freestanding tub
Verandah House

 

One of our favorite ways to relax in our homes is in the comfort of a fabulous freestanding tub. 

freestanding tub
Cloth and Kind

 

Just add bubbles and good book for a relaxing night at home. Of course, installation is always something to consider. For our Aussie friends, Fix-It Right is a full service plumber serving all of Australia, including Melbourne and Sydney.

bathroom
Architectural Digest

 

Of course, finding the right tub is only one part of the equation. 

freestanding tub
Sage Design

 

The hardware can completely change the look of a freestanding tub–and change its functionality. A faucet with a shower attachment is very useful for cleaning large tubs easily. 

freestanding tub
New England Home Magazine

 

Our favorite thing about freestanding tubs is that they can be positioned in front of windows to take full advantage of a gorgeous view. 

freestanding tub
Jackson and Leroy

 

And they come in so many different styles and colors to complement pretty much any bathroom scheme. 

freestanding tub
Tucker & Marks

 

We love a tub in the center of the room, especially a round or oddly shaped one that couldn’t have a bathtub otherwise. 

freestanding tub
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

For a beautiful way to add character to a bathroom, we love a clawfoot tub like this one. It adds instant history! Are you a fan of freestanding tubs? 

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Tips for Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom Retreat

spa-like bathroom
Architectural Digest – Scott Frances Photography

 

Good morning, chic readers! As the world spins faster and we get busier, it becomes increasingly important for our homes to be the soothing retreats we need to unwind. There’s no place where that is more important than in the first place you see in the morning and the last place you visit at night: the master bathroom. Take a peek at some of our favorite tips for creating a spa-like master bathroom retreat. 

spa-like bathroom
Architectural Digest -Photo: Pieter Estersohn

 

  1. Maximize Light. If you have the luxury of a bathroom free from neighbors, natural light is one of the fastest ways to make a bathroom feel open, airy and spa-like. 
spa-like bathroom
Architectural Digest – Pieter Estersohn

 

2. Invest in Quality. There are some rooms in the home where you can get by with scrimping, but, in the bathroom, where everything from floors to faucets to drains get a ton of use, it makes sense to invest in the best quality you can afford. (Even still, you never know when a problem like a blocked drain can arise, so it’s a good idea to have your favorite plumber’s number on hand!)

spa-like bathroom
S.B. Long Interiors

 

3. Glam it Up. From beautiful brass or stainless accents to pretty light fixtures, a little glamour can go a long way!

spa-like bathroom
Beth Webb Interior Design

 

4. Don’t Forget Storage. There’s nothing worse than creating a stunning bathroom only to have it filled with clutter. Plenty of storage ensures that hair irons and toiletries stay out of sight but readily available.

spa-like bathroom
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

5. Make it Feel Like Home. Depending on what kind of feel you want your bathroom retreat to have, incorporating vanities that feel like furniture and comfort items like chairs from other rooms can really make your bathroom comfortable and in keeping with the tone of the rest of your home. 

spa-like bathroom
Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

6. Make a List of Must-Haves. In any room, it’s important to focus on your priorities. For us, it’s always the bathtub and the light fixtures, but whatever your priorities are, make sure to put them in the budget first so you know where to splurge and where to save. 

spa-like bathroom
Tammy Connor Interior Design

 

7. Don’t Forget the Architectural Details. As with any room, it’s the details that really make a room memorable. In a spot with so much moisture, art can be tricky, so focusing on fabulous molding and woodworking details adds interest.

spa-like bathroom
Beth Webb Interior Design

 

8. Make it Comfortable. Maybe it sounds obvious, but any room that you want to feel like a sanctuary should be comfortable! We love this sweet and cozy vanity stool!

spa-like bathroom
Architectural Digest -Photography William Abranowicz

 

9. Play it up with Pattern. Let’s face it. Bathrooms can be boring. In a room where you want to stick with a simple palette, a little bit of pattern can go a long way toward defining a space. 

spa-like bathroom
Beth Webb Interior Design

 

10. Keep Your Favorite Essentials on Hand. Our favorite tip is the simplest: Make sure keep your favorite spa-like essentials on hand. Pretty sponges, favorite bath salts and that shampoo that makes your hair feel like you’ve just had a keratin treatment are inexpensive luxuries that add so much to your bathroom without a bit of demo!

What are your favorite ways to make your bathroom feel like a retreat?



The Secret to Southern Charm

Speaking of Southern Charm, if you haven’t checked out my Peachtree Bluff Series, beginning with Slightly South of Simple and continuing with my latest release, The Secret to Southern Charm, what are you waiting for? Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to get up to day on the Murphy girls and Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a town where the breeze is warm, the sun is shining, and nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems!

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