The Ultimate Escape in North Palm Beach

Susan Lovell Interior Design, Photography by Eric Piasecki

 

Good morning, chic friends! I just got back from an awesome weekend in Chicago with the members of my Tall Poppy Writers group, and we had the best time! I haven’t been to Chicago since I was little (even though I’ve been to its beautiful suburbs on book tour), and it is such an amazing city!

abstract art Suzanne Lovell

It was, however, a bit of a shock to my system to leave 87 degree Beaufort and land in freezing Chicago.

Suzanne Lovell entrance

My wake-up call this morning, (By an actual live human being, not a recorder… I know!) said, “Good morning, Mrs. Harvey. The current temperature is thirty-eight degrees.”

Suzanne Lovell living room

Here’s a tip: If you ever have to get me out of bed at 5:30 am, do not lead with the fact that it’s 38 degrees.

Suzanne Lovell living room

Needless to say, I was glad to get back to my eighties. I love the change of seasons. I really do.

Suzanne Lovell bar

But, well, the cold weather over the weekend has me thinking about one special place: Florida.

Suzanne Lovell living room

(Don’t tell my husband. It will make him nervous. I will honestly move at the drop of a hat. Probably because I always want to redecorate.)

Suzanne Lovell living room

Anyway, I am a North Carolina girl through and through, but Florida certainly has its charms.

Suzanne Lovell bar

And if I were going to pick a favorite town in Florida, it would have to be Palm Beach.

Suzanne Lovell bedroom

This gorgeous house makes an excellent case as to why. All that amazing architecture.

Suzanne Lovell bedroom

Enviable interiors that are elegant and chic.

Suzanne Lovell bathroom

And, oh yeah, the outdoors aren’t bad either.

Suzanne Lovell bedroom

As with most of the best things in life, it’s the details that make this house so incomparable. A very special reading lamp,

Suzanne Lovell porch

A pretty pop of color on the porch,

Suzanne Lovell porch

But maybe best of all, a 60-year-old Banyan tree.

As we well know, the best things in life are free, but this stunning home by Suzanne Lovell Interior Design, with photography Eric Piasecki, might be a pretty close second!

 

In Other News…

Finally, after all this time, I am beyond thrilled to announce that the third series in the Peachtree Bluff Series, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE will be released into the world on…

May 7, 2019! 

I am beyond excited and have been so flattered and overwhelmed with all of your sweet emails and messages asking when you are going to get more of the Murphy girls. And, y’all, I can’t express to you how excited I am to release the LAST installment of The Peachtree Bluff Series into the world. My first series has been a privilege and a joy, and I have YOU to thank for that!

I also wanted to share with you that THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble (Only in hardback and paperback so far. E-books to come!)–and, this week, it’s for a great cause!

Let’s Help Hurricane Florence Victims Together!

From Saturday, October 12-October 19 I will be donating 100% of the profits from the pre-order of THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE to United Way of Coastal Carolina and Lenoir/Greene County, specifically for Hurricane Florence relief. Many of you know that Eastern NC was hard hit by Hurricane Florence–and Hurricane Michael on its tail was another major setback. While we are beginning to repair there will be months and months of clean up and rebuilding to come. Thousands lost their homes and shelters are still filled weeks after the storm. There is so much to be done!

And Be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

AND, next June (exact date TBA) 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!

Preorder from Amazon

Preorder from Barnes & Noble

Donate to the efforts!

United Way of Carteret County

United Way of Greene/Lenoir County

Red Cross

 

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Things We Love: Beautiful Bathrooms

freestanding tub
Beth Webb InteriorsEmily Followill Photography

 

Beautiful bathrooms are one of the great pleasures in life, if you ask us. 

freestanding bathtub in bathroom
Beth Webb InteriorsEmily Followill Photography

 

And, for us, a great tub is a nonnegotiable.

freestanding tub
Barbara Westbrook via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

When we redid our master bath in our Beaufort, NC house a huge, cast-iron soaking tub was the first thing we chose.

bathroom freestanding tub
Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

The carpenters joked that if there was a natural disaster we should stand on the first floor under the tub because the floor had been reinforced so heavily.

freestanding tub
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Although it’s not so much of a joke now because, in the wake of Hurricane Florence, we learned what can happen when you build a beautiful wooden enclosure around a cast-iron tub surrounded by windows. And the windows leak. Let’s just say ew.

bathroom
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

 

Lesson learned! 

bathroom with freestanding tub
Architectural Digest

 

We weren’t planning on a major house renovation just five years after the first one, but you can’t predict the weather, as they say. 

freestanding tub
Architectural Digest

 

And master bathroom, take two, is going to have a more breathable bathing solution, so we don’t find ourselves in this mess again.

bathroom
Ray Booth’s bathroom via Architectural Digest

 

Luckily, freestanding tubs are another favorite of ours. 

bathroom
NYC&G

 

And, after all, the floor’s already reinforced. 

freestanding bathtub
Architectural Digest

 

Beautiful, simple, streamlined and able to take advantage of every window of view, now we just have to choose the right one! 

What are your bathroom must-haves?

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

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If you haven’t read Book #2 in the Peachtree Bluff Series,  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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Things We Love: Hardware

kitchen hardware
Liz Caan Interiors

 

It’s the jewelry of the kitchen

cabinet hardware
Karr Bick

 

A simple spot of gold or silver, 

kitchen cabinet hardware
Jackson & Leroy

 

That makes everything around it come to life. 

cabinet hardware
Cantley & Co

 

From traditional knobs, 

kitchen cabinet design
 Matthew Quinn Interior Design

 

To more modern bar pulls

cabinet hardware
Collins Interiors

 

Cabinet hardware helps define the look of any kitchen. 

kitchen hardware
Dana Wolter Interior Design

 

We’re redoing a kitchen for a client right now and the hardware is one of the first things we picked. 

Karr Bick

 

Like the ideal accessory,

cabinet hardware
Cantley & Co

 

The right hardware helps define a room. 

cabinet hardware
Brooks & Falotico

 

We are big fans right now of mixing metals. 

cabinet hardware
Karr Bick

 

And are loving brass in every kitchen. 

closet
Marie Flanigan via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Even in the closet, hardware can make a subtle statement. 

cabinet hardware dog house
Collins Interiors

What’s your favorite hardware? (We think this sweet pooch votes for brass!)

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



UPCOMING The Secret to Southern Charm EVENTS:

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

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 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

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

 

 

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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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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Nordstrom Sale Begins July 12

 

 

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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

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

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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