Things We Love: Pea Gravel in the Garden

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Howard Design Studio

 

Mom and I have both always loved infomercials. I know. They’re worse than reality TV. But it’s not like you set out to watch an infomercial. It’s something that just sort of happens. Not so much anymore, but, back in the days before DVR and OnDemand, we’d be up late, and one would just come on. And then we’d get sucked in, and, before we knew it, we were pulling out our credit card  (Well, Mom’s credit card. I was a child.) and ordering Yoga Booty Ballet because the next fifty callers got a free set of resistance bands.

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Hollander Designs

 

 

We already had three sets of resistance bands, but it’s something in that guy’s voice and all those women who went from a size 14 to a size 2 in three weeks and their asthma went away and they met the love of their life and won the lottery… 

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Suzanne Kasler via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

So we ordered Yoga Booty Ballet. And Billy Blank’s Tae Bo. And this cool thing you used to sort cans in the fridge. And something I can’t remember the name of that involved step aerobics. (Mom is really good at step aerobics. She was a preschool mom in the early 90’s so, you know…)

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Robert Couturier  via CTC&G

 

But there was this one infomercial I always used to see that intrigued me. It was for these detoxifying foot pads. You’d put them on when you slept and they would pull all the toxins and heavy metals out of your body and when you woke up the foot pads were black with all of the gross stuff pulled out of your body!

pea gravel
Hollander Design

 

Now, Mom still has a Tony Little Gazelle in the garage, but she made fun of me for thinking these things would work. So I never got them. 

pea gravel
Stroudwater Design Group via Dering Hall

 

Yesterday, I was in TJ Maxx trying to be patient while Will examined two dozen lunch boxes when I saw them. Those foot pads! And they were $4.99, so I bought them, despite the lack of a free set if I ordered in the next eight minutes. And I woke up this morning and they were black just like on the infomercial, and I am quite sure that my insides are squeaky clean and toxin and heavy metal free just like that happy girl on TV all those years ago!

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CCT&G

 

So, sure, yeah, it’s probably just some sort of reaction with the heat in my body that turns that little pad black. But it makes you feel so accomplished. I mean, for every win–like the foot pad and Billy Blanks–there’s a thigh master and a can sorter that cans don’t actually fit in. But that’s half the fun. And this is why we love infomercials. 

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Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Something we love that’s a little less risky? Pea gravel.

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Architectural Digest

 

We installed it in our backyard in Beaufort, and it has been a miracle for controlling moisture and keeping those pesky mosquitoes away.

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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

Plus, it’s so pretty, which, frankly, was our initial appeal. The lack of Zika was just a happy side effect.

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CTC&G

 

So, no, it’s not great for heels. But in flats or flip flops, gravel makes the most satisfying crunch underneath your feet.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

And it’s such a beautiful juxtaposition with surrounding grass.

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CTC&G

 

So, no, you probably won’t get a free gift with purchase with your pea gravel. But, on the very bright side, it’s also probably not going to end up unused in your garage. Speaking of, I’m off to unearth those Yoga Booty Ballet DVDs I haven’t seen since college. They were great. And I’m having the strangest urge to hunt down this Fluidity Barre system that I used to see all the time… Although, it’s way less fun to order informercial products now that I have to use my own credit card!

Wishing you a wonderful day, chic friends!

 

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  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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Dear Carolina

Hi, friends! Exciting news! My first novel, Dear Carolina, is only $1.99 today on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes and wherever you get your ebooks! Dear Carolina released May 5, 2015 and was one of: 

*PopSugar’s Best Books for Women*
*Huffington Post’s Summer Reading: Women’s Fiction Style*
*Glitter Guide’s Must-Read List for June*
*Deep South Magazine’s Best Beach Reads*
*The Herald Sun’s Summer Reads*

It’s the perfect addition to your beach bag!

Tour a Relaxed Long Island Getaway and More

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Tour a Relaxed Long Island Getaway

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Up to 75% Off Designer Sale

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Shop Favorite Statement Making Earrings HERE, HERE and HERE

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

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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

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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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The Must-Have Accessory 

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These are this Summer’s Best Books According to:

The Charlotte Observer and The Raleigh News and Observer

Beach Reads and Romance

“The Secret to Southern Charm” by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Gallery Books, April 2018)

North Carolina native and New York Times bestseller author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with a sequel to her beloved Peachtree Bluff series. Military wife Sloane Murphy is forced to deal with her husband missing in action as she tries to take care of her young children. Harvey, a UNC-Chapel Hill alum, infuses plenty of women power in this story of juggling the highs and lows of life

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article213002339.html#storylink=cpy

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER AND RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER FOR CHOOSING 

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM AS “ONE OF THIS SUMMER’S BEST BOOKS”!

 

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

 

More 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

Tour a Fabulous Water Mill Home and More

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Tour a Fabulous Water Mill Home

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Decorating Your Living Room

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Poolside Decorating with One Kings Lane

one kings lane

 

 

Places to Travel this Summer

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Shop the Designer Sale up to 70% Off

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These are this Summer’s Best Books According to:

The Charlotte Observer and The Raleigh News and Observer

Beach Reads and Romance

“The Secret to Southern Charm” by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Gallery Books, April 2018)

North Carolina native and New York Times bestseller author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with a sequel to her beloved Peachtree Bluff series. Military wife Sloane Murphy is forced to deal with her husband missing in action as she tries to take care of her young children. Harvey, a UNC-Chapel Hill alum, infuses plenty of women power in this story of juggling the highs and lows of life.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article213002339.html#storylink=cpy

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER AND RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER FOR CHOOSING 

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM AS “ONE OF THIS SUMMER’S BEST BOOKS”!

 

 

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

TALK AND SIGNING

If you are in the Raleigh area, I will be at Quail Ridge Books on Thursday, June 21 at 11am for a TALK and SIGNING with the fabulous Mary Alice Monroe. We would LOVE to see you there!

More The Secret to Southern Charm Events

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

June 21: Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, 11 am, Talk and Signing with Mary Alice Monroe

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

Organizing the Kitchen for Summer Entertaining

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Studio Dearborn

Good morning, friends! Did you have a good weekend? What were you up to? We hope, whatever it was, it was fun! The Beaufort house is going to see lots of action this week with two parties and overnight guests, so we’ve been working on getting everything neat and organized, which is trickier during the summer when we’re actually home more!

kitchen organizing

The kitchen is always the toughest place to keep neat and organized, for us anyway. (I am counting down the days until construction begins on our addition which will include a new mudroom/storage area! Yay!) In the meantime, we’re trying to make some small changes that will have a big impact.

kitchen organizing

This paper towel holder, for one, is so fabulous! Such a great idea. We don’t like having them on the counter, and they can’t go under the cabinets because we have lights. Keeping them under the sink is okay, but it would be even better to have them right on hand like these!

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We love all kinds of cabinet styles. This wire is wonderful!

kitchen organizing

We love a pretty fruit bowl on the counter. Besides being beautiful, we think it helps us eat more fruit throughout the day–and saves room in the fridge.

kitchen organizing

A gorgeous blue backsplash is one that shouldn’t be covered up. No need for accessories here.

kitchen organizing

Fresh flowers on the counter feel like a reward.

kitchen organizing

When everything is neat and clean, the flowers are the perfect finishing touch.

kitchen organizing

Feet of fresh, white marble are the ultimate reward for keeping a clean and neat kitchen–

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you get to enjoy your beautiful countertops.

kitchen organizing

Having spices right at hand is crucial for cooking. A simple drawer insert makes it so you can see them all at the same time. Ours are alphabetized in the cabinet, which isn’t quite as convenient but still neat.

kitchen organizing

We’re all about an accessory, but in the kitchen, we tend to think, the simpler, the better. This coral bowl adds a burst of color. The watermelon is a good–and delicious–summer touch as well.

kitchen organizing

This sleek, thin fridge and freezer feel incredibly chic and organized.

kitchen organizing

Huge drawers are our favorite, favorite part of a kitchen organization plan. They are perfect for pots and pans.

kitchen organizing

The only thing better than organized cutlery is organized cutlery that’s bright and fun! These ooze summer!

kitchen organizing

This is genius! We can’t stand having iPads and phones and computers cluttering the countertops. This charging station gets rid of all the mess and stores it away beautifully.

kitchen organizing

These mixer shelves are some of our favorite parts of the kitchen–although a beautiful stand mixer is one of the few accessories we don’t mind having on the counter.

If you could add an organizational element to your kitchen, what would you choose? Have a great day!

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.

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

June 21: Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, 11 am, Talk and Signing with Mary Alice Monroe

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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Connecticut home of One Kings Lane President

 

Tour the Connecticut Home of One Kings Lane President

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Serena & Lily bedroom

 

Don’t Miss the Bedding and Beds 20% Off Sale

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clothing accessories

 

Favorite Accessories for Spring

– shopbop

 

WEEKEND SALES

 

Summer Sale 20% Off – horchow

Buy More Save More  – shopbop

Extra 25% off Sale Items  anthropologie

30% off   j crew

Up to 50 % Off Warehouse Sale one kings lane

Up to 40% 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 50% Off moda operandi

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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!

 

 

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