Things We Love: The Shore Bench

Serena & Lily shore bench in foyer

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you’re having a wonderful Thursday! Do you have favorite items in your home? The ones that maybe you really searched or pined for before you finally made the decision? For almost two years, the guest bedroom in our house was missing *something.* Something about the bed wasn’t quite right, but I loved the headboard and didn’t want to replace it with a full bed and every bench I brought in to try just didn’t make the cut. Enter: The Shore Bench from Serena & Lily.

 

Serena & Lily shore bench

 

We live on the coast of NC, so the material was a slam dunk right away. Beachy and light-but-not-too-light, and, unlike all those benches we had tried, the perfectly proportioned back made it the ideal place for guests to sit and watch TV at night or simply sit down to put on shoes in the morning. And, we don’t know about you, but we’re always looking for ways to make our guest rooms more functional and longer-stay friendly.

 

Serena & Lily shore bench

 

And, unlike a backless bench, it was the perfect place to accessorize. We added a couple gorgeous Serena & Lily pillows, the perfect throw and a few books for a cozy, unfussy feel. (Pics below!) And it was easy to stay in our favorite blue and neutral color scheme, which was in keeping with what was right outside the door.

 

Serena & Lily shore bench

 

But this isn’t just an end-of-the-bed kind of bench. Nope. We can think of all sorts of places it would be perfect. From living rooms to nurseries, playrooms to even the kitchen,

 

Serena & Lily shore bench

 

It’s the ideal size for those hard-to-style smaller spaces while still being substantial enough to actually do something. If you’re wondering, which we know we were, it’s quite comfortable for sitting! And a few lovely pillows never hurt. 

 

Serena & Lily shore bench in bedroom

 

A major worry with this material is always durability. Will it pick or fray? Break or just sort of… wilt? Three years and a stint in rental storage later, we can confidently say that this is one hearty material. Through tons of guests, parties, kids and, yes, even being moved in the back of a truck  a few times, it looks as good as the day it arrived and was placed in the room via Serena & Lily’s dreamy white-glove service. It’s more than we could have expected or asked for, for sure.

 

Serena & Lily bedroom makeover shore bench
Photos By Smith Hardy

 

Here it is! Our beautiful Shore Bench in our favorite guest room. The texture is even better in real life, the perfect neutral that blends but also pops in the best possible way. Speaking of texture, these pillows are full of it and this cashmere throw is positively dreamy. 

 

 

Shore Bench

 

As with most Serena & Lily pieces, the beauty is in the details. The bamboo legs and base are the perfect gorgeous accent while also being strong and stable. (And eco-friendly!) Plus, they lend that coastal vibe in all the best ways.

 

 

Truth be told, we debated this purchase, namely because we weren’t sure about the durability. But, all-in-all, we give the Shore Bench a ten out of ten when it comes to not only durability but also style, functionality and even uniqueness. The perfect cross between a plain bench and a bulky settee, it is large enough to be comfortable, chic enough to be a focal point while also being well-proportioned enough to not take up too much space. And, we’ve had guests want one for their own homes. Could there be a better compliment than that? We don’t think so!

In a house chock full of Serena & Lily like ours, it’s tough to play favorites, but this bench tops the list. If you’re looking for a versatile piece for a coastal home–or simply wanting to add a beachy vibe to any space at all–this is a perfect pick. 

 

If you are looking to add a hint of coastal style to your space, Serena & Lily is not to be missed! Let us know what you pick–and we’d love to see how you use Serena & Lily in your  home makeover!

 

 

 

 

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House Tour: Mary Kay Andrews Beach Cottage

Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage

 

You might know Mary Kay Andrews from her amazing novels, including her brand-new THE NEWCOMER, which just hit shelves yesterday!

 

Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage living room with shiplap

 

But, in addition to being a fabulous writer, she also loves restoring old houses and currently has three vacation rentals available in Tybee Island, GA.

 

Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage living room

 

Her main hobby is her self-proclaimed “junking” and you can find her most weekends scouring estate sales for hidden gems. 

 

Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage living room

 

She almost always comes out with a treasure or two and is a complete pro at finding a diamond in the rough!

 

Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage

 

And those treasures, combined together, create the well-collected, finished-but-never-fussy aesthetic of this particular house, nicknamed The Breeze Inn.

 

Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage bowl of shells

 

Each tiny detail combines to create an eclectic, beachy vibe that encapsulates the heart of Tybee Island. 

 

Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage family room

Mary Kay and I (Kristy Woodson Harvey), along with author friends Kristin Harmel, Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe got together at the beginning of the pandemic to create a weekly webshow and podcast called Friends & Fiction, and we had our very first retreat in Mary Kay’s fabulous Ebbtide Cottage, which is perfect for bigger groups. 

 

Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage

 

But we also got to visit The Breeze Inn while we were there, and it’s gorgeously redone kitchen and perfectly sized swimming pool, 

 

Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage dining room

 

Combined with warm, beachy furnishings and accessories,

 

Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage entry

 

Create the perfect home away from home.

 

blue and white bedroom

 

On the other side of this wall is the desk where Mary Kay has penned a novel or two,

 

3 twin beds in bedroom

 

And bedroom is perfect for families, cousins and friends. If you can’t get to Tybee Island right now, but want to be on a beach vacation, Mary Kay Andrews style, visit Florida’s Murmuring Surf Motel via her brand-new novel–and one of my personal MKA favorites–The Newcomer, available now wherever books are sold. 

 

Photography:  Mark Lohman

 

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Recently separated Amelia Saxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Cape Carolina. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

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Good morning, chic readers! If you could use a little inspiration today, check out the work of one of our favorite Architects, Patrick Ahearn. With an eye for symmetry and a penchant for proportion, Ahearn’s homes are always the height of timeless sophistication with tons of curb appeal. Savor every detail!

 

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Recently separated Amelia Buxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Buxton Beach. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind.

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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! 

 

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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

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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 2: 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 secret to southern charm

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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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