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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The Southern Side of Paradise Peachtree Bluff Series

Looking for the perfect summer read? Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Betchesand more all think you should slip my new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, into your beach or pool bag. Have you checked it out yet?

Slightly South of Simple

If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store

More Tour Dates

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE,  

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE, 7pm – 9pm

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD, 11am – 1pm

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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House Tour: A Summer Home That Says Welcome

welcome in this foyer with seagrass console and benches

 

Meg BraffSouthampton = Love. 

 

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and you’ll get that warm, welcoming summertime feeling!

 

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From a crisp, clean kitchen

 

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To nautical chic details

 

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that are always in style… 

 

whimsical bedroom with wicker chair says welcome

 

To sunny pops of whimsy that would make anyone feel like a kid again…

 

whimsical bedroom in blue and green says welcome

 

Meg Braff is one of the best we know at combining all the essential, stylish elements that make a house feel like a home. 

 

bedroom in blue and white says welcome

 

Cheerful bedrooms in interesting spaces make guests feel welcome any time.

 

A soothing bedroom says welcome

 

And soothing bedrooms with pops of color make for restful retreats. 

 

soothing bedroom says welcome

 

Chic accessories look better by the shore,

 

twin beds say welcome

 

And twin beds are perfect for swapping secrets well into the night.

 

Bamboo furniture is one of our backyard favorites and creates an instantly chic porch…

 

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Perfect for entertaining guests! (And a hint of blue never, ever hurts.)

Thanks so much for sharing your day with us touring this fabulous Southampton home. We hope it’s a great one!

Source: Hamptons Cottages & Gardens  & Meg Braff Designs

 

 

What People are Saying about The Peachtree Bluff Series

 

“My prediction is that writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.” (—Jackie K. Cooper, The Huffington Post)

 

If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store

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Peachtree Bluff Series

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The Southern Side of Paradise Tour!

Twelve states, forty-one stops…If I’ll be in a city near you I’d love to see you! Click here for full details on every event!

April 24: Quantum Leap Series at Quantum Leap Library, Orlando, Florida

April 26: General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Wilmington, NC

May 2: North Myrtle Beach Library, North Myrtle Beach, SC, 10 – 11am

May 2: Silver Coast Winery, Ocean Isle Beach, NC -Time, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

May 3: Moveable Feast Luncheon, Pawley’s Island, SC, 11am

May 4: Kinston, NC BBQ Festival,  11-1

May 5: Dee Gee’s Launch Party, Morehead City, NC, 2-4 pm

May 7: Beaufort History Museum Tea, Beaufort, SC (SOLD OUT)

May 8: Newberry County Library Literacy Luncheon, Newberry, SC, 12pm

May 9: Live at Your Library Series, Gastonia, NC, 12pm

May 11: South Main Book Co., Salisbury, NC, 11am-1pm

May 13: Junior League of Louisville Book Club Cocktail Reception, Louisville, KY                                                    5:30 – 7pm; Speak – 7:15 – 8:30

May 14: Murder by the Book, Houston, TX, 6:30 (store closes to public at 6pm)

May 15: Houston Women’s Club, Houston, TX, 7 a.m

May 15: Signing at Segreto Finishes, Houston, TX, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

May 16: Signing at Stanley Korshak, Dallas, TX, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

May 18: Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH, 2:00 pm

May 19: Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN,  2:30pm (ET)

May 20: Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas Coffee, Daniel Island, SC,                 10:30 am to 12 pm

May 20: Buxton Books, Charleston, SC, 5:30 to 7 pm

May 21: Snee Farm Garden Club, Mount Pleasant, SC, 10:30am

May 22: Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX,  

May 28: Florence Public Library, Florence, AL 11:30am (CT)

May 31: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 1: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 3: Lexington County Public Library, Columbia, SC,  6:30pm

June 4: Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC, 6:30pm

June 5: The Atlanta History Center at Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA,  

June 6: The Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC, 5pm

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE,  

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE, 7pm – 9pm

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD, 11am – 1pm

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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Peachtree Bluff Series

Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple or The Secret to Southern Charm, pick up your copies before The Southern Side of Paradise (NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!) releases May 7, 2019!

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Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!

We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site

 

 

Things We Love: Southampton Style

Meg Braff Southampton Style living room

Meg Braff + Southampton = Love. 

Meg Braff Southampton Style living room

One peek inside this fabulously eclectic home and you’ll get that warm, welcoming summertime feeling!

Meg Braff Southampton Style kitchen

From a crisp, clean kitchen

Meg Braff Southampton Style bedroom

To nautical chic details that are always in style… 

Meg Braff Southampton Style bedroom

To sunny pops of whimsy that would make anyone feel like a kid again…

Meg Braff Southampton Style bathroom

Meg Braff is one of the best we know at combining all the essential, stylish elements that make a house feel like a home. 

Meg Braff Southampton Style bedroom

Cheerful bedrooms in interesting spaces make guests feel welcome any time.

Meg Braff Southampton Style bedroom

And soothing bedrooms with pops of color make for restful retreats. 

Meg Braff Southampton Style bedroom

Chic accessories look better by the shore,

Meg Braff Southampton Style

And twin beds are perfect for swapping secrets well into the night.

Meg Braff Southampton Style

Bamboo furniture is one of our backyard favorites and creates an instantly chic porch…

Meg Braff Southampton Style

Perfect for entertaining guests! (And a hint of blue never, ever hurts.)

Thanks so much for sharing your day with us touring this fabulous Southampton home. We hope it’s a great one!

Source: Hamptons Cottages & Gardens 

 

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Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!

We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site

 

 

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Top 10 Places to Add Texture to Your Home

Studio McGee living room
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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.

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Gary McBournie via Dering Hall twin beds in blue and white
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Collins Interiors oriental rug in entry
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Just-Right Rug 

 

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Seagrass Chair and Basket add Function to the Bathroom

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A House with a View in Massachusetts

Chatham living room

Good morning, chic friends, and happy Wednesday! Are you in the mood to tour a warm and inviting  home today? We know we are! This gorgeous Chatham, Massachusetts home, designed by Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects with interiors by SLC Interiors,  is the perfect seaside home that  hits all the high notes when it comes to style. So take a look around. You’re welcome to stay as long as you like!

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Chatham bedroom

 

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Chatham beach house

 

Chatham beach house

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The Secret to southern Charm

If you’re hanging on to summer, 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.

More Info about The Secret to Southern Charm

-A 2018 Spring Okra Pick
-USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction
-Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018
-Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List
-Raleigh News & Observer’s “The Best Reads of Summer”
-Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books”
-New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick

Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).

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An Island Getaway for Savoring Summer

Melissa Ervin island getaway

Savor the last days of summer by touring this fabulous Island Retreat by designer Melissa Ervin. A charming cottage with a coastal palette and plenty of texture, this home hits all the high notes of waterside style. This is one you don’t want to miss!

Island getaway dining room

 

Melissa Ervin island getaway kitchen

 

Melissa Ervin island getaway living room

 

Melissa Ervin island getaway

 

Melissa Ervin island getaway bathroom

 

Melissa Ervin island getaway bedroom

 

Melissa Ervin island bathroom

 

Melissa Ervin island getaway

 

Melissa Ervin island getaway bunkbeds

 

Melissa Ervin island getaway bedroom

 

Melissa Ervin island getaway porch

We hope you enjoyed touring this gorgeous coastal home as much as we did! It’s a perfect place to beat the August heat with a cool drink!

THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY DESIGN CHIC TODAY!  WE ALWAYS LOVE IT WHEN YOU DO!


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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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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