In Good Taste: Herlong Architects

 Herlong Architects of Charleston entry with blue bench  

Herlong Architects

It probably won’t surprise anyone to know that I am a big fan of words. So, when it comes to setting goals, resolutions and intentions for a new year (which I love, by the way), my favorite part is choosing my “word” for the year.

 

Herlong Architects of Charleston living room dining room combination

 

It’s always tricky to encapsulate the entirety of 365 days into one little word, one or two or three syllables. This year, it came pretty easily for me, though.

 

  Herlong Architects of Charleston living room  

 

For 2020, my word of the year is stillness. After being out of our house for the entirety of 2019 after Hurricane Florence damage, and in the midst of long book tours, family travel, out of town events and the general busyness of life, stillness of body can be a little hard to come by. But stillness of mind, that cultivated gift that you can take anywhere, is what I’m after this year. 

 

Herlong Architects of Charleston kitchen with 3 pendant lights  

 

If you’ve followed Design Chic for a long time, you know that Mom and I believe that most of life’s best things begin at home, that home is the foundation for everything else we do, that home is what we carry out with us into the world. 

 

Herlong Architects of Charleston butler's pantry with open shelving

 

And so, in that way, so much of my 2020 stillness begins at home, with getting it back in order, with making it feel like it once did–maybe even better–and creating that calm space that is a launch pad for calm and quiet no matter where we go. 

 

    Herlong Architects of Charleston kitchen with round stools at island  

 

Herlong Architects, as you can see, are masterful at creating calming, beautifully cultivated homes. 

 

Herlong Architects of Charleston kitchen with wood beams and glass cabinets  

 

These are homes that promote and create a sense of stillness.

 

Herlong Architects of Charleston pantry with blue doors  

 

Calm soothing color palettes,

 

  

 

Organic, natural elements,

 

Herlong Architects of Charleston fan in Childs room with wood and metal bed  

 

And a sense of balance in every space,

 

Herlong Architects of Charleston bathroom with shiplap  

 

Create the kind of homes that are a true sanctuary, an antidote to the hectic pace of a world that can sometimes seem to spin too quickly.

 

Herlong Architects of Charleston porch with blue ceiling

 

And they, of course, incorporate spaces to revel in the ultimate creator of stillness: Mother Nature. Whatever your word is this year, we hope that your home helps you cultivate it!

 

 

REFRESH YOUR HOME In 2020

 

My next novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, releases April 28, 2020! I can’t wait to share this tale of Gray and Diana, their unlikely friendship, their summer loves and their chance at happily ever after, the sequel, with all of you. It’s never too early to preorder from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer!

More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.

 

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Kitchen Makeover in Time for the Holidays

kitchen stools with Serena & Lily

 

It is amazing how the tiniest details can totally transform a room. A bar stool... A chic centerpiece… A fun rug... We have to say that all of these adorable pieces from Serena & Lily completely changed our kitchen! 

 

kitchen stools with Serena & Lily

 

To say that we had been pining for these Riviera Bar Stools is probably an understatement. They added just the right amount of coastal chic, texture and pattern to our white kitchen. 

 

kitchen stools with Serena & Lily

 

Another game changer? This darling runner! We were perfectly content with plain hardwoods until we saw how much more finished and cozy the house looked this rug. And the  stool is not only a chic, teak accent, but will also help my little one wash his hands! 

 

kitchen stools with Serena & Lily

 

Truth be told, we eat at our kitchen bar almost as much as our dining room table. The details on this Serena & Lily tray make it a beautiful focal point–and it’s as functional as it is pretty! Simple, pretty napkins are a perfect finishing touch. 

 

before and after with Serena & Lily

 

Just for fun… This is what the kitchen looked like on Tuesday at 4 pm before the photo shoot on Wednesday! A lot of you probably know that this house had to be completely gutted after Hurricane Florence in September 2018, and, full disclosure, the rest of the house is a total construction site! But just to see this one room come together was a huge light at the end the tunnel. Big, huge thanks to Serena & Lily for getting us in gear!

 

For more inspiration, check out our bedroom makeover with Serena & Lily here.  Fingers crossed that one day soon this room will look like this again!


Kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Riviera Stools

 


Kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Riviera Stool

 


Kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Balboa Stools via Jenkins Interiors

 


Oceanview Counter Stool

 


Kitchen Stools with Serena & Lily
Carson Counter Stools

 


kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Tucker Counter Stool

 


kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Avalon Swivel Counter Stool

 


kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Portside Counter Stool

 


kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Director’s Counter Stool

 

 

 

 

Another  big, huge thanks to Smith Hardy for taking the gorgeous photos of our kitchen!


 

Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey

 

More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.

Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her evangelical husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger fired from her job at the local pharmacy.

Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a busted Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.

With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn, but when the one that got away comes back, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.

In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.

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More Tour Dates for The Southern Side of Paradise

 

 
September 25, 2019: New Bern, NC Book Club, Private Event.
 
October 16, 2019: Kristy will “take over” A Novel Bee Facebook Group all day. Visit the page for fun guests and giveaways.
 
October 17, 2019: Clinton, SC Multi Book Club Event. Private.
 
October 18, 2019: “W.I.S.E” Fireside Chat with Chef Vivian Howard, Rene Chou from WRAL and Chief Justice Beasley, emceed by Kate Daniels, Walnut Creek Country Club, Goldsboro, NC, VIP experience 5-5:30, Program begins at 6:30.
 
January 3-5, 2020: Best of Our State with Our State, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC. Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Pinehurst Resort. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year. Click here for more information and tickets. 
 
January 21, 2020: United Way Pitt County Annual Fundraiser, Greenville, NC.
 
February 13-16, 2020: Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA.
 
February 22, 2020: Ladies Luncheon and Signing Event at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC
 
April 28, 2020: Feels Like Falling Releases! We are working hard on the Feels Like Falling tour. We can’t wait to share all tour dates with you in January!

 

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House Tour: Ansley’s House – Peachtree Bluff

Peachtree Bluff entrance hall with arch

 

Good morning, chic readers! Thanks for all you did yesterday to make the launch of my fifth novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, so amazing! I am overwhelmed by all the book love!

 

The Southern Side of Paradise - Peachtree Bluff dining room

 

If you’re new to my Peachtree Bluff Series, you should know that my protagonist, Ansley Murphy, is a designer in a tiny, Southern coastal town on the Georgia coast. 

 

The Southern Side of Paradise- Peachtree Bluff living room

 

Fictional Peachtree Bluff is full of gorgeous historic homes–made even more beautiful by Ansley’s trained hand and skilled eye. 

 

Peachtree Bluff living room

 

One of the most fun parts of writing for me imagining what the homes in my novels would look like. Ansley’s is that perfect combination of old and new, traditional and modern. 

 

Peachtree bluff kitchen

 

We imagine that she gets a lot of her design inspiration from a real-life Georgia design icon: Suzanne Kasler

 

kitchen

 

Full of soothing blues and crisp whites, 

 

family room with  beams

 

Stunning architectural details and great views, 

 

bedroom with canopy bed

 

Suzanne’s work is totally exquisite and positively timeless.

 

bathroom Peachtree Bluff

 

We can imagine Ansley retiring to a tub just like this after a long day of dealing with the drama of the three grown daughters back under her roof. (And bathing her young grandsons in it too!)

 

blue and white bedroom with beams

 

This beautiful bedroom with its charming sitting nook is the perfect place for Ansley to have one of her signature, brilliant mom talks with one of her struggling daughters. (In The Southern Side of Paradise, there’s a pretty good chance it would be Emerson!)

 

bedroom with beams

 

And this vibrant, cozy space would be perfect for middle daughter Sloane. (Right down to the “S”!)

 

bedroom sitting area with hanging swing

 

Bright colors and a whimsical hanging chair add the perfect touches of coastal fun. 

 

porch overlooking the ocean

 

If you’ve “been” to Peachtree Bluff in Slightly South of Simple, The Secret to Southern Charm or The Southern Side of Paradise, you know that the porches are the most important part of the homes there. Ansley’s house is no different. If you’ve read the series, is this what you imagined Ansley’s house to look like?

The Southern Side of Paradise
The Southern Side of Paradise – Kristy Woodson Harvey

If you haven’t read the Peachtree Bluff Series, catch up now! The Southern Side of Paradise and the Peachtree Bluff Series are available from:

Visit Kristy on Tour!

 

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Simply Chic with Serena & Lily

simply chic with Serena & Lily

 

Simply Chic with Serena & Lily

serena & lily

 

 

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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!

Also, don’t forget… 

Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble.  

 

June 1, 2019 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

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HAPPY SUNDAY, FRIENDS!

House Tour: Galveston Bay Beauty

Galveston Bay entrance

If you’re hearing Glen Campbell lyrics in your head right now, trust us, you’re not alone.

Galveston Bay dining room

But we think it stands to reason that a place must be pretty special to have a song written about it–and we think this gorgeous Galveston house designed by Ginger Barber fits that bill.

Galveston Bay kitchen

A study in laid-back, rustic style, this house is the perfect place for enjoying long sandy days and starry nights.

Galveston Bay kitchen

Pickled shiplap is a study in seaside charm, 

Galveston Bay dining room

And one-of-a-kind touches add charm in droves.

Galveston Bay living room

From great spots to gather as a family,

Galveston Bay chaise

To a cozy reading nook for curling up with your summertime favorites, 

Galveston Bay bedroom

To an amazing master retreat that’s big on coastal style

Galveston Bay bedroom

This is the kind of space made for rest and relaxation. 

Galveston Bay bedroom

And the unified look carries through the entire house. 

Galveston Bay bedroom

From a bunk room with plenty of room for family and friends, 

Galveston Bay porch

To the kind of porch for partying all year round, this beautiful Galveston house is ideal beach retreat

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

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Also, don’t forget…

Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

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!).

June 1, 2019 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

 

House Tour: Rivers Cottage by Geoffrey Chick

We don’t know about you, but, with only a couple weeks left of summer vacation, we are in mourning! 

Fortunately, there is still time to savor these last few weeks of summer and tour this fabulous home by Geoffrey Chick.

Taking its color palette from nature, this house couldn’t feel more relaxing or refreshing. 

Easy slip covers and no-fuss floors are perfect for wet feet and sandy bathing suits. 

And you know there’s nothing we love more than a pop of blue!

A wide farmhouse sink is perfect for washing fresh-caught fish. 

And tall ceilings and big windows allow for plenty of light. 

Unique art–like these framed bathing suits–adds so much charm. 

Everything about this home says, “Come in, relax and enjoy your vacation!”

Painted plank walls and vaulted ceilings are two of our favorite things. The only thing better than the two of them apart is the two of them together!

We love how the shades of water blues are carried throughout this home, 

And that upscale finishes like marble are juxtaposed with casual wood to maintain that beachy feel. 

What’s a beach house without a bunk room

And a double double is perfect for housing a family of guests. 

The only thing better than the interior of this summer vacation spot is the exterior. Geoffrey Chick has thought of everything! Even though summer might be drawing to a close, we’re wishing you blue waters and sunny skies for a long, long time!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your 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.

 

The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

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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