House Tour: Costa Rican Retreat

Costa Rican

Where some homes are made to stand out, others beg to fit in, to take a backseat to let the beauty around them take center stage.

This Costa Rican gem featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles is one of those homes, which seems to serve the purpose of accentuating the beauty around it. 

Costa Rican

Featuring limewashed cabinets and plenty of fresh fruit, this is the perfect vacation kitchen for fueling up before heading outside for the day.

Costa Rican

An earth-toned palette seems to blend seamlessly with the outdoors beyond the windows. 

We think the best vacation home are those that are relaxing and calming retreats.

Simple, uncluttered accents and coastal colors lend that beach oasis feel. 

Bamboo, rope and natural objects like coral are elegantly coastal.

Natural wood finishes and white washed walls lend an organic feel that captures the essence of Costa Rica.

Nautical stripes and shades of blue lend a little fun to this gathering spot.

This charming take on a bunk room lends sleeping quarters for plenty of guests!

Of course, the best part of any beach oasis is the outdoor space. The natural stone is absolutely stunning.

A calming pool with plenty of chic lounging space adds to the outdoor experience.

No matter how beautiful the pool, it’s hard to beat the beauty of the Costa Rican water.

Despite the fabulous interiors of this home, we have to say that, with this right outside the door, we would want to spend all of our time right on this beach, surrounded by the splendor of nature. 

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Beth Webb Design

Photography Erica George Dines

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In Good Taste: Old Seagrove Homes


Alex and Cynthia Rice know good taste.


The owners of Old Seagrove Homes, a build-and-design firm in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, the fourth-generation builder and critically acclaimed artist-turned-interior designer came together to create a full-service home company.


We’d say it was a match made in heaven. 


While the couple has built and designed homes all over the southeast, they have a particular passion for the Florida Beaches of Hwy 30A. (Who wouldn’t, really?)


As we all know, coastal homes can get a bit kitschy. 


But the Rice team is wonderful at capturing the relaxed feel and vibe that living by the shore can lend without being too beachy.


And creating beautiful bars for entertaining on a whim–because what else is a coastal home for?


Chic and comfortable rooms that are pretty yet livable seem to be this team’s hallmark.


Well-planned architectural details and charming decorative touches combine to create the stuff that dream homes are made of. 


What more could you ask for from a beautiful beach house? 

We hope you have enjoyed the work of Old Seagrove Homes as much as we have–and are savoring these last, sweet days of summer. Thanks for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love it when you do!

What Segreto Finishes is saying about Slightly South of Simple

“Her first two books were fun, heartfelt, and sentimental.  The kind you stay up all night to finish and think about for weeks. Well this one is remarkably just as good…As the mother of three, I was uplifted, charmed, challenged, and sad to come to the last page of this insightful and delightful story.”–Leslie, Segreto Finishes



House Tour: Fabulous Island Retreat

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

Island Retreat dining room




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Island Retreat



Island Retreat


Island Retreat


Island Retreat


Island Retreat


Island Retreat 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! 

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Thank You For Making Slightly South of Simple a National Bestseller

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I cannot believe it, but Slightly South of Simple is a National Bestseller, hitting bestseller lists from Barnes & Noble to Bookscan, Southern Indie to Southern Pines and spending weeks on smaller bestseller lists in places like Salisbury, NC (my fab hometown and home of South Main Book Co.) and Bethlehem, PA. Sixteen weeks after its release, Slightly South is still holding its own on many of these lists. I’m pinching myself every day and can’t thank you enough for all your support! Happy weekend, sweet friends!

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House Tour: Strand Beach Beauty

Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors living room

It’s summer, and that can only mean one thing: Time for a trip to the beach! This Strand Beach Beauty by the fabulous Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors is about as gorgeous as a beach house can get. It’s the kind of place that is elegant and beautiful but somehow still feels like it won’t be terribly disturbed by sandy feet. If you ask us, that’s how all beach houses should be! But don’t take our word for it. Take a tour of this stunning space. The photos are a vacation in and of themselves! 

Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors dining room


Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors living room


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Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors kitchen


Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors dining


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Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors bedroom


Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors bathroom


We hope you enjoyed this beach house as much as we did! Wishing you a wonderful day!

For more inspiration visit Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors on the web or follow on Instagram

What South Shore Decorating is Saying about Slightly South of Simple:

“It is the first book in her Peachtree Bluff series, and is the perfect summer read (or anytime read, really). It is southern fiction and women’s fiction at its best. It features four unique and complex strong female characters – a mother and her three daughters – and the various people in their lives. There is drama, romance, scandal, love, and plenty of design in this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it”. —Stacy Curran, South Shore Decorating

If you’ve read Slightly South of Simple I’d love it if you’d consider leaving your own review on Amazon! Thank you so much for all of your support!

*Photo by Lindsay Corrigan

In Living Color

Alyssa Rosenheck Photography


There’s nothing like a stunning vignette and a clear blue sea to make us dream of the beach. 

Alyssa Rosenheck


And when we dream of the beach, what else to we dream of? Why, beach reading, of course!

Chango & Co

We can’t believe that Slightly South of Simple is releasing tomorrow officially. It will be on the shelves at your favorite local bookstores, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target, on Amazon and wherever books are sold. 

Chango & Co


These gorgeous images capture that perfect relaxed beach feel–the one I hope readers also get from Slightly South of Simple–perfectly. 

Pink and blue is a favorite, classic color combination, one that we were so excited to see on my new book cover!

Alyssa Rosenheck Photography


The pictures really don’t do it justice. This is one of those books we’d buy just for the cover! (Even if I didn’t happen to write it…)

Andrew J. Howard Interiors

This cozy beach house room is just the kind of place we’d like to spend a pretty post-spring break afternoon. 

Summer Thornton

Today we’re in Kinston, NC at a fabulous home, celebrating Slightly South of Simple and raising money for the local Lenoir County SPCA.

Jenkins Interiors


Even though there’s nothing we’d rather be doing than supporting a cause close to our hearts, this picture is awfully tempting…

Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

If you’re looking ahead to your own beach reading…

Meg Braff Interior Design

This is your last day to pre-order Slightly South of Simple before it releases tomorrow! 

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What are the chances I would have worn a hot pink dress in my author photo? Maybe I was trying to conjure a pink-and-blue book cover!

Slightly South of Simple

Thank you, thank you to all of our wonderful, loyal Design Chic readers. We love seeing you every day, getting your emails and comments and hearing your thoughts. And I am especially grateful of all of your support of my writing career. You have all just rallied around me from the first day. I hope you love this one, the first book in the Peachtree Bluff Series, as much as I loved writing it! 

Nod to Summer

HB Home 

From the living room to the kitchen, from a statement-making centerpiece to soap dish, a gorgeous shell adds a touch of summer to every space. Check out a few of our favorite ways to incorporate a shell into your home–even if you’re miles from the shore!


House Tour: Sea Island


I’m busy packing today. But not for this gorgeous Sea Island home designed by Mary-Bryan Peyer. (If you missed yesterday, check out more of her good taste.)

In Good Taste: Mary-Bryan Peyer

Mary-Bryan Peyer

You know good taste when you see it. It strikes you like lightning, kind of like love at first sight.


If you don’t have room in your heart for any more love today, then we urge you to close your eyes!


Because the good taste of Mary-Bryan Peyer is going to make you feel something. 


For us, that something is utterly refreshed, which is exactly how you should feel if you’re in St. Simons or Sea Island, GA, where this firm is based.

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The designer’s gorgeous mix of color and texture, just the right pieces with just the right accessories… Well, it’s pretty universally fabulous.


For, I don’t know, say the past seven years or so, my hubby has gone on and on about how great our kitchen would look if we turned it into a solarium. (And it would, but, I mean, come on…) So he’s going to be a little jealous of this one.


But, even in the absence of an all-glass roof, this designer has no trouble turning a kitchen into a light-filled haven.


And, if you’re like us, the place where you have your morning coffee needs to wake you up, not make you want to get back in bed.


We spend a lot of our time looking at a lot of decor. And we’re pretty sure we’ve never seen barstools quite like these. Too cool!

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One of the best things to us about this designer is that she knows where to be subdued, and she knows where to be spunky. We don’t know about you, but we’re loving this spunk! (Another room that says, “Hey! Wake up!”)


But, then again, sometimes you prefer to go at a little slower pace, to feel soothed by a space. And literally bathing in luxury.

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Coastal touches make this room beachy without taking a turn for the kitschy. The bed is so amazing!


To us, anything from the natural world fits right in. These sea fans are both beautiful and add a refreshing pop of color. We love how the red carries through from the accessory on the nightstand in the bedroom.


Speaking of bedrooms… Could this one possibly be more charming? This is such a great use of a small space and is perfect for kids and adult guests alike. 

So what do you think of Mary-Bryan Peyer’s work? Was it love at first sight for you too? 

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