Things We Love: Touches of Spring

 

Good morning, chic readers! Another week of social distancing and basically not leaving the house has us concentrating on all the little touches we can add for spring.

 

 

If you’ve been a Design Chic follower for a while, you know how much we depend on light fixtures to change the look of a room. This one is too good to be true!

 

 

Exhibit B. Now, this is how you do a lantern right!

 

 

This sunroom is storybook charming. We love every element!

 

 

A new nightstand can totally jazz up a bedroom. We love a pair, but it really isn’t a requirement! A mismatched set can be eclectic and cool.

 

 

And you know that really great feeling you get when you have a fresh, clean set of sheets to crawl between? Imagine when you have an entire fresh, clean set of bedding!

 

 

Isn’t it amazing what just a tiny tick of red can do? So fun!

 

 

We can’t think of anywhere we’d rather be than in this boat.

 

 

Well, maybe other than on the beach where that adorable chair and umbrella ended up!

 

 

Gingham touches, fabulous outdoor furniture and the most amazing coffee table add up to a truly enviable outdoor space.

 

 

And hanging chairs make it even better! They are one of our most favorite design elements.

 

 

During these times when the great outdoors are bringing us so much solace, they really do deserve to be celebrated.

 

 

And these outdoor spaces do just that in high style, from main pieces to finishing touches. Are you planning on making any changes to your home or porch for spring?

 

 

Ready for a new spring read to enjoy on your fresh made-over porch? Check out Feels Like Falling, the book Mary Kay Andrews called, “Your next summer sizzler!” Preorder now to avoid shipping delays. Official release date April 28, 2020.

 

 

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!

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

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

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

Ready for Summer in this Beauty by the Sea and More

 

Ready for Summer in this Beauty by the Sea

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Sunrooms to Love

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From Casual to Formal They Have it All

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Summer Houses by the Sea: The Shingle Style Releases Tuesday

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The Southern Side of Paradise Peachtree Bluff Series

I’d love for you to grab a copy of  The Southern Side of Paradise , one of Us Weeklys “Us Musts“.  It’s the Perfect Memorial Day Weekend Read! 

 

We hope yours is wonderful!

WEEKEND SALES

Take 20% Off Everything serena and lily

20% Off Everything –  one kings lane

25% Off Sitewide- horchow

Up to 40% Off Sale– shopbop

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Up to 40% Off Designer Sale neiman marcus

Half Yearly Sale up to 50% OFF Nordstrom

Designer Sale up to 50% OFF  saks fifth avenue

 


More Tour Dates

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

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

Tour the Charming Home of Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough breakfast room

 

Tour the Charming Home of Julianne Hough

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Tour a Chic San Diego House 

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Studio McGee kitchen

 

Styling Your Kitchen with Studio McGee

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Tour 10 Shingled Beach Cottages

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English Garden

 

Creating an English Garden

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Northern Italy

A 10 Day Travel Guide to Northern Italy

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Best Mother’s Day Gifts

 – mark & graham

 

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

 

 

For more inspiration visit our Instagram and Pinterest and our Top Ten Posts  HERE!

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

 

 

House Tour: Serene Coastal Style

serene Coastal Style living room

 

April showers are off to a serious start here this week, and three days in we are already looking forward to those May flowers the rain is sure to bring! 

 

serene Coastal Style living room

 

No matter the weather where you are this gorgeous home, full of serene coastal style is certain to brighten your day. 

 

serene Coastal Style dining room

 

This grand and gorgeous home designed by Atlanta’s Liz Williams is the ultimate in juxtaposition. Stunning woodwork and grand chandeliers

 

serene Coastal Style kitchen

 

Contrast beautifully with a calm color palette and comfortable furnishings. 

 

serene Coastal Style kitchen

 

Classic pieces blend beautifully

 

serene Coastal Style bar

 

with coastal touches that are charming and sparse, not over the top. 

 

serene Coastal Style bedroom

 

Bright, sunny spaces, 

 

serene Coastal Style bathroom

 

Lend that vacation vibe, 

 

serene Coastal Style bathroom

 

While vintage touches create that enviable layered look.

 

serene Coastal Style bedroom

 

The old and the new combine seamlessly in this guest room to create a space that suits every style.

 

serene Coastal Style bedroom

 

And luxurious touches ensure that guests will want to stay around. (Maybe a little too long!)

 

serene Coastal Style bathroom

 

And, oh, the monograms…

 

serene Coastal Style guest bedroom

 

They are an absolute showstopper!

 

serene Coastal Style bedroom

 

Turtle shells give a beachy, boyish feel,

 

serene Coastal Style porch

 

And well-appointed porches provide plenty of space to savor the main event: the great outdoors. 

 

serene Coastal Style curb appeal

 

The exterior of the home mirrors the interior. It’s charming, gracious and gorgeous without being over the top. 

 

serene Coastal Style

 

But the setting, as is so often the case, might just be the very best part of this stunning home. Serene and idyllic, it’s perfect for year-round living.

Photographed by Emily Followill

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic. We always love seeing you here!

 

The Southern Side of Paradise

And announcing… The Southern Side of Paradise Tour! Twelve states, forty cities…If I’ll be in a city near you I’d love to see you! Click here for full details on every event!

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