In Good Taste: Minnie Peters

`Minnie Peters design kitchen with beams and ladder  

There are certain things that always make us think of fall: Wood stacked in the fireplace

  Minnie Peters kitchen with beams and soapstone counters and wood island  

Beautiful, rustic beams

  Minnie Peters design kitchen with soapstone countertops  

An old-timey stove…

  Minnie Peters entry with wood beams  

And raw wood accents–especially when they’re paired with fall leaves of every color. 

  Minnie Peters glass front sliding cabinet in kitchen  

Minnie Peters’ great taste, filled with lovely European influences, has us feeling fall today!

  Minnie Peters dining room with round table  

A soothing color palette,

  Minnie Peters louvered closet door  

Antique accents (and wellies by the door!), 

   laundry room  

And the most charming architectural accents, 

   butler's pantry with white china  

Add up to a chicly lovely home that looks warm, cozy and lived in in the best possible way. 

  Minnie Peters dining room with glass front cabinet  

A few antique accents add charm in droves,

  Minnie Peters antique desk secretary  

And create eye-catching vignettes that are impossible to look away from.

  Minnie Peters bathroom with freestanding tub and chandelier over tub  

This tub is exactly the kind of place we’d like to soak with a cup of apple tea all fall long… What about you?

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Want to win this beautiful bracelet set from Boho Beads and an advance copy of my next book, Feels Like Falling? Head over to Instagram to find out how it can be yours!

 

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SALE EXTENDED UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

 

 Today is the last day to stock up during the Serena & Lily Friends & Family sale, where everything is 20% off. (Some exclusions apply, subject to change: art, gift certificates, Limited-Edition PUBLIC® C7 Bike, and final sale.)

Take a peek at some of our favorite styles to refresh your home for fall.

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Let’s Get Together!

Goldsboro, NC and Atlanta, GA, I’m heading your way soon. I’d love to see you!

Join Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, anchor and reporter Renee Chou, chef and host of “A Chef’s Life” on PBS Vivian Howard and yours truly for a fireside chat on October 18 at Walnut Creek Country Club. Get your tickets now! (P.S. The number of VIP Tickets has been increased from 75 to 100 but they are almost sold out. They include a signed copy of Vivian’s crazy amazing book Deep Run Roots and my The Southern Side of Paradise. Yay!)

 

I’ll be joining Grace Atwood (also of The Stripe) and Becca Freeman for a live Bad on Paper Podcast Event on October 23 at 8 pm at City Winery in Atlanta. Get your tickets!

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Things We Love: Farmhouse Style Kitchens

kitchen with wood beams
Architectural Digest

 

There is something about the change of seasons that always makes us want a change of scenery. As the air gets that first hint of crispness and the humidity starts to fade, we immediately begin dreaming of a little place in the country, maybe in the mountains, maybe on a farm

 

farmhouse style kitchen with beams and open shelving
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

We imagine gathering fresh eggs and cutting lettuces for salads and sipping mint-infused iced tea in a rocking chair overlooking acres of green. 

 

farmhouse style kitchen with wood island and marble top
Summer Thornton

 

Nighttime bonfires… 

 

Fergus Garber Young Architects via Dering Hall

 

Fresh-from-the-yard flowers… 

 

Tim Barber, Ltd Interiors

 

It’s all so dreamy. 

 

farmhouse style kitchen with lanterns and fireplace in kitchen
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

So, no, we don’t have that farmhouse. But that doesn’t mean that our kitchens can’t hold all our farmhouse fantasies. 

 

Period Architecture

 

Beautiful beams, a hint of rustic charm and the sense that everything is better when it doesn’t have to be perfectly in place, help create that farmhouse feel–even if there’s nowhere to house those chickens. 

 

 

farmhouse style with wood beams and subway tile
M. Elle Design via Dering Hall

 

Oh, and a farmhouse sink, of course. 

 

Jane Beiles Photography

 

A farmhouse sink is mandatory. 

 

farmhouse style kitchen with shiplap and beams
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

These charming kitchens are the perfect places for gathering around a table with family and friends, 

 

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Keeping close to home,

 

Remodelista

 

And making those fresh fall memories that only a new seasons can bring. Wishing you a few moments to savor these last days of summer!

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Are you looking for the perfect reads? Check out my Peachtree Bluff Series!

Peachtree Bluff Series

Harvey, considered to be the “it girl” of Southern fiction, introduces the first novel in the Peachtree Bluff Series this spring. Child, this book is everything! We’re hoping to see this soapy read on the Hallmark Channel.” (—Jamey Giddens Daytime Confidential)

 

In Good Taste: Kishani Perera Interiors

living room by Kishani Perera Interiors

Happy Tuesday, friends! We hope your week is off to a great start–and we know it’s about to get better. The good taste of Kishani Perera Interiors is sure to make you smile!

living room by Kishani Perera Interiors

You know we love a good bookcase–and we appreciate a bookcase full of volumes that are actually read. What a perfect chair to sit awhile and enjoy one of them.  

library with beams by Kishani Perera Interiors

Speaking of fabulous things to fill your bookshelves, The Southern Side of Paradise is out and perfect for your summer reading!office by Kishani Perera Interiors

We love the look of stained wood paneling, but sometimes it can make a room feel too dark. This room is the perfect balance of elements that feels light yet warm.

kitchen with blue island and wood stools by- Kishani Perera Interiors

When it comes to kitchens, this designer has incredible range. 

dining room in blue and white by Kishani Perera Interiors

From a charming banquette

Kishani Perera Interiors kitchen with marble countertops

to a sleek marble scheme,

A unique backsplash and fabulous herringbone floors

Kishani Perera Interiors kitchen

To simple grays and whites with a splash of fun color, kitchen style abounds in this designer’s portfolio.

Kishani Perera Interiors

Striking architectural details can make a bathroom feel super chic.

Kishani Perera Interiors bathroom

Whether dark and dramatic or light and bright, beautiful paneling makes a bathroom pop.

Kishani Perera Interiors bathroom with freestanding tub

A fun light fixture adds so much fun to a gorgeous bathroom. And that tub… Total relaxation!

Kishani Perera Interiors nursery in blue and white

The nursery might very well be the most fun room to decorate. This one is so adorable and will easily transform from baby to toddler. We love, love Bla Bla animals like the ones in the crib. Cloud the cat is one of little Will’s favorites!

Fabulous outdoor spaces are always, always the icing on the cake–when the cake is a stunning home. This space is perfection. We might never want to go inside!

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The Southern Side of Paradise

Head over to my Instagram  to learn how to win all 5 of these books!  Just in time for Summer reading!

 

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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House Tour: Shingled and Chic in Cape Cod

Richard Hallberg Interiors living room in Cape Cod

Happy house tour, chic readers! We are loving this beautiful shingled beach home, in Cape Cod by the fabulous team of  Hutker Architects and Richard Hallberg Interiors.  Take a look around and we think you’ll agree!  Enjoy!

Richard Hallberg Interiors living room on cape cod

 

Richard Hallberg Interiors kitchen on cape cod

 

Richard Hallberg Interiors dining room on cape cod

 

Richard Hallberg Interiors living room on cape cod

 

Richard Hallberg Interiors wood floors on cape cod

 

Richard Hallberg Interiors bedroom on cape cod

 

Richard Hallberg wood ceiling

 

Richard Hallberg Interiors porch

 

Richard Hallberg Interiors outdoor pool and garden

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

I just wanted to take a second to THANK YOU, my AMAZING readers for loving The Southern Side of ParadiseThank you for reading and for recommending to your friends and book clubs and sharing on your social media and blogs and being generally incredible. I am so blown away by how all of you have embraced this book and I am pinching myself every day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

 

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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Chic Beach Days

 

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More Tour Dates

 

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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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

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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!

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

May 2: Silver Coast Winery, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

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

May 4: Kinston, NC BBQ Festival

May 5: Dee Gee’s Launch Party, Morehead City, NC

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

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

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

May 11: South Main Book Co., Salisbury, NC

May 13: Junior League of Louisville Book Club Cocktail Reception, Louisville, KY

May 14: Murder by the Book, Houston, TX

May 15: Houston Women’s Club, Houston, TX

May 15: Signing at Segreto Finishes, Houston, TX

May 16: Signing at Stanley Korshak, Dallas, TX

May 18: Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH

May 19: Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN

May 20: Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas Coffee, Daniel Island, SC

May 20: Buxton Books, Charleston, SC

May 21: Snee Farm Garden Club, Mount Pleasant, SC

May 22: Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX

May 28: Florence Public Library, Florence, AL

May 31: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 1: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 3: Lexington County Public Library, Columbia, SC

June 4: Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

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

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

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD

August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC

August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC

August 8: Figure Eight Island Yacht Club Author Series, Figure Eight, NC

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY

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House Tour: Beauty by the Sea from Urban Grace

Estuary House from Urban Grace

 

Good morning, friends! All we know is that today a good day to explore this Beauty by the Sea from Urban Grace. Actually, come to think of it, there’s not a bad day for that. (Also, can we talk about this gallery wall, please? Perfection!)

 

Estuary from Urban Grace

 

I spent a fabulous weekend by the sea with my Tall Poppy Writer friends soaking up the best of what the Hamptons has to offer. Between a book signing at The White Fences Inn in Water Mill, staying at The Topping Rose House in Sag Harbor, and a handful of other spectacular events throughout the Hamptons, I was thoroughly spoiled. 

 

urban grace house by the sea

 

And, as luck would have it (if you call the inconvenience of a cancelled flight “luck”…) I got to spend an extra night in NYC to boot–and finally meet one of my coolest Instagram friends, Ashley Bellman. She’s a host of New York Live and QVC and all around fabulous. (And nice. So nice. Don’t you love it when that happens?)

 

Urban Grace by the sea family room

 

Plus, since this is a room full of fabulous bookshelves, it seems right to say that I got to go visit my publisher, Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, and check out a really fabulous display of my forthcoming May 7 novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE

 

Estuary Urban Grace

 

All in all, it was a great bonus day in the city, but the real bonus might have been coming home and seeing that THERE IS FINALLY SOME PROGRESS AT MY HOUSE.

 

Urban Grace by the sea

 

If you’re new here, let me get you up to speed: Hurricane Florence invited a tornado friend to have a party at my house on the Carolina coast. Let’s just say they didn’t use coasters, the house has been gutted since September, and they will not be invited back. 

 

Urban Grace by the sea

 

One of my favorite parts of the house is the third floor. It has charming angular rooflines, the best views going and, as of yesterday, shiplap in every nook and cranny. Honestly, I was on the fence about this move, but it is our son’s playroom, and, now that it’s up, I am so thrilled with the decision. It is darling!

 

Urban Grace by the sea

 

If I needed any more confirmation, this beach beauty is making me more confident than ever. 

 

Urban Grace by the sea office

 

It makes use of basically all of our favorite things: steel windows

 

Urban Grace by the sea kitchen

 

The right kind and amount of shiplap in all the right places, (P.S. I’m emailing you for this wash color, Urban Grace!)

 

Urban Grace by the sea staircase

 

And more light than money can buy, which, let’s face it, is the most important part of any beach house

 

Urban Grace by the sea kitchen

 

Urban Grace masterfully combines unexpected touches, 

 

Urban Grace by the sea dining room

 

A nod toward tradition,

 

Urban Grace by the sea entrance

 

And practicality with aplomb. 

 

Urban Grace by the sea

 

They should write a handbook, really. 

 

Urban Grace by the sea

 

And as for the main event? Well, it isn’t too shabby either… 

We hope you’re feeling warm and sunny now. We know we are! Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

 

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