House Tour: Montecito Summer Stunner

Montecito house tour by Mark Sikes with entry with wood beams

 

We don’t know about you, but, for us, Memorial Day always feels like the start of summer, official or not! We are more than ready for warm sunshine, long days on the beach and poolside reading. Montecito, CA is a place that knows how to do summertime right, and this gorgeous home designed by the talented Mark Sikes, is a perfect California summer stunner. Peruse every room and then go back a second time and savor. You won’t want to miss a single layer!

 

Montecito house tour by Mark Sikes living room in blue and white

 

Montecito house tour by Mark Sikes living room in blue and white

 

Montecito house tour by Mark Sikes living room in blue and white

 

Montecito house tour by Mark Sikes bathroom in blue and white

 

Montecito house tour by Mark Sikes kitchen with black pendants over island in blue and white

 

Montecito house tour by Mark Sikes library in blue and white

 

Montecito house tour by Mark Sikes family room in blue and white

 

 

 

Montecito house tour by Mark Sikes bedroom in blue and white

 

What do you think? Do you love this blue-and-white beauty as much as we do?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We love it when you stop by!

 

Pool and beach season are officially underway! Start yours on the right note by slipping a copy of my latest novel, the instant USA TODAY bestseller, Feels Like Falling, into your beach bag! Already read it? My Peachtree Bluff Series, featuring a trio of sisters, their mother and a family secret that has the potential to reshape what it means to be a family, is a great choice. And Slightly South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm are now available in mass market paperback! 

 

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Entrance Foyers that Say Welcome & More

Entrance foyers with wood beams from Donald Lococo
Donald Lococo Architects| John Cole Photography

 

Entrance Foyers that Say Welcome

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Inspiring Home Libraries

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Beach retreat bedroom with Serena & lily swing chair

 

Beach Retreat Bedroom with Serena and Lily Swing Chair

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With just a little more than a week until Mother’s Day, have you picked something up for mom yet?  Feels Like Falling , is the perfect gift!

 

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In Good Taste: Kate Marker Interiors

 Kate Marker Interiors entry with oriental rug
Emily Kennedy Photography

 

Happy In Good Taste day, friends! You know how we love featuring new designers each week–and we are so excited to showcase designs by Kate Marker Interiors today!

 

 Kate Marker Interiors hallway
Grand Traditions Home Builders | Stoffer Photography

 

A crisp, clean, soothing interior color palette has to be one of our favorite hallmarks of design, and Marker creates that in droves. 

 

 Kate Marker Interiors kitchen with brass hardware
Emily Kennedy Photography

 

She pulls off glamour with aplomb, 

 

 Kate Marker Interiors kitchen
Emily Kennedy Photography

 

But there’s also something slightly bohemian about Marker’s designs that creates her signature style so well.

 

 Kate Marker Interiors kitchen
Margaret Rajic Photography

 

A pop of wood (and some chicly offbeat holiday decor) in the kitchen, 

 

 Kate Marker Interiors bathroom
Hammerkraft Builder | Moment Architecture | Stoffer Photography

 

Bathrooms that mix the old and new, the laid back and the luxe,

 

 Kate Marker Interiors dining room with beams and slipcovered chairs
Hammerkraft Builder | Moment Architecture | Stoffer Photography

 

And living spaces that are at once casual and sophisticated, 

 

 Kate Marker Interiors gate
Stoffer Photography

 

Round out Marker’s distinctive style.

 

 Kate Marker Interiors laundry room
Emily Kennedy Photography

 

Even the laundry room has her seal on it.

 

 Kate Marker Interiors stocking the bar
Margaret Rajic Photography

 

A mix of elegance, whimsy and rustic charm combines to create a show-stopping bar,

 

 Kate Marker Interiors butler's pantry
Hammerkraft Builder | Moment Architecture | Stoffer Photography

 

And even the butler’s pantry is photo ready.

 

 Kate Marker Interiors mudroom
Margaret Ragic Photography

 

When the mudroom is this stylish, we know what lies beyond the back door is going to be fabulous! We hope you’ve loved the good taste of Kate Marker as much as we have!

 

What Your Favorite Influencers are Saying About Feels Like Falling:

feels like falling Kristy Woodson Harvey
Photo via Kristie in Carolina

Kristie in Carolina Says:

It’s safe to say, this book is my favorite one yet from Kristy!

Feels Like Falling is a southern, summertime story that follows two strong characters, Gray and Diana, who are almost total opposites in personality and in their stages of life.

Gray heads to the North Carolina coast for the summer to try to find herself after the recent loss of her mother and separation from her husband. Meanwhile, Diana has broken up with her boyfriend, lost her job, and finds herself out on the streets.

Feels Like Falling follows both Gray and Diana over the course of their summer and tells the story of strong women, unexpected friendships, and how both life and love have a way of working out.

This is definitely a book you’re going to want to add to your summer reading list! I am really hoping that Kristy decides to make this book in to a series!

Thanks so much, Kristie! Feels Like Falling is available for preorder now and officially releases April 28, 2020, wherever books are sold!

 

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House Tour: Point Washington, Florida

Point Washington living room by Urban Grace

 

Good morning, friends! We don’t know about where you are, but it has been f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g here! Actually freezing, which is pretty rare for our little part of NC!

 

Urban Grace Point Washington dining room

 

We have been dreaming about warm Florida temps–or at least a cozy place to curl up until the cold passes–and this gorgeous Point Washington home by Urban Grace Interiors is the best of both worlds. 

 

Urban Grace Kitchen in Point Washington

 

The warm color palette and cozy finishes create just the place to curl up and while away a winter’s day,

 

Urban Grace designed bedroom in Point Washington with gallery wall

 

While bright, light touches and accents–like this shiplap ceiling–are old Florida charm personified.

 

Urban Grace designed bedroom in Point Washington

 

Pops of color add fun,

 

Urban Grace designed bedroom in Point Washington

 

While unexpected art creates an instant focal point.

 

Urban Grace designed kitchen Point Washington

 

And who couldn’t feel warmer at just the site of these gorgeous, Springy blooms?

 

Urban Grace designed mudroom in Point Washington

 

A touch of green leads from the indoors out,

 

Urban Grace designed porch Point Washington

 

And a beautiful outdoor living space blends all the best aspects of this design.

 

Urban Grace designed porch Point Washington

 

We wouldn’t ever want to leave this porch, where Urban Grace has created a true Florida paradise.

 

Urban Grace designed porch Point Washington

 

Eclectic and cool,

 

Urban Grace designed porch Point Washington

 

With unfailing attention to detail,

 

Urban Grace designed outdoor shower Point Washington

 

And–our favorite!–an outdoor shower!

 

Urban Grace designed curb appeal Point Washington

 

The exterior of this home is just as stunning as the interior in every way. 

 

Urban Grace designed play house Point Washington

And no one was forgotten in Point Washington, certainly not the smallest members of the family. This lovely playhouse is the icing on the cake of this amazing home that we would never want to leave, no matter the season! What is your dream winter getaway?

 

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Southern California Here I Come!

Feels like falling

I’ll be on a Southern California mini-tour soon with lots of great author friends! If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you!

January 30, 2020: “Southern Lunch Event” with Mary Alice Monroe and Kristin Harmel. In Conversation with Kristina McMorris. Hosted by Adventures by the Book. 12 pm, Claim Jumper, San Diego, CA

January 31, 2020: SuperBook TaleGate Adventure with Cassandra Conroy, Fiona Davis, Kristina McMorris, Mary Alice Monroe, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Jan Moran, Karen White and Beatriz Williams. 6-7:30 pm, Signal Hill Public Library, Signal Hill, CA.

February 1, 2020: SuperBook Weekend Adventure, Aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA. Click here for more information and tickets.

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House Tour: William Litchfield Architectural Designs

William Litchfield Designs living room with bookcases

 

Whether preserving history or creating it, our homes have a lot of legwork to do. William B. Litchfield Architectural Designs is masterful in assisting them with both. 

 

William Litchfield Designs family room with dining table

 

We are big fans of his work, and this Regency-Inspired Georgian Renovation caught our eye right away. 

 

William Litchfield Designs bench and white paneling

 

We have learned (sometimes the hard way) that it takes exactly the right kind of architect or designer to restore a historic gem, to bring something truly special back to life. William Litchfield Designs is just the team to take on the challenge.

 

William Litchfield Designs dining room with crystal chandelier

 

It’s no wonder they received the 2016 Philip Trammell Shutze Award for this stunning home.  It is the perfect blend of old and new with spaces for everyone in the family. 

 

William Litchfield Designs dine-in kitchen

 

This kitchen is, in a word, happy. Or, at least, it feels that way to us. 

 

sunroom with dining table William Litchfield Designs

 

And we can imagine the guests gathered around this fire are happy too!

 

William Litchfield Designs staircase with striped wallpaper

 

The light in this house is just spectacular, a sure sign of a great architect,

 

William Litchfield Designs closet

 

But the details truly shine. This closet is simply breathtaking, with a place for everything.

 

 

You know we’re big fans of interiors, but, in this case, we have to admit that, for us, the exterior stole the show.

 

 

Grand, gracious, elegant… These are just a few words that come to mind right off the bat. 

 

 

And, taking this lovely pool into account, we think we’d also have to add calm to the list. From every angle, in every space, this home is the ideal blend of old and new. We hope you loved touring it as much as we did!

 

 

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Southern California Here I Come!

I’ll be on a Southern California mini-tour soon with lots of great author friends! If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you!

January 30, 2020: “Southern Lunch Event” with Mary Alice Monroe and Kristin Harmel. In Conversation with Kristina McMorris. Hosted by Adventures by the Book. 12 pm, Claim Jumper, San Diego, CA

January 31, 2020: SuperBook TaleGate Adventure with Cassandra Conroy, Fiona Davis, Kristina McMorris, Mary Alice Monroe, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Jan Moran, Karen White and Beatriz Williams. 6-7:30 pm, Signal Hill Public Library, Signal Hill, CA.

February 1, 2020: SuperBook Weekend Adventure, Aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA. Click here for more information and tickets.

10 Ways to Add Style to Your Kitchen

 

When it comes to kitchens, we spend a lot of time thinking about the usual things. White or stainless appliances? Wood or white cabinets? Wood or tile floors? Beyond the basics, there are so many ways to make the heart of the home warm, welcoming and absolutely you. Take a peek at a few of our favorite ways to add style to the kitchen!

1. Beautiful beams. Beams instantly lend a rustic feel, interest on the ceiling and, we think, an overall cozy feeling!

 

 

2. Add an arch. In the kitchen, the little things are everything. Arches are one of our favorite architectural details that create instant charm.

Kitchen Style with blue and white china
One Kings Lane

 

3.  Lend a personal touch with luxurious kitchenware. From china to silverware, serving trays to accessories, kitchenware is a fabulous way to express yourself in the heart of the home.

 

4. Use a pot rack. Not only is a pot rack a convenient way to free up cabinet space, but it also looks fabulous.

kitchen pendants with style
Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

 

5. Install statement lighting. A splash of color or a fun metallic can become an instant focal point in a kitchen.

kitchen marble adds style along with round pendant lights over island
Matthew Quinn Design

 

6. Accent with natural stone. Natural stone is a beautiful touch in a kitchen. This honed marble is absolutely stunning!

kitchen marble with style
Christopher Peacock Home

 

7. Hang your favorite art. In the land of appliances and cookware, art may not be a top priority but a well-placed piece or two adds tons of personality!

kitchen style with with marble
One Kings Lane – The Zhush

 

8. Display serveware with glass front cabinets. Glass front cabinets feel light, open and airy and are a great way to display favorite service pieces, china, wine glasses or family silver.

kitchen style with green paint color
One Kings Lane

 

9. Paint cabinets a signature color. In a world where neutral cabinets are the norm, painting cabinets a statement color is a way to instantly set your kitchen apart.

kitchen style range hood with double islands
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

10. Make a splash with your range hood. From a simple microwave vent to something truly spectacular, there are so many ways to vent your kitchen. A unique, beautiful range hood like this one adds so much impact.

 

What is your favorite way to add style to your kitchen? Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

 

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Great news, Kindle readers! Slightly South of Simple is now available on Kindle Unlimited. If you haven’t started my Peachtree Bluff Series, now is the perfect time 🍑 And, oh my goodness, thank you to all who have downloaded! Slightly South is 

still #1 in Southern Fiction.

The Huffington Post said of Slightly South: “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.” I’d love it if you checked it out!

 

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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?

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

   

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

Hendricks Churchill

 

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

 

Hendriks Churchill

 

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. 

 

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

 

William Litchfield

 

 

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| Jeff Herr Photo

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

Keeping close to home,

 

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!

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

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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)

 

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