The Southern Charm of Beaufort, SC

Beaufort, SC

When people ask me what my favorite part of being an author has been, I always say it’s the people I have met. 

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I mean, obviously, sitting at my computer and creating characters is my happy place. I don’t feel like me when I’m not doing that. 

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But the generosity and kindness of the people I have met all over the country has been astonishing to me. 

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And no group has been kinder or more generous than the amazing group that invited me to launch The Secret to Southern Charm (releasing 5 days from today on April 3!!) in Beaufort, SC as a fundraiser for the amazing Pat Conroy Literary Center. This pink guest house belongs to the stunning home above, whose owners, Lucius and Darryl Laffitte, whom we had never met, invited my entire family to come stay with them, sponsored the event, invited all their friends, and hosted a pre-launch cocktail party–all with the kind of effortless ease that can only be described as Southern Charm. The best part? This guest house was where Pat Conroy wrote his first novel. And, y’all, it’s gorgeous inside. The entire place, from top to bottom, is a study in remodeling an old, old home while keeping all the character. But not only that. It feels like home. It feels like the kind of place where families gather and friends congregate and no one ever wants to leave. 

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Speaking of places we didn’t want to leave… 

Anchorage Inn, Beaufort, SC

Amy and Frank Lesesne, owners of the beyond fabulous Anchorage 1770, didn’t only attend the event for the Conroy Center. 

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They invited us to their front porch

Anchorage Inn, Beaufort, SC

(And, trust us, we didn’t want to leave…)

Anchorage Inn, Beaufort, SC

They just invited this entire group of what I now affectionately refer to as my “Beaufort family,” of which they are obviously a part, for breakfast. Out of the kindness of their hearts. Just pure, old fashioned hospitality. The breakfast was ridiculously delicious and we are already planning our next trip to the Anchorage 1770! It is luxurious to say the least–and right downtown in the midst of all the action! (Or lack of action, which is really what you want when you go to Beaufort.) 

Anchorage Inn, Beaufort, SC

Allison and Mark Guilloud, owners of the Elizabeth Barnwell Gough house, which is just beyond hosted this epic event at their historic jewel. It honestly would have been a huge treat just to tour the house much less get to speak and have cocktails there.

And Hahn Family Wines said, “Drinks are on us!” (The wine was fabulous!)

Debbi Covington of Catering by Debbi Covington provided her exquisite services free of charge–and even sent us home with a big plate, so, for once, I left a speaking and signing and didn’t go to bed with an empty tummy!

The lovely Lynn Monday of the astoundingly stunning Lynn Monday Home sponsored this event so graciously. (Her store is nothing short of drool-worthy. We were in there forever!)

And so did my friend Pat Denkler, who I had met exactly once before but whom I just know that I will know forever. She worked tirelessly to put this whole thing together (And will absolutely KILL me for acknowledging her in any sort of public way. But I’m doing it anyway!) to honor the memory of her friend Pat Conroy and celebrate her friend Cassandra King Conroy and help me in a big, big way. Because that’s who she is.

This incredible woman is not only kind. She’s a legend. Pat became the first Navy woman to be carrier qualified in a jet aircraft when she landed aboard the aircraft carrier USS LEXINGTON (AVT-16). But it wasn’t enough for her to be a star in her own right. She decided to pay it forward, designing the jet transition syllabus to allow other women to do what she had done, since only men were allowed at the time to get their wings through the jet pipeline. At a time when we could all use a few more role models, this is one I sure am glad to have. 

My incredible publicist Kathie Bennett, who is a huge supporter of the Conroy Center and the mastermind behind this event and all of my truly epic book tours, not only sponsored the event but help put it all together–and Allison Dunne and her beautiful daughters Erin and Kelly were the winners of the ticket giveaway and came in from all over the country to help celebrate. They made me feel so special, were incredibly delightful and inspiring people, and meeting them was one of the highlights of the weekend!

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Scout Southern Market

My new friend Ann Higgins (who my fab cousin–well, you know, first cousin once removed, but we’re all kind of cousins down here–Kelly Williamson introduced me to) at Scout Southern Market had us over to her home away from home too. Not just for the shopping, which was beyond. We had so many bags we had to take breaks on the way back to the car. But she invited us for sweet tea floats, which are as amazing as they sound. 

All in all, this town took southern hospitality to a new level, opening their homes, their hearts and their front porches to some strangers from a state over. And they gave The Secret to Southern Charm an unforgettable launch with–what else?–a big, heaping spoonful of their own. 

We kick off the The Secret to Southern Charm tour for real this Saturday at Beaufort Linen Co. in the other Beaufort in NC! After that, it’s five weeks on the road. I would love to see you at an event. If you’re in NC, SC, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey or Delaware then I’m coming your way! Check out my full tour schedule

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We are SO excited because The Secret to Southern Charm officially launches just five days from today! We can’t believe it! To celebrate, we are giving away a $200 Target gift card so that you can stock up on all your favorite beach accessories before those warm, lazy days of summer are here. 

To enter, all you have to do it pre-order The Secret to Southern Charm from your bookstore or website of choice. The Secret to Southern Charm is available from your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Books-a-Million, Indiebound and wherever books are sold! It is being simultaneously released in paperback, hardback, e-book and audio, so check out your favorite version! You can get extra credit for sharing. (Check out the Rafflecopter below.) Thanks so much for all your support, sweet friends. We are so grateful for you!

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Places We Love: Beaufort, South Carolina

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There is so much to love about Beaufort, South Carolina. The Avenue of the Oaks.

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The historic Beaufort cottages.

The gorgeous design and architecture of newer homes by the crazy talented Allison Ramsey–who does chic, coastal style with tons of charm like no one else!

Allison Ramsey

And, on March 15, the launch of my fourth novel, the second book in the Peachtree Bluff series, The Secret to Southern Charm

Allison Ramsey

I visited Beaufort, SC for the very first time last year during a talk to a fabulous crowd at the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s author luncheon series. (We had the BEST time.)

Allison Ramsey

Amazing author Cassandra King invited me into the home she shared with her late husband, Pat Conroy, and, truly, stepping into their personal library was a moment I will never forget, something that I will tell my grandchildren about one day. 

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March 15, I will be back in beautiful Beaufort to launch my book at a fundraiser for the Pat Conroy Literary Center held at the incredible historic Barnwell-Gough house, currently owned by Mark and Alison Gouilloud. 

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Built in 1789, The Barnwell-Gough House is made of tabby—a cement mixture using oyster shells—covered with stucco, in contrast to Ansley’s home in The Secret to Southern Charm, and the homes she designs, which are mostly white clapboard. But their sense of history is what binds them. It is, after all, our pasts that make for the most compelling stories.

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I would love to see you there, of course! 

Allison Ramsey porch

So much so that I am hosting a giveaway of two tickets to the evening event, which includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a signed copy of The Secret to Southern Charm. 

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I’ll be making a fun talk that night about the journey to The Secret to Southern Charm and how the inspiration for the historical remodels that Ansley undertakes in the novels came from my own experiences renovating historic homes. 

Allison Ramsey guest house

In addition to the two tickets, we are also going to provide one night’s lodging at the super cool City Loft Hotel (where we have booked a block for the night of March 15!).

After the fun of the cocktail party, spend the day touring Old Sheldon Church Ruins, visiting the St. Helena Memorial Gardens, the Gullah cemetery where Pat Conroy is buried, and shopping and dining in downtown Beaufort. It’s the perfect mini-getaway!

Enter to win TWO tickets to the launch event and 1 night at Beaufort’s City Loft Hotel by doing any or all of the following:

  1. Visit either my personal page, Design Chic or Kristy Woodson Harvey Author on Facebook and share the post about the giveaway and tag the friend you’d like to bring! (3 entries)
  2. Follow us on Instagram–@kristywharvey–and respond to the Instagram post by tagging the friend you’d like to bring. (3 entries)
  3. Preorder a copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM from your venue of choice and email me at [email protected] to let me know. (5 entries)

That’s it! We’ll close the giveaway on Saturday, February 10 at 10 am and announce the winner by the evening! Thanks so much for participating. 

If you don’t want to wait to find out if you’ve won, order tickets here

 

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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?

 

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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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Creating Signature Spaces

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Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had a terrific weekend. Ours was full of tree lightings and parades (on water and land!) and general holiday merriness. We know this season can be filled with craziness, but we love the chance to slow down and take a breath too. 

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This weekend, we got to take that breath with the incredible Signature Spaces from the interior world of Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen.

We love the idea of well-travelled interiors that the pair espouses in this book. Because no one wants to live in a sterile box that doesn’t feel like them at all.

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Instead, we love the idea of creating spaces with meaning, that are reminders not only of what makes us happy but also of where we have been. 

Family photos are, of course, one of our favorite ways to infuse our homes with memories. But, beyond that, we love art that has a story, to be able to look back at a piece and remember a treasured time in our lives.

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Books are another favorite way to mark an occasion. I try to purchase a new book when on vacation and leave myself a note of where and when I read it. I’m in awe of how much more I remember both the story and trip when I do that!

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Last week, the Lies and Other Acts of Love book tour sent me to Beaufort and Bluffton, SC to speak at the University of South Carolina Beaufort luncheon series, where I spoke on “Life by Design.” 

This was a special honor made all the more meaningful because I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon at the home of Cassandra King and the late Pat Conroy, who are, incidentally, two of my favorite authors. I know for sure that standing in their beautiful library, full of some of the most notable books of all time, in their lovely, warm home on the water will be something I will always remember, a story I will share with my grandchildren.

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Theirs is a perfect example of a home that feels well-collected, that is a tribute to the extraordinary lives these two have lived, a blend of family, literary accomplishments and interesting travels. I met so many wonderful people on that trip, began friendships that I know will last forever. 

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One new friend, who made the most beautiful introduction for my talk, gave me an incredibly special gift, one that will grace my home forever. She shared with me a first edition of her favorite book, The Year of the Great Grandmother, by the celebrated Madeleine L’Engele. Inside was a note for me, one that will always remind me of that trip, of the people I met, of the time I spent, the memories I made.

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This, for us, is the best way to fill your house, to add meaning to your space, and to truly feel at home where you are. Whether it’s a favorite photo, a once-in-a-lifetime piece of furniture, or a treasured artifact, we, like Signature Spaces, truly believe that our houses come to life when they are a reflection of what we love. 

We hope that, this holiday season, in between the hustle and bustle, you are busy making plenty of new memories to keep you warm for years to come!





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