Things We Love: Meaningful Collections

collections of canes
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


When you live on the coast, you have a lot of time to think about which things in your home are most important to you. 


collections of porcelain
Suzanne Kasler


At least once a year there is some sort of hurricane or major storm and, not wanting to be stuck on an island indefinitely, we evacuate. (It was the deal I made with my husband when we moved! I’m pretty sure he would never leave…)


collections of china
Beth Webb Interiors


Generally, we don’t give it much thought. 

collections of antique audubon prints
Sarah Bartholomew


Board up, pack a bag, hope for the best, come home and assess. 


collections of books
Suzanne Kasler


But everyone has those things that are most important to them, those special, sentimental pieces that represent family or trips or happy times, the non-negotiables that they pack up and take when a disaster seems imminent because they would be heartbroken if they lost them. 


collections of silver
Beth Webb Interiors


It could be signed books, family silver, favorite, irreplaceable photos taken during a time when clouds lived in the sky, not on our cell phones and laptops.


collection of hats
Architectural Digest


Collections, if you will, that don’t fall into the “it’s just stuff” category. 


collections of blue and white
Suzanne Kasler


It could be a collection of treasured blue and white china, collected over generations and passed down or simply gathered through years. 


collections of baskets
Serena & Lily


Baskets adorning a wall


collections of tortoise boxes
Suzanne Kasler


Precious tortoise boxes, each symbolizing a cherished vacation, memory or special occasion, 


collections of cornishware
One Kings Lane


Charming Cornishware given piece by piece as wedding gifts from family and friends. 


collections of plates
Architectural Digest


Or maybe even family china or linens, repurposed and much loved. For me, for years, it was nothing. But, when Hurricane Florence came, and maybe now, ever after, I took two treasures: an antique lapdesk and an early 1800s mother-of-pearl and sterling dessert set that belonged to my husband’s grandmother and was one of my favorite wedding gifts. It was far too beautiful for floodwaters. 

Are you a collector–or a wannabe collector? What would you collect if you were going to start?


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Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Feels Like Falling preorders are rolling in! Get yours today!


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.


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



Things We Love: A Banquette That Elevates the Room

Jeffrey Dungan Architects


We do it. We know you do too. You get to a restaurant and there are a couple chairs on one side and a big, cushy, cozy booth on the other.

Beth Webb Interiors via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


If you’re with older friends or relatives, bosses etc. you probably selflessly take the chair side, feeling like a martyr the entire time as you do.

banquette in dining room
Stephen Sills Assoc and John B. Murray via Architectural Digest


If you’re with your kids or husband or maybe even your best friend, there’s probably a bit of fighting over the good side that ensues. At least, there is in our world.

Southeastern Designer Showhouse


So why relegate the squishy, comfy, cozy booth side to restaurants when you can have one in the privacy of your own home?



All of these gorgeous banquettes make us think that this is really the best idea.

Dana Wolter Interiors


And who cares if you sit four wide in the privacy of your own home? We’re not judging.

NE Home Magazine


An awkward corner becomes a fabulous reading area with the addition of built-in seating,

Meredith Ellis Design via Dering Hall


And a simple breakfast becomes an event. 



We love the space-saving abilities of the banquette, and how it can be built straight across, in an L-shape, a U… You get the idea.

Gomez Associates via Architectural Digest


It even has the power to transform a charming breakfast area into a multipurpose space, perfect for reading, crafts or anything else your family needs! 

Are you a fan of the banquette? Do you have one in your home? 

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today! We always love it when you do!


The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.



House Tour: Ponte Vedra Beauty by Beth Webb

Beth Webb living room

If you are a long-term follower of Design Chic, you know we are big fans of the work of Beth Webb.

Beth Webb coffee table

And her fabulous book, An Eye for Beauty, was one of our favorite coffee table books of the year. This stunning home is no exception to her always-amazing work. 

From unique artifacts that create the perfect accessorized spaces, 

Beth Webb living room

To furniture that creates the right mood and tone, 

Beth Webb

Beth Webb’s designs are always fresh, unique and help create spaces that feel like home. 

Whether it’s a pretty dining nook filled with light and accented with nature’s finest,

Beth Webb dining room

Or a more formal, traditional dining room perfectly executed, Webb handles every style with skill and grace. 

Beth Webb dining

It is each tiny detail,

Beth Webb kitchen

That comes together so seamlessly to create these picture-perfect spaces. 

Beth Webb dining

A table set in style for dining al fresco, 

Beth Webb office

A chic workspace with natural elements

Beth Webb office

And a home office well appointed for getting in a hard day’s work without ever having to leave your PJs, all come together seamlessly in Webb’s skilled hands. 

Beth Webb bedroom

The only thing better than a comfy, cozy master bedroom…

Beth Webb bathroom

Is a spacious and spa-like master bath!

Beth Webb bedroom

This Ponte Vedra home by one of our favorite designers makes us want to visit Florida for more than just the weather!

Beth Webb bedroom

What’s your favorite space? Hard to choose, isn’t it? For more of Beth Webb’s amazing style, check out her new book An Eye for Beauty

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! 

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I had to share my new, finalized book cover with my Design Chic friends! I can’t believe THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM will be out in the world April 3. Thanks to those of you who have already preordered! I’ll be announcing the dates for the beyond incredible Southern Charm tour in just a few weeks, so stay tuned! I’d love to see you at an event! 











An Eye for Beauty with Beth Webb Interiors

Beth Webb Interiors An Eye for Beauty living room

 Good morning, chic readers! You know how we love sharing a great design book. And do we ever have a fabulous one for you today!

Beth Webb Interiors entrance

Beth Webb of Beth Webb Interiors has long been a favorite designer of ours. So we were so excited when we heard that she was coming out with a new coffee table book, Beth Webb: An Eye for Beauty–and that we were going to get an advance copy! This beauty releases September 19, and it’s a must have!


Beth Webb Interiors dining room

Through twelve residences from Atlanta to Costa Rica, “Beth reveals how she has layered the house’s history and the homeowners’ past with the way they want to live now.”

Beth Webb Interiors office

Webb focuses on all the senses to create an experience for her homeowners that makes them feel content and nourished in their homes. And that is evident on every page.

Beth Webb Interiors living room

A little more about the designer: Beth Webb entered the world of interior design by way of her experiences as an art dealer, having received a Master’s degree from Sotheby’s in London. As Founder and Creative Director of Beth Webb Interiors for more than 20 years, Beth has been frequently featured in House Beautiful, Traditional HomeVeranda and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazines.

Beth Webb Interiors dining room

In 2015, Beth won the prestigious Southeast Designer of the Year Award–and, looking through the amazing pages in her books, we can see why! If you’re looking for some design inspiration, or a stunning volume for your coffee table, be sure to check out AN EYE FOR BEAUTY: ROOMS THAT SPEAK TO THE SENSES

Today, we are carrying everyone who lost friends or loved ones on September 11 in our hearts. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will never forget.

And friends affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma,  our thoughts and prayers are with you as you rebuild.


In Good Taste: Beth Webb Interiors


Refined. Elegant. Chic. Those are just a few of the words that come to mind when we see the good taste of Beth Webb Interiors. Take a peek for yourself. It’s sure to brighten your Tuesday!



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