House Tour: Washington, DC’s Oldest Home Restored

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The oldest home in Washington, DC was actually originally built in Danvers, Massachusetts in 1754. 

  Washington historic home entrance  

But George and Miriam Morris, former owners of the house, had it disassembled and moved to DC. And we can see why. 

  Washington historic home staircase  

The home, which has changed hands many times over the past two and a half centuries or so–and was even once a girls’ boarding house–was in desperate need of a facelift.

  Washington historic home  living room  

When the Berman family enlisted Barnes Vanze Architects to restore the gem to its former glory, it had fallen into disrepair. 

  Washington historic home  living room  

It took almost a year to abate the mold lurking behind wallpaper and underneath the floorboards. 

  Washington historic home family room  

And great pains were taken to restore the home to its former glory while keeping as much of its original charm in tact as possible.  

Washington historic home  family room  

Family antiques combine with newer pieces to create a design scheme that feels collected, comfortable and updated. 

  Washington historic home bedroom  

Large windows make the space feel open and airy, 

  Washington historic home bathroom  

And nowhere is the unique updating this house underwent more obvious than in this gorgeous master bath, complete with an antique Swedish vanity and a Restoration Hardware bathtub.

  Washington historic home bedroom  

This home’s 8,000 square feet provide plenty of room for family and guests, and each space is perfectly appointed. 

  Washington historic home bathroom  

We think it’s safe to say that Washington, DC’s oldest house has been beautifully restored, updated for a new century and has a long, bright future ahead.

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

 

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Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Donations for Hurricane Dorian

Just a quick note: From September 13 until September 20, I am going to be donating 100% of my proceeds from preorders of Feels Like Falling to the Red Cross to help hurricane victims both in the Bahamas and locally here in NC. Simply order from your bookstore of choice and email me at [email protected] to let me know so I can donate for you!

If you have $15 lying around and you want to do something with it, by all means, please donate it to the hurricane. But if you were going to order Feels Like Falling anyway, let’s join forces to help out together!

 

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 9th, 2019: Prologue Event with The Star News and WHQR, The MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street #300, Wilmington, NC, 12 noon, Free and Open to the Public. Book sales by Two Sisters Bookery
September 12-15, 2019: Southern Independent Booksellers Association Discovery Show, Spartanburg, SC.
September 13, 2019: Cover Reveal for Feels Like Falling! All day. Follow @kristywharvey on Instagram for exclusive giveaways and information. 
September 15, 2019: SIBA Gallery Writers Breakfast, Azalea Ballroom, Spartanburg, SC, 7:30-9 am, with Mary Alice Monroe, Lynn Cullen and Kristin Harmel, Emcee: Kimberly Taws Daniels of The Country Bookshop. 
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

 

House Tour: Hám Interior Design

If you loved the good taste of Hám Interior Design in yesterday’s post as much as we did, then this house tour is sure to be a treat. 

A mix of shiplap, fine architectural details, black and white flooring with updated finishes, this is a home that is at once livable and stylish. 

A chic reading nook in a beautiful office is a perfect unique touch that makes this home feel cozy as can be,

And an updated kitchen with touches of old world charm combine effortlessly,

The right blend of form, function and whimsy.

An easy, calming color palette lends an instant serene vibe from the entrance hall to the dining room and beyond.  

 

And what we perhaps love the most about this home is the splashes of the unexpected–like the bold art in this bathroom–that sets this place apart from all the rest. 

Pops of color keep it just light enough, 

While a pretty mix of details add character in every space. 

A place for everything is the icing on the cake! 

We hope you’ve loved this British getaway from Hám Interior Design just as much as we have! 

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

In Good Taste: Philip Gorrivan Design

An entryway isn’t just one thing. Sometimes, it’s everything, a sign of what’s to come behind the door. And that’s certainly the case with Philip Gorrivan Design.

From New York to London, Deer Valley to the Hamptons, Philip and his team create unforgettable spaces that are nothing short of extraordinary. 

We think so much of this designer’s brilliance lies in the touches of unexpected. An eggplant door instead of basic black

Or a rustic beam can really help set the tone and define a space. 

You know we love a good gallery wall

Philip Gorrivan takes the gallery wall to the next level, adding tons of personality that reflects the homeowners’ favorite things. 

Pretty antiques mix with whimsical prints to create spaces the whole family can love. 

And the elegance is always perfectly understated. 

A fun wallpaper turns a hallway into a moment, 

And makes a simple vignette pop, 

While a well-placed chair and garden seat add a little something extra to a landing. 

From the living room to the stairwell, from coast to coast, and even across the pond, 

The work of Philip Gorrivan is always in good taste!



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In Good Taste: Shelley Morris Interiors

Shelley Morris Interiors

Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to share the good taste of Shelley Morris Interiors with you today! From a classic black-and-white entryway,

Shelley Morris Interiors

To a modern, glamorous chandelier

Shelley Morris Interiors

A high-gloss reading nook,

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To an über-chic office, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

These designers know how to make a house feel like home. With the right art, 

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The right lighting, 

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And an impeccable attention to detail, 

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Shelley Morris Interiors makes good taste in any room in the house look effortless. 

Shelley Morris Interiors

With perfectly sized furniture, a blank wall becomes a beautiful nook for catching up on correspondence, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

And gorgeous architectural details define a library in quiet elegance. 

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From the ultimate in entertaining, 

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To powdering one’s nose, Shelley Morris Interiors infuses good taste into every space!

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

Shelley Morris Interiors via Dering Hall


What’s Coming Up on the The Secret to Southern Charm book tour!

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public 

August 2: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 6:30 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, free for Sea Island Members and Guests

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Library

  • Who Am I?
    September 13, 2018
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    OVERARCHING QUESTION: How do our favorite books about self-discovery help us navigate our life’s journey?

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC 

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event

 

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In Good Taste: Marshall Watson Interiors

Marshall Watson living room
Photographer: Werner Straube

 

Some designers contend that there should be an antique in every room.

Marshall Watson entrance hall
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

For others, it’s a touch (or more!) of black, or a spot of red

Marshall Watson bathroom
Photographer: Werner Straube

 

Others still, don’t have any rules at all, make the rules up as they go along, bend the rules to reflect the family. 

Marshall Watson office
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

Whether it’s with a statement making gallery wall filled with good memories,

Marshall Watson dining room
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

A chic-yet-durable breakfast room suitable for adults and children alike,

Marshall Watson living room
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

Or a room that combines comfort, tradition, and abstract style to create effortless style,

Marshall Watson bathroom
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

We’d say that the designers of Marshall Watson Interiors play by their own rules. 

Marshall Watson dining room

The results, home after home, room after room, time after time, are stunning, pulled-together interiors that are unique to the families that live inside their walls.

Marshall Watson butler's pantry

And, really, isn’t that how it should be?

Marshall Watson sunroom

From combining comfort, style and function in a sunny garden room,

Marshall Watson bedroom

To creating a cozy, layered nest, the perfect end to any long day, 

Marshall Watson bathroom

These designers make good taste seem totally effortless.

Marshall Watson outdoor

On this, the second day of spring, we have to say that we think this outdoor style is just as chic as the indoors–and we can’t wait to get savor plenty of outside time in the months to come. Wherever you are, we hope it’s beginning to feel like spring! Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

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We’ve found a favorite new magazine that we are absolutely crazy about! Seasons Style & Design, based in Greensboro, NC and affiliated with O.Henry Magazine, is simply too beautiful for words! (These pictures don’t do it justice!)

slightly south of simple book

So I couldn’t be any more thrilled that they were so kind to feature me–and Slightly South of Simple–in their stunning spring issue. Such a treat! I’ll be at High Point Market, as Seasons says, at the Codarus Showroom, on Sunday, April 23, from 3-5pm. I hope all you fabulous design lovers will join me if you’re in town for the big show!

  Thank you so much to Seasons for all the book love! If you’re in the Piedmont, make sure to pick up a copy–or read online! You can follow anywhere you are! We know we will!

 

In Black and White

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Kelly Wearstler’s Home via Lonny

 The grandest statement in a fabulous entrance hall,

abstract-art
Lisa Sherry Interieurs

Crisp and calming in a beautiful living room,

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