10 Favorite Rooms with a Touch of Black

a touch of black in the entry foyer marble floor
Suzanne Kasler


Happy Monday, chic readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend. Today, we are channeling fall (even though it was 93 degrees yesterday) and celebrating a touch of black


a touch of black desk in the office
Tucker & Marks


Nothing grounds a room and creates chic contrast quite like the right amount of black. 


a touch of black Alyssa Rosenheck design
Alyssa Rosenheck


From black cabinetry, molding and trim contrasted with white furnishings, 


a touch of black in steel doors
McGill Design Group- Plum Furniture


To black-lined cabinets that add a hint of the hue,


a touch of black in art and floor lamp in living room of Alison Cayne
One Kings Lane


To stunning neutral spaces with just a touch of the color that every single room must have a hint of, a touch of black is one our favorite ways to create instant style in a home. 


Suzanne Kasler via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


A grand piano might the ultimate, of course–especially if you can actually play it–


a touch of black in the kitchen with black pendants
Serena & Lily


But something unexpected like these ceiling details is equally as incredible. 


a touch of black in the kitchen with The Fox Group
The Fox Group


From a beyond stunning range


bedroom with black 4 poster bed
Serena & Lily


To a lovely canopy bed (and floors!),


a touch of black screen door on porch


To a charming screen door, every space is better with a touch of black! Do you agree that every room needs a bit of this favorite shade?

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Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey Beach house book

I am so excited that my new novel Feels Like Falling releases on April 28!

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. 

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.


  The Peachtree Bluff Series

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!




Things We Love: A White Kitchen

Studio McGee


It’s one of the first places we go in the morning and one of the last places we visit at night.

de Guilio Design


It’s also the place, unfortunately, that the mail gets dropped, book bags get tossed, shoes get left…


Sam Allen Design


Which is terribly ironic since, if you’re like us, it’s the one place that, above all others, must, must be clean and neat and organized.


Muse Interiors


Maybe that’s why we’re so drawn to white kitchens. They lend that instant feel of relaxing, sparse cleanliness.Whether it’s a more modern space…


Elizabeth Metcalfe


Or a small but terribly chic spot…


One Kings Lane


A bright, expansive room with tons of storage


One Kings Lane


Or a beautiful white kitchen perfectly suited for feeding a family of any size…


Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles


When it comes to kitchens, we think white is far, far from basic and boring!  Add a few industrial touches,

Or even a fun pop of color. When white is foundation, you can’t go wrong!

Thank you, thank you or stopping by today! We hope you have a fabulous Thursday!


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A huge thank you to Parade Magazine for choosing The Southern Side of Paradise

as one of the 12 Big Fiction Reads Every Book Club Will Love in 2019. 


Also, don’t forget… 

Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble.  


June 1, 2019 Peachtree Bluff will be “taking over” Beaufort, NC, the town on which it was based. Every single person who preorders between now now and will be registered to win:

*Two tickets to the Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover and Tour–on Beaufort’s signature double decker red buses!

*Two tickets to the farm-to-table dinner and launch party under the stars at the Beaufort Historic Site

*Two nights lodging in Beaufort, NC

Just send an email with proof of purchase to [email protected] to enter!

Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

Preorder from your local bookstore or Indiebound!

Preorder from Amazon

Preorder from Barnes & Noble





Things We Love: Steel Doors in Design

McGill Design Group


Doors and windows are one of those things that are so crucial to the feel of a house but are quite often overlooked.

steel doors
Beth Webb


Sometimes, we can go through them and look out of them many, many times a day and never give them a second thought.

McGill Design Group


When they’re as fabulous as these steel doors, though, the panes in your home become something truly  

Lucas Eilers


We usually think of steel as adding an industrial touch,

Chango & Co


but, when used the right way, these steel doors and windows add an antiqued, lived-in feel to a home.

Christopher Architecture


They are sleek, clean and uncluttered,

steel doors in game room with wood beams
Ohara Davies-Gaetano


while still maintaining an undeniable charm.     

steel doors
Tom Arban PhotographyAnne Decker Architect


They add that all-important touch of black that every room needs,somehow seem to make the light pouring in seem even brighter,

steel door living room
McGill Design Group


and make a statement all their own, no window treatment required.

steel doors on porch

Lucas Eilers

We could stare out any of these doors and windows all day long.
We hope your Thursday has room for a little daydreaming, whatever window you’re looking out. Thanks for stopping by!

If you need a good read for these chilly fall evenings, why not check out my national bestselling The Secret to Southern Charm

The Secret to southern Charm

More Info about The Secret to Southern Charm

-A 2018 Spring Okra Pick
-USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction
-Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018
-Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List
-Raleigh News & Observer’s “The Best Reads of Summer”
-Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books”
-New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick


Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).





House Tour: California Cool Gambrel

California Mansard entrance
All Photos by John Merkl


Summer’s here, and we’re celebrating the place where the sun always shines. (Well, you know, it shines a lot.) This gambrel house designed by Cecy J Interiors oozes California cool and is a place we’d love to hang out no matter the weather. And stunning photography by John Merkl captures the very essence and feeling of this home in style. Take a quick peek. We think you’ll agree!


California mansard entrance



California Mansard kitchen


California mansard kitchen


California mansard kitchen


California mansard bathroom


California mansard bathroom


California mansard bathroom


Is this a dream house or what? Right down to the adorable dog in the backyard! Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here! 

Photos by John Merkl

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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 you tote.





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