Blank to Beautiful: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke


Happy pub day to my dear friends Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke for their new book HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, available now wherever books are sold! We had the best time chatting with them about their fab new book, how they got started and what it’s like to write with your best friend. (Spoiler: Their podcast is called We Fight So You Don’t Have To!);

p class=”” style=”text-align: center;”>More About Liz & Lisa: Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over thirty years. They are the co-authors of seven novels, including the Amazon Charts bestseller, The Good Widow. Their book, How to Save a Life, a dark heart-pounding love story with a Groundhog Day twist, releases on July 14th. Liz and Lisa host the popular podcast We Fight So You don’t Have To, and are monthly on-air contributors on their local news with Liz & Lisa’s Book Club. In their former lives, Liz worked in the pharmaceutical industry and Lisa was a talk-show producer. They both reside with their families and several rescue dogs in Southern California. 



The bestselling authors of The Good Widow deliver a modern, suspenseful twist on Groundhog Day that asks the question: How far are you willing to go to save the life of someone you love? Pick up your copy now!



Speaking of books… Are you a book lover? If so, have you checked out Friends & Fiction yet, my Facebook Live show on Wednesday nights at 7 pm with Mary Alice Monroe, Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel and Patti Callahan Henry? If not, check it out now! New York Times Bestselling author Jasmine Guillory is tomorrow night’s guest.


We can’t wait to see you tomorrow when we will be touring a fabulous lake house designed by one of our favorites, Beth Webb!


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Speaking of great summer reads… Now is the perfect time to read my USA TODAY Bestseller Feels Like Falling. Even if you can’t get to the beach, you’ll feel like you’re there! 


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Blank to Beautiful: Cindy Barganier


Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to share this super fun interview with our friend Cindy Barganier today. Cindy and her husband Jeff live in Pike Road, AL where they run Cindy Barganier Interiors. In addition to designing homes, Cindy has also created several product lines–and you have the opportunity to win pieces from one of them today! Simply head over to Instagram to win a gorgeous bag and scarf from one of Cindy’s new collections. She’s also a teacher, mentor and friend to many–including us!



Cindy has been featured everywhere from Coastal Living to Southern Home–and many, many more. She is just as charming as her work, and we know you’ll love getting to know more about her today. Mom and I are so thrilled to be able to showcase her talents today. 


Head over to Instagram for a chance to win this fabulous cosmetic bag and scarf from Cindy’s latest collection! You’ll be stylish all summer long!



Thanks so much for spending your summer with Design Chic! We always love seeing you here!


We hope to see you back here tomorrow for a fabulous “House Tour” designed by the incredibly talented  William B. Litchfield and captured so beautifully by Emily Followill PhotographerClick here to see a previous tour from Litchfield Design.




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Join Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Patti Callahan Henry, Mary Alice Monroe and ME tonight on FRIENDS & FICTION where we host Delia Owens the author of  WHERE the CRAWDADS SING

Looking for the perfect holiday weekend read?  I would love it if you would pick up Feels Like Falling!





Blank to Beautiful: Kelly Harms


Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to share a wonderful interview today with my good friend, amazing author Kelly Harms. You might remember her from her bestseller THE OVERDUE LIFE OF AMY BYLER. Her new novel THE BRIGHT SIDE OF GOING DARK is a fun, fresh look into our complicated relationship with social media–and how sometimes it takes going offline to truly live.



From the bestselling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler comes a fresh, funny, and thoughtful story about going off the grid in order to truly live.

As one of the most popular influencers on social media, Mia Bell has lived her life online for years. With her celebrity dog and gorgeous fiancé, she is planning the ultimate virtual wedding—expensive, elaborate, and entirely paid for by sponsors. But off-camera, her world is far from picture perfect. After being jilted by her fiancé and faking her nuptials to please her sponsors, Mia finally has had enough. She heaves her phone off a cliff, ready to live—and maybe find love—offline for a change.

Mia’s sudden absence doesn’t go unnoticed, especially by techie loner Paige Miller, who hacks Mia’s account and begins impersonating the internet celebrity. Paige has her reasons. Her half sister, Jessica, idolizes Mia and desperately needs something to believe in. If taking over Mia’s online persona is Paige’s only means of connecting to her sister, so be it.

Creating a like-worthy life is more fun than Paige expected. But when she grows too bold and is caught in the act, a fiasco ensues that could forever change Mia, Paige, and the people who love them. Because somewhere amid the chaos is an invaluable lesson—one that only real life can teach.




We are SO excited to host our fabulous, long-time friend and wonderful designer Cindy Bargainer next week. Check back for our interview and more of her beautiful work!



Looking for a summer read? My USA TODAY Bestseller Feels Like Falling is part of Amazon’s 3 for 2 sale right now!

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Blank to Beautiful: Ken and Duke Tate


Happy Tuesday, chic readers! We hope you had the most amazing Memorial Day Weekend and got some time off to celebrate with family and friends–even if it was via Zoom! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this incredibly fun interview with architect extraordinaire Ken Tate and his son–author and sales and marketing manager Duke Tate. 



This dynamic father-son duo is overflowing with talent. Listen in as I chat with them about what it’s like to work together in a family business, what project Ken still has on his wishlist and get insight into one of the most fascinating creative processes I’ve ever heard–that actually inspired some of the storytelling in Ken and Duke’s latest collaboration, The Alchemy of Architecture. Check out more of Ken’s breathtaking work below. 
















For more Ken Tate on your coffee table, don’t miss out on his too-gorgeous-for-words book collection



Check back next Tuesday when I’ll be talking with New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews not only about her incredible novels but also about the design style that has inspired more than one story!



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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Blank to Beautiful: Mary Alice Monroe


Happy publication day to my friend Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times Bestselling author of 23 novels, including On Ocean Boulevard, a part of her beloved Beach House series. (That’s the one releasing today! Hooray!) Join us as we chat about Mary Alice’s love of conservation, how she feels about having 7.5 million copies of her books in print worldwide, and, of course, how she transforms blank pages into something beautiful!

Mary Alice has earned numerous accolades and awards, including: Induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame; the Southwest Florida Author of Distinction Award; and the prestigious Southern Book Prize for Fiction. 



Her bestselling novel The Beach House is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie starring Andie MacDowell. 



Stop in next week to hear one of our favorite architects, Ken Tate, and his son, author and marketing director, Duke Tate, chatting with us about one of the most enthralling creative processes we’ve ever heard of and the dream project that Ken Tate–even with all his accolades–still wants to undertake!

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Need a Memorial Day Read? Check out Nature.Books.And.Coffee’s Review of my Instant USA Today Bestseller, Feels Like Falling:

Feels Like Falling” by Kristy Woodson Harvey @kristywharvey was a definite 5⭐!!… This story has a dual POV, alternating between Gray and Diana. Gray just lost her mother to cancer!  She is the CEO of her company and recently split from her husband who cheated on her. She goes to spend the summer at the North Carolina shore. Diana who loses her job at the pharmacy has just broke up with her boyfriend, moved out of their shared apartment and planning to just live in her car! Just so happens, Gray has a spare guest house and offers Diana to stay there. These 2 , very different women truly bond and help each other through the hard times in their life. They learn so much about themselves, and what really matters in life! I loved both characters!! This story was sweet, dealing with love, loss, romance, motherhood, and life!! This truly was a perfect beach read. A very endearing, positive read.

Blank to Beautiful: Viola Shipman

Viola Shipman fans, rejoice! I had the BEST time with my buddy Wade Rouse, who pens fiction under the name Viola Shipman, talking about his new book The Heirloom Garden, how his creative process works and, yes, which was his favorite Real Housewife to interview back in his days at People magazine!

Publisher’s Weekly said of The Heirloom Garden: “The emotional scars left by war unite two women, generations apart, in Shipman’s sentimental family saga…Shipman’s tale successfully captures these women’s resilience and their hopeful desire for new beginnings.”



Check out our video and then head over to Instagram for a chance to win a copy of The Heirloom Garden AND Feels Like Falling! Also, check out the wonderful Michigan cottage Wade shares with husband Gary Edwards. 


ICYMI: Feels Like Falling is a USA Today Bestseller!

And an American Book Association Bestseller… And a Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller… And a Bookscan Bestseller… And it’s all because of YOU! So alllll the thank yous, my wonderful readers, for taking what could have been a lemon of a launch week and making it into the sweetest lemonade! I am truly wowed by all of you.

In-Stock and Ready to Ship!

If you haven’t read Feels Like Falling yet, and you’re looking to avoid all the out-of-stocks, I have a few recommendations for you!

Thank you again for all your support!! I am so grateful for each and every one of you!


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Blank to Beautiful with Andrew Howard Interior Design

Blank to Beautiful with Andrew J. Howard


Good morning, dear readers! We had the distinct pleasure of interviewing one of our favorite designers, Andrew Howard, for Episode 2 of our new video series, Blank to Beautiful. We chatted about his creative process, what he’s most proud of and even what he wanted to be when he grew up! The advice he gave is priceless, so don’t miss it. (And, it’s a quick 12-minute clip!)





Thanks for stopping by today.  We always love it when you do!



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

A Few More Favorite Picks:

May 6: 7 pm, Friends and Fiction Live with Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe. RSVP HERE

May 7: Conversations from a Page Virtual Event, 12 PM EST, RSVP Here. And sign up for the wonderful CFAP Newsletter Here!

May 8: Story on the Square Zoom event, 6:30PM. Details to come.

May 9: 7 pm. Farmville Public Library.

May 10: Book + Bottle 2 pm. More information here.


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Thanks so much, friends, for your incredible support of not only Design Chic, but of my writing career as well. Seeing Design Chic readers turned Kristy Woodson Harvey readers when I’m touring, even if it is virtually,  is one of the biggest thrills for me! You are amazing, and we love and appreciate you so much!


But they will be back very soon (ebooks and audio are not affected) and, in the meantime, here are so many other wonderful places to buy your paperback!

Below is a full list of stores that have signed bookplates they will happily send when you buy your books from them!

It’s also available from your local bookstore, 

 Barnes & NobleBooks-a-Million, Target,  Walmart and everywhere else books are sold.

Dee Gee’s Gifts and BooksPorter Co. Book ShoppeZia Boutique and Beaufort Linen Co are taking orders for signed, personalized copies!


Maren Devine warrior girl


Order Feels Like Falling and send your receipt to between now and May 3 and be entered to win a huge 30×40 print, of your choice, on canvas by @marendevineart and a $100 Visa gift card!

If you’ve already sent your receipt, you’re entered!

Thank you for all your amazing support during this time when things are so hard for so many. I hope Feels Like Falling is the perfect escape—and I can’t wait to see a gorgeous Maren Devine piece hanging in someone’s home!!

Favorite Gifts for Mother’s Day 

This Week on the Feels Like Falling Tour:

Thursday, April 30: Facebook Live with Viola Shipman (Wade Rouse) and The Cuyahoga Public Library. More information here.

May 1 : The Country Bookshop via Facebook Live in conversation with Kimberly Daniels Taws, 5PM.

May 1: 7 pm EST Kristy Facebook Live Q&A. (If you’d like to join on your page or in your group contact Kristy for more info!)

May 2: Beaufort Historic Site Book Swap and Feels Like Falling Drive-by Signing, 2-4 pm.

May 3: Florence-Lauderdale Library, 1 pm CST/ 2 pm EST

May 4: Read it Again Bookstore Author Series, 6 pm. Register Here.

May 7: Conversations from a Page Virtual Event, 12 PM EST, RSVP Here.

May 8: Story on the Square Zoom event, 6:30PM. Details to come.