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. 


Ken Tate white clapboard house


Ken Tate White House with arched doorway and lanterns


Ken Tate guest house with New Orleans creole style


Ken tate porch


Ken Tate Porch


Ken Tate porch


Ken Tate Architecture out building


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. 


Mary Alice Monroe
Photo: Minka Kelly; Andie MacDowell Credit: Copyright 2018 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Nino Munoz


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


Ken Tate house exterior
Ken Tate


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!)




Andrew J. Howard Interior Design


Andrew J. Howard Interior design


Photography Francesco Lagnese


Blank to Beautiful Andrew J. Howard


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.


Tour a Beautiful Georgian Revival and More

Tammy Connor Stan Dixon Georgian Revival


Tour a Georgian Revival – Designed by Stan Dixon|Interiors by Tammy Connor

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In Case You Missed Our NEW SERIES 

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Beautiful Gift’s for Mom




Simple Beauty Products for Stay-at-Home Style




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 [email protected] 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.


Launch of Blank to Beautiful Video Series TODAY

blank to beautiful


Good morning, friends! Today is a banner day on Design Chic! We are launching our new video interview series, Blank to Beautiful, where we’ll be interviewing designers, writers, artists and creatives about the glorious transformation from blank to beautiful. (Feel free to share the video if you’d like!)

Because today is the launch of my sixth novel, Feels Like Falling, Mom (Beth) did something she’s not too terribly fond of, and took the the camera to interview me about my creative process, my childhood aspirations, the craziest part of launching a book without a tour and lots of fun mother/daughter things. It’s actually really cool to be interviewed by your mom! I might take her on the road with me when we get to go out again!(And, also, if you’re thinking we’re crazy to launch a book and a new series, we know. But why not, right?!)


Maren Devine warrior girl


Order Feels Like Falling and send your receipt to [email protected] 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!!

Thanks, Design Chic readers, for all your support over the past few years, and these past six books. If you haven’t read one of my books yet, but you’ve been curious, today would be a great time to start! I’m usually on week two of a six-week book tour right about now, traveling around the country and meeting thousands of readers in person, so this launch, needless to say, is going to be a little bit different! 

Parade, Working Mother and SheReads called it one of the most anticipated reads of 2020, Frolic and Get Literary want you to read it for Spring, Mary Kay Andrews picked it for her 2020 reading challenge–and called it “your next summer sizzler”–and the Southern Independent Booksellers Association awarded it an “Okra Pick,” meaning they want to hand sell it all season long!


And don’t forget:  Books make great MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS!


Pick up your copy at your favorite local bookstore,, Amazon or wherever books or sold.

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 extremist 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, Diana Harrington, 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 worn-out 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 her first love returns, 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, 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.


Also, for the first time ever, we are hosting a Feels Like Falling Photo Contest! From now until May 3:

1. Take a photo of Feels Like Falling

2. Post on Instagram or Facebook

3. Use the hashtag #feelslikefalling so I can find your photo and tag me if you can!

4. I’ll repost them and then…

One grand prize winner will receive a $100 Target Gift Card and 5 runners up will receive an exclusive Feels Like Falling Candle. You photos can be pretty or funny, cute or cuddly, crazy or tame… It doesn’t matter! Whether you’re a reader or an influencer, you can enter!

photo via Andrew Howard

Thanks so much again for all your support! Next week I’ll be interviewing our first designer–Andrew Howard about what inspires him, his favorite projects and creating his dream home. You know how much we adore him, he’s funny as all get out, and we can’t wait to give you behind-the-scenes look at how he transforms spaces from blank to beautiful! 

Get FEELS LIKE FALLING today from your favorite independent bookstore, online retailer or wherever books are sold. Friends!

Amazon is temporarily sold out of paperbacks but of course have the kindle available. (Thank you, by the way!) They’ll be back soon, but,

in the meantime, here’s a list of availability:




Porter Co Book Shoppe

The Country Book Shop

Quail Ridge Books

Beaufort Linen Co.

Dee Gee’s Books & Gifts


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