House Tour: Warm & Welcoming in Malibu

Malibu beach house blue and white living room - Mark D. Sikes Amy Neunsinger Photography

Mark D. Sikes | Amy Neunsinger Photography

 

 

With one week of summer left, we are savoring every moment–

 

Malibu beach house Mark D. Sikes blue and white living room

 

And remembering today that there are some places–and houses–that feel like summer all the time.

 

Malibu beach house Mark D. Sikes Amy Neunsinger Photography

 

This Malibu home by Mark D. Sikes is one such place.

 

Malibu beach house Mark D. Sikes Amy Neunsinger Photography kitchen

 

Warm but not fussy,

 

 

Chic but never overdone,

 

Malibu beach house Mark D. Sikes Amy Neunsinger Photography family room in blue and white

 

This home is the epitome of California cool in every season. 

 

neutral staircase landing Mark D. Sikes Interiors Amy Neunsinger Photography

 

Textured layers,

 

Malibu beach house Mark D. Sikes Amy Neunsinger Photography

 

Modern moments,

 

Malibu beach house Mark D. Sikes Interiors Amy Neunsinger Photography home office

 

Stylish work places,

 

Malibu beach house Mark D. Sikes Interiors Amy Neunsinger Photography blue and white bedroom

 

And the coziest bedrooms,

 

 

Combine to create an oasis that is big on style. 

 

 

The thoughtful details of every room are, perhaps, the very best part. From a well-placed reading sconce for guests,

 

 

To a perfectly picked wallpaper,

 

 

Colors and tones blend,

 

 

While patterns blur, 

 

 

And each room has a personality all its own that still feels like a cohesive part of the whole. 

 

 

A well-collected feeling pervades.

 

 

And comfort is key in this chic Malibu home. It’s the perfect place to spend this remaining week of summer–and savor that sunshiney feeling all year long.

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Thrilled for the Christmas in Peachtree BluffTrailer

 

The fourth book in my bestselling Peachtree Bluff Series is releasing October 26 but is available NOW for preorder from your bookseller of choice! 

In the newest installment of New York Times bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s Peachtree Bluff series, three generations of the Murphy women must come together when a hurricane threatens to destroy their hometown—and the holiday season in the process.

When the Murphy women are in trouble, they always know they can turn to their mother Ansley. So when eldest daughter Caroline and her husband James announce they are divorcing—and fifteen-year-old daughter Vivi acts out in response—Caroline, at her wits end, can’t think of anything to do besides leave her with Ansley in Peachtree Bluff for the holidays. After all, how much trouble can one teenager get into on a tiny island?

Quite a lot, as it turns out.

As the “storm of the century” heads toward Peachtree Bluff, Ansley and her husband Jack, with Vivi in tow, are grateful they’re planning to leave for the trip of a lifetime. But Vivi’s recklessness forces the trio to shelter in place during the worst hurricane Peachtree has ever seen. With no power, no provisions, and the water rising, the circumstances become dire very quickly…and the Murphy sisters, who evacuated to New York, soon realize it’s up to them to conduct a rescue mission. With the bridges closed and no way to access Peachtree Bluff by land or air, they set sail on Caroline’s boat, The Starlite Sisters, determined to rebuild their beloved town—as well as their family.

In “pitch perfect tones” (Publishers Weekly) and written with her signature Southern charm, New York Times bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey explores the magic of Christmas, the power of forgiveness, and the importance of family in a tale that reminds us that, no matter the circumstances, home is always where we belong—especially during the holidays.

 

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House Tour: Beautiful Pacific Palisades

Pacific Palisades house tour entry

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a great week–and are in the mood for touring a one of a kind Pacific Palisades home.  A gorgeous mix of classic style and totally unique touches, this place proves that there’s nothing better than being bathed in blue and white.  Grab an extra cup of coffee and savor every square foot of this beautiful home designed by Mark D. Sikes and photographed by Amy Neunsinger.

 

Pacific Palisades house tour dining room

 

Pacific Palisades house tour living room

 

Pacific Palisades house tour

 

Pacific Palisades house tour

 

Pacific Palisades house tour

 

Pacific Palisades house tour

 

Pacific Palisades house tour

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Wednesday, sweet friends!

 

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“I found out my marriage was over the day my ‘Modern Love’ piece appeared in the New York Times.” And so begins UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY, available now from @simon.audio! If you need the perfect listen for your summer road trip, check out this audio clip! And, of course… it’s the perfect paperback for your beach bag!

Under the Southern Sky

 

 

One of E!’s Must-Read Books for April
One of Country Living’s 20 New Books You Don’t Want to Miss This Spring
One of Bookstr’s 8 Most Anticipated Reads of 2021
One of Frolic’s 12 Most Anticipated Books of 2021
One of BookTrib’s Most-Anticipated Reads of 2021
One of Brit + Co’s Books You Should Read with Your BFF

 

​Two childhood friends discover that love—and family—can be found in unconventional ways in this timely, moving novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “beautifully Southern, evocative Peachtree Bluff series” (Kristin Harmel, NYT bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names).

Recently separated Amelia Buxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Cape Carolina. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind.

 

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House Tour: Mark D. Sikes Designed LA Home

LA house tour Mark D. Sikes

 

We don’t know about you, but, for us, Memorial Day always feels like the start of summer, official or not! We are more than ready for warm sunshine, long days on the beach and poolside reading. California is a place that knows how to do summertime right, and this gorgeous home designed by the talented Mark Sikes, is a perfect California summer stunner. Peruse every room and then go back a second time and savor. You won’t want to miss a single layer!

 

LA house tour Mark D. Sikes

 

LA house tour Mark D. Sikes

 

LA house tour Mark D. Sikes

 

LA house tour Mark D. Sikes

 

LA house tour Mark D. Sikes

 

LA house tour Mark D. Sikes

 

LA house tour Mark D. Sikes

 

 

 

Amy Neunsinger Photography

 

Which room is your favorite?

 

Thanks for visiting Design Chic!  We always love seeing you here!

 

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“I found out my marriage was over the day my ‘Modern Love’ piece appeared in the New York Times.” And so begins UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY, available now from @simon.audio! If you need the perfect listen for your summer road trip, check out this audio clip! And, of course… it’s the perfect paperback for your beach bag!

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Under the Southern Sky

 

UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY

 

One of E!’s Must-Read Books for April
One of Country Living’s 20 New Books You Don’t Want to Miss This Spring
One of Bookstr’s 8 Most Anticipated Reads of 2021
One of Frolic’s 12 Most Anticipated Books of 2021
One of BookTrib’s Most-Anticipated Reads of 2021
One of Brit + Co’s Books You Should Read with Your BFF

 

​Two childhood friends discover that love—and family—can be found in unconventional ways in this timely, moving novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “beautifully Southern, evocative Peachtree Bluff series” (Kristin Harmel, NYT bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names).

Recently separated Amelia Buxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Cape Carolina. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind.

 

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Beautiful in Blue and White

Blue and white wallpaper
Collins Interiors | Nathan Schroder Photography

 

Looking to add the pinnacle of fresh, fun, timeless style to your home? From porcelain to draperies,  fabrics to rugs, blue and white is always a perfect choice!

 

Blue and white
Beth Webb InteriorsEmily Followill Photography

 

Blue and white living room
Jenkins Interiors | Nathan Schroder Photography

 

Blue and white living room
Kara Miller Interiors | Brantley Photography

 

Blue and white cake
Deva Williamson

 

Blue and white
Frank McKenna Photography

 

Blue and white umbrella
Belinda Fewings Photography

 

Blue and white
Massimiliano Donghi Photography

 

Blue and white
Rose & Ivy Journal | Alison Engstrom Photography

 

There’s no blue and white quite like the water and sky! Hoping your weekend is filled with a little (or a lot) of both!

 

Under the Southern Sky

 

 

 

My New Parade Magazine Article ” Easter Traditions”

– kristy woodson harvey

 

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Thanks so much for all your support of UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY and all my books. I can’t wait to share it with you April 20!

 

More About Under the Southern Sky

 

Recently separated Amelia Buxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Buxton Beach. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind.

 

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10 Favorite Meredith Ellis Designed Rooms

Meredith Ellis Design foyer
Read McKendree Photography

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Monday is off to a great start and that you are poised and ready to tackle this week. We are so excited to share a few of our all-time favorite rooms  from the talented Meredith Ellis.  Chic, sophisticated interiors with just the right amount of personality are hallmarks of this talented designer’s style. So take a few minutes, refill your coffee, and reset your mind with these stunning rooms that can’t help but inspire you to a more productive (and comfortable!) day. 

 

Meredith Ellis Design living room
Read McKendree Photography

 

Meredith Ellis Design blue and white living room with brass library lights
Read McKendree Photography

 

Meredith Ellis Design green paneled library
Read McKendree Photography

 

Meredith Ellis Design dining room with bookcases for a library
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Meredith Ellis Design banquette
Read McKendree Photography

 

Meredith Ellis Design bedroom with bamboo bed
Read McKendree Photography

 

Meredith Ellis Design bedroom with bamboo sidetable
Nathan Schroder Photography

 

 

bedroom with twin beds
Read McKendree Photography

 

 

 bedroom with twin beds
Nathan Schroder Photography

 

 

mudroom
Read McKendree Photography

 

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I am over-the-moon about my first starred review from Publishers Weekly! Can’t wait for all of you to read Under the Southern Sky on April 20! It’s available for preorder now wherever books are sold. 

From PW: Harvey (Feels Like Falling) delivers a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss in this tearjerker…Harvey brings her characters to life, including Greer, whose heartbreaking journal entries reflect on scans of the embryos and imagine the family she and Parker would have. These passages are particularly wrenching, making the book’s happy ending all the more moving. Fans of women’s fiction will devour this. (Apr.)

 

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House Tour: Mary Beth Wagner Designed Beauty

Mary Beth Wagner curb appeal house exterior

 

When we set out to make changes in our houses, we believe that most of us are searching for looks with staying power, for style that will stand the test of time–or at least some time. Mary Beth Wagner Interiors strikes that perfect balance between the right now and the lovely forever that brings her homes into the present while keeping an eye toward the past and allowing her designs to maintain their staying power well into the future. Take a tour of this beautiful Dallas Home, and we think you’ll agree!

 

Mary Beth Wagner entry

 

Mary Beth Wagner dining room

 

Mary Beth Wagner dining room

 

Mary Beth Wagner living room

 

Mary Beth Wagner game table

 

Mary Beth Wagner art in living room with turquoise velvet sofa

 

Mary Beth Wagner four chairs

 

Mary Beth Wagner living room cup coral

 

Mary Beth Wagner family room with tv over fireplace mantel

 

Mary Beth Wagner white kitchen with gold hardware

 

Mary Beth Wagner white kitchen with gold hardware

 

Mary Beth Wagner white kitchen with gold hardware/ breakfast room with saarinen table

 

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 powder room

 

Mary Beth Wagner master bedroom

 

Mary Beth Wagner master bedroom sitting area

 

Nathan Schroder Photography

 

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I am so, so excited that my very first Parade magazine article as a part of our Friends & Fiction collaboration is live! Read on to hear about one of my favorite childhood memories–and the unexpected joy of snow days! Click here to check it out!

 


 

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Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We love it when you stop by!

 

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I am over-the-moon about my first starred review from Publishers Weekly! Can’t wait for all of you to read Under the Southern Sky on April 20! It’s available for preorder now wherever books are sold. 

From PW: Harvey (Feels Like Falling) delivers a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss in this tearjerker…Harvey brings her characters to life, including Greer, whose heartbreaking journal entries reflect on scans of the embryos and imagine the family she and Parker would have. These passages are particularly wrenching, making the book’s happy ending all the more moving. Fans of women’s fiction will devour this. (Apr.)

 

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In Good Taste: Mark D. Sikes

blue and white with Mark D Sikes

 

Happy Tuesday, chic readers!

 

blue and white with Mark D Sikes

 

Feeling blue? So are we–in the very best possible way. 

 

blue and white with Mark D Sikes

 

These stunning rooms by Mark D. Sikes are giving us all the best blue-and-white vibes.

 

blue and white with Mark D Sikes

 

A gorgeous mix of classic style–

 

blue and white with Mark D Sikes

 

And totally unique touches,

 

blue and white with Mark D Sikes

 

This room proves that there’s nothing better than being bathed in blue and white.

 

blue and white with Mark D Sikes

 

From soothing blue touches,

 

blue and white with Mark D Sikes

 

To the loveliest details, from the living room,

 

blue and white bedroom

 

To the bedroom,

 

blue and white bedroom

 

No one does blue and white better than Mark D. Sikes. Which is your favorite space?

 

Amy Neunsinger Photography

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Country Living magazine called Under the Southern Sky “One of 20 New Books You Don’t Want to Miss This Spring!” Perfect for: fans of beach reads, P.S. I Love You and anything by authors Jennifer Weiner or Elin Hilderbrand. I can’t wait to share it with you April 20–and Under the Southern Sky is available for preorder now wherever books are sold!

 

 

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10 Favorite Mark Sikes Designed Blue & White Rooms

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had the greatest weekend and that, wherever you are, we can bring a little spring to you today!

 

 

When it comes to classic decor perfection, Mark Sikes is one of the greats. 

 

 

From beachy chic,

 

 

To sunny and stunning,

 

 

Sikes makes blue and white come to life in any space,

 

 

Proving that a new twist on an old staple can be the perfect solution.

 

 

Brimming with charm,

 

 

Well-collected,

 

 

And super cozy,

 

 

Mark D. Sikes turns every room into an experience. Which is your favorite blue and white room?

 

Amy Neunsinger Photography

 

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We’re Going Back To Peachtree Bluff!

 

 

A super quick clip of part of my Facebook Live last night where I announced some really fun news: CHRISTMAS IN PEACHTREE BLUFF, the fourth novel in my Peachtree Bluff Series, is releasing October 26, 2021! Thanks so much to all of you who asked for a fourth Peachtree Bluff book. It was such a joy to write, and I can’t wait to share more about the Murphy women—and Vivi’s—lives with all of you just in time for the holidays! It is available for preorder now wherever books are sold!

In the newest installment of USA TODAY bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s Peachtree Bluff series, three generations of the Murphy women must come together when a hurricane threatens to destroy their hometown—and the holiday season in the process.
In “pitch perfect tones” (Publishers Weekly) and written with her signature Southern charm, Kristy Woodson Harvey explores the magic of Christmas, the power of forgiveness, and the importance of family in a tale that reminds us that, no matter the circumstances, home is always where we belong—especially during the holidays.

 

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