Things We Love: 2020’s Color of the Year

Pantone's classic blue paint color in Beth Webb living room at Reynolds Plantation
Beth Webb

 

It has become almost like a holiday, hasn’t it? The anticipation. The excitement. The either total agreement or complete disgust… 

 

Pantone's classic blue paint color in Serena & Lily dining room
Serena & Lily

 

We’ll be honest: We don’t always love Pantone’s Color of the Year. But that would be kind of impossible, right? Everyone can’t like every color in just the same way we can’t embrace every single fashion or design trend.

 

Lynn Morgan Design blue and white
Lynn Morgan Design

 

We don’t know about y’all, but the announcement of 2020’s Pantone Color of the Year as Classic Blue was a big, huge thrill to us. And we feel pretty confident that it will lead to other great 2020 trends too.

 

Pantone's classic blue paint color bathroom with geometric blue and white wallpaper
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

We’re pretty sure that blue and white is about as timeless a combination as you can possibly get. And it simply tends to lend itself to other wonderful combinations.

 

Pantone's classic blue paint color dining room
Marika Meyer Interior Design

 

Like a mix of antique and new,

 

Pantone's classic blue paint color in kitchen blue and white runner
Bria Hammel Interior Design – Photography Aimée Mazzenga

 

Or a hint of something fresh and green,

 

Pantone's classic blue paint color dining room banquette
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

And a sense of pulling the outside in, especially when it pertains to sea or sky.

 

 

Pantone's classic blue paint color living room with abstract art
Jenkins Interiors

 

In bold solids,

 

 

And, most especially in Mother Nature, it’s one color we simply can’t get enough of! Are you happy that blue is the color of the year?

 

REFRESH YOUR HOME In 2020

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My next novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, releases April 28, 2020! I can’t wait to share this tale of Gray and Diana, their unlikely friendship, their summer loves and their chance at happily ever after, the sequel, with all of you. It has already been named a most anticipated read of 2020 by Parade, Working Mother and SheKnows! It’s never too early to preorder from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer!

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.

 

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House Tour: Nice in Neutrals

neutrals in the living room designed by Phoebe Howard

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles| Emily Followill Photography

 

We are big fans of all sorts of decor. Bright and bold, rustic and farmhouse chic, whimsical and fun…

 

neutrals in living room designed by Phoebe Howard

 

But, if we had to pick a favorite, nothing, to us, creates a soothing home–the kind that makes you exhale when you walk through the back door–quite like a palette of neutrals with a touch of blue

 

dining room designed by Phoebe Howard in neutrals

 

In this dining room, pattern and texture create a room that is soothing but never boring,

 

living room designed by Phoebe Howard in neutrals

 

And an uncluttered feel in keeping with the color scheme makes for a relaxing TV room with plenty of comfortable seating for the whole family. 

 

dining room designed by Phoebe Howard in neutrals

 

This chic light fixture proves that neutrals don’t need to be boring,

 

Hallway designed by Phoebe Howard in neutrals

 

And, sometimes, the simplest vignettes are the chicest. (This chair has us swooning!)

 

kitchen designed by Phoebe Howard in neutrals

 

Some houses feel absolutely pitch perfect, each room flowing to the next and the next effortlessly. From a sunlit kitchen,

 

bedroom designed by Phoebe Howard with four poster bed in neutrals

 

To a serene bedroom suite, this lovely home is most certainly one of those.

 

bedroom designed by Phoebe Howard in neutrals

 

This is the kind of home that we could move right in, sleep soundly and forget all the stresses of life. What about you?

Thanks so much for spending your holiday season with us, chic readers! We love it when you stop by!

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The Colors of Paradise

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Collins Interiors| Nathan Schroder Photography

 

Good morning, chic readers! We are CELEBRATING today because, today, my fifth novel and the final book in my Peachtree Bluff Trilogy, The Southern Side of Paradise, releases! After more than a year of writing, editing, promoting and, yes, picking the cover, it is so exciting to see the book come to life out in the world. As you might imagine, I am a very visual person, so covers mean a lot to me. I am so fortunate that my cover designer at Simon & Schuster is a genius–and came up with more than a dozen too-gorgeous-to-be-believed covers for me to choose from. I had the hardest time deciding which one fit the story best! Ultimately, it came down to something pretty simple: the yellow. The cover I chose has a yellow hat and a yellow title, and, I don’t know about you, but I am loving yellow lately.That yellow is combined with the perfect hot pink…

Marika Meyer Interiors Angie Seckinger.| Photography

 

And the most serene water blue…

abstract art
Serena & Lily

 

And these are the bright, bold hues. 

 

The Southern Side of Paradise

 

I think they nailed it, don’t you? If these aren’t the colors of paradise, then I don’t know what are. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your support of my books, The Peachtree Bluff Series and, of course, Design Chic! Mom and I love being here with you every day, and we can’t thank you enough for spending a few minutes of your day with us for NINE YEARS!

If you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift or your next beach read, I’d love it if you’d check out The Southern Side of Paradise! It is available from your local bookstore and wherever books are sold, including:

 

For Signed Copies Call South Main Book Co:  (704) 630-9788

 

Kristy on Tour! (Full Tour Details Available Here)

In Good Taste: Hám Interior Design

Hám Interior Design entry

A Carolina blue door and a black lab? There’s really no better entrance if you ask us. (Although, in Henley-on-Thames, where this gorgeous door resides, we’re pretty sure it isn’t called Carolina blue.) Hám Interior Design firm, our big time design love this week, combines classic sensibilities with stunning architecture for spaces with purpose, with style and, most important of all, with that certain undefinable something that makes a house feel like a home. Leave your wellies by the door, brew a cup of hot tea and take a peek at these cozy, livable houses that are so unforgettably chic you’ll undoubtably find yourself daydreaming about a few little changes for you own home. Enjoy!

Hám Interior Design entrance

 

Hám Interior Design kitchen

 

Hám Interior Design kitchen
Hám Interior Design kitchen

 

Hám Interior Design kitchen

 

Hám Interior Design kitchen

 

Hám Interior Design living room

 

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Hám Interior Design closet

 

Hám Interior Design closet

 

Hám Interior Design bedroom

We hope you loved the good taste of Hám Interior Design as much as we do and that it brightened your day!

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

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If you’re looking for something to read, make sure to grab a copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

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House Tour: Midtown Atlanta Beauty

Andrew Howard living room

The city pied-a-terre is a right up there with the beach house or the mountain estate when it comes to dream houses.

Andrew Howard coffee table

And when it comes to pied-a-terres, this one, designed by one of our very favorite (and funniest!) designers, Andrew Howard, is the cream of the crop.

Andrew Howard kitchen

A Florida resident who has been tapped to bring out the best in some of the most exclusive homes in the Bahamas and beyond, this Atlanta project is just one of many stages on which Howard displays his range as a decorator.

Andrew Howard kitchen

He embraces the sleek and simple that the city demands,

Andrew Howard dining room

While still inserting his signature playful style to make it family friendly and fun.

Andrew Howard bedroom

Layered patterns and the right blend of color give Howard’s homes a dash of whimsy that is always welcome–and sets his designs apart from the pack.

Andrew Howard bedroom

Unexpected details like bold ceilings and a perfectly imperfect gallery wall make a statement while still allowing the expansive views of the city to take center stage.

Andrew Howard

When it comes to good design, the details aren’t something, they are everything. The scallop accent on this console table and the perfect balance of symmetry and asymmetry accentuate the beautiful wallpaper.

Andrew Howard bathroom

This pretty marble sink lends big style to a small space.

Andrew Howard bathroom

And a white marble bathroom becomes a showpiece in Howard’s skilled hands. 

Andrew Howard porch

This small but well-appointed balcony is the perfect spot to take advantage of a fabulous view. Just add a favorite cocktail for a perfect way to cap off a productive Atlanta day!

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

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Livings best beach reads, to slip in you tote.

 

 

 

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I just wanted to thank you so much for all of your support during these first two week of The Secret to Southern Charm Book Tour.  My novel  became a Target Fiction Bestseller and National Bookscan Bestseller!  Thank you,  for helping to make my dreams come true, for telling your friends and writing reviews, for hosting and coming to my events . . . I am here today because of you, and, even though we may not have ever met, I count you as one of the people I am most grateful for every day.

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR!

 

April 14: Catawba College Dinner, Salisbury, NC, private

April 14: Signing at High Point Furniture Market, High Point, NC, Codarus Showroom, IHFC H220, 2-4 pm

April 16: The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387, 5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 17: SC Entertainment Television talk in Kinston, NC, private

April 17: Sips and Sweets, Community Council for the Arts, 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC, 100% of book purchase price will be donated to CCA, to reserve a copy or purchase a copy to pick up at a later date, call (252) 527-2517free and open to the public

April 19: Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library,269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, MD 21403, event contact is Amanda Spino, 410-222-1770, [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to the public

Apr. 20: Launch of Literary Luncheon series at The Annapolis Bookstore, 53 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, Contact is Mary Owen, 410-280-2339, [email protected]

April 21: Bethany Beach Books, 99 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19967, Time: 11:00AM-1:00PM

April 22: Reading at ROOT, Manasquan, NJ, please register through BookTowne, Contact is Maribeth Pelly, [email protected], 732-722-7255, 3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 23: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, free but registration required at http://westervillelibrary.org/events?event=29771 or by calling the library at 614-882-7277 ext 4; 7:00 pm, open to the public

April 24: Meet Author Kristy Harvey at Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH 44129, organized by Cuyahoga County Public Library, Contact is Billy Kelly, [email protected], 216.749.9359, 7:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 26: “Books and Bites,” Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin, North Carolina 28734, Light refreshments will be provided, 12 pm, free and open to the public

April 29: Viva Wine Bar, 168 Exchange Street Pendleton, SC 29670, contact is Sally Martin, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30: The Secret to Southern Charm: Kristy’s tips for living a beautiful life, inspired by Southern interior design and entertaining; Huff Harrington Home Store, 3872 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, refreshments provided; Contacts are Meg Harrington and Ann Huff: [email protected], 404-467-0311 , 1:00-3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30,: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St, #138, Woodstock, GA 30188, contact Gary Parkes, [email protected], 770-516-9989, 6:30 pm

May 1: Reynolds Plantation Linger Longer Cultural Series, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr., Greensboro, GA 30624, contact Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected], 5:00 pm

May 2: Charleston, SC UNC Alumni Event

May 5:  Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Party, Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event; The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits three Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contest and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live.;  Contact Jamie Anderson at Downtown Books, 252-473-1056, [email protected]; 4:00 pm, open to the public

May 10: Children’s Cancer Partners Fundraiser, Cornelius Yacht Club

May 21: Sassee Reads Books Club Chat

June 13: Raleigh, NC Read & Go program, Tour of Salisbury, NC based on Lies and Other Acts of Love, Raleigh Parks & Rec,(919)996-4723

June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private

July 25: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm

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House Tour: Bahamas, Marshall Watson-Style

Bahamas house tour living room

This post comes with a warning: You are going to want to go on vacation stat when you see it. 

Bahamas house tour dining

But, well, we suppose that’s what Marshall Watson Interiors had in mind when designing this gorgeous Bahamas home. 

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson dining room

Even in the photos, we can tell that it’s one of those places you walk in and instantly feel relaxed and free.

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson entrance

And that’s how the Bahamas should be, right? 

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson entrance

Um, is that a secret sliding bookcase? We NEED one of those! Doesn’t everyone, really? 

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson kitchen

And this color palette… It’s too good!

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson living room

The sophisticated yet relaxed furnishings lend that Bahamian air feel in total sophistication.

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson bedroom

Exposed wood ceilings make everything feel relaxed and just the tiniest bit rustic.

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson bedroom

Vacation homes shouldn’t take themselves too seriously. This charming bedroom is case and point!

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson bathroom

Under the sea, by the sea!

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson bedroom

A mix of prints and patterns brings this bedroom to life. 

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson bedroom

We love, love wide stripes. Do you? We think they add instant style!

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson porch

But, as much as we love the interior of this home, we have to say that this exterior is our favorite! 

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson porch

 

Photography: Francesco Lagnese

The pool… The chaises… The lushness all around… Who wouldn’t want to spend Spring Break lounging on this perfectly orchestrated porch? We know we would! 

If you love Marshall Watson as much as we do, you must, must check out his new book, The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors. Our copy just arrived, and it is fabulous! 


And speaking of books… Slightly South of Simple launches in less than three weeks! The lovely Katie Clooney at Preppy Empty Nester included it in her April Books, TV & Movies. She said, “I just finished it, and in a few words, I loved this book.” Thank you, Katie!

 

Sarah Bartholomew ‘s Green Hills Nashville Home

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This week on Design Chic has been a big, fat Sarah Bartholomew love fest! So we thought we’d round it out with a peek inside the designer’s own gorgeous home in one of our favorite cities: Nashville!

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