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…
And the most serene water blue…
And these are the bright, bold hues.
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:
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!
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.
The city pied-a-terre is a right up there with the beach house or the mountain estate when it comes to dream houses.
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.
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.
He embraces the sleek and simple that the city demands,
While still inserting his signature playful style to make it family friendly and fun.
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.
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.
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.
This pretty marble sink lends big style to a small space.
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) 527-2517, free 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 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
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
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
Good morning, readers! We are packing for cold, snowy NYC today to wrap up a few final details before the The Secret to Southern Charm tour officially begins, but….
We didn’t see any reason for you to be cold too!
So, today, we’re sharing the good taste of Tracy Lynn Design, a San Diego-based firm whose interiors are as sunny inside as it is outside.
Cohesion in design is one of the firm’s main goals, after all.
And we think it’s safe to say that the interiors of these gorgeous California homes are as inviting as the state–and its people.
A sleek kitchen, upon closer inspection, is made up of a million tiny details, from the backsplash to the pendant lighting, that make it totally unique.
And every taste is catered to elegantly and effortlessly.
Blues, whites and coral are calming by the sea in a pretty bedroom made for relaxing.
And even those small spaces that tend to be forgotten become both useful and unique.
Where better to take advantage of the last bright light of the day than in a huge soaking tub made for relaxation.
White shiplap and uncovered bulbs juxtapose with a touch of brass for understated glamour that is so very San Diego.
It’s nice to keep a global view while brushing your teeth…
And a room that can grow as he does makes for a just-right nursery. We think these beautiful designs are as lovely as they city in which they reside. We hope you have loved the good taste of Tracy Lynn Designs as much as we have!
I AM SO, SO, SO EXCITED TO SHARE THAT SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS A KINDLE AND BARNES AND NOBLE NOOK MONTHLY DEAL SO, FROM TODAY UNTIL APRIL 1, YOU CAN READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THE PEACHTREE BLUFF SERIES FOR ONLY $1.99–JUST IN TIME FOR THE THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM RELEASE ON APRIL 3.
Get your dose of good taste this Tuesday with the luscious, uber chic style of Wesley Moon. From soothing blues to glamorous metallics, beautiful built-ins to peerless porches, indoors or out, it’s hard to pick a favorite space.
We hope you loved this great taste as much as we did. Thanks so much for making us a part of your week!
THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO READ MY LATEST NOVEL SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE! I AM SO GRATEFUL TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. IF YOU HAVE READ, WOULD YOU CONSIDER WRITING A BRIEF REVIEW ON AMAZON? YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE PURCHASED THERE TO REVIEW, AND REVIEWS HELP AUTHORS SO VERY MUCH! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!
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!