It has become almost like a holiday, hasn’t it? The anticipation. The excitement. The either total agreement or complete disgust…
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.
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.
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.
Like a mix of antique and new,
Or a hint of something fresh and green,
And a sense of pulling the outside in, especially when it pertains to sea or sky.
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?
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.
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@example.com, 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, Annapolis_bookstore@hotmail.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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@example.com; 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, firstname.lastname@example.org; 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
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!