A Chic Seaside Retreat–With Plenty of Southern Charm

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The Secret to Southern Charm has officially out in the world. You can pick up your copy at your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or online at Amazon or any of your other favorite retailers. In the meantime, we wanted you to explore the home of my interior designer main character, Ansley Murphy, and get a little better feel for her aesthetic.

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We picture Ansley’s aesthetic to be light, bright, streamlined and coastally chic.

seaside dining room

In the historic, fictional town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, Ansley designs not only the yachts coming in and out of the harbor, but also the historic homes that line the picturesque downtown.

seaside dining room

When Ansley’s three daughters come home–grandchildren in tow–that can only mean one thing: lots of family dinners! This is just the type of comfortable yet chic dining room that Ansley would love. 

seaside living room

In her own home and in her redesigns, Ansley’s aesthetic is very natural with well-chosen pops of pretty colors. This green and yellow is absolutely lovely.

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Wide-plank hardwood floors and windows that let in plenty of light are hallmarks of some of Ansley’s prettiest redesigns. 

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Of course, with all of those kids home, Ansley’s bedrooms are getting quite a bit of use! We picture this as the perfect master retreat where Ansley can get away from it all…

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And a sweet blue color palette is perfect for soothing Sloane’s nerves while her husband is deployed. 

seaside bedroom

A chic–and a touch Bohemian–canopy bed would suit Emerson, the youngest, actress daughter’s personality to a tee. We love the mix of antique and new!

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But the best part of Ansley’s house? This gorgeous, waterfront porch, of course, where she can sit with her daughters and her mother and sort through all the big decisions they are making over the year that will change their lives–and their family–forever.

We want to thank you for being such loyal readers of Design Chic and hope that you will take the time to read The Secret to Southern Charm. It’s perfect for lounging beach- or poolside or a gift for Mother’s Day, graduation, wedding guests or bridesmaids! 

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of my latest title, The Secret to Southern Charm from your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold! 

Images via Phoebe Howard Design

Come See Me on the The Secret to Southern Charm Tour! For full tour dates, visit my author site!

April 5: Kiawah Reads talk and signing,  Sandcastle Community Center, 23 Beachwalker Drive, Kiawah Island, SC29407, beverages and light snacks, Contact Mandi Danker [email protected] for tickets, 11:00 am, open to the public

April 5: Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, 509 S Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506, Contact Mary Wiser, Friends of Florence County Library, 843-413-7065,  [email protected], 6:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: Moveable Feast through Litchfield Books; Litchfield Beach, SC, contact is Vicky Crafton, 843-237-8138, [email protected], 11:00 am with signing at bookstore at 2:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: “The Secret to Southern Charm at Woodhouse Day Spa,” Woodhouse Day Spa, 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, wine and nibbles, Contact is Kimberly Powell, 843-203-1772, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, open to the public

April 7: Wine, Women & Wisdom, Southern Style, launch of this luncheon series at Buxton Books, 2A Cumberland Street, Corner of Concord and Cumberland, Charleston, SC 29401, Contact Polly Buxton, [email protected], 843-696-5050, noon-2:00 pm, open to the public

April 8: Southern Sweet Tea Author Talk & Book Signing at Summerville Library presentation Dorchester County Library, 76 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, SC 29485, tea, water, lemonade, and pastries served; Contact is Leslie Koller, [email protected], 842-871-5075 ext. 220, 2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 9:  “Books and Bites” at Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL with sandwiches and tea, organized through The Book Loft, 214 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, “meet and greet” with signing, contact events person is Christy LeLait, [email protected], store: 904-261-8991, 11:30 am, open to the public

April 9: The Bookshelf, 126 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792, Book Clubs and Beach Reads: A conversation with Kristy Woodson Harvey, wine and cheese provided,  Contact Ashley Sherlock [email protected], [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to public

April 10: “Books and Bites,” Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Gulf County, 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, contact is Nancy Brockman, [email protected], 850-229-8879, 12:00-2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 10:  Sundog Books, 89 Central Square, Seaside, FL  32459, Contact Dwan Dawson-Tape, 850-231-5481, [email protected], 4:00-5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 11: Dothan Country Club,”Lunch and Learn,” 200 South Cherokee Avenue. Dothan, Alabama, $20 ticket includes buffet and author presentation. Call 334-791-2706 or email [email protected] to rsvp. Ticket paid for at the door , 11:30 am CST, open to the public

April 11: Bay Point Book Clubs’ Cocktails with Kristy, 5:00 pm, private

April 12:  St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon, 218 Bunkers Cove Rd, Panama City, FL 32401, 11:30 am, private


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House Tour: Ponte Vedra Beauty by Beth Webb

Beth Webb living room

If you are a long-term follower of Design Chic, you know we are big fans of the work of Beth Webb.

Beth Webb coffee table

And her fabulous book, An Eye for Beauty, was one of our favorite coffee table books of the year. This stunning home is no exception to her always-amazing work. 

From unique artifacts that create the perfect accessorized spaces, 

Beth Webb living room

To furniture that creates the right mood and tone, 

Beth Webb

Beth Webb’s designs are always fresh, unique and help create spaces that feel like home. 

Whether it’s a pretty dining nook filled with light and accented with nature’s finest,

Beth Webb dining room

Or a more formal, traditional dining room perfectly executed, Webb handles every style with skill and grace. 

Beth Webb dining

It is each tiny detail,

Beth Webb kitchen

That comes together so seamlessly to create these picture-perfect spaces. 

Beth Webb dining

A table set in style for dining al fresco, 

Beth Webb office

A chic workspace with natural elements

Beth Webb office

And a home office well appointed for getting in a hard day’s work without ever having to leave your PJs, all come together seamlessly in Webb’s skilled hands. 

Beth Webb bedroom

The only thing better than a comfy, cozy master bedroom…

Beth Webb bathroom

Is a spacious and spa-like master bath!

Beth Webb bedroom

This Ponte Vedra home by one of our favorite designers makes us want to visit Florida for more than just the weather!

Beth Webb bedroom

What’s your favorite space? Hard to choose, isn’t it? For more of Beth Webb’s amazing style, check out her new book An Eye for Beauty

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! 

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I had to share my new, finalized book cover with my Design Chic friends! I can’t believe THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM will be out in the world April 3. Thanks to those of you who have already preordered! I’ll be announcing the dates for the beyond incredible Southern Charm tour in just a few weeks, so stay tuned! I’d love to see you at an event! 

 

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Magical Garden Parties

Garden Party with Carolyne Roehm
Carolyne Roehm via CTC&G

 

Good morning, chic readers! For those of you who celebrate, we hope you had a terrific Easter weekend! It is almost impossible to believe that I leave today for the Slightly South of Simple tour–and my first event is tomorrow! (But don’t worry. The book doesn’t release until April 25, so there’s still time to pre-order from your favorite store to have your copy in hand on launch day!)

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Carolyne Roehm

 

After months of planning and plotting, and, yup, you guessed it, packing, we are ready to take this five weeks by storm!

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Lonny

 

A garden party seemed appropriate for today for a number of reasons, not the least of which that it is spring, spring, spring and there is no better season to be outdoors and take the time to implement those special touches.

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But another reason that it’s appropriate is because my first event tomorrow is speaking to the fabulous Talisman Garden Club in Spartanburg, SC. 

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Suzanne Tucker and Timothy Marks

 

The event will be held at the beautiful Piedmont Club, which the stunning Montgomery House, an 1893 Queen Ann with quite a bit of history, was converted into.

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Tara Guerard

 

Many of the original rooms–including the fabled ballroom–are not open to the public, but I’m going to see if I can finagle (or sneak… whatever…) in there and get a peek for all of you! If you don’t follow us on Instagram–@kristywharvey–make sure to start. I’ll be sharing lots of fun video and photo coverage of the stunning homes we’ll be touring as a part of the SSoS tour!

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Architectural Digest

 

Either way, there is nothing more southern than starting a book tour in an historic home converted to a beautiful club and dining and speaking with a group of women who put a strong emphasis on beauty and culture. 

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Tara Guerard via Lonny

 

I bet those ladies know how to throw a garden party!

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Architectural Digest

 

These pictures might just be inspiration enough for throwing some of our own this summer, but, just in case, we can’t wait to hear some of these lovely ladies’ best tips for creating a garden party in style

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Architectural Digest

 

Mint juleps (or Antebellum Juleps as we’re having at some of my outdoor events!) and sweet tea are a must, of course. 

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BHG

 

And colorful blooms straight from the garden can’t help but add charm galore.

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Jenny Kayne via OKL

 

Favorite china and glassware are always a welcome touch.

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John Hummel & Associates

 

But, really, the thing that makes every garden party so much fun is the people around the table. We hope your week holds some special time with wonderful friends. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

We are so excited to by celebrating the beginning of the Slightly South of Simple book launch in style! We’re partnering with our friends at Reebonz to give away a stunning black, Salvatore Ferragamo Darina back, which retails for $1750, to one lucky reader! If you’ve already ordered Slightly South of Simple, don’t forget to enter this one! And if you haven’t, now is your chance! Pre-order from your local bookstore, Indiebound.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or Duck’s Cottage


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Thank you so much to our fabulous–and hilarious–friend Katie Clooney at Preppy Empty Nester for this fabulous review of Slightly South of Simple!  

“I highly recommend Slightly South of Simple to the reader who appreciates the charm of Southern Literature.  It’s one of the best.”–Katie Clooney, Preppy Empty Nester

photo via Lindsay Corrigan

 

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We are so excited for one of the biggest design weekends of the year.  If you are at High Point Market, we’d love for you to drop by the Codarus Showroom, IHFC H220, on Sunday, April 23, 3-5pm  for snacks, sips and Slightly South of Simple.

House Tour: Sea Island

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Sea Island Cottage

Good morning, friends! Welcome to Sea Island, Georgia! We are most excited to share this stunning home with you and to announce that my new novel, Slightly South of Simple, is coming out April 25, 2017! If you’re wondering how these two things are related it’s because Slightly South of Simple is the first in a series set in the fictional, seaside town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, which is very (fictionally) close and geographically similar to Sea Island!

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Friday Favorites

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We are so excited it’s Friday and are looking forward to the long Memorial Day weekend! Do you have any fun plans? Whether it’s going to be a weekend full of fun or just a regular one at home, check out some of our favorites from around the web to help you start your celebrating on the right foot! Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!

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