House Tour: Ansley’s House – Peachtree Bluff

Peachtree Bluff entrance hall with arch


Good morning, chic readers! Thanks for all you did yesterday to make the launch of my fifth novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, so amazing! I am overwhelmed by all the book love!


The Southern Side of Paradise - Peachtree Bluff dining room


If you’re new to my Peachtree Bluff Series, you should know that my protagonist, Ansley Murphy, is a designer in a tiny, Southern coastal town on the Georgia coast. 


The Southern Side of Paradise- Peachtree Bluff living room


Fictional Peachtree Bluff is full of gorgeous historic homes–made even more beautiful by Ansley’s trained hand and skilled eye. 


Peachtree Bluff living room


One of the most fun parts of writing for me imagining what the homes in my novels would look like. Ansley’s is that perfect combination of old and new, traditional and modern. 


Peachtree bluff kitchen


We imagine that she gets a lot of her design inspiration from a real-life Georgia design icon: Suzanne Kasler




Full of soothing blues and crisp whites, 


family room with  beams


Stunning architectural details and great views, 


bedroom with canopy bed


Suzanne’s work is totally exquisite and positively timeless.


bathroom Peachtree Bluff


We can imagine Ansley retiring to a tub just like this after a long day of dealing with the drama of the three grown daughters back under her roof. (And bathing her young grandsons in it too!)


blue and white bedroom with beams


This beautiful bedroom with its charming sitting nook is the perfect place for Ansley to have one of her signature, brilliant mom talks with one of her struggling daughters. (In The Southern Side of Paradise, there’s a pretty good chance it would be Emerson!)


bedroom with beams


And this vibrant, cozy space would be perfect for middle daughter Sloane. (Right down to the “S”!)


bedroom sitting area with hanging swing


Bright colors and a whimsical hanging chair add the perfect touches of coastal fun. 


porch overlooking the ocean


If you’ve “been” to Peachtree Bluff in Slightly South of Simple, The Secret to Southern Charm or The Southern Side of Paradise, you know that the porches are the most important part of the homes there. Ansley’s house is no different. If you’ve read the series, is this what you imagined Ansley’s house to look like?

The Southern Side of Paradise
The Southern Side of Paradise – Kristy Woodson Harvey

If you haven’t read the Peachtree Bluff Series, catch up now! The Southern Side of Paradise and the Peachtree Bluff Series are available from:

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House Tour: Caroline’s Chic Hamptons Beach House

The Secret to Southern Charm - Hamptons Beach House

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a great day. The Secret to Southern Charm tour (select dates below!) is in full swing and we hope to see you while we’re traveling!

The Secret to Southern Charm - Hamptons Beach House

In my latest novel, The Secret to Southern Charm, Peachtree Bluff’s least Southern sister, Caroline, has a gorgeous Hamptons home that is the site of one of the most memorable chapters of the book. Today, we are imagining what Caroline’s Hamptons Beach House might look like. Take a peek for yourself!

The Secret to Southern Charm - Hamptons Beach House

From The Secret to Southern Charm:

CAROLINE’S HOUSE IN EAST Hampton suited her perfectly.

The Secret to Southern Charm - kitchen - Hamptons Beach House

It wasn’t big, and it wasn’t on the water, but every inch of it was elegant and just modern enough. The Secret to Southern Charm - kitchen - Hamptons Beach House

The entire palette was water blues and creams with touches of gold, seagrass, and plenty of natural beauty from resin coral and oyster shells.

The Secret to Southern Charm - sunroom - Hamptons Beach House

I had never been to it, of course. And walking through the front door, I instantly felt calm. 

The Secret to Southern Charm - bedroom - Hamptons Beach House

I assumed that’s what Mom had been going for when she designed it.

The Secret to Southern Charm - sitting room - Hamptons Beach House

We can picture all the members of the Murphy clan gathering in a spot just like this at Caroline’s gorgeous home, decorated for her by Ansley, her interior designer mother…

The Secret to Southern Charm - Hamptons Beach House

And receiving some of the biggest news of their lives. 

The Secret to Southern Charm - bathroom - Hamptons Beach House

There are indoor showers, outdoor showers and then there are showers that cross all the boundaries! This one is insanely gorgeous–and the best of both worlds!

The Secret to Southern Charm - bathroom- Hamptons Beach House

We imagine this home to be perfectly styled but unfussy. This chicken wire sink is just that!

The Secret to Southern Charm - bedroom - Hamptons Beach House

What’s the beach without blues? A rattan nightstand and vintage bathing suit print are perfect for a casual Hamptons house. 

The Secret to Southern Charm

We love any beach cottage with shingles. Could this possibly be any more charming?

The Secret to Southern Charm - cottage

We hope you have loved this gorgeous New England home as much as we have. Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

Architecture: Peter McDonald, Peter McDonald Architect
Interior architecture and design: Lisa Tharp, Lisa Tharp Design


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The Secret to Southern Charm

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! 

If you want to see me on tour, here are a few upcoming dates! For the full tour visit my author website. I’d love to see you!

April 4: Holcomb Reading Club in Spartanburg at Spartanburg CC, Spartanburg, SC, 11:30 am, private event

April 4: Afternoon tea, Poinsett Club, 807 East Washington Street, Greenville, SC, ticketed event, open to members, For tickets Stacia Smith, (864) 242-3062,  [email protected], 3:00 pm, private

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

April 13: Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library Book and Author Luncheon, Pfeiffer University, Highway 52 North, Misenheimer, N.C.  28109,  hosted by Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library, tickets are $30.00 for Friends members and $40 for nonmembers; Tickets will be available on the University’s website in mid-January. They will also be available by calling the Advancement Office at 704-463-3034, event from 11:00 am-1:15 pm, open to the public

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

April 15: Signing at High Point Furniture Market, High Point, NC, Details TBA

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





Spring Stationery and Southern Charm

Good morning, chic readers! We are so, so excited that my latest novel, The Secret to Southern Charm, releases TOMORROW! My official launch is in my hometown of Salisbury, NC from 5-7 and you’re all invited. There will be food, cocktails, fun and, of course, books, books, books! If you’d like a personalized copy sent to you, call South Main Book Co. at 704-630-9788. Thanks so much to our friends at Minted for sponsoring this year’s gorgeous invitations. We love them so much! If you’re a dedicated Minted user, you know how great they are to work with. If you aren’t, check out some of our favorite invitations, greeting cards, art–and maybe even a few unexpected items–that make Minted so special. 

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Salisbury friends, if you’re a Friends of Rowan Public Library member (or want to be one!), I’ll be in the Stanback Auditorium tonight at 7 pm talking about books, libraries and, of course, The Secret to Southern Charm! Books will be sold through South Main Book Co. Last day to preorder from your retailer of choice!

For more about The Secret to Southern Charm and the ladies of Peachtree Bluff, check out this brief clip!








Places We Love: Beaufort, South Carolina


There is so much to love about Beaufort, South Carolina. The Avenue of the Oaks.

Beaufort cottage

The historic Beaufort cottages.

The gorgeous design and architecture of newer homes by the crazy talented Allison Ramsey–who does chic, coastal style with tons of charm like no one else!

Allison Ramsey

And, on March 15, the launch of my fourth novel, the second book in the Peachtree Bluff series, The Secret to Southern Charm

Allison Ramsey

I visited Beaufort, SC for the very first time last year during a talk to a fabulous crowd at the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s author luncheon series. (We had the BEST time.)

Allison Ramsey

Amazing author Cassandra King invited me into the home she shared with her late husband, Pat Conroy, and, truly, stepping into their personal library was a moment I will never forget, something that I will tell my grandchildren about one day. 

Allison Ramsey bedroom

March 15, I will be back in beautiful Beaufort to launch my book at a fundraiser for the Pat Conroy Literary Center held at the incredible historic Barnwell-Gough house, currently owned by Mark and Alison Gouilloud. 

Allison Ramsey kitchen

Built in 1789, The Barnwell-Gough House is made of tabby—a cement mixture using oyster shells—covered with stucco, in contrast to Ansley’s home in The Secret to Southern Charm, and the homes she designs, which are mostly white clapboard. But their sense of history is what binds them. It is, after all, our pasts that make for the most compelling stories.

Allison Ramsey kitchen

I would love to see you there, of course! 

Allison Ramsey porch

So much so that I am hosting a giveaway of two tickets to the evening event, which includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a signed copy of The Secret to Southern Charm. 


I’ll be making a fun talk that night about the journey to The Secret to Southern Charm and how the inspiration for the historical remodels that Ansley undertakes in the novels came from my own experiences renovating historic homes. 

Allison Ramsey guest house

In addition to the two tickets, we are also going to provide one night’s lodging at the super cool City Loft Hotel (where we have booked a block for the night of March 15!).

After the fun of the cocktail party, spend the day touring Old Sheldon Church Ruins, visiting the St. Helena Memorial Gardens, the Gullah cemetery where Pat Conroy is buried, and shopping and dining in downtown Beaufort. It’s the perfect mini-getaway!

Enter to win TWO tickets to the launch event and 1 night at Beaufort’s City Loft Hotel by doing any or all of the following:

  1. Visit either my personal page, Design Chic or Kristy Woodson Harvey Author on Facebook and share the post about the giveaway and tag the friend you’d like to bring! (3 entries)
  2. Follow us on Instagram–@kristywharvey–and respond to the Instagram post by tagging the friend you’d like to bring. (3 entries)
  3. Preorder a copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM from your venue of choice and email me at [email protected] to let me know. (5 entries)

That’s it! We’ll close the giveaway on Saturday, February 10 at 10 am and announce the winner by the evening! Thanks so much for participating. 

If you don’t want to wait to find out if you’ve won, order tickets here


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Advance Praise for Slightly South of Simple:

It is worth noting that Kristy Woodson Harvey is often described as a Southern voice, and indeed she is. But to leave it at that is to underestimate the power and nuance of her storytelling gift — her mastery of dialog to move plot forward, her insights into what makes women tick, and her wit. Rest assured that regardless of where you live or grew up, you will find yourself in Kristy’s writing. “Slightly South of Simple” will have you at turns teary, beaming, and nodding in recognition — as a daughter, a mother, a sister — cheering on her protagonists, Ansley and Caroline.

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