Things We Love: A Banquette That Elevates the Room

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Jeffrey Dungan Architects

 

We do it. We know you do too. You get to a restaurant and there are a couple chairs on one side and a big, cushy, cozy booth on the other.

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Beth Webb Interiors via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

If you’re with older friends or relatives, bosses etc. you probably selflessly take the chair side, feeling like a martyr the entire time as you do.

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Stephen Sills Assoc and John B. Murray via Architectural Digest

 

If you’re with your kids or husband or maybe even your best friend, there’s probably a bit of fighting over the good side that ensues. At least, there is in our world.

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Southeastern Designer Showhouse

 

So why relegate the squishy, comfy, cozy booth side to restaurants when you can have one in the privacy of your own home?

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NYC&G

 

All of these gorgeous banquettes make us think that this is really the best idea.

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Dana Wolter Interiors

 

And who cares if you sit four wide in the privacy of your own home? We’re not judging.

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NE Home Magazine

 

An awkward corner becomes a fabulous reading area with the addition of built-in seating,

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Meredith Ellis Design via Dering Hall

 

And a simple breakfast becomes an event. 

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BHG

 

We love the space-saving abilities of the banquette, and how it can be built straight across, in an L-shape, a U… You get the idea.

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Gomez Associates via Architectural Digest

 

It even has the power to transform a charming breakfast area into a multipurpose space, perfect for reading, crafts or anything else your family needs! 

Are you a fan of the banquette? Do you have one in your home? 

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today! We always love it when you do!

 


The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, 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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Our Top 10 Posts of 2017

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Good morning, chic readers! We hope that, wherever you are, you are staying warm, warm, warm today! After a very rare snow on the coast of NC, we are looking forward to warmer weather in the week ahead. One of our favorite things to do at the beginning of a new year is look back and see what our readers loved most the year before–so that we can do more of it! Here’s a peek back at our Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2017. We hope they bring back fond memories! 

A Stunning Shorefront House and Slightly South of Simple

 

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House Tour: Buckhead Cottage Charm

 

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Paint Colors Perfect for Your Kitchen

 

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House Tour: Birmingham Beauty

 

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House Tour: Naples, Florida Vacation Home

 

 

Ponte Vedra home

 

House Tour: Ponte Vedra

 

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House Tour: Charming Cape Cod on the Water

 

 

House Tour: Fabulous Island Retreat

 

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House Tour: Forever Home in Buckhead

 

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Styling Your Bookcase

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We are so grateful for all of our readers who have given us another amazing year of Design Chic to look forward to!

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Resolving to read more this year? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, and preorder book 2, The Secret to Southern Charm, releasing April 3! I have the best readers in the whole wide world! Thanks so much for your support. 

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Bookcase Style, Weekend Sales and More!

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Bookcase Style and More!

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Nordstrom’s BIG Anniversary Sale July 22 – August 6

 

 


 

SUMMER DRESSES



 


 

 

SUMMER HANDBAGS

GREAT SWIMSUITS

 

SUMMER BEAUTY

SALES AND SHOPPING

If you’re looking for a perfect Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out Slightly South of Simple!  Happy weekend!

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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!

 

 

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Styling Your Bookcase

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Andrew J. Howard

 

We were sad to leave an incredible few launch days for Slightly South of Simple in NYC but so excited to be heading back to the Carolina coast today for several really fun events! (If you’re in NC or SC take a peek at my next few days of events below. I’d love to see you!)

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Michael Wells Interiors

 

Are you one of those people who has all of your books compactly stored on your e-reader?

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Lonny

 

Or, like us, do you still prefer to hold the real thing?

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BHG

 

Book hoarding has always been a bit of an issue for me, but it has gotten a million times worse since becoming an author because, not only do I get hordes of free books, but most of them are signed. Who could possibly get rid of those?

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BHG

 

Hubby and I have these giant, probably twelve-foot tall bookshelves on either side of the fireplace. The other day I was up on a stool restyling things when he came in and said, “Do you think you could start getting rid of some of your books after you’re finished reading them?”

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Architectural Digest

I looked at him, puzzled, and said, “You know I’ve gotten really good about donating books to the library.”

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

His turn to look, puzzled, at the probably 500 books I was currently organizing. Reading the look on his face, I laughed and said, “Oh, honey. These are the ones I haven’t read yet.”

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Sage Design

 

So, yes, I may have a problem. I can’t help myself. I buy books incessantly. Fiction, non-fiction, every design and coffee table book on planet earth. Yoga. Meditation. Cookbooks that I will never, ever use but for some reason love to read. Fishing books for hubby. Children’s books for my little guy, a genre that has not widely expanded since he can read himself… Being on tour is quite the problem since I’m in bookstores constantly.

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Architectural Digest

 

The good news for my husband is that I’m mostly flying on this tour, so I’m a little more limited as to what I can bring home. 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

But maybe this is why I love bookshelves that look a little lived in, that look like the books have been read and cherished, or at least will be read and cherished. 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

And mixing in well-placed accessories, of course, adds to the overall style. But we pretty much love bookshelves however they come! 

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Architectural Digest

 

No matter how you style your bookshelves, we hope you’ll consider adding a copy of Slightly South of Simple to them! Or that stack beside your bedside table… Or your beach bag… Or your Mother’s Day gift or wishlist! Thank you to each and every one of you for all of your support during this first week of Slightly South of Simple being out in the world. I am so grateful for friends like you! 

Upcoming Events!

Thursday, April 27: Read between the Wines at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Rd., Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 5-7 pm, 910-287-2800, Contact: Pat Wilson, [email protected]

FridayApril 28: Litchfield Books’ Moveable Feast, Luncheon, Talk and Signing, Grand Dunes Ocean Club, 101 Grande Dunes Bvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572, 11 am, open to the public, tickets required, Contact: Vicky Crafton, 843-237-8138, for tickets

Friday, April 28: Signing, Litchfield Books, 2 pm, free and open to the public

Friday, April 28: Keynote at General Federation of Womens’Clubs of SC, Pawley’s Island, SC; Subject: Decorating tips for Mary Alice Monroe’s novel Beach House for Rent

Saturday, April 29: Charleston, SC luncheon and talk, High Cotton, 199 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, Contact: [email protected]

Sunday, April 30: Champagne brunch at Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event, $35 includes copy of novel, 2 pm, Contact: Contact Jamie Layton, Downtown Books, [email protected], (252) 473-1056

Help us spread the word about Slightly South of Simple and be entered to win a $250 Amazon gift card. Details in the Rafflecopter! 

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House Tour: Bahamas, Marshall Watson-Style

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

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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!

 

House Tour: Birmingham Beauty

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Good morning, chic readers! Birmingham, Alabama is one of our favorite southern cities, and this Birmingham House by architect James F. Carter gives us one more reason to add to the list of reasons we love this southern enclave.

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With all the modern amenities of a brand new house,

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But the stately details that overflow with old southern charm. 

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Can you get any more classic than those black and white floors?

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Those stairwell areas are always hard to decorate. How many pictures do you need? How do you space a gallery wall? This bookshelf idea is totally genius!

speaking

Speaking of bookshelves and Alabama (and speaking of speaking…) I have the privilege of speaking at Hoover, Alabama’s Southern Voices, which is most certainly a bucket-list item of mine, Saturday, February 25.

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It will be such a privilege to present alongside some of my personal favorite authors, Rebecca Wells (the Ya-Ya Sisterhood), Chris Bohjalian, Julie Cantrell, Mary Kubica and Karen White, along with a few that I am so excited to get to know. If you’re in the area, come see us!

readers

I am going to go out on a limb and say that I think these homeowners might just be avid readers.

wood

Bookshelves in every room are the kind of statement we like to make!

paneling

This paneling is just exquisite. It’s hard to believe that this is a new house!

brass

Navy and brass is a classic color combination that we can’t get enough of. 

kitchen

It is perfection in the kitchen, the perfect shade to feel deep but not heavy.

hardware

We think one of the major characteristics that separates the old from the new is hardware. This lock makes the door look like it has been there forever!

bedroom

Sloping rooflines add such character.

paint

Did we mention charm? Oh, the charm!

nook

What a perfect little nook for working–or daydreaming. 

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Classic details, beautifully implemented, are always in style. We think it’s safe to say that James Carter has gorgeously good taste.

What do you think?

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