Things We Love: Beautifully Styled Bookshelves

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Andrew J. Howard

 

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

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Michael Wells Photography

 

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

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CTC&G

 

Book hoarding has always been a bit of an issue for me,

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 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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Architectural Digest

 

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.”

Marie Flanigan bookshelves in gray
Marie Flanigan

 

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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SF Cottages & Gardens

 

The good news for my husband is that I was mostly flying on this tour, so I was a little more limited as to what I could 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 The Southern Side of Paradise to them! Or that stack beside your bedside table… Or your beach bag… Or your gift or wishlist! Thank you to each and every one of you for all of your support these first few weeks of The Southern Side of Paradise being out in the world. I am so grateful for friends like you! 

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What People are Saying about The Peachtree Bluff Series

 

“My prediction is that writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.” (—Jackie K. Cooper, The Huffington Post)

 

If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store

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House Tour: Cloth and Kind

 

Good morning, chic readers! Are you in full-on Thanksgiving hysteria yet? We are getting so excited, and, okay, truth time: We pulled out the Christmas playlist on Amazon Music today. (If you haven’t listened to the Train Christmas album, you totally should!) So, yeah, it will be 71 degrees tomorrow, and the turkey hasn’t even been bought yet much less cooked, but what’s the harm in breaking our no-Christmas-music-until-after-Thanksgiving rule? It’s not like we’ve already bought the tree

 

While you’re putting the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving grocery list, check out this fabulous house tour from the beyond amazing Cloth and Kind. It’s the perfect home, holiday or not!

 

Built-in bookcases are one of our favorite features in any home. The addition of the brass library lamps takes the look over the top!

 

A blue island is the perfect pop in an otherwise white kitchen. It adds so much dimension. 

 

A teeny vignette becomes a focal point with the addition of this beautiful rug and distressed piece of furniture.

 

There’s nothing better than starting and finishing the day in the sunniest spot in the house!

 

We love hot pink in any space…

 

And beautiful blues too, of course. 

 

There’s no space we love more than a window seat, especially when the weather gets cooler and we draw closer to home. 

 

Double sinks provide plenty of space for getting ready…

 

And a soaking tub creates a spa-like retreat. 

 

Just add a Turkish towel!

 

A playful child’s room is such a delight,

 

And a darling basin sink creates plenty of space for multiple kids to get ready for school.

 

Isn’t it amazing? We love Cloth and Kind’s use of color, pattern and texture–even on the porch. 

Thank you so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here!

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In Good Taste: Verandah House

Verandah House sunroom

Good morning, chic readers! You know how we love the thrill of finding new designers we love. And do we ever have some fabulous talent to share with you today!

Verandah House

When we stumbled across the good taste of Verandah House Interiors, it was a love at first sight kind of thing. 

Verandah House living room

This Australian duo designs houses in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne and more–and we want to go visit! Business trip, right?

Verandah House dining room

Jess and Judy say:

 “Our design aesthetic is very much the new American classic look, adding a modern sense of luxury that is fresh, stylish and timeless. Its important to us that our work doesn’t fit one style, we try to give each client a unique look and tailor our designs and finishes to suit the way our clients love to live, a casual sensibility.”

Verandah House

From beautifully accessorized vignettes, 

To beautifully uncluttered bookcases,

Verandah House

To coastal homes with just the right amount of flair, 

Verandah House bookcase

We think this dynamic duo is embodying their mission at every turn!

Verandah House kitchen

The perfect spot for entertaining friends!

Verandah House kitchen

Bright, white kitchens that feel clean and crisp,

And swoon-worthy outdoor spaces are examples of these designers’ flawless style. 

If you want to create gorgeous rooms like Verandah House, check out their fabulous online course! (You’ll want to watch the video just to hear their lovely Aussie accents!)

Which is your favorite Verandah House space?


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What your favorite bloggers are saying about The Secret to Southern Charm:

From fab Tina at The Enchanted Home

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“5. CALLING ALL READERS. I am so thrilled for the amazing success my fellow blogger and friend, Kristy Harvey is having with her wonderful books, and with good reason. She has captivated so many with her wonderful, heart warming, funny stories (all that take place in the south is an extra bonus) and knows how to really engage her reader, her books are the kind you don’t want to close.

 You know those kind of books that you wish you could literally jump into and become a part of the story ? Think Nicholas Sparks meets Elin Hinderbrand….yes they are that good. I can hardly wait to delve into her newest, The Secret to Southern Charm. I just know her books are headed to the big screen one day:) Click here to preorder yours” — Tina, The Enchanted Home

 

 

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In Good Taste: Leah Bailey Interior Design

Leah Bailey Interior Design

With back to school around the corner and summer coming to an end, we don’t know about you, but we could use a spot of calm in our day.

Leah Bailey Interior Design

If you love soothing, peaceful retreats then the good taste of Leah Bailey Interior Design will be right up your alley!

From a calming spot to savor a morning cup of coffee,

Leah Bailey Interior Design

To a clutter free space for entertaining dinner guests in style,

Leah Bailey Interior Design

From a simple accessory that defines a sunny breakfast room,

Leah Bailey Interior Design

To a mix of antique and new that is brought together with the perfect casual natural fiber rug and upholstery,

Leah Bailey Interior Design

Leah Bailey is masterful at putting together the right details to make a space really sing.

Leah Bailey Interior Design

A simple hand towel and flower vase punctuate a pretty bathroom,

Leah Bailey Interior Design

While pops of pink create a charming retreat for a little girl.

Leah Bailey Interior Design

We love how this office space feels both uncluttered and comfortable and homey. 

Less is more in this charming workspace. 

Talk about a welcoming entryway! It’s the perfect place to stow your boots after a long day. 

Do you love Leah Bailey’s beautiful work as much as we do?

What Cassie Bustamante is saying about Slightly South of Simple:

“This novel explores sisterly bonds and the depths of the things we will do for people we love most in the world.  Slightly South of Simple was a sweet and enjoyable book with a dash of humor and wit, and will make an awesome beach read this summer!  I loved this book, and it was the perfect light read.” — Cassie Bustamante

 

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Things We Love: Bookcases!

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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

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