With the days getting (gloriously!) longer, sunnier and warmer, all we want to do is be outside! Now is the perfect time to start thinking about planting, pruning, designing and getting our gardens in tip top shape for spring. It’s only a week away, after all. Take a peek at a few of our favorite gardens–from sleek and simple to deliciously full of blooms, there’s the perfect garden for every yard.
Huge hydrangeas are our most favorite. We hope you’re feeling as full of garden inspiration as we are. Bring on spring!
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Before I even start a Kristy Woodson Harvey novel, I know that I am in for a captivating story laced with delightful characters. Gray has hit a string of bad luck. Loss of a loved one, a cheating spouse, and a sister who has made the wrong decision in choosing a spouse. Enter: Diana, who is facing challenges of her own. One of which is caused by Gray. I can’t wait to start this wonderful book. I have yet to finish a Kristy Woodson Harvey novel without a smile and a tear. —Preppy Empty Nester
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We love the formality and symmetry of a parterre garden. Check out a few of our favorites and gain a bit of inspiration of your own!
Which parterre garden is you favorite?
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Looking for the perfect summer read? Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Betchesand more all think you should slip my new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, into your beach or pool bag. Have you checked it out yet?
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
The Southern Side of Paradise Tour Continues:
July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE,
July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE, 7pm – 9pm
July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD, 11am – 1pm
August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC, 3pm
August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC, 6pm
August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC, 2:00pm
August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY, 5pm – 7:30pm
With the days growing longer and the sun getting warmer, we are savoring every moment we have outside–especially after such a cold, harsh winter. We don’t know about you, but we’re focusing on sprucing our yards for spring right now. We love flowers and bright blooms and pretty colors intermixed, but when it comes to the staple backdrop, nothing is better than beautiful boxwoods. From a small hedge to an entire garden, boxwoods are incredibly versatile and look great anywhere. Check out a few of our favorite boxwood gardens and gain a bit of inspiration of your own!
The former garden of our friend Loi Thai is a great one to end on and one of our favorites of the entire bunch. Perfectly manicured and vibrantly green, it’s everything a boxwood garden should be!
Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!
We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site.
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Welcome, friends, and welcome, Monday. There is absolutely nothing like making an entrance, a grand first impression, in our lives and in our homes. These ten stunning houses are the best of the best when it comes to curb appeal. From grand columns and gorgeous doors to tree-lined lots and perfect landscaping, these homes have it all. Take a peek at some of our favorite ways to spruce your exterior in style.
Tiny house, big style. This home proves that some of the smallest spaces can make the biggest impact, in curb appeal and beyond.
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My new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, releases May 7, 2019! While you’re waiting, catch up on the series with this great sale at Barnes & Noble!
We didn’t think the Blue Ridge mountains could get any more gorgeous, but it has happened. Atlanta architect D. Stanley Dixon and interior designer Heather Dewberry have made even more magic in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. We know. We’re really excited too! From the wood elements to the color palette it’s utter perfection at every turn. We hope you enjoy as much as we do!
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From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.
With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.
Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.
When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.
With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).
It is summer and that means time for gardens galore! Sitting in them, admiring them… We love all of that!
The planting and keeping alive is where things get dicey. Fortunately, hardy favorites like these gorgeous hydrangeas are stunning and well within our wheelhouse.
We don’t know about you, but we love beautiful blooms that we can cut and move into our own house. It’s such an easy and chic touch.
We love so many different kinds of gardens, from the streamlined to the very, very complicated.
A fabulous patio is one of the best parts of spring. But, without a luscious view, porch sitting can fall flat. That’s certainly not a problem for any of these lovely landscapes!
This beautiful yard reminds us of a perfectly tailored pair of black pants. They fit so well that they can’t help but be gorgeous.
Speaking of, if you need something to read while you’re catching rays this summer, look no further than The Secret to Southern Charm! Summer is the perfect time to get up to date on the Murphy girls and Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a town where the breeze is warm, the sun is shining, and nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems!