Things We Love: Gorgeous Gardens

boxwood gardens
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Jeff Herr PhotographyC. Brandon Ingram Architect


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. 


Howard Design Studio| Emily Followill Photography


boxwood gardens with pea gravel from Loi Thai
Loi Thai


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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What Your Favorite Influencers are Saying about my next novel, Feels Like Falling:

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



10 Favorite Homes with Curb Appeal

curb appeal steel doors bevolo lantern
T.S. Adams Studio| Jean Allsopp Photography


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.


curb appeal white clapboard house from Stephen Fuller Architect
Stephen Fuller Architect Barbara Westbrook Interior Design| Emily Followill Photography


Donald Lococo Architect | John Cole Photography


Ken Tate Architect


C. Brandon Ingram Architect | Mallory Mathison Interiors | Jeff Herr Photography


Krysta Gibbons of Kipling House Interiors | Photography Jessie Preza | Southern Home Magazine


Janie Molster


curb appeal - SHM Architect house exterior- house architecture
SHM ArchitectCoats Homes BuilderCollins Interiors Nathan Schroeder Photography


curb appeal - Lisa Furey Interiors
Lisa Furey Interiors


curb appeal tiny house from Jeffrey Duncan with shingles
Jeffrey Dungan


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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Character-Filled Cashiers Mountain House

Blue Ridge Mountains House

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!

Blue Ridge Mountain living room


Blue Ridge Mountain entrance


Blue Ridge Mountain dining room


Blue Ridge Mountain living room


Blue Ridge Mountain banquette



Blue Ridge Mountain kitchen


Blue Ridge Mountain kitchen


Blue Ridge Mountain living room


Blue Ridge Mountain bedroom


Blue Ridge Mountain bathroom


Blue Ridge Mountain porch


Blue Ridge Mountain porch

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Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Photography: Emily Followill

Also, don’t forget… 

Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble (Only in hardback and paperback so far. E-books to come!).

June 1, 2019 Peachtree Bluff will be “taking over” Beaufort, NC, the town on which it was based. Every single person who preorders between now now and will be registered to win:

*Two tickets to the Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover and Tour–on Beaufort’s signature double decker red buses!

*Two tickets to the farm-to-table dinner and launch party under the stars at the Beaufort Historic Site

*Two nights lodging in Beaufort, NC

Just send an email with proof of purchase to [email protected] to enter!

Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

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).

Preorder from your local bookstore or Indiebound!

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Things We Love: Garden Gates

garden gate
Jean Allsopp Photography


These long, lazy days of summer are the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the splendor of a beautiful gardenWhile flowers, shrubs and green things of every kind are certainly the main event of any garden, there’s one essential that we think adds so much charm and style:

A fabulous garden gate!

From a sophisticated pergola overflowing with flowers,

To a simple gate that whispers “welcome,”

From a simple, classic wrought iron,

To a stunning style with automatic open,

There are so many styles to enhance a garden of any size or type.


garden gate
Jean Allsopp Photography

A gate is a perfect opportunity to insert another material into a pretty brick wall,

garden gate
Jean Allsopp Photography

Or create a secret passageway in a stone enclosure.

garden gate
Jean Allsopp Photography

Dark stains blend with the wood around,


While white makes an elegant statement–especially when combined with white florals on the front. What is your favorite type of garden gate?


What Exquisitely Unremarkable is saying about Slightly South of Simple:

books - slightly south of simple

“I have read Kristy’s other two books, Dear Carolina and Lies And Other Acts Of Love, and while I completely enjoyed both, [Slightly South of Simple] really hit home.  I don’t know if it was the fact that it’s set at the beach ~ where I live ~ or that there were references to NY ~ where I also live ~ that it’s the story about three sisters and their widowed mom ~ hello, that’s my family ~ or the fact that I myself am the mom to girls.  Or maybe it was those references to 9/11. I swear, the conversation in the book is the exact one I had with my own husband on that terrifying morning. So much of what Kristy had written felt familiar. I just couldn’t put it down.  Of course, even if you don’t have the same connections that I have, you’ll still love this one. The characters are likable, the Southern setting is dreamy, there are tears, laughter, surprises, secrets and best of all, romance. The perfect summer read.” Kim, Exquisitely Unremarkable
I’ll be on tour this week! Come see me!

July 13: Sky Valley Literary Luncheon, Sky Valley Country Club, Sky Valley, GA, 12 pm

July 14: Highlands Golf and Country Club, Talk, Luncheon and Book Signing, 981 Dillard Road, Highlands, NC 28741

July 14: Signing, Acorns Shop at Old Edwards Inn, Nantahala National Forest, 465 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741, 2-4 pm

July 15: Atlanta Market, Codarus Showroom 240 Peachtree St N.W., Suite 15-A-1, Atlanta, Ga 30303, 404.749.5050, Signing 1-3 pm

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!