Unity in Design and In Our Lives

With a new year beginning and Martin Luther King Day only a day past, this is an absolutely perfect time to celebrate unity with some of our favorite bloggers, our By Invitation Only group. 

During a time where it seems like there are so many things dividing us, every now and then it’s nice to focus on what unites us, on what common beliefs we hold and on what makes us the same as the people that, sometimes, we may not understand. 

Unity–and a unified look–can be just as important in our homes as it is in our lives. 

This stunning home by a favorite designer, James Michael Howard, is a perfect example of unity in design. 

It is the kind of home that flows effortlessly from one space to the next, 

That has a common theme that makes each room feel cohesive and relates it to the one before. 

In our homes and in our lives unity can’t help but breed tranquility, 

A sense of peace and a break from the chaos and confusion. 

Just like we need good friends and family to share our lives with,

It is wonderful to have a place to come home to at the end of a long day that feels not only only exactly how we want it to, but also like a retreat from the rest of the world. 

Moments of dark and still, 

And bits of whimsy in unexpected places, 

Light, airy, vaulted ceilings

Plenty of light,

And a cohesive color palette create a sense of unity in this stunning home. 

We can’t think of a more beautiful way to create a sense of unity within yourself that you can’t help but carry out into the world. 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love it when you stop by!

 

 

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Attention all bloggers, book reviewers and influencers! I will be receiving advance copies of my new novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM this week! If you’d like an early copy for sharing consideration on your blog or social media, please email me at kristywoodsonharvey @ gmail. com! (And I’ll be giving away copies on Instagram, so come follow us over there to win one of the very first copies!)

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Setting the Table for Our Dream Dinner Party

white wood house
Southern Accents

 

Good morning, chic readers! We are so, so excited that Christmastime is almost here! 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

We are counting down the minutes until all the family is together again and we are sitting around the dinner table talking, laughing and, of course, eating the yummy meals that we only get once a year. 

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Southern Accents

 

In the meantime, we are joining forces with the other By Invitation Only girls to chat about our dream dinner party!

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Lauren DeLoach via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

It would of course start with the perfect table setting. Fine china. Starched linens. Sterling silver

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One Kings Lane – Photo by Mel Barlow

 

And champagne. Always, always champagne. There is absolutely another more festive or more celebratory than a few bubbles sparkling in a glass!

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One Kings Lane

 

But one of the parts of a dream dinner party is making sure that everyone has his or her favorites. So we would certainly make sure to accommodate everyone’s unique tastes. 

Christmas desserts
Domino

 

We like food. We honestly do. But if we’re dreaming here, desserts would really be enough. Small confections that melt in your mouth and chocolate. All the chocolate. 

White Russian cocktail
Lark & Linen

 

To go with the sweets and champagne? Salted Caramel White Russians!

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Lark and Linen

 

And white hot chocolate in festive mugs with cinnamon sticks. 

Christmas gingerbread house
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

As for decorations, no fancy flowers will be necessary. We’d rather have a gingerbread house any day of the week!

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Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

In fact, anything kid-friendly would do.

gingerbread house
Connecticut Cottages and Gardens

 

Because we should all get to be kids again at the holidays. 

cookies for Christmas
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

As for our dream guests. Well, we would invite YOU! We can’t think of anything better than sitting around a gorgeous table sipping hot chocolate with our fabulous, amazing readers who make every day feel like a special occasion. 

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Party Crackers

 

Then we could all pop party crackers together, hug goodbye and promise to do it again next year. Because the best parties are traditions, ones that we can look forward to year after year. And dream about long after they are over…

 

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Last week we had the pleasure of spending a fun-filled long weekend in the place that we think gets as close to Christmas magic as you can without going to the North Pole: NYC! I had the most amazing  day of meetings with the team at Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster),  about all that is THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, the sequel to SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and the second book in Peachtree Bluff series–and filmed fun videos that I can’t wait to share with you! To celebrate the upcoming launch (April 3, 2018!) and get you in the holiday spirit, we’re giving away a $100 Amazon gift card for your holiday essentials. Enter below!

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For more Gift Giving Inspiration, visit our Holiday Pinterest Boards

 

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The Power of Connections

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J. Crew

 

‘Tis the season, readers. For trees and presents

Lilly Bunn

 

Friends and fellowship,

Meg Braff Designs

 

And gathering around a home cooked meal.

Thanksgiving dining
Rose and Ivy

 

Because these next few weeks are about celebrating, about savoring, about remembering.But, most importantly of all, they’re about connecting. 

 

Marie Flanigan

In the rush of the decorating and the shopping, the parties and the egg nog, the kids’ programs and present wrapping, there are moments, many of them, in fact, that are tailor made for connecting, for remembering who and what is most important in our lives. 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Whether it’s taking the time to reconnect with a friend you haven’t seen in far too long in the corner of a crowded party over the fa-la-las blaring through the speakers,

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Or staying up far too late whispering with that relative that you haven’t seen since last ChristmasFighting over who gets to sit at the best seat, the one beside Grandmother and, even better, her stories of holidays past,

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Or deciding to forgo gifts this year in favor of good, true, quality time together, we hope that this season can be filled, for each of you, with what we all need perhaps most of all: love, relationships and a reminder of where we come from and where we want to go. Because, amid the bells and tinsels, the festivities and the merriment, there is always time for remembering what is most important.

Speaking of connections, we are so grateful for our By Invitation Only group this holiday season–and the friendship of these remarkable women. To see each of their takes on connections this season, visit Daily Plate of Crazy, where we’ll all be linking up!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for making Design Chic a part of your day!

 

If you’re in the Triangle, NC area, I would love to see you this Thursday night, November 16 at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC at 7 pm. I’ll be there signing Slightly South of Simple, sipping champagne and talking books with my friends and fellow Tall Poppy writers Katie Rose Guest Pryal and Susan Bishop Crispell. Come join us!

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Feeling Fall with Fabulous Friends

BHG

 

This month, we’re welcoming fall, in our homes and in our lives overall. We don’t know about you, but, for us, welcoming fall means opening the windows, letting fresh air in and savoring the crispness in the air.

Thom Filicia

 

Welcoming fall is about adding cozy throws and great textures and favoring shades of tan and pumpkin, gold and creams, the richer hues that correspond so well with the changing leaves and the sun that’s setting just a little earlier already.

Sotheby’s Realty

 

Fall is also a fabulous time to celebrate the change of seasons with a fun soiree, which, of course, means getting the kitchen in tip top shape.

Williams-Sonoma

 

We’ll admit it: We like to leave the cooking to the professionals. But the right, gorgeous cookware that makes the food taste as good as the pots and pans look is a necessity when getting ready for a change of season celebration.

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Evars and Anderson

 

I’m in the market for new barstools right now, and these adorable cushions welcome fall in this kitchen with aplomb! A pretty (and delicious!) arrangement of seasonal fruits and veggies makes for a stunning centerpiece, no flowers required.

One Kings Lane

 

One of the things on our minds right now is hanging some new pieces of art to really get our houses party ready. These fall tones are very of the moment!

Coastal Living Magazine

 

Speaking of works of art, what a perfect setting for a fall fete!

Tory Burch

 

When it comes to parties, getting dressed is half the fun! This Tory Burch outfit hits all the high notes of equestrian style. 

Kate Spade NY

 

Speaking of animal-inspired fashion, this display at Kate Spade is so fabulous! It seems like leopard is everywhere we look this fall. So we must include it in our outfits!

Rose and Ivy

 

While cocktails and dinner are always fabulous, sometimes having a few good friends for a great cup of coffee is all it takes to turn an ordinary day into a celebration. A mix of antique silver and new pottery, we couldn’t love this juxtaposition any more!

Tom Ford Favorites for Fall

 

Our friend (He’s so not our friend. But girls can dream, right?) Tom Ford has assembled the ultimate fall collection for making our faces look fabulous no matter what the season holds. 

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BHG

 

And the brilliant minds from BHG have so many great tips for the perfect paint tips to transform any home for fall. We’re obsessed with Golden Ginger. It may very well be the new not-quite-white we all need so much!

Do you have any plans for fall celebrations? 

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If you’re looking for the perfect books to add a little warmth to your Fall, check out my latest novel, Slightly South of Simple (Simon & Schuster, 2016) or preorder The Secret to Southern Charm (Simon & Schuster, 2017) so you’ll have reading to look forward to this Spring!

 

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Fall, Fashion and that One Special Thing!

 

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It’s the time again! This month, for our wonderful By Invitation Only group, the fabulous Marsha from Splenderosa came up with some wonderful questions about fall, fashion and the things we can’t live without! Take a peek below… And let us know what your answers would be!

What is your“take everywhere:” 

Lanvin tote. It’s neutral, durable and has some sort of coating on it that doesn’t destroy it when juice spills in my bag… Yeah. That happens a lot.

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Life’s Little Luxuries

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Lynn Morgan Design

 Life’s little luxuries… What does that bring to mind for you? When Marsha from Splenderosa asked us for this month’s By Invitation Only group, did we think of furs and diamonds and yachts? Nope. It probably won’t surprise you that the first things that came to mind for us were the little things that make our homes feel special and loved. Like a gorgeous bouquet of fresh flowers beside our favorite chair, making the living room come to life.  (Make sure you stop by Splenderosa to see what our other BIO friends chose!)

BIVO

Even a tiny vase of flowers by the sink is such a great way to wake up. And a morning kitchen? It goes without saying that having a cup of coffee or hot tea waiting by the sink would make crawling out of bed a little sweeter.

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Neiman Marcus

 

 But, as for “little” luxuries, stacks of perfectly white, fluffy towels are one of life’s best. So simple but so special all the same.

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 We so agree with Myra Hoefer. Opening the linen closet to a stack of clean, fresh, white towels creates an instant sense of mental order. (Sometimes when my house is a mess that I don’t feel like I can tackle, I open my linen closet to make me feel on-balance again! Mom’s house is never a mess so she doesn’t have to employ this tactic!)



 Little touches of glamour in unexpected places, like this stunning crystal chandelier in the kitchen, make ordinary moments feel extraordinarily lovely.


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Betty Lou Phillips

And a fabulous Venetian mirror is another elegant touch. Don’t even get us started on the bathtub…


 

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Elizabeth Metcalfe

 

 

 Maybe it was Sex and the City or maybe it dates back much, much farther, but a fabulous, totally organized closet? Now that’s luxury. What you fill it with is up to you, but here are a few things we would choose…



 

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Matouk

Emerging from your spectacular closet and climbing into the bed with beautiful linens, freshly pressed, of course, is a total joy.



 

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 If you get to soak in an amazing tub first, so much the better!

Thanks so much, Marsha, for letting us talk about our favorite little luxuries today.

What are your favorite luxuries, sweet readers?



 

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