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If you’re looking for an amazing tour today, this fabulous home from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles won’t disappoint! 

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Things We Love: Classic Canopy Beds

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OKL

 

When I was a little girl, one of my friends had a canopy bed. Sleepovers at her house were always so cozy, and I thought that canopy was amazing. So amazing, in fact, that I asked Santa to bring one for my American Girl Doll.

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Cathy Austin via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

It never really occurred to me that I could ask him to bring me one for myself!

canopy beds
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

But, now that I’m all grown up, I get how Santa works much, much better.

canopy beds Photography by @miguelfloresvianna
Milieu Mag – Mimi O’Connell Design-Photography by @miguelfloresvianna

 

And why should Samantha (my American Girl Doll) have all the fun?

zebra-rug canopy beds
Architectural Digest

 

So, guess what?

monogram on canopy beds
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

Now I have a canopy bed of my very own!

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Lonny

 

(And now I want a chaise at the end of it too. And an Hermes blanket, obviously. I didn’t need to even say that, did I?)

canopy beds
Summer Thornton Design

 

I went back and forth and back and forth over the curtain situation. I knew I wanted them, at least some of the time, so that I could feel cozy like those sleepovers of yore. So I decided to go with curtains on the corners like this. And they really close! 

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Millieu Magazine

 

I tried it one time just to see if they would, but, no big shock here, I’ve never actually closed them again… 

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Phoebe Howard Southeastern Design Show house via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

Canopy beds like these are so incredibly chic and make the ceiling look like it goes on for miles and miles. 

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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

But, well, I was raised to be leery of anything germ or dust-catching. (Thanks, Mom.) And while, as a kid, I could look up at that fabric on the ceiling and think it was really cool, now I’d be looking at it thinking, “Hmmm, wonder if it’s time to take the down and have it dry cleaned again.”

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Architecturall Digest

 

While I ended up going with a drapery fabric in the end, sheer material also seemed like a drapey and romantic way to adorn a canopy bed. (Plus, if you’re sleeping with the windows open during mosquito season, just downright practical.)

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Architectural Digest

 

And, even when the curtains are being cleaned (often), the plain canopy bed is elegant and adds so much pizazz to the room. From American Girls to little girls and all the way on up, this is one chic bedroom staple with staying power!


peachtree bluff series - Kristy Woodson Harvey

Resolving to read more in 2019? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, Book 2,  The Secret to Southern Charm, and Book 3, The Southern Side of Paradise releasing, May 7!  I’m so grateful for the support of my readers!

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!


 

10 Favorite Bedrooms Big on Style

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Beth Webb Interiors

Good morning, chic readers! With the holidays quickly approaching, our minds are on all those last-minute tweaks. What are we working on? Sprucing the guest room for all those holiday guests! If you’re looking to update your bedroom–guest, master or otherwise–take a peek at ten of our favorite gorgeous bedrooms that will get you motivated to revamp your home in style. 

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Alessandra Branca Kips Bay Showhouse

 

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Marshall Watson Interiors

 

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Serena & Lily

 

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One Kings Lane

 

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Cullman & Kravis

 

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Serena & Lily

 

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Tracy Lynn Studio

 

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Beth Webb Interiors

 

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Beth Webb Interiors

If all else fails, adding flowers is always a surefire way to make guests feel at home and bedrooms feel bright and cheery! Thanks for checking out ten of our favorite spaces!

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here!

The third book in my nationally bestselling Peachtree Bluff series, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, releases May 7 from Gallery Books/ Simon & Schuster! Preorder now–or catch up on SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (available in hardback, paperback, ebook and audio) before the big day!

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House Tour: Jack’s Peachtree Bluff Beach House

Good morning, chic readers! With the first week of The Secret to Southern Charm tour behind us, we are just taking a moment to thank you so much for all your support–and celebrate!

If you’ve read any of the Peachtree Bluff series then you know that Ansley, one of my protagonists, is an interior designer. 

And she has dreamed of decorating the house next door to her grandmother’s–hers now–since she was a teenager. 

 

Conveniently, her first love, the man who has swept back into Peachtree Bluff and complicated her life inexplicably, has bought the house next door and, as the story unfolds, Ansley gets to design this house, that she has dreamed of for so long. Here’s a little peek at what she says:

I was sitting at the dining room table, sipping my first cup of coffee of the morning and sketching a room—something I hadn’t done in quite some time. 

Over the past several years, I had created mood boards for my clients so they could see exactly what furniture, fixtures, and fabric I was contemplating for their rooms. 

But I knew already that Jack would let me have free rein, and sketching the rooms I was designing was how I best dreamed them. 

I liked to think I was drawing them into life.

This gorgeous home from Connecticut Cottages and Gardens is very similar to how we picture the complete redesign of Jack’s house that Ansley undertakes, classic but refined, elegant and understated and just right for a grown bachelor, even though, later, Ansley admits…

I gazed up at the stunning canopy bed with the ethereal white curtains I had copied from Phoebe Howard. The walls were a light gray, on the lavender side so they felt warm, not steely. It probably wasn’t a color I would have chosen for Jack the bachelor. It was a color I had chosen for me, a color I had chosen for our life together. As I lay there, feeling totally at peace, I finally admitted that, all this time, I had been decorating this house for me.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

John Bjornen Design


Don’t forget to pick up your copy of my latest title, The Secret to Southern Charm from your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold! 

Don’t forget to come visit me on The Secret to Southern Charm tour if I’m in your area. For the full schedule visit my author site. Here’s what’s coming up:

April 11: Dothan Country Club,”Lunch and Learn,” 200 South Cherokee Avenue. Dothan, Alabama, $20 ticket includes buffet and author presentation. Call 334-791-2706 or email [email protected] to rsvp. Ticket paid for at the door , 11:30 am CST, open to the public

April 11: Bay Point Book Clubs’ Cocktails with Kristy, 5:00 pm, private

April 12:  St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon, 218 Bunkers Cove Rd, Panama City, FL 32401, 11:30 am, private

April 13: Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library Book and Author Luncheon, Pfeiffer University, Highway 52 North, Misenheimer, N.C.  28109,  hosted by Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library, tickets are $30.00 for Friends members and $40 for nonmembers; Tickets will be available on the University’s website in mid-January. They will also be available by calling the Advancement Office at 704-463-3034, event from 11:00 am-1:15 pm, open to the public

April 14: Catawba College Dinner, Salisbury, NC, private

April 15: Signing at High Point Furniture Market, High Point, NC, Details TBA

April 16: The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387, 5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 17: SC Entertainment Television talk in Kinston, NC, private

April 17: Sips and Sweets, Community Council for the Arts, 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC, 100% of book purchase price will be donated to CCA, to reserve a copy or purchase a copy to pick up at a later date, call (252) 527-2517free and open to the public

April 19: Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library,269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, MD 21403, event contact is Amanda Spino, 410-222-1770, [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to the public

Apr. 20: Launch of Literary Luncheon series at The Annapolis Bookstore, 53 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, Contact is Mary Owen, 410-280-2339, [email protected]

April 22: Reading at ROOT, Manasquan, NJ, please register through BookTowne, Contact is Maribeth Pelly, [email protected], 732-722-7255, 3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 23: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, free but registration required at 341-282-9232; 7:00 pm, open to the public

April 24: Meet Author Kristy Harvey at Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH 44129, organized by Cuyahoga County Public Library, Contact is Billy Kelly, [email protected], 216.749.9359, 7:00 pm, free and open to the public

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It’s the Big Shopbop Sale 

 

There is so much to love at this big sale.  Look at these:

matching sets 

the pretty pastels

hand-held handbags

slingback shoes

 

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A Chic Seaside Retreat–With Plenty of Southern Charm

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The Secret to Southern Charm has officially out in the world. You can pick up your copy at your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or online at Amazon or any of your other favorite retailers. In the meantime, we wanted you to explore the home of my interior designer main character, Ansley Murphy, and get a little better feel for her aesthetic.

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We picture Ansley’s aesthetic to be light, bright, streamlined and coastally chic.

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In the historic, fictional town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, Ansley designs not only the yachts coming in and out of the harbor, but also the historic homes that line the picturesque downtown.

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When Ansley’s three daughters come home–grandchildren in tow–that can only mean one thing: lots of family dinners! This is just the type of comfortable yet chic dining room that Ansley would love. 

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In her own home and in her redesigns, Ansley’s aesthetic is very natural with well-chosen pops of pretty colors. This green and yellow is absolutely lovely.

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Wide-plank hardwood floors and windows that let in plenty of light are hallmarks of some of Ansley’s prettiest redesigns. 

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Of course, with all of those kids home, Ansley’s bedrooms are getting quite a bit of use! We picture this as the perfect master retreat where Ansley can get away from it all…

seaside bedroom

And a sweet blue color palette is perfect for soothing Sloane’s nerves while her husband is deployed. 

seaside bedroom

A chic–and a touch Bohemian–canopy bed would suit Emerson, the youngest, actress daughter’s personality to a tee. We love the mix of antique and new!

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But the best part of Ansley’s house? This gorgeous, waterfront porch, of course, where she can sit with her daughters and her mother and sort through all the big decisions they are making over the year that will change their lives–and their family–forever.

We want to thank you for being such loyal readers of Design Chic and hope that you will take the time to read The Secret to Southern Charm. It’s perfect for lounging beach- or poolside or a gift for Mother’s Day, graduation, wedding guests or bridesmaids! 

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of my latest title, The Secret to Southern Charm from your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold! 

Images via Phoebe Howard Design

Come See Me on the The Secret to Southern Charm Tour! For full tour dates, visit my author site!

April 5: Kiawah Reads talk and signing,  Sandcastle Community Center, 23 Beachwalker Drive, Kiawah Island, SC29407, beverages and light snacks, Contact Mandi Danker [email protected] for tickets, 11:00 am, open to the public

April 5: Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, 509 S Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506, Contact Mary Wiser, Friends of Florence County Library, 843-413-7065,  [email protected], 6:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: Moveable Feast through Litchfield Books; Litchfield Beach, SC, contact is Vicky Crafton, 843-237-8138, [email protected], 11:00 am with signing at bookstore at 2:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: “The Secret to Southern Charm at Woodhouse Day Spa,” Woodhouse Day Spa, 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, wine and nibbles, Contact is Kimberly Powell, 843-203-1772, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, open to the public

April 7: Wine, Women & Wisdom, Southern Style, launch of this luncheon series at Buxton Books, 2A Cumberland Street, Corner of Concord and Cumberland, Charleston, SC 29401, Contact Polly Buxton, [email protected], 843-696-5050, noon-2:00 pm, open to the public

April 8: Southern Sweet Tea Author Talk & Book Signing at Summerville Library presentation Dorchester County Library, 76 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, SC 29485, tea, water, lemonade, and pastries served; Contact is Leslie Koller, [email protected], 842-871-5075 ext. 220, 2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 9:  “Books and Bites” at Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL with sandwiches and tea, organized through The Book Loft, 214 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, “meet and greet” with signing, contact events person is Christy LeLait, [email protected], store: 904-261-8991, 11:30 am, open to the public

April 9: The Bookshelf, 126 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792, Book Clubs and Beach Reads: A conversation with Kristy Woodson Harvey, wine and cheese provided,  Contact Ashley Sherlock [email protected], [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to public

April 10: “Books and Bites,” Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Gulf County, 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, contact is Nancy Brockman, [email protected], 850-229-8879, 12:00-2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 10:  Sundog Books, 89 Central Square, Seaside, FL  32459, Contact Dwan Dawson-Tape, 850-231-5481, [email protected], 4:00-5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 11: Dothan Country Club,”Lunch and Learn,” 200 South Cherokee Avenue. Dothan, Alabama, $20 ticket includes buffet and author presentation. Call 334-791-2706 or email [email protected] to rsvp. Ticket paid for at the door , 11:30 am CST, open to the public

April 11: Bay Point Book Clubs’ Cocktails with Kristy, 5:00 pm, private

April 12:  St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon, 218 Bunkers Cove Rd, Panama City, FL 32401, 11:30 am, private


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Four Poster Beds Add Style to Any Bedroom

Architectural Digest photo: Peter Estersohn

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had a terrific weekend and are ready to start a wonderful week ahead. We don’t know about you, but we love Valentine’s Day. Or not even really the day so much as the whole Valentine’s season. 

Four poster beds in guest room
Cottages and Gardens Magazine

All the red and pink and gold glitter hearts and chocolate and wine everywhere. Everything for Valentine’s Day is so cute and chic and stylish now. This bedding is the perfect Valentine’s Day red…

four poster beds in Hamptons Cottage
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

And this one is the perfect Valentine’s Day pink! We still remember being kids and and coming home with a huge bag full of paper Valentine’s sporting sappy sayings, some with candy, some with other Valentine’s trinkets. You never knew what you were going to find. It was wonderful!

bedroom by Tara Shaw
Tara Shaw via Milieu Magazine 

What’s even better is the fabulous four poster beds. We don’t think many things add a sense of presence in a room quite like a substantial bed.

French Provencial bedroom
Architectural Digest

 French provincial four poster beds add old world elegance to a bedroom’s decor.

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New England Home Magazine

Black with a touch of gold is an ever-elegant combination that adds so much style to a bedroom.

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Architectural Digest 

A beautiful four-poster like this fills up a larger bedroom with taller ceilings and accentuates the graceful roofline. It’s perfection! The pair of chests is perfectly proportioned too.

blue and white bedroom
McCann Design Group 

The four poster bed is incredibly versatile and, in a dark shade like this, is great for a boy’s bedroom–from toddler to teen and beyond.

green and white bedroom
Jenny Wolf Design 

Far from basic, four poster beds come in a variety of styles, sizes and materials to suit any bedroom space. We love everything about this beautiful bedroom!

Are you a fan of four poster beds? Wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s Day, no matter what you’re doing!

 

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