House Tour: Southern Farmhouse Style

southern farmhouse kitchen

Good morning, chic readers! We don’t know about you, but the cold, dark days of winter always have us wanting to bundle up and get outside. 

southern farmhouse kitchen

And have us dreaming of escaping to a retreat outside of town, a cabin or farmhouse that feels nothing short of a getaway, like this incredible farmhouse by Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design.

southern farmhouse

We imagine ourselves baking things from scratch…

Warming up by the fire after a day savoring the festive chill of the outdoors…

southern farmhouse bedroom

And, finally, curling up in a cozy, warm, bed, loaded with down comforters, to savor a night of peaceful, quiet sleep.

southern farmhouse bathroom

This Southern farmhouse is the absolute pinnacle of an escape from reality,

southern farmhouse bedroom

A place where every member of the family can feel relaxed, 

southern farmhouse bathroom

And where the details make it worth coming home to. 

southern farmhouse bunk room

As much as we love every charming element of the interior, including these amazing bunk beds,

It’s what’s outside that is truly special. 

This is a farm after all!

And what could be more beautiful than these sweet faces? Would you want to get away to this charming farmhouse retreat? We know we would!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We always love it when you do!


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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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In Good Taste: Austin Patterson Disston Architects

Austin Patterson Disston entrance

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you got a lot of holiday shopping done over the weekend and can take a breather today and relax! If you’re feeling a little holiday-cluttered already, take a break from the chaos with the clean lines and fresh look of these gorgeous rooms by Austin Patterson Disston Architects. Each one is more beautiful than the last! 

Austin Patterson Disston kitchen

 

Austin Patterson Disston kitchen

 

Austin Patterson Disston living room

 

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Austin Patterson Disston kitchen

 

Austin Patterson Disston kitchen

 

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Austin Patterson Disston bathroom

 

porch.Austin Patterson Disston

 

outdoor shower.Austin Patterson Disston

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We hope it’s a great one!

 

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By Invitation Only: The Power of Connections

holiday gifts
J. Crew

 

‘Tis the season, readers. For trees and presents

living room
Architectural Digest

 

Friends and fellowship,

dining room
Architectural Digest

 

And gathering around a home cooked meal.

Thanksgiving dining
Rose and Ivy

 

Because these next few weeks are about celebrating, about savoring, about remembering. 

kitchen
Architectural Digest

 

But, most importantly of all, they’re about connecting. 

kitchen island
Architectural Digest

 

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. 

family room wood
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,

bunkbeds
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Or staying up far too late whispering with that relative that you haven’t seen since last Christmas

outdoor dining
Architectural Digest

 

Fighting over who gets to sit at the best seat, the one beside Grandmother and, even better, her stories of holidays past,

pool
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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Statement-Making Homes

statment -making stairs
Simon Upton via Architectural Digest

 

One of our favorite parts of any house is those focal points, the moments that stop us in our tracks, that make us remember the way a home looked and felt long after we have left it. 

statement-making stairs
Phoebe Howard Design

 

From the stairs so beautifully detailed that they take your breath away,

statement-making abstract art
Beth Webb Design

 

To a piece of art that absolutely defines a space, 

statement-making abstract art
TS Adams Studio

 

That sets the tone so effortlessly, so seamlessly, that it seems like it was made for the space, there are so many ways to make a statement in a home. 

statement making art
Vant

 

For a fabulous, statement-making focal point, Vant panels are quick and easy to install, cost effective and instantly transform a room. In new leather finishes and cotton weave, Vant panels can even be mixed and matched to create a custom look.

living room statement art
Vant

 

For a beautiful headboard, a piece of 3-d art or transforming an entire wall simply and easily, Vant panels are a unique and simple way to go. In a variety of colors, these panels are a perfect way to personalize any space. 

statement windows
Architectural Digest

 

We are people who need light, all year, every season. That’s why, to us, there’s nothing better than a huge, fabulous window that lets in tons of light. If they also add a touch of black, they get extra credit.

statement-making windows
Caan Interiors

 

Or a smaller, detailed window that adds not only light but also tons of charm.

statement mirror in bathroom
Architectural Digest

 

Speaking of adding light, a chic mirror is a great way to make a small space feel bigger and break up an existing wall of mirrors,

statement-making mirror
Tobi Tobin Design

 

And add interest to a stairwell.

statement-making lighting
Metcalfe Design

Statement lighting is one of our favorite ways to define a room. 

statement lighting
Orrick and Company

 

Each of these fixtures adds a modern touch to the room. 

 

What’s your favorite way to make a statement?

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

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Things We Love: Cane

cane dining chairs
Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects

 

Good morning, friends! Are you having a great week? We hope so. We can’t believe it’s Thursday already–and time to tell you about one of the things we love!

cane dining chairs
Sage Designs

 

We are long-time fans of cane, not just for chairs but for all kinds of pieces around the house. 

dining
Architectural Digest

 

We stumbled upon a gorgeous pair of antique cane chairs at an antique store several years ago and almost passed them over because they needed a bit of repair on the seats, which were covered with cushions. But, with the right expert, they got a new life and are now happily across from my desk. 

cane chairs in living room
Architectural Digest

 

They’re comfortable for sitting, though they are rarely sat in. But, mostly, they’re just pretty and add a sense of history across from the marble desk, which is new, and my Louis ghost chair

cane chairs in dining room
Terra Cotta Properties

 

The good news is, if antiques–or furniture repair–aren’t your thing, cane seems to be making a comeback and there are plenty of brand new pieces that are functional and beautiful. 

cane chair at office
Lonny

 

On desk chairs, 

dining room with cane chairs
Patrick Ahearn Architecture

 

Dining chairs,

cane chair in living room
Leo Designs

 

Cozy reading chairs,

cane bathroom
Kassatex Cane

 

Or even your favorite bathroom accessories,

cane dining room
Serena and Lily

 

There’s no space where cane is out of place. 

cane
Serena and Lily

 

On a cozy spot to lounge during the day, 

bedroom
Serena and Lily

 

Or your favorite place to dream a night away with a beyond perfect view, cane is a classic way to add a chic touch to any space or piece.

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


Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my new Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple pick up a copy before The Secret to Southern Charm (NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!) releases April 3, 2018!

 

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House Tour:Greensboro Charming Oasis

Happy Wednesday, chic friends! We love Wednesdays for a lot of reasons, one of them being that we get to tour a gorgeous home. The only thing better than a house tour is a house tour of a home of a someone we know! I recently had the pleasure of writing an article about my fabulous cousin Catherine Adcox and her beautiful family that appeared in O’Henry Magazine’s Annual Home & Garden Issue. 

Catherine and her husband John are the duo behind Sourcc Design, a rapidly expanding business that helps those who want to decorate their own homes source designer furniture and accessories at below-retail prices, while providing design boards and scaled models free of charge. It’s a totally brilliant concept that has already spread to thirteen cities. 

Head over to O.Henry for more incredible photos and the full story–after you finish looking here, of course!

Here’s a quick sneak peek to whet your appetite:

 

The house that Catherine and John Adcox share in Irving Park looks like something out of a storybook. With a white brick exterior, pale blue-gray shutters, a manicured garden and an idyllic picket fence, it is, in a word, charming. It’s the kind of place that you know people are lined up for, just waiting for it to go on the market.

Only, the Adcoxes weren’t among those waiting. They’d already contracted to buy the house next door, planning to undertake a complete renovation once their house down the street sold.

And yet, when the home belonging to Bradshaw Orrell and Douglas Freeman, both celebrated members of the interior design and art worlds, came up for sale, they did the most dangerous thing two people who are not intending to buy a house can do: They decided to “just look.”

 I probably don’t need to tell you what happened next. John says, “We knew it was perfect as soon as we walked inside.”

Did I mention that their beautiful home made the cover?

I know. But it’s easy to see why, right?

Aren’t they the cutest?! Check out the rest of the story at O.Henry and visit Catherine and John at Sourcc!

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


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