House Tour: A Lauren Liess Designed Farmhouse

Lauren Liess living room


Yesterday we toured a fabulous country home filled with rustic charm and all the trappings of a traditional farmhouse


Lauren Liess living room


Today, we’re so excited to share this slightly different twist on country living with a stunning Lauren Liess designed farmhouse.


Lauren Liess kitchen


Rustic beams and plenty of wood have that classic country feel,


Lauren Liess kitchen


While more modern elements lend an air of laid-back cool.


Lauren Liess dining room


It’s the perfect juxtaposition!


Lauren Liess dining room


A modern chair pairs perfectly with a rustic dining table for the ultimate in farmhouse chic,


Lauren Liess dining room


While plenty of light makes the space feel open and bright.


Lauren Liess entry


Every vignette serves a purpose and is brimming with personality,


Lauren Liess dining room


And a well-curated gallery wall creates that collected feeling that adds a sense of place and history. 


Lauren Liess library with dark paint


If we were going to dream one room into existence, it would, hands-down, be a library


Lauren Liess library dark paint


A cozy space just for reading and filled with all our favorite volumes right at arm’s length. But, then again, this home is full of dream spaces…


Lauren Liess bedroom


And spaces for dreaming.


Lauren Liess entry


We adore this country house and can’t think of a better place to spend our fall days. What about you?

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

Architect:  Thomas French

Builder: Daniel Valencic of Great Jones Build

Photographer:  Helen Norman

There’s still plenty of time to preorder my seventh novel, UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY and get a super cute “I Read KWH” tote! Just order from your favorite independent bookstore or online retailer and fill out this form to get yours!

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Looking to cozy up with a good book this fall? You can WIN a dozen wonderful novels–including my latest, FEELS LIKE FALLING! Enter here!


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It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy. Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy. Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience. With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all. In her warmest, wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.

In Good Taste: J. Healey Interiors

  J. Healey Interiors family room  

Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to share the beautifully good taste of J. Healey Interiors with all of you today!

  J. Healey Interiors family room  

For us, these gorgeous interiors with a touch of history are the perfect blend of old and new,

  J. Healey Interiors  

Combining statement pieces,

  J. Healey Interiors bathroom with wood slat door  

With age-old tradition,

  J. Healey Interiors bathroom  

To create livable, unforgettable homes for every member of the family.

  J. Healey Interiors office  

From dark and lovely offices that make the most of every square inch,

  J. Healey Interiors living room  

To thoughtful vignettes that wow,

  J. Healey Interiors dining room  

To repurposed pieces for every stage,

  J. Healey Interiors breakfast room  

These interiors take on a life of their own.


Fresh and lively accents make a kitchen pop,

  porch dining al fresco  

And outdoor spaces wow with setups perfect for the way we live right now. These are just a few examples of J. Healey Interiors’ fabulous work–and why we think they’re always in good taste!

Photography | Emily Jenkins Followill   

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


Have You Preordered Yet? (Free Tote Bags in November!)


Preorder Under the Southern Sky from your bookstore of choice and fill out this form to receive a signed bookplate, 5×7 cards of Under the Southern Sky Quotes by Mesweens Writes and gorgeous 5×7 card of the Maren Devine painting of the Under the Southern Sky cover! PLUS–order in the month of November, and I’ll also send you one of my super cute “I Read KWH” Tote Bags! This is a fun way to surprise someone with a preorder for the holidays, too!





























In Good Taste: Amber Interiors


Good morning, chic readers! We don’t know about you, but the cooler temps here having us feeling fall in the best possible way and looking forward to luxe layers, fire pits and changing leaves. (And, yes, PSLs!) When it comes to good taste in any season, Amber Interiors always hits the high notes of style–but we’re loving the warm, cozy touches in these spaces for nights by the fire, hot toddies and curling up with a good book. We always miss summer… But bring on fall, y’all! 



















We hope you loved the gorgeous good taste of Amber Interiors as much as we did! Thanks for spending your fall with us!

Tessa Neusstadt Photography

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


THREE more days until I announce the winners of the FIRST UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY giveaway of three copies of FEELS LIKE FALLING and a FEELS LIKE FALLING candle!

Preorder Under the Southern Sky and fill out this form to receive a signed bookplate, 5×7 cards of Under the Southern Sky Quotes by Mesweens Writes and gorgeous 5×7 card of the Maren Devine painting of the Under the Southern Sky cover–and be automatically entered in allll the giveaways!


September: 3 Winners Will Receive a Copy of Feels Like Falling and a Feels Like Falling Candle

October: 25 Winners Will Receive a Pair of Under the Southern Sky Sunnies

November: 1 Winner Will Receive a Fabulous Box of Sea Oats Candle CompanyGoodies including Candles, Soap, and Room Spray

December: 25 Winners Will Receive an I Read KWH Tote Bag

January: 2 Winners Will Receive a Set of SIX Books from Gallery Books (A mix of advance copies and new releases) including an advance copy of Under the Southern Sky

February: 25 Winners Will Receive and I Read KWH Tote Bag AND a Pair of Southern Sky Sunnies

March: Laura Park Tote Bag and Beach Towel

April: Surprise Grand Prize!

And lots of other fun surprises along the way!


Head over to Instagram to enter our super fun giveaway with Southern Sugar Bakery!




House Tour: Laura Hodges Studio

Laura Hodges Studio office


If you liked yesterday’s chic chat with Laura Hodges, this gorgeous house tour will leave you swooning. This pretty in pink office is the stuff dreams are made of, and we are having serious office envy that we’re hoping to turn into office inspiration! We hope you enjoy every ounce of this stunning home as much as we did. Step inside and then take another peek so you don’t miss a single detail!


Laura Hodges Studio kitchen


Laura Hodges Studio kitchen


Laura Hodges Studio dining room


Laura Hodges Studio living room


Laura Hodges Studio breakfast room



Thanks for spending your summer with Design Chic. We always love it when you stop by!




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Friends & Fiction LIVE 7 pm with Elin Hilderbrand. I’m hosting!



Chic Chat: Colleen Waguespack Interiors

Sarah Essex Bradley Photography


Good morning, chic readers! Great taste and great interview answers? We can’t think of a better combination. Colleen Waguespack really wowed us with her heartfelt answers to our questions. We loved getting to know her better–and especially loved learning about the incredible Emerge Center that she led the Capital Campaign for. You’ll adore her as much as her gorgeous work! (Don’t miss the fab boat at the end. It will take you away no matter where you are today!)


1. How did you get started as a designer?

I grew up in New Orleans where the arts and cultural scenes are so strong and I was always fascinated by the creative expression that was all around me —- literally, everywhere! I went on to major in Interior Design in college and found that curriculum allowed me to incorporate my love of fine arts, graphic design, and architecture into one discipline. During college I took summer internships in Dallas and then in London and started out as a project designer in corporate architecture firms in Washington, DC once I graduated.


2.Where do you get your inspiration?

I probably look to fine arts more than any other area to get inspiration for my projects, though I am certainly looking all around me everywhere I go. A successful painting has to have the right balance, be expressive, and tell an entire story. I find a point in every vacation to sneak off to the nearest museum to study its collection. I love modern art just as much as the masters and in the Interior Design field, I’m equally comfortable and happy to work with antiques and with modern pieces.


3.Do you have a favorite project to date? 

I do have a favorite project —- it’s one that’s close to home here in Baton Rouge, LA and it’s the client that I have worked with the longest since starting my residential Design career. In so many ways we have grown up together as we met the first day our sons started 1st grade together and now they’ll be seniors in high school next year. Our tastes have evolved together —- we’ve travelled, dieted, shopped, and raised our kids all the while working towards her dream home which we are finally finishing this year. At this point we laugh that we have “the same brain”. On our last trip to New York I insisted that she travel light and we showed up with matching pajamas and basically matching outfits for the duration of the trip.


4.What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?

Time management. Running a successful business and managing a family – my husband and I have three boys – can be incredibly rewarding but it is definitely a challenge. In addition to my design firm Colleen Waguespack Interiors, I founded our home accessories business Fig & Dove. So let’s just say that my schedule is a busy one and I sometimes have to struggle to keep myself from being pulled in too many directions at once!


5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?

In 2012, with no previous experience in fund raising, I led the successful capitol campaign to build the Emerge Center: an early intervention center for children with speech and communication delays and autism, here in Baton Rouge. After living through the first five years of my middle son, Christopher’s diagnosis with autism, and running our extended family ragged getting him to different locations within the city as well as other states to get the therapeutic services he needed, I realized the best possible success for a child AND their family was to provide “all services under one roof”. Using this simple concept and setting up one-on-one meetings with donors to explain our mission, we were able to raise the funds needed and open the doors of the Emerge Center in under two years. Today the Center is thriving: it is a beautiful piece of architecture (so my previous design experience was put to good use), receives grants for research, has added a charter school , and most importantly is a warm and nurturing environment for families to get their children the critical care needed from experts in the field. I will always look back fondly on these years and hope all three of my boys never forget what we were able to accomplish. I always say, I have one son on the spectrum, but raised three boys on the playground of the Emerge Center.


6. Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?

I am always inspired and grateful to those designers who are successfully running a design studio as well as a retail shop that allow them to work from their carefully curated assortments. They take the time to travel globally and search for the one of a kind furnishings and accessories that add character and depth to our projects. Of those, my current favorites are Rose Uniacke (London), Margaret Naeve (Houston), and Amy Meier (Rancho Santa Fe). My historical favorite has been Vincent Wolf whose furnishings, accessories, and coffee table books have always found a way into my projects.


7. Go-to paint color?

Benjamin Moore/ Wind’s Breath/ OC-24. It has a chalky look and just the right amount of warmth to create a “white room” that is clearly not white. Everything looks good with it- antique furniture and modern- it’s the perfect backdrop.


Ebooks or hardbacks?

Hardbacks! I would never risk my electronics in the tub and I’m a tub and bedtime reader. I spend way too much time on my phone and like to think it’s put away before I get into bed.


M&Ms or Skittles?

M&M’s- with the peanuts! I steal all the little bags out of my kids’ Halloween candy.


Coffee or tea?

Coffee- and Cool Brew! New Orleans has always served true cold brew and I even still have an original “toddy” complete with the instructions showing a 1960’s housewife making it. I use coffee with chicory to make it extra thick, but the Cool Brew brand is authentic New Orleans.


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Looking for the perfect weekend read?  I would love it if you would pick up Feels Like Falling!





House Tour: Massucco Warner Warmth


Yes, of course, obviously, this is a fabulous home exterior. That goes without saying, right? But a Grand Wagoneer makes our hearts pitter pat every single time! It’s the perfect accessory for any driveway.



Some things never go out of style,



And this perfectly imagined space by Massucco Warner proves exactly that. 



Whimsical finishes,



Soothing colors,



And family-friendly spaces,



Add up to an effortless home



That hits all the high notes of style. 



We love every single space, but we think this stunning porch has captured our hearts most of all…



Summer party, anyone? We can’t think of a more fabulous space for hosting all year round!

Thanks so much for spending your summer with Design Chic. We always love seeing you here!

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Chic Interview: Nina Magon

Nina Magon living room with large art and black floor lamp
Nina Magon – Contour Interior Design


Hi, chic readers! We hope you had an amazing 4th of July–and we are so excited to bring you an interview with a designer we positively adore: Nina Magon! Find out how the talented founder of Contour Interior Design made the transition from finance to interiors, why Zaha Hadid inspires her and the go-to white paint that she can’t do without! 

1. How did you get started as a designer?

From a young age, I knew creativity was beckoning me, yet I double majored in Economics and Finance as that was the equitable thing to do. After obtaining my degrees, I felt something was missing, and decided it was time for me to follow my true passion. I believed fashion design was my forthcoming, and so I pursued another degree in fashion design. Slowly but delicately, I discovered Interior Design through my love for fashion and opulent things and realized the creation of emotion-provoking environments would be my true calling. With that, I realized that the luxury landscape of the world was widening, and that’s when Contour Interior Design was born.


2. Where do you get your inspiration?

Travel. Traveling around the world from the ripe age of 3 evoked a feeling of connectedness as I realized how small the world really was, yet how captivating and vast it could be.There are so many different design styles throughout the world, so by traveling, you get to open your mind to see design from each culture and you gain a very global view of design. With more of a global knowledge on the many diverse design styles, it allows you to create designs that blend the old with the new in a forward-thinking and modern way that is updated with the times of today.  

3. Do you have a favorite project to date?

51fifteen restaurant inside of Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston, Texas. 51fifteen will always hold a special place in my heart because it was my first restaurant to ever work on and it propelled me to the luxury market of hospitality design. The group that hired me has presented my firm with an empty shell which really allowed us to use our creativity in a very expressive way. We completed all the interior architecture and design for the space. 

4. What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?

Having to say no to clients sometimes because of their budget. Many times clients come to us because they want a luxurious and unique experience, a space that would wow every person that walked in the door. They see our work and know we can deliver the modern and forward-thinking aesthetic they are trying to achieve, but sometimes their overall budget does not match their high level of expectations. When we know that we cannot deliver what the client wants for the budget they present, which would ultimately result in an unsuccessful project for both parties, we, unfortunately, have to say no. It’s honestly the hardest thing to turn down clients that really respect your work and aesthetic based on budget, but when you value your work then you know in the end you want your clients to be completely satisfied and happy. 

5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?

To be selected to appear on NBC’s American Dream Builders in which 12 of the most notable, respected, and established designers and builders from around the country competed to win the title of the first American Dream Builder. I was a semi-finalist in this national competition and was praised for my high level of taste and aesthetics. The success and the exposure gained from being on TV propelled my career in the design world and elevated my name in the industry.  


6.Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?

Yes, Zaha Hadid. Zaha Hadid is truly one of my greatest inspirations, in the fact that she constantly went against the grain and stood out by being different and staying true to aesthetic. She is widely seen as the greatest female designer of contemporary times, who reshaped design for the modern epoch – something difficult for women to do in her time. Against all odds and a great deal of prejudice, she broke one glass ceiling after another. Zaha Hadid will always be someone that I look up to because she was not scared of being different and instead embraced it, which made her work beautiful masterpieces that will go down in history.

Go-to paint color?

Pure White – Sherwin Williams. I know white is typically not a go-to paint color, but I love this color because it really allows you to achieve a sleek light and bright space. It also presents the opportunity for your walls to become blank canvases for bold art to be displayed without over-cluttering space.

Ebooks or hardbacks?

Hardbacks. The beautiful thing about hardbacks is that after you read them, you can use the books as decorative accessories for bookshelves and consoles.

M&Ms or Skittles?

M&Ms. I am a chocolate lover. They are the perfect little sweet snack to munch on during your workday.

Coffee or tea?

Tea. I have always been a tea drinker, there are so many different kinds and I really enjoy a calming tea in the afternoons to relax me after a long workday. 



Nina Magon kitchen with black pendants and black stools


Nina Magon kitchen with black pendant lights


Nina Magon dining room


Nina Magon bathroom with freestanding tub


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Looking for the perfect weekend read?  I would love it if you would pick up Feels Like Falling!




A Taste of Summer: Sparkling Sips

Mae Mu Photography


Classic Mojito Recipe



Good morning, chic readers! We hope you have the most amazing 4th of July holiday. We know we did! In the spirit of the season, we thought we’d share a few favorite cocktail recipes to keep you sipping in style all summer long. 



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Mint Julep Recipe

chunky chef


Miguel Maldonado Photography


Moscow Mule Recipe

a couple cooks


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 Pineapple Ginger Basil Punch Recipe

kimbrough daniels


Andrew Wong


Fig and Bourbon Fizz Recipe



Thanks so much for stopping by today. Cheers to you!

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Looking for the perfect weekend read?  I would love it if you would pick up Feels Like Falling!