House Tour: Montana Mountains Ski House

Get out your parka, pull on your ski boots, and come with us to this gorgeous Montana Mountains Ski House by Gary McBournie. 

With the perfect deep tones, 

And layered designs, 

And warm, cozy features, 

This is the ultimate spot for winter skiing, an aprés ski celebration, 

And waking up the next morning to admire the view–and do it all over again! 

A beautiful blend of textures, tones and colors gives this house a uniform and unique look,

While unique furnishings and architectural details create a strong sense of place. 

We have winter and skiing and fires and cocoa on the brain, but this is definitely the type of place that’s perfect for all four seasons. 

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

Don’t forget: Southern Living will be revealing the first peek at the cover for my new novel, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, this Thursday at 12 pm.

I can’t wait to share the last installment of the Peachtree Bluff Series with you! Catch up on the first two books in the series, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM while you’re waiting. Don’t forget that books make the best holiday gifts!







In Good Taste: Sophisticated Simplicity

Buckhead living room
Erica George Dines Photography


If you’re a regular reader of Design Chic, you know we’re huge fans of Suzanne Kasler‘s work.


dining room
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


Her way with color,



The sophistication of her furnishings and accessories,



And that certain Southern something that infuses every room.


Björn Wallander Photographer


Naturally, we couldn’t be more excited that her new book, Sophisticated Simplicityis out in the world–and right in time for the holidays!



Each page is chock full of stunning inspiration that will–full disclosure–make you want to redecorate!


watercolor beach house sophisticated simplicity
Erica George Dines Photography via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


If you love this calming home that graces beautiful Watercolor,


Erica George Dines Photography via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


Complete with swoon-worthy coastal details


Sophisticated Simplicity Naples


Or this glamorous, chic Naples house, 


Naples Florida bathroom Sophisticated Simplicity


Full of upscale finishes, 



Then you won’t be able to get enough of Suzanne’s stunning new book, available now wherever books are sold

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

If you don’t follow us on Instagram, hop over to @kristywharvey to join in on our great joint giveaway with artist Michálle Sessions. You can win a gorgeous abstract on paper and a copy of the first two novels in my Peachtree Bluff series, Slightly South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm. 

And don’t forget that The Southern Side of Paradise is available for preorder now! 


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Add Chic Style with Cable Railing

cable railing
Morgan Harrison Home


Good morning, chic readers! We can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving!

Feeney, Inc (image by P. Chandler)


We are so excited to join together with family and friends to celebrate what we’re most thankful for–including you, of course! 

Fenney, Inc


And as the days get shorter and temperatures begin to drop, we’re also so incredibly grateful for our homes, for cozy spaces where we can gather–and, of course, we start thinking about how we can make them better!

cable railing
Rethink Design Studio


One of the trickiest spaces in our homes–that can easily be some of the chicest–our are stairwells. 

RiverWorks Design Studio (image by Tommy Daspit)


For the ultimate in modern stairwells, we are love, love, loving cable wires–and our fabulous friends at Feeney can make your cable railing dreams come to life simply and easily. And if you think this trend is one size fits all, think again!

Feeney, Inc (image by Jon Newcomer)


One of our favorite things about these gorgeous cable wires is how much visual space they create, making the stairway feel open and airy.

Feeney, Inc– Ferrier Custom Homes


Cable railings add a decidedly modern feeling to a space, indoors or out.

cable wire
Period Architecture via Dering Hall


When combined with wood, they can also feel organic and even a bit rustic and earthy.

Feeney, Inc (Timberline Construction)


Whether it’s a fabulous light fixture, a gorgeous water view or a perfectly manicured lawn, these open-concept railings allow you to take advantage of every square inch of beautiful view. 

Feeney, Inc. (Allwood Construction – image by Starla Meris)


For all your cable railing needs, don’t forget to check out our friends at Feeney. Their kits, DIY options and custom solutions offer something for everyone.

Are you a fan of the cable wire trend? 

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














House Tour: Galveston Bay Beauty

Galveston Bay entrance

If you’re hearing Glen Campbell lyrics in your head right now, trust us, you’re not alone.

Galveston Bay dining room

But we think it stands to reason that a place must be pretty special to have a song written about it–and we think this gorgeous Galveston house designed by Ginger Barber fits that bill.

Galveston Bay kitchen

A study in laid-back, rustic style, this house is the perfect place for enjoying long sandy days and starry nights.

Galveston Bay kitchen

Pickled shiplap is a study in seaside charm, 

Galveston Bay dining room

And one-of-a-kind touches add charm in droves.

Galveston Bay living room

From great spots to gather as a family,

Galveston Bay chaise

To a cozy reading nook for curling up with your summertime favorites, 

Galveston Bay bedroom

To an amazing master retreat that’s big on coastal style

Galveston Bay bedroom

This is the kind of space made for rest and relaxation. 

Galveston Bay bedroom

And the unified look carries through the entire house. 

Galveston Bay bedroom

From a bunk room with plenty of room for family and friends, 

Galveston Bay porch

To the kind of porch for partying all year round, this beautiful Galveston house is ideal beach retreat

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

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!

Preorder from Amazon

Preorder from Barnes & Noble





House Tour: Atlanta Townhouse Perfect for Entertaining

When Thanksgiving rolls around, we always think of Atlanta. Growing up, we used to head to Atlanta every Thanksgiving, spend the blessed turkey day itself with my aunt (Mom’s sister), uncle and cousins and then brave the crowds at Lenox and Phipps on Black Friday to get all our Christmas shopping done in one, fell swoop. 

We’re not sure we have that kind of shopping stamina these days–although there was that fateful Thanksgiving night/Black Friday morning at midnight that Dad and I braved the line out the door at midnight at Walmart to get that one Christmas gift that little Will was wanting most, since it was coming in on the Black Friday truck and would surely be gone by the morning. 

It was probably my most selfless parenting moment. And it hasn’t happened since. 

This year, Florence has us out of our house and in a rental for Thanksgiving and the foreseeable future beyond. 

While we are going to miss the holiday at home so much, it will be fun to be at my childhood home, surrounded by our large extended family, to celebrate one of my very favorite holidays. 

There is, as always, so much to be thankful for!

This stunning Atlanta townhouse, designed by Melanie Turner, is another perfect spot for hosting one of the best celebrations of the year. 

With soothing and beautiful bedrooms perfect for gifts, 

A stunning bathroom for relaxing when it’s all over, 

Perfect finishes everywhere you look, 

And beautiful views to boot, 

This is the kind of home that is perfect for savoring every day, all year long–and remembering what you’re truly grateful for. 

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

Melanie Turner Interiors

Photographed by Mali Azima

Atlanta Homes Magazine

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!


Seven Tips for Kitchen Styling

kitchen styling
Beth Webb Interiors


Good morning, chic readers! We hope you’re having a great day! If there’s one thing we know for sure (We’re getting all Oprah on you today!) it’s this: People gather in the kitchen

kitchen style
Cloth & Kind


Open floor plan or closed and no matter where you put the food, a crowd is always going to gather in this favorite homey spot. So we may as well make it beautiful! Check out a few of our favorite tips for styling the kitchen. 

kitchen styling
M & M Interior Design


  1. Add height. Height is just as important in the kitchen as it is on the coffee table or the buffet. Fresh, gorgeous branches are not only long lasting but they also add that organic, outdoor element in the kitchen without the falling petals. 
kitchen styling
Coco & Jack


2. Keep it streamlined. We love glass cabinets so much. But it’s important to remember that less is more when styling behind them. This is a great place to incorporate a pop of color if you’re going to. 

kitchen styling
Marianne Simon Design


3. Give the kitchen some jewelry. We’re big fans of brass accents. They’re like accessories for the kitchen! Knobs and pulls are pretty, but pot fillers and gorgeous faucets take it to the next level. 

kitchen style
Tracey Hardenburg Design

4. A keeping room? Yes, please! Everyone is going to gather in the kitchen. Why not make it comfy?

kitchen styling
Cantley & Co

5. We’re big fans of bar stools, but life is all about mixing it up. Comfy and chic, these benches are the perfect cozy seat.

kitchen styling
T.S Adams Studio

6. A touch of green is always welcome in the kitchen. Adding a bowl of apples or a fresh green plant is a lovely addition to a white kitchen.

kitchen styling
Robert A.M. Stern via Dering Hall

7. Incorporate a touch of color. You know we’re all about a white kitchen. But sometimes a pop of color is nice too. Simple touches, like these pops of blue, add depth and dimension to this stunning space and help bring out the blue of the sea beyond. 

kitchen styling
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

There’s nothing we love more than a big spread of food and drinks for a big crowd. But kitchen styling can make our kitchen feel like an event every day. What’s your favorite way to style the kitchen?

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


If you need a good read for these chilly fall evenings, why not check out my national bestselling The Secret to Southern Charm


The Secret to southern Charm

More Info about The Secret to Southern Charm

-A 2018 Spring Okra Pick
-USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction
-Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018
-Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List
-Raleigh News & Observer’s “The Best Reads of Summer”
-Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books”
-New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick


Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).







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