A Taste of Summer: Sparkling Sips

Mae Mu Photography

 

Classic Mojito Recipe

allrecipes

 

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. 

 

 

Ari Agustian Photography

 

Mint Julep Recipe

chunky chef

 

Miguel Maldonado Photography

 

Moscow Mule Recipe

a couple cooks

 

Kim Daniels Photography

 

 Pineapple Ginger Basil Punch Recipe

kimbrough daniels

 

 

Andrew Wong

 

Fig and Bourbon Fizz Recipe

sweetsonian

 

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

10 Family Rooms Perfect for Gathering

blue and white family room Kara Hebert Interiors
Kara Hebert Interiors

 

Memorial Day week is officially here! And, yup, just like most things, it’s going to look a little different this year…

 

blue and white family room Jenkins Interiors
Jenkins Interiors

 

But that doesn’t mean that we can’t still get out the hot dogs and baked beans and celebrate with our families. (Socially distanced and 10 at a time, of course!)

 

blue and white family room Amy Berry Interiors
Amy Berry Design

 

To get you in the celebrating spirit, check out ten of our favorite family rooms that are the perfect place to gather the ones you love most–even if it’s just for family movie night. 

 

blue and white family room Jenny Keenan Design
Jenny Keenan Design

 

With plenty of seating…

 

blue and white family room Mark D. Sikes
Mark D. Sikes

 

Lots of light

 

blue and white family room Jenny Keenan Design
Jenny Keenan Design

 

The perfect accessories…

 

blue and white family room Jenkins Interiors
Jenkins Interiors

 

And enviable architectural details

 

Amy Berry Design family room
Amy Berry Design

 

These family rooms are big on inspiration! 

 

Amy Berry Design

 

Connected to the kitchen? All the better!

 

family room Studio McGee
Studio McGee

 

And if you can’t make it to the beach, at least you can look at it from the comfort of your family room. For indoor style, we don’t think it gets much better than these chic spaces. Which is your favorite?

 

Need a Memorial Day Read? Check out Nature.Books.And.Coffee’s Review of my Instant USA Today Bestseller, Feels Like Falling:

“Feels Like Falling” by Kristy Woodson Harvey @kristywharvey was a definite 5⭐!!… This story has a dual POV, alternating between Gray and Diana. Gray just lost her mother to cancer!  She is the CEO of her company and recently split from her husband who cheated on her. She goes to spend the summer at the North Carolina shore. Diana who loses her job at the pharmacy has just broke up with her boyfriend, moved out of their shared apartment and planning to just live in her car! Just so happens, Gray has a spare guest house and offers Diana to stay there. These 2 , very different women truly Bond and help each other through the hard times in their life. They learn so much about themselves, and what really matters in life! I loved both characters!! This story was sweet, dealing with love, loss, romance, motherhood, and life!! This truly was a perfect beach read. A very endearing, positive read.

 

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Feels Like Falling Home Tour: Gray’s House

Carrier & Co

 

Good morning, friends! My sixth novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING is out in the world! 

 

 

As with all of my books, in FEELS LIKE FALLING, home is a big deal–for more reasons than one. Blogger-turned-media-mogul Gray is going through a nasty divorce and, as a result, contemplating selling her beloved home, while Diana loses her boyfriend and her job in the same day and realizes that she is suddenly without a home.

 

 

The book is set in Cape Carolina, a fictional town that resembles a bit of a mash-up of the little strectch of the NC coast where I live, a juxtaposition of Morehead City and Atlantic Beach with a dash of Beaufort thrown in. 

 

 

Gray’s home is older, right on the water, and, as she says, she picked every last pansy that had ever been planted. She is hard-pressed to leave her home and all her hard work on it behind. But leaving behind the memories is going to be even harder.

 

 

Gray and Diana both do a lot of discovery around family (around the dinner table!) in this book, specifically about how we create our families, what they look like and how they should be.

 

 

For Gray, opening her home to a stranger (or, maybe, strangers, plural) gives her an entirely new perspective about what that means.

 

 

When I was writing, I pictured Gray and her son Wagner surrounded by pretty neutrals and water blues,

 

 

Touches of history and a bit of artistic whimsy.

 

 

Despite her high-tech job, Gray has very classic tastes.

 

 

She savored the experience of taking this beach house and preserving what was good–

 

 

While making it the ultimate summer retreat for her entire family.

 

 

If you could use an escape today, please, please join me (And Gray! And Diana!) in Cape Carolina. Thanks, so much, dear friends, for supporting my novels since day 1. Truly, I wouldn’t be here without each of you!

Get FEELS LIKE FALLING today from your favorite independent bookstore, online retailer or wherever books are sold. Friends!

Amazon is temporarily sold out of paperbacks, but you can still get the kindle edition.  (Thank you, by the way!) They’ll be back soon,

 

but, in the meantime, here’s a list of availability:

 

 

 

SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE FROM:

Porter Co Book Shoppe

The Country Book Shop

Quail Ridge Books

Beaufort Linen Co.

Dee Gee’s Books & Gifts

This week on the FEELS LIKE FALLING TOUR:

Maren Devine warrior girl

GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY

Order Feels Like Falling and send your receipt to [email protected] between now and May 3 and be entered to win a huge 30×40 print, of your choice, on canvas by @marendevineart and a $100 Visa gift card!

If you’ve already sent your receipt, you’re entered!

Thank you for all your amazing support during this time when things are so hard for so many. I hope Feels Like Falling is the perfect escape—and I can’t wait to see a gorgeous Maren Devine piece hanging in someone’s home!!

Favorite Gifts for Mother’s Day 

In Good Taste: Christina Cole & Co

Christina Cole & Co library Christina Cole & Co  

When it starts with books, we know it’s going to be good.

  Christina Cole & Co library with library ladder  

When a library ladder enters the mix, we’re pretty much sold.

  Christina Cole & Co with chaise in living room  

But, honestly, the more we study the gorgeous good taste of Christina Cole & Co., the more we love it! 

  Christina Cole & Co living room with crystal chandelier  

Old world details come into new focus with the addition of modern pieces. 

  Christina Cole & Co living room with floor to ceiling windows  

And the juxtaposition is startlingly cool, a testament to the ways that homes, pieces, places and even we evolve over time.

  Christina Cole & Co living room with 2 sofas  

Simple, clean lines allow the beauty of what was to shine,

  Christina Cole & Co architectural details  

And become open doors to new possibilities for the future. 

  Christina Cole & Co round marble dining table  

Well-placed and thoughtfully designed accessories create a feeling of completeness with zero overwhelm,

  Christina Cole & Co bedroom with wallpaper  

And playing with patterns has never looked quite so chic.

  Christina Cole & Co shower with steel doors  

Favorites like steel doors, black and white and marble combine to make a standout bath,

  Christina Cole & Co bathroom with marble console sink  

And extraordinary fixtures stand all on their own. We love mixing old and new, creating a totally unique look. And, when Christina Cole & Co does it, it’s style personified. Do you like the juxtaposition?

 

 

 

 

Shade Degges Photographer

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

 

If you’re following along with my 2020 Reading Challenge over on my author site, I’m announcing my February book pick! This month’s category is memoir or biography. We’d love to have you read with us!

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

My next novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, releases April 28, 2020! I can’t wait to share this tale of Gray and Diana, their unlikely friendship, their summer loves and their chance at happily ever after, the sequel, with all of you. It’s never too early to preorder from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer!

More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

In her warmest, wittiest, and 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.

 

VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

Things We Love: Burl Wood

lacquered burl wood cabinet
Jenkins Interiors

 

Happy “little Friday,” chic readers! I’m taking a poll… A British friend says she’s only ever heard the term “little Friday” in the South. Do people say that other places? Let me know in the comments! 

Whatever you call it, we’re so excited about this Thursday because we’re showcasing one of the things we love: burl wood! Gorgeous patterns, that certain sheen… But what we love best of all is that no two burl wood pieces ever seem quite the same. Paired with the perfect accessories and accented with a metallic or two, burl wood is positively swoon worthy. Are you a fan?

 

burl wood table in Suzanne Kasler home
Suzanne’ Kasler’s home via One Kings Lane

 

burl wood
Studio McGee

 

burl wood chair Collins
Jenkins Interiors

 

burl wood side table Jenkins Interiors
Jenkins Interiors

 

burl wood settee bench and side table from Wisteria
Wisteria

 

burl wood bathroom cabinet Collins interiors
Collins Interiors

 

Wisteria burl wood round mirror
Wisteria

 

burl wood williams-sonoma
Williams-Sonoma

 

THANKS SO MUCH FOR MAKING DESIGN CHIC A PART OF YOUR DAY. WE LOVE SEEING YOU HERE!

 

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California Here I Come!

Feels like falling

I’ll be on a Southern California mini-tour soon with lots of great author friends! If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you!

January 30, 2020: “Southern Lunch Event” with Mary Alice Monroe and Kristin Harmel. In Conversation with Kristina McMorris. Hosted by Adventures by the Book. 12 pm, Claim Jumper, San Diego, CA

January 31, 2020: SuperBook TaleGate Adventure with Cassandra Conroy, Fiona Davis, Kristina McMorris, Mary Alice Monroe, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Jan Moran, Karen White and Beatriz Williams. 6-7:30 pm, Signal Hill Public Library, Signal Hill, CA.

February 1, 2020: SuperBook Weekend Adventure, Aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA. Click here for more information and tickets.

 

VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

In Good Taste: Kaemingk Design

Kaemingk entry Kaemingk Design  

 

We read yesterday that most people give up on their New Year‘s Resolutions by January 12. 

 

Kaemingk design entry   

 

And we get it. We totally do. Change is hard, especially when it means doing things that we don’t really want to do in the first place. (Which seems to be what most of our resolutions focus on.)

 

Kaemingk design living room

 

But if your resolution was to do something different in your home this year, we’ve got you covered today.

 

Kaemingk design living room with gray linen sofa   

 

Sometimes you just want to do something special, to look around and think, “Wow. My house isn’t exactly the same as everyone else’s.”

  Kaemingk kitchen  

Kaemingk Design has a knack for combining the old and the new, for not shying away from age, patina or a good story, which, as we all know, every home should have.

  Kaemingk kitchen  

But we’re especially impressed with their motto: “To create spaces that become more beautiful as they age.”

  Kaemingk kitchen  

In a world where the disposable is valued and beauty can be fleeting, it’s nice to think of creating something that stands the test of time and is actually even better as it ages. 

  Kaemingk bench  

To that end, in these stunning designs, antique touches are always welcome. This bench and bag add a collected feeling.

  Kaemingk bedroom  

We are huge fans of black and white art–our friend Kendall Boggs rocks at it–and this is the perfect look for a master bedroom.

  Kaemingk bathroom with white subway tile and brass hardware  

Brass in the shower is always welcome,

  Kaemingk bathroom  

And mixing tile styles is a simple way to add interest in a bathroom!

  Kaemingk bathroom  

A custom sink lends space for two–and blends seamlessly with the rest of the house.

  Kaemingk bathroom  

Talk about unique! This sink is truly like nothing we’ve ever seen.

  Kaemingk curb appeal  

A pretty exterior is accentuated with landscaping that is perfectly in keeping with the tone.

  Kaemingk curb appeal  

We love the simple color palette and unique touches. 

  Kaemingk curb appeal  

The exterior of a Kaemingk-designed home blends seamlessly with the interior–and we couldn’t love it more. Resolving to be inspired this year? Mission accomplished.

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

 

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My next novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, releases April 28, 2020! I can’t wait to share this tale of Gray and Diana, their unlikely friendship, their summer loves and their chance at happily ever after, the sequel, with all of you. It has already been named a most anticipated read of 2020 by Parade, Working Mother and SheKnows! It’s never too early to preorder from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer!

More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

In her warmest, wittiest, and 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.

 

VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

 

House Tour: Luxury Brownstone with Roof Deck

Brownstone staircase Lisa Tharp  

 

Mom and I are both born and bred North Carolina girls. We lived in Manhattan for a while when I was little (Dad did, too. We didn’t leave him at home…), but, overall, we’re kind of good with small towns and slow paces. 

   

But, every now and then, I think it’s natural to imagine what something else would be like, to dream of dashing off to your favorite big city to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle. 

  Brownstone living room with abstract art  

To trade carpool for walking to school, yards for rooftop decks and houses for brownstones

  Brownstone living room  

If you’ve never imagined brownstone living, this exquisite one from Lisa Tharp might just change your mind. 

  Brownstone kitchen with brass stools  

The architectural details alone might be enough to convince us. 

  Brownstone bedroom  

Every, single place you look, Tharp has created a home, has created a moment

  Brownstone bedroom  

This is the kind of brownstone that you need to tour again and again to take in every lovely, luscious square inch of style.

  Brownstone entry  

It’s the kind of place that makes you think you could be made for city living, after all.

  Brownstone rooftop patio

But, then again, there really is no place like home.

Photography | Read McKendree|@readmckendree

Architecture |  Mellowes & Paladino Architects

Renovation | J.W. Construction

If I ever doubted that, last weekend at the Best of Our State Weekend, hosted by North Carolina’s incredible Our State Magazine confirmed it. (If you’re thinking of moving here, one issue and you won’t be able to fathom living anywhere else. You’ve been warned.) One of my bucket list items has always been to speak at an Our State weekend, and, last weekend, I got to cross it off. The crazy part is, I never actually told anyone I wanted to speak there. It just happened. I love those moments best.

You know how sometimes you’ve wanted to do something for a long time and it isn’t as good as you thought? This was NOT one of those times. It was SO MUCH BETTER than I even imagined. Huge, huge thanks to Our State for having me, The Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst for hosting us, and, most of all, to the 800 amazing readers who showed up on their Saturday afternoon to cheer me on. Walking into 2020 so grateful! 

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

 

REFRESH YOUR HOME In 2020

My next novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, releases April 28, 2020! I can’t wait to share this tale of Gray and Diana, their unlikely friendship, their summer loves and their chance at happily ever after, the sequel, with all of you. It’s never too early to preorder from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer!

More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

In her warmest, wittiest, and 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.

 

VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

Things We Love: Inspiring Home Offices

home office in dark blue from Suzanne Kasler
Suzanne Kasler

 

After years of dreaming and planning and drawing, being displaced from Hurricane Florence. and then finally moving home, I think that 2020 might actually be the year I get something I’ve wanted since we moved: my own home office!

Bria Hammel Interiors home office with flush mount lighting
Bria Hammel Interiors

 

I had the brightest, most beautiful, super fun office at our old house, and I would hole away there and write for hours. 

 

Collins Interiors home office with blue and white wallpaper
Collins Interiors

 

Now, I’m dreaming of the day when I have my own little dedicated space again. It will be filled with bookcases (of course!), 

 

 

home office with antique desk
Dering Hall– Monarch Design

 

And my favorite pretty desk will take center stage.

 

Beth Webb home office
Beth Webb

 

It will be clean, streamlined and clutter-free,

 

Beth Webb

 

But extra seating for friends (and my boys!) is a must too. 

 

Beth Webb

 

Add floor-to-ceiling windows with a water view,

 

Home office from Urban Grace
Urban Grace

 

And a huge board for visioning, plotting and planning,

 

And I’ll have all the perfect ingredients for a fabulous home office. As you look to 2020, are you planning on creating–or renovating–your own office space? 

Thanks so much for spending your holidays with Design Chic. We love having you here!

 

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Holiday Gift Guide

 

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Gifts for the Home

Gifts of Beauty

 

 

Gifts for Her



Gifts for Him

 



 

Gifts for Kids

 


 

Gifts for the Traveler

 


 

Gifts Under $50

 

 

Gifts for Hostess

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE.

 

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