In Good Taste: James Duncan Interiors

 

James Duncan Interiors

 

Good morning, chic readers! First of all, WOW. I seriously can’t thank y’all enough for your overwhelming response to my announcement that my new book, Feels Like Falling, is releasing April 28! I can’t get over it! (If you haven’t entered the 5 days of giveaways, more info below.)

 

 

Today, we’re back to our regularly scheduled gorgeousness with the good taste of James Duncan Interiors. Now all we can think about it wanting that surfboard. How amazing is that?

 

 

This designer’s decidedly coastal vibe is right up our alley, which is especially great right now while we’re trying to squeeze every last drop out of summer!

 

 

Sleek, modern and chicly layered, this open floor plan living is full of inspiration, 

 

 

And we’re especially loving the touches of raw wood. 

 

 

Bold art creates impact against a sleek neutral backdrop,

 

 

And statement lighting–and touches of glamour–complete the look.

 

 

A simple color palette creates a serene, calming environment.

 

 

Talk about statement, 3-d art! This piece proves that, when it comes to art, colors aren’t necessarily the most show-stopping element!

 

 

A bunk room is one of our most favorite elements in any home away from home. We love the idea of kids–and adults!–being able to stay up late swapping secrets!

 

 

Gorgeous living spaces aren’t James Duncan’s only signature spaces. Enviable bathrooms are another hallmark. In fact, we couldn’t possibly pick a favorite space! 

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

We’re celebrating Feels Like Falling‘s April 28, 2020 Release with 5 Days of Giveaways!

Five Days of Giveaways!

We’re celebrating Feels Like Falling with five days of giveaways! To enter ALL FIVE giveaways, simply:

    1. Preorder Feels Like Fallingfrom you favorite independent bookstore or online retailer.
    2. Email me at [email protected]

You will be entered in ALL FIVE giveaways–and will receive upcoming freebies when they’re available such as deleted scenes from Feels Like Falling, exclusive interviews, fun printables, great recipes and more!

We’re Giving Away:

Tuesday, August 20: 1 Signed Copy of Happy Hand Lettering, the fabulous new book by one of my favorite NC gals, Maghon Taylor of All She Wrote Notes!
Wednesday, August 21: A pair of Sassie Rocks Beach Babiesbracelets for you and your BRF! (That’s your best reader friend.)
Thursday, August 22: One dozen gorgeously decorated, undeniably delicious cookies from Southern Sugar Bakery!
Friday, August 23: THE VERY FIRST advance copy of Feels Like Falling! (To be shipped on Sept. 20.)
Saturday, August 24: A signed pillow from Craig Conover of Southern Charm’s Sewing Down SouthCollection–from Beaufort Linen Co.‘s August 24th in-store event! (I’ll be there. Hope to see you!)

In Good Taste: Spitzmiller and Norris

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

Good morning, chic readers! What is it about summertime? 

 

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

Is is the memories of long, lazy childhood summers?

 

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

The heat and sun and sand and salt? The bare feet and everything in bloom?

 

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

Tall and stately, bright and breezy, cedar shake or painted brick, the designers at Spitzmiller and Norris make every home feel as perfect as…

 

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

Well, a day by the pool. The perfectly designed, uber-chic pool, that is. 

 

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

Double front porches like this always make us think of lazy days in the Lowcountry, sweet tea the only antidote for sweltering heat. 

 

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior

 

A getaway (or stay awhile) to the mountains keeps the summer heat at bay, cool mornings and nights and refreshing breezes making memories of sweltering days a thing of the past. 

 

Spitzmiller and Norris living room

 

If you can’t take the heat, don’t stay out of the kitchen. Heavens no.

 

Spitzmiller and Norris kitchen

 

If you can’t take the heat, go in the kitchen. Open windows lend fresh breezes, 

 

Spitzmiller and Norris boy

And a beautiful dining spot allows for cool, easy summer entertaining. 

 

Spitzmiller and Norris pool table

 

A stately and masculine retreat allows for playing inside games–like pool–until the cool breezes of pheasant season come back around. Indoors and out, in any season, the good taste of Spitzmiller and Norris speaks for itself. 

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


Looking for the perfect summer read? Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Betches and more all think you should slip my new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, into your beach or pool bag. Have you checked it out yet? Signed copies now available from The Country Bookshop!

Slightly South of Simple

If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store

A Touch of Glamour in Buckhead

glamour Buckhead home

 

Good morning, chic readers! We don’t know about you, but we wanted to start this week on a gorgeous, glamorous note. And this Buckhead home designed by Suzanne Kasler? It’s both of those things in droves! It’s also super appropriate because we’re heading to Atlanta at the end of the week for the Design Influencers Conference and can’t wait to see some old and new friends–and houses!

 

glamour

 

One step into the entrance hall, and it is abundantly clear that we are in for a treat! Entrance hall tables can sometimes be tricky to decorate, but this one makes round table style look effortless–and takes chic to the next level. 

 

glamour living room

 

A soft palette, lots of texture and touches of metallics make for an incredibly inviting space. 

 

glamour

 

We know Valentine’s Day is over for this year, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next year! Would this not be the most gorgeous Valentine’s Day table?

 

library glamour

 

While this home is certainly filled with feminine touches, a dark paneled den creates a chic and stately masculine juxtaposition.

 

glamour breakfast nook

 

Banquette. Bubble chandelier. It’s too, too good!

 

kitchen glamour

 

You know we’re huge fans of the white kitchen. Touches of blue add the perfect bit of soft color. 

 

bedroom glamour

 

Nowhere is layered color more soothing and beautiful than in the master bedroom. Once again, the texture lends an undeniable softness that can’t help but feel incredibly cozy. 

 

bedroom glamour

 

We’d love to be a guest in this room! Wouldn’t you? We hope you loved this glamorous Buckhead beauty just as much as we did! And if you’re going to be at the Design Influencers Conference, please let us know! We’d love to catch up!!

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

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 

Suzanne Kasler

Photographed by Douglas Friedman and Erica George Dines


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!

 

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In Good Taste: Jenkins Interiors

 

Good morning, readers! We hope your Tuesday is off to a great start! I’m heading to Birmingham this morning for some fun meetings for my next novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, and I couldn’t be more excited to visit one of my favorite cities. (Plus, I got hubby some of those awesome noise-cancelling headphones for Christmas and I might or might not have snuck them into my suitcase…)

 

 

I’m a bit of a homebody, (which is kind of ironic since I travel for weeks at a time now!) so it was sort of shocking to me when, on my first trip to Mountain Brook, my favorite Birmingham suburb, I decided that I could really move there and be as happy as a clam. That’s saying something!

 

 

Finding new places to love is probably the best part of book tour–and I found out a few years ago that I’m a big fan of our our biggest state: Texas!

 

 

I am so, so thrilled to be taking my very first trip to Dallas–home of the beyond fabulous designers of Jenkins Interiors– this May.

 

 

If the rest of Dallas is anything like their gorgeous work, I think I’m in for a treat! 

 

 

When we think of Texas, we think of making a statement, of doing something just a little bit out of the ordinary in the best possible way. 

 

 

We think these designers excel at that very thing, 

 

 

Creating calm and beautiful spaces that have a tiny element of the unexpected, like an exciting chair back,

 

 

A fun shaped stool

 

 

Or a statement vanity

 

 

Looking at the good taste of these Jenkins Interiors we think it might just be true that everything is bigger in Texas–especially the style! 

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

 

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In Good Taste: Southern Living Idea House

Southern Living Idea House exterior
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

Good morning, chic readers! We wait every single year for the unveiling of the Southern Living Idea House. It’s always chic and always full of inspiration, but we have to say that this one might have been our very favorite yet. 

 

Southern Living Idea House entrance
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

If you’re a big fan of before and afters (guilty!) then you have to go over to Southern Living and check out the befores. They will blow you away!

 

Southern Living Idea House dining room
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

We are also particularly excited that this show house is in Austin, Texas. We have never been to Austin, Texas but will be going on THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE book tour for a mother-daughter spa weekend! Massages, mani/pedis… Oh, and I’ll be speaking too! We’re super excited about touring around the Live Music Capital of the World! (Wouldn’t you think that was Nashville. Us too.)

 

Southern Living Idea House kitchen
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

We have to be honest: There wasn’t a lot redeeming about this house before. Plenty of architectural details and a unique features (these kitchen walls, anyone?) turned it into something to talk about!

 

Southern Living Idea House butler's pantry
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

As I said, we’ve never actually been to Austin, but we get the feeling that it has that fun, funky, eclectic vibe. And this house matches that absolutely perfectly. The mix of the antique, new and totally unique in this home mirror that perfectly. 

 

Southern Living Idea House bedroom
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

Slanted interior ceilings add so much charm and make for the coziest sleeping spaces we know of!

 

Southern Living Idea House bedroom
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

The variety of pinks in this bedroom is so darling. We can’t get enough pink! (BTW, we have this shell nightstand and are kind of obsessed with it.)

 

Southern Living Idea House mudroom
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

Mudrooms are pretty much the best idea of the 21st century. (Did they have them before the 21st century?) They pave the way for a neat, organized home–and we can’t wait to have one when our remodel is finished!

 

Southern Living Idea House porch

 

Anywhere in the South, porch sitting is pretty much mandatory. And with a porch like this, why wouldn’t it be? 

We hope you loved this gorgeous Southern Living Idea House as much as we did!

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!

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.  

 

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

 

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Charming in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill

 

Here’s something you might not know about us: We bleed blue. Not cobalt blue or turquoise or aqua, but that particular beautiful baby blue of Carolina skies, of our alma mater, the University of North Carolina. 

 

Chapel Hill living room

 

There is so much to love about Chapel Hill: the Old Well, the Bell Tower, Franklin Street, and now this stunning home. When the amazing, talented, (super funny) Andrew J. Howard designed one of the gorgeous homes in Chapel Hill, NC, home of the Tar Heels and at least half of our hearts, we couldn’t wait to share it with you!

 

Chapel Hill dining room

 

And, let us tell you, his work, as usual, doesn’t disappoint. 

 

chapel Hill dining room

 

Fun and whimsical touches–like this bold wallpaper–make a show stopping statement that breathes new life into this historic home, 

 

Chapel Hill family room

 

While original features like beautiful moldings, fireplaces and floors, are accentuated, applauded and never overlooked. 

 

Chapel Hill family room

 

One of our most favorite things about Howard’s signature style is that he has an amazingly firm grasp of color–and he isn’t afraid to use it. From deep blues,

 

 

To sunny, happy yellows, a mix of tones and hues create a home that is historic but never, ever stuffy. 

 

Chapel Hill bedroom

 

There it is, our favorite blue! It isn’t a Chapel Hill home without a bit of Carolina blue, after all. 

 

bedroom chapel hill

 

Forget nooks. Howard creates moments, unforgettable spots for savoring life’s little pleasures–

 

 

And takes full advantage of every available space–and makes it fabulous!

 

 

One of our favorite towns… One of our favorite designers… We knew it would be a match made in heaven! (The southern part of heaven, that is.) We’re off to Pin these to our “favorites” board. How about you? 

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

There might not be anyone in the world who loves her hometown quite as much as I do. All the amazing people of Salisbury, NC were so supportive and encouraging when I was growing up and continue to be so now. I am so proud and honored that my books, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM and SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE, were #1 and #3 on Rowan County’s 2018 BESTSELLER LIST. Thank you, thank you to Wendy Persse and everyone at South Main Book Company for handselling my stories all year long—and to all the readers everywhere who allow me to keep doing what I love year after year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Salisbury and Rowan County! There really is no place like home!

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