The Dos & Don’ts of Holiday Decorating and More

ONE kIngs Lane Holiday decorating

 

The Dos & Don’ts of Holiday Decorating

 

serena & lily bathroom refresh with gray subway tile

 

A Bathroom Refresh in Time for the Holidays

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charcuterie tray with waiting on Martha

 

 

Build Your Own Charcuterie Board

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Holiday Gift Guide

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If you are excited about the Christmas shopping and big sales online, take a look at some of our favorites:

Click on each image Below to Learn More About the Product:

 

Gifts for Her


Gifts for Him



Gifts for Kids


 

Gifts for the Traveler

 


Gifts Under $50

 

Gifts for Hostess

 

Gifts for the Home

 

Amazing Black Friday Deals

 

– 25% Off EVERYTHING – Biggest Sale of the Year- serena and lily

– 30% Off Sitewide – one kings lane

Cyber Sale up to 50% OFF  nordstrom

 – $50 Off $200 – neiman marcus

– Fall Saleshopbop

 – Up to 50% off New Items & Up to 60% Off Sale Prices jcrew

 – Favorites for Your Homedesign chic

 – Black Friday Comes Early  25% Off SITEWIDE – wisteria

–  Our Holiday Gift Guide design chic

 

PEACHTREE BLUFF 3 FOR 2 PROMOTION:

Peachtree Bluff Series

The entire Peachtree Bluff Series is a part of Amazon’s 3 for 2 promotion for a limited time–along with favorite titles of the year such as Where the Crawdads Sing, Little Fires Everywhere, Atomic Habits, Girl, Wash Your Face and Educated. Tons of great kids’ titles are featured as well, including the illustrated Harry Potter books! Just add all 3 to your cart and the price will reflect the promotion price just in time for Christmas gift giving!

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

 

Tour the Connecticut Estate of Carolyne Roehm

Carolyne Roehm Connecticut Estate

 

Tour the Connecticut Estate of Carolyne Roehm

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Favorite Items from the talented team at Studio McGee

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Beautiful Hotels Around the World

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Emporium in SoHo from Roman & Williams

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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!

 

WEEKEND SALES

Buy More Save More  – shopbop

Extra 25% off Sale Items  anthropologie

30% off   j crew

Up to 70 % Off Warehouse Sale one kings lane

25% Off Semi-Annual Sale  – neiman marcus

Up to 60% Off  serena and lily

New Items Added to  Salenordstrom

Up to 70% off saks fifth avenue

Favorites for the Homedesign chic

New Spring Arrivals moda operandi

 

Thanks so much for spending a part of your holiday season with us here at Design Chic. We love it when you stop by!

 

GIFTS FOR HER


GIFTS FOR HIM

HOSTESS GIFTS

GIFTS FOR KIDS

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

 

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

 

 

Our Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions
Erica Dines George Photography via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

While we love adding modern aspects into our decor, when it comes to the holidays, we’re all about traditions. Christmas in particular is, to us, about family, about everyone gathered around the same tree. And, while it seems contradictory, maybe that’s the reason that we’ve scarcely had a Christmas with only our family around the table…

Christmas traditions table
Lauren DeLoach via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Because, of course, as we all know, family isn’t just what you’re born into.

Christmas Traditions dining
Clary Bosbyshell Photographed by David Christensen via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Family is who you choose in your life, who you love and cherish.

christmas traditions
Cottages & Gardens

 

Family is the people whose stocking you want to be right beside yours, hung by the chimney with care, on Christmas morning when you wake up, bright-eyed, to see what Santa brought.

Christmas traditions
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Christmas morning is magical, of course, but, for us, Christmas Eve has always held a special place. Our Rocky Road candy is waiting beside the fireplace for the big man’s arrival. (Our Santa doesn’t do gluten… Plus, he has to get sick of cookies at some point.) And we turn the logs off, of course. Can you imagine if Santa slid down the chimney into that? Little Will has always been a  stickler about this.

Christmas decorations
Southern Accents

 

The night starts with all the family around the set-to-perfection dinner table. We use it all: the linen tablecloths, napkins, fine china, silver, silver service, crystal…

Christmas traditions dining table
Southern Accents

 

It’s a grand occasion, after all. Why wouldn’t we celebrate it in the finest fashion? Mom always cooks the same dinner: company chicken, brown rice, marinated asparagus, biscuits… Even the slightest deviation in the menu is cause for serious alarm. (And I grew up thinking that you can only eat company chicken, brown rice and marinated asparagus on Christmas Eve.)

cookies
Connecticut Cottages& Gardens

 

For dessert, there are cookies, of course. But Mom and I always cook meringues, as well. At least twice. Because, well, we never can remember if it’s a metal bowl you’re supposed to use or a glass one. (Even now, I have no idea.) And one of us feels sure. And we’re always wrong. Then they don’t stiffen properly. And we have used all the egg whites and we have to go back to the stuffed-to-the-gills grocery store. Then we mash Heath Bar with a hammer and fold it into whipped cream for a delicious topping. I, myself don’t much care for meringues. Neither does Mom. But, like I said, changes to the menu–even parts that no one even seems to like that much–are met with major consternation.

meringues Christmas traditions
Lark & Linen

 

But the BEST part of the dessert. The best, best, best part is the party poppers! The spark, the noise, the faint scent of gunpowder… It’s an event not to be missed, the right compromise for those who are more partial to Fourth of July.

party crackers Christmas traditions
Amazon

 

Some years hold musical instruments that we all must learn to play, some have games or tiny treats. But the constant is the crowns. And, if you’re going to sit around our family Christmas Eve dinner table, you wear the crown. No exceptions. Kind of like the meringues.

gifts- Christmas traditions
Bijou and Boheme

 

Dinner holds this kind of magical expectation, that tense balance between wanting to savor every moment and wanting it to be over. Because, after dinner…

gifts - Christmas traditions
Lily Bunn via One Kings Lane

 

Everyone gets to pick one present to open! One well-chosen, hand-picked gift from underneath the tree. But only one. It is meant to whet your appetite, tide you over until the morning when the real unwrapping begins.

Hanna Anderson pajamas Christmas traditions
Hannah Anderson

 

And everyone gets Christmas jammies, of course. Because everyone must look his or her most dashing to greet the treats that Santa left.

We tuck in our beds way too late. Far, far too late. So late that when the little feet pitter pat down the hall wanting to see what Santa brought, we might, for a moment, regret how late we talked and laughed into the night. But then, there is coffee and Moravian Sugar Cake. And, of course, more time with family.

The pecan pie will be delicious. Grandmommy’s homemade caramel cake too. But, if you ask us, those special moments, those memories that we will cherish forever, are the sweetest part of all.

The Peachtree Bluff Series

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!

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

 

Decorating for the Holidays with Style

Decorating with Style at One kings lane

 

Decorating for the Holidays with Style

 one kings lane

 

 

Creating a Guest Room That’s Holiday Ready

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 If you are excited about the Christmas shopping and BIG BLACK FRIDAY SALES online, take a look at some of our favorites:

 

BIG BLACK FRIDAY SALES

 

20% Off Sitewide  – one kings lane

Up to 50% Off Holiday Ready Women’s Fashion – neiman marcus

20% Off SITEWIDE – serena and lily

Black Friday Up to 60% Off – nordstrom

Up to 60% off thru 11/25 – saks fifth avenue

Up to 60% off – net-a-porter

Sale of the Season  – shopbop

Extra 25% off Sale Items – anthropologie

50% Off EVERYTHING  j crew

Shop our Favorites – design chic

 

GIFTS FOR HER

GIFTS FOR HIM

HOSTESS GIFTS

 

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

 

Home for the Holidays with Hallmark!

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I was asked to participate in the #HallmarkAtWalgreens campaign, sponsored by Hallmark at Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.
When it comes to the wittiest, prettiest, most wonderful greeting cards around, we’ve turned to Hallmark for longer than we can even remember. We love popping into the Walgreens on the corner and selecting the perfect message for a friend or loved one. And the Hallmark Signature line of greeting cards always assures we can do that in style.

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