In Good Taste: Alison Pickart Design

 

If we had to narrow down one of the things we get asked most frequently on Design Chic, it must be this: How do I incorporate my antiques–the treasures, the relics of my family history and my past–while creating a modern looking home?

 

 

 

We think you’ll agree that Alison Pickart Design has the answer to that question!

 

 

A perfect mix of traditional staples and updated furnishings and accessories, her work is the ultimate in good taste.

 

 

And the lighting? Oh, the lighting! Each room is better than the last!

 

 

Chic, simple holiday decor, anyone? Pickart has that covered, too.

 

 

These halls are decked in ultimate style!

 

 

The crystal and silver is all in its place–in a butler’s pantry whose color is very now. That’s that perfect blend that Pickart makes look so easy.

 

 

Painting the backs of cabinets is one of our favorite things. And an unexpected color–like this lovely lavender–takes it to the next level.

 

 

With the holidays here, we have the guest room on our minds. Isn’t this one perfectly appointed?

 

 

This light and bright bathroom combines the best of the best of the classics and the brand new for a totally unique look.

 

 

Who needs ceilings when you can have skylights? This mudroom is surely one of the favorite spots in the house! As for us, we don’t think we could pick a favorite Alison Pickart space. Each one is more beautiful than the next!

Thank you so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We love spending the holidays with you!

 

 

Want a copy a THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE under your tree for someone you love, before the May 7, 2019 release date? Just preorder now, and I’ll send a cute wrapped card like the above, signed on the back, so they know their new book is coming! Email the address to me at kristywoodsonharvey @ gmail . com and I’ll get your card in the mail!

 

Cozy and Classic Christmas Decorations

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Now that we have finished hauling the rest of the Christmas decorations out of storage it is finally feeling like the most wonderful time of the year! Decorating for Christmas is one of our favorite things to do. If you need a little help getting started–or simply can’t get enough holiday decor–take a peek at this gorgeous Buckhead home from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles photographed by the fabulous Emily Followill Photography

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Whether you’re finished with your decorations or just getting started, we hope that whatever the rest of this holiday week holds, it fills you with joy. Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your celebration!

 

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Today, we want to help make your holiday shopping a little bit easier with a $100 Visa gift card–and celebrate The Southern Side of Paradise’s cover. (Details on Rafflecopter.) Winner will be announced December 13!

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

 

 

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Tour a Merry & Bright Holiday House

 

It’s beginning to look–and sound–a lot like Christmas around here! (And on this fab house tour!)

 

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The Christmas tunes are blaring 24-7, the mantels are swathed in greenery and the tree, as of last night, is decorated!

 

 

Whether you’re all decorated or can’t quite get in the spirit yet, this gorgeous Christmas house is sure to have you feeling merry and bright!

 

 

We’re still in our rental condo post-Hurricane Florence, and, while our Christmas tree is far from Charlie Brown, this one is giving us major tree envy! There’s nothing like a big, full tree!

 

 

Do you tend to go more thematic with your ornaments or is it a hodge podge? I used to be a stickler for only metallics–until my little one started bringing home his first homemade treats. Now it’s a colorful explosion and I really think it’s cuter!

 

 

We have about a million different sets of stockings. Cutesy, homemade ones (from Etsy, you guys. You know we can’t DIY…), fun, whimsical ones, sedate coastal ones. Every mantel should have its own stockings, right? All we know is that we’re loving these!

 

 

Setting the holiday table is just the most fun, isn’t it? This fruit centerpiece is so chic yet so simple!

 

 

With so many tabletop options, it’s almost impossible to choose just one!

 

 

Sneaking a little holiday cheer in around your normal accessories can be a challenge. But these homeowners nailed it!

 

 

There’s no better way to make a first impression than with a wreath and jingle bells on the door! They set the stage for the charming holiday wonderland that waits right beyond the door.

Speaking of holiday wonderlands… We’re in NYC all week long and will be posting plenty of Christmas cheer from there over on Instagram if you want to join us on our trip! Thanks for stopping by and happy holiday decorating!

Ready for Christmas in Beautiful Buckhead

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Are you holiday ready? Suzanne Kasler’s Buckhead home certainly is! And we feel like we’re getting there…

Christmas mantel

The mantels are decorated and the pilot lights are lit in preparation for Christmas Eve fires. (No wood-burning fireplaces here, sadly enough.)

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We have decorated our trees and oohed and aahed over each ornament–and the memories that go with it. From the Christopher Radko wedding gifts to the Simon Pearce balls that mark the passing of each year to the handmade treasures from each year of school, every ornament has a special meaning.

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And the crystal is washed and the silver is polished in preparation for days of celebration. 

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The presents are mostly wrapped and underneath the tree. From scooters and laser tag to iPhone 8s and iPads, Carolina blue cashmere to our favorites of all, sparkly things in small, small boxes, they are ready and waiting for Santa’s arrival!

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We think we’ll take a note from Suzanne Kasler and keep the flowers simple this year. There is nothing more beautiful–or more Christmas-y–than fresh greenery and bright berries. 

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The best part of the holidays comes after the presents have been opened and the turkey has been eaten, after the carols have been sung and the PJs are on, when everyone sits around the fire sipping cocktails or hot chocolate to reflect on another year well spent. 

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To remember where each has come from and plan for what will be better in the year ahead. 

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It is these small, simple things, the wreaths on the front doors, the silver sugar dishes full of candy canes, that set the stage for a magical holiday season with family and friends, that is full of good cheer and maybe, if you’re really lucky, even a little rest. 

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As Suzanne Kasler beautifully portrays, with a few snips from the great outdoors, the stage is set for a memorable holiday season. Are you ready for the holidays?

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


Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 

Suzanne Kasler Design

Erica George Dines Photography

 

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Last week we had the pleasure of spending a fun-filled long weekend in the place that we think gets as close to Christmas magic as you can without going to the North Pole: NYC! I had the most amazing  day of meetings with the team at Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster),  about all that is THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, the sequel to SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and the second book in Peachtree Bluff series–and filmed fun videos that I can’t wait to share with you! To celebrate the upcoming launch (April 3, 2018!) and get you in the holiday spirit, we’re giving away a $100 Amazon gift card for your holiday essentials. Enter below!

 

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From Our House to Yours…

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It’s almost here! It’s almost here! We had the best time at family Christmas #1 yesterday. Lots of food and lots of fun. The snowball slingshot launchers were by far the biggest hit with boys 4-7. Thank goodness the snowballs were fabric, as it was 80 degrees here! As you can see, the stockings are hung by the chimney, just waiting for Santa to arrive…

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And the table is reset and ready for more Christmas cheer….

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And the kitchen is cleared from the beef tenderloin, salad, rolls, carrots, mashed cauliflower, and, of course, chocolate caramel cake. 

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Cookie Party Invitations

We are officially ready for the next event. But, even if we weren’t, our friends at Mixbook have our back, with gifts and invitations ready on the double for every event and gift recipient left on your list.

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Holiday Party Invitation

If you’re wanting to ring in the New Year right or even gather friends and family for a holiday open house, Mixbook has a bevy of beyond gorgeous invitations to make the season bright!

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What will our family be getting in their stockings? Photo books from Mixbook, of course!  This photo of little Will and my dad, his Howdy, just watching the boats go by. It’s such a reminder of how those simple, small moments add up to something really big. 

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You know we’re huge fans of gold… and calligraphy… and there were so many chic themes to choose from!

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I make these every single year for our families, and, without a doubt, this was the easiest, quickest and most beautiful book I’ve ever made.

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All I did was gather my photos, and let Mixbook’s autofill option take over. Usually, this ends up being a nightmare, but, in the interest of research, I decided to try it out. It was wonderful! I switched just a couple of photos that I wanted to be on the largest pages and that was all! The result was fabulous–and took me maybe thirty minutes tops, including the time it took to gather my pictures. Some years, this is a project that takes hours on end.

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Art Work to Canvas

Speaking of fabulous gifts, Mixbook’s Art Work to Canvas capabilities top our list of favorite, favorite holiday gifts for grandparents, kids, parents and everyone in between. Have you ever seen anything so adorable?

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Metal Art

We’re also loving metal art for offices, kitchens, bathrooms and anywhere that moisture could live or frames are easily broken. 

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iPhone Wallpapers

Long story short, Mixbook has everything we need to make the rest of our holiday season merry and bright.

From our home to yours, sweet friends, happy, happy holidays!

 

 

House Tour: A Very Buckhead Christmas

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Now that we have finished hauling the rest of the Christmas decorations out of storage it is finally feeling like the most wonderful time of the year! Decorating for Christmas is one of our favorite things to do. If you need a little help getting started–or simply can’t get enough holiday decor–take a peek at this gorgeous Buckhead home from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles photographed by the fabulous Emily Followill Photography

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We hope that whatever the rest of this holiday week holds, it fills you with joy. Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your celebration!


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