In Good Taste: Janie Molster Designs

Janie Molster entrance

Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to have the fabulous Janie Molster,  with us today, answering our burning questions–and lending a few tips! Thanks for stopping by, Janie, and for sharing your gorgeous work with us.

Janie Molster library

How did you get started as a designer?
My friend had business cards printed for me.  I think everyone close to me could see this path for me, except me.  Once I dove in, it became crystal clear.  I had always been somewhat obsessed about my environment–staying up all night in rental apartments painting the walls until they were exactly right, etc. When my husband and I bought our first house and I was able to flex my design muscle a bit more, I got some calls and requests for advice and help and and here we are.

Janie Molster dining room

Where do you get your inspiration?
I have been asked that question before and honestly, my answer changes constantly.  Last night I received a couple of new shelter magazines and sending a quick shout-out to my design industry peers–YOU inspire me!  I love to see what other people are creating and I love to watch trends.  I may not hop on every one but creativity breeds more creativity.  Following others in my field and having an inspiration group to bounce ideas off of is so valuable to me.

Janie Molster kitchen

Do you have a favorite project to date? Or a favorite type of project that tends to be your favorite?
It’s often the last project.  I begin missing my clients and our frequent talks and trouble-shooting sessions.  We call it “uncoupling”…very hard.  Right now I am in the midst of something wonderful: a large lodge in the Allegheny mountains.  The lodge sits adjacent to another project we have done for the same clients (our 5th project for them).  Needless to say, we have a great understanding of each other and things are coming together seamlessly.  The lodge will be a second home on the property with a few bedrooms as well as entertaining spaces geared for large events–almost like a mini-conference center with a residential perspective. There are some amazing craftsmen on the project. Stay tuned.

Janie Molster kitchen

What is your favorite tip for making small spaces feel larger?
Use fewer, bigger pieces and edit, edit edit.  People tend to think in a small space, use small furniture and clutter things up with teensy tables and chairs.   Also important is to use large room-size rugs that hug the perimeter of the space.

Janie Molster bedroom

What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?
Skilled labor.  The trades that I rely on daily are harder and harder to find.  Fyi…we are always hiring: Conservationists who can repair antique furnishings and art, seamstresses who can produce couture-quality window dressings, custom upholsterers, decorative painters, etc.  

Janie Molster bedroom

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?
No question, mothering 5 children.  If I can share any wisdom to other designers, especially those in the throes of parenting, always choose family first.  I am blessed that my career has successfully weathered the storm of a few years of intermittent attention.  There were times when I was barely keeping my foot in the door of the design world–so I guess that’s the answer.  Biggest accomplishment: Keeping my foot in the door.

Janie Molster bedroom

Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?
I am in love with all of the upholstery designs by John Saladino.  His pieces were innovative on day 1 and they never feel dated.  I also love what Susan Ferrier is doing with McAlpine.  While her work had a moody edginess about it, she fully embraces femininity.  She doesn’t shy away from pretty–she sets it on fire.

Janie Molster porch

Ebooks or hardbacks?
Hardbacks for sure.  Give me a rainy day and stack of my dog-eared design books–Nirvana.
M&Ms or Skittles?
green peanut M&M’s…they bring good luck 🙂
Coffee or tea?
coffee.  Can’t tie my shoes in the am without it.

Favorite color?
pink, every shade
Accessory you couldn’t live without?
personal?
It’s the leather lariat I have worn every day for years.  It’s light and simple–I can run, swim and sleep in it.  It fits snug around my neck and has a simple gold ball at the end.  My dear friend, Atlanta jewelry designer Jeanmarie Quarterman made it for me.
decorative?
My collection of vessels and sculptures by New Orleans artist Julie Silvers that move around my house all the time–looking perfect in every room.  
Go-to paint color?
Love trim and doors in Galveston Gray by Benjamin Moore.

Janie Molster porch

Thank you so much for stopping by today, Janie! We loved having you here–and couldn’t love your beautiful designs any more! 

 

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The Southern Side of Paradise Peachtree Bluff Series

Looking for the perfect summer read? Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Betchesand 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?

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

More Tour Dates

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE,  

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE, 7pm – 9pm

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD, 11am – 1pm

August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC, 3pm

August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC, 6pm

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC, 2:00pm

August 8: Figure Eight Island Yacht Club Author Series, Figure Eight, NC,  

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY, 5pm – 7:30pm

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

 

House Tour: Serene Coastal Style

serene Coastal Style living room

 

April showers are off to a serious start here this week, and three days in we are already looking forward to those May flowers the rain is sure to bring! 

 

serene Coastal Style living room

 

No matter the weather where you are this gorgeous home, full of serene coastal style is certain to brighten your day. 

 

serene Coastal Style dining room

 

This grand and gorgeous home designed by Atlanta’s Liz Williams is the ultimate in juxtaposition. Stunning woodwork and grand chandeliers

 

serene Coastal Style kitchen

 

Contrast beautifully with a calm color palette and comfortable furnishings. 

 

serene Coastal Style kitchen

 

Classic pieces blend beautifully

 

serene Coastal Style bar

 

with coastal touches that are charming and sparse, not over the top. 

 

serene Coastal Style bedroom

 

Bright, sunny spaces, 

 

serene Coastal Style bathroom

 

Lend that vacation vibe, 

 

serene Coastal Style bathroom

 

While vintage touches create that enviable layered look.

 

serene Coastal Style bedroom

 

The old and the new combine seamlessly in this guest room to create a space that suits every style.

 

serene Coastal Style bedroom

 

And luxurious touches ensure that guests will want to stay around. (Maybe a little too long!)

 

serene Coastal Style bathroom

 

And, oh, the monograms…

 

serene Coastal Style guest bedroom

 

They are an absolute showstopper!

 

serene Coastal Style bedroom

 

Turtle shells give a beachy, boyish feel,

 

serene Coastal Style porch

 

And well-appointed porches provide plenty of space to savor the main event: the great outdoors. 

 

serene Coastal Style curb appeal

 

The exterior of the home mirrors the interior. It’s charming, gracious and gorgeous without being over the top. 

 

serene Coastal Style

 

But the setting, as is so often the case, might just be the very best part of this stunning home. Serene and idyllic, it’s perfect for year-round living.

Photographed by Emily Followill

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

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

 

The Southern Side of Paradise

And announcing… The Southern Side of Paradise Tour! Twelve states, forty cities…If I’ll be in a city near you I’d love to see you! Click here for full details on every event!

April 24: Quantum Leap Series at Quantum Leap Library, Orlando, Florida

April 26: General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Wilmington, NC

May 2: North Myrtle Beach Library, North Myrtle Beach, SC

May 2: Silver Coast Winery, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

May 3: Moveable Feast Luncheon, Pawley’s Island, SC

May 4: Kinston, NC BBQ Festival

May 5: Dee Gee’s Launch Party, Morehead City, NC

May 7: Beaufort History Museum Tea, Beaufort, SC (SOLD OUT)

May 8: Newberry County Library Literacy Luncheon, Newberry, SC

May 9: Live at Your Library Series, Gastonia, NC

May 11: South Main Book Co., Salisbury, NC

May 13: Junior League of Louisville Book Club Cocktail Reception, Louisville, KY

May 14: Murder by the Book, Houston, TX

May 15: Houston Women’s Club, Houston, TX

May 15: Signing at Segreto Finishes, Houston, TX

May 16: Signing at Stanley Korshak, Dallas, TX

May 18: Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH

May 19: Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN

May 20: Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas Coffee, Daniel Island, SC

May 20: Buxton Books, Charleston, SC

May 21: Snee Farm Garden Club, Mount Pleasant, SC

May 22: Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX

May 28: Florence Public Library, Florence, AL

May 31: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 1: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 3: Lexington County Public Library, Columbia, SC

June 4: Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

June 5: The Atlanta History Center at Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA

June 6: The Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD

August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC

August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC

August 8: Figure Eight Island Yacht Club Author Series, Figure Eight, NC

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY

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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!

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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!

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In Good Taste: Amanda Teal Design

entrance Amanda Teal Design
Suzanna Scott Photography

 

The first line of Amanda Teal Design‘s About Us page says, “We create gracious homes.”

dining Amanda Teal
Michelle Drewes Photography

 

It’s a mission simple as and well thought out as these designers’ gorgeous work. (We’re loving these Serena & Lily Riviera Side Chairs in this beyond charming breakfast nook!)

Each of these spaces is so gracious, so welcoming that we can imagine calling them home.

And if that isn’t good taste, we don’t know what is!

From the sweeping and grand…

To the cozy and intimate…

These bright, light-filled rooms are the pinnacle of style.

We love using a desk instead of a night table–especially in a guest bedroom,

And fresh flowers make everything better.

The perfect textures and accents make even the grandest bedroom feel like a perfect resting spot,

And simple looks amazing by the sea.

From mirrors to counters, floors to faucets, not a single detail is overlooked. And that’s why Amanda Teal Design is always in good taste!

Helynn Ospina Photography

 

We are SO excited because The Secret to Southern Charm officially launches just one week from today! We can’t believe it! To celebrate, we are giving away a $200 Target gift card so that you can stock up on all your favorite beach accessories before those warm, lazy days of summer are here. 

To enter, all you have to do it pre-order The Secret to Southern Charm from your bookstore or website of choice. The Secret to Southern Charm is available from your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Books-a-Million, Indiebound and wherever books are sold! It is being simultaneously released in paperback, hardback, e-book and audio, so check out your favorite version! You can get extra credit for sharing. (Check out the Rafflecopter below.) Thanks so much for all your support, sweet friends. We are so grateful for you!

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Stunning Southhampton Style

We have lots and lots of places to visit on our bucket lists, and, to be honest, there aren’t many stores that make the cut. 

But all that just changed. 

Because One Kings Lane’s Southhampton store is so fabulous that we sort of want to book a plane ticket right now!

One Kings Lane is, of course, a favorite spot of ours (and we know yours too!) for finding great deals on the best brands. 

But there is something so gratifying about actually visiting a store in person and being able to see and touch the things you are going to buy before you buy them. 

We think it takes one of our favorite interiors stores to a new level!

And the home-like atmosphere is such an added bonus. 

It makes it so easy to be able to see how things will actually look after they get through our front door. (Fabulous, obviously, but how fabulous.)

From living rooms that delight…

To bedrooms that wow, all the beauty of One Kings Lane’s website comes to life exquisitely in real life in their Southhampton showroom. We can’t wait to visit! What about you?

Thanks so much for stopping by today, chic readers. We hope you have a wonderful week!

Speaking of great deals, I am so, so, so excited to share that Slightly South of Simple has been chosen as a Kindle monthly deal so, from today until April 1, you can read the first book in the Peachtree Bluff series for only $1.99–just in time for the The Secret to Southern Charm release on April 3. 

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In Good Taste: Verandah House

Verandah House sunroom

Good morning, chic readers! You know how we love the thrill of finding new designers we love. And do we ever have some fabulous talent to share with you today!

Verandah House

When we stumbled across the good taste of Verandah House Interiors, it was a love at first sight kind of thing. 

Verandah House living room

This Australian duo designs houses in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne and more–and we want to go visit! Business trip, right?

Verandah House dining room

Jess and Judy say:

 “Our design aesthetic is very much the new American classic look, adding a modern sense of luxury that is fresh, stylish and timeless. Its important to us that our work doesn’t fit one style, we try to give each client a unique look and tailor our designs and finishes to suit the way our clients love to live, a casual sensibility.”

Verandah House

From beautifully accessorized vignettes, 

To beautifully uncluttered bookcases,

Verandah House

To coastal homes with just the right amount of flair, 

Verandah House bookcase

We think this dynamic duo is embodying their mission at every turn!

Verandah House kitchen

The perfect spot for entertaining friends!

Verandah House kitchen

Bright, white kitchens that feel clean and crisp,

And swoon-worthy outdoor spaces are examples of these designers’ flawless style. 

If you want to create gorgeous rooms like Verandah House, check out their fabulous online course! (You’ll want to watch the video just to hear their lovely Aussie accents!)

Which is your favorite Verandah House space?


It’s hard to believe that The Secret to Southern Charm will be here in six weeks! Now is the perfect time to preorder–or purchase your tickets to the Beaufort, SC prelaunch party March 15!

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What your favorite bloggers are saying about The Secret to Southern Charm:

From fab Tina at The Enchanted Home

The Secret to Southern Charm beach book

“5. CALLING ALL READERS. I am so thrilled for the amazing success my fellow blogger and friend, Kristy Harvey is having with her wonderful books, and with good reason. She has captivated so many with her wonderful, heart warming, funny stories (all that take place in the south is an extra bonus) and knows how to really engage her reader, her books are the kind you don’t want to close.

 You know those kind of books that you wish you could literally jump into and become a part of the story ? Think Nicholas Sparks meets Elin Hinderbrand….yes they are that good. I can hardly wait to delve into her newest, The Secret to Southern Charm. I just know her books are headed to the big screen one day:) Click here to preorder yours” — Tina, The Enchanted Home

 

 

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