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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
pink, every shade
Accessory you couldn’t live without?
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.
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.
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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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?
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
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).
We are SO excited becauseThe Secret to Southern Charmofficially 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!
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.
This Australian duo designs houses in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne and more–and we want to go visit! Business trip, right?
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.”
“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