A Chic Seaside Retreat–With Plenty of Southern Charm

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The Secret to Southern Charm has officially out in the world. You can pick up your copy at your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or online at Amazon or any of your other favorite retailers. In the meantime, we wanted you to explore the home of my interior designer main character, Ansley Murphy, and get a little better feel for her aesthetic.

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We picture Ansley’s aesthetic to be light, bright, streamlined and coastally chic.

seaside dining room

In the historic, fictional town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, Ansley designs not only the yachts coming in and out of the harbor, but also the historic homes that line the picturesque downtown.

seaside dining room

When Ansley’s three daughters come home–grandchildren in tow–that can only mean one thing: lots of family dinners! This is just the type of comfortable yet chic dining room that Ansley would love. 

seaside living room

In her own home and in her redesigns, Ansley’s aesthetic is very natural with well-chosen pops of pretty colors. This green and yellow is absolutely lovely.

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Wide-plank hardwood floors and windows that let in plenty of light are hallmarks of some of Ansley’s prettiest redesigns. 

seaside bedroom

Of course, with all of those kids home, Ansley’s bedrooms are getting quite a bit of use! We picture this as the perfect master retreat where Ansley can get away from it all…

seaside bedroom

And a sweet blue color palette is perfect for soothing Sloane’s nerves while her husband is deployed. 

seaside bedroom

A chic–and a touch Bohemian–canopy bed would suit Emerson, the youngest, actress daughter’s personality to a tee. We love the mix of antique and new!

seaside porch

But the best part of Ansley’s house? This gorgeous, waterfront porch, of course, where she can sit with her daughters and her mother and sort through all the big decisions they are making over the year that will change their lives–and their family–forever.

We want to thank you for being such loyal readers of Design Chic and hope that you will take the time to read The Secret to Southern Charm. It’s perfect for lounging beach- or poolside or a gift for Mother’s Day, graduation, wedding guests or bridesmaids! 

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of my latest title, The Secret to Southern Charm from your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold! 

Images via Phoebe Howard Design

Come See Me on the The Secret to Southern Charm Tour! For full tour dates, visit my author site!

April 5: Kiawah Reads talk and signing,  Sandcastle Community Center, 23 Beachwalker Drive, Kiawah Island, SC29407, beverages and light snacks, Contact Mandi Danker [email protected] for tickets, 11:00 am, open to the public

April 5: Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, 509 S Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506, Contact Mary Wiser, Friends of Florence County Library, 843-413-7065,  [email protected], 6:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: Moveable Feast through Litchfield Books; Litchfield Beach, SC, contact is Vicky Crafton, 843-237-8138, [email protected], 11:00 am with signing at bookstore at 2:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: “The Secret to Southern Charm at Woodhouse Day Spa,” Woodhouse Day Spa, 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, wine and nibbles, Contact is Kimberly Powell, 843-203-1772, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, open to the public

April 7: Wine, Women & Wisdom, Southern Style, launch of this luncheon series at Buxton Books, 2A Cumberland Street, Corner of Concord and Cumberland, Charleston, SC 29401, Contact Polly Buxton, [email protected], 843-696-5050, noon-2:00 pm, open to the public

April 8: Southern Sweet Tea Author Talk & Book Signing at Summerville Library presentation Dorchester County Library, 76 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, SC 29485, tea, water, lemonade, and pastries served; Contact is Leslie Koller, [email protected], 842-871-5075 ext. 220, 2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 9:  “Books and Bites” at Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL with sandwiches and tea, organized through The Book Loft, 214 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, “meet and greet” with signing, contact events person is Christy LeLait, [email protected], store: 904-261-8991, 11:30 am, open to the public

April 9: The Bookshelf, 126 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792, Book Clubs and Beach Reads: A conversation with Kristy Woodson Harvey, wine and cheese provided,  Contact Ashley Sherlock [email protected], [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to public

April 10: “Books and Bites,” Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Gulf County, 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, contact is Nancy Brockman, [email protected], 850-229-8879, 12:00-2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 10:  Sundog Books, 89 Central Square, Seaside, FL  32459, Contact Dwan Dawson-Tape, 850-231-5481, [email protected], 4:00-5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 11: Dothan Country Club,”Lunch and Learn,” 200 South Cherokee Avenue. Dothan, Alabama, $20 ticket includes buffet and author presentation. Call 334-791-2706 or email [email protected] to rsvp. Ticket paid for at the door , 11:30 am CST, open to the public

April 11: Bay Point Book Clubs’ Cocktails with Kristy, 5:00 pm, private

April 12:  St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon, 218 Bunkers Cove Rd, Panama City, FL 32401, 11:30 am, private


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House Tour: Fabulous Island Retreat

Savor the last days of summer by touring this fabulous Island Retreat by designer Melissa Ervin. A charming cottage with a coastal palette and plenty of texture, this home hits all the high notes of waterside style

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We hope you enjoyed touring this gorgeous coastal home as much as we did! It’s a perfect place to beat the August heat with a cool drink! 


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Thank You For Making Slightly South of Simple a National Bestseller

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I cannot believe it, but Slightly South of Simple is a National Bestseller, hitting bestseller lists from Barnes & Noble to Bookscan, Southern Indie to Southern Pines and spending weeks on smaller bestseller lists in places like Salisbury, NC (my fab hometown and home of South Main Book Co.) and Bethlehem, PA. Sixteen weeks after its release, Slightly South is still holding its own on many of these lists. I’m pinching myself every day and can’t thank you enough for all your support! Happy weekend, sweet friends!

Now available in Audiobook – perfect for vacation traveling!

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Things We Love: A Touch of Burlap

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

For the ultimate in laid-back style, you can never go wrong with a touch of burlap.

burlap octagon stool in living room
Sarah Bartholomew Design

 

From a cool, octagonal ottoman,

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Sage Design

 

To a comfy pillow for enjoying a window seat,

burlap dining chairs in the dining room
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

From comfy chairs for dining in style,

burlap pillows in the living room
Jenny Wolfe Design

 

Or a whole comfy seating area…

burlap stool in bathroom
J.K. Kling Design

 

A little touch of burlap can go a long way!

burlap skirt in laundry room
BHG

 

Burlap is a great, inexpensive fabric for skirting a sink and adding a totally charming touch.

burlap walls and headboard in bedroom
Thom Filicia

 

A chic wallpaper and fabulous headboard add tons of texture to a pretty bedroom.

burlap wingback headboard in bedroom
Andrew J. Howard Interior Design

 

It’s one of our favorite ways to add a coastal touch

burlap headboard in bedroom
Rachel Reider Interior Design

 

For a charming touch of texture and style in any space, you can’t go wrong with burlap! Are you a fan of one of our favorite fabrics?

Slightly South of Simple Spotted around the Web!

Brenna from Domestic Charm is reading her advance copy on Spring Break. You can preorder now for the April 25 release and have your copy in time for beach reading!

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)

House Tour: Beach Chic with Dearborn Builders

Dearborn Builders Inc., Residential Projects

With summer officially here and beach season in full swing, we thought it made sense to tour an amazing beach house today–as if we need an excuse! This home designed by the talented Tory Haynes and built by Dearborn Builders is the perfect mix of updated beauty and that classic, beach cottage chic that makes this the kind of place we would want to come back to again and again.

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House Tour: Coastal Blend

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 Oh my goodness, it’s warming up! We never thought we’d see the day. But Spring hasn’t forgotten us after all. We thought we’d celebrate with a fabulous house tour from one of our faves: Atlanta Homes. This “coastal blend” is as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside! It’s just the kind of place we’d like to spend the summer. But, since we aren’t there quite yet, we think we’ll just spend today touring instead. We hope you enjoy this amazing cottage!

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