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

 

Beautiful Beachy Blues

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living room kitchen combination in blue and neutral colors

 

We’re feeling blue today–in the good way! 

 

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abstract art by Ashley Longshore in breakfast room

 

These beautiful photos from TS Adams Studio have us feeling in a beachy mood.  (Art by the talented Ashley Longshore.)

 

bedroom
blue and white bedroom

 

I had the best day yesterday in Louisville, KY with my friends Michelle and Jennifer from Black, White & Kuhl.

 

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grasscloth wallpaper on ceiling in blue and white bedroom

 

They gave me the full Kentucky experience, from appearing together on Great Day Live to a super fun Junior League Book Club Event. I know why Louisville is considered one of the friendliest cities in the country!

 

bathroom
blue and white bathroom

 

Talk about making your week bright! There’s nothing better than meeting readers in new cities–and finding new cities to love!

 

wood

 

This fabulous laundry room is the kind of place we would actually want to do laundry. Bring on the folding!

 

dining

 

Dining al fresco is always welcome in the summer months. These pretty blue napkins are the perfect complement to the sea right beyond.

 

porch

 

A beautiful back porch is a home’s must-have, especially during the southern months. If it has a screen, all the better!

 

bedroom

 

This fabulous bedroom shows that a room doesn’t have to be big on space to be huge on style.

 

wood

 

Everything about this exterior is amazing, but we think the wood door is our favorite touch.

 

 

  Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

 

 

Praise for The Peachtree Bluff Series:

“Writers come and writers go but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive Sisterhood of Southern Writers.” —The Huffington Post, Jackie K Cooper

This week I’ll be in Louisville, KY, Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, Cleveland, OH, Carmel, IN, and Charleston, SC. Click for full tour details. 

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

 

Things We Love: A Touch of Burlap

burlap chairs in living room
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,

window seat with burlap pillows
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!)

In Good Taste: J Banks Design Group

j banks Design living room

J Banks Design Group

Good morning, friends! If you could use a little good taste in your day, look no further. J Banks Design Group has enough good taste to go around! 

j banks design group beach house living room

 

J Banks Design dining room

 

kitchen with marble countertops

 

blue and white bedroom - J Banks Design

 

Cabo St. Lucas Beach house bedroom

 

blue and white bedroom

 

marble bathroom

 

beach house patio- j Banks Design Group

 

Beach house deck - J Banks Design Group

 

Beach house pool - J Banks Design Group

With beautiful blues, chic neutrals and plenty of light. inside and out, every last design is perfection. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

 Celebrating 2 Months Until Slightly South of Simple‘s Release with a $200 Framebridge Gift Card!

Thanks to lovely Lidy from French Garden House for this gorgeous pic!

 

Oh my goodness. I can’t even believe it. Two months from today, on April 25, Slightly South of Simple will be released into the world! I am SO excited. And we are ready to start celebrating! To celebrate two months, we will be partnering with our friends at Framebridge, who provide the most fabulous custom framing, to give away $200 in custom framing to one lucky winner. (YOU are going to win. I feel it!)

They can literally frame anything from your favorite Instagram photo to your favorite jersey to that fun piece of art you picked up on your honeymoon. And it’s so reasonable. We love the assortment too!

Over the next two months, we will also be giving away a $350 Minted gift card, a Salvatore Ferragamo bag from Reebonz that retails for $1750, a $250 Amazon gift card and more fun surprises to be announced along the way. 

Once you preorder you are eligible to enter EVERY giveaway. Thank you to everyone who has already preordered. Wow! I’ve been blown away! It’s a great time to pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple for yourself, a friend or a Mother’s Day gift, because the preorder price is $8.80–that’s 45% off–on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. But you guys know I love my indy stores, so if you have a favorite and preorder from it, I’ll give you double the entries! Just email me at [email protected] If you don’t have a favorite indy, choose one of mine: FoxTale Book Shoppe, Duck’s Cottage, Tattered Cover Book Store or Indiebound.com. There are more ways to enter below as well. 

Thank you, my sweet, dear readers for all of the support and love you have given me along the way. I wouldn’t be here, about to release this series, without you! 

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