Matthew Patrick Smyth ‘s Through a Designer’s Eye

matthew Patrick Smyth Through a Designer's Eye


Good morning, chic readers! We hope your fall is off to a gorgeous start.


Matthew Patrick Smyth living room


Yesterday, after a long weekend of fun birthday celebrations, we took a rare few hours off to indulge in one of our favorite pastimes: perusing beloved coffee table books!


Matthew Patrick Smyth living room


One of the great perks of this job is getting so many gorgeous new ones each month–like Matthew Patrick Smyth ‘s Through a Designer’s Eye.


Matthew Patrick Smyth living room


If you’re looking to spend a quiet hour or two filling up on inspiration to soothe your soul during the chillier temps–


Matthew Patrick Smyth living room


And being wowed by some truly spectacular style


Matthew Patrick Smyth living room


Through a Designer’s Eye is a can’t-miss addition to your collection.


Matthew Patrick Smyth living room


Not only is it spot-on for right now, but we know it’s one of those rare treasures that we’ll return to again and again, year after year. 


Matthew Patrick Smyth dining room


It was almost impossible to choose ten of our favorite images from inside to share with you, but this one, the perfect mix of formality and whimsy, was an easy selection,


Matthew Patrick Smyth entry room


As was this stunning combination of perfect architectural details and beautiful antiques. 


Matthew Patrick Smyth living room


But, as you can imagine, there’s plenty more where that came from! We hope you love Through a Designer’s Eye as much as we did!

Thanks so much for spending your fall with Design Chic. We love seeing you here!

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The winners of the UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY Cover Reveal Challenge are:

  1. Caryl Kane
  2. Sheree Kun
  3. What Erin’s Reading

And the Winners of the September UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY Preorder Giveaway of 3 Copies of FEELS LIKE FALLING and the FEELS LIKE FALLING Candles Are:

  1. Linda Darling
  2. Jackie Folck
  3. Greta Muschlitz

Don’t forget that, once you preorder and fill out this form, you will be automatically entered in all future UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY Giveaways (details here!)–and will receive a signed book plate, two quote cards and a 5×7 card of the Maren Devine print of the cover!

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House Tour: A Ponte Vedra Beauty by Beth Webb

Beth Webb living room

If you are a long-term follower of Design Chic, you know we are big fans of the work of Beth Webb.

Beth Webb coffee table

And her fabulous book, An Eye for Beauty, was one of our favorite coffee table books of the year. This stunning home is no exception to her always-amazing work. 

From unique artifacts that create the perfect accessorized spaces, 

Beth Webb living room

To furniture that creates the right mood and tone, 

Beth Webb

Beth Webb’s designs are always fresh, unique and help create spaces that feel like home. 

Whether it’s a pretty dining nook filled with light and accented with nature’s finest,

Beth Webb dining room

Or a more formal, traditional dining room perfectly executed, Webb handles every style with skill and grace. 

Beth Webb dining

It is each tiny detail,

Beth Webb kitchen

That comes together so seamlessly to create these picture-perfect spaces. 

Beth Webb dining

A table set in style for dining al fresco, 

Beth Webb office

A chic workspace with natural elements

Beth Webb office

And a home office well appointed for getting in a hard day’s work without ever having to leave your PJs, all come together seamlessly in Webb’s skilled hands. 

Beth Webb bedroom

The only thing better than a comfy, cozy master bedroom…

Beth Webb bathroom

Is a spacious and spa-like master bath!

Beth Webb bedroom

This Ponte Vedra home by one of our favorite designers makes us want to visit Florida for more than just the weather!

Beth Webb bedroom

What’s your favorite space? Hard to choose, isn’t it? For more of Beth Webb’s amazing style, check out her new book An Eye for Beauty


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I had to share my new, finalized book cover with my Design Chic friends! I can’t believe THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM will be out in the world April 3. Thanks to those of you who have already preordered! I’ll be announcing the dates for the beyond incredible Southern Charm tour in just a few weeks, so stay tuned! I’d love to see you at an event! 











The Decorated Home – Living with Style and Joy

Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

Good morning, lovelies! I just want to take a moment to thank all of you for making the Slightly South of Simple launch week more amazing than I even could have hoped for. I am so, so grateful to each and every one of your for buying books, coming to events, helping me spread the word and being all around fabulous.With two and a half more weeks on this first leg of tour, I hope to see you at an event in the future if I haven’t yet!Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

Want to hear something fun? Right down the street from my launch party at the gorgeous Society Social showroom in NYC, the fabulous Meg Braff was launching The Decorated Home Living with Style and Joy.

Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

She was so sweet to send us an early copy of this incredible coffee table book, and, as you can see for yourself, it is more than amazing!

green kitchen meg braff

Each page was more beautiful than the last. 

Meg Braff Coastal Living House Bedroom

From beautiful bedrooms…

Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

To pretty patterns, 

Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

Soothing blues…

Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

And calming color schemes, this book couldn’t get lovelier. 

Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

But the best part? Why, the cover of course! We couldn’t wait to get this baby on our table. It’s the perfect way to add a touch of summer to your coffee table! 

the enchanted home

One of the highlights of the past few weeks of book tour was this magical day in honor of Slightly South of Simple at the unfathomably beautiful home of our friend Tina from The Enchanted Home with some of our very favorite blogger friends, You May Be Wandering, PVE Design, The Relished Roost, Diane James Home, Pretty Pink Tulips, Preppy Empty Nester and Jeanne McKay Hartmann! From the flowers to the out of this world food to the beautiful gifts from everyone, this was the perfect way to celebrate the start of the book tour. We can’t thank you enough, ladies, for all of the support–and Tina for opening up your stunning home!

“I highly recommend Slightly South of Simple to the reader who appreciates the charm of Southern Literature. It’s one of the best.”

Katie, Preppy Empty Nester

House Tour: Bahamas, Marshall Watson-Style

Bahamas house tour living room

This post comes with a warning: You are going to want to go on vacation stat when you see it. 

Bahamas house tour dining

But, well, we suppose that’s what Marshall Watson Interiors had in mind when designing this gorgeous Bahamas home. 

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson dining room

Even in the photos, we can tell that it’s one of those places you walk in and instantly feel relaxed and free.

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson entrance

And that’s how the Bahamas should be, right? 

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson entrance

Um, is that a secret sliding bookcase? We NEED one of those! Doesn’t everyone, really? 

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson kitchen

And this color palette… It’s too good!

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson living room

The sophisticated yet relaxed furnishings lend that Bahamian air feel in total sophistication.

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson bedroom

Exposed wood ceilings make everything feel relaxed and just the tiniest bit rustic.

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson bedroom

Vacation homes shouldn’t take themselves too seriously. This charming bedroom is case and point!

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson bathroom

Under the sea, by the sea!

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson bedroom

A mix of prints and patterns brings this bedroom to life. 

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson bedroom

We love, love wide stripes. Do you? We think they add instant style!

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson porch

But, as much as we love the interior of this home, we have to say that this exterior is our favorite! 

Bahamas house by Marshall Watson porch


Photography: Francesco Lagnese

The pool… The chaises… The lushness all around… Who wouldn’t want to spend Spring Break lounging on this perfectly orchestrated porch? We know we would! 

If you love Marshall Watson as much as we do, you must, must check out his new book, The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors. Our copy just arrived, and it is fabulous! 

And speaking of books… Slightly South of Simple launches in less than three weeks! The lovely Katie Clooney at Preppy Empty Nester included it in her April Books, TV & Movies. She said, “I just finished it, and in a few words, I loved this book.” Thank you, Katie!