Charming in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill

 

Here’s something you might not know about us: We bleed blue. Not cobalt blue or turquoise or aqua, but that particular beautiful baby blue of Carolina skies, of our alma mater, the University of North Carolina. 

 

Chapel Hill living room

 

There is so much to love about Chapel Hill: the Old Well, the Bell Tower, Franklin Street, and now this stunning home. When the amazing, talented, (super funny) Andrew J. Howard designed one of the gorgeous homes in Chapel Hill, NC, home of the Tar Heels and at least half of our hearts, we couldn’t wait to share it with you!

 

Chapel Hill dining room

 

And, let us tell you, his work, as usual, doesn’t disappoint. 

 

chapel Hill dining room

 

Fun and whimsical touches–like this bold wallpaper–make a show stopping statement that breathes new life into this historic home, 

 

Chapel Hill family room

 

While original features like beautiful moldings, fireplaces and floors, are accentuated, applauded and never overlooked. 

 

Chapel Hill family room

 

One of our most favorite things about Howard’s signature style is that he has an amazingly firm grasp of color–and he isn’t afraid to use it. From deep blues,

 

 

To sunny, happy yellows, a mix of tones and hues create a home that is historic but never, ever stuffy. 

 

Chapel Hill bedroom

 

There it is, our favorite blue! It isn’t a Chapel Hill home without a bit of Carolina blue, after all. 

 

bedroom chapel hill

 

Forget nooks. Howard creates moments, unforgettable spots for savoring life’s little pleasures–

 

 

And takes full advantage of every available space–and makes it fabulous!

 

 

One of our favorite towns… One of our favorite designers… We knew it would be a match made in heaven! (The southern part of heaven, that is.) We’re off to Pin these to our “favorites” board. How about you? 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love it when you stop by!

There might not be anyone in the world who loves her hometown quite as much as I do. All the amazing people of Salisbury, NC were so supportive and encouraging when I was growing up and continue to be so now. I am so proud and honored that my books, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM and SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE, were #1 and #3 on Rowan County’s 2018 BESTSELLER LIST. Thank you, thank you to Wendy Persse and everyone at South Main Book Company for handselling my stories all year long—and to all the readers everywhere who allow me to keep doing what I love year after year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Salisbury and Rowan County! There really is no place like home!

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

 

In Good Taste: Katie Leede & Co

Katie Leed abstract art

Good morning, chic readers! We thought you could use a few rich, fall hues to get your morning started off on the right note. But the gorgeous, good taste of Katie Leede is perfect for any season.

Katie Leede living room

Dreamy textures,

Katie Leede beach house

Unique accessories,

Katie Leede beach house

And the perfect, enviable details that make a space really shine are all hallmarks of this designer’s style.

Katie Leede living room

From modern spaces,

Katie Leede dining room

To those with a more traditional yet casual vibe,

Kaie Leede kitchen

Each and every space is wonderfully planned and altogether unique. 

Katie Leed bedroom

A stunning combination of color and texture makes this bedroom feel cozy and comforting,

Katie Leede bedroom

And antiques give it a sense of history.

Katie Leede bedroom

Large windows and unexpected art bring light and life to this space. 

Katie Leede bedroom

And a little boy’s bedroom becomes an imaginative haven–while still in keeping with the home’s signature style.

Katie Leede bathroom

This looks like the perfect spot to get cozy on a cool fall evening. Hoping you are savoring each and every day of yours!

Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here!

books

I will be in Pinehurst, NC Thursday as the speaker for the annual Neighbors of Pinehurst Book Club Luncheon. If you’d like a personalized copy of Slightly South of Simple, Lies and Other Acts of Love or Dear Carolina for yourself or for a holiday gift for a loved one, call The Country Book Shop at  910.692.3211, and I’ll be happy to personalize for you. Or preorder The Secret to Southern Charm! Signed copies will also be available through The Country Bookshop’s website


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In Good Taste: Pencil and Paper Co.

kitchen

For obvious reasons, we are all about family businesses. But few have captured our hearts as fully as Genifer and Benjamin Sohr of Pencil and Paper Creative Development Co.   

kitchen

 After 20 years of styling for Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret, Oilily and The Body Shop, this creative duo decided to bring their passions to Benjamin’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, in a business that would go way beyond interior design. From complete architectural renderings to Design “To Go” Packages, this pair has something to offer for every project.

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