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Feeling Fall with Fabulous Friends

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This month, we’re welcoming fall, in our homes and in our lives overall. We don’t know about you, but, for us, welcoming fall means opening the windows, letting fresh air in and savoring the crispness in the air.

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Welcoming fall is about adding cozy throws and great textures and favoring shades of tan and pumpkin, gold and creams, the richer hues that correspond so well with the changing leaves and the sun that’s setting just a little earlier already.

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Fall is also a fabulous time to celebrate the change of seasons with a fun soiree, which, of course, means getting the kitchen in tip top shape.

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We’ll admit it: We like to leave the cooking to the professionals. But the right, gorgeous cookware that makes the food taste as good as the pots and pans look is a necessity when getting ready for a change of season celebration.

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I’m in the market for new barstools right now, and these adorable cushions welcome fall in this kitchen with aplomb! A pretty (and delicious!) arrangement of seasonal fruits and veggies makes for a stunning centerpiece, no flowers required.

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One of the things on our minds right now is hanging some new pieces of art to really get our houses party ready. These fall tones are very of the moment!

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Speaking of works of art, what a perfect setting for a fall fete!

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When it comes to parties, getting dressed is half the fun! This Tory Burch outfit hits all the high notes of equestrian style. 

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Speaking of animal-inspired fashion, this display at Kate Spade is so fabulous! It seems like leopard is everywhere we look this fall. So we must include it in our outfits!

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While cocktails and dinner are always fabulous, sometimes having a few good friends for a great cup of coffee is all it takes to turn an ordinary day into a celebration. A mix of antique silver and new pottery, we couldn’t love this juxtaposition any more!

Tom Ford Favorites for Fall

 

Our friend (He’s so not our friend. But girls can dream, right?) Tom Ford has assembled the ultimate fall collection for making our faces look fabulous no matter what the season holds. 

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And the brilliant minds from BHG have so many great tips for the perfect paint tips to transform any home for fall. We’re obsessed with Golden Ginger. It may very well be the new not-quite-white we all need so much!

Do you have any plans for fall celebrations? 

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If you’re looking for the perfect books to add a little warmth to your Fall, check out my latest novel, Slightly South of Simple (Simon & Schuster, 2016) or preorder The Secret to Southern Charm (Simon & Schuster, 2017) so you’ll have reading to look forward to this Spring!

 

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Library Restaurant in Cashiers, NC

The Library Restaurant and Bar - Cashiers, NC

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend. We had the most fun on our trip to Cashiers, NC last week. We think it is certainly one of the most beautiful spots in the country. 

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We rented a house on the property of the High Hampton Inn and Country Club, which, incidentally, was the setting for the remake of Dirty Dancing. From the youngest to the oldest, we all loved this beautiful spot, with its hiking, lake activities and charming dining hall that seems like a throwback to a simpler time. 

Buttermilk Pie with Bing Cherry Compote

One of the highlights was our dinner at Library Restaurant – Cashiers, NC, a new favorite!

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

Owned by Chicos founders Marvin and Helene Gralnick and the utterly charming Liz Klapdohr and Chef Johannes, the restaurant is eclectic, warm and as inviting as its owners.

 

The stunning chandelier in the bar area is the only thing that survived Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans Chicos location. It stands proudly lighting this beautiful yet chicly rustic space, which was originally a members only club where people could drink legally during Prohibition.

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The bacon-maple rosemary popcorn and vegetable house chips with romesco sauce are not to be missed.

And the garden salad, marinated vegetables, toasted pecans, and passion fruit-tupelo honey vinaigrette go way beyond basic salads. 

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The east coast oysters with bloody mary- wasabi vinaigrette, memo chives and lime dust are transformative. 

Library Restaurant Cashiers, NC

But, beyond the food, which was, we all agreed, among the best we have ever had, we have seldom felt so welcomed and so at ease in a space–even with a five year old. 

Buttermilk Pie with Bing Cherry Compote

Liz regaled us with a kitchen tour where my little guy got to have his Library hat signed by all of the chefs. He was thrilled!

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And there was even a delectable gourmet children’s menu with meals made from all of the same local ingredients as the main menu. 

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And the dessert was legendary. We had this buttermilk pie with bing cherry compote–and a brownie with ice cream–and they were the perfect sweet complement to a truly extraordinary meal. 

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But perhaps the best part of this extraordinary restaurant was the incredible art, created by owner Marvin Gralnick.

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It is abstract, fun and completely fabulous.

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The art is the perfect juxtaposition to the interior of the restaurant.

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And a good reminder to relax…

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

And be happy, which, once you visit the Library, you really can’t help but be both of those things. When it comes to summer vacations, this one was tops. Do you have any fun trips planned for the summer?


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Heading on Vacation?  Barnes and Noble has a BUY 2 GET THE 3RD FREE SALE and Slightly South of Simple is included!  

What design bloggers are saying about Slightly South of Simple (Currently on the Buy 2, Get 1 Free Promotion at Barnes and Noble!): 

“Kristy’s books are wonderful southern fiction and all of them have a mother daughter element that makes you reflect on your own relationship with your mother.  Her writing has touched me personally, and not just because I live in Charlotte and Kristy is a North Carolina native… I am now starting her third novel that debuted in April, Slightly South of Simple, and just like the others two books, I can’t put it down!” —Sarah Sofia Productions

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Things We Love: Copper!

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From cooking to gutters to a yummy Moscow Mule, copper is one of our favorite, fabulous versatile metals. And when it’s on a farmhouse sink,  we completely smitten! Take a look at some of our other favorite uses! 

 

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Happy Thursday, friends!



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Crazy for Copper

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Happy Monday, friends! We hope that you had a wonderful Valentine’s weekend — and are staying warm! Speaking of love… from cooking to gutters to a yummy Moscow Mule, copper is one of our favorite, fabulous versatile metals. We’ve never seen the metal used for pendants, but we absolutely love it!

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Terra Cotta Properties – Red Papaya Blog

If a whole pendant is too much, we adore the look of a copper and glass pendant. These light each work surface beautifully.

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