Tour a Southern Lowcountry Cottage

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Peter Frank Edwards Photography

 

Tour a Southern Lowcountry Cottage

coastal living magazine

 

gray kitchens

 

30 Rooms Gorgeous in Gray

dering hall

 

dining room

 

A Favorite Tour of Our Readers Part 1 and Part 2

design chic

 

organized kitchen

 

Nadine Redzepi’s Secrets to an Organized Kitchen

remodelista

 

bedroom matelasse

 

Styling Your Matelasse

parachute

 

Christmas gifts from Kate Spade

 

Kate Spade’s Holiday Gift Guide

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pink handbag from Tory Burch

 

Favorite Pieces in Pink

tory burch

 

beach books

Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my new Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple pick up a copy before The Secret to Southern Charm (NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!) releases April 3, 2018!

HAPPY WEEKEND, FRIENDS!

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Fall Gardens for Every Style

fall gardens roses
Architectural Digest

 

As the summer heat gives way to the cooler air of fall, one of the greatest gifts is getting to see the new things blooming in our yards. It is one of our very favorite things about the change of seasons. 

fall gardens
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

It’s the perfect time for refined landscapes like trimmed hedges and neat, clean manicured boxwoods.

Fall Gardens
Architectural Digest

 

We love gravel pathways any time of year, but the crunch underfoot feels especially satisfying come fall. But be sure to have a few rakes on hand for keeping up with those beautifully hued fallen leaves. They’re perfect for making piles and leaf jumping!

Fall Gardens
Architectural Digest

Another of our favorite looks for fall is the naturally beautiful look of wildflowers, which are as simple to grow as spreading perennial wild flower seeds. They are as gorgeous inside in vases and simple jars as they are in the yard. And the more you cut them, the more they grow!

fall gardens
New England Home Magazine

 

A pretty cobblestone path is the perfect complement to a lush and luxurious fall garden. The hues of fall are everywhere in this lovely landscape. 

fall gardens dining
Architectural Digest

 

From big yards to patio containers, from the big to the small, there’s no wrong place to create a pretty fall garden with your favorite foliage.

fall gardens dining
Architectural Digest

 

It’s the perfect weather for dining al fresco–and a garden surrounding the table is the best accessory!

fall gardens
Architectural Digest

 

From a wild yet tame mix of flowers and foliage,

Fall Vegetable Garden
BHG

 

To a perfectly planned spread for eating and picking all season long,

fall gardens planters
Debra Phillips – Scentimental Gardens

 

To a welcoming planter done exquisitely well, when it comes to plants, there’s no wrong way to welcome fall. 

What is your favorite fall plant? 

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Best Small Towns in the South and More

Best Small Towns in the South

 

Best Small Towns in the South for Retirement

southern living

 

 

 

Back to School Slow Cooker Recipes

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book - The Secret to Southern Charm
The Secret to Southern Charm

 

The Cover Reveal for My New Novel The Secret to Southern Charm

kristy woodson harvey

MORE ABOUT MY BOOK:

Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically-acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances that proves why she is the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).

Did you hear that book #2 is ready for PREORDER? To celebrate, we are giving away a $100 Amazon gift card! The winner will be announced September 18!

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White House, Big Charm

White House
New England Home Magazine

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a wonderful day and that, if you are in the path of Irma, you are staying safe. And friends affected by Hurricane Harvey, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you rebuild. 

White House
Architectural Digest

 

All of this crazy weather really has us thinking lately about how important our homes are to us, how they protect us and give us a refuge from the stresses and pressures of the outside world. It’s something we don’t recognize as much as we probably should until they are threatened.  Learn more about latent defects insurance.

White House
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

These stunning white houses are full of charm and character. They are welcoming spaces that we are certain beckon their owners home each night. While we focus a lot on interiors, on how our favorite cozy chair and that painting we couldn’t take our eyes off of make us feel a certain way, the exteriors of our house can–and should–do that exact same thing. 

White House with dormers
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

If a home should be anything at all, we think it should be welcoming. Window boxes and a trellis covered in vines are two of the best ways we can think of to take a home’s exterior from plain to positively darling. It’s simple touches like this that make a home feel loved and lived in. And don’t our special spaces deserve to be cared for?

Rob Lowe's White House
Architectural Digest

 

We all know that bigger isn’t always better and good things can come in small packages, but this stunning facade is positively breathtaking. The symmetry is spectacular.

White House with hydrangeas
New England Homes Magazine

 

That being said, there’s something undeniably charming about a lack of symmetry. Maybe it’s because hydrangeas our are favorite flowers, but we think this giant display is breathtaking. We love them in any shade, but these pretty blues and lilacs top our list.

white house
BHG

 

Landscaping is obviously one of the most important ways to make your home feel unique. While we love flowers and big blooms, there’s something stately about a classic cluster of Boxwoods flanking the front door. Well-maintained foliage always contributes something special to a home’s exterior and gives the sense that there is a staid, lovely interior beyond the front door.

White House with red door
Architectural Digest

 

We are suckers for black and white, but a splash of color is always welcome. A set of red front doors adds an undeniably farmhouse feel to this impeccably manicured lot.

White House
BHG

 

There’s no doubt about it: Adding exterior color increases curb appeal. Plus, it’s easy to tell visitors that yours is the house with the red roof! Porches add character in droves and make for great porch sitting, especially during the cool fall months. 

 

What are your favorite ways to add character to a home’s exterior? Do you have any home improvement projects on your wish list?

Thank you so much for stopping by today. We always love seeing you!

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9 Easy Home Improvements Under $100 and Weekend Sales

home improvements

 

9 Easy Home Improvements Under $100

real simple

 

travel + leisure

 

The hotels, cities, and islands in Travel + Leisure‘s World’s Best Awards

travel + leisure

Slightly South of Simple book

Thank You For Making Slightly South of Simple a National Bestseller

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Now available in Audiobook – perfect for vacation traveling!

 



 

WEEKEND SALES

 

 

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A Cottage by Tammy Connor Designs

Tammy Connor Interior Design cottage living room

Summer may be coming to an end, but we think the fall is one of the absolute best times to enjoy a seaside cottage, like this beautiful one from Tammy Connor Designs. 

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage living room

If you’ve ever seen a winter sunset at the beach, you know what we mean.

Tammy Connor Interior Design cottage dining room

And there’s something really special and unique about curling up with a cozy throw and a good book inside a beautiful home and watch the water go by.

Tammy Connor Interior Design cottage kitchen

This is the kind of place where we would love to do just that!

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage hallway

We think the best beach cottages have a little bit of history, the feeling that generation after generation has loved them and made them feel like home. A gallery wall of family photos and treasured memories adds that exact feeling to this charming spot.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

When we think of beach cottages, we think of simplicity, especially because they are generally closed up for at least a part of the year. These built in nightstands are a great touch.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

A distressed wood headboard adds to the coastal feel.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

Twin bedrooms are practically a requirement for a cozy beach cottage. 

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

Unexpected three-dimesional objects can become art when used correctly!

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

A single leaf makes for a perfect, simple accessory!

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage

Chunky baskets are the perfect place to store those cozy throws and stacks of books we were talking about curling up with!

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

If a twin bedroom is good, a built-in bunk room is so, so much better.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

Curtains and storage make these spots cozy and private for guests of all ages.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage bedroom

We love using a desk as an end table for sending postcards home.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage porch

As perfectly coastal as the interior of this home is, the outside is even more incredible. There’s no better place than a swing to watch the waves crash to the shore.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage porch

And a screened porch is perfect for keeping the mosquitoes at bay.

Tammy Connor Interior Design beach cottage

This picture-perfect cottage is the right mix of old and new, modern and rustic for relaxing all year long. What’s your favorite part?

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


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