House Tour: Beach Cottage Chic

Dearborn Builders Inc., Residential Projects

With summer officially here and beach season in full swing, we thought it made sense to tour an amazing beach house today–as if we need an excuse! This home designed by the talented Tory Haynes and built by Dearborn Builders is the perfect mix of updated beauty and that classic, beach cottage chic that makes this the kind of place we would want to come back to again and again.

Dearborn Builders Inc., Residential Projects

Juxtaposition is one of our favorite things in pretty much all facets of life, and this kitchen nails it! This range is like a gorgeous piece of jewelry and the blue backsplash is an update on a classic style. The drawers and cabinets are a simple throwback. We absolutely love them!

Dearborn Builders Inc., Residential Projects

Speaking of a throwback… Get out the puzzles, please! Beach time is made for board games and card games and seeing who can find the corner pieces. We love the idea of putting away the electronics for some real bonding.

Dearborn Builders Inc., Residential Projects

Is this dining porch amazing or what? This is simple beauty in all its glory. Forgive us for staring!

Dearborn Builders Inc., Residential Projects

Wood paneling and exposed brick are beach house touches that make a house feel like a home. This one is so incredibly inviting!

Dearborn Builders Inc., Residential Projects

Here it is again in the bathroom, that mix of modern and classic that makes us adore this home so very much!

Dearborn Builders Inc., Residential Projects

Why have a sink when you can have a wash basin?

Dearborn Builders Inc., Residential Projects

The neutrals are so great here, and we love the addition of the perfect beach blues throughout.

Dearborn Builders Inc., Residential Projects

We are big, huge fans of an outdoor shower, and this one looks so fun! The stripes are adorable and add a whimsical touch to the classic exterior of the home.

cottage

The outside is just as big on beach house style as the inside is. We don’t know about you, but we could move right in–at least for the summer! Do you like classic touches in a home or are you a fan of more modern styles?

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

 

The Secret to Southern Charm

TALK AND SIGNING

If you are in the Raleigh area, I will be at Quail Ridge Books on Thursday, June 21 at 11am for a TALK and SIGNING with the fabulous Mary Alice Monroe. We would LOVE to see you there!

 

More The Secret to Southern Charm Events

June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public

June 21: Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, 11 am, Talk and Signing with Mary Alice Monroe

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 3: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event

Tour a Cottage Retreat on Lake Burton

 

 

Tour a Cottage Retreat on Lake Burton

atlanta homes & lifestyles

 

 

Creating a Spa-Like Bath

studio mcgee

 

 

Dining Al Fresco Memorial Day Weekend

serena & lily

WEEKEND SALES

 

Up to 40% Off Sale  – shopbop

Extra 40% off Sale Items + 20% Off New Items anthropologie

40% Off Sitewide  j crew

Up to 70 % Off Warehouse Sale + 20 % Off Sitewide – one kings lane

Up to 40% Off Sale  – neiman marcus

20% Off  Sitewide  serena and lily

Up to 40% Off Sitewide – nordstrom

Up to 40% off saks fifth avenue

EXTRA 20% Off Designer Sale – moda operandi

Favorites for the Homedesign chic

SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

Designing a Bathroom with Coastal Style and More

serena & lily Coastal Style

 

Designing a Bathroom with Coastal Style

serena & lily

 

 

 

Using Pastels to Create a Beautiful Bathroom

dering hall

 

One of our Favorite Artists, Kendall Boggs, hosts 40% off Sale in Time for Mother’s Day! Follow her on Instagram at @kendallboggs or email kbdr @ aol.com. 

the Secret to Southern Charm

Thank you, Simon and Schuster for choosing THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM for your Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

 

WEEKEND SALES

Buy More Save More  – shopbop

Extra 25% off Sale Items  anthropologie

30% off   j crew

Up to 70 % Off Warehouse Sale one kings lane

25% Off Semi-Annual Sale  – neiman marcus

Up to 60% Off  serena and lily

New Items Added to  Salenordstrom

Up to 70% off saks fifth avenue

Favorites for the Homedesign chic

New Spring Arrivals moda operandi

Click on Each Image Below to Learn More About the Product:

COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! 

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Tour a Bellport Beach House and More

 

 

Tour a Bellport Beach House

remodelista

 

 

 

Kitchen’s with Statement Making Hoods

dering hall

 

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Here are some great gift ideas to tell Mom thank you for what she does all year long. Happy weekend, friends!

Gifts for Mom

But our favorite gift idea of all? The Secret to Southern Charm, of course!
WEEKEND SALES

Buy More Save More  – shopbop

Extra 25% off Sale Items  anthropologie

30% off   j crew

Up to 70 % Off Warehouse Sale one kings lane

New Items Added to Sale  – neiman marcus

Up to 60% Off  serena and lily

New Items Added to  Salenordstrom

Up to 70% off saks fifth avenue

Favorites for the Homedesign chic

New Spring Arrivals moda operandi

Click on each image Below to Learn More About the Product:

If you want to know a little more about my new novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (Simon & Schuster, April 3, 2018) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 60 seconds. No major commitments here!)

 

COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! IT’S BEEN AN AMAZING FOUR WEEKS .

 

For more inspiration visit our Instagram and Pinterest and our Top Ten Posts of 2017 here!

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

In Good Taste: Carpenter & MacNeille

house-and-garden- Carpenter & MacNeille

Good morning, readers! Are you having a good day? I am in Parma, Ohio, today, a suburb of Cleveland, preparing to speak at the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

wood house -Carpenter & MacNeille

If you are in the area, I would love to see you at 7pm this evening! 

Carpenter & MacNeille

In the meantime, take a peek at the good taste of Carpenter&MacNeille Architects and Builders.

kitchen -Carpenter & MacNeille

 From gorgeous chef’s kitchens that would make even the worst cook want to spend more time behind the stove,

kitchen -Carpenter & MacNeille

 To fabulous architectural details like rustic beams that set the tone for the entire home,

kitchen -Carpenter & MacNeille

Carpenter & MacNeille is masterful at creating spaces that reflect a family’s style. See more of why we love them here and here

Carpenter & MacNeille

 Light, bright and beautiful, touches of wood and stone give this home a mountainous feel but still make it seem airy.

dining -Carpenter & MacNeille

The right touches make somewhere new seem lived in and loved through time, the perfect combination of old and new.

paint -Carpenter & MacNeille

This dog has the right idea! Window seats are some of our favorite places for resting. (And this dog looks like it was designed to go in the house!)

bathroom -Carpenter & MacNeille

There’s no better combination than Carolina blue and white — especially during basketball season! Switching it up with blue trim is a fun touch.

wood -Carpenter & MacNeille

 And this tub is the most relaxing focal point we can imagine!

living-room -Carpenter & MacNeille

Sitting by the fire has never looked so good. A game table is a great way to incorporate family fun.

kitchen -Carpenter & MacNeille

With an outdoor space like this, who needs to go inside at all? This space is amazing!! We think you will agree that the work of Carpenter & Macneille is in good taste.  Happy Tuesday, sweet friends!

 

Looking for a gift for Mom for Mother’s Day?  Pick up a copy of The Secret to Southern Charm.  It’s the perfect Mother’s Day read!

Click on each image Below to Learn More About the Product:


SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

Tour a Stunning Home in Connecticut 

 

 

Tour a Stunning Home in Connecticut 

new england home magazine

 

 

Design on a Dime Sneak Peek

dering hall

 

Serena & Lily - porch dining

 

Perfect Spot for Dining Al Fresco

 – serena & lily

 

The secret to Southern Charm

I just wanted to thank you so much for all of your support during these first two week of The Secret to Southern Charm Book Tour.  My novel  became a Target Fiction Bestseller and National Bookscan Bestseller!  Thank you,  for helping to make my dreams come true, for telling your friends and writing reviews, for hosting and coming to my events . . . I am here today because of you, and, even though we may not have ever met, I count you as one of the people I am most grateful for every day.

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR!

 

April 21: Bethany Beach Books, 99 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19967, Time: 11:00AM-1:00PM

 

April 22: Reading at ROOT, Manasquan, NJ, please register through BookTowne, Contact is Maribeth Pelly, [email protected], 732-722-7255, 3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 23: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, free but registration required at http://westervillelibrary.org/events?event=29771 or by calling the library at 614-882-7277 ext 4; 7:00 pm, open to the public

April 24: Meet Author Kristy Harvey at Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH 44129, organized by Cuyahoga County Public Library, Contact is Billy Kelly, [email protected], 216.749.9359, 7:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 26: “Books and Bites,” Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin, North Carolina 28734, Light refreshments will be provided, 12 pm, free and open to the public

April 29: Viva Wine Bar, 168 Exchange Street Pendleton, SC 29670, contact is Sally Martin, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30: The Secret to Southern Charm: Kristy’s tips for living a beautiful life, inspired by Southern interior design and entertaining; Huff Harrington Home Store, 3872 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, refreshments provided; Contacts are Meg Harrington and Ann Huff: [email protected], 404-467-0311 , 1:00-3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30,: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St, #138, Woodstock, GA 30188, contact Gary Parkes, [email protected], 770-516-9989, 6:30 pm

May 1: Reynolds Plantation Linger Longer Cultural Series, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr., Greensboro, GA 30624, contact Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected], 5:00 pm

May 2: Charleston, SC UNC Alumni Event

May 5:  Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Party, Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event; The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits three Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contest and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live.;  Contact Jamie Anderson at Downtown Books, 252-473-1056, [email protected]; 4:00 pm, open to the public

May 10: Children’s Cancer Partners Fundraiser, Cornelius Yacht Club

May 21: Sassee Reads Books Club Chat

June 13: Raleigh, NC Read & Go program, Tour of Salisbury, NC based on Lies and Other Acts of Love, Raleigh Parks & Rec,(919)996-4723

June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private

July 25: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm

WEEKEND SALES

Buy More Save More  – shopbop

Extra 25% off Sale Items  anthropologie

30% off + 10% off Full Price  j crew

Up to 70 % Off Warehouse Sale one kings lane

New Items Added to Sale  – neiman marcus

30% off Pacifica Collection  serena and lily

New Items Added to  Salenordstrom

Up to 70% off saks fifth avenue

Favorites for the Homedesign chic

New Spring Arrivals moda operandi

SaveSave

Tour this Beach Bungalow on the Gulf of Mexico

 

 

Tour a beach bungalow on the Gulf of Mexico

coastal living

 

 

Creating a Stylish Laundry Room

dering hall

 

 

 

Stunning Beach Photography from Judith Gigliotti

one kings lane

 

 

 

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta Recipe

pumpernickel & rye

 

 

 

Exploring the Beauty of Banff

goop

 

In case you missed our makeover with Serena & Lily take a peek and bonus:

GET 20% OFF EVERYTHING AT THE FRIENDS & FAMILY EVENT! 

_________________________

Getting ready for  Spring Break?  My latest novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, releases on April 3, right in the thick of Spring Break! And, Southern Living just named it one of its “Best Spring Break Reads.” Hooray! Now is the perfect time to preorder!

The Secret to Southern Charm - beach book
Click on each image Below to Learn More About the Product:



SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Coastal Chic Makeover with Serena & Lily

Good morning, chic readers! It’s here, it’s here! Serena & Lily’s Friends and Family 20% off sale. You could say we are a tiny bit excited…. We love all that is Serena & Lily (We know you do too!) and, there is no better time than their annual sale for a quick coastal spruce, right?

Serena & Lily makeover

Whether you live at the coast, have a beach house or are simply looking to add a little bit more of that coastal vibe into your house (vacation all the the time, anyone?) Serena & Lily is the one-stop shop for all that is fabulously coastal without being kitschy. If you’re looking to add a little beach to your life, check out what we did! 

Serena & Lily in the Bedroom:

 

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

 You know how sometimes you move somewhere and you get like 90% finished with everything and you just run out of steam? There’s no doubt that decorating can be a total joy. But it’s also a creative process and it can just burn you out. We were sort of like that with this guest room in our Beaufort house. We loved this gorgeous shell console and had the beginnings of a nice guest bedroom. We just needed to add in a few coastal touches!

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

One of our favorite looks is a bed with no footboard–and something fun at the end. A chaise, a pair of chairs and a bench are all nice choices. For us, nothing could top this stunning Shore Bench from Serena & Lily.

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

It’s perfect for a guest room in particular because it gives guests a place to sit to read, watch TV or simply put on their shoes. Isn’t it the perfect touch? Just add a Monaco throw in a beachy color, a couple Sarasota pillows and voila! Your guests will never want to leave!

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover before

(Before)

This little area in the guest bedroom was particularly troubling. It needed a console, desk or table that fit the space and a lot of pizazz!

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

After looking at consoles and tables and chests and desks, we decided to go with something a little bit different… a bar cart! In this case, the South Seas Bar Cart from Serena and Lily. We love using pieces we love in ways that are a little bit unexpected. Here, styled with favorite books and accessories, this bar cart becomes perfect for a bedroom. (And, hey, you can always roll it out for a party!) We love a little height and, for a space that can’t have a lamp, this vase works well.

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

 But we think this Artichoke Table Lamp takes the cart to a whole new level! A previously neglected chimney wall becomes a focal point–with plenty of coastal flair! Plus, we love adding extra light wherever we can.

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

Bedding is paramount, of course. In a guest room and especially a guest room on the coast, we love keeping things light and bright. The detail on the Savoy Embroidered Duvet Cover and Shams adds interest while maintaining that relaxing, airy feel. These linens are positively luscious! (Read: Our guests will never want to leave!)

Serena & Lily in the Kitchen:

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

(Before)

Of all the rooms in this remodel, the kitchen was by far the biggest transformation. With seven layers of linoleum, no island, no windows and 1960s appliances, it needed some help. We loved the remodel, but it needed a little something. 

It’s amazing how just one tiny element can completely change the look of a room–and add so much coastal chic style! The Riviera Counter Stool in natural is just that extra touch that made this kitchen feel like, well, a day at the beach! The stools added much-needed warmth, perfect for spring. We can see flip flops and sandy towels in this kitchen’s future!

Serena & Lily in the Bathroom:

 

Serena & Lily  bathroom makeover

(Before)

My son’s bathroom upstairs was another case of major renovation and salvation. Converted from a closed-in upstairs porch to a bright, sunny spot for a little boy was so much fun.

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

Nothing says “coastal” quite like teak. This darling Teak Step Stool is pretty and practical, making it easy to reach the sink. Rope baskets are the ultimate in coastal touches. The large one makes a perfect dirty clothes hamper! 

Serena & Lily in “Blogging Central”:

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

This converted laundry and storage room is actually one of the most-used spaces in the house. Little Will does art and homework there and these chaises with lucite trays are perfect for working. The Brahms’s Mount Herringbone Throws at the end of the chaises are absolutely stunning, give a finished look and feel–and were one of the first things we ever bought for the house. That just goes to show that, when you get your “before” right, with gorgeous pieces from Serena & Lily, you don’t even need an “after!”

If you are looking to add a hint of coastal style to your space, Serena & Lily’s 20% off sale is not to be missed! Let us know what you pick–and we’d love to see how you use Serena & Lily in your coastal home makeover!

Photos By Smith Hardy

Click Each Image to Shop!


A Few More of Our Favorites From Serena & Lily


Getting ready for  Spring Break?  My latest novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, releases on April 3, right in the thick of Spring Break! And, Southern Living just named it one of its “Best Spring Break Reads.” Hooray! Now is the perfect time to preorder!

The Secret to Southern Charm - beach book

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave