House Tour: Carolina Cottage

Janie Molster Designs

Good morning, chic readers! We don’t know how the weather is where you are, but the past couple days here have been warm, sunny and absolutely gorgeous! We are having major Spring fever, savoring every second outside–and hoping that this warm weather is here to stay.

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

Whether you’re really having summer weather or just dreaming about us, take a little mini-vacation with us today to this beyond fabulous Carolina cottage designed by Janie Molster.

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

There is nothing like beach cottage, with all those historic touches, to take us back to beach trips of our childhoods.

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

The thing we love most about this home is how Molster mixes those sweet, nostalgic touches–like wood paneling–with bright updated style.

This island is the perfect spot for sandy feet and pimento cheese sandwiches!

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

Fresh watermelon and strawberries from a roadside stand become accessories in this kitchen. 

Exposed beams and painted floors lend a classic look, 

While bright linens lend fun, fresh vacation-worthy appeal. 

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

All I can say is that I wish I had seen this earlier… We had so many pairs of red Keds! What a fun way to incorporate them into the style.

Carolina cottage Janie Molster bathroom

Bold red and pretty marble update this bath, while hexagonal tile remains a throwback to a simpler time that’s still completely on trend.

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

Nothing says “beach retreat” like a fabulous kids’ room!

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

Beach towel goals!! We can’t decide which is cuter, the towels or the basket!

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

At the beach, driftwood really is the best accessory!

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

This utterly charming, classic exterior ties it all together–and, y’all, that view. This looks like the kind of place that has made a thousand memories and will make a thousand more. Thanks for touring with us today! We hope you love this Carolina cottage as much as we do!

 

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More About Under the Southern Sky

 

Recently separated Amelia Buxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Buxton Beach. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind.

 

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Favorite 2020 Kitchen Design Winners

Kitchen design winners
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | Interior Design: J. Wheeler Designs | Kitchen Design: LB Designs | Photography: Emily Followill | Stylist: Eleanor Roper

 

 

Of all the rooms in a house, the kitchen is certainly one of the most important. 

 

Kitchen design winners
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | Interior Design: J. Wheeler Designs | Kitchen Design: LB Designs | Photography: Emily Followill | Stylist: Eleanor Roper

 

 

And, lucky for all of us, kitchen design just keeps getting better!

 

Kitchen design winners with lanterns over island
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | Interiors: Linen & Flax Home  | Architecture: Gray Pup Designs | Photography: Emily Followill

 

 

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2020 Kitchen Design Winners have us sitting back, studying and taking lots of notes. 

 

Kitchen design winners with white range hood
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | Interiors: Linen & Flax Home  | Architecture: Gray Pup Designs | Photography: Emily Followill

 

 

(And pinning, pinning, pinning, of course!)

 

Kitchen design winners round dining table
Atlanta Home & Lifestyles | Interior Architecture & Design:  Joel Kelly and Wyeth Ray Interiors Architect: Summerour Architects | Emily Followill Photography

 

 

We are loving the serenity of these blonde wood looks,

 

Kitchen design winners island with hood over island
Atlanta Home & Lifestyles | Interior Architecture & Design:  Joel Kelly and Wyeth Ray Interiors Architect: Summerour Architects |  | Emily Followill Photography

 

 

The uniqueness of these materials and layouts,

 

Kitchen design winners island
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | Designers: Karpaty  & Melanie Turner Interiors  | Architect:  Ruard Veltman | Photography: Mali Azima

 

 

And the whimsy that statement lighting can bring.

 

Kitchen design winners
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | Designers: Karpaty  & Melanie Turner Interiors  | Architect:  Ruard Veltman | Photography: Mali Azima

 

 

What we love about these kitchens is how varied they are.

 

Kitchen design winners
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | Kitchen Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio | Interior Design:  Brian Watford Interiors | Photographed by Jeff Herr | Styled by Eleanor Roper

 

 

From eat-in islands,

 

kitchen banquette
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | Kitchen Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio | Interior Design:  Brian Watford Interiors | Photographed by Jeff Herr | Styled by Eleanor Roper

 

 

To built-in banquettes, there are so many ways to stay in and enjoy–something we know we’re all doing a little more these days. Which of these winners is your favorite?

 

 

My next novel, UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY, releases April 20! Booktrib named it a Most-Anticipated Read of 2021! It’s available for preorder now from your local bookstore or Bookshop.org, Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and everywhere books are sold!

 

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In Good Taste: Zoe Feldman Design

Zoe Feldman Design entry
Architects: Thomas & Cooke Lead Designer: Charlotte Ferguson Photography: Jenn Verrier

 

Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to share the gorgeous good taste of Zoe Feldman Design with you today. For us, this fabulous front door is a great introduction to some truly inspiring work!

 

Zoe Feldman Design white kitchen with beams
Architects: Thomas & Cooke Lead Designer: Charlotte Ferguson Photography: Jenn Verrier

 

 

Simplicity rules the day in this stunning kitchen.

 

Zoe Feldman Design white kitchen
Architects: Thomas & Cooke Lead Designer: Charlotte Ferguson Photography: Jenn Verrier

 

 

The combination of crisp white, distressed wood and touches of brass might be one of our very favorites.

 

Zoe Feldman design living room -Photographer: Stacy Zarin Goldberg
Stacy Zarin Goldberg Photography

 

We adore a super chic daybed. This one rounds out this living room perfectly, while letting in light from the window behind it.

 

Zoe Feldman design bar -Photographer: Stacy Zarin Goldberg
Stacy Zarin Goldberg Photography

 

This modern bar is pretty and practical,

 

Photography: Jenn Verrier

 

 

And an open space takes advantage of every bit of light.

 

Zoe Feldman Design breakfast nook Photographer: Stacy Zarin Goldberg
Lead Designer: Zach Stamatis |Stacy Zarin Goldberg Photography

 

 

A window seat becomes the perfect place for lounging with coffee,

 

Photography: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

 

 

And feeding a crowd is stylish and never too overdone in a Zoe Feldman-designed space.

 

Zoe Feldman Design kitchen Photographer: Stacy Zarin Goldberg
Lead Designer: Zach Stamatis |Stacy Zarin Goldberg Photography

 

 

Beautiful in black and white is a favorite kitchen statement,

 

Zoe Feldman Design kitchen -Photographer: Stacy Zarin Goldberg
Stacy Zarin Goldberg Photography

 

 

Pops of blue are always welcome–

 

Zoe Feldman Design butler's pantry- Photographer: Stacy Zarin Goldberg
Stacy Zarin Goldberg Photography

 

 

And we’re loving the inventive use of every square inch of space in this lovely galley kitchen.

 

Architect: Treacy Eagleburger Photographer: Stacy Zarin Goldberg Team: Zoe Feldman, Zach Stamatis

 

 

A pretty backsplash is the perfect finishing touch,

 

Lead Designer: Zach Stamatis |Stacy Zarin Goldberg Photography

 

And a dream closet is always on the top of our list! What about yours?

 

 

UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY, my April 2021 release, has been named a most-anticipated read for 2021 by Frolic Media, Booktrib, Bookstr and more! Have you preordered yet?

Two childhood friends discover that love—and family—can be found in unconventional ways in this timely, moving novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “beautifully Southern, evocative Peachtree Bluff series” (Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife).
From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind.

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10 Favorite Powder Rooms with Plenty of Pizazz

powder room designed by Kara Miller

 

Pretty, practical and perfect for guests, the powder room is a small space that can be big on style–

 

powder room designed by Kara Miller

 

And no one creates a powder room with pizazz better than Kara Miller!

 

powder room designed by Kara Miller

 

With statement mirrors,

 

powder room designed by Kara Miller

 

Wallpapers that wow,

 

powder room designed by Kara Miller

 

Chic sconces,

 

powder room designed by Kara Miller

 

And big-on-style fixtures, 

 

powder room designed by Kara Miller

 

These highly pinnable powder rooms are full of inspiration!

 

powder room designed by Kara Miller

 

From fabulous and patterned,

 

powder room designed by Kara Miller

 

To pretty in pink,

 

powder room designed by Kara Miller

 

And even playful in palms, these powder rooms are ones we want to look at again and again–and emulate in our own houses! Which is your favorite?

 

Brantley & Co

 

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

 

Don’t forget! Time is running out to preorder my April 20 novel UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY and receive:

*An “I Read Kristy Woodson Harvey” Tote Bag

*A Pair of Southern Sky Sunnies

*A 5×7 Card of the Maren Devine Painting of the Book Cover (So framable!)

*Two quote cards by MeSweens Writes (Also super framable!)

*A Signed Book Plate

This is a great way to preorder and still have a fun gift waiting under the tree! Promotion ends December 15, or while supplies last. And they are going fast!

Just fill out this form to receive your treats!

Today I’m doing a super fun giveaway with @adailydoseofclass for my entire Peachtree Bluff Series, a copy of FEELS LIKE FALLING, a FEELS LIKE FALLING candle, an advance copy of UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY, a tote bag and a pair of Southern Sky Sunnies! Head over to Instagram to enter!

 

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House Tour: A Lauren Liess Designed Farmhouse

Lauren Liess living room

 

Yesterday we toured a fabulous country home filled with rustic charm and all the trappings of a traditional farmhouse

 

Lauren Liess living room

 

Today, we’re so excited to share this slightly different twist on country living with a stunning Lauren Liess designed farmhouse.

 

Lauren Liess kitchen

 

Rustic beams and plenty of wood have that classic country feel,

 

Lauren Liess kitchen

 

While more modern elements lend an air of laid-back cool.

 

Lauren Liess dining room

 

It’s the perfect juxtaposition!

 

Lauren Liess dining room

 

A modern chair pairs perfectly with a rustic dining table for the ultimate in farmhouse chic,

 

Lauren Liess dining room

 

While plenty of light makes the space feel open and bright.

 

Lauren Liess entry

 

Every vignette serves a purpose and is brimming with personality,

 

Lauren Liess dining room

 

And a well-curated gallery wall creates that collected feeling that adds a sense of place and history. 

 

Lauren Liess library with dark paint

 

If we were going to dream one room into existence, it would, hands-down, be a library

 

Lauren Liess library dark paint

 

A cozy space just for reading and filled with all our favorite volumes right at arm’s length. But, then again, this home is full of dream spaces…

 

Lauren Liess bedroom

 

And spaces for dreaming.

 

Lauren Liess entry

 

We adore this country house and can’t think of a better place to spend our fall days. What about you?

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

Architect:  Thomas French

Builder: Daniel Valencic of Great Jones Build

Photographer:  Helen Norman

There’s still plenty of time to preorder my seventh novel, UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY and get a super cute “I Read KWH” tote! Just order from your favorite independent bookstore or online retailer and fill out this form to get yours!

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Looking to cozy up with a good book this fall? You can WIN a dozen wonderful novels–including my latest, FEELS LIKE FALLING! Enter here!

 

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MORE ABOUT FEELS LIKE FALLING:
It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy. Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy. Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience. With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all. In her warmest, wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.

In Good Taste: Amber Interiors

 

Good morning, chic readers! We don’t know about you, but the cooler temps here having us feeling fall in the best possible way and looking forward to luxe layers, fire pits and changing leaves. (And, yes, PSLs!) When it comes to good taste in any season, Amber Interiors always hits the high notes of style–but we’re loving the warm, cozy touches in these spaces for nights by the fire, hot toddies and curling up with a good book. We always miss summer… But bring on fall, y’all! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you loved the gorgeous good taste of Amber Interiors as much as we did! Thanks for spending your fall with us!

Tessa Neusstadt Photography

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

 

THREE more days until I announce the winners of the FIRST UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY giveaway of three copies of FEELS LIKE FALLING and a FEELS LIKE FALLING candle!

Preorder Under the Southern Sky and fill out this form to receive a signed bookplate, 5×7 cards of Under the Southern Sky Quotes by Mesweens Writes and gorgeous 5×7 card of the Maren Devine painting of the Under the Southern Sky cover–and be automatically entered in allll the giveaways!

UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY GIVEAWAYS:

September: 3 Winners Will Receive a Copy of Feels Like Falling and a Feels Like Falling Candle

October: 25 Winners Will Receive a Pair of Under the Southern Sky Sunnies

November: 1 Winner Will Receive a Fabulous Box of Sea Oats Candle CompanyGoodies including Candles, Soap, and Room Spray

December: 25 Winners Will Receive an I Read KWH Tote Bag

January: 2 Winners Will Receive a Set of SIX Books from Gallery Books (A mix of advance copies and new releases) including an advance copy of Under the Southern Sky

February: 25 Winners Will Receive and I Read KWH Tote Bag AND a Pair of Southern Sky Sunnies

March: Laura Park Tote Bag and Beach Towel

April: Surprise Grand Prize!

And lots of other fun surprises along the way!

 

Head over to Instagram to enter our super fun giveaway with Southern Sugar Bakery!

 

 

 

House Tour: Laura Hodges Studio

Laura Hodges Studio office

 

If you liked yesterday’s chic chat with Laura Hodges, this gorgeous house tour will leave you swooning. This pretty in pink office is the stuff dreams are made of, and we are having serious office envy that we’re hoping to turn into office inspiration! We hope you enjoy every ounce of this stunning home as much as we did. Step inside and then take another peek so you don’t miss a single detail!

 

Laura Hodges Studio kitchen

 

Laura Hodges Studio kitchen

 

Laura Hodges Studio dining room

 

Laura Hodges Studio living room

 

Laura Hodges Studio breakfast room

 

 

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Wednesday, August 5

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Browseabout Books Virtual Event, 5 pm EST

 

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Friends & Fiction LIVE 7 pm with Elin Hilderbrand. I’m hosting!

 

 

Chic Chat: Colleen Waguespack Interiors

Sarah Essex Bradley Photography

 

Good morning, chic readers! Great taste and great interview answers? We can’t think of a better combination. Colleen Waguespack really wowed us with her heartfelt answers to our questions. We loved getting to know her better–and especially loved learning about the incredible Emerge Center that she led the Capital Campaign for. You’ll adore her as much as her gorgeous work! (Don’t miss the fab boat at the end. It will take you away no matter where you are today!)

 

1. How did you get started as a designer?

I grew up in New Orleans where the arts and cultural scenes are so strong and I was always fascinated by the creative expression that was all around me —- literally, everywhere! I went on to major in Interior Design in college and found that curriculum allowed me to incorporate my love of fine arts, graphic design, and architecture into one discipline. During college I took summer internships in Dallas and then in London and started out as a project designer in corporate architecture firms in Washington, DC once I graduated.

 

2.Where do you get your inspiration?

I probably look to fine arts more than any other area to get inspiration for my projects, though I am certainly looking all around me everywhere I go. A successful painting has to have the right balance, be expressive, and tell an entire story. I find a point in every vacation to sneak off to the nearest museum to study its collection. I love modern art just as much as the masters and in the Interior Design field, I’m equally comfortable and happy to work with antiques and with modern pieces.

 

3.Do you have a favorite project to date? 

I do have a favorite project —- it’s one that’s close to home here in Baton Rouge, LA and it’s the client that I have worked with the longest since starting my residential Design career. In so many ways we have grown up together as we met the first day our sons started 1st grade together and now they’ll be seniors in high school next year. Our tastes have evolved together —- we’ve travelled, dieted, shopped, and raised our kids all the while working towards her dream home which we are finally finishing this year. At this point we laugh that we have “the same brain”. On our last trip to New York I insisted that she travel light and we showed up with matching pajamas and basically matching outfits for the duration of the trip.

 

4.What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?

Time management. Running a successful business and managing a family – my husband and I have three boys – can be incredibly rewarding but it is definitely a challenge. In addition to my design firm Colleen Waguespack Interiors, I founded our home accessories business Fig & Dove. So let’s just say that my schedule is a busy one and I sometimes have to struggle to keep myself from being pulled in too many directions at once!

 

5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?

In 2012, with no previous experience in fund raising, I led the successful capitol campaign to build the Emerge Center: an early intervention center for children with speech and communication delays and autism, here in Baton Rouge. After living through the first five years of my middle son, Christopher’s diagnosis with autism, and running our extended family ragged getting him to different locations within the city as well as other states to get the therapeutic services he needed, I realized the best possible success for a child AND their family was to provide “all services under one roof”. Using this simple concept and setting up one-on-one meetings with donors to explain our mission, we were able to raise the funds needed and open the doors of the Emerge Center in under two years. Today the Center is thriving: it is a beautiful piece of architecture (so my previous design experience was put to good use), receives grants for research, has added a charter school , and most importantly is a warm and nurturing environment for families to get their children the critical care needed from experts in the field. I will always look back fondly on these years and hope all three of my boys never forget what we were able to accomplish. I always say, I have one son on the spectrum, but raised three boys on the playground of the Emerge Center.

 

6. Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?

I am always inspired and grateful to those designers who are successfully running a design studio as well as a retail shop that allow them to work from their carefully curated assortments. They take the time to travel globally and search for the one of a kind furnishings and accessories that add character and depth to our projects. Of those, my current favorites are Rose Uniacke (London), Margaret Naeve (Houston), and Amy Meier (Rancho Santa Fe). My historical favorite has been Vincent Wolf whose furnishings, accessories, and coffee table books have always found a way into my projects.

 

7. Go-to paint color?

Benjamin Moore/ Wind’s Breath/ OC-24. It has a chalky look and just the right amount of warmth to create a “white room” that is clearly not white. Everything looks good with it- antique furniture and modern- it’s the perfect backdrop.

 

Ebooks or hardbacks?

Hardbacks! I would never risk my electronics in the tub and I’m a tub and bedtime reader. I spend way too much time on my phone and like to think it’s put away before I get into bed.

 

M&Ms or Skittles?

M&M’s- with the peanuts! I steal all the little bags out of my kids’ Halloween candy.

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee- and Cool Brew! New Orleans has always served true cold brew and I even still have an original “toddy” complete with the instructions showing a 1960’s housewife making it. I use coffee with chicory to make it extra thick, but the Cool Brew brand is authentic New Orleans.

 

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