Timeless: Classic American Architecture

Good morning, chic readers! Happy February 15! We hope you had a great Valentine’s Day and, if you’re feeling the post-celebration letdown and are looking for something else to celebrate, we’ve got you covered: The launch party for my fourth novel The Secret to Southern Charm is one month from today at the historic Elizabeth Barnwell Gough House in Beaufort, SC to benefit the Pat Conroy Literary Center! Space is limited so get your tickets now! (Official release April 3 from Simon & Schuster.)

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If that wasn’t enough, one of our favorite architects, Patrick Ahearn, has a new book out. 

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Timeless: Classic American Architecture for Contemporary Living is an absolute gem, a must-have for every coffee table. 

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If you’re a longtime Design Chic reader, you know we have had a long-standing love affair with Ahearn’s work

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A coffee table book can sometimes be a bit of a “Will I love the book as much as the movie?” type of thing… 

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But we can confidently say that this compilation showcases some of Ahearn’s very best work–and we don’t have to tell you that we are always excited to see his new, unpublished designs!

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Relaxed, casual spaces perfect for breakfast with kids…

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More traditional, family dining areas great for hosting guests,

And charming entryways and mudrooms make for an ideal vacation spot. 

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We love the architectural details in Ahearn’s interiors, but the exteriors might be even more fabulous. 

A pretty poolhouse with with an idyllic fireplace is perfect for year-round outdoor lounging.

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Just, wow. Cedar shake has never looked better!

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Symmetry at its best. 

A perfectly manicured yard is the icing on the cake. 

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Needless to say, this is a book of dream houses–and ultimate inspiration. We know this is one we will return to again and again–and we think you will too! 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims in the tragic Florida shooting. 

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Resolving to read more this year? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, and preorder book 2, The Secret to Southern Charm, releasing April 3!  I’m so grateful for the support of my readers!

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In Good Taste: Kelly Nutt Interior Design

Kelly Nutt

Happy Tuesday, chic readers! We are so excited to share the good taste of Kelly Nutt with you today! Crisp, clean interiors with just the right amount of personality are hallmarks of this talented designer’s style. Take a break, take a peek, and let us know which space is your favorite!

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Thank you so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

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I can’t believe that The Secret to Southern Charm will be hitting shelves in less than two months! If you want to know a little more check out this video of me attempting to describe my new novel… In five seconds or less!

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The Valentine You Really Want…

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Visual ComfortEmily Jenkins Followill Photography

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had the best weekend and are rested and refreshed for a great week ahead. (Or are using the week to rest for another fun weekend… Either way!)

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Thomasville Furniture

 

We are so excited about Valentine’s Day this week. We love pink and champagne and chocolate, so it’s really kind of an ideal holiday, Hallmark-created or not. Plus, we love having a reason to celebrate!

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Ralph Lauren Home

 

Speaking of celebrating, with February halfway over, we are already thinking about a Spring full of celebrations.

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Barclay Butera for Lexington Furniture

 

Baby showers, engagement parties, book club events… There’s so much to look forward to–and Best Prices for Furniture is going to help us get ready for all of it!

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Carvers Guild

 

Shoppers have compared Best Prices for Furniture to the “Easy button” for furniture.

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Aidan Gray

 

It’s easy to see why. Best Price for Furniture combines hundreds of brands in one place and is set up so that many well-established dealers compete for your business by offering the lowest price, saving you hundreds or even thousands on those pieces you’ve been coveting!

 

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Kelly Wearstler for EJ Victor

Interior designers are available to help with your selections and white-glove delivery is available nationwide.

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Mr. and Mrs. Howard

Best of all, the service is free!

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Oly Studio

 

From Oly to Mr. and Mrs. Howard, Visual Comfort to Aidan Gray, all the brands that you’ve been searching for are available in one place from Best Prices for Furniture.

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Hancock and Moore

The only hard part is choosing which pieces to get first!

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Arteriors

If you suspect your Valentine might be a little behind on his or her shopping, now is a great time to get a quote and drop a little hint–in the form of a Best Prices for Furniture quote right in their inbox! When it comes to the gifts we receive, we like to leave little room for error.

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Brown Jordan

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Bar stools, a bench for the end of the bed and a desk for a soon-to-be office are just a few of the things we’re working on right now. What’s on your renovation wishlist?

Thanks for stopping by today, chic readers. We hope your Monday is marvelous!

Thanks a million to everyone who entered to win the 2 tickets to my The Secret to Southern Charm launch party in beautiful Beaufort, SC at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. We were blown away by the 740 entries we received! The winner was Allison Dunne. We can’t wait to celebrate with–and meet–you, Allison! If you want to join us in Beaufort, SC you can buy your tickets here. Your $75 includes a signed copy of The Secret to Southern Charm, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, my talk about The Secret to Southern Charm and historic preservation, the party at the incredible historic Elizabeth Barnwell Gough house in downtown Beaufort, a donation to the Pat Conroy Literary Center and a whole lot of memories! 

Take a peek at this video of me trying to describe The Secret to Southern Charm in 5 seconds or less!

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Places We Love: Beaufort, South Carolina

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There is so much to love about Beaufort, South Carolina. The Avenue of the Oaks.

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The historic Beaufort cottages.

The gorgeous design and architecture of newer homes by the crazy talented Allison Ramsey–who does chic, coastal style with tons of charm like no one else!

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And, on March 15, the launch of my fourth novel, the second book in the Peachtree Bluff series, The Secret to Southern Charm

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I visited Beaufort, SC for the very first time last year during a talk to a fabulous crowd at the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s author luncheon series. (We had the BEST time.)

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Amazing author Cassandra King invited me into the home she shared with her late husband, Pat Conroy, and, truly, stepping into their personal library was a moment I will never forget, something that I will tell my grandchildren about one day. 

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March 15, I will be back in beautiful Beaufort to launch my book at a fundraiser for the Pat Conroy Literary Center held at the incredible historic Barnwell-Gough house, currently owned by Mark and Alison Gouilloud. 

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Built in 1789, The Barnwell-Gough House is made of tabby—a cement mixture using oyster shells—covered with stucco, in contrast to Ansley’s home in The Secret to Southern Charm, and the homes she designs, which are mostly white clapboard. But their sense of history is what binds them. It is, after all, our pasts that make for the most compelling stories.

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I would love to see you there, of course! 

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So much so that I am hosting a giveaway of two tickets to the evening event, which includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a signed copy of The Secret to Southern Charm. 

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I’ll be making a fun talk that night about the journey to The Secret to Southern Charm and how the inspiration for the historical remodels that Ansley undertakes in the novels came from my own experiences renovating historic homes. 

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In addition to the two tickets, we are also going to provide one night’s lodging at the super cool City Loft Hotel (where we have booked a block for the night of March 15!).

After the fun of the cocktail party, spend the day touring Old Sheldon Church Ruins, visiting the St. Helena Memorial Gardens, the Gullah cemetery where Pat Conroy is buried, and shopping and dining in downtown Beaufort. It’s the perfect mini-getaway!

Enter to win TWO tickets to the launch event and 1 night at Beaufort’s City Loft Hotel by doing any or all of the following:

  1. Visit either my personal page, Design Chic or Kristy Woodson Harvey Author on Facebook and share the post about the giveaway and tag the friend you’d like to bring! (3 entries)
  2. Follow us on Instagram–@kristywharvey–and respond to the Instagram post by tagging the friend you’d like to bring. (3 entries)
  3. Preorder a copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM from your venue of choice and email me at [email protected] to let me know. (5 entries)

That’s it! We’ll close the giveaway on Saturday, February 10 at 10 am and announce the winner by the evening! Thanks so much for participating. 

If you don’t want to wait to find out if you’ve won, order tickets here


 

 

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Top 10 Pink Rooms for Valentine’s Day

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Cullman & Kravis Design

 

The last few weeks might have been all about green and blue (We’re watching the Super Bowl right now and this is a great game!), but the next couple will be dominated by pink and red. To get you in the Valentine’s Day mood, we thought we’d share 10 favorite posts with fabulous pink touches. They are full of inspiration! To see more of each space, just click on the links!

This living room is a perfect example of how to do “pops of pink” without looking too girly or overdone. 

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Domino Magazine

 

We don’t know which pink in this dining room is our favorite, the fabric or those hydrangeas. Fortunately, we don’t have to choose!

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Emily Followill Photography

 

A pretty shade of pink in a fun pattern adds loads of life to this dining room.

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Meg Braff Design

 

Pattern on pattern is always chic when it comes to pink. 

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Suzanne Kasler via Architectural Digest

 

The palest shade of pink is soothing and chic in this bedroom.

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Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

A white bedroom is always in style, and these hints of pink take it up a notch!

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Coastal Living Magazine

 

Love pink indoors? This Bahamas House totally embraces the pink look with a pale exterior that is eye-catching and beautiful!

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Our friend Elizabeth from Pretty Pink Tulips knows all about a splash of pink! Her favorite tulips add this season’s chicest color in any space–indoors or out. 

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BHG

 

Speaking of outdoors, this porch is pretty in pink for sure!

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Meg Braff Design

 

 A pink umbrella on a chic patio? Yes, please! This one has us in a summer state of mind!

Whether your team won or lost last night (or you were really just counting down the minutes until This is Us), we hope this pretty pink has started your day out on the right note–and has you dreaming of Valentine’s Day! Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

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In Good Taste: Erin Paige Pitts

We always start January full of intentions for how incredibly clean and neat and organized we’re going to keep our houses. And it always starts out great. 

But, like a six-times-a-week gym habit, sometimes the constant cleaning up after everyone just leaves us tired. 

And you just want to leave your shoes on the floor and not hang up your pants and leave dishes “soaking” in the sink. (Well, I do. Mom would never ever do any of the above things, so she doesn’t have to make house-related resolutions!)

If your enthusiasm is waning a bit as we round the February corner, don’t worry! 

These light, bright, clutter-free and perfectly organized homes from Erin Paige Pitts are drool-worthy enough to make you want to hop right back on those resolutions. 

Because we spend so much time designing them, planning and plotting them, making sure they are perfect… 

It would be a shame to sully that gorgeous marble island with that stack of mail that you didn’t quite have time to get to this afternoon. (At least, that’s what I keep reminding myself!)

Clutter-free spaces are the most calming, after all, so if one of your resolutions was to chill out, then making up your bed in the morning as soon as you get out of it may be a good start. 

And Peter Walsh’s Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight, says that you can lose ten pounds in six weeks by cleaning up. So skip the elliptical today, organize your shoe closet and take a bath. Killing lots of resolution birds with one stone!

 

We’ve always said that living your best life begins at home…

And the good taste of Erin Paige Pitts, certainly makes that easier than ever! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, chic readers. We always love seeing you here! 

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