Tips for Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom Retreat

spa-like bathroom
Architectural Digest – Scott Frances Photography

 

Good morning, chic readers! As the world spins faster and we get busier, it becomes increasingly important for our homes to be the soothing retreats we need to unwind. There’s no place where that is more important than in the first place you see in the morning and the last place you visit at night: the master bathroom. Take a peek at some of our favorite tips for creating a spa-like master bathroom retreat. 

spa-like bathroom
Architectural Digest -Photo: Pieter Estersohn

 

  1. Maximize Light. If you have the luxury of a bathroom free from neighbors, natural light is one of the fastest ways to make a bathroom feel open, airy and spa-like. 
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Architectural Digest – Pieter Estersohn

 

2. Invest in Quality. There are some rooms in the home where you can get by with scrimping, but, in the bathroom, where everything from floors to faucets to drains get a ton of use, it makes sense to invest in the best quality you can afford. (Even still, you never know when a problem like a blocked drain can arise, so it’s a good idea to have your favorite plumber’s number on hand!)

spa-like bathroom
S.B. Long Interiors

 

3. Glam it Up. From beautiful brass or stainless accents to pretty light fixtures, a little glamour can go a long way!

spa-like bathroom
Beth Webb Interior Design

 

4. Don’t Forget Storage. There’s nothing worse than creating a stunning bathroom only to have it filled with clutter. Plenty of storage ensures that hair irons and toiletries stay out of sight but readily available.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

5. Make it Feel Like Home. Depending on what kind of feel you want your bathroom retreat to have, incorporating vanities that feel like furniture and comfort items like chairs from other rooms can really make your bathroom comfortable and in keeping with the tone of the rest of your home. 

spa-like bathroom
Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

6. Make a List of Must-Haves. In any room, it’s important to focus on your priorities. For us, it’s always the bathtub and the light fixtures, but whatever your priorities are, make sure to put them in the budget first so you know where to splurge and where to save. 

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Tammy Connor Interior Design

 

7. Don’t Forget the Architectural Details. As with any room, it’s the details that really make a room memorable. In a spot with so much moisture, art can be tricky, so focusing on fabulous molding and woodworking details adds interest.

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Beth Webb Interior Design

 

8. Make it Comfortable. Maybe it sounds obvious, but any room that you want to feel like a sanctuary should be comfortable! We love this sweet and cozy vanity stool!

spa-like bathroom
Architectural Digest -Photography William Abranowicz

 

9. Play it up with Pattern. Let’s face it. Bathrooms can be boring. In a room where you want to stick with a simple palette, a little bit of pattern can go a long way toward defining a space. 

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Beth Webb Interior Design

 

10. Keep Your Favorite Essentials on Hand. Our favorite tip is the simplest: Make sure keep your favorite spa-like essentials on hand. Pretty sponges, favorite bath salts and that shampoo that makes your hair feel like you’ve just had a keratin treatment are inexpensive luxuries that add so much to your bathroom without a bit of demo!

What are your favorite ways to make your bathroom feel like a retreat?



The Secret to Southern Charm

Speaking of Southern Charm, if you haven’t checked out my Peachtree Bluff Series, beginning with Slightly South of Simple and continuing with my latest release, The Secret to Southern Charm, what are you waiting for? Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to get up to day on the Murphy girls and Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a town where the breeze is warm, the sun is shining, and nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems!

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

 

 

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In Good Taste: Creative Tonic

Remember when “Southern decor” meant an overload of needlepoint, fake florals that weren’t fooling anyone and displaying so much of Grandmother’s silver that you couldn’t even see the buffet below it? 

Well, (thankfully!) those days are no more, and the duo behind Creative Tonic, Courtnay Tartt Elias and Lila Chumbley Malone, is doing its part to create Southern homes that incorporate all the elegance and tradition we love in Southern design while making it up to date and fresh, fresh, fresh! 

This kitchen is just one very elegant example. 

We love the texture these barstools add to this marble kitchen (and are partial to them because we have these Serena & Lily beauties too!). 

And the statement lighting is just one of many elements that blends these open spaces while still making them feel distinct from one another. 

But Creative Tonic isn’t a one-note team. These two are pros at creating spaces that fit their owners’ wants and needs. 

Elias in particular is known for her use of color, and this dining room is just one example of her keen eye and understanding of something that can be a bit tricky.

Symmetry in a bedroom can make it feel so serene–

And we probably don’t have to tell you that we’re a little partial to the UNC pennant that’s a perfect part of this decor! 

If the clothes make the man, we’re pretty sure that the closet makes the clothes… This one is utter perfection! 

Talk about powdering your nose in style… This bath might be small on space, but it is big on taste! 

A pretty pale lavender is the perfect complement to this marble bath–and brass accents add to the warm feeling. 

All we know is that the fabulous team behind this Houston firm is taking Southern style to a whole new level–and we couldn’t love their good taste any more! 

What Black White + Kuhl is Saying about The Secret to Southern Charm:

While the book release date is not until April 4th, I was lucky enough to get an advance copy from Kristy to read and share with my book club. We plan to meet for dinner in a few weeks and share our reviews and discussion highlights in an upcoming post. This is the second book in the Peachtree Bluff series (Slightly South of Simple was the first) telling the story of Ansley her three daughters. I can’t wait to find out what happens to these women as their story of love, loss, relationships and second chances continues! —Michelle Black White

 

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Alexa Hampton Interiors

 Alexa Hampton Interiors via Dering Hall

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope all the mothers out there had a fabulous Mother’s Day. (We know we did!) If you’re in need of a little pick-me-up after all the festivities, look no further.

Alexa Hampton‘s gorgeous style and impeccable taste infuse all of her work, lending it her signature warmth perfectly suited for family living,

While still maintaining the trappings of elevated style.

From unexpected pops of color that create a unique and modern look, 

To traditional palettes that impart a sense of classic style, 

From a tiny vignette

To an entire home, 

Hampton’s good taste is evident in every room that bears her mark. 

It’s no wonder that she is frequently seen on Architectural Digest‘s AD100 and House Beautiful‘s Top Designer List.  

With a diverse range and flawless eye, it’s no wonder that Alexa Hampton is becoming a legend in her own time. From modern spaces infused with color to more neutral palettes that lend classic charm, interior designer Alexa Hampton tackles every space with grace and poise, elevating it to the next level. What’s your favorite Alexa Hampton space? 

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today! We always love seeing you here!

The secret to southern charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Livings best beach reads, to slip in you tote.

COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! 

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Places We Love: Huff Harrington

Huff Harrington living room

Good morning from the road, amazing readers! We hope you are having a great day. We are so excited to be heading to High Point Market this Saturday. I’ll be at the Codarus showroom from 2-4 signing The Secret to Southern Charm, so if you’re at the market, come say hi! Codarus is located in IFHC H220.

Huff Harrington kitchen

We have lots of other fun events coming up (more listed below and full tour schedule here), including an amazing event at the gorgeous Huff Harrington in Atlanta on April 30 from 1-3. 

Huff Harrington kitchen

Owners and designers extraordinaire Ann Huff and Meg Harrington will be presenting on their favorite entertaining and decor ideas, I’ll be chatting and signing The Secret to Southern Charm and there will be plenty of fun sips and snacks. So come see us!

Huff Harrington dining room

In the mean time, check out Meg and Scott Harrington’s gorgeous home!

Huff Harrington bathroom

Their 1930s Brookhaven cottage is the ultimate downsize, a gorgeous compilation of all the things the couple loved and just the right size for empty nesters. 

Huff Harrington living room

We love the homey, cottage feel of this stunning home. 

Huff Harrington house

It absolutely oozes with charm–and elements of everything that Francophile Meg loves!

Huff Harrington porch

These talented ladies were also a part of the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles’ 2017 Southeastern Designer Showhouse. 

Huff Harrington porch

While Ann and Meg’s Huff Harrington home away from home is filled with so many fabulous things, we think we love their eye for art best of all!

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The work they feature is always swoon-worthy and their fine art is a real hallmark of their style and shop.

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Ann, Meg and I would all love to see you at gorgeous Huff Harrington April 30! 

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love it when you do!

 DON’T FORGET, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM IS AVAILABLE FROM YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE, ANY OF THE FABULOUS BOOKSTORES ABOVE OR AT INDIEBOUND, AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE OR WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD!

The Secret to Southern Charm Tour!

April 13: Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library Book and Author Luncheon, Pfeiffer University, Highway 52 North, Misenheimer, N.C.  28109,  hosted by Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library, tickets are $30.00 for Friends members and $40 for nonmembers; Tickets will be available on the University’s website in mid-January. They will also be available by calling the Advancement Office at 704-463-3034, event from 11:00 am-1:15 pm, open to the public

April 14: Signing at High Point Furniture Market, High Point, NC, Codarus Showroom, IHFC H220, 2-4 pm 

April 16: The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387, 5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 17: SC Entertainment Television talk in Kinston, NC, private

April 17: Sips and Sweets, Community Council for the Arts, 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC, 100% of book purchase price will be donated to CCA, to reserve a copy or purchase a copy to pick up at a later date, call (252) 527-2517free and open to the public

April 19: Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library,269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, MD 21403, event contact is Amanda Spino, 410-222-1770, [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to the public

Apr. 20: Launch of Literary Luncheon series at The Annapolis Bookstore, 53 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, Contact is Mary Owen, 410-280-2339, [email protected]

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 341-282-9232; 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]rary.org, 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

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It’s the Big Shopbop Sale 

There is so much to love at this big sale.  Take a Peek:

matching sets 

the pretty pastels

hand-held handbags

slingback shoes

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Southern Charm at Codarus

towels and rugs at Codarus Showroom
Abyss & Habidecor

 

Good morning, friends! Did you have a fabulous Spring Break week? We hope so! We had an absolute blast on the first week of The Secret to Southern Charm tour and were so thrilled to see so many of you out on the road!

Annie Selke at Codarus Showroom
Annie Selke

 

We know that a ton of you are planning to go to High Point Market this weekend. So are we! I will be signing The Secret to Southern Charm at the Codarus Showroom, IFHC H220, from 2-4 pm, this Saturday, April 14!

Moss Studio at Codarus Showroom
Moss Studio

 

If you’re there we’d love to see you.

Square Feathers at Codarus Showroom
Square Feather

 

Not only is this a fun opportunity to meet some of my (most stylish!) readers, but Codarus is a fabulous place to spend a day! 

sidetable from Hanley Drive furniture at Codarus Showroom
Handley Drive

 

Hosting some of our favorite brands, from Handley Drive to Pom Pom at Home, Barbara Cosgrove to Annie Selke–two of Ansley in The Secret to Southern Charm and Slightly South of Simple’s top picks–Codarus is an overload of pretty! 

Barbara Cosgrove at Codarus Showroom
Barbara Cosgrove

 

Needless to say, there is shopping along with the book signing. 

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Ave Home

 

Bedding and accessories, furniture and lamps…

bedding from Lili Alessandra at Codarus Showroom
Lili Alessandra

 

It’s almost too good!

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Soicher Marin via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Will you be at High Point Market? If so, what bits and pieces are not to be missed? I’d love it if you’d stop by and say hello! 

Wishing you a fabulous week!

Other fun happenings coming up this week: (For the full tour schedule visit my author site!)

April 9:  “Books and Bites” at Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL with sandwiches and tea, organized through The Book Loft, 214 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, “meet and greet” with signing, contact events person is Christy LeLait, [email protected], store: 904-261-8991, 11:30 am, open to the public

April 9: The Bookshelf, 126 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792, Book Clubs and Beach Reads: A conversation with Kristy Woodson Harvey, wine and cheese provided,  Contact Ashley Sherlock [email protected], [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to public

April 10: “Books and Bites,” Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Gulf County, 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, contact is Nancy Brockman, [email protected], 850-229-8879, 12:00-2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 10:  Sundog Books, 89 Central Square, Seaside, FL  32459, Contact Dwan Dawson-Tape, 850-231-5481, [email protected], 4:00-5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 11: Dothan Country Club,”Lunch and Learn,” 200 South Cherokee Avenue. Dothan, Alabama, $20 ticket includes buffet and author presentation. Call 334-791-2706 or email [email protected] to rsvp. Ticket paid for at the door , 11:30 am CST, open to the public

April 11: Bay Point Book Clubs’ Cocktails with Kristy, 5:00 pm, private

April 12:  St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon, 218 Bunkers Cove Rd, Panama City, FL 32401, 11:30 am, private

April 13: Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library Book and Author Luncheon, Pfeiffer University, Highway 52 North, Misenheimer, N.C.  28109,  hosted by Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library, tickets are $30.00 for Friends members and $40 for nonmembers; Tickets will be available on the University’s website in mid-January. They will also be available by calling the Advancement Office at 704-463-3034, event from 11:00 am-1:15 pm, open to the public

April 14: Catawba College Dinner, Salisbury, NC, private

April 14: Signing at High Point Furniture Market, High Point, NC, Codarus Showroom, IHFC H220, 2-4 pm 

If you haven’t ordered The Secret to Southern Charm, signed copies are available from Buxton Books in Charleston, SC,  (843) 834-6575 and are available at your local independent bookstore INDIEBOUND, AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE OR WHOEVER BOOKS ARE SOLD!

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A Chic Seaside Retreat–With Plenty of Southern Charm

seaside entrance

The Secret to Southern Charm has officially out in the world. You can pick up your copy at your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or online at Amazon or any of your other favorite retailers. In the meantime, we wanted you to explore the home of my interior designer main character, Ansley Murphy, and get a little better feel for her aesthetic.

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We picture Ansley’s aesthetic to be light, bright, streamlined and coastally chic.

seaside dining room

In the historic, fictional town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, Ansley designs not only the yachts coming in and out of the harbor, but also the historic homes that line the picturesque downtown.

seaside dining room

When Ansley’s three daughters come home–grandchildren in tow–that can only mean one thing: lots of family dinners! This is just the type of comfortable yet chic dining room that Ansley would love. 

seaside living room

In her own home and in her redesigns, Ansley’s aesthetic is very natural with well-chosen pops of pretty colors. This green and yellow is absolutely lovely.

seaside dinng room

Wide-plank hardwood floors and windows that let in plenty of light are hallmarks of some of Ansley’s prettiest redesigns. 

seaside bedroom

Of course, with all of those kids home, Ansley’s bedrooms are getting quite a bit of use! We picture this as the perfect master retreat where Ansley can get away from it all…

seaside bedroom

And a sweet blue color palette is perfect for soothing Sloane’s nerves while her husband is deployed. 

seaside bedroom

A chic–and a touch Bohemian–canopy bed would suit Emerson, the youngest, actress daughter’s personality to a tee. We love the mix of antique and new!

seaside porch

But the best part of Ansley’s house? This gorgeous, waterfront porch, of course, where she can sit with her daughters and her mother and sort through all the big decisions they are making over the year that will change their lives–and their family–forever.

We want to thank you for being such loyal readers of Design Chic and hope that you will take the time to read The Secret to Southern Charm. It’s perfect for lounging beach- or poolside or a gift for Mother’s Day, graduation, wedding guests or bridesmaids! 

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of my latest title, The Secret to Southern Charm from your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold! 

Images via Phoebe Howard Design

Come See Me on the The Secret to Southern Charm Tour! For full tour dates, visit my author site!

April 5: Kiawah Reads talk and signing,  Sandcastle Community Center, 23 Beachwalker Drive, Kiawah Island, SC29407, beverages and light snacks, Contact Mandi Danker [email protected] for tickets, 11:00 am, open to the public

April 5: Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, 509 S Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506, Contact Mary Wiser, Friends of Florence County Library, 843-413-7065,  [email protected], 6:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: Moveable Feast through Litchfield Books; Litchfield Beach, SC, contact is Vicky Crafton, 843-237-8138, [email protected], 11:00 am with signing at bookstore at 2:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: “The Secret to Southern Charm at Woodhouse Day Spa,” Woodhouse Day Spa, 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, wine and nibbles, Contact is Kimberly Powell, 843-203-1772, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, open to the public

April 7: Wine, Women & Wisdom, Southern Style, launch of this luncheon series at Buxton Books, 2A Cumberland Street, Corner of Concord and Cumberland, Charleston, SC 29401, Contact Polly Buxton, [email protected], 843-696-5050, noon-2:00 pm, open to the public

April 8: Southern Sweet Tea Author Talk & Book Signing at Summerville Library presentation Dorchester County Library, 76 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, SC 29485, tea, water, lemonade, and pastries served; Contact is Leslie Koller, [email protected], 842-871-5075 ext. 220, 2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 9:  “Books and Bites” at Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL with sandwiches and tea, organized through The Book Loft, 214 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, “meet and greet” with signing, contact events person is Christy LeLait, [email protected], store: 904-261-8991, 11:30 am, open to the public

April 9: The Bookshelf, 126 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792, Book Clubs and Beach Reads: A conversation with Kristy Woodson Harvey, wine and cheese provided,  Contact Ashley Sherlock [email protected], [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to public

April 10: “Books and Bites,” Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Gulf County, 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, contact is Nancy Brockman, [email protected], 850-229-8879, 12:00-2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 10:  Sundog Books, 89 Central Square, Seaside, FL  32459, Contact Dwan Dawson-Tape, 850-231-5481, [email protected], 4:00-5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 11: Dothan Country Club,”Lunch and Learn,” 200 South Cherokee Avenue. Dothan, Alabama, $20 ticket includes buffet and author presentation. Call 334-791-2706 or email [email protected] to rsvp. Ticket paid for at the door , 11:30 am CST, open to the public

April 11: Bay Point Book Clubs’ Cocktails with Kristy, 5:00 pm, private

April 12:  St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon, 218 Bunkers Cove Rd, Panama City, FL 32401, 11:30 am, private

 

 

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