10 Favorite Andrew J. Howard Designed Family Rooms

Andrew J. Howard Interior Design living room with cathedral ceiling


We all have designers whose work we admire,


Andrew J. Howard Interior Design blue and white Living room


Whose images we want to study and ooh and aah over again and again. 


Blue and white living room Andrew J. HOward Interior Design


But we love it most when we find designers whose work we adore–and would want to implement in our own homes. For us, Andrew J. Howard is one of those designers. 


Andrew J. Howard Interior Design blue and white living room


He isn’t afraid to put a TV over a fireplace


blue and white living room Andrew J. Howard living room


And chooses (gorgeous!) textiles that are also family friendly and durable.


Andrew J. Howard Interior design living room


The father of two young sons, Howard knows how to create a home that is both beautiful and functional.


blue and white living room Andrew J. Howard


We love Howard’s use of color,


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And how pattern is always a part of the equation.


living room Andrew J. Howard


His designs aren’t simply meant to be looked at–although, yes, that’s our favorite part!


Andrew J. Howard living room pink and white


They are meant to be enjoyed, used, lived in and loved for years to come. Do you have a favorite Andrew J. Howard space? We love them all!


See More Favorites From Andrew J. Howard HERE.  His own home is a MUST SEE!


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I am so excited to announce my seventh novel, UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY, which releases April 20, 2021. The official cover reveal is coming September 22, exclusively on NetGalley, and we’ll be revealing it here on September 23, so don’t miss the fun!



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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In Good Taste: Tom Scheerer ‘s MORE DECORATING

Tom Scheerer light blonde wood with floor lamps on either side of sofa


Whatever their subject, coffee table books are some of our favorite ways to lavish our friends and families over the holidays. A gorgeous book is a gift that can be enjoyed all year round.  Don’t miss the beyond beautiful book, More Decorating  from designer Tom Scheerer. Your coffee table (and gift recipients) will thank you!



From coastal chic that wows, 



To whimsical touches that entertain,



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To moments that define a house,



More Decorating is full of inspiration for every space. 



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Palm Beach Style is very of the moment,



And a beach house gets a facelift for a new generation while keeping old memories in tact, in Scheerer’s new work. 



From the laundry room,



To the bathroom, More Decorating will make you want to do just exactly that!


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Great news, Kindle readers! Slightly South of Simple is now available on Kindle Unlimited. If you haven’t started my Peachtree Bluff Series, now is the perfect time 🍑 And, oh my goodness, thank you to all who have downloaded! Slightly South is 

still #1 in Southern Fiction.

The Huffington Post said of Slightly South:
“Writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.” I’d love it if you checked it out!




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January 3-5, 2020: Best of Our State with Our State, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC. Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Pinehurst Resort. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year. Click here for more information and tickets. 

January 30, 2020: “Southern Lunch Event” with Mary Alice Monroe and Kristin Harmel. In Conversation with Kristina McMorris. Hosted by Adventures by the Book. 12 pm, Claim Jumper, San Diego, CA

February 1, 2020: SuperBook Weekend Adventure, Aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA. Click here for more information and tickets.

January 21, 2020: United Way Pitt County Annual Fundraiser, Greenville, NC.
February 13-16, 2020: Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA.
February 22, 2020: Ladies Luncheon and Signing Event at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC
April 28, 2020: Feels Like Falling Releases! We are working hard on the Feels Like Falling tour. We can’t wait to share all tour dates with you in January! Please let us know if you want the tour to come to your city. 





In Good Taste: Marianne Simon Design

Marianne Simon Design entrance hall

Marianne Simon Design


The Holy City got a little chicer last August.


Marianne Simon Design office


The über-talented Marianne Simon expanded her Seattle firm to Charleston, SC, and all we know is that these two cities are very lucky.


Marianne Simon Design kitchen


Since 2005, Marianne and her team have been spreading design love throughout the country. 


Marianne Simon Design kitchen


From new construction to total renovations, this firm has handled it all–and earned plenty of accolades while doing so. 


Marianne Simon Design kitchen


Marianne’s eye for timeless style, 


Marianne Simon Design bathroom


Combined with touches of the new and the unexpected, 


Marianne Simon Design bathroom


Helps her create homes that are showstopping and unforgettable. 


Marianne Simon Design bathroom


With the right mix of luxe and laid-back, 


Marianne Simon Design bathroom


Not a single detail is overlooked. 


Marianne Simon Design bathroom


Not even the view. 


Marianne Simon Design bathroom


We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what this talented designer does next. And, as Southerners, are looking forward to seeing a few old Charleston gems come back to life under her care. 

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In Good Taste: Amber Interiors

Amber Interiors living roomGood morning, chic readers! We hope your Tuesday is off to a terrific start. If not, all of that is about to change! Chic, 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 of Amber Interiors Design Studio is your favorite!

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Amber Interiors dining room


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Amer Interiors attic bedroom


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Amber Interiors bathroom
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My new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, releases May 7, 2019! While you’re waiting, catch up on the series with this great sale at Barnes & Noble!

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Also, don’t forget… 

Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble.  


June 1, 2019 Peachtree Bluff will be “taking over” Beaufort, NC, the town on which it was based. Every single person who preorders between now now and will be registered to win:

*Two tickets to the Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover and Tour–on Beaufort’s signature double decker red buses!

*Two tickets to the farm-to-table dinner and launch party under the stars at the Beaufort Historic Site

*Two nights lodging in Beaufort, NC

Just send an email with proof of purchase to [email protected] to enter!

Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

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In Good Taste: Hendricks Churchill House & Interiors

Hendricks Churchill office

We don’t know about you, but we love homes with history, with a sense of time and place and a style all their own. 

Hendricks Churchill entrance

Maybe that’s what first drew us to Hendricks Churchill House & Interiors.

kitchen Hendricks Churchill

These designers’ eye toward preserving the best of the old while incorporating the new is nothing short of fabulous. 

Hendricks Churchill kitchen

Beautiful wide-plank hardwoods make a statement in this kitchen and a stove with an antique feel adds to the charm. 


Lower ceilings make this kitchen feel cozy, while pendant lights add a pop of color. 

Hendricks Churchill entrance

Talk about unique art! An old anchor and a coil of rope make for fabulous decor!

Hendricks Churchill hallway

Some architectural details simply make a house. These floors and those unique transoms and windows are the perfect backdrop for a showstopping design. 

Hendricks Churchill bathroom

We love the sense of history that Hendricks Churchill brings to its spaces–even in the bathroom. Antique light fixtures and an antique rug juxtapose with new fixtures for a custom look. 


And a sunny porch in a classic color is perfect for the long, lazy summer days ahead.

Hendricks Churchill laundry room

A flower sink is one of our dream home items. Everyone needs a place to cut fresh flowers!

White trim is fine, but this fun aqua adds so much personality!

Hendricks Churchill bedroom

While a more classic color adds old world charm. Do you like a bit of traditional style in your decor? Or are you more modern?

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



Readers and design lovers, listen up! The annual Beaufort Historical Association Tour of Homes–and its fabulous accompanying events–is coming up soon! Come see my friend Mary Alice Monroe and me and take part in an incredible brunch with all-star interior designer Marshall Watson! We are so excited to have him in Beaufort, NC! Get your tickets from Beaufort Historical Association!


In Good Taste: Shelley Johnstone Design

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I am having such a great time in Chicago

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and the surrounding area on Day 23 of my tour and I’m excited about

Shelley Johnstone Design - kitchen

an event at the Evanston Public Library this evening. 

Shelley Johnstone Design -kitchen with brass hardware

 I can’t be in Chicago without thinking of the talented

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Shelley Johnstone, who we talked about here.

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How beautiful is this space?

Shelley Johnstone Design

it is quite nearly impossible to even look at Shelley’s gorgeous designs without feeling fabulous.

Shelley Johnstone Design

And her backyard is the ultimate oasis. 

Shelley Johnstone Design

This is where I want to be relaxing at the end of my tour!

Shelley Johnstone Lake Forest Shophouse

If you love Shelley’s designs as much as we do, you don’t want to miss the 17th Biennial Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens , open daily, April 29 through May 21.  The Showhouse is produced by the Lake Forest Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, and Shelley has designed the fabulous dining room!

Slightly South of Simple

If you’re looking for a gift for Mother’s Day, don’t forget Slightly South of Simple.  These are wrapped and ready for lots of special moms! Happy Tuesday, friends!

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Upcoming Tour Dates:

Thursday, May 11: Jefferson’s Gifts, Greenville, NC, 310 W 9th St, Greenville, NC 27834, Wine Tasting and Signing, 5-7 pm, for information call (252) 355-5600

Friday, May 12: Meredith Lewis’s home, Wilmington, NC, Mimosas and Muffins, 10:00 am-12 pm

Friday, May 12: Signing at Neuse Sports Shop, Kinston, NC, 5-7 pm

Saturday, May 13: Beaufort Linen Co., Beaufort, NC, Mother’s Day Muffins and Mimosas, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, free and open to the public

Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day Sip and Sign, Winder, GA Private Home

Monday, May 15: Signing, Meet & Greet, Avid Book Shop, 1662 S. Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30606, 5:00-6:00 pm, Contact: Rachel Watkins, [email protected]

Tuesday, May 16: Reynolds Plantation Girls Night Out Event, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr. Greensboro, GA 30624, Contact: Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected],

Wednesday, May 17: River Hills Country Club, 1 Country Club Dr., Lake Wylie, SC 20710, 12 pm, Contact Sue Foster, vice president of programs [email protected], noon-1:15 pm

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Peachtree Bluff Series

The entire Peachtree Bluff Series is a part of Amazon’s 3 for 2 promotion for a limited time–along with favorite titles of the year such as Where the Crawdads Sing, Little Fires Everywhere, Atomic Habits, Girl, Wash Your Face and Educated. Tons of great kids’ titles are featured as well, including the illustrated Harry Potter books! Just add all 3 to your cart and the price will reflect the promotion price just in time for Christmas gift giving!