House Tour: A City Residence

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Good morning, chic friends! Our friends at Skurman Architects have a treat for us today! A beautiful city residence that is perfection from the outside in.

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Friday Favorites!

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Alex Rodriguez’s Midcentury-Inspired Miami Home

Good morning, friends! We hope you have a wonderful, relaxing, fun-filled weekend ahead of you. We know we’re looking forward to it! To get yourself in the weekend state of might, take a peek at some of our favorite fun links from around the web this week. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway so that next weekend you can be curled up with one of my books, drinking your sparkling wine and picking a few favorite things from Amazon!

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Summer Classics All Year Round!

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Paris

When we bought the Beaufort house more than three years ago, the outdoor furniture was of utmost importance. Sitting outside and savoring the view is, of course, one of the best parts of having a coastal home! But finding furniture that was both durable and attractive? That was going to be tough.

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Westport

Where did we turn when we needed beautiful yet functional outdoor furniture that was made to last? One of our very favorites: Summer Classics

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Things We Love: Patios

Kara Hebert dining alfresco
Kara Hebert Interiors

 

Good morning, chic readers! For those of you who celebrate, we hope you had a terrific Easter weekend! It is almost impossible to believe that I leave today for the Slightly South of Simple tour–and my first event is tomorrow! (But don’t worry. The book doesn’t release until April 25, so there’s still time to pre-order from your favorite store to have your copy in hand on launch day!) After months of planning and plotting, and, yup, you guessed it, packing, we are ready to take this five weeks by storm!

 

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Lonny

 

A garden party seemed appropriate for today for a number of reasons, not the least of which that it is spring, spring, spring and there is no better season to be outdoors and take the time to implement those special touches. But another reason that it’s appropriate is because my first event tomorrow is speaking to the fabulous Talisman Garden Club in Spartanburg, SC. 

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Suzanne Tucker and Timothy Marks

 

The event will be held at the beautiful Piedmont Club, which the stunning Montgomery House, an 1893 Queen Ann with quite a bit of history, was converted into.

garden party
Tara Guerard

 

Many of the original rooms–including the fabled ballroom–are not open to the public, but I’m going to see if I can finagle (or sneak… whatever…) in there and get a peek for all of you! If you don’t follow us on Instagram–@kristywharvey–make sure to start. I’ll be sharing lots of fun video and photo coverage of the stunning homes we’ll be touring as a part of the SSoS tour! Either way, there is nothing more southern than starting a book tour in an historic home converted to a beautiful club and dining and speaking with a group of women who put a strong emphasis on beauty and culture. 

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Tara Guerard via Lonny

 

I bet those ladies know how to throw a garden partyThese pictures might just be inspiration enough for throwing some of our own this summer, but, just in case, we can’t wait to hear some of these lovely ladies’ best tips for creating a garden party in style.  Mint juleps (or Antebellum Juleps as we’re having at some of my outdoor events!) and sweet tea are a must, of course. 

Wendy Posard

 

And colorful blooms straight from the garden can’t help but add charm galore.

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Jenny Kayne via OKL

 

Favorite china and glassware are always a welcome touch.

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John Hummel & Associates

 

But, really, the thing that makes every garden party so much fun is the people around the table. We hope your week holds some special time with wonderful friends. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

We are so excited to by celebrating the beginning of the Slightly South of Simple book launch in style! We’re partnering with our friends at Reebonz to give away a stunning black, Salvatore Ferragamo Darina back, which retails for $1750, to one lucky reader! If you’ve already ordered Slightly South of Simple, don’t forget to enter this one! And if you haven’t, now is your chance! Pre-order from your local bookstore, Indiebound.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or Duck’s Cottage

 

 

Thank you so much to our fabulous–and hilarious–friend Katie Clooney at Preppy Empty Nester for this fabulous review of Slightly South of Simple!  

“I highly recommend Slightly South of Simple to the reader who appreciates the charm of Southern Literature.  It’s one of the best.”–Katie Clooney, Preppy Empty Nester

photo via Lindsay Corrigan

 

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slightly south of simple

We are so excited for one of the biggest design weekends of the year.  If you are at High Point Market, we’d love for you to drop by the Codarus Showroom, IHFC H220, on Sunday, April 23, 3-5pm  for snacks, sips and Slightly South of Simple.

Connecticut Garden Tour

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Good morning, friends! We hope you’re having wonderful week! 

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We normally do a house tour on Wednesday, but, in the spirit of summer, we thought a garden tour would be even better!

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Things We Love: Outdoor Living

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Suzanne Kasler Design via One Kings Lane

 

Good morning, chic readers! We love being outside. 

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Summer Thornton Design

 

Outdoor entertaining is one of our favorite things about this fabulous season.

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Serena & Lily

 

And we can always use a little porch inspiration!

Heather Chadduck porch
Heather Chadduck

 

Whether your porch is neutral or bright, has wicker furniture, wrought iron or teak, we can all agree on one thing:

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Historical Concepts

 

It should be comfortable!

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Shophouse outdoor living room
Lisa Mende Design via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

We believe that outdoor spaces should coordinate with indoor ones, be an extension of the home’s decor–but, perhaps, with a touch more color and whimsy. 

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Serena & Lily

 

Then again, neutral surroundings that let the natural beauty shine are fabulous as well.

porch outdoor living room
Patrick Ahearn Architects

 

 

 Needless to say, these stunning photos have done nothing to cure our need for outdoor living! Are you sprucing your porch?

 

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I’d love for you to grab a copy of  The Southern Side of Paradise , one of Us Weeklys “Us Musts“.  It’s the Perfect Memorial Summer Read!

 

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

 

More Tour Dates

May 28: Florence Public Library, Florence, AL 11:30am (CT)

May 31: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 1: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 3: Lexington County Public Library, Columbia, SC,  6:30pm

June 4: Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC, 6:30pm

June 5: The Atlanta History Center at Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA,  

June 6: The Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC, 5pm

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE,  

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE, 7pm – 9pm

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD, 11am – 1pm

August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC, 3pm

August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC, 6pm

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC, 2:00pm

August 8: Figure Eight Island Yacht Club Author Series, Figure Eight, NC,  

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY, 5pm – 7:30pm

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

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