Living Floral with Flower Magazine’s Margot Shaw

Michael Mundy Photography



Happy post-4th of July, week, friends! This is one of our favorite weeks of the whole year. It’s just so festive! And a favorite week necessitates sharing a favorite post, right? Flower magazine is one of our can’t-miss publications and Living Floral, by editor-in-chief Margot Shaw is an absolute delight. (Any post that starts with Cornelia Guest’s garden party has to be good, right?)


Becky Luigart – Stayner Photography



We don’t know about you, but, for us, flowers make the party


Julia Lynn Photography



Beautiful blooms combined with a Lilly Pulitzer tablecloth just scream summer, don’t they? We would love to be guests at this vibrant celebration!


Michael Mundy Photography



Peonies? Yes, please! 


Julia Lynn Photography



We are huge fans of flowers that are fresh and unfussy, beautifully arranged but never overdone, and Margot captures this look on every single page. Perfect linens and table settings don’t hurt either!


Alison Conklin Photography



Dahlias + hydrangeas + pear cocktails? Where do we sign up?


Tria Giovan Photography



Beautiful blooms are just as important inside as outside, of course. These stunners in the lovely Frances Schultz’s Bee Cottage are perfection!


Becky Luigart – Stayner Photography



No fresh blooms? No problem! Wallpaper,


Pieter Estersohn Photography



And fabric can stand-in until spring comes again!


Brook Slezak Photography



For an intimate dinner party,


Erik Kvalsvik Photography



Or a grand celebration, the flowers make the fete. Living Floral is one of those perfect specimens of a coffee table book that we will return to again and again for inspiration for every event! After you dive in, we know you’ll want to do the same!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We love seeing you here!

For more from Flower magazine, check out our Blank to Beautiful interview with editor-in-chief Margot Shaw. Her story is a true inspiration!








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 Start your Summer on the right note by slipping a copy of my latest novel, the instant New York Times bestseller,  Under the Southern Sky, into your beach bag!

More About Under the Southern Sky


One of E!’s Must-Read Books for April
One of Country Living’s 20 New Books You Don’t Want to Miss This Spring
One of Bookstr’s 8 Most Anticipated Reads of 2021
One of Frolic’s 12 Most Anticipated Books of 2021
One of BookTrib’s Most-Anticipated Reads of 2021
One of Brit + Co’s Books You Should Read with Your BFF


​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, NYT bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names).

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, Cape Carolina. 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.






You’re Invited: Classic, Elegant Entertaining

You're Invited:  Classic, Elegant Entertaining by Stephanie Booth Shafran


You’re invited… Those might just be two of the most evocative words in the English language and can be met with all sorts of emotions.


You're Invited:  Classic, Elegant Entertaining by Stephanie Booth Shafran


But, one thing’s for sure: If Stephanie Booth Shafran is behind that invitation, you’re in for a treat!  Her brand-new book, You’re Invited: Classic, Elegant Entertaining, is the book for your coffee table right now, filled with too-gorgeous-for-words images, 


You're Invited:  Classic, Elegant Entertaining by Stephanie Booth Shafran


Tons of practical tips, and all the inspiration you need for throwing any soiree from big to small.



You're Invited:  Classic, Elegant Entertaining by Stephanie Booth Shafran


Curl up with this stunning book on any regular day for a feeling that something extraordinary has just come your way.


You're Invited:  Classic, Elegant Entertaining by Stephanie Booth Shafran


Even if you aren’t planning a party, you’ll feel like you’ve been to one. (But if you aren’t planning one, we have to ask… Why on earth not? Make up a reason to celebrate and get to it!). Shafran lives between New York, LA and Sun Valley, and, growing up in LA, her parents were always hosting some sort of event. So you could say her passion for parties is a bit of an inherited trait. 


You're Invited:  Classic, Elegant Entertaining by Stephanie Booth Shafran


“Entertaining is my form of creativity,” Shafran said. Pick up a copy of You’re Invited, and it’s sure to become yours too!


Images courtesy of Rizzoli

I had the great pleasure of making my New York TV debut week before last–and I was so thrilled to include You’re Invited as one of my favorite ways to spruce your space for spring! Check it out!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We always love seeing you here!






Entertaining with Aerin Lauder and More



Entertaining with Aerin Lauder

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Serena & Lily bedroom


Create a Dream Girl’s Bedroom 

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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. Wishing a all a wonderful weekend!

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Summer Sale 25% Off – horchow

Buy More Save More  – shopbop

Extra 25% off Sale Items  anthropologie

30% off   j crew

Up to 50 % Off Warehouse Sale one kings lane

Up to 40% Off  – neiman marcus

Up to 60% Off  serena and lily

New Items Added to  Salenordstrom

Spring Sale Up to 40% off saks fifth avenue

The Design Sale Up to 50% Off moda operandi

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Healthy Living Made Easy with Macy’s

*Partnership with Macy’s



With back to school back in full swing, and everyone back on schedule, it’s time to focus on the one person who so often gets left out when things get too busy: you!

We don’t know about you, but one of our top priorities right now is healthy living—and that means healthy cooking! Fortunately for us, the Macy’s Fall Home Sale is going on right now—until October 2–so we can save 30-50% plus an extra 15% off with code Fall. From cookware to cutlery, we’ve been stocking up on everything we need to make healthy cooking a breeze!

With family birthdays abounding and Halloween right around the corner, entertaining is a fact of life right now, so we always make sure to have the fridge stocked with nibbles and noshes for guests. This JA Henckels cheese board with knives is the perfect set to make us guest ready all season long. And, lucky for us, the trend in appetizers this season is light on the cheese, heavy on the veggies and healthy nuts. Displayed this beautifully, we can’t help but want to eat fresh from the garden!

Speaking of veggies, we love to get our fair share, but all the chopping and cutting is kind of a bore. This fabulous chopping and slicing attachment for our KitchenAid mixers is one of our new favorite kitchen electrics. Now it’s a breeze to chop huge batches of veggies on Sunday afternoon for fresh salads, soups, smoothies and omelets all week long. Yum! All KitchenAid’s healthy attachments are an extra 20% off, so don’t wait to pick yours up!

Fun new kitchen electrics like AirFriers and Sous Vide cookers ensure that healthy cooking also means tasty cooking. While Airfriers fry food with a tiny amount of oil, Sous Vide is a process by which you cook vacuum-sealed food at the precise temperature—in nothing more than water. No fat, no salt, no guilt! Our Crux Sous Vide ensures chef-quality meals every time. And nothing makes us want to stick to our goals more than that! (And Crux is 30+15% of at Macy’s!)

But healthy cooking doesn’t have to mean deprivation. Our new Cuisinart baking set has us ready for baking everything from grain-free breads to egg muffins for a pop of protein on the go to simple baked veggies that are full of flavor to, yes, healthy, refined-sugar free alternatives to our favorite sweets for staying on track.

Another thing that helps us stay on track? Hot tea! From matcha green to immune-boosting white to seasonally appropriate apple cinnamon, tea is great for curbing our appetites, inducing calm and keeping us from mindlessly snacking. Our Cuisinart tea pot makes tea easy and stylish.

But don’t misunderstand us: Coffee isn’t off the menu. And thank goodness with National Coffee Day right around the corner! Macy’s has the sleek, beautiful and easy-to-use Nespresso Evoluo Machine on sale for only $129.99 to celebrate—and we will be partaking. Morning isn’t morning without a great cup of coffee—and a great coffee maker. One that’s an espresso maker too in an absolute no brainer. We love ours with a splash of unsweetened coconut milk and a dash of cinnamon and stevia. Yum!

What healthy cooking essentials will you be stocking up on at this year’s Macy’s home sale? We can’t wait to see!

We hope you had a fabulous weekend. Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!








Spring Weight Jackets

The Perfect Dress


Showstopping Blouses

Statement Earrings





25% off Full Price Dresses and Jumpsuits – love this maxi – anthropologie 

Extra 30$% – love this dress j crew

Just Added Savings Sale – love this cowhide rug one kings lane

Up to 70% off Sale- love these gladiators  – shopbop

Up to 65% off – bought this for the book tour- neiman marcus

Up to 25% off Select Dining – serena and lily

New to Sale – nordstrom

25% Off Friends and Family Sale – saks fifth avenue

Up to 50% Off Red, White and Blue – wisteria



What People are Saying About Slightly South of Simple:

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Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel,  (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)

Greenwich Home Tour, the Ten Best Kitchens for Entertaining and More!


Samantha Knapp Designs a Greenwich Home That’s Both Playful and Posh

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The Ten Best Kitchens for Entertaining

pure wow

The unseasonably warm weather we are having in NC gets me excited for Spring, but there are a few things I’m still loving for winter.

Now on to Spring!



Winter Tag Sale Extra 25% Off – anthropologie

Extra 30% Off Sale j crew

Just Added Savings Sale – one kings lane

Up to 25% off All New Arrivals  – shopbop

Up to 75% Off Designer Apparel – neiman marcus

30% Off Select Items – serena and lily

New to Sale – nordstrom

Up to 70% off – saks fifth avenue

Up to 70% off – net-a-porter

Up to 50% Off- wisteria

Slightly South of Simple is on Preorder special right now for only $8.80!

Advance Praise for Slightly South of Simple:

“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.” —The Huffington Post, Jackie K Cooper

Slightly South of Simple


Oh my goodness. I can’t even believe it. Less that 2 months  from today, on April 25, Slightly South of Simple will be released into the world! I am SO excited. And we are ready to start celebrating! To celebrate two months, we will be partnering with our friends at Framebridge, who provide the most fabulous custom framing, to give away $200 in custom framing to one lucky winner. (YOU are going to win. I feel it!)

Once you preorder you are eligible to enter EVERY giveaway. Thank you to everyone who has already preordered. Wow! I’ve been blown away! It’s a great time to pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple for yourself, a friend a Mother’s Day gift or graduation gift, because the preorder price is $8.80 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. But you guys know I love my indy stores, so if you have a favorite and preorder from it, I’ll give you double the entries! Just email me at If you don’t have a favorite indy, choose one of mine: FoxTale Book Shoppe, Duck’s Cottage, Tattered Cover Book Store or There are more ways to enter below as well. 

Thank you, my sweet, dear readers for all of the support and love you have given me along the way. I wouldn’t be here, about to release this series, without you! 

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