June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]oricsite.org; 252-728-5225; open to the public
July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm
July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private
July 25: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm
DON’T FORGET, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM IS AVAILABLE BY CALLING YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE, ANY OF THE FABULOUS BOOKSTORES ABOVE OR AT INDIEBOUND, AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE OR WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD!
We won’t lie: We wouldn’t mind having Jeeves hanging around to answer the door and prepare a little cheese and wine for company at a moment’s notice. (Or the perfect martini.) But, alas, this seems unlikely. But you don’t have to have a butler to have a fabulous butler’s pantry. Great for storing entertaining items like wine glasses and all those trays, this is one additional room we could really use! Check out some of our favorite, fabulous butler’s pantries.
We’ll admit it: We’re quite partial to summer. But the fall and winter have one major competitive advantage: so many fun holidays in a row! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day…
It seems like as soon as one holiday is over there isn’t time to even be sad before it’s time for the new holiday to begin!
We love outfitting our homes for each special occasion, savoring the season as it comes.
For us–and for Cathy Graham–that includes setting a beautiful table!
Each page of this gorgeous book is full of tablescape inspiration for every season and every reason to celebrate.
A festive garland is the perfect way to deck the halls this holiday season!
Even a sweet vanity gets a pretty table makeover fit for a queen–or a princess!
One of our favorite things about Cathy Graham is how she transforms the simple parts of our everyday life into something extraordinarily beautiful.
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!
“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
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 [email protected] If you don’t have a favorite indy, choose one of mine: FoxTale Book Shoppe, Duck’s Cottage, Tattered Cover Book Store or Indiebound.com. 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!