Flowers so Beautiful, You Won’t Believe They are Faux
– diane james home
Looking for the perfect summer read? Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Betches and more all think you should slip my new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, into your beach or pool bag. Have you checked it out yet?
If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store
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).
Good morning, friends! Did you have a good weekend? What were you up to? We hope, whatever it was, it was fun! The Beaufort house is going to see lots of action this week with two parties and overnight guests, so we’ve been working on getting everything neat and organized, which is trickier during the summer when we’re actually home more!
The kitchen is always the toughest place to keep neat and organized, for us anyway. (I am counting down the days until construction begins on our addition which will include a new mudroom/storage area! Yay!) In the meantime, we’re trying to make some small changes that will have a big impact.
This paper towel holder, for one, is so fabulous! Such a great idea. We don’t like having them on the counter, and they can’t go under the cabinets because we have lights. Keeping them under the sink is okay, but it would be even better to have them right on hand like these!
We love all kinds of cabinet styles. This wire is wonderful!
We love a pretty fruit bowl on the counter. Besides being beautiful, we think it helps us eat more fruit throughout the day–and saves room in the fridge.
A gorgeous blue backsplash is one that shouldn’t be covered up. No need for accessories here.
When everything is neat and clean, the flowers are the perfect finishing touch.
Feet of fresh, white marble are the ultimate reward for keeping a clean and neat kitchen–
you get to enjoy your beautiful countertops.
Having spices right at hand is crucial for cooking. A simple drawer insert makes it so you can see them all at the same time. Ours are alphabetized in the cabinet, which isn’t quite as convenient but still neat.
We’re all about an accessory, but in the kitchen, we tend to think, the simpler, the better. This coral bowl adds a burst of color. The watermelon is a good–and delicious–summer touch as well.
This sleek, thin fridge and freezer feel incredibly chic and organized.
Huge drawers are our favorite, favorite part of a kitchen organization plan. They are perfect for pots and pans.
The only thing better than organized cutlery is organized cutlery that’s bright and fun! These ooze summer!
This is genius! We can’t stand having iPads and phones and computers cluttering the countertops. This charging station gets rid of all the mess and stores it away beautifully.
These mixer shelves are some of our favorite parts of the kitchen–although a beautiful stand mixer is one of the few accessories we don’t mind having on the counter.
If you could add an organizational element to your kitchen, what would you choose? Have a great day!
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 your tote.
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]; 252-728-5225; open to the public
June 21: Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, 11 am, Talk and Signing with Mary Alice Monroe
July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event
July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event
July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event
July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner
July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public
August 3: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public
September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA
September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA
September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA
October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am
October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC
October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event
It would really be more appropriate to title this post “Things and People We Love.” Because as much as we love the beautiful shop, Diane James Home, and The Buzz Blog that is connected to it, we love it’s owners and authors, twins Carolyn and Cynthia, even more!
They were some of our very first blog friends when we started Design Chic, have been an endless source of support and inspiration, and even brought gorgeous blue hydrangeas for everyone at the beyond beautiful blogger luncheon our fabulous friend Tina from The Enchanted Home hosted for the launch of my novel Slightly South of Simple last year. (If you’ve read it, you’ll get why those flowers were so important!)
You know we love flowers. Love and adore them and can’t get enough of them. And we know that you do too.
But, sometimes it has been freezing cold for what seems like forever (like now!), or you’re allergic to flowers or you hate the mess the make or you can’t keep them alive for longer than a half hour…
But that’s where sweet Cynthia and Carolyn and their beautiful line for Diane James Home come in.
Because they have an endless variety of gorgeous blooms that won’t die, won’t need watering… And here’s the clincher: They look exactly like the real thing.
It’s quite astonishing, actually.
Their new Spring Watercolors Collection might be their most beautiful yet. And we don’t know about you, but, if we are going to make it until spring actually arrives, we are going to need some beautiful blooms in our lives!
Not only are they stunning for your own home–indoors or out–but Diane James Home florals make the perfect gift. We’re loving them for the upcoming wedding season. Because, honestly, the bride is probably getting tired of dinner plates.
From topiaries to bouquets, greenery to orchids that you don’t have to get that ice cube trick right to keep alive, these ladies have it all. (And, yes, you can have it delivered! We know. Life is good!)
And, did we mention? They’re gorgeous twins! We don’t know about you, but these beautiful blooms have made us feel oh so inspired. What about you?
Thanks so much for stopping by today, chic readers!
We can’t believe it but the countdown is officially on. The Secret to Southern Charm hits stores eight short days from today! If you haven’t preordered yet, (or read the first in the series, Slightly South of Simple, which is on sale for $1.99 on Kindle & Nook until April 1!) what are you waiting for?
THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM just hit #1 on Amazon in its category–10 days before release! This is a real first for me and I’m beyond excited! Thanks for all the preorders and book ❤❤❤. I have the best readers in the world!!