10 Favorite Rooms with a Fresh Touch

Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

Sometimes the simplest things can make the most beautiful statements. As spring moves into summer, we are swooning over a touch a freshness in every space. 

 

spring branches in foyer on round tableStudio McGee| Lucy Call Photography

 

There is nothing quite so stunning as a bit of green from your own backyard,

 

Lauren Liess

 

To add life and light to a space.  We always love bringing the outdoors in,

 

Jute Home

 

And these stunning branches remind us why. Even on days we’re stuck inside, (Which we hope are few and far between this summer!)

 

Studio McGee| Lucy Call Photography

A splash of freshness reminds us of all the beauty right outside the door!

 

Windsor Smith Home

 

Are you a fan of branches in the home?

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Our favorite season is in full swing! Have you picked up your summer reads yet? I would love it if you’d consider adding my sixth novel, Feels Like Falling, to the list!

 

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In Good Taste: Toledo Geller

 

Good morning, readers! Ready for a bright spot in your day? We know we are!

 

 

To that end, Toledo Geller absolutely delivers! Curl up with a good book in this gorgeous family room,

 

 

Sip your morning coffee surrounded by chic stripes,

 

 

Or have an evening cocktail with friends (via FaceTime!) among the flowers,

 

 

Bright whites

 

 

Soothing blues,

 

 

And perfect layers,

 

 

Create unforgettable spaces that wow. Doesn’t this eat-in kitchen remind you of the chicest cafe? (Who needs to leave home?)

 

 

A charming, cozy and perfectly appointed kitchen, 

 

 

An adorable homework nook with plenty of storage,

 

Jacob Snavely Photography

And astonishingly beautiful exteriors are all hallmarks of Toledo Geller’s good taste. What’s your favorite space?

 

We hope Design Chic is a bright spot in your day during this difficult time. We love seeing you here!

 

We’re offering up our favorite quarantine design tips over on Patti Callahan Henry‘s blog to start her Stay at Home Book Tour! Check it out!

During this tough time what could be better than a new book? 

Feels Like Falling releases April 28, 2020 everywhere books are sold! Head over to Instagram and tell us your favorite independent bookstore enter a fun giveaway of The Southern Side of Paradise!

 

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30% OFF Statement Making Rugs for Every Room

interior of dining room with Serena & Lily

 

30% OFF Statement Making Rugs for Every Room

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Diane James Home faux flowers for interior design

 

Flowers so Beautiful,  You Won’t Believe They are Faux

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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 

 And The Secret to Southern Charm is on sale for $5.98 at Barnes & Noble!!

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More Tour Dates

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

 

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In Good Taste: Les Ensembliers

Les Ensembliers living room

Good morning, lovely Design Chicers! We hope you are staying warm and cozy if you’re one of our friends affected by the storm. 

Les Ensemliers kitchen

 

The good news is that good taste, like that of Les Ensembliers Design, prevails no matter the weather!

Les Ensembliers kitchen

These designers utilize classic favorites like black and white flooring and blue and white porcelain, to make homes come to life. 

Palm Beach porch -Les Ensembliers

And can create an outdoor oasis every bit as beautiful as its indoor counterpart.

Les Ensembliers living room

You know how we love versatility in a designer and this group has mastered that art! 

Corsica bedroom -Les Ensembliers

Light, bright and coolly casual, 

Corsica swimming pool -Les Ensembliers

Their talent really shines in these less traditional spaces as well. We can’t wait for this kind of weather!

ski house bedroom -Les Ensembliers

Everything about this twin bedroom is perfection! This looks like a great place to wait out a storm!

closet -Les Ensembliers

A closet that is beautiful enough to integrate seamlessly into the room? Sign us up! This cozy space makes use of every inch!

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From an ode to classic blue and white

gray and white wallpaper -Les Ensembliers living room

To the wonderfully abstract, these designers know how to mix and match to make everything fabulous.

closet -Les Ensembliers

Statement lighting in the closet?

closet -Les Ensembliers

But of course! Eclectic, fun and always fresh, we couldn’t be more thrilled with these lovely looks from Les Ensembliers. Are you dreaming of sprucing your space for spring?

 

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Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple or The Secret to Southern Charm, pick up your copies before The Southern Side of Paradise (NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!) releases May 7, 2019!

 

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).

Preorder from your local bookstore or Indiebound!

Preorder from Amazon

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HAPPY THURSDAY, FRIENDS!

Organizing the Kitchen for Entertaining

kitchen organizing

Studio Dearborn

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!

kitchen organizing

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.

kitchen organizing

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!

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We love all kinds of cabinet styles. This wire is wonderful!

kitchen organizing

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.

kitchen organizing

A gorgeous blue backsplash is one that shouldn’t be covered up. No need for accessories here.

kitchen organizing

Fresh flowers on the counter feel like a reward.

kitchen organizing

When everything is neat and clean, the flowers are the perfect finishing touch.

kitchen organizing

Feet of fresh, white marble are the ultimate reward for keeping a clean and neat kitchen–

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you get to enjoy your beautiful countertops.

kitchen organizing

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.

kitchen organizing

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.

kitchen organizing

This sleek, thin fridge and freezer feel incredibly chic and organized.

kitchen organizing

Huge drawers are our favorite, favorite part of a kitchen organization plan. They are perfect for pots and pans.

kitchen organizing

The only thing better than organized cutlery is organized cutlery that’s bright and fun! These ooze summer!

kitchen organizing

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.

kitchen organizing

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!

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 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 

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Things We Love: Diane James Home

 Diane James Home flowers

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!  

 Diane James Home flowers

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!)

 Diane James Home flowers

You know we love flowers. Love and adore them and can’t get enough of them. And we know that you do too. 

 Diane James Home flowers

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… 

 Diane James Home flowers

But that’s where sweet Cynthia and Carolyn and their beautiful line for Diane James Home come in. 

 Diane James Home flowers

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. 

 Diane James Home flowers

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!  

 Diane James Home flowers

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. 

 Diane James Home flowers

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!)

 Diane James Home flowers

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? 

For more about our fabulous friends, follow them over at The Buzz Blog and on Instagram at @diane_james_home

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? 

Thank you to the amazing DD’s Cottage and Design for sharing this stunning photo! If you don’t follow DD, check her out on Instagram @ddscottageanddesign or on her fabulous blog!

 

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Tour a West Village Townhouse and More

 

 

Tour a West Village Home

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Serena & lily

 

Welcome Spring by Updating your Patio

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Kitchens that are Gorgeous in Green

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Creating a Cottage Garden

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The Secret to Southern Charm

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!!

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Shop a Historic Southampton Beach House & More!

 

 

Shop a Historic Southampton Beach House

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Favorite Facts About Peonies

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Nordstrom’s BIG Anniversary Sale  LAST DAY!

 

 

WEEKEND SALES

 

 


 

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