Blank to Beautiful: Inspired Blooms with Flower Magazine

Patti B. Driscoll

 

Good morning, chic readers! If there is one thing that we think can add luxury and style to any space, anywhere, it’s flowers

 

Patti B. Driscoll

 

I had the chance to sit down with the founder and editor of the only magazine truly dedicated to the art and craft of beautiful blooms: Flower!

 

Patti B. Driscoll

 

My next book, UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY, features two incredible women in media, and the idea of getting to know more about the behind-the-scenes world of the real women in these positions of power and high-level decision making fascinated me. 

 

Meg Braff Design

 

Take a peek at this insightful interview with a truly fascinating visionary.

 

 

Meg Braff Design

 

From blossoms on the nightstand, 

 

Meg Braff Design

 

To blooms on the vanity, 

 

Nina Campbell

 

Dining al fresco,

 

Nina Campbell

 

 

To entertaining in style,

 

Frances Schultz

 

Nothing sets the tone for a spectacular event quite like flowers.

 

Frances Schultz

 

Under the trees,

 

Rebecca Gardner

 

Or beneath the tent, the right flowers contribute to a truly transformative event. 

 

Meg Braff Design

 

Flower Magazine

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, get Flower all year round, not just one day! A magazine subscription is the gift that keeps on giving!

 

 

Living Floral is the perfect gift for yourself or someone you love!

 

 

Check out Under the Southern Sky, the novel that #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lisa Wingate called, “a warm-hearted mix of hometown charm and the sort of thoroughly modern problems that bring us back to the people who know us best and the places that remind us of who we really are.” On sale April 20, 2021.

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, internationally bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife).

 

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VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN BLOG POSTS OF 2020

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

remodelista

 

 

 

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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Hillbrook Collections Garden Sheds

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The Alison

 

 

Good morning, chic readers! We get so excited when we are SO excited about a post. (It still happens most weeks, which, eight years in, is kind of a big deal.) Today is definitely one of those days.

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The Alison

 

We did a post about She Sheds a few weeks ago, and loved all of your emails and comments about them. One of our favorite emails was from Hillbrook Collections, showing us their fabulous, outstanding version of a backyard getaway.

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The Cary

 

What we loved right away about Hillbrook’s designs is all the uses. The office, the garden shed, the man cave, the she shed, the storage shack… (Although, none of these is a shack in the least!) These multi-purpose outdoor additions to your garden or yard were too gorgeous not to tell you about. These darling Hillbrook designs are built and delivered to your site, which is absolutely the best of both worlds. No waiting for custom building but so much style!

garden sheds
The Cary

 

The Cary is so adorable and would be the perfect little writing retreat. I can imagine a sweet desk situated to look out that window. The thing about a room of one’s own is that it doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be your own. Especially for artistic pursuits, we think tiny spaces are the best!

garden sheds
The Will

 

My son is dying for a building shed of his own. I’m dying for my yard to look prettier. This looks like a good compromise and is aptly named after him! The best of all possible worlds!

garden sheds
The Will

 

It would be hard for this point to be any more gorgeous, but the Will is the icing on the cake!

garden sheds
The Candy

 

The Candy is as sweet as its name. This would be the most epic playhouse ever.

garden sheds
The Candy

 

Nestled into a gorgeous yard and painted a custom color, this shed is nothing short of idyllic.

Best of all, each Hillbrook shed is handcrafted of top quality materials, so no buyer’s remorse! We want them ALL! Which Hillbrook Shed would you choose for your yard? And what would you use it for?

 

If you’re looking for a perfect Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out Slightly South of Simple!  Happy Monday!

 

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Things We Love: Garden Gates

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Jean Allsopp Photography

 

These long, lazy days of summer are the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the splendor of a beautiful gardenWhile flowers, shrubs and green things of every kind are certainly the main event of any garden, there’s one essential that we think adds so much charm and style:

A fabulous garden gate!

From a sophisticated pergola overflowing with flowers,

To a simple gate that whispers “welcome,”

From a simple, classic wrought iron,

To a stunning style with automatic open,

There are so many styles to enhance a garden of any size or type.

 

garden gate
Jean Allsopp Photography

A gate is a perfect opportunity to insert another material into a pretty brick wall,

garden gate
Jean Allsopp Photography

Or create a secret passageway in a stone enclosure.

garden gate
Jean Allsopp Photography

Dark stains blend with the wood around,

 

While white makes an elegant statement–especially when combined with white florals on the front. What is your favorite type of garden gate?


 

What Exquisitely Unremarkable is saying about Slightly South of Simple:

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“I have read Kristy’s other two books, Dear Carolina and Lies And Other Acts Of Love, and while I completely enjoyed both, [Slightly South of Simple] really hit home.  I don’t know if it was the fact that it’s set at the beach ~ where I live ~ or that there were references to NY ~ where I also live ~ that it’s the story about three sisters and their widowed mom ~ hello, that’s my family ~ or the fact that I myself am the mom to girls.  Or maybe it was those references to 9/11. I swear, the conversation in the book is the exact one I had with my own husband on that terrifying morning. So much of what Kristy had written felt familiar. I just couldn’t put it down.  Of course, even if you don’t have the same connections that I have, you’ll still love this one. The characters are likable, the Southern setting is dreamy, there are tears, laughter, surprises, secrets and best of all, romance. The perfect summer read.” Kim, Exquisitely Unremarkable
I’ll be on tour this week! Come see me!

July 13: Sky Valley Literary Luncheon, Sky Valley Country Club, Sky Valley, GA, 12 pm

July 14: Highlands Golf and Country Club, Talk, Luncheon and Book Signing, 981 Dillard Road, Highlands, NC 28741

July 14: Signing, Acorns Shop at Old Edwards Inn, Nantahala National Forest, 465 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741, 2-4 pm

July 15: Atlanta Market, Codarus Showroom 240 Peachtree St N.W., Suite 15-A-1, Atlanta, Ga 30303, 404.749.5050, Signing 1-3 pm

Thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to read my latest novel Slightly South of Simple! I am so grateful to each and every one of you. If you have read, would you consider writing a brief review on Amazon? You don’t have to have purchased there to review, and reviews help authors so very much! Thanks for all your support!