In Good Taste: Spitzmiller and Norris

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


Good morning, chic readers! What is it about summertime? 


Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


Is is the memories of long, lazy childhood summers?


Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


The heat and sun and sand and salt? The bare feet and everything in bloom?


Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


Tall and stately, bright and breezy, cedar shake or painted brick, the designers at Spitzmiller and Norris make every home feel as perfect as…


Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


Well, a day by the pool. The perfectly designed, uber-chic pool, that is. 


Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


Double front porches like this always make us think of lazy days in the Lowcountry, sweet tea the only antidote for sweltering heat. 


Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


A getaway (or stay awhile) to the mountains keeps the summer heat at bay, cool mornings and nights and refreshing breezes making memories of sweltering days a thing of the past. 


Spitzmiller and Norris living room


If you can’t take the heat, don’t stay out of the kitchen. Heavens no.


Spitzmiller and Norris kitchen


If you can’t take the heat, go in the kitchen. Open windows lend fresh breezes, 


Spitzmiller and Norris boy

And a beautiful dining spot allows for cool, easy summer entertaining. 


Spitzmiller and Norris pool table


A stately and masculine retreat allows for playing inside games–like pool–until the cool breezes of pheasant season come back around. Indoors and out, in any season, the good taste of Spitzmiller and Norris speaks for itself. 

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today, chic readers! We always love seeing you here!

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? Signed copies now available from The Country Bookshop!

Slightly South of Simple

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

Things We Love: Window Boxes

window boxes
New England Home Magazine


We all have our favorite design staples, those little things that can change absolutely everything. 


window boxes
Patrick Ahearn Architect


To us, a window box can transform absolutely anything.


window boxes on cottage with white picket fence
Patrick Ahearn Architect


Of course, it doesn’t hurt when the house is so charming you can hardly stand it to begin with. 


window boxes on white clapboard house
Patrick Ahearn Architecture


But a window box is like a perfect piece of jewelry, the finishing touch that pulls and entire outfit together. 


window boxes
T.S. Adams Studio


Maybe it’s the three dimensional pop.


window boxes
Patrick Ahearn Architect


Maybe it’s the burst of color


window boxes now carriage house
Patrick Ahearn Architect


Maybe it’s that window boxes make everything instantly feel like spring


window boxes on white clapboard house
Patrick Ahearn Architect


Whether your window box is lush, green and simple,


window boxes on barn
Patrick Ahearn Architect


Or full of brilliant blooms,


window boxes
Lonny Magazine


Paired with brick


window boxes
Sarah Bartholomew


Or perched on wood, 


window box
G.P. Schafer


A window box is the perfect touch to make any exterior pop! Are you a fan of window boxes?

Thanks so much for visiting Design Chic today. We love it when you do!

The Southern Side of Paradise

And announcing… The Southern Side of Paradise Tour! Twelve states, forty-one stops…If I’ll be in a city near you I’d love to see you! Click here for full details on every event!

April 24: Quantum Leap Series at Quantum Leap Library, Orlando, Florida

April 26: General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Wilmington, NC

May 2: North Myrtle Beach Library, North Myrtle Beach, SC

May 2: Silver Coast Winery, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

May 3: Moveable Feast Luncheon, Pawley’s Island, SC

May 4: Kinston, NC BBQ Festival

May 5: Dee Gee’s Launch Party, Morehead City, NC

May 7: Beaufort History Museum Tea, Beaufort, SC (SOLD OUT)

May 8: Newberry County Library Literacy Luncheon, Newberry, SC

May 9: Live at Your Library Series, Gastonia, NC

May 11: South Main Book Co., Salisbury, NC

May 13: Junior League of Louisville Book Club Cocktail Reception, Louisville, KY

May 14: Murder by the Book, Houston, TX

May 15: Houston Women’s Club, Houston, TX

May 15: Signing at Segreto Finishes, Houston, TX

May 16: Signing at Stanley Korshak, Dallas, TX

May 18: Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH

May 19: Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN

May 20: Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas Coffee, Daniel Island, SC

May 20: Buxton Books, Charleston, SC

May 21: Snee Farm Garden Club, Mount Pleasant, SC

May 22: Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX

May 28: Florence Public Library, Florence, AL

May 31: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 1: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 3: Lexington County Public Library, Columbia, SC

June 4: Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

June 5: The Atlanta History Center at Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA

June 6: The Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD

August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC

August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC

August 8: Figure Eight Island Yacht Club Author Series, Figure Eight, NC

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY

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Tour the Home of One Kings Lane’s President and More

One Kings Lane President kitchen


Tour the Home of One Kings Lane’s President 

one kings lane


Easter Shop Terrain


Favorites for Easter

shop terrain


organization - organizing the pantry and refrigerator


Amazing Tips for Organizing a Small Space

one kings lane


bathroom - Serena & Lily


Bathroom Inspiration for Spring

serena & lily



Designers Reveal their Favorite Flowers

one kings lane


fabulous spring fashions


Fabulous Fashions for Spring

neiman marcus

Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!

We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site




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!

blue and white living room -Les Ensembliers

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!

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Storybook Cottage in Connecticut

Storybook cottage living room


Happy Valentine’s Day, chic friends! 


Storybook cottage Martha's Vineyard living room


We don’t know about you, but Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays. 


Storybook cottage Martha's Vineyard kitchen


Not just for the cards and the flowers and the chocolate and the wine (Although, yeah, those things are pretty awesome!) but because everything is so darn cute. 


Storybook cottage Martha's Vineyard


The red hearts and pink xs and os. Sweet shaped cookies and homemade cards. It is the stuff of storybooks. 


Storybook cottage Martha's Vineyard kitchen


Speaking of storybooks, this charming Connecticut Cottage is absolutely out of one. 


Storybook cottage Martha's Vineyard kitchen


With a kitchen perfect for baking cookies, 


Storybook cottage Martha's Vineyard - dining room


A breakfast room practically made for sipping hot chocolate, 


Storybook cottage Martha's Vineyard- mudroom


And even a pair of red boots by the back door


Storybook cottage Martha's Vineyard - bedroom


This is the kind of house that’s made for celebrating Valentine’s Day and every other holiday all year long. 


Storybook cottage Martha's Vineyard porch


One of our favorite spots in this stunning house is this charming porch, the perfect, idyllic spot to start or end the day. 


Storybook cottage Martha's Vineyard - garden


The perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Why, flowers, of course! In a vase or in a yard. We aren’t picky!

Photography Jane Beiles Photography

Architecture by Louise Brooks for Brooks & Falotico

Design by Melissa Lindsay for Pimlico Interiors

We hope this pretty pink has started your day out on the right note–and has you dreaming of Valentine’s Day! Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

The Peachtree Bluff Series

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!



Things We Love: Simple Greens

simple greens
Beth Webb Interiors


If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to get more greens in your life, look no further. 


simple greens- palm leaves
Beth Webb Interior Design


Oh. Wait. No, no, no, not those greens. (Although, we drink Amazing Grass Kids Chocolate Superfood and it is as amazing as its title suggests. Yeah, we could try the adult kind, but you know it won’t be as good…)


simple greens- palm leaves
Beth Webb Interior Design


Anyway, there is nothing quite as wonderful as having fresh things in your home: flowers, cake, greenery, fudge, air.


simple greens- palm leaves
Beth Webb Interior Design


But if you’re like us and lacking in the green thumb department, there is nothing we love quite as much as few fresh leaves.


simple greens- palm leaves
Coastal Living – Lisa Romerain Photography


They’re super chic, on trend, live a long, long time, and lend any space that decidedly India Hicks vibe. We don’t know about you, but that’s a vibe we want.



simple greens- palm leaves
Coastal Living Magazine – Annie Schlechter Photography


Speaking of, Mom has a big birthday coming up next year. Don’t ask which one. A lady never tells.


simple greens- palm leaves
Coastal Living Magazine – Fran Edward Photography


And we rented one of India Hicks’ fab houses in Eleuthera for her birthday trip. Don’t tell her. It’s a surprise! Just kidding… She does read her own blog, so that would be hard to hide. We’ll share pics!


simple greens- palm leaves
Sage Design


There are sure to be plenty of palm leaves like these. If there aren’t, we’ll cut some.


simple greens - palm leaves
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine – Beth Webb Interiors


We know these are on trend, but really anything works.


simple greens - palm leaves
New England Home Magazine


Cut a few favorites from your own yard and you’ll be well on your way to getting more greens—no spinach required!

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



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