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…)

 

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Beth Webb Interior Design

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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!

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10 Favorite Bedrooms Big on Style

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Beth Webb Interiors

Good morning, chic readers! With the holidays quickly approaching, our minds are on all those last-minute tweaks. What are we working on? Sprucing the guest room for all those holiday guests! If you’re looking to update your bedroom–guest, master or otherwise–take a peek at ten of our favorite gorgeous bedrooms that will get you motivated to revamp your home in style. 

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Alessandra Branca Kips Bay Showhouse

 

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Marshall Watson Interiors

 

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Serena & Lily

 

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One Kings Lane

 

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Cullman & Kravis

 

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Serena & Lily

 

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Tracy Lynn Studio

 

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Beth Webb Interiors

 

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Beth Webb Interiors

If all else fails, adding flowers is always a surefire way to make guests feel at home and bedrooms feel bright and cheery! Thanks for checking out ten of our favorite spaces!

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

The third book in my nationally bestselling Peachtree Bluff series, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, releases May 7 from Gallery Books/ Simon & Schuster! Preorder now–or catch up on SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (available in hardback, paperback, ebook and audio) before the big day!

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Things We Love: Colorful Gardens

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Dan Gordon via Dering Hall

 

With the days growing longer and the sun getting warmer, we are savoring every moment we have outside–especially after such a cold, harsh winter. We don’t know about you, but we’re focusing on keeping our yards blooming for summer right now. We love flowers and bright blooms and pretty colors intermixed, and when it comes to curb appeal, there is nothing quite like adding color to the garden. Check out a few of our favorite colorful gardens and gain a bit of inspiration of your own! 

colorful gardens
Hollander Design

 

colorful gardens
Dan Gordon via Dering Hall

 

colorful gardens
Hollander Design

 

colorful gardens
Hollander Design

 

colorful gardens
Marc Appleton via Architectural Digest

 

colorful gardens
Stroudwater Design Group via Dering Hall

 

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Peter Pennoyer Architects

 

colorful gardens
Dan Gordon via Dering Hall

 

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NLB Architects

 BE MY GUEST:  Please join me TODAY AT THE SEA ISLAND CLUB in Sea Island, GA for cocktails, conversation and The Secret to Southern Charm:


 If you are not a club member or resort guest, email me and I’d love for you to be my GUEST!

 

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Organizing the Kitchen for Summer Entertaining

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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Fresh flowers on the counter feel like a reward.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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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The Incredible Power of Flowers in the Home

flowers
One Kings Lane

 

It’s hard to pick one, single element that can totally transform a room. 

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Sam Allen Interiors

 

But we’d have to say that from parties to interior decor, adding flowers to a room is one of our favorite decorating ideas to add instant impact.

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Wendy Labrum Design

 

Fresh cut flowers are one of life’s little luxuries, one of those things that can completely transform our mood.

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Cecy J

 

And if you get mum flowers for mothers day, you’ll change hers too!  

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Jean Allsopp Photography

 

Nothing says, “I love you,” or marks a special moment in life

flowers
Tracy Lynn Studio

 

 quite like a stunning floral arrangement.

flowers and The Secret to Southern Charm
French Garden House

 

Our fabulous friend, Lidy, from French Garden House created a gorgeous arrangement to help celebrate the launch of my new novel The Secret to Southern Charm. Isn’t it amazing?!

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Metcalfe Design

 

Fresh stems are an amazing way

flowers
Sam Allen Interiors

 

to add our favorite detail

flowers
Wendy Labrum Design

 

 to our homes all year round.

flowers - peonies
Beth Webb Interiors

 

In any room in the house, fresh flowers add a vibrant punch that is an instant focal point.

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Beth Webb Interiors

 

What are your favorite stems to display?

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  We love having you here!

 I am BEYOND excited that The Secret to Southern Charm is a Target Fiction Bestseller!!  I have the best readers ever!!

Also available at:

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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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