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

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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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HAPPY THURSDAY, FRIENDS!

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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10 Favorite Bedrooms Big on Style

 bedroom
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

 

bedroom
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

colorful gardens
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

 

colorful gardens
Peter Pennoyer Architects

 

colorful gardens
Dan Gordon via Dering Hall

 

colorful gardens
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

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–

kitchen organizing

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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