10 Favorite Bathrooms Perfect for Relaxing

relaxing bathroom marble bathroom Amber-Interiors Tessa-Neustadt Photography-
Amber InteriorsTessa Neustadt Photography

 

When it comes to at-home luxury, a beautiful bathrooms is one of the best ways we know of relaxing.  Take a peek at 10 of our favorites and we think you’ll agree!  Happy Monday, sweet friends!

relaxing stone bathroom with freestanding tub
Michael G. Imber

 

relaxing Jenkins Interiors bathroom with herringbone floors and freestanding tub for relaxing
Jenkins Interiors

 

bathroom Cloth & Kind
Cloth & Kind

 

Metcalfe Interiors relaxing bathroom with freestanding tub and marble floors
Metcalfe Interiors

 

relaxing bathroom Serena & Lily with runner and freestanding tub
Serena & Lily

 

relaxing Verandah house with freestanding tub with a view
Verandah House

 

Which is your favorite relaxing bathroom?  

 

 

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Feels Like Falling Beach read by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Feels Like Falling releases April 28, 2020–and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the nice things Pulisher’s Weekly had to say about it! Preorder now for Spring Break beach reading!

Feels Like Falling Tour Dates!

April 22: Country Club of the Crystal Coast, 152 Oakleaf Dr, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512, 6pm, For Reservations and More Information Contact the CCCC at (252) 726-1034.

April 23:  Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island 2020 Author Series, South Carolina Yacht Club in Windmill Harbor Marina,161 Harbour Passage, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, 4:30 – 6:30pm.

April 24: Moveable Feast hosted by Litchfield Books, Kimbel’s Wachesaw, 1930 Governors Landing Rd, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, 11:30 AM, Tickets are $48 per person, and include a copy of the book. To make a reservation call 843-235-9600.

April 24: In-Store Book Signing at Litchfield Books – 11421 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, 2:00 PM, Free and Open to the Public.

April 24: General Federation of Women’s Clubs-SC Federation Day Keynote, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, 8121 Amalfi Pl, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572, 7 pm, Private Event.

April 25: Zia Boutique Books & Bloody Marys, Kristy in Conversation with Zelle Wiggins, owner of Zia Boutique and founder of Southern Style Blog, 11 am (talk), Signing Until 1 pm, Zia Boutique, 1113 Military Cutoff Rd A, Wilmington, NC 28405, Free and Open to the Public, (910) 679-4101 for more information.

April 26: Signing at Mydoma Showroom, High Point Market, Private for High Point Market Attendees, High Point, NC, Details TBA.

April 27:  Fountain Bookstore, Talk, Q&A and Signing, 2 pm, 1312 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219, More information and preorders available from [email protected].

April 27: Cocktail Party. Hosted by Francene Katzen and Allie Carter of Alexandra Bee Blog, 6 pm. Richmond, VA. Private Event.

April 28: Feels Like Falling officially launches! Virtual Launch Day Celebrations happening on Bloom, the reading community of the Tall Poppy Writers and Kristy Woodson Harvey Facebook!

April 28: Page 158, Wake Forest, NC. Details TBA.

April 28: Launch Party at Pigfish Lane Antiques, 5425 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27606, 5-8 pm, Book Sales by Quail Ridge Books (QRB will be on site.) Hosted by Marge Knutson. For more information contact [email protected]or 919-436-4006. For personalized preorders or post-event book shipping contact Quail Ridge Books at (919) 828-1588. Refreshments provided, Free and Open to the Public.

April 29: Pretty Please Houston, 8791 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX, 77024, Talk and Signing, 5-7 pm, Free and Open to the Public. Book Sales by Murder by the Book. 

April 30: Spring Fling with Kristy Woodson Harvey, Brooke Fossey, James R. Hannibal and Julie Cantrell. 8:45 am-11:15 am, Address provided after online registration. Houston, TX. Preorders available from Murder by the Book. Click herefor more information and registration.

April 30: Houston, TX Book Club, 12 pm. Private Event.

April 30: Houston, TX Cocktail Party. Private Event.

May 1: Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC. Details TBA.

May 2: Park Road Books, Talk and Signing, 2 pm, 4139 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28209, More information and signed, personalized preorders or post-event shipments from [email protected] or 704-525-9239. Free and Open to the Public.

May 2: South Main Book Company, Signing, 110 S Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, For more information or personalized preorders contact Alissa Redmond, 704-630-9788, [email protected].

May 3: Meet-the-Author Talk & Lowcountry Wine reception at Timrod Library, Talk at Bethany United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 W. 3rd Street, Summerville, SC 29483. Lowcountry Wine reception will follow at Timrod Library, 217 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483, 2:00 pm. For more information or tickets contact Cindy Koontz, [email protected].

May 4: Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Talk and Signing, 161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington KY40503, 7 pm, For more information contact Michael Link [email protected]. Free and Open to the Public.

May 5: Cuyahoga County Public Library – Middleburg Heights Branch, Talk and Signing, 16699 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130 7pm 440.234.3600. Book Sales by Books on Coventry. Free and Open to the Public.

May 6: Carmel Clay Public Library, Talk and Signing, 55 4th Ave SE, Carmel, IN 46032, 6:30, For more information contact 317-435-9630.

May 7: Linger Longer Living Series at Reynolds Lake Oconee, Talk and Signing, Lake Club Center, Lake Club Drive, 5:30pm, Private for Reynolds Members and Guests.  For Personalized Preorders or Book Shipments, contact Avid Bookshop.

May 8: Story on the Square Luncheon, 19 Griffin Street, McDonough, GA 30253; (678) 759-0079, 12pm, For Tickets and More Information Contact Deanna Bailey, [email protected].

May 8: Waiting on Martha Home, Kristy in Conversation with Waiting on Martha Founder Mandy Kellogg Rye, Atlanta, GA, Details TBA.

May 9: FoxTale Book Shoppe, Talk and Signing,105 E Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Free and Open to the Public. More Information and Preorders Available Here.

May 9: Alpharetta Library Talk and Signing, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009, 4:00 pm. Free and Open to the Public. Books from John’s Creek Books & Gifts.

May 10: Book + Bottle, Wine and Casual Conversation, Seventeen 6th Street North, St. Pete, FL 33701, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, More Information and Preorders Available Here.

May 11: Copperfish Books Luncheon, FM Don’s, 201 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950; 941-637-8800,12:00 PM Start, For more information, tickets and preorders contact [email protected]; 941-205-2560

May 11: Oxford Exchange, “A Night With Author Kristy Woodson Harvey,” 420 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606, 6:30 PM, More Information and Preorders Available Here.

May 14: The Bookmark, 220 First Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266, 7pm, Free and Open to the Public. More Information from [email protected].

May 16: Girl Scouts of America Fundraiser, 12-2 pm, Charleston, SC. Details TBA.

May 17: Friends of the Lexington Main Library, Talk and Signing, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington, SC 29072, 3pm, For more information contact [email protected], Free and Open to the Public.

May 18: Davidson, NC Event. Events TBA.

May 19:  Friends of the Randolph County Public Library Talk and Signing, 201 Worth St, Asheboro, NC 27203, 7pm, Free and Open to the Public.

May 20: “Lunch & Lit” sponsored by M. Judson Booksellers, Soby’s Restaurant, 207 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC, 12 noon $45, includes 3 course meal and copy of book, Tickets and More Information from M. Judson call (864) 603-2412.

May 20: Sumter County Museum Reception, Talk and Book Signing, McKenzie Hall, Heritage Education Center, 122 N. Washington Street, Sumter, SC 29150, 5:30 pm, Ticketed event – $5 Members, $10 Non-Members. Tickets Available Here.

May 21: “Books and Bites” at Cherokee County Public Library, 300 E. Rutledge Ave, Gaffney, SC29340, 11:30am, Free and Open to the Public.

May 21: Hub City Wine, Women & Wisdom, Talk and Signing, 286 W. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306, Free and Open to the Public.

May 21: Hope Center Fundraiser, Spartanburg, SC, 6:30 pm. Private Event.

June 7: Kinston Public Library Kickoff to Summer Reading and “Women Build Worlds” Celebration, Kinston-Lenoir County Library, 510 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC  28501, 3 pm, Free and Open to the Public.

June 27: Beach Party with Beaufort Linen Co! Beaufort, NC. Details TBA.

August 4: Booktowne, Manasquan, New Jersey, Details TBA.

August 5:  Browse About Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, Details TBA.

August 5: Bethany Beach Books Signing,99 Garfield Pkwy, Bethany Beach, DE 19930; (302) 539-2522, 7pm, Free and Open to the Public

August 7: Private Cocktail Party, East Hampton.

August 8: East Hampton Author Night, East Hampton, NY.

August 11: Avon Free Public Library, Talk and Signing, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001, Details TBA.

August 12: Bank Square Books Ocean House Summer Author Series, The Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave, Westerly, RI 02891, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Books Sold by Bank Square Books, Cocktail Party and Signing, Tickets Required.

More events–including a fabulous night with our friends from Diane James Home–coming soon!

 

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Things We Love: Streamlined and Chic

Tory Haynes Interiors

 

 

In the post-Marie Kondo world, everything has changed. 

 

 

If tidying up is life changing, so is streamlining. Studio McGee has mastered the perfectly finished but never overdone look in this stunning California home.

 

 

Sure, some stuff brings us joy. But do you know what brings us more joy? Clean countertops!

 

 

And getting rid of the waffle iron that I was certain would make me the world’s coolest mom. You know the kind. It had all the plates so I could make ghost waffles or Christmas tree waffles or heart waffles or Mickey Mouse waffles or whatever. You know who doesn’t make great waffles? Me. Do you know who does? Nature’s Path. 

 

 

I tend to be a food hoarder. I don’t know why. I blame it on not having a Whole Foods close by and getting there three hours away and thinking Wait. Do I have too much quinoa or do I need more quinoa? And then I buy the quinoa and then I get home and I already have four bags and how on earth are the three of us going to eat that much quinoa? That stuff expands. But these shelves are goals if ever there were goals. No food hoarding in this kitchen.

 

 

I am, fortunately, a bit of a bathroom minimalist already, so that’s slightly less of a challenge. Even still, a vanity with lots of storage is part of the plan for my post-Florence bathroom. 

 

 

We’ve always thought that freestanding tubs look minimalist. Mine arrived a couple days ago. It is absolutely gorgeous. And 1400 pounds. There will be a crane involved. Don’t worry. I’ll post a video on Instagram! (@kristywharvey)

 

 

Baskets everywhere are the absolute best for storing until you can get to things so they don’t become clutter. 

 

 

And who really needs all that stuff on the nightstand collecting dust? Well, I mean, I have a pile of books the size of a small SUV, but I am reading those. So they aren’t collecting dust. They’re necessary.

 

 

Are you a fan of the streamlined and chic look? Or are you in the more is more camp? They certainly both have their merits, and we adore them both!

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What Would Jeffrey Dungan Do?

 

It has been 118 days since we evacuated for Hurricane Florence, which means it has also been 117 nights since I have slept in my bed. (Not that I’m keeping track.) I am not complaining about this, as I have kept all my New Year’s Resolutions–one being not to complain to my family about being out of my house and y’all are my family–for EIGHT ENTIRE DAYS. I know. It’s probably a world record. 

 

 

I’m feeling happy and inspired because, praise the Lord!, the tearing out has been done for weeks, but the putting back together is actually starting next week!! So I’m told…

I’ll be honest: I’ve been a little meh about picking everything out, which is totally unlike me. But when you spent two entire years of your life taking a house from dilapidated to your dream home, and then, four years later, you’re doing it again, your tastes haven’t really changed that much. So it’s like, do I keep it all the same? Or do I change stuff that I really love?

 

 

Fortunately, there’s Design Chic. And all the inspiration. And so, yesterday, I asked myself: 

 

 

What Would Jeffrey Dungan Do?

 

 

He would pick himself up by the bootstraps, get a new vision together, and, you know what? He’d probably add onto the house too. 

 

 

(I can’t say that for sure, but, I mean, look at his work? Who wouldn’t want more of that?)

 

 

I may have been feeling less than inspired but, fortunately, Mom has been saving up her energy for when I was feeling inspired. She is one of those people who can look at rooms taken to the studs and 1.4 seconds later have found inspiration photos for exactly what the layout should be and corresponding photos for exactly what materials you should use and…

 

 

These ceilings are definitely happening. Certainly in little Will’s room. They’re the perfect masculine touch. 

 

 

Oh, and the freestanding tub that there has been, quite frankly, a lot of grumbling about? Also happening. 

 

 

Did I say it had been 117 nights since I had slept in my bed? What I meant to say is that it had been 117 nights since I’d been in my bathtub. Cost per use, that thing is cheaper than anything else in the house. And I’m going to need it back soon or I’m never going to hit my reading goal for the year, which is an entirely different post.

 

 

If the construction doesn’t start soon, as promised, we can just build a tiny house in the backyard. (Again What Would Jeffrey Dungan Do?) This one is literally the cutest thing I’ve ever seen and…

 

 

I’m pretty sure I could live here forever. As long as it comes with a tub. 

Are you drooling over Dungan’s work like we are?

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House Tour: Lake Tahoe Escape

Does the flurry of activity leading up to Christmas have you wishing for a bit of an escape? 

If so, get away to Lake Tahoe with us to this perfectly appointed home designed by Jeff Andrews

The rustic, mountain vibe is giving us all the winter feels, and we can’t think of a better place to curl up by the fireplace and drink hot cocoa–

Or spend a leisurely evening surrounded by loved ones cooking all our holiday staples. 

While we can just see a huge fraser fir gracing the living room, it really isn’t necessary. 

Christmas trees are a part of the spectacular view right outside the window. 

Just add lights–and maybe a little mistletoe! (And bubbles, obviously.)

Who needs to chop firewood when it’s already in ample supply?

A game of pool

And a good chat with great friends helps make the season bright. 

And if you want to head outdoors–and who wouldn’t in a place like this?–all the essentials are right by the door. 

Okay. That’s enough of a break. Now back to the list making, present wrapping and end-of-year merriment! We hope you enjoyed this getaway just as much as we did!

Thanks so much for spending your holidays with us. We love it when you stop by!

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Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble (Only in hardback and paperback so far. E-books to come!).

June 1, 2019 Peachtree Bluff will be “taking over” Beaufort, NC, the town on which it was based. Every single person who preorders between now now and will be registered to win:

*Two tickets to the Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover and Tour–on Beaufort’s signature double decker red buses!

*Two tickets to the farm-to-table dinner and launch party under the stars at the Beaufort Historic Site

*Two nights lodging in Beaufort, NC

Just send an email with proof of purchase to [email protected] to enter!

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

Preorder from Barnes & Noble

 

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Things We Love: Beautiful Bathrooms

freestanding tub
Beth Webb InteriorsEmily Followill Photography

 

Beautiful bathrooms are one of the great pleasures in life, if you ask us. 

freestanding bathtub in bathroom
Beth Webb InteriorsEmily Followill Photography

 

And, for us, a great tub is a nonnegotiable.

 

When we redid our master bath in our Beaufort, NC house a huge, cast-iron soaking tub was the first thing we chose.

bathroom freestanding tub
Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

The carpenters joked that if there was a natural disaster we should stand on the first floor under the tub because the floor had been reinforced so heavily.

freestanding tub
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles| David Christensen

 

Although it’s not so much of a joke now because, in the wake of Hurricane Florence, we learned what can happen when you build a beautiful wooden enclosure around a cast-iron tub surrounded by windows. And the windows leak. Let’s just say ew.

 

 

Lesson learned! 

Cloth and Kind

 

We weren’t planning on a major house renovation just five years after the first one, but you can’t predict the weather, as they say. 

 

Chango & Co

 

And master bathroom, take two, is going to have a more breathable bathing solution, so we don’t find ourselves in this mess again.

Jessica Bradley Interiors

 

Luckily, freestanding tubs are another favorite of ours.  And, after all, the floor’s already reinforced , now we just have to choose the right one! 

 

What are your bathroom must-haves?

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If you haven’t read Book #2 in the Peachtree Bluff Series,  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.

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Things We Love: Bathroom Chandeliers

bathroom chandelier jean alsop atlan homes and lifestyle
Jean Allsopp via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

What kind of bathroom is your favorite? Do you like something grand and glamorous? Tiny and totally functional? Something in between? We’re big fans of bathrooms of all shapes, sizes and styles. In fact, sometimes it’s hard for us to pick a favorite! But, kind of like with the perfect pair of shoes, we know it when we see it. Like here, wood accents bring this glamorous bath down to earth. 

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