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!

GIFTS FOR HER


GIFTS FOR HIM

HOSTESS GIFTS

GIFTS FOR KIDS

Also, don’t forget… 

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

 

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

 

 

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.

freestanding tub
Barbara Westbrook via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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

 

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.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

 

Lesson learned! 

bathroom with freestanding tub
Architectural Digest

 

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. 

freestanding tub
Architectural Digest

 

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

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Ray Booth’s bathroom via Architectural Digest

 

Luckily, freestanding tubs are another favorite of ours. 

bathroom
NYC&G

 

And, after all, the floor’s already reinforced. 

freestanding bathtub
Architectural Digest

 

Beautiful, simple, streamlined and able to take advantage of every window of view, now we just have to choose the right one! 

What are your bathroom must-haves?

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

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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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FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

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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