Flowers so Beautiful, You Won’t Believe They are Faux
– diane james home
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There might not be anyone in the world who loves her hometown quite as much as I do. All the amazing people of Salisbury, NC were so supportive and encouraging when I was growing up and continue to be so now. I am so proud and honored that my books, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM and SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE, were #1 and #3 on Rowan County’s 2018 BESTSELLER LIST. Thank you, thank you to Wendy Persse and everyone at South Main Book Company for handselling my stories all year long—and to all the readers everywhere who allow me to keep doing what I love year after year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Salisbury and Rowan County! There really is no place like home!
With the summer behind us and fall temperatures here, one thing is for sure: It’s porch sitting season!
You know we love outdoor spaces that are an extension of our indoor ones, and while summer entertaining outdoors can be so much fun, it’s really the fall when those perfect crips evenings beckon us outdoors.
Good morning, chic friends, and happy Wednesday! Are you in the mood to tour a warm and inviting home today? We know we are! This gorgeous Chatham, Massachusetts home, designed by Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects with interiors by SLC Interiors, is the perfect seaside home that hits all the high notes when it comes to style. So take a look around. You’re welcome to stay as long as you like!
Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here!
If you’re hanging on to summer, 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.
More Info about The Secret to Southern Charm
-A 2018 Spring Okra Pick -USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction -Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018 -Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List -Raleigh News & Observer’s “The Best Reads of Summer” -Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books” -New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick
Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.
After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.
Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.
But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.
Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).
Mom and I have both always loved infomercials. I know. They’re worse than reality TV. But it’s not like you set out to watch an infomercial. It’s something that just sort of happens. Not so much anymore, but, back in the days before DVR and OnDemand, we’d be up late, and one would just come on. And then we’d get sucked in, and, before we knew it, we were pulling out our credit card (Well, Mom’s credit card. I was a child.) and ordering Yoga Booty Ballet because the next fifty callers got a free set of resistance bands.
We already had three sets of resistance bands, but it’s something in that guy’s voice and all those women who went from a size 14 to a size 2 in three weeks and their asthma went away and they met the love of their life and won the lottery…
So we ordered Yoga Booty Ballet. And Billy Blank’s Tae Bo. And this cool thing you used to sort cans in the fridge. And something I can’t remember the name of that involved step aerobics. (Mom is really good at step aerobics. She was a preschool mom in the early 90’s so, you know…)
But there was this one infomercial I always used to see that intrigued me. It was for these detoxifying foot pads. You’d put them on when you slept and they would pull all the toxins and heavy metals out of your body and when you woke up the foot pads were black with all of the gross stuff pulled out of your body!
Now, Mom still has a Tony Little Gazelle in the garage, but she made fun of me for thinking these things would work. So I never got them.
Yesterday, I was in TJ Maxx trying to be patient while Will examined two dozen lunch boxes when I saw them. Those foot pads! And they were $4.99, so I bought them, despite the lack of a free set if I ordered in the next eight minutes. And I woke up this morning and they were black just like on the infomercial, and I am quite sure that my insides are squeaky clean and toxin and heavy metal free just like that happy girl on TV all those years ago!
So, sure, yeah, it’s probably just some sort of reaction with the heat in my body that turns that little pad black. But it makes you feel so accomplished. I mean, for every win–like the foot pad and Billy Blanks–there’s a thigh master and a can sorter that cans don’t actually fit in. But that’s half the fun. And this is why we love infomercials.
Something we love that’s a little less risky? Pea gravel.
We installed it in our backyard in Beaufort, and it has been a miracle for controlling moisture and keeping those pesky mosquitoes away.
Plus, it’s so pretty, which, frankly, was our initial appeal. The lack of Zika was just a happy side effect.
So, no, it’s not great for heels. But in flats or flip flops, gravel makes the most satisfying crunch underneath your feet.
And it’s such a beautiful juxtaposition with surrounding grass.
So, no, you probably won’t get a free gift with purchase with your pea gravel. But, on the very bright side, it’s also probably not going to end up unused in your garage. Speaking of, I’m off to unearth those Yoga Booty Ballet DVDs I haven’t seen since college. They were great. And I’m having the strangest urge to hunt down this Fluidity Barre system that I used to see all the time… Although, it’s way less fun to order informercial products now that I have to use my own credit card!
Wishing you a wonderful day, chic friends!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! We always love it when you do!
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.
The Secret To Southern Charm Tour
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
Hi, friends! Exciting news! My first novel, Dear Carolina, is only $1.99 today on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes and wherever you get your ebooks! Dear Carolina released May 5, 2015 and was one of:
*PopSugar’s Best Books for Women* *Huffington Post’s Summer Reading: Women’s Fiction Style* *Glitter Guide’s Must-Read List for June* *Deep South Magazine’s Best Beach Reads* *The Herald Sun’s Summer Reads*