Things We Love: Pea Gravel in the Garden

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Howard Design Studio

 

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.

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Hollander Designs

 

 

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… 

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Suzanne Kasler via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

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…)

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Robert Couturier  via CTC&G

 

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!

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Hollander Design

 

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. 

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Stroudwater Design Group via Dering Hall

 

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!

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CCT&G

 

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. 

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Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Something we love that’s a little less risky? Pea gravel.

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Architectural Digest

 

We installed it in our backyard in Beaufort, and it has been a miracle for controlling moisture and keeping those pesky mosquitoes away.

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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

Plus, it’s so pretty, which, frankly, was our initial appeal. The lack of Zika was just a happy side effect.

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CTC&G

 

So, no, it’s not great for heels. But in flats or flip flops, gravel makes the most satisfying crunch underneath your feet.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

And it’s such a beautiful juxtaposition with surrounding grass.

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CTC&G

 

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!

 

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  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 

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Dear Carolina

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*

It’s the perfect addition to your beach bag!

Things We Love: A Gorgeous White Garden

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Howard Design Studio

 

It is summer and that means time for gardens galore!

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Architectural Digest

 

Sitting in them, admiring them… We love all of that!

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Hollander Design 

 

The planting and keeping alive is where things get dicey. Fortunately, hardy favorites like these gorgeous hydrangeas are stunning and well within our wheelhouse.

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Howard Design Studio

 

We don’t know about you, but we love beautiful blooms that we can cut and move into our own house. It’s such an easy and chic touch.

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Howard Design Studio

 

We love so many different kinds of gardens, from the streamlined to the very, very complicated.

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Howard Design Studio

 

A fabulous patio is one of the best parts of spring. But, without a luscious view, porch sitting can fall flat.

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Milieu Magazine

 

That’s certainly not a problem for any of these lovely landscapes!

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Carolyn Roehm’s Garden via AD

 

Tea in the garden, yes please!

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Carolyne Roehm

 

Carolyne Roehm knows a thing or two about beautiful outdoor living in any season. We love them all, but there isn’t anything quite like spring, is there?

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Loi Thai

 

This beautiful yard reminds us of a perfectly tailored pair of black pants. They fit so well that they can’t help but be gorgeous.

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Hamptons Cottages Gardens – Tria Giovan Photography

 

Of course, a little water in the garden never hurts. What a beautiful pool to catch a few rays beside!


The Secret to Southern Charm

Speaking of, if you need something to read while you’re catching rays this summer, look no further than The Secret to Southern Charm! Summer is the perfect time to get up to date on the Murphy girls and Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a town where the breeze is warm, the sun is shining, and nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems!

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House Tour: A Character-Filled Oasis

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Charm. That’s the word that comes to mind when considering this fabulous Atlanta home designed by the talented Meridy King. Incredible architectural details, eclectic style and a landscape plan to write home create a beautiful oasis amidst the city life.

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The perfect mix of antique and modern, this is the kind of office that is full of inspiration–and perfect for meeting clients!

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A round dining table is one of our favorite things. Especially in a square dining room, it is so chic and allows for conversation in a way that other shapes simply don’t.

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Rustic touches are always welcome.

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This room proves that you don’t have to pick a “style.” Traditional, laid-back furnishings pair perfectly with modern art and a rustic fireplace.

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And, of course, accessories always put something great over the top!

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It’s amazing how simple architectural details can add so much charm. 

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The outdoor living spaces perfectly mirror the interior of this fabulous home. 

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In the outdoors, as with interiors, it’s all about the little things! The details make this space so chic.

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Just, wow. This is a photo made for Pinterest! And wonderful conversation with someone you love.

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Lush and well planned yet totally unfussy, this is the kind of landscape architecture dreams are made of! Do you see those tiny stone steps into the water? Swooning! The dog looks almost as if he was planted there to perfect the scene!

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Thanks so much to all of you for making Design Chic a part of your day. We love it when you stop by!

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


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.

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Porch Sitting Essentials for Summer

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Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Good morning, chic readers! Porch sitting season is in full swing and, we don’t know about you, but we couldn’t be more excited!

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Ken Tate Architect

 

This idyllic gazebo by the sea is just the kind of place where we’d like to spend the next few months. And this beautiful custom railing adds even more appeal to this charming spot. 

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Coastal Living Magazine -Photo: Lisa Romerein

 

When it comes to porch essentials, we tend to think about furniture and accessories, lighting and the perfect tray to carry those sundown cocktails, but porch railings are another absolute essential and can help define the look and feel of a porch.

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Coastal Living Magazine – J. Savage Gisbson Photography

 

This classic X-railing is airy and open and screams summertime. (Although it’s probably not the best for containing toddlers!)

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Coats Homes

 

A beautiful wrought iron rail is both classic and sophisticated and tends to hold up really well.

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Coastal Living Magazine- Tria Giovan Photography

 

We are absolutely loving wire terrace railing lately, especially for maintaining a crisp, clear view. Wire adds a bit of a modern feel too. 

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Alessandra Branca Bahamas House – Architectural Digest

 

Chippendale is another classic favorite and, in a fun color, it helps turn a porch into an outdoor living room with tons of personality. 

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HC&G

 

You know how much we love architectural details, and porch railings are no exception. As with furniture, sometimes rails are even chicer when you mix and match styles for a totally custom look. 

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Architectural Digest

 

Aerin Lauder’s Palm Beach retreat is stunning any way you slice it and these turned balusters contribute to the old world glamour. 

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Historical Concepts

 

For that quintessential mountain feel, there is nothing like a railing made from locust logs and branches. This one is exquisite and blends right in with the nature surrounding it. 

What is your favorite type of porch railing?

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What A Touch of Teal is Saying about My Latest Novel, The Secret to Southern Charm:

“Last fall, I read Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey and fell in love with Ansley, and her daughters, Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson. (You can read my recap of that book here.) Luckily for me, the gals are back in this second installment of the Peachtree Bluff Series, entitled The Secret to Southern Charm… This story is heartwarming, and had me flipping its pages late into the night.”

 

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Things We Love: Boxwood Gardens

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Hollander Design

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 sprucing our yards for spring right now. We love flowers and bright blooms and pretty colors intermixed, but when it comes to the staple backdrop, nothing is better than beautiful boxwoods. From a small hedge to an entire garden, boxwoods are incredibly versatile and look great anywhere. Check out a few of our favorite boxwood gardens and gain a bit of inspiration of your own! 

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Hollander Design

 

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Hollander Design

 

Architectural Digest- Home of jewelry designer Elizabeth Locke

 

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Bunny Williams Garden- One Kings Lane

 

Bellwether Landscape Architects via Dering Hall

 

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Hollander Design

 

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Hollander Design

 

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Hollander Design

 

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Hollander Design

 

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Janice Parker Landscape Architect via Dering Hall

 

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Loi Thai

The former garden of our friend Loi Thai is a great one to end on and one of our favorites of the entire bunch. Perfectly manicured and vibrantly green, it’s everything a boxwood garden should be!

 

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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 Livings best beach reads, to slip in you tote.

COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! 

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In Good Taste: Carpenter & MacNeille

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Good morning, readers! Are you having a good day? I am in Parma, Ohio, today, a suburb of Cleveland, preparing to speak at the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

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If you are in the area, I would love to see you at 7pm this evening! 

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In the meantime, take a peek at the good taste of Carpenter&MacNeille Architects and Builders.

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 From gorgeous chef’s kitchens that would make even the worst cook want to spend more time behind the stove,

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 To fabulous architectural details like rustic beams that set the tone for the entire home,

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Carpenter & MacNeille is masterful at creating spaces that reflect a family’s style. See more of why we love them here and here

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 Light, bright and beautiful, touches of wood and stone give this home a mountainous feel but still make it seem airy.

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The right touches make somewhere new seem lived in and loved through time, the perfect combination of old and new.

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This dog has the right idea! Window seats are some of our favorite places for resting. (And this dog looks like it was designed to go in the house!)

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There’s no better combination than Carolina blue and white — especially during basketball season! Switching it up with blue trim is a fun touch.

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 And this tub is the most relaxing focal point we can imagine!

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Sitting by the fire has never looked so good. A game table is a great way to incorporate family fun.

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With an outdoor space like this, who needs to go inside at all? This space is amazing!! We think you will agree that the work of Carpenter & Macneille is in good taste.  Happy Tuesday, sweet friends!

 

 

Looking for a gift for Mom for Mother’s Day?  Pick up a copy of The Secret to Southern Charm.  It’s the perfect Mother’s Day read!

 

 

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