In Good Taste: Bellwether Landscape Architects

Bellwether Landscape Architects stone arch

 

We can’t believe it’s back-to-school time already. We love experiencing every season to the fullest here in NC, but none has quite the finite ending point of summer. We don’t know about you, but, for us, this one absolutely flew by!

 

 Bellwether Landscape Architects planters

 

We were lamenting the end of long, lazy, sandy days, but these past couple the temperature has dropped just the tiniest bit, the edge has come off the humidity, and we’re sort of loving getting back on schedule. (Sort of.)

 

Bellwether Landscape Architects outdoor area

 

We think we’re ready to welcome fall! (Not that it was waiting on us…)

 

 Bellwether Landscape Architects curb appeal

 

We’re lucky to be able to spend a good 9-10 months of the year enjoying the outside, but there is no time quite as sweet or special as the fall.

 

Bellwether Landscape Architects boxwood pathway

 

Perfect temperatures, changing foliage and crisp evenings make it the ideal time for dining, playing and relaxing al fresco!

 

 Bellwether Landscape Architects garage and pool house

 

Nowhere is that better than in our own backyards.

 

Bellwether Landscape Architects outdoor area

 

And, trust, us, we are taking copious notes and tons of inspiration from these stunning outdoor spaces by Bellwether Landscape Architects.

 

 Bellwether Landscape Architects espalier

 

Perfectly manicured beds,

 

Bellwether Landscape Architects gate to pool

 

Charming accents that bid guests welcome,

 

Bellwether Landscape Architects garden gate

 

And an eye toward laid-back yet luxurious style,

 

 

Create landscapes that are perfectly styled in any season.

 

 

A stunning exterior might be the foundation,

 

boxwood garden
Bellwether Landscape Architects via Dering Hall

 

But it is the right landscaping that pulls the look together. Are you dreaming of any updates to your yard this fall? 

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Are you looking for the perfect Labor Day reads? Check out my Peachtree Bluff Series!

Peachtree Bluff Series

Harvey, considered to be the “it girl” of Southern fiction, introduces the first novel in the Peachtree Bluff Series this spring. Child, this book is everything! We’re hoping to see this soapy read on the Hallmark Channel.” (—Jamey Giddens Daytime Confidential)

 

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Things We Love: Boxwoods in the Garden

boxwoods garden
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! 

boxwoods garden
Hollander Design

 

boxwood garden
Hollander Design

 

boxwoods in the garden
Architectural Digest- Home of jewelry designer Elizabeth Locke

 

boxwoods garden
Bunny Williams Garden- One Kings Lane

 

Bellwether Landscape Architects via Dering Hall

 

boxwood garden
Hollander Design

 

boxwood garden
Hollander Design

 

boxwoods garden
Hollander Design

 

boxwoods in parterre garden
Hollander Design

 

boxwoods garden
Janice Parker Landscape Architect via Dering Hall

 

boxwoods garden
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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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!

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Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!

We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site

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Things We Love: Spring in the Garden

Spring garden hydrangeas
Howard Design Studio

 

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 a beautiful garden. Check out a few of our favorite gardens and gain a bit of inspiration of your own! 

 

spring garden design
Mariana Landscape – Linda Oyama Bryan Photography via Dering Hall

 

spring garden
Howard Design Studio

 

Spring Garden espalier
Howard Design Studio

 

Spring Garden home and garden
Janice Parker Landscape via Dering Hall

 

spring garden design
Janice Parker Landscape Architect via Dering Hall

 

spring garden
King Garden Designs – Katherine Sadler Photography via Dering Hall

 

spring garden parterre
Howard Design Studio

 

spring garden
Hollander Design

 

spring garden
Hollander Landscape

 

spring garden bench
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!

We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

Tour a Charming Historic Cottage and More

historic cottage home tour

 

Historic Cottage Home Tour

connecticut cottages and gardens

 

Better Homes and Garden dining room

 

Create a Casual, Comfortable Area for Dining and Entertaining

better homes and gardens

 

Victorian dining room

 

Inside a San Francisco Victorian’s Chic Dining Room Design

one kings lane

 

bathroom with freestanding tub

 

13 Baths Made for Lounging

architectural digest

 

lighting sale at Horchow

 

After-Christmas Clearance Up to 65% Off

horchow

 

formal garden

 

6 Secrets for a Formal Garden That’s Also Fun

one kings lane

 

Diane James Home faux flowers

 

Flowers so Beautiful,  You Won’t Believe They are Faux

diane james home

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

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!

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE!

 

Prepare Your Covered Porch for Fall Entertaining

covered porch
Beth Webb Interiors

 

With the summer behind us and fall temperatures here, one thing is for sure: It’s porch sitting season!

covered porch
Urban Grace Interiors

 

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.

porch
Architectural Digest

 

Whether dining with a group of treasured friends…

covered porch with summer classics furniture
Summer Classics

 

Or gathering for cocktails after the kids’ soccer game,

covered porch
Leah Bailey Interior Design

 

Or simply treating yourself to a quiet morning cup of coffee with a magazine that has been waiting to be read,

covered porch with wicker furniture
Historical Concepts

 

These ten stunning porches fit the bill for whatever outdoor activities you might have in mind!

covered porch with wicker furniture
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

We adore bamboo for its beachy feel that works well in any setting,

covered porch
Ken Tate Architect

 

And iron, aluminum and wrought iron are classic looks that are always in style–especially in black and white.

covered porch
Heather A.Wilson Architect

 

But the thing we covet most of all, the thing on our porch wishlist, is an amazing hanging bed.

covered porch
Geoff Chick Design

 

For sitting, swinging or even that elusive front porch nap, these hanging beds are as comfortable as they are chic.  What’s on your porch wishlist? 

 

If you need a good read while you’re relaxing on your porch, why not check out my national bestselling The Secret to Southern Charm

 

The Secret to Southern Charm

A House with a View in Massachusetts

Chatham living room

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!

Chatham, Massachusetts office

 

Chatham, Massachusetts sunroom

 

Chatham, Massachusetts kitchen

 

Chatham, Massachusetts dining room

 

Chatham bedroom

 

Chatham bedroom

 

Chatham beach house

 

Chatham porch

 

Chatham beach house

 

Chatham beach house

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New England Home Magazine Photography by Nat Rea

 

Don’t Miss the Serena & Lily Friends & Family Sale

20% Off EVERYTHING with code HOMELOVE

 

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The Secret to southern Charm

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).

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