Things We Love: Gorgeous Gardens

boxwood gardens
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Jeff Herr PhotographyC. Brandon Ingram Architect

 

With the days getting (gloriously!) longer, sunnier and warmer, all we want to do is be outside! Now is the perfect time to start thinking about planting, pruning, designing and getting our gardens in tip top shape for spring. It’s only a week away, after all. Take a peek at a few of our favorite gardens–from sleek and simple to deliciously full of blooms, there’s the perfect garden for every yard. 

 

Howard Design Studio| Emily Followill Photography

 

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Hollander Design

 

boxwood gardens with pea gravel from Loi Thai
Loi Thai

 

Huge hydrangeas are our most favorite. We hope you’re feeling as full of garden inspiration as we are. Bring on spring! 

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What Your Favorite Influencers are Saying about my next novel, Feels Like Falling:

Before I even start a Kristy Woodson Harvey novel, I know that I am in for a captivating story laced with delightful characters.  Gray has hit a string of bad luck.  Loss of a loved one, a cheating spouse, and a sister who has made the wrong decision in choosing a spouse.  Enter: Diana, who is facing challenges of her own. One of which is caused by Gray. I can’t wait to start this wonderful book.  I have yet to finish a Kristy Woodson Harvey novel without a smile and a tear.  —Preppy Empty Nester

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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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Favorite Parterre Gardens

parterre gardens Howard Design Studio
Howard Design Studio| Emily Followill Photography


 
We love the formality and symmetry of a parterre garden.  Check out a few of our favorites and gain a bit of inspiration of your own!

 

Howard Design Studio garden
Howard Design Studio| Emily Followill Photography

 

Dan Gordon Landscape Architect parterre garden
Dan Gordon Landscape Architect

 

dan gordon parterre garden
Dan Gordon Landscape Architect

 

One Kings Lane Bunny Williams
One Kings Lane

 

Which parterre garden is you favorite?

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The Southern Side of Paradise Peachtree Bluff Series

Looking for the perfect summer read? Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Betchesand more all think you should slip my new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, into your beach or pool bag. Have you checked it out yet?

 

Slightly South of Simple

If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store

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The Southern Side of Paradise Tour Continues:

 

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE,  

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE, 7pm – 9pm

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD, 11am – 1pm

August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC, 3pm

August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC, 6pm

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC, 2:00pm

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY, 5pm – 7:30pm

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

 

 

Things We Love: Spring in the Garden

Spring garden hydrangeas
Howard Design Studio| Emily Followill Photography

 

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 Howard Design Studio| Emily Followill Photography

 

Spring Garden espalier
Howard Design Studio| Emily Followill Photography

 

spring garden parterreHoward Design Studio| Emily Followill Photography

 

spring garden
Hollander Design

 

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Hollander Landscape

 

spring garden bench
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles| Emily Followill Photography

 

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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

 

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