House Tour: Marshall Watson’s East Hampton Home

East Hampton house tour

 

When Mom and I started Design Chic in 2010, we thought we were going to blog for one year. The major purpose of Design Chic was going to be to share things that we loved with each other.  We certainly never expected anyone to actually read it or anything crazy like that. Nine years and several hundred thousand followers later we never in a million years could have imagined that we would have met so many incredible, talented, amazing people through this website.

 

Marshall Watson entrance hall

 

One of our favorite people we’ve met in the last nine years? Hands-down, Marshall Watson, whose stunning East Hampton home we are touring today.

 

Marshall Watson living room

 

We have long been amazed by Marshall’s ability to shift from one style to another very different one with effortless ease, making each home uniquely suited to its owners, for years. Nowhere is that fact better evidenced than in his gorgeous book, The Art of Elegance. (If you don’t have it, treat yourself today! You’ll thank us!)

 

Marshall Watson Interiors house tour living room

 

When Marshall and his husband Paul Sparks made the trek all the way to Beaufort, NC, where I live, to speak about The Art of Elegance, we recognized immediately that Marshall was as gracious and kind (and fun!) as we had thought.

 

Marshall Watson Interiors house tour

 

Even still, we never could have imagined what happened next. 

 

Marshall Watson Interiors house tour

 

Marshall was incredibly instrumental in making me a part of East Hampton Authors Night a few weeks ago, and even more amazingly, he opened his home for the most idyllic dinner party you could imagine. A long table spread across Marshall and Paul’s porch, steps from their enviable garden with the cool late summer breeze coming off of Gardiner’s Bay, which sparkled just beyond.

 

Marshall Watson Interiors living room

 

And, if you think Marshall and Paul’s home is stunning in pictures, you should see it in real life. The couples’ finds are paired with beautiful pieces from Marshall’s own collection–like these intricately designed end tables and coffee table–to create a truly one-of-a-kind look that is supremely elegant. 

 

Marshall Watson Interiors

 

Marshall never forgets about the ceiling, as is evidenced in almost every room of his home, 

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design East Hampton Home

 

And unique, well thought out touches, like this antique chandelier that creates a candlelit wonderland, reflect the couple’s sentiments and style.

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design East Hampton Home

 

Lovely Delft tiles grace many of the rooms in the home, creating unity and a nod to the sea beyond the door.

 

 

Among the glamour, though, this house doesn’t ever take itself too seriously. 

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design kitchen

 

Lyrics of Marshall’s father’s favorite song, Blue Skies, add a meaningful and slightly whimsical element to the well-appointed chef’s kitchen. 

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design guest bedroom

 

Guests are treated like royalty in a truly lovely guest bedroom, complete with Swedish furnishings–

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design bedroom

 

And luscious linens. 

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design bathroom

 

Even in the bathrooms, not a single detail is overlooked. 

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design bedroom

 

And in the gorgeous master, the view beyond the windows of idyllic Gardiner’s Bay is the most stunning focal point imaginable.

 

Marshall Watson interior design

 

This is hands-down my favorite shot of our incredible evening, taken at the very end of the night. It makes me laugh every time I see it!

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design dinner party

 

Marshall at the helm of the gorgeous table he created. Many of the flowers are from Marshall and Paul’s garden and the delicious meal–cooked by Marshall–was also largely grown in their own backyard. Amazing!

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design

 

Mom and me having a blast!

Needless to say, we hope to return to East Hampton very soon. Marshall and Paul, thank you so much for opening your stunning home to us–and for sharing it with Design Chic readers today!

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

Five Days of Giveaways!

We’re celebrating Feels Like Falling with five days of giveaways! To enter ALL FIVE giveaways, simply:

  1. PreorderFeels Like Falling from you favorite independent bookstore or online retailer.
  2. Email me at [email protected]

You will be entered in ALL FIVE giveaways–and will receive upcoming freebies when they’re available such as deleted scenes from Feels Like Falling, exclusive interviews, fun printables, great recipes and more!

We’re Giving Away:

Tuesday, August 20: 1 Signed Copy of Happy Hand Lettering, the fabulous new book by one of my favorite NC gals, Maghon Taylor of All She Wrote Notes! *WINNER ANNOUNCED OVER ON INSTAGRAM @kristywharvey!
Wednesday, August 21: A pair of Sassie Rocks Beach Babiesbracelets for you and your BRF! (That’s your best reader friend.)
Thursday, August 22: One dozen gorgeously decorated, undeniably delicious cookies from Southern Sugar Bakery!
Friday, August 23: THE VERY FIRST advance copy of Feels Like Falling! (To be shipped on Sept. 20.)
Saturday, August 24: A signed pillow from Craig Conover of Southern Charm’s Sewing Down South Collection–from Beaufort Linen Co.‘s August 24th in-store event! (I’ll be there. Hope to see you!)

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Ten Favorite: Parterre Gardens

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Alec Michaelides, Land Plus Associates Ltd

 

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!

Parterre Garden - Elizabeth Locke 's Virginia Farmhouse
Elizabeth Locke ‘s Virginia Farmhouse

 

parterre gardens Howard Design Studio
Howard Design Studio

 

parterre garden Howard Design Studio
Howard Design Studio

 

Parterre garden architectural digest
Marc Appleton – Architectural Digest

 

Dan Gordon Landscape Architect parterre garden
Dan Gordon Landscape Architect

 

dan gordon parterre garden
Dan Gordon Landscape Architect

 

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles parterre garden
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 

 

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: 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!

For more inspiration visit our Instagram and Pinterest and our Top Ten Posts  HERE!

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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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!

 

Things We Love: White Gardens

white garden
Hollander Design

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having an amazing Monday. I had a full long weekend of good, old- fashioned girls’ fun with three of my best ever friends. 

white gardens
Hollander Design

 

My husband joked that it was our twenty-ninth preschool reunion. And it kind of was. 

white gardens
Hollander Design

 

We do it every year, get together for a few days. It has become more difficult as marriages have happened and babies have been born, but we always find a way to work it all out and reconnect. 

white gardens
Outstanding American Gardens via Architectural Digest

 

Because some things are absolutely too good to let go of. 

white gardens
Hollander Design

 

We tell new stories and, of course, the same old ones. Because some things are classics. 

white gardens
Hollander Design

 

One of those classics? White gardens

white gardens
Hollander Design

 

They are the little black dress of gardens, simple, chic and always in style. 

white gardens
Howard Design Studio

 

They go with any home exterior, in any climate. 

white gardens
Mariana Landscape

 

And just a touch of beauitful white blooms–like these hydrangeas–goes a long way. 

white gardens
Hollander Design

 

A pea gravel path is a lovely accessory. 

white gardens
Hollander Design

 

And as gorgeous as they look in full bloom in Spring, they are stunning in all green as well. 

white gardens
Robin Kramer Landscaping

 

Because white gardens, like the best friendships, are perfect in any season. 

Are you a fan of white gardens or do you prefer more vibrant blooms? Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your day!


The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re planning your Labor Day 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.

 

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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  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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