In Good Taste: Laura Park Designs

 

If you’re looking for a little inspiration today, you’ve come to the right place! We are so, so excited to share the gorgeous work and fabulous collection of good friend, fellow UNC grad and ridiculously talented artist Laura Park of Laura Park Designs. We have long swooned over her art, but her new textile, apparel and accessory collections are so stunning that now we have one more reason to stalk her on Instagram

 

 

We knew they were beautiful in pictures, but the first time we saw Laura’s textiles in person at High Point Market, they stopped us dead in our tracks. They are too beautiful for words. One of her beyond gorgeous rugs was the first thing I got when we moved back into our house after the hurricane, and it makes me happy every, single day. Good art can do that, you know. If you could use a little happy (Couldn’t we all right now?!), take a peek at this fabulous collection–and treat yourself. You deserve it!


 

 


 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

Laura Sumrak Photography

 


 

 

 


 

 

 


 

Beautiful, right? I seriously have a Laura Park wishlist as long as my arm for when our addition gets finished. Wallpaper for my office, bedding for the new bedroom, a floor cloth for my bathroom, and those plates?! Those are a right-now must have. Let us know what’s on your Laura Park wishlist too! 

 

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Looking for the perfect weekend read?  I would love it if you would pick up Feels Like Falling!

 

More About Feels Like Falling:

It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.

Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy.

Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.

With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.

In her warmest, wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.

 

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10 Favorites from Entertaining Beautifully with Aerin Lauder

Aerin Lauder Entertaining Beautifully

 

An icon of style from a family name synonymous with beauty, Aerin Lauder knows–in addition to many, many other things–how to throw a party.

 

Aerin Lauder Entertaining Beautifully in blue and white
Lindsay Stall Photography

 

From setting the table for an intimate dinner,

 

Aerin Lauder Entertaining Beautifully spring table

 

To prepping for an outdoor brunch for a crowd,

 

Aerin Lauder Entertaining Beautifully

 

This tastemaker has an eye for what makes a space and a party come to life.

 

Aerin Lauder Entertaining Beautifully

 

Her latest book, Entertaining Beautifully, is a must-have for any avid entertainer–even if you’re simply dreaming of the time until you can throw parties again!

 

 

 

 

 

From tips every hostess should know,

 

 

 

To embracing every square inch of the holidays,

 

 

 

Entertaining Beautifully is full of inspiration for every occasion.

 

 

 

The perfect holiday gift, or addition to an already full library, this is a book that you will want to return to again and again! Check out Entertaining Beautifully–and let us know what you think!

 

 

All Photography Simon Upton Photography unless otherwise noted

Photography courtesy of Rizzoli New York

 

High Point Market with Worlds Away

 

We had the best time last week partnering with our friends at MyDoma and SOURCC to bring you some special backstage interviews and tours from High Point Market! Check out my fun tours with Worlds Away and Kravet.

 

Just a reminder about UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY preorder freebies!

EVERYONE who preorders and fills out the form will receive a 5×7 card of the Maren Devine Art cover painting, two quote cards by @mesweens_writes and a signed book plate!

I am so grateful for my readers and cannot WAIT to share UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY with all of you!!

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11 Favorite Kenian Finds

Kenian chairs on porch from Janie Molster
Janie Molster Interiors

 

Good morning, dear friends! It’s almost here! High Point Market!! It’s certainly going to look a bit different this year, and since many people aren’t going to make it there in person, we thought we’d bring the Market to you–starting with some of our fave pieces from Kenian Fine Rattan Furniture. This Dunmore Chair Rattan Frame is one of their newer pieces, and we’re totally obsessed! Indoors or out, this is a statement piece for sure.

 

Kenian dining director's chairs in Beaufort dining room
Smith Hardy Photography

 

This is my dining room, and, I have to admit: I bought not one, not two but three sets of bamboo director’s chairs before I landed on these beauties. They are perfection, and I’d choose them all over again!

 

James farmer design bedroom with Kenian chest
James Farmer

 

A good nightstand is hard to find. This Bachelor Chest in Antique Tortoise is the perfect blend of classic style, plenty of storage, and the right amount of surface area for bedside essentials!

 

James Farmer Design living room with grass cloth and Kenian bench
James Farmer

 

These charming Benches with Rush Seats are a blend of casual and elegant, British Colonial and Southern Summer! (And can we also talk about how Steel Magnolias is on this screen?!)

 

Amal Kapen living room in Blue and white
Amal Kapen

 

This sweet Kenian side table is one of our favorite, super versatile pieces. We love that you can turn it for a different size and feel.

 

Janie Molster design dining room
Janie Molster Designs

 

For the ultimate in fabulous dining and breakfast rooms, these Sidney Chairs are the ideal staple and can be covered in the fabric of your choice for extra customization.

 

James Farmer Design white kitchen
James Farmer

 

This Wicker Party Bucket is one of our absolute go-tos for entertaining! When we aren’t hosting (looking at you Covid…) we fill it with pretty potted plants for a pop of color on the patio.

 

Toledo Gellar blue and white living room with Kenian round mirror
Jessica Gellar | Jacob Snavely Photography

 

Kenian mirrors are some of our go-tos, and many can be customized in the color of your choice. This wicker mirror is a classic touch for an infusion of beachy character no matter where you are!

 

Amal Kapen breakfast room
Amal Kapen Interiors

 

Okay. So, yes, the director’s chairs are a forever favorite, but if we were going to go another way, these wicker chairs would be IT!

 

blue and white bedroom
Amal Kapen Interiors

 

Speaking of perfect nightstands… Especially for guest rooms (or very organized people!), this side table is the ultimate bedside companion.

 

playroom with Kenian bookcase
Smith Hardy Photography

 

We can’t get enough books in our house! This gorgeous Kenian English bookcase  is a true focal point that is great in any space. We’ll be sharing more from Market on October 16, but, in the meantime, take a virtual tour of Kenian’s showroom! 

Need more details about a Kenian piece or how to order? Shoot us an email to Beth or Kristy at mydesignchic @ gmail. com. (Spaces added to prevent spam, but please take them out when sending the email!) 

Kenian’s showroom will be open Oct 15-18th and anyone attending is welcome, appointments preferred, please contact [email protected]

 

Speaking of High Point Market… I’ll be conducting Vendor Interviews all day on October 16 to give you secret intel and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at some of your favorite showrooms–and with Market Execs. Don’t miss it!

 

 

 

ICYMI: Feels Like Falling is a USA Today Bestseller!

 

And an American Book Association Bestseller… And a Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller… And a Bookscan Bestseller… And it’s all because of YOU! So alllll the thank yous, my wonderful readers! I am truly wowed by all of you. Thank you again for all your support!! I am so grateful for each and every one of you! If you haven’t picked up your copy, check it out now!

 

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