The Power of Connections

holiday gifts
J. Crew


‘Tis the season, readers. For trees and presents

Lilly Bunn


Friends and fellowship,

Meg Braff Designs


And gathering around a home cooked meal.

Thanksgiving dining
Rose and Ivy


Because these next few weeks are about celebrating, about savoring, about remembering.But, most importantly of all, they’re about connecting. 


Marie Flanigan

In the rush of the decorating and the shopping, the parties and the egg nog, the kids’ programs and present wrapping, there are moments, many of them, in fact, that are tailor made for connecting, for remembering who and what is most important in our lives. 

family room wood
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


Whether it’s taking the time to reconnect with a friend you haven’t seen in far too long in the corner of a crowded party over the fa-la-las blaring through the speakers,

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


Or staying up far too late whispering with that relative that you haven’t seen since last ChristmasFighting over who gets to sit at the best seat, the one beside Grandmother and, even better, her stories of holidays past,

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


Or deciding to forgo gifts this year in favor of good, true, quality time together, we hope that this season can be filled, for each of you, with what we all need perhaps most of all: love, relationships and a reminder of where we come from and where we want to go. Because, amid the bells and tinsels, the festivities and the merriment, there is always time for remembering what is most important.

Speaking of connections, we are so grateful for our By Invitation Only group this holiday season–and the friendship of these remarkable women. To see each of their takes on connections this season, visit Daily Plate of Crazy, where we’ll all be linking up!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for making Design Chic a part of your day!


If you’re in the Triangle, NC area, I would love to see you this Thursday night, November 16 at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC at 7 pm. I’ll be there signing Slightly South of Simple, sipping champagne and talking books with my friends and fellow Tall Poppy writers Katie Rose Guest Pryal and Susan Bishop Crispell. Come join us!











In Good Taste: Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath


Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

As the year comes to an end and the holidays begin, our kitchens begin to take center stage. The heart of home is certainly a vital part of our festivities and day-to-day lives all year round, but never do we realize their importance as much as when we’re cooking those Christmas meals. For inspiration on how to live well in your kitchen, from now all the way into the New Year, take a page from Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath. 




















Wishing you a wonderful day with a bit of time to relax and enjoy this beautiful season!

Preparing for the Holidays!

Pottery Barn


With just 5 weeks left until Christmas, shopping is off and running at our house. If you’re looking for perfect gifts in all price ranges,and if you’re doing a little sprucing up at your house in preparation for a holiday party or welcoming guests for the weekend, we’ve found everything you need!  Happy weekend, friends!










Our Favorite for Holiday Gift Giving!

Our Christmas Traditions!

Shop Terrain

While we love adding modern aspects into our decor, when it comes to the holidays, we’re all about tradition. Christmas in particular is, to us, about family, about everyone gathered around the same tree. And, while it seems contradictory, maybe that’s the reason that we’ve scarcely had a Christmas with only our family around the table…




The first book signing I ever attended might have ruined me for all other book signings in the future. It was for Alessandra Branca’s gorgeous New Classic Interiors. In Manhattan. At Bergdorf Goodman. Needless to say, the woman knows a thing or two about entertaining. (Also needless to say, it was one of the more glamorous book signings I’ve been a part of…) So, if you’re finalizing your holiday party plans, take a peek below for some fabulous Alessandra Branca inspiration. Happy soiree planning! 


Styling the Bar Cart

APD Architects

 It’s getting to be the holidays again and that can only mean one thing… Entertaining time!

Domino – Deborah Jaffe Photography

 Nothing adds style and function to the living room quite like a versatile bar cart.


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