In Good Taste: Southern Living Idea House

Southern Living Idea House exterior
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

Good morning, chic readers! We wait every single year for the unveiling of the Southern Living Idea House. It’s always chic and always full of inspiration, but we have to say that this one might have been our very favorite yet. 

 

Southern Living Idea House entrance
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

If you’re a big fan of before and afters (guilty!) then you have to go over to Southern Living and check out the befores. They will blow you away!

 

Southern Living Idea House dining room
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

We are also particularly excited that this show house is in Austin, Texas. We have never been to Austin, Texas but will be going on THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE book tour for a mother-daughter spa weekend! Massages, mani/pedis… Oh, and I’ll be speaking too! We’re super excited about touring around the Live Music Capital of the World! (Wouldn’t you think that was Nashville. Us too.)

 

Southern Living Idea House kitchen
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

We have to be honest: There wasn’t a lot redeeming about this house before. Plenty of architectural details and a unique features (these kitchen walls, anyone?) turned it into something to talk about!

 

Southern Living Idea House butler's pantry
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

As I said, we’ve never actually been to Austin, but we get the feeling that it has that fun, funky, eclectic vibe. And this house matches that absolutely perfectly. The mix of the antique, new and totally unique in this home mirror that perfectly. 

 

Southern Living Idea House bedroom
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

Slanted interior ceilings add so much charm and make for the coziest sleeping spaces we know of!

 

Southern Living Idea House bedroom
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

The variety of pinks in this bedroom is so darling. We can’t get enough pink! (BTW, we have this shell nightstand and are kind of obsessed with it.)

 

Southern Living Idea House mudroom
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

Mudrooms are pretty much the best idea of the 21st century. (Did they have them before the 21st century?) They pave the way for a neat, organized home–and we can’t wait to have one when our remodel is finished!

 

Southern Living Idea House porch

 

Anywhere in the South, porch sitting is pretty much mandatory. And with a porch like this, why wouldn’t it be? 

We hope you loved this gorgeous Southern Living Idea House as much as we did!

peachtree bluff series - Kristy Woodson Harvey

Resolving to read more in 2019? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, Book 2,  The Secret to Southern Charm, and Book 3, The Southern Side of Paradise releasing, May 7!  I’m so grateful for the support of my readers!

Also, don’t forget… 

Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble.  

 

June 1, 2019 Peachtree Bluff will be “taking over” Beaufort, NC, the town on which it was based. Every single person who preorders between now now and will be registered to win:

*Two tickets to the Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover and Tour–on Beaufort’s signature double decker red buses!

*Two tickets to the farm-to-table dinner and launch party under the stars at the Beaufort Historic Site

*Two nights lodging in Beaufort, NC

Just send an email with proof of purchase to [email protected] to enter!

Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

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What Would Jeffrey Dungan Do?

 

It has been 118 days since we evacuated for Hurricane Florence, which means it has also been 117 nights since I have slept in my bed. (Not that I’m keeping track.) I am not complaining about this, as I have kept all my New Year’s Resolutions–one being not to complain to my family about being out of my house and y’all are my family–for EIGHT ENTIRE DAYS. I know. It’s probably a world record. 

 

 

I’m feeling happy and inspired because, praise the Lord!, the tearing out has been done for weeks, but the putting back together is actually starting next week!! So I’m told…

I’ll be honest: I’ve been a little meh about picking everything out, which is totally unlike me. But when you spent two entire years of your life taking a house from dilapidated to your dream home, and then, four years later, you’re doing it again, your tastes haven’t really changed that much. So it’s like, do I keep it all the same? Or do I change stuff that I really love?

 

 

Fortunately, there’s Design Chic. And all the inspiration. And so, yesterday, I asked myself: 

 

 

What Would Jeffrey Dungan Do?

 

 

He would pick himself up by the bootstraps, get a new vision together, and, you know what? He’d probably add onto the house too. 

 

 

(I can’t say that for sure, but, I mean, look at his work? Who wouldn’t want more of that?)

 

 

I may have been feeling less than inspired but, fortunately, Mom has been saving up her energy for when I was feeling inspired. She is one of those people who can look at rooms taken to the studs and 1.4 seconds later have found inspiration photos for exactly what the layout should be and corresponding photos for exactly what materials you should use and…

 

 

These ceilings are definitely happening. Certainly in little Will’s room. They’re the perfect masculine touch. 

 

 

Oh, and the freestanding tub that there has been, quite frankly, a lot of grumbling about? Also happening. 

 

 

Did I say it had been 117 nights since I had slept in my bed? What I meant to say is that it had been 117 nights since I’d been in my bathtub. Cost per use, that thing is cheaper than anything else in the house. And I’m going to need it back soon or I’m never going to hit my reading goal for the year, which is an entirely different post.

 

 

If the construction doesn’t start soon, as promised, we can just build a tiny house in the backyard. (Again What Would Jeffrey Dungan Do?) This one is literally the cutest thing I’ve ever seen and…

 

 

I’m pretty sure I could live here forever. As long as it comes with a tub. 

Are you drooling over Dungan’s work like we are?

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Slightly South of Simple

 

What People are Saying about Slightly South of Simple

“Harvey’s devotion to realistic character development pays off by the end of the novel, which provides clear resolutions to some plots and leaves other hanging in a way that practically begs for a sequel…because Harvey is meticulous about closing out each character’s arc in a satisfying way….SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE is so warm, inviting and real…”—Bookpage

House Tour: Greenwich, Conn

 

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Good morning, chic readers! We hope your week is off to a fabulous start. We thought that a great house tour would be the perfect way to brighten our Monday — and we hope yours! And this Greenwich, Connecticut stunner? What would possibly be better? Enjoy!

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