In Good Taste: Janie Molster Designs

Janie Molster entrance

Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to have the fabulous Janie Molster,  with us today, answering our burning questions–and lending a few tips! Thanks for stopping by, Janie, and for sharing your gorgeous work with us.

Janie Molster library

How did you get started as a designer?
My friend had business cards printed for me.  I think everyone close to me could see this path for me, except me.  Once I dove in, it became crystal clear.  I had always been somewhat obsessed about my environment–staying up all night in rental apartments painting the walls until they were exactly right, etc. When my husband and I bought our first house and I was able to flex my design muscle a bit more, I got some calls and requests for advice and help and and here we are.

Janie Molster dining room

Where do you get your inspiration?
I have been asked that question before and honestly, my answer changes constantly.  Last night I received a couple of new shelter magazines and sending a quick shout-out to my design industry peers–YOU inspire me!  I love to see what other people are creating and I love to watch trends.  I may not hop on every one but creativity breeds more creativity.  Following others in my field and having an inspiration group to bounce ideas off of is so valuable to me.

Janie Molster kitchen

Do you have a favorite project to date? Or a favorite type of project that tends to be your favorite?
It’s often the last project.  I begin missing my clients and our frequent talks and trouble-shooting sessions.  We call it “uncoupling”…very hard.  Right now I am in the midst of something wonderful: a large lodge in the Allegheny mountains.  The lodge sits adjacent to another project we have done for the same clients (our 5th project for them).  Needless to say, we have a great understanding of each other and things are coming together seamlessly.  The lodge will be a second home on the property with a few bedrooms as well as entertaining spaces geared for large events–almost like a mini-conference center with a residential perspective. There are some amazing craftsmen on the project. Stay tuned.

Janie Molster kitchen

What is your favorite tip for making small spaces feel larger?
Use fewer, bigger pieces and edit, edit edit.  People tend to think in a small space, use small furniture and clutter things up with teensy tables and chairs.   Also important is to use large room-size rugs that hug the perimeter of the space.

Janie Molster bedroom

What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?
Skilled labor.  The trades that I rely on daily are harder and harder to find.  Fyi…we are always hiring: Conservationists who can repair antique furnishings and art, seamstresses who can produce couture-quality window dressings, custom upholsterers, decorative painters, etc.  

Janie Molster bedroom

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?
No question, mothering 5 children.  If I can share any wisdom to other designers, especially those in the throes of parenting, always choose family first.  I am blessed that my career has successfully weathered the storm of a few years of intermittent attention.  There were times when I was barely keeping my foot in the door of the design world–so I guess that’s the answer.  Biggest accomplishment: Keeping my foot in the door.

Janie Molster bedroom

Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?
I am in love with all of the upholstery designs by John Saladino.  His pieces were innovative on day 1 and they never feel dated.  I also love what Susan Ferrier is doing with McAlpine.  While her work had a moody edginess about it, she fully embraces femininity.  She doesn’t shy away from pretty–she sets it on fire.

Janie Molster porch

Ebooks or hardbacks?
Hardbacks for sure.  Give me a rainy day and stack of my dog-eared design books–Nirvana.
M&Ms or Skittles?
green peanut M&M’s…they bring good luck 🙂
Coffee or tea?
coffee.  Can’t tie my shoes in the am without it.

Favorite color?
pink, every shade
Accessory you couldn’t live without?
personal?
It’s the leather lariat I have worn every day for years.  It’s light and simple–I can run, swim and sleep in it.  It fits snug around my neck and has a simple gold ball at the end.  My dear friend, Atlanta jewelry designer Jeanmarie Quarterman made it for me.
decorative?
My collection of vessels and sculptures by New Orleans artist Julie Silvers that move around my house all the time–looking perfect in every room.  
Go-to paint color?
Love trim and doors in Galveston Gray by Benjamin Moore.

Janie Molster porch

Thank you so much for stopping by today, Janie! We loved having you here–and couldn’t love your beautiful designs any more! 

 

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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

More Tour Dates

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 8: Figure Eight Island Yacht Club Author Series, Figure Eight, NC,  

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

 

In Good Taste: Island Architects

Island Architects

If the cool breezes and clear water of the Islands are calling your name but you can’t get away, look no further! These gorgeous homes by Island Architects are reminiscent of a day spent by water. Stunning architectural details and beautiful decor are hallmarks of each of these stylish retreats. We hope you enjoy exploring them as much as we did!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We always love it when you stop by.

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If you’re looking for a perfect Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out Slightly South of Simple!  Happy Monday!

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Creating a Spa Like Master Bath

Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

As the world spins faster and we get busier and busier in our lives, it is increasingly more important for our homes to become the soothing retreats  we need to unwind. There’s no place where that is more important than in the first place you see in the morning and the last place you visit at night: the master bathroom. Whether it’s adding beautiful vanities that look as much like stunning furniture as sinks, or making sure the lighting is just right, the little things can help ensure that this all-important room feels like an oasis. While we can’t create a view, we can make the most of it in our bathrooms, focusing on maximizing light through the windows and situating our baths on the most private ends of our homes.

 

Jenkins Interiors bathroom with herringbone tile floors
Jenkins Interiors

 

There is nothing quite as relaxing as a steam shower in the privacy of your own master bathroom. This luxury is getting easier and easier to install. Soaking tubs are another easy bathroom staple that can truly make you feel like you’ve had a relaxing spa day in the comfort of your own home. Simple elements from the outdoors can make your bath feel soothing and calmer. Just a few fresh flowers or a simple plant are the perfect addition. What are your favorite elements of a spa-like bathroom?

 

 

If you’re looking for a perfect Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out Slightly South of Simple!  

 

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In Good Taste: Barbara Westbrook Interior Design

Good morning, chic readers. We hope your week is off to a wonderful start. We don’t know about you, but we are dreaming of Memorial Day. All those white dresses and seersucker suits, not to mention sunshine and pool time. 

Barbara Westbrook living room

Here, there’s a big band party and dinner to mark the occasion, not to mention cookouts and beach time, boating, a parade. We know it’s not the official start of summer, but it feels that way all the same.

Barbara Westbrook living room

This bright, airy room feels perfect for summer and is the epitome of Barbara Westbrook’s good taste. The perfectly worn rug and those welcoming Carolina blue shutters might be our favorite parts… Although it’s hard to choose, isn’t it?

Barbara Westbrook dining

Dining rooms often feel too open to us, a little bit empty and formal. This one is as warm and welcoming as the friends we can imagine around it!

 

Rustic beams, wood cabinets and dark floors make this kitchen feel cozy and intimate, the perfect place for a long chat over a good cup of coffee.

Barbara Westbrook kitchen

Wide plank floors have to be one of the best kitchen flooring options of all time. Whether a house is old or new they add that instant feeling of history and age–the graceful kind, of course.

Barbara Westbrook kitchen

This is the inspiration photo dream kitchens are made of! Plenty of room for food prep, storage, setting a fabulous table… This kitchen has it all! 

Barbara Westbrook kitchen

For large kitchens, we adore this double island look. One for eating, one for food prep. It’s perfect!

 

Barbara Westbrook bathroom

Black and white is one of our favorite color combos, of course. Shades of gray only up the ante!

Barbara Westbrook bathroom

We’ve always loved a little glamour in the bathroom. Pretty metallics and an accent chandelier fit the bill perfectly. 

Barbara Westbrook porch

This is exactly what we were talking about! The kind of scene Memorial Days were made for. 

Wishing you a little sand in your toes–and a copy of Slightly South of Simple in your hand–this Memorial Day weekend! 

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What Design Bloggers are Saying about Slightly South of Simple:

“I have to rave a little bit about Kristy Woodson Harvey’s books…they have honestly turned into my favorite books to curl up with and just get lost in. I recently just read her newest book, Slightly South of Simple {click here to see review} and I was captivated by the character relationships that develop throughout the story, how I was able to relate to the characters, and be transported to a different state through her writing. All of Harvey’s books just ooze with southern charm, emotion, and interesting family dynamics.” –Lauren, A Touch of Southern Grace

 

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In Good Taste: Timothy Brown Studio

Good morning, chic readers! We have so much good taste to share with you today, and we can’t wait!

Timothy Brown Studio‘s style reminds us of summer.

Bright, bold and oh so fun.

Pops of color and eclectic art add touches of whimsy that define these spaces.

Gray and gold are a stunning combination in this streamlined kitchen.

And an overall streamlined aesthetic creates a calming feeling in these beautiful homes.

A mix of metals, textures and materials in this chic kitchen add so much style.

And an open floor plan makes this space feel large and perfect for entertaining a crowd.

Speaking of entertaining a crowd, this fun floor plan is ideal for maximum seating and ensures that everyone in the room can actually talk–all without blocking a single beautiful window. Such an ingenious floor plan!

A round table is one of our favorite entrance hall staples. A luxurious natural stone adds an interesting touch.

One of our favorite things about these designers is that they know which elements of a room should shout…

And which should whisper. This simple yet beautiful bedding creates a room perfect for relaxing after a long day. We hope that, wherever home is for you, it feels just the same.

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And the winner is….

Congratulations to the winner of the $350 Minted Gift Card, Ellen Lugat! Ellen, we can’t wait to see what you choose with your winnings!

We can’t believe that Slightly South of Simple will be out in the world three weeks from today! Thrilled to see this beautiful photo from our incredibly talented artist friend Jeanne McKay Hartmann. She said, “Going Slightly South this Sunday… so happy to have some time today to get lost in @kristywharvey ‘s Slightly South of Simple. Kristy has such a talent for creating characters – after a few pages they seem like friends. The perfect escape on slightly sunny afternoon.”

It’s never a bad time to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. Thank you, Jeanne!

In Good Taste: Marshall Watson Interiors

Marshall Watson living room
Photographer: Werner Straube

 

Some designers contend that there should be an antique in every room.

Marshall Watson entrance hall
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

For others, it’s a touch (or more!) of black, or a spot of red

Marshall Watson bathroom
Photographer: Werner Straube

 

Others still, don’t have any rules at all, make the rules up as they go along, bend the rules to reflect the family. 

Marshall Watson office
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

Whether it’s with a statement making gallery wall filled with good memories,

Marshall Watson dining room
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

A chic-yet-durable breakfast room suitable for adults and children alike,

Marshall Watson living room
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

Or a room that combines comfort, tradition, and abstract style to create effortless style,

Marshall Watson bathroom
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

We’d say that the designers of Marshall Watson Interiors play by their own rules. 

Marshall Watson dining room

The results, home after home, room after room, time after time, are stunning, pulled-together interiors that are unique to the families that live inside their walls.

Marshall Watson butler's pantry

And, really, isn’t that how it should be?

Marshall Watson sunroom

From combining comfort, style and function in a sunny garden room,

Marshall Watson bedroom

To creating a cozy, layered nest, the perfect end to any long day, 

Marshall Watson bathroom

These designers make good taste seem totally effortless.

Marshall Watson outdoor

On this, the second day of spring, we have to say that we think this outdoor style is just as chic as the indoors–and we can’t wait to get savor plenty of outside time in the months to come. Wherever you are, we hope it’s beginning to feel like spring! Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

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We’ve found a favorite new magazine that we are absolutely crazy about! Seasons Style & Design, based in Greensboro, NC and affiliated with O.Henry Magazine, is simply too beautiful for words! (These pictures don’t do it justice!)

slightly south of simple book

So I couldn’t be any more thrilled that they were so kind to feature me–and Slightly South of Simple–in their stunning spring issue. Such a treat! I’ll be at High Point Market, as Seasons says, at the Codarus Showroom, on Sunday, April 23, from 3-5pm. I hope all you fabulous design lovers will join me if you’re in town for the big show!

  Thank you so much to Seasons for all the book love! If you’re in the Piedmont, make sure to pick up a copy–or read online! You can follow anywhere you are! We know we will!

 

Things We Love: Decorating the Console

console with flowers and mirror above basket below
Dana Wolter Interiors

 

Finding a piece of furniture we love is usually easy. It’s styling it to make it blend beautifully in the room that can be harder!  Console tables are some of our favorite pieces for tricky spaces.  From that spot in the entrance hall that begs for a little something more…

to that pretty wall between two windows…

gray console with flowers
Massuco Warner Miller

 

A pretty table is a great spot to display favorite things–and incorporate favorite colors. This yellow really pops!

 

console painted and filigree
Massuco Warner Miller

 

Sometimes less really is more. With a console this beautiful, there’s no need to fill it with a bunch of stuff!

Brunschwig and Fil Touches wallpaper
Alyssa Rosenheck

 

Sometimes we think we have to choose one statement piece, but this vignette proves that isn’t true. So many fabulous things going on here!

What people are saying about Slightly South of Simple (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017):

The south is known for breeding brilliant storytellers and Kristy Woodson Harvey has proven herself to be one of the south’s most heartfelt female driven authors of our generation.” — Jaime Pressly, star of CBS’s Mom

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Things We Love: Blonde Wood in Every Room

white kitchen from Collins Interiors
Collins Interiors

 

We don’t know if it’s true that blondes have more fun. (Although, as a lifelong blonde, I could made a strong case for it!) But we’re pretty sure, if these gorgeous homes are any indication, that blonde wood make a house more fun. We’ve never seen anything quite like these blonde wood pendants! They are incredible and blend so well with the bar stools. Can we talk about these vases too? All we know is that we want them!

 

blonde wood in kitchen floors and ceiling
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

Hardwoods are obviously a perfect choice for kitchen style. We love them in a variety of shades, but we think a lighter flooring choice feels casual and fun. What do you think?

 

blonde wood Jenkins Interiors
Jenkins Interiors

 

From bright bold, shades….

dining room with blonde wood from Marshall Watson Design
Marshall Watson Design

 

To more subdued tones or neutrals, every color pairs well with blonde wood!

Jenkins interiors blonde wood in dining room
Jenkins Interiors

 

Shiny and fresh or raw and rustic, we love blonde wood any old way! Are you a fan?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We love our readers!

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More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)


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