In Good Taste: Janie Molster Designs

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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

 

House Tour: Costa Rican Retreat

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Where some homes are made to stand out, others beg to fit in, to take a backseat to let the beauty around them take center stage.

This Costa Rican gem featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles is one of those homes, which seems to serve the purpose of accentuating the beauty around it. 

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Featuring limewashed cabinets and plenty of fresh fruit, this is the perfect vacation kitchen for fueling up before heading outside for the day.

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An earth-toned palette seems to blend seamlessly with the outdoors beyond the windows. 

We think the best vacation home are those that are relaxing and calming retreats.

Simple, uncluttered accents and coastal colors lend that beach oasis feel. 

Bamboo, rope and natural objects like coral are elegantly coastal.

Natural wood finishes and white washed walls lend an organic feel that captures the essence of Costa Rica.

Nautical stripes and shades of blue lend a little fun to this gathering spot.

This charming take on a bunk room lends sleeping quarters for plenty of guests!

Of course, the best part of any beach oasis is the outdoor space. The natural stone is absolutely stunning.

A calming pool with plenty of chic lounging space adds to the outdoor experience.

No matter how beautiful the pool, it’s hard to beat the beauty of the Costa Rican water.

Despite the fabulous interiors of this home, we have to say that, with this right outside the door, we would want to spend all of our time right on this beach, surrounded by the splendor of nature. 

Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your day!

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Photography Erica George Dines

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In Good Taste: Old Seagrove Homes

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Alex and Cynthia Rice know good taste.

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The owners of Old Seagrove Homes, a build-and-design firm in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, the fourth-generation builder and critically acclaimed artist-turned-interior designer came together to create a full-service home company.

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We’d say it was a match made in heaven. 

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While the couple has built and designed homes all over the southeast, they have a particular passion for the Florida Beaches of Hwy 30A. (Who wouldn’t, really?)

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As we all know, coastal homes can get a bit kitschy. 

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But the Rice team is wonderful at capturing the relaxed feel and vibe that living by the shore can lend without being too beachy.

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And creating beautiful bars for entertaining on a whim–because what else is a coastal home for?

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Chic and comfortable rooms that are pretty yet livable seem to be this team’s hallmark.

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Well-planned architectural details and charming decorative touches combine to create the stuff that dream homes are made of. 

 

What more could you ask for from a beautiful beach house? 

We hope you have enjoyed the work of Old Seagrove Homes as much as we have–and are savoring these last, sweet days of summer. Thanks for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love it when you do!

What Segreto Finishes is saying about Slightly South of Simple

“Her first two books were fun, heartfelt, and sentimental.  The kind you stay up all night to finish and think about for weeks. Well this one is remarkably just as good…As the mother of three, I was uplifted, charmed, challenged, and sad to come to the last page of this insightful and delightful story.”–Leslie, Segreto Finishes

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House Tour: Tim Barber, Ltd.

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Good morning, our chic friends! We have just gotten back from beautiful Spring Island, SC after attending a gorgeous wedding for a family friend. 

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In the wake of the fun and festivities, the parties and, maybe best of all, getting to watch our family’s youngest member ring bear his little heart out, we’ve been talking about weddings and what makes them great. 

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In weddings, and in homes, the details, of course, matter a lot. The perfect song choice for the father-daughter dance and the right molding. A beautiful boutonniere perfectly pinned on a steamed lapel or an exquisitely angled library light. 

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Petals lining the aisle just so and windows expertly chosen to let in all the light.

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But, honestly, it’s more than that. The perfect wedding and the perfect home are all about the way the details combine into a message, a cohesive narrative that makes people feel something, have an experience they will never forget. 

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We always say, at a wedding, that the one, single thing that truly matters is the bride and groom. If they are having the time of their life then everyone else will too. It doesn’t matter if the food is cold and it pours down rain and the caterer forgot to deliver the cake. The guests take their cues from the main characters and the memory is a fond one.

It’s harder to say what that one, overarching thing is that makes a home truly special.

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But, touring this stunning one by Tim Barber, Ltd., we’d have to say that it’s the architectural details. 

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So, sure, everyone that walks in the bathroom probably doesn’t consciously realize that beautiful wainscoting sets it apart.

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But the takeaway is that feeling of having been somewhere that is finely orchestrated. 

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We love to think that people feel well cared for and comfortable when they are in our homes.

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Just like we did when we left this stunning wedding.

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Because, just like that very important event in the life of a couple and a family is ultimately a reflection of them, of what they love and how they feel about each other,

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We think the best houses are just the same. 

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This home, from beginning to end, the front door to the back porch, feels warm and welcoming. What, to you, makes a home feel special?

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Interiors: Artistic Designs for Living, LLC
Construction: Hughes Construction
Landscape: Scenic Scapes, Inc.
Photography: Laura Hull Photography


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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In Good Taste: Island Architects

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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

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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.

 

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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. 

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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

 

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

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

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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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Charming Reading Nooks!

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Happy Thursday, Design Chic readers! Have you had a good week? I know I have! I’m just on Cloud Nine about Slightly South of Simple‘s release and this wonderful book tour I’m on–and all of your kind words!

 

This is probably pretty obvious, but reading is one of my great loves. It always has been, actually, from the first day I started.

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I still remember how it felt to read my very first book all by myself. (It was called Dr. Cat, and I want a copy for my son, but I can’t find one anywhere!)Ever since that day, I’ve been pretty much hooked. So I think it’s totally necessary to have a great reading nook.

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We have a lot of them in our house, actually. A chaise with a lamp in the guest room for guests, a pair of them in the room off the kitchen, lots of throws over cozy chairs that just beg to be read in, a double window seat on the third floor with the best view in the house…

 

When I first set out on my journey to become an author, I used to have dreams of having a bookshelf full of nothing but rows of my books.

I’ve realized now, as my third book is releasing, that I have so many other books it might be unrealistic to dedicate an entire bookshelves to just me…

 

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But it’s still pretty cool to look over and see my name on some of those spines.

 

And it’s crazy to think that only two years ago my debut novel, Dear Carolina, was just releasing. And that only a year ago Lies and Other Acts of Love was coming out. I almost can’t remember my life before I was an author, and it hasn’t even been that long!

 

And, if you aren’t tired of hearing it yet, YOU are one of the major reasons that I get to continue on in this career, that I get to keep writing books. Thank you for reading, for reviewing, for recommending to your friends, to my fellow bloggers for sharing on your blogs and for being generally awesome. I am eternally grateful!

 

Now that Slightly South of Simple has been out for a few days, I hope you have a chance to curl up in your favorite reading nook and visit my fictional town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia. It’s like taking a vacation without having to leave your favorite comfy spot!

Thanks for stopping by today! We always love it when you do!

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Praise for Slightly South of Simple:

“Writers come and writers go but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive Sisterhood of Southern Writers.” —The Huffington Post, Jackie K Cooper

 

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