Styling Your Bookcase

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Andrew J. Howard

 

We were sad to leave an incredible few launch days for Slightly South of Simple in NYC but so excited to be heading back to the Carolina coast today for several really fun events! (If you’re in NC or SC take a peek at my next few days of events below. I’d love to see you!)

 

Alessandra Branca bookcase
Alessandra Branca

 

Book hoarding has always been a bit of an issue for me, but it has gotten a million times worse since becoming an author because, not only do I get hordes of free books, but most of them are signed. Who could possibly get rid of those? Hubby and I have these giant, probably twelve-foot tall bookshelves on either side of the fireplace. The other day I was up on a stool restyling things when he came in and said, “Do you think you could start getting rid of some of your books after you’re finished reading them?” I looked at him, puzzled, and said, “You know I’ve gotten really good about donating books to the library.”

His turn to look, puzzled, at the probably 500 books I was currently organizing. Reading the look on his face, I laughed and said, “Oh, honey. These are the ones I haven’t read yet.”

bookcases in office
Sage Design

 

So, yes, I may have a problem. I can’t help myself. I buy books incessantly. Fiction, non-fiction, every design and coffee table book on planet earth. Yoga. Meditation. Cookbooks that I will never, ever use but for some reason love to read. Fishing books for hubby. Children’s books for my little guy, a genre that has not widely expanded since he can read himself… Being on tour is quite the problem since I’m in bookstores constantly. The good news for my husband is that I’m mostly flying on this tour, so I’m a little more limited as to what I can bring home. 

But maybe this is why I love bookshelves that look a little lived in, that look like the books have been read and cherished, or at least will be read and cherished. 

And mixing in well-placed accessories, of course, adds to the overall style. But we pretty much love bookshelves however they come! 

 

No matter how you style your bookshelves, we hope you’ll consider adding a copy of Slightly South of Simple to them! Or that stack beside your bedside table… Or your beach bag… Or your Mother’s Day gift or wishlist! Thank you to each and every one of you for all of your support during this first week of Slightly South of Simple being out in the world. I am so grateful for friends like you! 

Upcoming Events!

Thursday, April 27: Read between the Wines at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Rd., Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 5-7 pm, 910-287-2800, Contact: Pat Wilson, [email protected]

FridayApril 28: Litchfield Books’ Moveable Feast, Luncheon, Talk and Signing, Grand Dunes Ocean Club, 101 Grande Dunes Bvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572, 11 am, open to the public, tickets required, Contact: Vicky Crafton, 843-237-8138, for tickets

Friday, April 28: Signing, Litchfield Books, 2 pm, free and open to the public

Friday, April 28: Keynote at General Federation of Womens’Clubs of SC, Pawley’s Island, SC; Subject: Decorating tips for Mary Alice Monroe’s novel Beach House for Rent

Saturday, April 29: Charleston, SC luncheon and talk, High Cotton, 199 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, Contact: [email protected]

Sunday, April 30: Champagne brunch at Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event, $35 includes copy of novel, 2 pm, Contact: Contact Jamie Layton, Downtown Books, [email protected], (252) 473-1056

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10 Questions to Ask Before a Kitchen Remodel & a Baby Shower Invitation Giveaway!

 

A 1920’s Colonial Revival in New Jersey Gets a Modern Makeover

You won’t believe this amazing makeover! We just love combining the old with the new, making things feel fresh again. Don’t you?

 

Good morning, chic readers! Happy Friday! We have so many fun things to share with you today. Make sure you scroll down for a fun giveaway with Paperless Post. We’re talking about Baby Shower Invitations, but you can use your winnings for whatever you like! (And, yes, they sell actual paper too!) Also check out…

 

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 Home Tour of Interior Designer Angela Elliott

We are swooning over every, single detail and we think you will too! This room sets the tone!

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Cozy Bedrooms of Pinterest

These will want to make you stay in bed all day long… Or have you dreaming of Saturday when you can savor a slow, relaxing breakfast in bed!

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The Best Red Velvet Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

The perfect Valentine’s Day treat for someone you love! 

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Paperless Post Baby Shower Invitations

YOU can win some goodies of your own from our friends at Paperless Post! To enter to win 1,000 Paperless Post Coins ($90) to spend however you choose please comment below and tell us either the best or worst baby shower game! We’ll go first: The one with the candy bars in the diapers is our worst!

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!)


Styling the Ottoman

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Plum Furniture Design

 

Good morning, design chicers! Do you love an ottoman? We sure do! Especially this time of year when we want to feel cozy and comfortable in our homes, having an ottoman to put our feet up on is a necessity.

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Robert Brown via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

They are a great alternative to a hard coffee table with all its angles and points. (Although, don’t get us wrong, we love a good coffee table too!)

ottoman at the beach
Jean Randazzo Photography

 

The only tricky part about an ottoman is that, sometimes, how to style it is a little less obvious than with a coffee table.

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Suzanne Kasler via One Kings Lane

 

Because ottoman surfaces tend to be smushy and soft, we always like to start with a hard base. A tray is a great option. This orange accent color is a great way to accentuate the pop of color in the room.

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Melissa Hayes Interior Design

 

Oh my gosh. THESE DOGS! They are so beautiful. The ottoman isn’t bad either! This is a great example of how, when you start with a tray, you can accessorize as usual. We don’t often see a lot of height on an ottoman’s accessories, but we love it when we do!

Burlap ottoman in sunroom
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Of course, the great thing about using an ottoman as a coffee table is that is doesn’t have to have any accessorizing at all. This throw is the perfect accent and brings in that cozy feeling we were talking about earlier. 

round ottoman as a coffee table
Anne Decker Architect

 

Accessories can be simple and streamlined…

zebra ottoman
Lee Ann Thornton Design

 

Or have a little more going on. Books are great options for creating a fun layered look, and we always tend to use a tray shape that is opposite the shape of the ottoman, so a round tray for a rectangular ottoman, a rectangular tray on a round. It helps mix things up a little and adds interest.

J.K. Kling Interior Design

 

We adore the idea of accessorizing with a beautiful game. It’s attractive, fun, and ensures that you’re always ready for family game night!

 

What is your favorite way to style an ottoman? Looking at these gorgeous photos, we’d say you really can’t go wrong!

Design Chic in Reader’s Digest!

It was so fun to see our design tips in this Reader’s Digest article about 8 Home Decorating Rules you Need to Follow After Age 30!

 

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!)

In Good Taste: Suzanne Kasler

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When it comes to good taste, there’s no one that has it knocked quite like Suzanne Kasler

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Always the epitome of grace, elegance and style, Kasler’s homes have a sense of purpose about them. They tell a story. 

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Never too stuffy, but always refined, these are the rooms that we go back to again and again to study and learn and fall in love with something new at every turn.

collected

We love the feeling of a room being collected, of it coming together over time, and, though we are sure that there has been a time Kasler purchased everything in a room at once, her rooms always have that collected feeling.

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But, at the same time, they never take themselves too seriously. A throw for a chilly day, a whimsical painting… 

abstract-art

Abstract art is always the right choice for infusing a room–even a otherwise staid one–with humor and whimsy. (We spy our FAVORITE tray from Anna by RabLabs on the coffee table!

neutrals

Kasler knows that, when it comes to doing neutrals well, texture is the name of the game. Each of these is more luscious than the next.

light

Bright, light and with the perfect, unexpected palette. 

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This room is almost too good! Perfection in every single way! Have you ever, ever seen windows and doors quite this amazing?

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The beauty is so often in the details, as with this chic vignette. But Kasler never over accessorizes, which, in our New Year, clutter-free state of mind we really appreciate!

Even the ceiling is a work of art! Dining rooms can sometimes feel a little too stiff and heavy. The color play in this room keeps it from feeling too formal.

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Who needs an island when you can gather family around a real dining table? Lovely!

bedrooms

We love all of Suzanne Kasler’s rooms. Really, we do. But the bedrooms?

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They are positively dreamy. They actually make you want to curl up and go to sleep. It’s genius.

glamour

This dressing area is so feminine and delicate, with the right amount of glamour to make getting ready as much fun as the event itself!

outdoor

This is the kind of outdoor space that has us dreaming of getting outside. With a fireplace that lovely you can do just that, no matter the weather. 

We hope that, no matter the weather where you are, your 2017 is off to a fabulous start!

House Tour:Lee Kleinhelter Home

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We talk a lot on Design Chic about combining the old with the new. Grandmother’s silver on your tulip table, fun buffet lamps on an antique buffet, a new, shiny bar cart filled with Grandfather’s decanters. There are so many fantastic ways to incorporate the old with the new on the inside. But, on the outside? It’s harder to pull off. Perhaps that’s why we’re so enchanted with Kevin and Lee Kleinhelter’s gorgeous Atlanta home. (We’ve talked about Lee’s Good Taste before.) It’s streamlined and modern but still feels familiar. 

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And, inside, it gets even better.

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Things We Love: White Houses

Patrick Ahearn Architecture curb appeal
Patrick Ahearn Architecture

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a wonderful day and that, if you are in the path of Irma, you are staying safe. And friends affected by Hurricane Harvey, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you rebuild. 

Donald Lococo Architect curb appeal
Donald Lococo Architect

 

 

All of this crazy weather really has us thinking lately about how important our homes are to us.

 

These stunning white houses are full of charm and character. They are welcoming spaces that we are certain beckon their owners home each night. While we focus a lot on interiors, on how our favorite cozy chair and that painting we couldn’t take our eyes off of make us feel a certain way, the exteriors of our house can–and should–do that exact same thing. 

White House with dormers
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

If a home should be anything at all, we think it should be welcoming. Window boxes and a trellis covered in vines are two of the best ways we can think of to take a home’s exterior from plain to positively darling. It’s simple touches like this that make a home feel loved and lived in. And don’t our special spaces deserve to be cared for? 

Shelley Johnstone white brick house
Shelley Johnstone Design

 

 

Landscaping is obviously one of the most important ways to make your home feel unique. While we love flowers and big blooms, there’s something stately about a classic cluster of Boxwoods flanking the front door. Well-maintained foliage always contributes something special to a home’s exterior and gives the sense that there is a staid, lovely interior beyond the front door.

studio McGee white brick house
Studio McGee

 

We are suckers for black and white, but a splash of color is always welcome. A bluefront doors adds an undeniably charming feel to this impeccably manicured lot.

 

There’s no doubt about it: Adding exterior color increases curb appeal. Plus, it’s easy to tell visitors that yours is the house with the blue door! Porches add character in droves and make for great porch sitting, especially during the cool fall months. 

 

What are your favorite ways to add character to a home’s exterior? Do you have any home improvement projects on your wish list?

Thank you so much for stopping by today. We always love seeing you!

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In Good Taste:Massucco Warner Miller

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Good morning, friends! We hope you had a terrific long weekend! I ran to the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday and Sunday but was back in time to spend a gorgeous day at the beach with my boys. (As in husband and son!) The miracle of air travel! Kind of like the miracle of Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design… Fabulous!

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