Things We Love: Making a Grand Entrance

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Robert A.M. Stern

 

 From an evening gown to a perfect floral arrangement, an entrance is sort of like a first impression: You only get one chance to make it.

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Donald Lococo Architect

 

 A round table is one of our favorite ways to make a statement in the foyer.

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Emily Jenkins Followill Photography

 

Paired with the perfect flowers — and, of course, the right statement lighting — it’s a piece that is as versatile as it is lovely.

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Ken Gemes Interiors

 

 In a pinch, we love the idea of pulling chairs up to an entrance hall table for extra seating at a dinner party.

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Donald Lococo Architect

 

 You know we always love decorating with books. The entrance hall table is no exception!

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Catalano Architect and Interiors

 

 Beyond that crucial table, so many other elements can absolutely make an entrance. The right rug…Woodwork for miles…

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Historical Concepts

 

And, of course, a show-stopping chandelier.

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LDa Architecture

 

 And if you have a spectacular view? Don’t forget to flaunt it!

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LIsa Sherry Interiors

 

 Something a little bit unexpected can certainly make an entrance pop — whether it’s cozy furniture or a bold paint choice.

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Anne Decker ArchitectGordon Beall Photography

 

 And a fun pattern on the floor adds instant interest, as does a fabulous arch!

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Lisa Sherry Interiors

 

Cool art is instantly eye-catching and we love a seagrass rug for creating a less dressy feel.

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Symmetry isn’t required for making an entrance, but a special pair can take a foyer up a notch.

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Eric Piasecki

 

 And, sometimes, the loudest statements are the simplest of all.

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Ralph Lauren

 

 Tables and lighting, accessories and flooring are all great ways to make an entrance. But nothing says, “welcome” quite like filling your home with things (and people) you love! And if you have puppies, so much the better!

Thanks for stopping by today. We hope it’s a wonderful one!


the secret to southern charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

House Tour: Brookwood Hills Beauty

Brookwood Hills House Tour

We talk a lot on Design Chic about combining the old with the new. Grandmother’s silver on your Saarinen 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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We literally love every inch. Take a peek for yourself!

Brookwood Hills house tour living room

Steel windows are so chic to us. Love, love them!

Brookwood Hills house tour kitchen

And these barstools? What a find! We can sort of picture how excited Lee must have been when she found these!

Brookwood Hills house tour dining room

That chandelier? Do we even have to say it? Delicate, whimsical… It’s perfect!

Brookwood Hills house tour

One of our favorite things about this house is that it doesn’t “have to” anything. It doesn’t have to feel Hollywood Regency in the kitchen and then carry that through the rest of the house. It exudes the feeling that it was filled with pieces out of true love, not obligation.

Brookwood Hills house tour kid's bedroom

We bet every kid in town wants to sleep over in these bunks.

Brookwood Hills house tour bathroom

The orange is so good. And not too matchy or contrived. 

Brookwood Hills house tour bedroom

All that glitters… You know the rest.

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We want to have the guts to paint a room black. We really do. But when it’s presented as painting a room black and gold… Well, now we’re thinking we could do it!

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The floor is utter brilliance. No one needs to talk us into that!

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Coolest ping pong table ever. We want this. And one of those lucite foosball tables. And maybe that sheep. And the painting. We could go on like this for awhile…

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Awwww! Why stop now? We want that dog too! What a gorgeous color! So simple. So chic. We mean the room. But the dog too.

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Swooning.

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On the verge of needing to call the paramedics.

Brookwood Hills house tour bedroom

Yellow=love. We are OBSESSED with yellow right now.

Brookwood Hills house tour bedroom

Dear Lee Kleinfelter, we know we don’t really know each other, but we’d like to move into this yellow room, please. Or any of the rest of the rooms in this house.

Brookwood Hills house tour bathroom

This bathroom feels modern and fresh. But somehow familiar too, right? We think that’s what creating a home is all about!

Source: Atlanta Homes Magazine



Speaking of fabulous celebrations, there are so many fun dates coming up on the The Secret to Southern Charm tour! We are heading to Palmetto Bluff on Tuesday for a talk on Wednesday and, August 2, if you’re in Sea Island, come celebrate with us! This is a free event. 

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Prime Day Deals start at 3PM.  You don’t want to miss this sale!

Dear Carolina

Hi, friends! Exciting news! My first novel, Dear Carolina, is only $1.99 today on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes and wherever you get your ebooks! Dear Carolina released May 5, 2015 and was one of: 

*PopSugar’s Best Books for Women*
*Huffington Post’s Summer Reading: Women’s Fiction Style*
*Glitter Guide’s Must-Read List for June*
*Deep South Magazine’s Best Beach Reads*
*The Herald Sun’s Summer Reads*

Right now it’s ranked #1 in TWO categories on Amazon and #8 overall at Barnes & Noble! So exciting. Thanks so much to those of you who have read and helped spread the word! It’s the perfect addition to your beach bag!

the secret to southern charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

 

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In Good Taste: Avrea Wagner Interior Design

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Avrea Wagner Interiors via Dering Hall

Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to share the fabulous good taste of Avrea Wagner Interiors for the first time on Design Chic. 

Avrea Wagner living room

Ashley Avrea Cathey and Mary Beth Wagner, the dazzling Dallas duo behind the firm, combined forces in 2019. And the results, as you can see, are stunning!

Avrea Wagner living room

We adore multi-use rooms. This sitting room with space for games and dining must be one of the most-used spots in the house. 

Avrea Wagner living room

We love how this firm creates comfortable, eclectic rooms made for high-style living. 

Avrea Wagner living room

Art this fabulous can’t help but steal the show. 

Avrea Wagner living room

A pop of yellow is always welcome!

Avrea Wagner living room

Especially when end tables aren’t possible, a pair of floor lamps is always chic.

Avrea Wagner kitchen

And silver and gold mix beautifully in this refined kitchen.

Avrea Wagner kitchen

These blue barstools add the perfect pop of color to a clean white kitchen. This one bridges the gap between open floor plan and closed beautifully. 

Avrea Wagner kid's room

And Avrea Wagner doesn’t forget the kids! 

Avrea Wagner kid's room

Built-in bunks and favorite furry creatures create a magical space for sweet dreams and shared secrets. 

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here! 


Speaking of fabulous celebrations, there are so many fun dates coming up on the The Secret to Southern Charm tour! We are heading to Palmetto Bluff on Tuesday for a talk on Wednesday and, August 2, if you’re in Sea Island, come celebrate with us! This is a free event. 

amazon

 

Prime Day Deals start at 3PM.  You don’t want to miss this sale!

Dear Carolina

Hi, friends! Exciting news! My first novel, Dear Carolina, is only $1.99 today on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes and wherever you get your ebooks! Dear Carolina released May 5, 2015 and was one of: 

*PopSugar’s Best Books for Women*
*Huffington Post’s Summer Reading: Women’s Fiction Style*
*Glitter Guide’s Must-Read List for June*
*Deep South Magazine’s Best Beach Reads*
*The Herald Sun’s Summer Reads*

Right now it’s ranked #1 in TWO categories on Amazon and #8 overall at Barnes & Noble! So exciting. Thanks so much to those of you who have read and helped spread the word! It’s the perfect addition to your beach bag!

the secret to southern charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

 

House Tour: Allison Elebash Interior Design Showstopper

Allison Elebash Interior Design Sullivan's Island living room

With summer officially here and beach season in full swing, we thought it made sense to tour an amazing beach house today–as if we need an excuse! This home designed by the talented Allison Elebash  is the perfect mix of updated beauty and that classic, beach cottage chic that makes this the kind of place we would want to come back to again and again.  Take a peek and we think you’ll agree!

Sullivan's Island living room

 

Sullivan's Island living room

 

Sullivan's Island entrance

 

Sullivan's Island kitchen

 

Sullivan's Island bedroom

 

Sullivan's Island bedroom

 

 

Sullivan's Island bedroom

 

Sullivan's Island porch

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

Dear Carolina

Hi, friends! Exciting news! My first novel, Dear Carolina, is only $1.99 today on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes and wherever you get your ebooks! Dear Carolina released May 5, 2015 and was one of: 

*PopSugar’s Best Books for Women*
*Huffington Post’s Summer Reading: Women’s Fiction Style*
*Glitter Guide’s Must-Read List for June*
*Deep South Magazine’s Best Beach Reads*
*The Herald Sun’s Summer Reads*

It’s the perfect addition to your beach bag!

the secret to southern charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

 The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 3: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event 

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A Charming Cottage in Connecticut

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Few trips are as quintessentially summer as the family beach trip.

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And, while life (unfortunately) doesn’t always allow for a summer away from the real world, fortunately, we can be there today wherever we are!

cottage living room

This Niantic, CT house is absolutely everything a summer house should be.

cottage dining room

Relaxed, casual, completely unfussy yet totally refined.

cottage kitchen

It’s the kind of place that looks like generations of family members have spent their summers and generations more will continue to. 

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Nautical touches like this blue and white striped runner and rope railing make it feel classically coastal,

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While painted shiplap adds an old world feel. 

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Cute accents like a rope ball and ship’s lanterns add coastal touches without being kitschy. 

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And a clawfoot tub is the perfect spot for washing the sand down the drain at the end of the day. 

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Bamboo blinds are all these rooms need–and collect far less dust during the off seasons than curtains. 

cottage bathroom

And a bath updated in all the right places and preserved and others maintains the upscale coastal charm feel. Wherever you are today, we hope you enjoyed this trip to beautiful Niantic as much as we did. 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here! 

the secret to southern charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

 The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 3: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event 

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FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

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Tour a Charming Nantucket Cottage and More

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Tour a Charming Nantucket Cottage

coastal living

 

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Designing a Bathroom with Coastal Style

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Whether you’re relaxing with loved ones or shopping your favorite sales, we hope your weekend is wonderful! 

the secret to southern charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

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WEEKEND SALES

 

4th of July Sale Up to 30% Off – horchow

Up to 70% Off  – shopbop

Extra 25% off Sale Items  anthropologie

Up to 50% off   j crew

25% Off Sitewide one kings lane

Up to 70% Off  – neiman marcus

Up to 60% Off  serena and lily

New Items Added to  Salenordstrom

Spring Sale Up to 40% off saks fifth avenue

The Design Sale Up to 70% Off moda operandi

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 The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 3: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event 

___________________________

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Nordstrom Sale Begins July 12

 

 

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