Good morning, dear readers! We had the distinct pleasure of interviewing one of our favorite designers, Andrew Howard, for Episode 2 of our new video series, Blank to Beautiful. We chatted about his creative process, what he’s most proud of and even what he wanted to be when he grew up! The advice he gave is priceless, so don’t miss it. (And, it’s a quick 12-minute clip!)
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With just a few days until Mother’s Day, have you picked something up for mom yet? Feels Like Falling , is the perfect gift!
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May 6: 7 pm, Friends and Fiction Live with Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe. RSVP HERE
May 7: Conversations from a Page Virtual Event, 12 PM EST, RSVP Here. And sign up for the wonderful CFAP Newsletter Here!
May 8: Story on the Square Zoom event, 6:30PM. Details to come.
Good morning, chic friends! You are in for a treat today! You know that Andrew Howard is one of our favorite designers. We’d been waiting for the right time to tour his fabulous home. And, with so many of us stuck inside, today seemed like the perfect time to tour a Florida house that feels like a vacation.
One of our favorite things about Andrew’s work is how effortlessly he uses bold color, plenty of pattern, and pulls it all off in a way that seems totally seamless. That is evident from the moment you walk through the front door of the home he and his wife Katie designed and built from the ground up. The hand painted mural and mosaic tile were chosen with the couple’s two young sons in mind.
We love how Howard tends to design for family life. One of his top priorities while outfitting this home was to make sure that it contained plenty of spaces for the family to gather together. Mission accomplished!
The ceilings in this perfectly curated home are never overlooked.
Especially in the dining room, which often lacks the opportunity for detail that other rooms have naturally, extra attention to the ceiling, architecture and wallpaper makes the space come to life.
Blue and white is a go-to color combination for many. For Howard, a blue and white base allows for the layering of other colors, which he does so well through the home.
We especially love the charming kitchen, where architectural details positively steal the show.
A built-in banquette provides a breakfast area perfect for a family, saves space and allows plenty of light to shine through.
Every element of this family room is uber-sophisticated, but the art and fabrics provide enough whimsy to make it suited for family living.
The ceiling really sets this chic space apart.
Add a soaking tub, and you have master suite perfection!
While Howard’s own, signature look is always at play in every room, this one exudes Florida style.
And the color palette and bamboo touches exude that classic Florida look–reimagined in a brand-new way.
Kids’ spaces are always the most fun, aren’t they? These built-in bunk beds are some of the most charming we’ve seen. And stairs that double as drawers make a fabulous use of space.
Pattern-on-pattern is always a good idea–especially in kids’ rooms! It adds instant energy.
To a positively chic laundry room, the Howard’s home has it all. Not one detail was overlooked in the creation of a family dream home. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what Howard does next!
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If you’re looking for a relaxing quarantine activity, reading is always a great choice! My entire Peachtree Bluff Series is out and available now!
And Feels Like Falling is available for preorder now, so it can be in your hands on April 28!
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One of the most common questions I get asked on book tour is about my editing process. If you want to know a little more about the process of making my sixth novel, Feels Like Falling—which releases April 28, 2020–come to life, check out this quick snippet!
For many, the idea of a complete design and build is fraught with panic, fear and frustration.
But when designer Caroline Gidiere and her husband Stephen discovered that the Mountain Brook, Alabama Home they had purchased was a tear-down, they didn’t blink an eye.
Instead, Gidiere knew immediately what she wanted architect James F. Carter to build in its place.
A nod to the George Wythe house in Williamsburg, where Gidiere spent many a childhood vacation, this stunning Georgian is a study in symmetry and balance, which Gidiere told Veranda “massages something deep in (her) brain.”
Bright and inviting,
And traditionally eclectic,
Not a single detail was overlooked in this home’s happy interior.
Gidiere set out to design a home well-suited for family and entertaining, and it seems that she created just that.
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My next novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, releases April 28, 2020! I can’t wait to share this tale of Gray and Diana, their unlikely friendship, their summer loves and their chance at happily ever after, the sequel, with all of you. It’s never too early to preorder from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer!
Feels Like Falling Tour Dates!
April 22: Country Club of the Crystal Coast, 152 Oakleaf Dr, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512, 6pm, For Reservations and More Information Contact the CCCC at (252) 726-1034.
April 23: Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island 2020 Author Series, South Carolina Yacht Club in Windmill Harbor Marina,161 Harbour Passage, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, 4:30 – 6:30pm.
April 24: Moveable Feast hosted by Litchfield Books, Kimbel’s Wachesaw, 1930 Governors Landing Rd, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, 11:30 AM, Tickets are $48 per person, and include a copy of the book. To make a reservation call 843-235-9600.
April 24: In-Store Book Signing at Litchfield Books – 11421 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, 2:00 PM, Free and Open to the Public.
April 24: General Federation of Women’s Clubs-SC Federation Day Keynote, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, 8121 Amalfi Pl, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572, 7 pm, Private Event.
April 25: Zia Boutique Books & Bloody Marys, Kristy in Conversation with Zelle Wiggins, owner of Zia Boutique and founder of Southern Style Blog, 11 am (talk), Signing Until 1 pm, Zia Boutique, 1113 Military Cutoff Rd A, Wilmington, NC 28405, Free and Open to the Public, (910) 679-4101 for more information.
April 26: Signing at Mydoma Showroom, High Point Market, Private for High Point Market Attendees, High Point, NC, Details TBA.
April 27: Fountain Bookstore, Talk, Q&A and Signing, 2 pm, 1312 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219, More information and preorders available from [email protected].
April 27: Cocktail Party. Hosted by Francene Katzen and Allie Carter of Alexandra Bee Blog, 6 pm. Richmond, VA. Private Event.
April 28: Feels Like Falling officially launches! Virtual Launch Day Celebrations happening on Bloom, the reading community of the Tall Poppy Writers and Kristy Woodson Harvey Facebook!
April 28: Page 158, Wake Forest, NC. Details TBA.
April 28: Launch Party at Pigfish Lane Antiques, 5425 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27606, 5-8 pm, Book Sales by Quail Ridge Books (QRB will be on site.) Hosted by Marge Knutson. For more information contact [email protected]or 919-436-4006. For personalized preorders or post-event book shipping contact Quail Ridge Books at (919) 828-1588. Refreshments provided, Free and Open to the Public.
April 29: Pretty Please Houston, 8791 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX, 77024, Talk and Signing, 5-7 pm, Free and Open to the Public. Book Sales by Murder by the Book.
April 30: Houston, TX Book Club, 12 pm. Private Event.
April 30: Houston, TX Cocktail Party. Private Event.
May 1: Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC. Details TBA.
May 2: Park Road Books, Talk and Signing, 2 pm, 4139 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28209, More information and signed, personalized preorders or post-event shipments from [email protected]or 704-525-9239. Free and Open to the Public.
May 2: South Main Book Company, Signing, 110 S Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, For more information or personalized preorders contact Alissa Redmond, 704-630-9788, [email protected].
May 3: Meet-the-Author Talk & Lowcountry Wine reception at Timrod Library, Talk at Bethany United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 W. 3rd Street, Summerville, SC 29483. Lowcountry Wine reception will follow at Timrod Library, 217 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483, 2:00 pm. For more information or tickets contact Cindy Koontz, [email protected].
May 4: Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Talk and Signing, 161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington KY40503, 7 pm, For more information contact Michael Link [email protected]. Free and Open to the Public.
May 5: Cuyahoga County Public Library – Middleburg Heights Branch, Talk and Signing, 16699 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130 7pm 440.234.3600. Book Sales by Books on Coventry. Free and Open to the Public.
May 6: Carmel Clay Public Library, Talk and Signing, 55 4th Ave SE, Carmel, IN 46032, 6:30, For more information contact 317-435-9630.
May 7: Linger Longer Living Series at Reynolds Lake Oconee, Talk and Signing, Lake Club Center, Lake Club Drive, 5:30pm, Private for Reynolds Members and Guests. For Personalized Preorders or Book Shipments, contact Avid Bookshop.
May 8: Story on the Square Luncheon, 19 Griffin Street, McDonough, GA 30253; (678) 759-0079, 12pm, For Tickets and More Information Contact Deanna Bailey, [email protected].
May 8: Waiting on Martha Home, Kristy in Conversation with Waiting on Martha Founder Mandy Kellogg Rye, Atlanta, GA, Details TBA.
May 9: FoxTale Book Shoppe, Talk and Signing,105 E Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Free and Open to the Public. More Information and Preorders Available Here.
May 9: Alpharetta Library Talk and Signing, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009, 4:00 pm. Free and Open to the Public. Books from John’s Creek Books & Gifts.
May 10: Book + Bottle, Wine and Casual Conversation, Seventeen 6th Street North, St. Pete, FL 33701, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, More Information and Preorders Available Here.
May 11: Copperfish Books Luncheon, FM Don’s, 201 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950; 941-637-8800,12:00 PM Start, For more information, tickets and preorders contact [email protected]; 941-205-2560
May 11: Oxford Exchange, “A Night With Author Kristy Woodson Harvey,” 420 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606, 6:30 PM, More Information and Preorders Available Here.
May 14: The Bookmark, 220 First Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266, 7pm, Free and Open to the Public. More Information from [email protected].
May 16: Girl Scouts of America Fundraiser, 12-2 pm, Charleston, SC. Details TBA.
May 17: Friends of the Lexington Main Library, Talk and Signing, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington, SC 29072, 3pm, For more information contact [email protected], Free and Open to the Public.
May 18: Davidson, NC Event. Events TBA.
May 19: Friends of the Randolph County Public Library Talk and Signing, 201 Worth St, Asheboro, NC 27203, 7pm, Free and Open to the Public.
May 20: “Lunch & Lit” sponsored by M. Judson Booksellers, Soby’s Restaurant, 207 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC, 12 noon $45, includes 3 course meal and copy of book, Tickets and More Information from M. Judson call (864) 603-2412.
May 20: Sumter County Museum Reception, Talk and Book Signing, McKenzie Hall, Heritage Education Center, 122 N. Washington Street, Sumter, SC 29150, 5:30 pm, Ticketed event – $5 Members, $10 Non-Members. Tickets Available Here.
May 21: “Books and Bites” at Cherokee County Public Library, 300 E. Rutledge Ave, Gaffney, SC29340, 11:30am, Free and Open to the Public.
May 21: Hub City Wine, Women & Wisdom, Talk and Signing, 286 W. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306, Free and Open to the Public.
May 21: Hope Center Fundraiser, Spartanburg, SC, 6:30 pm. Private Event.
June 7: Kinston Public Library Kickoff to Summer Reading and “Women Build Worlds” Celebration, Kinston-Lenoir County Library, 510 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC 28501, 3 pm, Free and Open to the Public.
June 27: Beach Party with Beaufort Linen Co! Beaufort, NC. Details TBA.
August 4: Booktowne, Manasquan, New Jersey, Details TBA.
August 5: Browse About Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, Details TBA.
August 5: Bethany Beach Books Signing,99 Garfield Pkwy, Bethany Beach, DE 19930; (302) 539-2522, 7pm, Free and Open to the Public
August 7: Private Cocktail Party, East Hampton.
August 8: East Hampton Author Night, East Hampton, NY.
August 11: Avon Free Public Library, Talk and Signing, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001, Details TBA.
August 12: Bank Square Books Ocean House Summer Author Series, The Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave, Westerly, RI 02891, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Books Sold by Bank Square Books, Cocktail Party and Signing, Tickets Required.
More events–including a fabulous night with our friends from Diane James Home–coming soon!
Being on the top of the world with the most beautiful view.
It isn’t ever easy finding the right spot–and finding the best person to bring your vision to life can be a challenge in and of itself. But, when this Atlanta couple found their dream Pied-à-Terre in Buckhead, they already knew their dream designer since Kasler had designed their Sea Island home.
And create a dream apartment, she did.
A bright, airy color palette and open-but-not-too-open floor plan combine to create a stunning pied-à-terre that feels like home.
Each beautiful detail combines seamlessly to create a modern space perfect for entertaining or simply getting away.
We think we saved the best for last… Isn’t this bathroom dreamy? What is your favorite space?
From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness.
In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.
October 17, 2019: Clinton, SC Multi Book Club Event. Private.
October 18, 2019: “W.I.S.E” Fireside Chat with Chef Vivian Howard, Rene Chou from WRAL and Chief Justice Beasley, emceed by Kate Daniels, Walnut Creek Country Club, Goldsboro, NC, VIP experience 5-5:30, Program begins at 6:30.
January 3-5, 2020: Best of Our State with Our State, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC. Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Pinehurst Resort. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year. Click here for more information and tickets.
January 21, 2020: United Way Pitt County Annual Fundraiser, Greenville, NC.
January 30, 2020: “Southern Lunch Event” with Mary Alice Monroe and Kristin Harmel. In Conversation with Kristina McMorris. Hosted by Adventures by the Book. 12 pm, Claim Jumper, San Diego, CA.
February 1, 2020: SuperBook Weekend Adventure, Aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA. Click here for more information and tickets.
February 13-16, 2020: Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA.
February 22, 2020: Ladies Luncheon and Signing Event at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC.
April 28, 2020: Feels Like Falling Releases! We are working hard on the Feels Like Falling tour. We can’t wait to share all tour dates with you in January!
Good morning, chic readers! After almost a week in Manhattan, surrounded by Christmas windows and the Rockettes and the tree at Rockefeller Center and letters from Santa, we are very much in the Christmas spirit! Are you?
That said, in the midst of the “more is more” of the holiday season, sometimes it’s nice to take a breather.
We may be surrounded by trees and lights and garland and boxes and bows, but the good taste of Winter McDermott is nothing if not a study in beautiful simplicity.
Perfectly pared and clean, clean, clean, it’s exactly the kind of design that can clear a cluttered mind.
The beautiful work of Maureen McDermott is all about bringing modern design to the Hamptons.
(Plus, what could be better this time of year then showcasing a design firm called Winter?)
After studying under Vincente Wolf–and designing projects including 15 Union Square West, a dramatic 12-story condominium in the historic Tiffany & Co. building–modern, unique design is something she knows a thing or two about.
Mark your calendars for this Thursday, December 6 at 12 pm! Southern Living will be exclusively revealing the cover of my forthcoming novel, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, which releases May 7, 2019 but is available for preorder now. (And, in case you miss it, we’ll give you a repeat right here on Friday!)
Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had a great weekend and are reenergized for the week ahead. If not, it might be time to treat yourself to a little something special… Like one of these gorgeous coffee table books!
If you want to hold onto the green of summer as the seasons change, The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, featuring this gorgeous trompe l’oeil garden greenhouse among many, many other fabulous things, is a great place to start.
If your weather is less than sunny and bright, Bunny Mellon’s garden can change all that!
If you’re looking to expand your design horizons and take a peek inside some of American’s most beautiful living rooms (and kitchens… and dining rooms…) look no further than American Originals by William Abranowicz!
Martha Stewart’s Bedford kitchen, as photographed by Abranowicz, was one of our favorite spots. All that gleaming copper!
And Ellen DeGeneres and Portia di Rossi’s living room is a study in staid yet comfortable modernity.
Whether you’re a design junkie or just looking for a little more information on how to tell you Elsie de Wolfes from your Jean-Louis Denotes, Inspired Design by Jennifer Boles needs to be in your library. (The cover alone is too good to pass up!)
With wonderful tips and information on each designer and a sample of his or her work–like designer Stephen Sills’ living room–there’s a new surprise on every page!
Don’t miss Kelly Wearstler’s rendition of the French Regency canopy chair. It’s a highlight for sure!
We hope one (or all!) of these gorgeous new books is gracing your bookshelves–or your coffee table–very soon.
Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here!
A Carolina blue door and a black lab? There’s really no better entrance if you ask us. (Although, in Henley-on-Thames, where this gorgeous door resides, we’re pretty sure it isn’t called Carolina blue.) Hám Interior Design firm, our big time design love this week, combines classic sensibilities with stunning architecture for spaces with purpose, with style and, most important of all, with that certain undefinable something that makes a house feel like a home. Leave your wellies by the door, brew a cup of hot tea and take a peek at these cozy, livable houses that are so unforgettably chic you’ll undoubtably find yourself daydreaming about a few little changes for you own home. Enjoy!
We hope you loved the good taste of Hám Interior Design as much as we do and that it brightened your day!
Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here!
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If you’re looking for something to read, 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.
Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings
Lloyd Kramer, Director of Carolina Public Humanities, will moderate
September 21: Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, NC, Q&A and Signing. Presented by Friends of the Library. For more information call the Library at 828-743-0215, 3:00pm, free and open to the public
September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, 6 pm, open to Chattooga Club members and guests
September 26: New Bern, NC Private Book Club Event, 6 pm
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
November 6: Private Book Club Event, Beaufort, NC, 6 pm