In Good Taste: An Architectural Digest AD100 Designer

Julie Hillman Design ad100 entry


Muddy boots are one of the signs of a day well spent. And muddy boots left by the door are a sure sign of more adventure to come. 


Julie Hillman Design ad100 entry foyer with abstract art and round table  


AD100 Designer Julie Hillman knows a thing or two about adventure. 


Julie Hillman Design ad100 living room with abstract art and convex mirrors      


One peek at her peerless interiors and it is very, very clear that she isn’t afraid to take a risk. 


Julie Hillman Design office ad100    


Even in a neutral office, unexpected accessories and chic, out-of-the-ordinary lighting steal the show. 


Julie Hillman Design kitchen with long wood farmhouse table ad100      


The absolute perfect mix of old and new, this cozy kitchen is the kind of place we’d want to curl up all fall and winter long. 


Julie Hillman Design black kitchen ad100  


And this patterned, bright tile makes an eat-in kitchen feel like an escape. 


Julie Hillman Design bathroom ad100  


Who wouldn’t want to take a nice soak (with a good book) in this relaxing but interesting bathroom?


Julie Hillman Design bunkbed room with stripe rug ad100  


Everything about this bunk room is fun. We love the juxtaposition of a traditional cabin feel with a bold color palette.


Julie Hillman Design kid's room ad100  


From a retreat for a growing boy,


Julie Hillman Design girl's pink bedroom ad100  


To a suite fit for a princess (and her puppy!),


Julie Hillman Design porch with round table and pillows ad100  


To outdoor spaces that awe,


Julie Hillman Design porch ad100  


Designer Julie Hillman’s work is always in good taste. 

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


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Let’s Get Together!

Goldsboro, NC and Atlanta, GA, I’m heading your way soon. I’d love to see you!


Join Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, anchor and reporter Renee Chou, chef and host of “A Chef’s Life” on PBS Vivian Howard and yours truly for a fireside chat on October 18 at Walnut Creek Country Club. Get your tickets now! (P.S. The number of VIP Tickets has been increased from 75 to 100 but they are almost sold out. They include a signed copy of Vivian’s crazy amazing book Deep Run Roots and my The Southern Side of Paradise. Yay!)



I’ll be joining Grace Atwood (also of The Stripe) and Becca Freeman for a live Bad on Paper Podcast Event on October 23 at 8 pm at City Winery in Atlanta. Get your tickets!


Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey Beach house book

I am so excited that my new novel Feels Like Falling releases on April 28!

More About Feels Like Falling…

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.





House Tour: Bria Hammel Interiors

Bria Hammel Interiors entrance


Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a great week–and are in the mood for touring a perfectly serene home. For us, this week, a spot of calm is just what the doctor ordered! Grab your favorite warm beverage, a cozy blanket and curl up by the fire to savor every square foot of this beautiful house by Bria Hammel Interiors in Minnesota. (And if you don’t have a fireplace, you can borrow the one below!)


Bria Hammel Interiors


Bria Hammel Interiors kitchen



Bria Hammel Interiors bar


Bria Hammel Interiors wine cellar


Bria Hammel Interiors kitchen


Bria Hammel Interiors mudroom


Bria Hammel Interiors mudroom


Is there anything more idyllic than fresh blooms just picked from the garden or bought from the flower shop, tucked in the perfect bag? We don’t think so!

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


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In Good Taste: Shelley Morris Interiors

Shelley Morris Interiors

Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to share the good taste of Shelley Morris Interiors with you today! From a classic black-and-white entryway,

Shelley Morris Interiors

To a modern, glamorous chandelier

Shelley Morris Interiors

A high-gloss reading nook,

Shelley Morris Interiors

To an über-chic office, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

These designers know how to make a house feel like home. With the right art, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

The right lighting, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

And an impeccable attention to detail, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

Shelley Morris Interiors makes good taste in any room in the house look effortless. 

Shelley Morris Interiors

With perfectly sized furniture, a blank wall becomes a beautiful nook for catching up on correspondence, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

And gorgeous architectural details define a library in quiet elegance. 

Shelley Morris Interiors

From the ultimate in entertaining, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

To powdering one’s nose, Shelley Morris Interiors infuses good taste into every space!

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

Shelley Morris Interiors via Dering Hall

What’s Coming Up on the The Secret to Southern Charm book tour!

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 2: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 6:30 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, free for Sea Island Members and Guests

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Library

  • Who Am I?
    September 13, 2018
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    OVERARCHING QUESTION: How do our favorite books about self-discovery help us navigate our life’s journey?

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










Things We Love: Root Home Decor

root home decor living room

Good morning, chic readers! You know how we love featuring fabulous designers, and I am particularly excited about this one today! 

Root home decor living room

One of the most amazing stops on my The Secret to Southern Charm book tour was to a gorgeous shop called Root Home Decor in Manasquan, NJ, on the Jersey Shore. 

root home decor

(For the record we did discuss that I seemed much different from the TV Show Southern Charm and they seemed much different from the TV show Jersey Shore!)

root home decor dining

You know those stores that you go in and you keep having to walk around and around and around because there is SO MUCH good stuff to look at?

root home decor

Root is definitely one of those stores. 

root home decor

As you can tell, the designers at Root have a style all their own. 

root home decor

From a youthful, funky loft

Root home decor bedroom

Full of charming details and unexpected touches, 

root home decor dining room

To a coastal-inspired home with plenty of unique accessories, 

root home decor living room

The designers at Root really know how to source and blend products and materials to create a totally custom look. 

root home decor bedroom

They choreograph the kinds of spaces that we couldn’t wait to come home to. 

And, well, they throw a fabulous book party too! Thank you so much to Root for being so welcoming to me. If you’re in the Manasquan area, Root is a must-visit! The Secret to Southern Charm

If you haven’t checked out my Peachtree Bluff Series, beginning with Slightly South of Simple and continuing with my latest release, The Secret to Southern Charm, what are you waiting for?  Summer is the perfect time to get up to day on the Murphy girls and Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a town where the breeze is warm, the sun is shining, and nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems!









Alexa Hampton Interiors

 Alexa Hampton Interiors via Dering Hall


Good morning, chic readers! We hope all the mothers out there had a fabulous Mother’s Day. (We know we did!) If you’re in need of a little pick-me-up after all the festivities, look no further.

Alexa Hampton‘s gorgeous style and impeccable taste infuse all of her work, lending it her signature warmth perfectly suited for family living,

While still maintaining the trappings of elevated style.

From unexpected pops of color that create a unique and modern look, 

To traditional palettes that impart a sense of classic style, 

From a tiny vignette

To an entire home, 

Hampton’s good taste is evident in every room that bears her mark. 

It’s no wonder that she is frequently seen on Architectural Digest‘s AD100 and House Beautiful‘s Top Designer List.  

With a diverse range and flawless eye, it’s no wonder that Alexa Hampton is becoming a legend in her own time. From modern spaces infused with color to more neutral palettes that lend classic charm, interior designer Alexa Hampton tackles every space with grace and poise, elevating it to the next level. What’s your favorite Alexa Hampton space? 

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today! 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 Livings best beach reads, to slip in you tote.


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In Good Taste: Amanda Teal Design

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Suzanna Scott Photography


The first line of Amanda Teal Design‘s About Us page says, “We create gracious homes.”

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Michelle Drewes Photography


It’s a mission simple as and well thought out as these designers’ gorgeous work. (We’re loving these Serena & Lily Riviera Side Chairs in this beyond charming breakfast nook!)

Each of these spaces is so gracious, so welcoming that we can imagine calling them home.

And if that isn’t good taste, we don’t know what is!

From the sweeping and grand…

To the cozy and intimate…

These bright, light-filled rooms are the pinnacle of style.

We love using a desk instead of a night table–especially in a guest bedroom,

And fresh flowers make everything better.

The perfect textures and accents make even the grandest bedroom feel like a perfect resting spot,

And simple looks amazing by the sea.

From mirrors to counters, floors to faucets, not a single detail is overlooked. And that’s why Amanda Teal Design is always in good taste!

Helynn Ospina Photography


We are SO excited because The Secret to Southern Charm officially launches just one week from today! We can’t believe it! To celebrate, we are giving away a $200 Target gift card so that you can stock up on all your favorite beach accessories before those warm, lazy days of summer are here. 

To enter, all you have to do it pre-order The Secret to Southern Charm from your bookstore or website of choice. The Secret to Southern Charm is available from your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Books-a-Million, Indiebound and wherever books are sold! It is being simultaneously released in paperback, hardback, e-book and audio, so check out your favorite version! You can get extra credit for sharing. (Check out the Rafflecopter below.) Thanks so much for all your support, sweet friends. We are so grateful for you!

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