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!

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

 

 

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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.

COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! 

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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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In Good Taste: Janie Molster Designs

Janie Molster entrance

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.

Janie Molster library

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.

Janie Molster dining room

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.

Janie Molster kitchen

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.

Janie Molster kitchen

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.

Janie Molster bedroom

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.  

Janie Molster bedroom

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.

Janie Molster bedroom

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.

Janie Molster porch

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! 


 

I am so, so, so excited to share that Slightly South of Simple has been chosen as a Kindle monthly deal so, from today until April 1, you can read the first book in the Peachtree Bluff series for only $1.99–just in time for the The Secret to Southern Charm release on April 3. 

 

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In Good Taste: Verandah House

Verandah House sunroom

Good morning, chic readers! You know how we love the thrill of finding new designers we love. And do we ever have some fabulous talent to share with you today!

Verandah House

When we stumbled across the good taste of Verandah House Interiors, it was a love at first sight kind of thing. 

Verandah House living room

This Australian duo designs houses in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne and more–and we want to go visit! Business trip, right?

Verandah House dining room

Jess and Judy say:

 “Our design aesthetic is very much the new American classic look, adding a modern sense of luxury that is fresh, stylish and timeless. Its important to us that our work doesn’t fit one style, we try to give each client a unique look and tailor our designs and finishes to suit the way our clients love to live, a casual sensibility.”

Verandah House

From beautifully accessorized vignettes, 

To beautifully uncluttered bookcases,

Verandah House

To coastal homes with just the right amount of flair, 

Verandah House bookcase

We think this dynamic duo is embodying their mission at every turn!

Verandah House kitchen

The perfect spot for entertaining friends!

Verandah House kitchen

Bright, white kitchens that feel clean and crisp,

And swoon-worthy outdoor spaces are examples of these designers’ flawless style. 

If you want to create gorgeous rooms like Verandah House, check out their fabulous online course! (You’ll want to watch the video just to hear their lovely Aussie accents!)

Which is your favorite Verandah House space?


It’s hard to believe that The Secret to Southern Charm will be here in six weeks! Now is the perfect time to preorder–or purchase your tickets to the Beaufort, SC prelaunch party March 15!

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What your favorite bloggers are saying about The Secret to Southern Charm:

From fab Tina at The Enchanted Home

The Secret to Southern Charm beach book

“5. CALLING ALL READERS. I am so thrilled for the amazing success my fellow blogger and friend, Kristy Harvey is having with her wonderful books, and with good reason. She has captivated so many with her wonderful, heart warming, funny stories (all that take place in the south is an extra bonus) and knows how to really engage her reader, her books are the kind you don’t want to close.

 You know those kind of books that you wish you could literally jump into and become a part of the story ? Think Nicholas Sparks meets Elin Hinderbrand….yes they are that good. I can hardly wait to delve into her newest, The Secret to Southern Charm. I just know her books are headed to the big screen one day:) Click here to preorder yours” — Tina, The Enchanted Home

 

 

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House Tour: Greenwich Colonial

Greenwich Colonial living room

Good morning, chic readers! We try not to play favorites when it comes to house tours. I mean, they make every Wednesday pretty fabulous. 

Greenwich living room

But this Greenwich Colonial, designed by John Bjornen is really topping the charts for favorite houses. 

Greenwich living room

It’s light, bright, airy and open and has that relaxed, homey vibe that we’re always striving for–

Greenwich dining room

Plus really, really cool light fixtures, which is always a plus.

Greenwich kitchen

Chic storage is always in style, and the color of this bar is absolutely amazing. 

Greenwich house

A cozy sitting room is just right for guests–and huge pictures and plenty of lighting keep it from feeling stuffy. 

Greenwich bedroom

We love a charming sitting nook in a master bedroom. This one is absolutely adorable! 

Greenwich garden

What’s the perfect complement to this stunning indoor space? A fabulous outdoor space, of course! This pool is positively serene. 

Greenwich dining al fresco

Dining al fresco must be one of our favorite pastimes. This is the absolutely perfect spot–and this outdoor fireplace is the cherry on top that keeps the outdoor fun going no matter the weather. 

Greenwich house tour

This pretty, intimate porch is the perfect place for a quiet chat on a sunny day with a good friend–or a great place for curling up with a good book. 

Greenwich house tour

Perfectly symmetrical and even more perfectly manicured, what’s not to love about this Greenwich home? We can’t think of a single thing!

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

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

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Resolving to read more this year? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, and preorder book 2, The Secret to Southern Charm, releasing April 3! I have the best readers in the whole wide world! Thank you so much for your support. 

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