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

 

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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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