House Tour: Historical Concepts

House Tour: Historical Concepts

Trust us, there’s nothing we love better than an old house. (We have the houses to prove it.) But, well, historical homes come with their fair share of, let’s say, issues.

So we love the idea of the new old house. You know the kind. It looks like an old house, but is built brand new, i.e., you probably won’t have to have a handyman on payroll.

That look can be very, very tricky to achieve, as adding that character isn’t something just anyone can pull off.

But we think Historical Concepts does the old new house better than pretty much anyone in the business, building new houses that ooze old world charm.

It is the little things that turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, like these beautiful blue doors. 

And unexpected elements–like this unique ceiling–set this kitchen apart from the pack. 

Beautiful windows with lots of light and a marble farmhouse sink make a stunning statement. 

Talk about a dream pantry! Wow! And we couldn’t love this library ladder any more. 

This wood paneling adds so much charm to an other basic stairwell.

And a barrel ceiling makes this hallway an experience. 

Bold navy blue trim adds an instant nautical feel–and these beds are so chic!

Every space feels like an occasion with Historical Concepts. 

But–no surprises here–we think we might love the outdoor spaces most of all!

What is your favorite way to make a new house feel old? 

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

What A Stroll Thru Life is staying about The Secret to Southern Charm:

“Oh this is a really great book and one I think you all would love to read…I know this is a book you will want to add to your summer reading list.” –Marty, A Stroll Thru Life

 

 

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

10 Ultra-Chic Kitchen Cabinet Styles

kitchen cabinets
TS Adams Studio

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Thursday is off to a great start! We’re pondering our favorite cabinet styles today. Few decisions in a kitchen are as major, as expensive or have as big of an impact, so it’s one of those ones that is important to get right!

Cloth and Kind - Beth Singer Photography
Cloth and KindBeth Singer Photography

 

If you’re looking for something simply elegant without too much fuss for your kitchen cabinet remodel, flat paneled cabinets are a perfect choice. 

kitchen cabinets
Rethink Design

 

One of our favorite kitchen styles is a combination of glass-front cabinets and closed cabinets. Glass front cabinets are perfect for display, but it’s nice to have a few to hide messier items behind as well!

kitchen cabinets
Urban Grace Interiors

 

Sometimes our favorite cabinets are… no cabinets at all! We love open shelving as a chic and inexpensive alternative to upper cabinets. So cute!

Peter Pennoyer

 

You know we love white kitchens, so, to us, you can never go wrong with white cabinets.

kitchen cabinets
Westbrook InteriorsArchitectural Digest

 

But dark wood is also a stunning look that creates depth, warmth and contrast in a kitchen.

kitchen cabinets
Old Seagrove Homes

 

Love the wood feel but want just a touch? Light wood is such a pretty choice, and these light wood open shelves give just a hint of wood without being too dark.

kitchen cabinets
Coastal Living

 

Dark painted cabinets can make a kitchen feel dark and heavy, but, when paired with light floors, backsplash and tons of light, they’re such a perfect choice!

kitchen cabinets
Coastal Living Magazine

 

So, sure, we love white and wood, but there’s nothing like colored cabinets to add instant personality and fun in a kitchen. Especially in a vacation home, when you pick the right shade you really can’t go wrong!

kitchen cabinets
Phoebe Howard Design

 

Can’t make up your mind? We totally understand! Why not mix and match? It’s the best of both worlds and gives any kitchen a totally custom feel. 

If you were redoing your kitchen. what cabinet style would you choose?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day–and don’t forget to enter to win two tickets and a night’s stay at City Loft in Beaufort, SC so that you can come be a part of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM launch on March 15!

Enter to win TWO tickets to the launch event and 1 night at Beaufort’s City Loft Hotel by doing any or all of the following:

  1. Visit either my personal page, Design Chic or Kristy Woodson Harvey Author on Facebook and share the post about the giveaway and tag the friend you’d like to bring! (3 entries)
  2. Follow us on Instagram–@kristywharvey–and respond to the Instagram post by tagging the friend you’d like to bring. (3 entries)
  3. Preorder a copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM from your venue of choice and email me at [email protected] to let me know. (5 entries)

That’s it! We’ll close the giveaway on Saturday, February 10 at 10 am and announce the winner by the evening! Thanks so much for participating. 

If you don’t want to wait to find out if you’ve won, order tickets here

 

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Creating a Dream Home–Down to the Last Detail

What do you think of when you hear the term “dream home?”

For us, so many different things come to mind. 

We could dream of a tiny farm cottage with a picket fence and trailing ivy…

Or a sprawling country estate with horses and plenty of room for beautiful gardens

A quaint ski chalet…

Or a cedar shake New England home with plenty of room for visiting guests. 

For us, a dream home could be anything, really, where we are surrounded by things we love–and people we love, of course. 

No matter how you define “dream home,” we feel pretty sure that this qualifies as one. 

The Fox Group.  has created an enviable space with so many stunning details it would be impossible to pick a favorite–

And we would could look at these photos a thousand times and still find something new to delight and inspire. 

From open shelving on a very luxe level,

To extraordinary hardware, 

Marble as far as the eye can see, 

To a workspace for everyone in the family, 

Each perfectly orchestrated area of this family house makes it feel like home. 

We think it would be nearly impossible to pick a favorite room, a favorite detail. But if we had to, we think the bathroom in this dream home might take the cake! 

What is your idea of a dream home? Is is luxurious, modern and spacious like this or something a little simpler? We’d love to know! 

We hope you had an amazing weekend and are so grateful that you stopped by Design Chic to spend a bit of your Monday with us. We always love it when you do! 

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Things We Love: Kitchen Stools

kitchen stools
TS Adams Studio

 

If you’re like us, your bar stools get a lot of use. From a quick on-the-way-to-school breakfast to cocktails after work, the heart of the home is one of our favorite gathering spots–and there’s a lot of sitting, leaning and general wear and tear that happens around our bar stools, so they need to be chic yet durable. Check out a few of our favorite looks to make the space around the kitchen island even more beloved. 

kitchen stools
Terra Cotta Design Build

 

kitchen stools
Tracy Lynn Studio

 

kitchen stools
Terra Cotta Design Build

 

kitchen stools
BHG

 

kitchen stools
Whittney Parkinson Design

 

kitchen stools
Sage Design

 

kitchen stools
Claire Zinneker – Katie Jameson Photography

 

kitchen stools
Tamara Magel Design

 

Which bar stools are your favorite? Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We hope it’s terrific! 

books slightly south of simple

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. 

 

_______________________________

For more inspiration visit our Instagram and Pinterest

and see our Top Ten Posts of 2017 here!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! 

THE 2018 SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR:

Feb. 1: “Literacy is Key: A Book & Author Event,” 3700 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN; Sponsored by Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association; tickets are $55, purchase tickets online at memphis.kappa.org;  10:00 am-2:00 pm, open to the public

The Secret to Southern Charm book

March 15: Official Launch and Fundraiser for Pat Conroy Center at the home of Alison and Mark Guilloud, Beaufort, SC, cocktail buffet, portion of proceeds to benefit the Center, 6:00 pm

March 21: Westminster Towers, 1330 India Hook Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732, tea with accompaniments, tickets are $20, reservations at 803-328-5000, must pay by check or cash before event; 4:00 pm, public

March 22: 2018 Friends of Joyner Library Spring Banquet, East Carolina University fundraiser,   Greenville Hilton, 207 Greenville Blvd SW, Greenville, NC 27834 tickets are $75 and include signed copy of The Secret to Southern Charm; (Checks payable to Friends of Joyner Library and mail to Joyner Library, Office of Library Development, 2400 Joyner Library, Mail Stop 516, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858 or online at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/giving/friends.cfm), doors open at 5:30 pm, event from 6:00-8:30 pm

March 31: Sips, Sweets and Southern Charm, Beaufort Linen Co., 331 Front St., Beaufort, NC, 1:00-4:00, free and open to the public

April 2: Rowan Regional Public Library Friends of the Library Meeting, Salisbury, NC 

April 3: Launch party at South Main Book Co., Salisbury, NC, 5:00-7:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 4: Holcomb Reading Club in Spartanburg at Spartanburg CC, Spartanburg, SC, 11:30 am, private event

April 4: Afternoon tea, Poinsett Club, 807 East Washington Street, Greenville, SC, ticketed event, open to members, For tickets Stacia Smith, (864) 242-3062,  [email protected], 3:00 pm, private

April 5: Kiawah Reads talk and signing,  Sandcastle Community Center, 23 Beachwalker Drive, Kiawah Island, SC 29407, beverages and light snacks, Contact Mandi Danker [email protected] for tickets, 11:00 am, open to the public

April 5: Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, 509 S Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506, Contact Mary Wiser, Friends of Florence County Library, 843-413-7065,  [email protected], 6:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: Moveable Feast through Litchfield Books; Litchfield Beach, SC, contact is Vicky Crafton, 843-237-8138, [email protected], 11:00 am with signing at bookstore at 2:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: “The Secret to Southern Charm at Woodhouse Day Spa,” Woodhouse Day Spa, 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, wine and nibbles, Contact is Kimberly Powell, 843-203-1772, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, open to the public

April 7: Wine, Women & Wisdom, Southern Style, launch of this luncheon series at Buxton Books, 2A Cumberland Street, Corner of Concord and Cumberland, Charleston, SC 29401, Contact Polly Buxton, [email protected], 843-696-5050, noon-2:00 pm, open to the public

April 8: Southern Sweet Tea Author Talk & Book Signing at Summerville Library presentation Dorchester County Library, 76 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, SC 29485, tea, water, lemonade, and pastries served; Contact is Leslie Koller, [email protected], 842-871-5075 ext. 220, 2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 9:  “Books and Bites” at Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL with sandwiches and tea, organized through The Book Loft, 214 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, “meet and greet” with signing, contact events person is Christy LeLait, [email protected], store: 904-261-8991, 11:30 am, open to the public

April 9: The Bookshelf, 126 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792, Book Clubs and Beach Reads: A conversation with Kristy Woodson Harvey, wine and cheese provided,  Contact Ashley Sherlock [email protected], [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to public

April 10: “Books and Bites,” Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Gulf County, 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, contact is Nancy Brockman, [email protected], 850-229-8879, 12:00-2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 10:  Sundog Books, 89 Central Square, Seaside, FL  32459, Contact Dwan Dawson-Tape, 850-231-5481, [email protected], 4:00-5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 11: Dothan Country Club,”Lunch and Learn,” 200 South Cherokee Avenue. Dothan, Alabama, $20 ticket includes buffet and author presentation. Call 334-791-2706 or email [email protected] to rsvp. Ticket paid for at the door , 11:30 am CST, open to the public

April 11: Bay Point Book Clubs’ Cocktails with Kristy, 5:00 pm, private

April 12:  St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon, 218 Bunkers Cove Rd, Panama City, FL 32401, 11:30 am, private

April 13: Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library Book and Author Luncheon, Pfeiffer University, Highway 52 North, Misenheimer, N.C.  28109,  hosted by Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library, tickets are $30.00 for Friends members and $40 for nonmembers; Tickets will be available on the University’s website in mid-January. They will also be available by calling the Advancement Office at 704-463-3034, event from 11:00 am-1:15 pm, open to the public

April 14: Catawba College Dinner, Salisbury, NC, private

April 15: Signing at High Point Furniture Market, High Point, NC, Details TBA

April 16: The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC28387, 5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 17: SC Entertainment Television talk in Kinston, NC, private

April 17: Sips and Sweets, Community Council for the Arts, 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC, 100% of book purchase price will be donated to CCA, to reserve a copy or purchase a copy to pick up at a later date, call (252) 527-2517free and open to the public

April 19: Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library,269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, MD 21403, event contact is Amanda Spino, 410-222-1770, aspino[email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to the public

April 22: Reading at ROOT, Manasquan, NJ, please register through BookTowne, Contact is Maribeth Pelly, [email protected], 732-722-7255, 3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 23: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, free but registration required at 341-282-9232; 7:00 pm, open to the public

April 24: Meet Author Kristy Harvey at Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH 44129, organized by Cuyahoga County Public Library, Contact is Billy Kelly, [email protected], 216.749.9359, 7:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 26: “Books and Bites,” Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin, North Carolina 28734, Light refreshments will be provided, 12 pm, free and open to the public

April 29: Viva Wine Bar, 168 Exchange Street Pendleton, SC 29670, contact is Sally Martin, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30: The Secret to Southern Charm: Kristy’s tips for living a beautiful life, inspired by Southern interior design and entertaining; Huff Harrington Home Store, 3872 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, refreshments provided; Contacts are Meg Harrington and Ann Huff: [email protected], 404-467-0311 , 1:00-3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30,: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St, #138, Woodstock, GA30188, contact Gary Parkes, [email protected], 770-516-9989, 6:30 pm

May 1: Reynolds Plantation Linger Longer Cultural Series, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr., Greensboro, GA 30624, contact Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected], 5:00 pm

May 2: Charleston, SC UNC Alumni Event

May 5:  Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Party, Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event; The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits three Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contest and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live.;  Contact Jamie Anderson at Downtown Books, 252-473-1056, [email protected]; 4:00 pm, open to the public

June 17: Raleigh, NC Read & Go program, Salisbury, NC Tour, Contact

June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public

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

DON’T FORGET, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM IS AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER BY CALLING YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE, ANY OF THE FABULOUS BOOKSTORES ABOVE OR AT INDIEBOUND, AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE OR WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD!

 

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Ten Favorite Kitchens with Pendant Lighting

pendant lighting in kitchen
Bakes & Kropp

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a fabulous day. Today, we are dreaming of school getting out, summer days on the beach and… pendant lighting! (Not necessarily in that order.)

pendant lighting in kitchen
Bakes and Knopps

 

You know that we think lighting, more than most anything else in a home, has the potential to totally change the look and feel of a space. 

pendant lighting in the kitchen
Bakes and Kropp

 

Nowhere is that more true than the kitchen, where lighting is so important for a functional work space–and where opportunities for accessorizing and really making the space your own are fewer. 

pendant lighting in kitchen
Brooks & Falotico

 

Whether you’re looking for lighting with a shade that stands out a little from the rest of the color scheme,

kitchen
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

Or lighting whose color blends in but still makes a fabulous, bold statement, the right pendant can totally transform a kitchen.

kitchen with pendant lighting
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

One of our favorite elements of a kitchen island is the ability to hang pendants over top. 

pendant lighting over marble island
Architectural Digest

 

But, even if you don’t have an island, pendants are super chic over a dining table. We actually think a pair–or more–of pendants can be an even more beautiful look than a statement chandelier. 

pendant lighting over island with wood beams
Rafe Churchill

 

These pendants combine fabulously with these bar stools to contribute to the overall industrial vibe of this kitchen.

kitchen with Goodman Pendant lighting over island
Ashley Winn Design

 

Metallics always add a hint of glamour, a touch of sophistication that’s a little less over the top than a chandelier. We absolutely adore the touch of gold inside these bold, white pendants. 

pendant lighting
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle

 

Speaking of metallics, why try to make the chain blend in when it can absolutely shine! We love how these pendants connect with the fume hood for a totally custom look. What is your favorite style pendant? Do you prefer one that blends in or is made to stand out? 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

What People are Saying About Slightly South of Simple:

“Kristy Woodson Harvey really knows how to tell a southern tale. Every single time her stories unwind gently, like a soft wind in Georgia, then that wind catches you off guard and throws you into her characters’ tumultuous lives. Slightly South of Simple is the same. One gracious, old home inherited from Grandma, one mother who has so many secrets if the walls talked they would pour out like lemonade on a hot summer day, and three headstrong sisters, all working their way through the chaotic mess and joy of life, together. I loved it.” (–New York Times bestselling author Cathy Lamb )

Center Islands that Make a Kitchen and Friday Finds!

white kitchen with large center island

 

Kitchens with Large Center Islands

dering hall

 

 

mudroom in neutral

 

10 Elegant Mudrooms

– dering hall

 

kitchen

 

10 Timeless Kitchen Designs 

dering hall

 

bathroom

 

10 Master Bathroom Design Ideas 

 dering hall

  bedroom

 

Creating a Collected Bedroom

one kings lane

living-room

 

Channel the Look of Farmhouse Living 

one kings lane

 

 

Courteney Cox Talks Interior Design

one kings lane

 



 

WEEKEND SALES

Winter Tag Sale – anthropologie

Up to 70% Off your Purchase  j crew

Just Added Savings Sale – one kings lane

New to Sale – shopbop

Up to 75% Off Designer Apparel – neiman marcus

Up to 65% Off – serena and lily

New to Sale – nordstrom

Up to 70% off  – saks fifth avenue

Up to 70% off – net-a-porter

 Up to 50% Off- wisteria

 

 

More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)

Design Chic

Stay up to date by joining our email list!

Design Chic

Stay up to date by joining our email list!