Good morning, chic readers! We hope you’re having a great day! If there’s one thing we know for sure (We’re getting all Oprah on you today!) it’s this: People gather in the kitchen.
Open floor plan or closed and no matter where you put the food, a crowd is always going to gather in this favorite homey spot. So we may as well make it beautiful! Check out a few of our favorite tips for styling the kitchen.
Add height. Height is just as important in the kitchen as it is on the coffee table or the buffet. Fresh, gorgeous branches are not only long lasting but they also add that organic, outdoor element in the kitchen without the falling petals.
2. Keep it streamlined. We love glass cabinets so much. But it’s important to remember that less is more when styling behind them. This is a great place to incorporate a pop of color if you’re going to.
3. Give the kitchen some jewelry. We’re big fans of brass accents. They’re like accessories for the kitchen! Knobs and pulls are pretty, but pot fillers and gorgeous faucets take it to the next level.
4. A keeping room? Yes, please! Everyone is going to gather in the kitchen. Why not make it comfy?
5. We’re big fans of bar stools, but life is all about mixing it up. Comfy and chic, these benches are the perfect cozy seat.
6. A touch of green is always welcome in the kitchen. Adding a bowl of apples or a fresh green plant is a lovely addition to a white kitchen.
7. Incorporate a touch of color. You know we’re all about a white kitchen. But sometimes a pop of color is nice too. Simple touches, like these pops of blue, add depth and dimension to this stunning space and help bring out the blue of the sea beyond.
There’s nothing we love more than a big spread of food and drinks for a big crowd. But kitchen styling can make our kitchen feel like an event every day. What’s your favorite way to style the kitchen?
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-A 2018 Spring Okra Pick -USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction -Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018 -Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List -Raleigh News & Observer’s “The Best Reads of Summer” -Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books” -New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick
Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.
After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.
Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.
But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.
Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).
Good morning, chic readers! It’s here, it’s here! Serena & Lily’s Friends and Family 20% off sale. You could say we are a tiny bit excited…. We love all that is Serena & Lily (We know you do too!) and, there is no better time than their annual sale for a quick coastal spruce, right?
Whether you live at the coast, have a beach house or are simply looking to add a little bit more of that coastal vibe into your house (vacation all the the time, anyone?) Serena & Lily is the one-stop shop for all that is fabulously coastal without being kitschy. If you’re looking to add a little beach to your life, check out what we did!
Serena & Lily in the Bedroom:
You know how sometimes you move somewhere and you get like 90% finished with everything and you just run out of steam? There’s no doubt that decorating can be a total joy. But it’s also a creative process and it can just burn you out. We were sort of like that with this guest room in our Beaufort house. We loved this gorgeous shell console and had the beginnings of a nice guest bedroom. We just needed to add in a few coastal touches!
One of our favorite looks is a bed with no footboard–and something fun at the end. A chaise, a pair of chairs and a bench are all nice choices. For us, nothing could top this stunning Shore Bench from Serena & Lily.
It’s perfect for a guest room in particular because it gives guests a place to sit to read, watch TV or simply put on their shoes. Isn’t it the perfect touch? Just add a Monaco throw in a beachy color, a couple Sarasota pillows and voila! Your guests will never want to leave!
This little area in the guest bedroom was particularly troubling. It needed a console, desk or table that fit the space and a lot of pizazz!
After looking at consoles and tables and chests and desks, we decided to go with something a little bit different… a bar cart! In this case, the South Seas Bar Cart from Serena and Lily. We love using pieces we love in ways that are a little bit unexpected. Here, styled with favorite books and accessories, this bar cart becomes perfect for a bedroom. (And, hey, you can always roll it out for a party!) We love a little height and, for a space that can’t have a lamp, this vase works well.
But we think this Artichoke Table Lamp takes the cart to a whole new level! A previously neglected chimney wall becomes a focal point–with plenty of coastal flair! Plus, we love adding extra light wherever we can.
Bedding is paramount, of course. In a guest room and especially a guest room on the coast, we love keeping things light and bright. The detail on the Savoy Embroidered Duvet Cover and Shams adds interest while maintaining that relaxing, airy feel. These linens are positively luscious! (Read: Our guests will never want to leave!)
Serena & Lily in the Kitchen:
Of all the rooms in this remodel, the kitchen was by far the biggest transformation. With seven layers of linoleum, no island, no windows and 1960s appliances, it needed some help. We loved the remodel, but it needed a little something.
It’s amazing how just one tiny element can completely change the look of a room–and add so much coastal chic style! The Riviera Counter Stool in natural is just that extra touch that made this kitchen feel like, well, a day at the beach! The stools added much-needed warmth, perfect for spring. We can see flip flops and sandy towels in this kitchen’s future!
Serena & Lily in the Bathroom:
My son’s bathroom upstairs was another case of major renovation and salvation. Converted from a closed-in upstairs porch to a bright, sunny spot for a little boy was so much fun.
Nothing says “coastal” quite like teak. This darling Teak Step Stool is pretty and practical, making it easy to reach the sink.Rope baskets are the ultimate in coastal touches. The large one makes a perfect dirty clothes hamper!
Serena & Lily in “Blogging Central”:
This converted laundry and storage room is actually one of the most-used spaces in the house. Little Will does art and homework there and these chaises with lucite trays are perfect for working. The Brahms’s Mount Herringbone Throws at the end of the chaises are absolutely stunning, give a finished look and feel–and were one of the first things we ever bought for the house. That just goes to show that, when you get your “before” right, with gorgeous pieces from Serena & Lily, you don’t even need an “after!”
If you are looking to add a hint of coastal style to your space, Serena & Lily’s 20% off sale is not to be missed! Let us know what you pick–and we’d love to see how you use Serena & Lily in your coastal home makeover!
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.
Which bar stools are your favorite? Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We hope it’s terrific!
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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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
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, ContactAshley 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) 527-2517, free 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, [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 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
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!
Kitchen stools are honestly one of our favorite parts of the kitchen. Don’t get us wrong, we love having the family together around a big table.But we know for sure that that doesn’t always happen in our houses. (Well, at least not at breakfast…)
So it just makes sense for everyone to have a place to congregate and eat during the rush of morning breakfast and coffee and forgotten homework and searching for that thing you were supposed to take to work but you just can’t exactly remember what it is…
Anyway, all of that just can’t happen around a dining room table.
So, we would venture to say that kitchen stools really help keep families together!