Things We Love: A Gorgeous White Garden

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Howard Design Studio

 

It is summer and that means time for gardens galore! Sitting in them, admiring them… We love all of that!

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Hollander Design 

 

The planting and keeping alive is where things get dicey. Fortunately, hardy favorites like these gorgeous hydrangeas are stunning and well within our wheelhouse.

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Howard Design Studio

 

We don’t know about you, but we love beautiful blooms that we can cut and move into our own house. It’s such an easy and chic touch.

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Howard Design Studio

 

We love so many different kinds of gardens, from the streamlined to the very, very complicated.

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Howard Design Studio

 

A fabulous patio is one of the best parts of spring. But, without a luscious view, porch sitting can fall flat. That’s certainly not a problem for any of these lovely landscapes!

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Loi Thai

 

This beautiful yard reminds us of a perfectly tailored pair of black pants. They fit so well that they can’t help but be gorgeous.

 


The Secret to Southern Charm

Speaking of, if you need something to read while you’re catching rays this summer, look no further than The Secret to Southern Charm! Summer is the perfect time to get up to date 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!

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

 

 

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Things We Love: Boxwood Gardens

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Hollander Design

With the days growing longer and the sun getting warmer, we are savoring every moment we have outside–especially after such a cold, harsh winter. We don’t know about you, but we’re focusing on sprucing our yards for spring right now. We love flowers and bright blooms and pretty colors intermixed, but when it comes to the staple backdrop, nothing is better than beautiful boxwoods. From a small hedge to an entire garden, boxwoods are incredibly versatile and look great anywhere. Check out a few of our favorite boxwood gardens and gain a bit of inspiration of your own! 

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Hollander Design

 

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Hollander Design

 

Bellwether Landscape Architects via Dering Hall

 

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Hollander Design

 

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Hollander Design

 

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Hollander Design

 

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Hollander Design

 

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Janice Parker Landscape Architect via Dering Hall

 

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Loi Thai

The former garden of our friend Loi Thai is a great one to end on and one of our favorites of the entire bunch. Perfectly manicured and vibrantly green, it’s everything a boxwood garden should be!

 

For more inspiration visit our Instagram and Pinterest and our Top Ten Posts of 2017 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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Fences for Every Yard

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Jimmy Stanton – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Happy Thursday, chic readers! We hope your day is off to a fabulous start. We are talking fences today.  When we bought our house in Beaufort, one of the first things we knew we would have to do is put a white picket fence around the yard. 

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New England Home- Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

There’s just something about a fence that not only defines a space but also adds so much charm. 

Wettling Architect

 

In stacked stone, a fence is organic, neutral and blends in so well with the environment. 

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Urban Grace

 

A chic stucco fence or a concrete fence is not only pretty but is also practical. Insect resistant and easy to clean, it’s a perfect, long-lasting solution for a beautiful outdoor space that stays that way for years to come. And a lovely vine is the perfect accessory!

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Donald Lococo

 

For that English cottage or secret garden feel, nothing beats stone–with a charming gate, of course. 

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Meg Braff Design

 

And a pretty wall creates a cozy outdoor sitting room and breaks up a large back yard. 

 

There’s nothing more beautiful than a rambling wooden fence through a farm or estate. 

 

For creating privacy and only seeing the neighbors when you want to see the neighbors, there is nothing prettier than a hedge. It may take a while to get it right, but the result is so worth it!

 

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Ashley Whittaker Design

 

Doesn’t a tall hedge create the most ethereal feeling?

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Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

And, of course, you can never go wrong with brick. Do you have a fence at your house? What’s your favorite fence or wall material?

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

North Carolinians, listen up! Our friend and one of our favorite designers, Marshall Watson is making his way to Kinston, NC this Sunday, March 4! Lunch is from 12:30-1:30 with a lecture and Q&A from 2-3. If you want to come but your friends can’t, come sit with me!

 

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Greek Revival Home of Landscape Designer Jon Carloftis

Before you even walk through the front door of a landscape designer’s home, you can probably guess that you’re in for a treat.

Symmetry, scale and a keen eye for detail are, after all, a part of a landscape designer‘s day to day routine.

So maybe we weren’t surprised, per se, when we first got a peek inside Jon Carloftis’s stunning home. But we were delighted all the same!

It’s one of those places that seems effortlessly thrown together yet perfectly choreographed.

Each and every moment is perfectly collected and completely refined but nothing seems overly planned,

As though the bulk was planned but some of the details came together of their own accord.

In fact, we’d say, these interiors are a bit like the perfect garden.

Because, in our homes, our gardens and our lives, sometimes the most beautiful moments are the surprises, the things that weren’t ever a part of the plan to begin with.

A fresh wood pile ready for the fire is a charming reminder of the outdoors.

You really can’t ever have too many silver treasures–especially julep cups, which have so many uses!

A blend of masculine and feminine elements in this room make it cozy and just a hint rustic.

Maybe this is an author’s perspective, but you can really never have too many books. And a landscape designer’s home must have plants! They’re the perfect combination.

Few home styles are as classic and traditional as a beautiful Greek Revival

The peerless landscape surrounding this home is the icing on the cake! What is your favorite part of this fabulous Greek Revival?

What Splendid Sass had to Say about Slightly South of Simple: (That is a LOT of good alliteration!)

“I have just finished Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey. As with the other two books Kristy wrote, Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love, I fell in love with this book. Kristy is a great Southern author, writing about strong women and their love and support for each other. Family is at the forefront of each book… creating a storyline that makes this book one of the best I have read.”
Teresa, Splendid Sass

Things We Love: Garden Gates

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Jean Allsopp Photography

 

These long, lazy days of summer are the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the splendor of a beautiful garden

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

While flowers, shrubs and green things of every kind are certainly the main event of any garden, there’s one essential that we think adds so much charm and style:

A fabulous garden gate!

From a sophisticated pergola overflowing with flowers,

garden gate
Hollander Design

To a simple gate that whispers “welcome,”

From a simple, classic wrought iron,

To a stunning style with automatic open,

garden gate
Hollander Design

There are so many styles to enhance a garden of any size or type.

 

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Jean Allsopp Photography

A gate is a perfect opportunity to insert another material into a pretty brick wall,

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Jean Allsopp Photography

Or create a secret passageway in a stone enclosure.

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Jean Allsopp Photography

Dark stains blend with the wood around,

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Hollander Design

 

While white makes an elegant statement–especially when combined with white florals on the front. What is your favorite type of garden gate?


 

What Exquisitely Unremarkable is saying about Slightly South of Simple:

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“I have read Kristy’s other two books, Dear Carolina and Lies And Other Acts Of Love, and while I completely enjoyed both, [Slightly South of Simple] really hit home.  I don’t know if it was the fact that it’s set at the beach ~ where I live ~ or that there were references to NY ~ where I also live ~ that it’s the story about three sisters and their widowed mom ~ hello, that’s my family ~ or the fact that I myself am the mom to girls.  Or maybe it was those references to 9/11. I swear, the conversation in the book is the exact one I had with my own husband on that terrifying morning. So much of what Kristy had written felt familiar. I just couldn’t put it down.  Of course, even if you don’t have the same connections that I have, you’ll still love this one. The characters are likable, the Southern setting is dreamy, there are tears, laughter, surprises, secrets and best of all, romance. The perfect summer read.” Kim, Exquisitely Unremarkable
I’ll be on tour this week! Come see me!

July 13: Sky Valley Literary Luncheon, Sky Valley Country Club, Sky Valley, GA, 12 pm

July 14: Highlands Golf and Country Club, Talk, Luncheon and Book Signing, 981 Dillard Road, Highlands, NC 28741

July 14: Signing, Acorns Shop at Old Edwards Inn, Nantahala National Forest, 465 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741, 2-4 pm

July 15: Atlanta Market, Codarus Showroom 240 Peachtree St N.W., Suite 15-A-1, Atlanta, Ga 30303, 404.749.5050, Signing 1-3 pm

Thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to read my latest novel Slightly South of Simple! I am so grateful to each and every one of you. If you have read, would you consider writing a brief review on Amazon? You don’t have to have purchased there to review, and reviews help authors so very much! Thanks for all your support!

Things We Love: Pea Gravel

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Howard Design Studio

 

Mom and I have both always loved infomercials. I know. They’re worse than reality TV. But it’s not like you set out to watch an infomercial. It’s something that just sort of happens. Not so much anymore, but, back in the days before DVR and OnDemand, we’d be up late, and one would just come on. And then we’d get sucked in, and, before we knew it, we were pulling out our credit card  (Well, Mom’s credit card. I was a child.) and ordering Yoga Booty Ballet because the next fifty callers got a free set of resistance bands.

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Hollander Designs

 

 

We already had three sets of resistance bands, but it’s something in that guy’s voice and all those women who went from a size 14 to a size 2 in three weeks and their asthma went away and they met the love of their life and won the lottery… 

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Suzanne Kasler via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

So we ordered Yoga Booty Ballet. And Billy Blank’s Tae Bo. And this cool thing you used to sort cans in the fridge. And something I can’t remember the name of that involved step aerobics. (Mom is really good at step aerobics. She was a preschool mom in the early 90’s so, you know…)

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Robert Couturier  via CTC&G

 

But there was this one infomercial I always used to see that intrigued me. It was for these detoxifying foot pads. You’d put them on when you slept and they would pull all the toxins and heavy metals out of your body and when you woke up the foot pads were black with all of the gross stuff pulled out of your body!

pea gravel
Hollander Design

 

Now, Mom still has a Tony Little Gazelle in the garage, but she made fun of me for thinking these things would work. So I never got them. 

pea gravel
Stroudwater Design Group via Dering Hall

 

Yesterday, I was in TJ Maxx trying to be patient while Will examined two dozen lunch boxes when I saw them. Those foot pads! And they were $4.99, so I bought them, despite the lack of a free set if I ordered in the next eight minutes. And I woke up this morning and they were black just like on the infomercial, and I am quite sure that my insides are squeaky clean and toxin and heavy metal free just like that happy girl on TV all those years ago!

 

So, sure, yeah, it’s probably just some sort of reaction with the heat in my body that turns that little pad black. But it makes you feel so accomplished. I mean, for every win–like the foot pad and Billy Blanks–there’s a thigh master and a can sorter that cans don’t actually fit in. But that’s half the fun. And this is why we love infomercials. 

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Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Something we love that’s a little less risky? Pea gravel. We installed it in our backyard in Beaufort, and it has been a miracle for controlling moisture and keeping those pesky mosquitoes away.

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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

Plus, it’s so pretty, which, frankly, was our initial appeal. The lack of Zika was just a happy side effect. So, no, it’s not great for heels. But in flats or flip flops, gravel makes the most satisfying crunch underneath your feet.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

And it’s such a beautiful juxtaposition with surrounding grass.

 

So, no, you probably won’t get a free gift with purchase with your pea gravel. But, on the very bright side, it’s also probably not going to end up unused in your garage. Speaking of, I’m off to unearth those Yoga Booty Ballet DVDs I haven’t seen since college. They were great. And I’m having the strangest urge to hunt down this Fluidity Barre system that I used to see all the time… Although, it’s way less fun to order informercial products now that I have to use my own credit card!

Wishing you a wonderful day, chic friends!

 

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