House Tour: Steeped in History in Greenwich, Ct

 

There is something about a white house with black shutters (bonus for a slate roof!) that draws us right in. Every time. 

 

 

And, in the case of this Old Greenwich home, we’re certainly glad it did.

 

 

Merging the past and present with considerable aplomb,

 

 

This is a home that wows with style, but is still comfortable enough for the whole family.

 

 

Beautiful built-ins in the family room,

 

 

Blend in harmony with the gorgeous kitchen cabinets, creating just another touch that makes this home feel seamless and cohesive.

 

 

This lovely desk takes full advantage of the stunning view beyond the windows, making this the ultimate writers’ retreat.

 

 

This is giving me major excitement about getting back into my house. We’ve reset the tub to take maximum advantage of the view. I can’t wait to be soaking just like this!

 

 

We just love the way the hardwood floors lead out onto the slate onto the grass and into the water. The transition is perfection!

 

 

There is absolutely no doubt that outdoor design is just as important–if not more important–than indoor decor, especially with a yard and view as stunning as this.

 

 

We can’t imagine a more peaceful spot for relaxing at the end of a long day. Wishing you blue skies and calm seas just like this today!

 

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In Good Taste: Bellwether Landscape Architects

Bellwether Landscape Architects stone arch

 

We can’t believe it’s back-to-school time already. We love experiencing every season to the fullest here in NC, but none has quite the finite ending point of summer. We don’t know about you, but, for us, this one absolutely flew by!

 

 Bellwether Landscape Architects planters

 

We were lamenting the end of long, lazy, sandy days, but these past couple the temperature has dropped just the tiniest bit, the edge has come off the humidity, and we’re sort of loving getting back on schedule. (Sort of.)

 

Bellwether Landscape Architects outdoor area

 

We think we’re ready to welcome fall! (Not that it was waiting on us…)

 

 Bellwether Landscape Architects curb appeal

 

We’re lucky to be able to spend a good 9-10 months of the year enjoying the outside, but there is no time quite as sweet or special as the fall.

 

Bellwether Landscape Architects boxwood pathway

 

Perfect temperatures, changing foliage and crisp evenings make it the ideal time for dining, playing and relaxing al fresco!

 

 Bellwether Landscape Architects garage and pool house

 

Nowhere is that better than in our own backyards.

 

Bellwether Landscape Architects outdoor area

 

And, trust, us, we are taking copious notes and tons of inspiration from these stunning outdoor spaces by Bellwether Landscape Architects.

 

 Bellwether Landscape Architects espalier

 

Perfectly manicured beds,

 

Bellwether Landscape Architects gate to pool

 

Charming accents that bid guests welcome,

 

Bellwether Landscape Architects garden gate

 

And an eye toward laid-back yet luxurious style,

 

 

Create landscapes that are perfectly styled in any season.

 

 

A stunning exterior might be the foundation,

 

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Bellwether Landscape Architects via Dering Hall

 

But it is the right landscaping that pulls the look together. Are you dreaming of any updates to your yard this fall? 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here!

 

Are you looking for the perfect Labor Day reads? Check out my Peachtree Bluff Series!

Peachtree Bluff Series

Harvey, considered to be the “it girl” of Southern fiction, introduces the first novel in the Peachtree Bluff Series this spring. Child, this book is everything! We’re hoping to see this soapy read on the Hallmark Channel.” (—Jamey Giddens Daytime Confidential)

 

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Things We Love: A Gorgeous White Garden

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Howard Design Studio

 

It is summer and that means time for gardens galore!

white garden
Architectural Digest

 

Sitting in them, admiring them… We love all of that!

 white-flowers white garden
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.

white garden
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.

white garden
Howard Design Studio

 

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

white garden
Howard Design Studio

 

A fabulous patio is one of the best parts of spring. But, without a luscious view, porch sitting can fall flat.

white garden
Milieu Magazine

 

That’s certainly not a problem for any of these lovely landscapes!

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Carolyn Roehm’s Garden via AD

 

Tea in the garden, yes please!

white garden
Carolyne Roehm

 

Carolyne Roehm knows a thing or two about beautiful outdoor living in any season. We love them all, but there isn’t anything quite like spring, is there?

white garden
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.

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Hamptons Cottages Gardens – Tria Giovan Photography

 

Of course, a little water in the garden never hurts. What a beautiful pool to catch a few rays beside!


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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Add Instant Curb Appeal to Your Home

curb appeal white wood house
HC&G

 

For outdoor style and adding loads of curb appeal, a few things top our list for timeless simplicity.   A white picket fence, a fabulous front door, a beautiful garden, with flowers or without, we adore how these simple touches turn a plain exterior into something extraordinary.

curb appeal black door
BHG

 

curb appeal black door
Serena & Lily

 

curb appeal white wood house
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

curb appeal gray door
Hayburn and Co

 

curb appeal white brick
Windsor Smith

 

green door curb appeal
BHG

 

curb appeal house with climbing roses
Domino Magazine

 

curb appeal
BHG

 

curb appeal
BHG

 

curb appeal red door
Zillow

 

Happy Monday, sweet friends!

Gardening Sheds Add Charm and Function

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Architectural Digest

 

We always talk about finding the perfect storage space for those necessary things that seem to accumulate indoors, but, sometimes, it’s finding a spot for the outdoor things that is even more difficult!

gardening shed
BHG

 

Tricycles, baseball bats, that trusty lawnmower, gardening gloves, shovels…

 

gardening shed
Architectural Digest

 

All those things that hold up the walls of the garage or clutter the yard need their place too.
gardening shed
BHG

 

Full disclosure: Even if we didn’t have one, single thing that needed to be put away outdoors, we’d still be pining for these garden sheds!

gardening sheds
BHG

 

They are so undeniably charming that we can see the writing on the wall…

gardening shed
BHG

 

That old blower would still be hogging its corner of the garage so that we could set up a little table and chairs, 

gardening shed
BHG

 

maybe a desk, and use that adorable potting shed for a tiny getaway.

gardening shed
New England Home

 

Who could possibly resist having their morning coffee here? It seems like a great way to gather your thoughts for the day.

gardening shed
Architectural Digest

Big, small, manicured or rustic, we think all of these garden sheds are something very, very special.

gardening shed
BHG

 

We hope to transform ours in Beaufort into something just as lovely one day soon. Happy Monday, friends!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

“Fans of Nancy Thayer and Patti Callahan Henry will devour this story of the first of three sisters, the men in their lives, and the mother who bonds them all.” (—Booklist Online)

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Slightly South of Simple yet, take advantage of Barnes & Noble’s Buy 2, Get 1 Free offer! It’s the perfect time to stock up on summer reading!

Draper James and Reese Witherspoon New Collaboration and More!

 

At Home with Landscape Designer Jon Carloftis

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Draper James and Nordstrom

 

Reese Witherspoon and Draper James Partnering with Nordstrom

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WEEKEND SALES

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What People are Saying about Slightly South of Simple

“Harvey’s devotion to realistic character development pays off by the end of the novel, which provides clear resolutions to some plots and leaves other hanging in a way that practically begs for a sequel…because Harvey is meticulous about closing out each character’s arc in a satisfying way….SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE is so warm, inviting and real…”—Bookpage

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