House Tour: Tuxedo Park


Good morning, chic friends! I may be traveling for Lies and Other Acts of Love signings … But that doesn’t mean my heart isn’t down South! 


No matter where your heart lies, this fabulous home from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles won’t disappoint! 


Creating Signature Spaces


Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had a terrific weekend. Ours was full of tree lightings and parades (on water and land!) and general holiday merriness. We know this season can be filled with craziness, but we love the chance to slow down and take a breath too. 


This weekend, we got to take that breath with the incredible Signature Spaces from the interior world of Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen.

We love the idea of well-travelled interiors that the pair espouses in this book. Because no one wants to live in a sterile box that doesn’t feel like them at all.


Instead, we love the idea of creating spaces with meaning, that are reminders not only of what makes us happy but also of where we have been. 

Family photos are, of course, one of our favorite ways to infuse our homes with memories. But, beyond that, we love art that has a story, to be able to look back at a piece and remember a treasured time in our lives.


Books are another favorite way to mark an occasion. I try to purchase a new book when on vacation and leave myself a note of where and when I read it. I’m in awe of how much more I remember both the story and trip when I do that!


Last week, the Lies and Other Acts of Love book tour sent me to Beaufort and Bluffton, SC to speak at the University of South Carolina Beaufort luncheon series, where I spoke on “Life by Design.” 

This was a special honor made all the more meaningful because I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon at the home of Cassandra King and the late Pat Conroy, who are, incidentally, two of my favorite authors. I know for sure that standing in their beautiful library, full of some of the most notable books of all time, in their lovely, warm home on the water will be something I will always remember, a story I will share with my grandchildren.


Theirs is a perfect example of a home that feels well-collected, that is a tribute to the extraordinary lives these two have lived, a blend of family, literary accomplishments and interesting travels. I met so many wonderful people on that trip, began friendships that I know will last forever. 


One new friend, who made the most beautiful introduction for my talk, gave me an incredibly special gift, one that will grace my home forever. She shared with me a first edition of her favorite book, The Year of the Great Grandmother, by the celebrated Madeleine L’Engele. Inside was a note for me, one that will always remind me of that trip, of the people I met, of the time I spent, the memories I made.


This, for us, is the best way to fill your house, to add meaning to your space, and to truly feel at home where you are. Whether it’s a favorite photo, a once-in-a-lifetime piece of furniture, or a treasured artifact, we, like Signature Spaces, truly believe that our houses come to life when they are a reflection of what we love. 

We hope that, this holiday season, in between the hustle and bustle, you are busy making plenty of new memories to keep you warm for years to come!

Weekend Favorites!

Moda Operandi


Things We Love: Outdoor Living

Howard Design Studio| Emily Followill Photography


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.

garden pea gravel
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… 

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…)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. 


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. 

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.

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.


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!


Thanks so much for stopping by today! We always love it when you do!

Weekend Favorites!

Gray Malin via One Kings Lane

We are excited for the weekend and hope that yours includes a little time for some relaxation.  


Friday Favorites!


Happy, happy Friday, sweet friends! It has been a week full of inspiration around the web. Take a peek at a few of our favorite fun things from this week beginning with


Friday Favorites!


We hope you have a wonderful, relaxing, fun-filled weekend ahead of you.  We know we’re looking forward to it! To get yourself in the weekend state of mind, take a peek at some of our favorite fun finds this week!

Favorites for the Fourth!

Patrick Ahearn Architect shingled pool house
Patrick Ahearn Architect

We hope you have a wonderful, relaxing, fun-filled Fourth of July weekend ahead of you that includes a little sand in your shoes. We know we’re looking forward to it! To get yourself in the weekend state of mind, take a peek at some of our favorite fun finds this week!














If you’re looking for a perfect Fourth of July Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out Lies and Other Acts of Love!  Happy weekend!


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