Blank to Beautiful: NYT Bestselling Author Mary Kay Andrews

 

Happy Tuesday, chic readers! We are so excited to share this week’s installment of Blank to Beautiful with all of you. Our good friend–and one of our favorite authors–Mary Kay Andrews is here today chatting about her new Instant New York Times Bestseller, Hello, Summer, (Which I couldn’t put down… I think it’s her best book yet!) the design aesthetic has inspired several of her novels and our fantastic new Wednesday night live collaboration with our friends Mary Alice Monroe, Kristin Harmel and Patti Callahan Henry, Friends & Fiction. You’ll want to hang on to every word Mary Kay says!

 

Check out some of our favorite summertime design photos too!

 

summer gardenia bloom Alyssa Rosenheck Photography
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

summer watermelon.Alyssa Rosenheck Photography
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

summer dinner salad with Strawberries - Alyssa Rosenheck Photography
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

Summer Thornton singles
Summer Thornton Design

 

Summer Thornton Design

 

Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

beach chaise lounge chairs and umbrellas
Serena & Lily

 

 

Feels Like Falling Kristy Woodson Harvey
Feels Like Falling

 

The amazing, adorable and oh-so-smart Amy from Amy Believes in Pink was SO kind to have me on her fabulous blog as a part of her “Female-Founded Business” Series! We talked about design style, Design Chic, Feels Like Falling, and so much more! Check out our fun interview and keep up with her on her site or over on Instagram

VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE ,  2018 HERE AND 2019 HERE!

 

Blank to Beautiful: Mary Alice Monroe

 

Happy publication day to my friend Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times Bestselling author of 23 novels, including On Ocean Boulevard, a part of her beloved Beach House series. (That’s the one releasing today! Hooray!) Join us as we chat about Mary Alice’s love of conservation, how she feels about having 7.5 million copies of her books in print worldwide, and, of course, how she transforms blank pages into something beautiful!

Mary Alice has earned numerous accolades and awards, including: Induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame; the Southwest Florida Author of Distinction Award; and the prestigious Southern Book Prize for Fiction. 

 

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Photo: Minka Kelly; Andie MacDowell Credit: Copyright 2018 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Nino Munoz

 

Her bestselling novel The Beach House is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie starring Andie MacDowell. 

 

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Ken Tate

 

Stop in next week to hear one of our favorite architects, Ken Tate, and his son, author and marketing director, Duke Tate, chatting with us about one of the most enthralling creative processes we’ve ever heard of and the dream project that Ken Tate–even with all his accolades–still wants to undertake!

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Need a Memorial Day Read? Check out Nature.Books.And.Coffee’s Review of my Instant USA Today Bestseller, Feels Like Falling:

Feels Like Falling” by Kristy Woodson Harvey @kristywharvey was a definite 5⭐!!… This story has a dual POV, alternating between Gray and Diana. Gray just lost her mother to cancer!  She is the CEO of her company and recently split from her husband who cheated on her. She goes to spend the summer at the North Carolina shore. Diana who loses her job at the pharmacy has just broke up with her boyfriend, moved out of their shared apartment and planning to just live in her car! Just so happens, Gray has a spare guest house and offers Diana to stay there. These 2 , very different women truly bond and help each other through the hard times in their life. They learn so much about themselves, and what really matters in life! I loved both characters!! This story was sweet, dealing with love, loss, romance, motherhood, and life!! This truly was a perfect beach read. A very endearing, positive read.

The Fabulous Freestanding Tub

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Metcalfe Design

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend! We know it isn’t the official start of summer, but once school is out, it always feels like it to us. 

freestanding tub
Alyssa Rosenheck

 

And summer is the perfect time for catching up with friends, taking that much-needed vacation and finding the time for the rest and relaxation you missed out on throughout the year. 

freestanding tub
Verandah House

 

One of our favorite ways to relax in our homes is in the comfort of a fabulous freestanding tub. 

freestanding tub
Cloth and Kind

 

Of course, finding the right tub is only one part of the equation. 

freestanding tub
Sage Design

 

The hardware can completely change the look of a freestanding tub–and change its functionality. A faucet with a shower attachment is very useful for cleaning large tubs easily.  Our favorite thing about freestanding tubs is that they can be positioned in front of windows to take full advantage of a gorgeous view. 

freestanding tub
Jackson and Leroy

 

And they come in so many different styles and colors to complement pretty much any bathroom scheme. 

 

freestanding tub
Tucker & Marks

 

We love a tub in the center of the room, especially a round or oddly shaped one that couldn’t have a bathtub otherwise. 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

For a beautiful way to add character to a bathroom, we love a clawfoot tub like this one. It adds instant history! Are you a fan of freestanding tubs? 

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

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The Secret to Southern Charm is Beautiful in Blue and White!

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Tom Scheerer via Dering Hall

 

Good morning, chic readers! I can’t believe it, but… The Secret to Southern Charm is here! It is on shelves all around the country, and you can pick it up now at your local bookstore, Target, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million or order from any of the above, Indiebound, Amazon or wherever books are sold! 

 

The Secret to Southern Charm is the second book in my Peachtree Bluff series, and I can’t thank all of my Design Chic friends enough for all your support of book one, Slightly South of Simple. (And my first two books, Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love.) You made me a national bestseller, and I am so grateful!

cobalt blue dining room
Chango & Company

 

A little more about The Secret to Southern Charm:

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.

cobalt blue banquette
Old Seagrove Homes

 

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.

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Deane, Inc

 

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).

Alyssa Rosenheck Photography blue and white kitchen
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

My friend and incredible New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe said of The Secret to Southern Charm: ““The Secret to Southern Charm is a compelling, beautifully drawn tale of love, hope and small town secrets.  The richly detailed backdrop of a charming coastal town and the struggles and joys of four generations of women solidifies Kristy Woodson Harvey’s spot as a rising star of Southern Fiction.” I am so excited for all of you to read my newest novel and so appreciate all your nice emails, comments and preorders!

cobalt blue beach house
Liz Caan

 

Best of all?

cobalt blue bedroom
Serena & Lily

 

The book cover, like these stunning rooms, is blue and white!

 

Looking to add the pinnacle of fresh, fun, timeless style to any room in your home? Blue paired with white? Perfection every time… 

The Secret to Southern Charm

Even in a book cover! Thanks again so much for all of your support my friends. I am on tour for the next five weeks all over the country, so please come see me! For the next few events, check out the below. For the full tour schedule, visit my author website

 

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No one loves blue and white more than our friend Tina from The Enchanted Home! Here’s what she has to say about The Secret to Southern Charm:

“CALLING ALL READERS. I am so thrilled for the amazing success my fellow blogger and friend, Kristy Harvey is having with her wonderful books, and with good reason. She has captivated so many with her wonderful, heart warming, funny stories (all that take place in the south is an extra bonus) and knows how to really engage her reader, her books are the kind you don’t want to close.

 You know those kind of books that you wish you could literally jump into and become a part of the story ? Think Nicholas Sparks meets Elin Hinderbrand….yes they are that good. I can hardly wait to delve into her newest, The Secret to Southern Charm. I just know her books are headed to the big screen one day:) Click here to preorder yours” — Tina, The Enchanted Home

Upcoming tour dates. For the full schedule visit my author site!

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, SC29407, 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].sc.us, 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


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Southern Coastal Living by Joni Vanderslice

Southern Coastal Living Book by Joni Vanderslice

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Good morning, our chic friends! We hope you are having an incredible Monday!

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Things We Love:Boxwood

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Hi, friends! Are you having a good week? We sure hope so! I had a signing for Lies and Other Acts of Love with one of my favorite authors, Mary Alice Monroe, day before yesterday, and Mom got to come too! Everyone had so much fun at the event that we didn’t get home until midnight and, in the shock of being out so late on a school night, we, um, forgot what day it was. Hence the sharing of our Friday favorites on Thursday. But any day is a good day to share favorite links from around the web, right? We hope you’ll forgive us!

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