A Taste of Summer: Not-So-Basic Brunch

french toast recipe for brunch
Joseph Gonzalez

 

 

Blueberry Banana French Toast Recipe

yummly

 

One of our favorite things about summer (or any time of year, really!) is long, lazy vacation and weekend brunches filled with favorite dishes that make a simple meal feel like a special occasion. If you’re looking for a fun way to jazz up your brunch or breakfast menu, look no further. We’ve got you covered with the prettiest, yummiest recipes for every palate. Bon appetit! 

 

banana pancakes recipe for brunch
Chad Montano

 

 

Vegan Banana Pancakes

loving it vegan

 

avocado toast recipe for brunch
Joseph Gonzalez

 

 

Avocado Toast Recipe

skinny taste

 

kitchen sink green smoothie recipe for brunch
Brooke Lark Photography

 

 

Kitchen Sink Green Smoothie

brooke lark

 

 

artisan bread recipe for brunch
Monika Grabkowska Photography

 

 

5 Minute Baked Artisan Bread Recipe

–  leite’s culinaria

 

Thanks for spending your summer with Design Chic. We love seeing you here!

 

 

Looking for some fun this week? Have you joined us on Friends and Fiction yet? If not, we are having the BEST time! Join Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Patti Callahan Henry, Mary Alice Monroe and me on Wednesdays at 7 pm. This week, we’ll be hosting the fab Fiona Davis and her new book, THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE. Don’t miss it!

 

 

Then, on Thursday, July 30th at 6:30 pm, join Mary Alice Monroe and me virtually with Sumter County Museum for a fun talk about FEELS LIKE FALLING and ON OCEAN BOULEVARD.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN US!

 

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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

 

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. 

 

Mary Alice Monroe
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. 

 

Ken Tate house exterior
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

freestanding tub
Alyssa Rosenheck

 

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.  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 | Sarah Dorio Photography

 

And we think this one is just perfect!

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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