10 Favorite Bedrooms Big on Style

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Beth Webb Interiors

Good morning, chic readers! With the holidays quickly approaching, our minds are on all those last-minute tweaks. What are we working on? Sprucing the guest room for all those holiday guests! If you’re looking to update your bedroom–guest, master or otherwise–take a peek at ten of our favorite gorgeous bedrooms that will get you motivated to revamp your home in style. 

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Alessandra Branca Kips Bay Showhouse

 

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Marshall Watson Interiors

 

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Serena & Lily

 

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One Kings Lane

 

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Cullman & Kravis

 

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Serena & Lily

 

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Tracy Lynn Studio

 

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Beth Webb Interiors

 

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Beth Webb Interiors

If all else fails, adding flowers is always a surefire way to make guests feel at home and bedrooms feel bright and cheery! Thanks for checking out ten of our favorite spaces!

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House Tour: Atlanta Townhouse Perfect for Entertaining

When Thanksgiving rolls around, we always think of Atlanta. Growing up, we used to head to Atlanta every Thanksgiving, spend the blessed turkey day itself with my aunt (Mom’s sister), uncle and cousins and then brave the crowds at Lenox and Phipps on Black Friday to get all our Christmas shopping done in one, fell swoop. 

We’re not sure we have that kind of shopping stamina these days–although there was that fateful Thanksgiving night/Black Friday morning at midnight that Dad and I braved the line out the door at midnight at Walmart to get that one Christmas gift that little Will was wanting most, since it was coming in on the Black Friday truck and would surely be gone by the morning. 

It was probably my most selfless parenting moment. And it hasn’t happened since. 

This year, Florence has us out of our house and in a rental for Thanksgiving and the foreseeable future beyond. 

While we are going to miss the holiday at home so much, it will be fun to be at my childhood home, surrounded by our large extended family, to celebrate one of my very favorite holidays. 

There is, as always, so much to be thankful for!

This stunning Atlanta townhouse, designed by Melanie Turner, is another perfect spot for hosting one of the best celebrations of the year. 

With soothing and beautiful bedrooms perfect for gifts, 

A stunning bathroom for relaxing when it’s all over, 

Perfect finishes everywhere you look, 

And beautiful views to boot, 

This is the kind of home that is perfect for savoring every day, all year long–and remembering what you’re truly grateful for. 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We always love it when you stop by!

Melanie Turner Interiors

Photographed by Mali Azima

Atlanta Homes Magazine

The third book in my nationally bestselling Peachtree Bluff series, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, releases May 7 from Gallery Books/ Simon & Schuster! Preorder now–or catch up on SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (available in hardback, paperback, ebook and audio) before the big day!

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Things We Love: Stylish Sitting Areas

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Beth Webb Interiors

 

There is nothing that makes you appreciate your home quite like leaving it. We moved out of our house for post-Hurricane Florence repairs a few weeks ago, and I’m already dreaming of moving back in. It’s about fifty percent gutted at the moment, but that’s progress…

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Alexa Hampton via Dering Hall

 

One of my favorite parts of our 1903 house has always been the huge window seat in the bay window of our master bedroom

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Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

It is one of the sunniest spots in the house and has the best view–and was one of the first things to be torn out after the storm. Despite our intricate boarding up process, the wind and water won. 

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Isabel López-Quesada Design via Architectural Digest

 

Now that the window seat is gone, we realize how huge that space really is. And, as much as I love my window seat, I’m starting to question whether it’s wise to build it back. 

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Barbara Westbrook Interiors

 

This isn’t the first hurricane we’ve been through and it certainly won’t be the last–which makes the idea of a cozy master sitting area to replace the window seats very appealing. 

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Geoffrey Chick & Associates

 

We love the idea of having a sweet little space for morning coffee and late-night chats. 

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Geoffrey Chick & Associates

 

And there’s something luxurious about comfy, cushy upholstered items right in your master bedroom. 

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Tom Scheerer

 

A pair of chairs with a table between them would fit nicely. 

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Meg Ryan loft via Architectural Digest -Photo: William Abranowicz

 

As would a love seat or, my personal favorite, a chic chaise. (Is there a limit to how many chaises you can have in a house before it starts to become overkill?)

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Jimmy Stanton Design via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

But, then again, I could always rebuild those window seats… 

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Cathy Austin Design via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

What do you think? Are you a fan of sitting rooms in the bedroom

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And if you haven’t read, The Secret to Southern Charm,  Book #2 in the PEACHTREE BLUFF SERIES, now is the perfect time to pick up you copy!

House Tour: Midtown Atlanta Beauty

Andrew Howard living room

The city pied-a-terre is a right up there with the beach house or the mountain estate when it comes to dream houses.

Andrew Howard coffee table

And when it comes to pied-a-terres, this one, designed by one of our very favorite (and funniest!) designers, Andrew Howard, is the cream of the crop.

Andrew Howard kitchen

A Florida resident who has been tapped to bring out the best in some of the most exclusive homes in the Bahamas and beyond, this Atlanta project is just one of many stages on which Howard displays his range as a decorator.

Andrew Howard kitchen

He embraces the sleek and simple that the city demands,

Andrew Howard dining room

While still inserting his signature playful style to make it family friendly and fun.

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Layered patterns and the right blend of color give Howard’s homes a dash of whimsy that is always welcome–and sets his designs apart from the pack.

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Unexpected details like bold ceilings and a perfectly imperfect gallery wall make a statement while still allowing the expansive views of the city to take center stage.

Andrew Howard

When it comes to good design, the details aren’t something, they are everything. The scallop accent on this console table and the perfect balance of symmetry and asymmetry accentuate the beautiful wallpaper.

Andrew Howard bathroom

This pretty marble sink lends big style to a small space.

Andrew Howard bathroom

And a white marble bathroom becomes a showpiece in Howard’s skilled hands. 

Andrew Howard porch

This small but well-appointed balcony is the perfect spot to take advantage of a fabulous view. Just add a favorite cocktail for a perfect way to cap off a productive Atlanta day!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We always love seeing you here! 

  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.

 

 

 

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In Good Taste: MA Allen Interiors

MA Allen Interiors office

Good morning, chic readers! You know how much we love sharing favorite designers with you every week. The only thing better than sharing a favorite designer is sharing a favorite designer who lives right here in North Carolina!

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MA Allen and her partners say that they “take a single thought, or a tiny swatch of fabric, or a family heirloom…and allow that small seed to become an explosion of ideas that eventually transforms your entire space.”

MA Allen Interiors kitchen

We love the thought of that, of starting with the tiniest kernel of an idea and using that to create something extraordinary. 

As you can see, that’s exactly what these designers do. 

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From an eat-in kitchen worth coming home to, 

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To a sweet pop of color that brings a crisp, white kitchen to life, 

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A fun, modern dining room that practically begs for family holidays to be held (and makes great use of a space!), 

To a master bedroom where every detail is just right, MA Allen hits the high notes of style in every project. 

There is absolutely nothing we love more than an adorable nursery. A nursery like this one that can grow as he does is all the better. A simple switch from crib to bed and this darling nursery becomes a sweet room for a busy little boy. 

MA Allen Interiors playroom

In any child’s space, but especially a playroom, stylish storage is such a necessity. Books become a beautiful focal point, and her favorites are always right on hand between tea parties. 

MA Allen Interiors mudroom

Mudrooms are perhaps one of the most essential spaces in homes today–and MA Allen makes sure that even these tiny nooks not only flow seamlessly into the rest of the house but are also pinnacles of style. From North Carolina’s triangle to the Atlantic coast, New York to DC, these designers adapt every space to their clients’ needs. And we couldn’t love the results any more! 

Woman’s World thinks you and your mom will love reading my Peachtree Bluff Series together–and we wholeheartedly agree! Pick up copies of Slightly South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm for both of you. You’ll definitely be the favorite child this year! 

Gifts for Mom

 

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Eight Tips for Creating a Cozy Guest Bedroom

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APD Architects

 

Now that spring is officially here, we are looking forward to warmer weather, plenty of travel–and, of course, lots of guests!

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One Kings Lane

 

Living at the beach, it seems that when the weather changes, suddenly everyone wants to come visit. And we can’t think of anything better! Check out a few of our favorite tips for creating a lovely room that your guests will never want to leave!

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Cullman & Kravis

 

  1. Invest in cozy bedding. Nothing says “welcome” to your guests like cozy, comfy bedding. 
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Tracery Interiors

 

2. If there’s room, add a chair–or two! It’s so nice for guests to have a spot for relaxing right in the privacy or comfort of their own room. 

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Urban Grace

 

3. Think about their comfort. When it comes to sleep, few things are as important as the mattress! We always suggest sleeping in your own guest room every now and then to see how it would be to be a guest in your home. If the mattress isn’t up to par, it might be time to upgrade. Check this fabulous selection–including the Bedding Mart family bed!

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Urban Grace

 

4. Keep it clutter free. A few well-placed accessories are more than enough when it comes to guest rooms. We don’t want to overwhelm our guests with personal mementos and too many accessories. 

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One Kings Lane

 

5. That said, it’s always nice to provide guests with all the essentials they’ll need! A stack of fresh towels, shower essentials and a water pitcher are all nice touches.

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Meg Braff Interiors

 

6. Include a few favorite reading materials–books, magazines, today’s newspaper–in case guests have a bit of downtime. Bonus points for this fabulous reading nook!

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Susan Gilmore Photography

 

7. If there’s room, there’s nothing we love more than a desk in a guest room. We’re all so connected these days that it’s hard to totally unplug and a desk gives guests a place to sneak in a few minutes of work without any interruptions.

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McGill Design Group

 

8. Footboards are great, but not every bed has one. When faced with a bed with no footboard, we love the look of a bench at the end of the bed. A chaise or a pair of chairs is also a great complement and gives guests a spot to sit and read, watch TV or simply put on their shoes!

 
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Alyssa Rosenheck Photography – Katie Gibson Interiors

 

We don’t know about you, but these gorgeous guest rooms have us ready to do a little entertaining of our own! What’s your favorite way to make your guests feel at home?


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My latest novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, releases on April 3, right in the thick of Spring Break! And, Southern Living just named it one of its “Best Spring Break Reads.” Hooray! Now is the perfect time to preorder!

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