In Good Taste: Read McKendree Photography

Chancey Boothby design - kitchen Read McKendree Photography
Chauncey Boothby


Every detail can be perfect.


Read McKendree Photography - Colleen Bashaw Interiors kitchen
Colleen Bashaw


The colors can pop.


Read McKendree Photography - Ashley Whittaker Design dining room with roman shades and lantern
Ashley Whittaker


The design scheme can be beyond stunning. 


Read McKendree Photography - Lisa Tharp living room
Lisa Tharp


But in the hands of the wrong photographer, the entire scheme can fall flat. 


Read McKendree Photography - dining room with shiplap
Meredith Ellis


That’s why we were so excited to be introduced to the gorgeous photography of Read McKendree, who captures some of today’s most accomplished designers’ work in all its inspirational glory. 


Read McKendree Photography - Katie Rosenfeld kitchen with blue cabinets
Katie Rosenfeld


Unique angles,


Read McKendree Photography - Meredith Ellis design banquette
Meredith Ellis


Perfect light,


Read McKendree Photography - Lisa Tharp
Lisa Tharp


And stunning clarity are just a few of the hallmarks of this photographer’s gorgeous work. 


Read McKendree Photography - banquette McGrath II
McGrath II


From a chic vignette


Read McKendree Photography - Workshop/APD kitchen with wood ceiling


To a stunning kitchen, McKendree captures each detail with a discerning eye. That’s why we think his work (like that of the designers he captures!) is always in good taste. 




I’m heading to NYC today for my last meeting at Simon & Schuster before the launch of Feels Like Falling–and my first appearance on NY Live! If you’re in the area, tune in on February 13 to check out the best ways to “Spruce Your Space for Spring!”

Then it’s on to The Savannah Book Festival. I’m speaking on Saturday morning at 10:15 am at the First Baptist Church. I’ll be in the author’s tent immediately after signing books. If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there!




In Good Taste: Meredith Ellis Design

Meredith Ellis living room Southern Living Showhouse

Christmas. The first day of summer. The Southern Living Idea House. What do these things have in common? We can’t wait for them year after year after year!  This year, the fabulous Meredith Ellis Design was the genius interior designer behind the Southern Living Idea House in one of American’s coolest places: Austin, Texas. A perfect blend of Southern tradition and on-trend style, one peek inside this stunning home and we think you’ll agree that this idea house is better than ever!

Meredith Ellis living room Southern Living Showhouse


Meredith Ellis living room Southern Living Showhouse


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse bookcase


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse breakfast room


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse kitchen


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse pantry


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse bedroom


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse bathroom


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse bathroom


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse bathroom

We had to end on a beyond fabulous monogram, of course! Some Southern trends only get better with time. Don’t you think? 

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

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If you’re hanging on to summer, make sure to grab a copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

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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.

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.

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).




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