Things We Love: Sophisticated Neutrals

neutrals in the dining room with beams
McAlpine Tankersley – Architectural Digest

 

Y’all, we love Christmas and the whole holiday season. 

 

Serena & Lily neutrals in the dining room with large chandelier and banana chairs
Serena & Lily

 

The lights, the glitter, the sparkle, the colors, the more is more all over the place. 

 

neutrals in the kitchen with shiplap and wood hood
Meredith McBreathy – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

But sometimes you just need a palette cleanser. 

 

Cashiers Show House - Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles bedroom with monogrammed bedding
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Cashiers Show House

 

So we decided that, in the midst of all the jingle bells and let it snows, we’d take a deep, neutral breath…

 

neutrals in a chaise lounge with floor lamp
Serena & Lily

 

And relax for a beat before the madness (and happiness!!) begins!

 

neutrals in the bathroom with bar cart and jute rug
Serena & Linen

 

To us, there is nothing quite as soothing as a neutral palette, especially when it’s mixed with tons of texture,

 

neutrals in  mudroom with skylights and hanging pendants and wood floor
Gil Schafer Architect

 

And a heaping, helping dose of organization, mudroom-style. 

 

neutral porch with arches and white lattice furniture and hanging lantern
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

This is the perfect place for a late afternoon cocktail with friends, with garland or without, 

 

Camel coat and winter white pants
Fuller View

 

And this is the perfect thing to wear… Leopard is lovely, but nothing is chicer than neutrals in luxe fabrics with a laid-back attitude. We’d want to wear this every day!

Where’s your favorite place for neutrals?

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Great news, Kindle readers! Slightly South of Simple is now available on Kindle Unlimited. If you haven’t started my Peachtree Bluff Series, now is the perfect time 🍑 And, oh my goodness, thank you to all who have downloaded! Slightly South has

just hit #1 in Southern Fiction.

The Huffington Post said of Slightly South:
“Writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.” I’d love it if you checked it out!

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE.

 

Things We Love: Smart & Stylish Mudrooms

 Smart & Stylish Mudrooms from Curtis & Windham
Curtis & Windham

 

Mudrooms are one of our absolute favorite parts of a home. We love the idea of having a place that we can drop all of our things and keep the house looking neat and tidy.

 Smart & Stylish Mudrooms - Aliberg Parker Architects
Alisberg Parker Architect

 

So much so that we are going to add one to our house. We have a big space right by the back door, perfect for creating the ultimate storage area. So we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what exactly we want to achieve out of this space.

 Smart & Stylish Mudrooms - Artichoke, Ltd
Artichoke, Ltd.

 

The absolute non-negotiable is big, deep drawers for dropping beach bags, purses and all sorts of various and sundry things that tend to collect by the back door.

 Smart & Stylish Mudrooms - Jackson & Leroy
Jackson & Leroy

 

And, because there is so much vertical space, we definitely plan on taking advantage with little cubbies up top for baskets. You can never have enough baskets!

 Smart & Stylish Mudrooms - Urban Grace Interiors
Urban Grace Interiors

 

A space for fishing rods is a must when you have fishermen in your family.

 Smart & Stylish Mudrooms
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Show House

 

We love having grasscloth for the backdrop. It adds so much character!

 Smart & Stylish Mudrooms - Urban Grace Interiors
Urban Grace Interiors

 

We love pretty doors but are afraid that putting too many of them in the area will make it feel closed–it’s kind of narrow. So we’ll probably just include one to hide the electrical panel and store brooms, mops, etc.

Gil Schafer Smart & Stylish Mudrooms
Gil Schafer – Architectural Digest

 

And, of course, a bench is a great part of a mudroom area. It’s perfect for slipping on shoes–and, with the right cushion, adds tons of charm!

 Smart & Stylish Mudrooms - G. P. Schafer Architects
G.P. Schafer Architects

 

We love the way that a mudroom instantly makes everything look so much more organized. We’re so excited!

 Smart & Stylish Mudrooms - G. P. Schafer Architects
G.P. Schafer Architects

 

What a beautiful, calming area right by the back door.

 Smart & Stylish Mudrooms - Dana Wolter Interiors
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles – Dana Wolter Design

 

Do you have a mudroom? What are your storage area must haves? Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Looking for the perfect summer read? Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Betches and more all think you should slip my new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, into your beach or pool bag. Have you checked it out yet? 

Slightly South of Simple

If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store

 

In Good Taste: Humphrey Munson Handmade Kitchens

 

Pasta. Pottery. Presents.

 

 

Everything is better when it’s handmade. 

 

 

Including the most important–and often most used–room in the house. 

 

 

The kitchen, of course. 

 

 

These Humphrey Munson kitchens take “custom” to the next level, employing only the finest hard woods, natural stones and high end appliances in their stunning spaces. And it goes without saying that every member of the team is masterful.

 

 

The result? A truly bespoke kitchen that focuses on meeting every single need, from storage with style and stability, 

 

 

To a practical and beautiful pantry where everything is right at eye level. 

 

 

Food storage has never ever looked this good. 

 

 

From butler’s pantries that wow, 

 

 

To china storage that keeps everything right where you can see it,

 

 

Every facet of the Humphrey Munson experience is well thought out and fabulously functional. (Ladders are one of our favorite accessories!)

 

 

Beautiful mudrooms where everything has a place might very well be one of the foundations for a neat and tidy kitchen–and entire house, really.

 

 

And each ounce of cabinetry and woodwork–whether it’s in the light and bright of the kitchen or dark of the back hallway, is utter perfection. Do you love these handmade spaces as much as we do?

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Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!

Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

In Good Taste: Bria Hammel Interior Design

Bria Hammell Interiors entrance
Spacecrafting Photography

 

Good morning, friends! We hope you had a fantastic Martin Luther King Day. We always pack those little bonus days off from school with lots of activities and fun. I think I look forward to them as much as my son does. So we were both really bummed out that he had a sore throat. (Well, to be fair, it was much worse for him than it was for me since he was the one that had to be sick!)

He met his reading goal of 1,000 pages this month–I know, 1,000. First grade is not what it used to be!–so I was going to take him to Lowe’s and Dank Burrito, which was what he had requested if he met said goal. 

 

Bria Hammell Interiors living room
Spacecrafting Photography

 

Yes, Lowe’s is my first grader’s favorite store. He likes to build anything and everything. Unfortunately, I had to do the responsible mom thing and say no to burritos and boards. (And torx screws. He taught me what those were.)

 

Bria Hammell Interiors dining room
Spacecrafting Photography

 

But, today is a new day, and we’re saying yes, yes, yes to this lighting! Demure in the dining room? Never!

 

Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography

 

From the flowers in the sink to the perfect pendant light, this kitchen is positively dreamy. 

 

kitchen Bria Hammel Interiors
Spacecrafting Photography

 

And it’s no surprise, really.

 

Bria Hammel Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography

 

Because dreamy, as you can see, is what Bria Hammel Interior Design does

 

Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography

 

In these designs, as in life, it really is the little things. The instant chicness (and practicality!) of a library ladder in the kitchen, 

 

Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

A statement backsplash that says, More over, subway tile, 

 

Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography

 

And a fume hood that the kitchen wears around like a jaw-dropping piece of jewelry.

 

Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography

 

Hammel does a twist on tradition so, so well, 

 

Bria Hammel Interiors mudroom
Spacecrafting Photography

 

And makes even the most industrial of spaces an experience. 

 

Bria Hammel Interiors teepee
Spacecrafting Photography

 

Speaking of experiences… Have you ever? A reading nook fit for a princess! We think we’d like to curl up in one of these! But not on a sick day. Maybe on a burrito day. After a trip to Lowe’s. Whatever your favorites are, we hope you get to do them all today!

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My new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, releases May 7, 2019! While you’re waiting, catch up on the series with this great sale at Barnes & Noble!

  • Slightly South of Simple: 3 for $30 Special at Barnes & Noble or online
  • The Secret to Southern Charm: 2 for $8 at Barnes & Noble
  • *B&N is also having an extra 10% off sale, so you can basically get The Secret to Southern Charm for $3.60. Isn’t that nuts?

 

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House Tour: Lake Tahoe Escape

Does the flurry of activity leading up to Christmas have you wishing for a bit of an escape? 

If so, get away to Lake Tahoe with us to this perfectly appointed home designed by Jeff Andrews

The rustic, mountain vibe is giving us all the winter feels, and we can’t think of a better place to curl up by the fireplace and drink hot cocoa–

Or spend a leisurely evening surrounded by loved ones cooking all our holiday staples. 

While we can just see a huge fraser fir gracing the living room, it really isn’t necessary. 

Christmas trees are a part of the spectacular view right outside the window. 

Just add lights–and maybe a little mistletoe! (And bubbles, obviously.)

Who needs to chop firewood when it’s already in ample supply?

A game of pool

And a good chat with great friends helps make the season bright. 

And if you want to head outdoors–and who wouldn’t in a place like this?–all the essentials are right by the door. 

Okay. That’s enough of a break. Now back to the list making, present wrapping and end-of-year merriment! We hope you enjoyed this getaway just as much as we did!

Thanks so much for spending your holidays with us. We love it when you stop by!

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Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble (Only in hardback and paperback so far. E-books to come!).

June 1, 2019 Peachtree Bluff will be “taking over” Beaufort, NC, the town on which it was based. Every single person who preorders between now now and will be registered to win:

*Two tickets to the Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover and Tour–on Beaufort’s signature double decker red buses!

*Two tickets to the farm-to-table dinner and launch party under the stars at the Beaufort Historic Site

*Two nights lodging in Beaufort, NC

Just send an email with proof of purchase to [email protected] to enter!

Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

Preorder from your local bookstore or Indiebound!

Preorder from Amazon

Preorder from Barnes & Noble

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

 

 

Things We Love: Hardware

kitchen hardware
Liz Caan Interiors

 

It’s the jewelry of the kitchen

cabinet hardware
Karr Bick

 

A simple spot of gold or silver, 

kitchen cabinet hardware
Jackson & Leroy

 

That makes everything around it come to life. 

cabinet hardware
Cantley & Co

 

From traditional knobs, 

kitchen cabinet design
 Matthew Quinn Interior Design

 

To more modern bar pulls

cabinet hardware
Collins Interiors

 

Cabinet hardware helps define the look of any kitchen. 

kitchen hardware
Dana Wolter Interior Design

 

We’re redoing a kitchen for a client right now and the hardware is one of the first things we picked. 

Karr Bick

 

Like the ideal accessory,

cabinet hardware
Cantley & Co

 

The right hardware helps define a room. 

cabinet hardware
Brooks & Falotico

 

We are big fans right now of mixing metals. 

cabinet hardware
Karr Bick

 

And are loving brass in every kitchen. 

closet
Marie Flanigan via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Even in the closet, hardware can make a subtle statement. 

cabinet hardware dog house
Collins Interiors

What’s your favorite hardware? (We think this sweet pooch votes for brass!)

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UPCOMING The Secret to Southern Charm EVENTS:

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Library, Who Am I?, September 13, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm with:

September 21: Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, NC, Q&A and Signing. Presented by Friends of the Library. For more information call the Library at 828-743-0215, 3:00pm, free and open to the public

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, 6 pm, open to Chattooga Club members and guests

September 26: New Bern, NC Private Book Club Event, 6 pm

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC 

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event

November 6: Private Book Club Event, Beaufort, NC, 6 pm

 

 

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