10 Favorite Rooms with Stylish Storage

Studio McGee entry with baskets for storage and organization

 

One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is the more is more approach. 

 

Studio McGee Pantry with baskets and jars for storage and organization

 

Decorations everywhere, lights on every surface, the tree filling what was once a blank space. 

 

studio McGee open shelving storage for organization

 

But one of our favorite things about the New Year is putting it all away, clearing all the clutter to begin a streamlined new year with only what we need.

 

Studio McGee dining room with glass front cabinets for storage and organization

 

If you’re already looking ahead to the new year, you’ll absolutely love the stylish storage in these gorgeous rooms designed by Studio McGee.

 

 

From pretty storage jars and beautiful built-ins,

Studio McGee playroom storage and organization

 

To kid-friendly bookcases and containers,

 

Studio McGee bathroom with storage basket and shelf

 

To baskets of all shapes and sizes, there’s the perfect storage solution for every space. 

 

storage in laundry room from Studio McGee with organization baskets and hanging space and cabinets

 

After almost fifteen months of being out of our house from Hurricane Florence, words can’t express how relieved we are to just be home. But, needless to say, after six moves and four rental houses, our stuff is everywhere. If there was ever a year for organization, this is it! As we focus on finally beginning our addition and reconfiguration of our upstairs in January, let’s just say that closet space, the laundry room and an organized office and mudroom are top priorities! 

 

Studio McGee storage one the mudroom with cabinets, bench and wells

In the meantime, we’ll be making the most of what we have with these helpful tips from one of our most favorite design studios–and reveling in the glitter, the tinsel and the tissue paper everywhere. After all, it only comes one time a year… 

Lucy Call Photography

Happy holidays, chic friends! Thanks for spending your holiday season right here! If you haven’t yet, make sure to join our email list to get holiday decor tips from our favorite designers. Click the link highlighted in red, add your email address, first name and hit send!

 

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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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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

 

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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
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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
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  • *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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In Good Taste: Whittney Parkinson Design

Whittney Parkinson entrance

Over the past several years, we’ve shared the work of so many fabulous architects, designers and photographers, and if we’ve learned anything, it’s this: Good taste doesn’t just mean one thing. 

Whittney Parkinson kitchen

Whittney Parkinson is a designer that proves that, creating rooms and home as unique as the families inside them. 

Whittney Parkinson kitchen

One glance and we think you’ll agree that this designer’s work is in good taste!

Whittney Parkinson kitchen

These cabinets add a fun, out-of-the-box look to this stunning kitchen,

Whittney Parkinson kitchen

And pops of gold complete the modern, glamorous look. 

Whittney Parkinson kitchen

This is statement lighting at its best–and the juxtaposition of the bar stools makes the entire thing feel down to earth. 

Whittney Parkinson dining room

This designer can make a huge statement but also proves that simple is very, very chic, 

Whittney Parkinson laundry room

And clean and streamlined with touches of fun is always in style. 

Whittney Parkinson laundry room

This laundry room is fabulous!

Whittney Parkinson mudroom

We’d love to walk into this mudroom, with plenty of personality and tons of storage. It’s the perfect combination!

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Dear Carolina

Hi, friends! Exciting news! My first novel, Dear Carolina, is only $1.99 today on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes and wherever you get your ebooks! Dear Carolina released May 5, 2015 and was one of: 

*PopSugar’s Best Books for Women*
*Huffington Post’s Summer Reading: Women’s Fiction Style*
*Glitter Guide’s Must-Read List for June*
*Deep South Magazine’s Best Beach Reads*
*The Herald Sun’s Summer Reads*

It’s the perfect addition to your beach bag!

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  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, 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.

 The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 3: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

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 

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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!

MA Allen Interiors kitchen

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. 

MA Allen Interiors kitchen

From an eat-in kitchen worth coming home to, 

MA Allen Interiors kitchen

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

MA Allen Interiors dining

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! 

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In Good Taste: Kelly Nutt Interior Design

Kelly Nutt

Happy Tuesday, chic readers! We are so excited to share the good taste of Kelly Nutt with you today! Crisp, clean interiors with just the right amount of personality are hallmarks of this talented designer’s style. Take a break, take a peek, and let us know which space is your favorite!

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I can’t believe that The Secret to Southern Charm will be hitting shelves in less than two months! If you want to know a little more check out this video of me attempting to describe my new novel… In five seconds or less!

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Things We Love: Luxe Laundry Rooms

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had a terrific 4th of July holiday and found a little time for resting and playing!

laundry room with brass pendants and hardware
Studio McGee| Lucy Call Photography

 

Holiday weekends are always so fun. What’s less fun is catching up on all the things we put off doing during them… like laundry.

 

Of course, the laundry doesn’t have to feel like such a chore, not when the laundry room can easily become one of the most stunning rooms in the house!

laundry room with black and white tile
Studio McGee| Lucy Call Photography

 

A few simple design elements like fabulous tile and paint can transform a laundry room into a fun and whimsical space that makes doing the laundry just a little more fun.

 

A punch of color adds lots of life to this laundry area. And black and white tile are a forever favorite. 

Whether you have lots of space or just a little, a few simple touches can help transform the laundry room from a bleak, dull space to somewhere that makes laundry time just a little more fun! Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We hope you have a great one!

What design bloggers are saying about Slightly South of Simple

“Kristy captures the voices of a mother and 3 grown daughters in an authentic way. I would describe Slightly South of Simple as a sunny day at the beach, with a few menacing, cloudy twists.  I’m glad to hear this magnetic read is the first of a series on this family of strong, independent women, landing again in Peach Tree Bluff. I loved it!” —Heather, Style Mind Chic 

Things We Love: Blonde Wood in Every Room

white kitchen from Collins Interiors
Collins Interiors

 

We don’t know if it’s true that blondes have more fun. (Although, as a lifelong blonde, I could made a strong case for it!) But we’re pretty sure, if these gorgeous homes are any indication, that blonde wood make a house more fun. We’ve never seen anything quite like these blonde wood pendants! They are incredible and blend so well with the bar stools. Can we talk about these vases too? All we know is that we want them!

 

blonde wood in kitchen floors and ceiling
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

Hardwoods are obviously a perfect choice for kitchen style. We love them in a variety of shades, but we think a lighter flooring choice feels casual and fun. What do you think?

 

blonde wood Jenkins Interiors
Jenkins Interiors

 

From bright bold, shades….

dining room with blonde wood from Marshall Watson Design
Marshall Watson Design

 

To more subdued tones or neutrals, every color pairs well with blonde wood!

Jenkins interiors blonde wood in dining room
Jenkins Interiors

 

Shiny and fresh or raw and rustic, we love blonde wood any old way! Are you a fan?

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More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)


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