The Classic Combination: Blue and White

classic blue and white living room
Meg Braff Design


Fabric, wallpaper, porcelain, Slightly South of Simple’s book cover…

classic blue and white abstract art in dining room

We love the completely classic combination of blue and white wherever it is!

classic blue and white in living room
Sarah Bartholomew Interior Design


One of the best things about blues is that the shades mix oh so well.

classic blue and white kitchen
Sarah Bartholomew


From soft baby blues to deeper cobalts…

blue and white kitchen
Sarah Bartholomew


Checks to stripes to florals…

blue and white bedroom
Liz Caan Interior Design


From a totally charming child’s bedroom…

blue and white bathroom
Palmer Weiss interior Design


To a uniquely chic bathroom

blue and white living room decor
Lynn Morgan Design


Blue and white is a favorite combination–especially by the water!

blue and white porch decor
Meg Braff Interior Design


A bold blue on a patio feels bright, fun and entertaining ready.

blue and white porch
Summer Thornton


If it’s the backsplash for a completely unique outdoor kitchen, all the better!

blue and white porch
Michael Stave


But, of course, no one does blue and white quite like Mother Nature. Wherever you are today, wishing you blue and white skies–and, if you’re really, really lucky, blue water too!

I’m in beautiful Litchfield Beach, SC today speaking at the Litchfield Books Moveable Feast Literary Luncheon–one of my favorite events–and then speaking to the Federation of South Carolina Women’s Clubs tonight. Tomorrow I’ll be in the Holy City, Charleston, SC, for a fabulous luncheon at High Cotton to help raise funds for the South Carolina Reading Partners, which promotes one of my favorite causes: literacy. If you’re in the area, join us! Happy weekend!

And don’t forget to enter to win $250 to spend any way you want at Amazon. 25 copies of Slightly South of Simple, anyone?

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Westport, Connecticut Beach House

Westport, Connecticut beach house

Is there anything more classic than a fabulous cedar shake beach house? We don’t think so! 

Westport, Connecticut beach house foyer

This stunning Westport, Connecticut beach house by Austin Patterson Disston Architects is just the kind of place that would be perfect for Spring Break!

Westport, Connecticut beach house foyer

Well, a very, very sophisticated Spring Break!

Westport, Connecticut beach house living room

Nothing says “beach” like a gorgeous natural fiber rug. And a roaring fire makes this beach house perfect for year round relaxation and fun.

Westport, Connecticut beach house kitchen

Every part of this house is clean, crisp and has the feeling of a chic escape.

Westport, Connecticut beach house sitting room

Nothing adds a casual, put-your-sandy-feet-up feel quite like a slipcover. It makes for easy clean up at the end of the season too!

Westport, Connecticut beach house kitchen

This sleek countertop is reminiscent of the sand outside the door. A recessed sink makes cleaning a breeze–and entertaining a cinch!

Westport, Connecticut beach house kitchen

Speaking of entertaining… This is such a well-stocked bar! Everyone needs simple, beautiful barware.

Westport, Connecticut beach house kitchen

Open shelving lends to the perfectly undone vibe of the beach house. Earth tones are a perfect fit.

Westport, Connecticut beach house bathroom

Wood paneling is a necessity for a beach house! It juxtaposes beautifully with this fabulous tub and creates a totally custom look.

Westport, Connecticut beach house

An outdoor shower is the perfect finishing touch for this incredible home. And the kayak? Icing on the cake! With Spring Break right around the corner, do you have plans?

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Loving this beautiful Instagram pic of Slightly South of Simple from our fab friend Mary Anne from Classic Casual Home! It’s so hard to believe that I’m leaving for the Slightly South of Simple tour in less than a month! Check out the tour schedule and see if I’m coming to a city near you. I’d love to see you!

Mary Ann’s Instagram and we’d love for you to visit us on Instagram, too!

Home Tour: Healdsburg Ranch


With the days getting shorter and colder, now is the time to gather close to home, relax by the fire and think about all of the blessings in life. This incredible Healdsburg Ranch by Jute Home looks like the perfect place to do just that.


























Wishing you a holiday season full of quiet moments with the ones you hold dear! 

Natural Fiber Rugs


Any room, any season, any time, natural fiber rugs make the perfect base for any room. From traditional to modern, neutral to colorful, we love natural fibers for their versatility and transformational power. Check out some of our favorite sophisticated rugs for every space.

J.K. Kling


Summer Chic with the Annie Selke Companies!


Good morning, chic friends! We hope you are having a fabulous day. We know we are! We had the distinct pleasure this week of working with one of our favorite, favorite, favorite go-tos for style: The Annie Selke Companies! If that name doesn’t ring a bell, it’s probably because you’re more familiar with the divisions of the Annie Selke brand. Pine Cone Hill’s lusciously chic bedding. Dash and Albert’s fun and classic rugs. Fresh American’s charming table linens, pillows, pet accessories and poufs… We’ve swooned over the products for years and put them in our own homes, which is why we were so thrilled to get to design a room using all products from Annie Selke’s brands. It was so much fun!



As guest stylists, we were, at first, completely overwhelmed by the choices. What direction to go? What fabulous pieces to pick? But, you know us. It’s summer. We love the beach. And so, we decided to create a room that would be beautifully beach chic, that would embrace all we loved about summer, be a chicly soothing retreat. Natural fibers were a, well, natural choice. The neutral tone, the texture, the chunky weave. This rug was a perfect anchor to the room and the pouf a great accessory. 

Water blues are some of our favorites anywhere really but almost seem like a requirement at the beach. And the textures on these pillows? Too good to pass up. They add so much interest while keeping the colors serene and calming. Crisp white bedding is always chic, and easy to clean between guests. But we had to have a touch of whimsy. We think these fun sheets did the trick nicely!

So how did we do? What do you think? Does this room feel like summer to you?

 For more inspiration, make sure to check out Annie’s Blog, Fresh American Style. It’s full of tips, tricks and photos to brighten every day! Want to recreate this summer-chic look? Annie is giving one lucky reader a Paintbrush sheet set from Pine Cone Hill on the Fresh American blog—valued at $298! Contest ends on Thursday, June 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  View the full details. 

(We didn’t want to tell you because we wanted to win, but… It’s just a testament to how much we love y’all!)

Thanks for visiting us today!

House Tour: J.K. Kling Interior Design

 house tour J.K. Kling living room

Good morning, chic friends! If you loved the good taste of J.K. Kling in our blog post yesterday, you are going to love, love, love this fabulous house tour! The Clarke House was where we first fell in love with the designs of this talented mother-daughter duo — and we haven’t looked back. Take a peek inside!


Natural Fiber Rugs

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Melanie Turner Interior – Emily Followill Photography

 Sisal, seagrass, or jute… we love all natural fiber rugs.  They are casual, chic, easy to maintain and perfect for every room in the house, from the living room to the bedroom.

Lynn Morgan Design

 They make a formal living room feel just a little more livable,


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