10 Ways to Add Casual Style to Your Living Space

 

Happy Monday, friends! Today, we are celebrating big time. Slowly but surely, our place in Beaufort is coming back together after Hurricane Florence’s house party more than a year ago. The house isn’t livable yet, but the third floor is ready for its close up, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. We teamed up with our friends at Serena & Lily to create a cute playroom that also works well for the whole family–and we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite tips for adding casual style to your space.

  1. Add a touch of whimsy! For us, this adorable hanging swing not only added a touch of whimsy but made a difficult-to-decorate slanted attic space fun and functional.

   

 

2. Lighten the wood. Dark wood is great for serious spaces, but lightening it up makes things a bit more casual. 


   

 

3. Mix up materials. Rattan chairs lend a touch of casual chic style that makes any room instantly feel like a vacation.


   

 

4. Fun pillows. We love serious pillows as much as the next people, but a cute tassel and wide stripe make a space feel comfy and casual.


   

 

5. Textured lamps and shades. Pretty porcelain has its place, but these textured lamps have a handmade feel that is super cool. And natural fiber shades are a great alternative to traditional silk.


   

 

6. Casual rugs. Bright colors, bold patterns and easy fabrics combine to create rugs that are perfect for taking the formality down a notch.


   

 

7. Baskets. Baskets are one of our favorite decor elements for adding instant storage and laid-back style. 

 


 

 

8. Beanbag chairs. Nothing says “fun” like a beanbag chair. These loungers are an upgraded take on an old favorite.


   

 

9. A pretty pouf. A sweet pouf not only doubles as a footrest or extra seating but also signifies that a room doesn’t take itself too seriously.


   

 

10. Fun art. Three-dimensional art in particular brightens a room. In our playroom, surfboards got a new life as sea animals from late local artist Craig Gurganus of Fish Bouffant. These Serena & Lily mounts add a sweet touch to this room. 


Do you prefer casual spaces or more formal ones? 

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Playroom Photos by Smith Hardy Photography.

 

Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey Beach house book
 

I am so excited that my new novel Feels Like Falling releases on April 28!

More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.

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House Tour: Lauren Elaine Interiors

Lauren Elaine Interiors entrance with antique chest

 

Good morning, chic friends. Our hearts are heavy this morning, as we know yours are, thinking of our friends in the Bahamas and the rest of Dorian’s path. 

 

Lauren Elaine Interiors living room

 

As we head inland today, there is no time that we are so poignantly reminded of the importance of home, of its impact on our lives, our families and our well being. It goes without saying that our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.  

 

Lauren Elaine Interiors living room

 

When it comes to expressing ourselves and creating a space that feels uniquely like us–and our families–there truly is no place like home

 

Lauren Elaine Interiors living room design

 

That’s something that designer Lauren Lowe and her husband Brandon, owners of this Classic Redux, know all about. 

 

Kitchen in blue and white Lauren Elaine Interiors

 

When they moved into their freshly built home after putting their touches on, they knew right away that something didn’t feel quite right. 

 

 

This 1930s Collier Hills home, however, was full of the charm and character that their new home was missing. 

 

 

Add an antique art and furniture collection that the couple negotiated with the sale of the house, 

 

 

Special, modern touches,

 

 

And a heaping helping of talent from Lowe and you have the recipe for a perfect home for a family of three. 

 

 

But this designer’s favorite part of the renovation?

 

 

Creating a sweetly chic space for her baby son–

 

nursery in blue and white

 

And a place where she and her husband–and the family’s dog!–could share their little boy’s first special moments. We don’t know about you, but we think this charming home is perfect from top to bottom! What’s your favorite space?

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Lauren Elaine Interiors

Emily Followill Photography

 

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Favorite Tips for a Chic Nursery that Grows as They Do

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Serena & Lily for partnering with us for this sponsored post!

Serena & Lily nursery

On the Sweet Side

 

All my friends are having babies. Well, I mean, not all of them obviously. I have plenty of friends well into the ages where the term “medical miracle” might apply if they were near to giving birth.

But something was definitely in the water ten or eleven months ago. All I can say is, lucky them. Because the new Serena & Lily nursery line is about the cutest thing in the entire world.

I’m a little bit jealous. Not of all the middle-of-the-night feedings, necessarily. But definitely of the decorating opportunities. The best thing about having friends with babies (besides that you can snuggle them and smell that sweet baby smell and then give them back and have a glass of wine…) is that you can help them design nurseries that will grow as the baby does! If you or someone you know are decorating a nursery—or if you just love looking at them!—check out a few of our favorite tips for creating a nursery that will last long past the baby stage.


 

Serena & Lily nursery

Gardener

 

  1. For girls’ nurseries, don’t overdo it on the pink. Don’t get us wrong. We love pink. We’re obsessed with pink. We could live in an all-pink world. But most little girls go through that phase (I know I did!) where pink becomes passé. To design a nursery that grows with her, don’t overdo it on the pink—you can potentially talk her out of an entire room remodel until the pink-hatred phase passes.


 

Serena & Lily nursery

Explorer

 

2. Incorporate versatile furniture. An occasional chair is perfect for any age and that shelving unit that holds baskets of onesies and wipes now can hold Barbie shoes and Matchbox cars later.


 

Serena & Lily nursery

A Worldly Approach

 

  1. Go older with the art. Art is definitely an investment. And when it’s all baby booties and Beatrix Potter characters (guilty) they’re over it in five years or less. Art that grows as they do is a must.


 

Serena & Lily nursery

Adventurer

 

  1. Think about those long nights. Let’s face it: Sleepless nights are sort of a fact of parenthood. It starts with middle-of-the-night feedings and morphs into fevers and Halloween-candy induced tummy bugs. (I speak from experience on the latter.) Investing in great staples—like a comfy chair, lamp and throw—for you, is the gift that keeps on giving.


 

Serena & Lily nursery

Dreamer

 

  1. Incorporate neutrals. Baby blues and baby pinks must be the sweetest colors in the world. But if you’re looking to create a nursery that grows with them, they can be a little limiting. Grays and tans with splashes of the color help the nursery stand the test of time.


 

Serena & Lily nursery

Coastal Traditions

 

6. Play with patterns. Bold patterns give a more grown-up vibe to a space that they will love just as much at nine as you do right now.


 

Serena & Lily nursery

Blue Notes

 

  1. Have room for friends. He’s sleeping twenty hours a day now, but before you know it, you’ll have three boosters lining your backseat and he’ll be critiquing your Spotify playlist before you take his friends to the pool. (Six-year-olds have very specific musical tastes.) This darling daybed transitions beautifully from nursery to big boy room–and is ideal for overnight guests.


 

Serena & Lily nursery

Growth Potential

 

  1. Make it convertible. Those cribs are an in-vest-ment. No doubt about it. Purchasing a convertible one certainly softens the blow and makes it so their cribs can last for years—and keep them safe during the transition from crib to bed.


 

Serena & Lily nursery

Born Traveler

 

  1. Incorporate texture. Just as in any other space, a mix of textures and colors adds so much to a nursery. Baskets are not only attractive, they’re also versatile—and there is nothing more fun than a swing chair!


 

Serena & Lily nursery

Seafarer

 

We hope you found a few of these tips helpful if you’re lucky enough to have a nursery to design, or help design! This triplet nursery may be our favorite of all! And the whale motif is one these boys will love for years to come. All these looks—and many more—are available from one of our most favorites, Serena & Lily. Gorgeous looks, great quality and always something just a little bit different make Serena & Lily our go-to home decor spot and a nursery must. What’s your favorite Serena & Lily style?


 

 

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My new novel, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, releases May 7, 2019! Preorder this week from IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble and 100% of the preorder profits will go to United Way of Coastal Carolina and United Way of Lenoir/Greene Counties to help hurricane recovery efforts in my communities. 

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The Secret to southern Charm

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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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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Sophisticated in Wicker Park, Chicago

Wicker Park living room

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Wednesday is off to a terrific start. We are so excited to tour this gorgeous Wicker Park house by Wendy Labrum Interiors. From the stunning color palette to the well-placed accessories, every element is perfection. 

Wicker Park living room

 

Wicker Park living room

 

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Wicker Park dining room

 

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Wicker Park bedroom

 

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Wicker Park porch

This gorgeous back porch looks like the perfect spot for relaxing this Wednesday night. We hope you have a wonderful one!


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