Simply Chic with Serena & Lily and More

 

Simply Chic with Serena & Lily

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Preparing the Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

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Lighting to Love

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WEEKEND SALES

 

 Sale Up to 20% Off – horchow

Up to 70% Off  – shopbop

20% off EVERY Item  anthropologie

Up to 50% off   j crew

Moving Sale 60-80% Off – one kings lane

Up to 70% Off  – neiman marcus

Up to 60% Off  serena and lily

New Items Added to  Salenordstrom

Final Sale Up to 70% off saks fifth avenue

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WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL WEEKEND AND THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY DESIGN CHIC TODAY! WE ALWAYS LOVE IT WHEN YOU DO!


The Secret to Southern Charm

  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.

 

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

 

 

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10 Patios for Relaxing in Style this Summer

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

It’s funny how things change as you get older. 

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Serena & Lily

 

(I know because I’m, um, older today.)

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Tracy Hardenburg DesignPhotography by Par Bengtsson

 

While I still love to celebrate my birthday for, well, the entire month, like any normal person, with dinners and wine with friends and trips and presents and too much cake, after a fun, fun, fun summer of lots of events and tons of guests and just the right amount of sun and salt and sand (because there’s never enough, is there?) I think what I’d like most for my birthday is to sit on my front porch. 

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Amanda Barnes Interiors via Dering Hall

 

It’s a pretty boring and simple request, but if there’s any time to reflect on your front porch, a birthday is the time to do it. 

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Tim Barber Ltd

 

I insisted the cake on Friday and present opening on Saturday also take place outside because even though it’s hard for presents to get better, they actually are even better with a sunset in the background and a perfect summer breeze. 

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One Kings Lane – Eric Piasecki Photgraphy

 

I love my porch very much, but it could certainly take some pointers from these gorgeous patios!

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Vicki Archer Design and Carla Coulson Photography

 

Chic yet comfortable, 

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Orrick and Company

 

And simple yet stylish, 

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Tim Clarke Interior Design

 

These are the kinds of outdoor spaces that are made for summer memories. 

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Cottages & Gardens

 

So whether you’re catching up with friends or a good book, sipping coffee or cocktails, any time is a good time to savor summer on one of these fabulous patios.

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here!

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Speaking of fabulous celebrations, there are so many fun dates coming up on the The Secret to Southern Charm tour! We are heading to Palmetto Bluff on Tuesday for a talk on Wednesday and, August 2, if you’re in Sea Island, come celebrate with us! This is a free event. 

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Prime Day Deals start at 3PM.  You don’t want to miss this sale!

 

 

In Good Taste: Carol Flanagan Design

When we set out to make changes in our houses, we believe that most of us are searching for looks with staying power, for style that will stand the test of time–or at least some time. Carol Flanagan Design strikes that perfect balance between the right now and the lovely forever that brings her homes into the present while keeping an eye toward the past and allowing her designs to maintain their staying power well into the future. We hope you love this designer’s good taste as much as we do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hoping you end your hectic day in a place as lovely as this. Thanks so much for stopping by today. We always love it when you do!

What Calypso in the Country is saying about my latest novel, The Secret to Southern Charm:

Be ready to laugh, cry and lose some sleep because you won’t be able to put this one down!  The Secret to Southern Charm is a beautifully written story full of love, heartbreak, suspense and of course, that sweet southern charm!  Interior design enthusiasts will also love picturing the lovely decor of the homes which provide the calming background for the complicated lives of the characters.

And I got to meet my sweet friend Shelley at Root Home Decor in Manasquan, NJ on my The Secret to Southern Charm tour. She is as fabulous as her blog and I could have talked to her all night. It was so fun! You can check out her post about it! Thank you so much, Shelley!

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

 

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Preparing Your Porch for Memorial Day Dining and More

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Preparing Your Porch for Memorial Day Dining

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Happy Memorial Day, friends! We hope you are all having a wonderful, relaxing day with family and friends. Between the barbecues and sunbathing, boat riding and fireworks, we are remembering all the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom and all those who continue to fight to keep this country great! We are so grateful for the sacrifices that our troops and their families make every, single day of the year!

The Secret to Southern Charm

  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 you tote.


 

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COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! 

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House Tour: Jack’s Peachtree Bluff Beach House

Good morning, chic readers! With the first week of The Secret to Southern Charm tour behind us, we are just taking a moment to thank you so much for all your support–and celebrate!

If you’ve read any of the Peachtree Bluff series then you know that Ansley, one of my protagonists, is an interior designer. 

And she has dreamed of decorating the house next door to her grandmother’s–hers now–since she was a teenager. 

 

Conveniently, her first love, the man who has swept back into Peachtree Bluff and complicated her life inexplicably, has bought the house next door and, as the story unfolds, Ansley gets to design this house, that she has dreamed of for so long. Here’s a little peek at what she says:

I was sitting at the dining room table, sipping my first cup of coffee of the morning and sketching a room—something I hadn’t done in quite some time. 

Over the past several years, I had created mood boards for my clients so they could see exactly what furniture, fixtures, and fabric I was contemplating for their rooms. 

But I knew already that Jack would let me have free rein, and sketching the rooms I was designing was how I best dreamed them. 

I liked to think I was drawing them into life.

This gorgeous home from Connecticut Cottages and Gardens is very similar to how we picture the complete redesign of Jack’s house that Ansley undertakes, classic but refined, elegant and understated and just right for a grown bachelor, even though, later, Ansley admits…

I gazed up at the stunning canopy bed with the ethereal white curtains I had copied from Phoebe Howard. The walls were a light gray, on the lavender side so they felt warm, not steely. It probably wasn’t a color I would have chosen for Jack the bachelor. It was a color I had chosen for me, a color I had chosen for our life together. As I lay there, feeling totally at peace, I finally admitted that, all this time, I had been decorating this house for me.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

John Bjornen Design


Don’t forget to pick up your copy of my latest title, The Secret to Southern Charm from your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold! 

Don’t forget to come visit me on The Secret to Southern Charm tour if I’m in your area. For the full schedule visit my author site. Here’s what’s coming up:

April 11: Dothan Country Club,”Lunch and Learn,” 200 South Cherokee Avenue. Dothan, Alabama, $20 ticket includes buffet and author presentation. Call 334-791-2706 or email [email protected] to rsvp. Ticket paid for at the door , 11:30 am CST, open to the public

April 11: Bay Point Book Clubs’ Cocktails with Kristy, 5:00 pm, private

April 12:  St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon, 218 Bunkers Cove Rd, Panama City, FL 32401, 11:30 am, private

April 13: Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library Book and Author Luncheon, Pfeiffer University, Highway 52 North, Misenheimer, N.C.  28109,  hosted by Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library, tickets are $30.00 for Friends members and $40 for nonmembers; Tickets will be available on the University’s website in mid-January. They will also be available by calling the Advancement Office at 704-463-3034, event from 11:00 am-1:15 pm, open to the public

April 14: Catawba College Dinner, Salisbury, NC, private

April 15: Signing at High Point Furniture Market, High Point, NC, Details TBA

April 16: The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387, 5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 17: SC Entertainment Television talk in Kinston, NC, private

April 17: Sips and Sweets, Community Council for the Arts, 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC, 100% of book purchase price will be donated to CCA, to reserve a copy or purchase a copy to pick up at a later date, call (252) 527-2517free and open to the public

April 19: Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library,269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, MD 21403, event contact is Amanda Spino, 410-222-1770, [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to the public

Apr. 20: Launch of Literary Luncheon series at The Annapolis Bookstore, 53 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, Contact is Mary Owen, 410-280-2339, [email protected]

April 22: Reading at ROOT, Manasquan, NJ, please register through BookTowne, Contact is Maribeth Pelly, [email protected], 732-722-7255, 3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 23: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, free but registration required at 341-282-9232; 7:00 pm, open to the public

April 24: Meet Author Kristy Harvey at Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH 44129, organized by Cuyahoga County Public Library, Contact is Billy Kelly, [email protected], 216.749.9359, 7:00 pm, free and open to the public

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It’s the Big Shopbop Sale 

 

There is so much to love at this big sale.  Look at these:

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the pretty pastels

hand-held handbags

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The Valentine You Really Want…

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Visual ComfortEmily Jenkins Followill Photography

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had the best weekend and are rested and refreshed for a great week ahead. (Or are using the week to rest for another fun weekend… Either way!)

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Thomasville Furniture

 

We are so excited about Valentine’s Day this week. We love pink and champagne and chocolate, so it’s really kind of an ideal holiday, Hallmark-created or not. Plus, we love having a reason to celebrate!

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Ralph Lauren Home

 

Speaking of celebrating, with February halfway over, we are already thinking about a Spring full of celebrations.

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Barclay Butera for Lexington Furniture

 

Baby showers, engagement parties, book club events… There’s so much to look forward to–and Best Prices for Furniture is going to help us get ready for all of it!

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Carvers Guild

 

Shoppers have compared Best Prices for Furniture to the “Easy button” for furniture.

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Aidan Gray

 

It’s easy to see why. Best Price for Furniture combines hundreds of brands in one place and is set up so that many well-established dealers compete for your business by offering the lowest price, saving you hundreds or even thousands on those pieces you’ve been coveting!

 

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Kelly Wearstler for EJ Victor

Interior designers are available to help with your selections and white-glove delivery is available nationwide.

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Mr. and Mrs. Howard

Best of all, the service is free!

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Oly Studio

 

From Oly to Mr. and Mrs. Howard, Visual Comfort to Aidan Gray, all the brands that you’ve been searching for are available in one place from Best Prices for Furniture.

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Hancock and Moore

The only hard part is choosing which pieces to get first!

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Arteriors

If you suspect your Valentine might be a little behind on his or her shopping, now is a great time to get a quote and drop a little hint–in the form of a Best Prices for Furniture quote right in their inbox! When it comes to the gifts we receive, we like to leave little room for error.

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Bar stools, a bench for the end of the bed and a desk for a soon-to-be office are just a few of the things we’re working on right now. What’s on your renovation wishlist?

Thanks for stopping by today, chic readers. We hope your Monday is marvelous!

Thanks a million to everyone who entered to win the 2 tickets to my The Secret to Southern Charm launch party in beautiful Beaufort, SC at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. We were blown away by the 740 entries we received! The winner was Allison Dunne. We can’t wait to celebrate with–and meet–you, Allison! If you want to join us in Beaufort, SC you can buy your tickets here. Your $75 includes a signed copy of The Secret to Southern Charm, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, my talk about The Secret to Southern Charm and historic preservation, the party at the incredible historic Elizabeth Barnwell Gough house in downtown Beaufort, a donation to the Pat Conroy Literary Center and a whole lot of memories! 

Take a peek at this video of me trying to describe The Secret to Southern Charm in 5 seconds or less!

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