Creating a Home for the Active Family

Sunbrella on the wicker furniture on the sun porch for active family
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Happy, happy Monday, chic readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend. Ours was super fun and jam-packed with High Point Market activities, including taking over the Instagram account of one of our most favorite companies: Sunbrella!

 

Sunbrella fabrics in living room for active family
Mark Sikes Coastal Living Showhouse

 

We all know that, when it comes to outdoor fabrics, Sunbrella is the gold standard, hands-down. But if you haven’t thought about Sunbrella indoors, you’re missing out. The best designers in the country–like the one and only Mark Sikes–have embraced using Sunbrella as a go-to indoor fabric.

 

Sunbrella cushion on poolside seating for active family
Atlanta Homes & LIfestyles

 

And with patterns, styles, textures and tones for every taste, there is no end to what you can create. 

 

chaise lounge on Marc Anthony 's outdoor pool area for active family
Architectural Digest

 

From dreamy outdoor spaces that beg for lounging,

 

Sunbrella cushions on porch furniture for active family
Architectural Digest

 

To island-chic interiors where (stain-proof) white is a necessity,

 

Sunbrella fabric on porch drapes for active family
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

To family spaces where maximum livability is key,

Sunbrella cushions on furniture for Serena & Lily with outdoor fire pit
Serena & Lily

 

Sunbrella goes everywhere our families go–and looks amazing every step of the way!

 

porch with hanging wicker pendants
Serena & Lily

 

If you think all white is a little ambitious for your outdoor space, think again. Sunbrella makes it easy to keep cushions and outdoor drapes looking as fresh as they day they were installed. 

 

daybed with Sunbrella mattress from Serena & lily
Serena & Lily

 

From sweet and simple bolsters and cushions, 

 

Cabana covered in Sunbrella fabric
Tracery Interiors

 

To a cabana that wows, this is all Sunbrella. And it’s fabulous. For stress-free, totally chic living, it’s the only way to go. 

The talented ladies from She She painted this gorgeous art on site at Sunbrella with cherry juice, strawberry ice cream, pistachio ice cream and mustard, only to have the canvas wiped clean 2 hours later.  We loved seeing the power of Sunbrella’s stain resistance fabrics in action!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love it when you stop by!

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Perfect Spaces for Summer Entertaining

pool house for outdoor entertaining
Crisp Architects

 

Do you feel like summer is flying by? We sure do! It seems like every year after July 4 the days just disappear and we are trying to savor the days of summer even more. 

pool house for outdoor entertaining
New England Home Magazine

 

These outdoor spaces are just the kind of spots where anyone would be lucky to while away a summer day, getting some sun and taking a quick dip in the pool, lounging in the hot tub with a cocktail as the sunsets and hot days give way to cool, breezy nights. 

pool house for outdoor entertaining
New England Home

 

Entertaining outdoors is one of the best parts of summer. 

pool house for outdoor entertaining
Architectural Digest Photo: William Waldron

 

A great entertaining space is certainly the best place to start when it comes to outdoor entertaining. 

pool house.for outdoor entertaining
Suzanne Kasler

 

For effortless outdoor style, we love the idea of creating outdoor spaces that are cohesive and mesh well with our interiors, as though the outside is simply another living room, an extension of the peerless style within.

pool house
Architectural Digest – Gil Schafer Architect

 

After all, when the outdoors beyond are this beautiful, who wouldn’t want to spend all year in any one of these outdoor spaces? 

pool house for outdoor entertaining
Architectural Digest – Photo: Björn Wallander

 

Great landscaping only makes a stunning outdoor space even better. From perfectly planned greenery to beautiful blooms to charming and delicious planter boxes where guests can pick their own lettuces, herbs or veggies that will later be on their plate, great landscaping is another layer of outdoor entertaining hospitality.

pool house.for outdoor entertaining
Crisp Architects

 

We love the little things when it comes to entertaining, like setting the perfect table. Beautiful blooms from the garden, a favorite china pattern and a special, meaningful touch–like a sprig of rosemary, a box of chocolates or a favorite book–are all it takes to create an outdoor experience to remember!

Are you planning any outdoor entertaining for the rest of your summer?


 

 

If you’re looking for a perfect Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out The Southern Side of Paradise!  Happy Monday!

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THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO READ MY LATEST NOVEL The Southern Side of Paradise! I AM SO GRATEFUL TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. IF YOU HAVE READ, WOULD YOU CONSIDER WRITING A BRIEF REVIEW ON AMAZON? YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE PURCHASED THERE TO REVIEW, AND REVIEWS HELP AUTHORS SO VERY MUCH! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

 

In Good Taste: Winter McDermott Design

Winter McDermott Design via Dering Hall

Good morning, chic readers! After almost a week in Manhattan, surrounded by Christmas windows and the Rockettes and the tree at Rockefeller Center and letters from Santa, we are very much in the Christmas spirit! Are you? 

That said, in the midst of the “more is more” of the holiday season, sometimes it’s nice to take a breather. 

We may be surrounded by trees and lights and garland and boxes and bows, but the good taste of Winter McDermott is nothing if not a study in beautiful simplicity. 

Perfectly pared and clean, clean, clean, it’s exactly the kind of design that can clear a cluttered mind. 

The beautiful work of Maureen McDermott is all about bringing modern design to the Hamptons

(Plus, what could be better this time of year then showcasing a design firm called Winter?) 

After studying under Vincente Wolf–and designing projects including 15 Union Square West, a dramatic 12-story condominium in the historic Tiffany & Co. building–modern, unique design is something she knows a thing or two about. 

From family rooms that delight the senses, 

To nooks that wow, 

Guest rooms that company will never want to leave, 

To a place for partying outdoors all year round, 

Indoors and out, the work of Winter McDermott is always in good taste!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love it when you stop by!

Jacob Snavely Photography

Mark your calendars for this Thursday, December 6 at 12 pm! Southern Living will be exclusively revealing the cover of my forthcoming novel, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, which releases May 7, 2019 but is available for preorder now. (And, in case you miss it, we’ll give you a repeat right here on Friday!)

 

Create a Living Room with Coastal Style

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Create a Living Room with Coastal Style

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Fall Outdoor Entertaining

serena & lily

 

Moda Operandi dining al fresco

 

The New Home Line at Moda Operandi

moda operandi

 

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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.

 

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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

Summer Outdoor Entertaining Tips

pool house for outdoor entertaining
Crisp Architects

 

Do you feel like summer is flying by? We sure do! It seems like every year after July 4 the days just disappear and we are trying to savor the days of summer even more. 

pool house for outdoor entertaining
New England Home Magazine

 

These outdoor spaces are just the kind of spots where anyone would be lucky to while away a summer day, getting some sun and taking a quick dip in the pool, lounging in the hot tub with a cocktail as the sunsets and hot days give way to cool, breezy nights. 

pool house for outdoor entertaining
New England Home

 

Entertaining outdoors is one of the best parts of summer. 

pool house for outdoor entertaining
Architectural Digest Photo: William Waldron

 

A great entertaining space is certainly the best place to start when it comes to outdoor entertaining. 

pool house.for outdoor entertaining
Suzanne Kasler

 

For effortless outdoor style, we love the idea of creating outdoor spaces that are cohesive and mesh well with our interiors, as though the outside is simply another living room, an extension of the peerless style within.

pool house.for outdoor entertaining
Architectural Digest – Gil Schafer Architect

 

After all, when the outdoors beyond are this beautiful, who wouldn’t want to spend all year in any one of these outdoor spaces? 

pool house for outdoor entertaining
Architectural Digest – Photo: Björn Wallander

 

Great landscaping only makes a stunning outdoor space even better. From perfectly planned greenery to beautiful blooms to charming and delicious planter boxes where guests can pick their own lettuces, herbs or veggies that will later be on their plate, great landscaping is another layer of outdoor entertaining hospitality.

pool house.for outdoor entertaining
Crisp Architects

 

We love the little things when it comes to entertaining, like setting the perfect table. Beautiful blooms from the garden, a favorite china pattern and a special, meaningful touch–like a sprig of rosemary, a box of chocolates or a favorite book–are all it takes to create an outdoor experience to remember!

Are you planning any outdoor entertaining for the rest of your summer?

If you’re looking for a perfect Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out Slightly South of Simple!  Happy Monday!

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THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO READ MY LATEST NOVEL SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE! I AM SO GRATEFUL TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. IF YOU HAVE READ, WOULD YOU CONSIDER WRITING A BRIEF REVIEW ON AMAZON? YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE PURCHASED THERE TO REVIEW, AND REVIEWS HELP AUTHORS SO VERY MUCH! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

 

Coastal Design Added to Your Home and More!

 

Adding Coastal Design to Your Home

dering hall

 

outdoor living - dering hall

 

Outdoor Entertaining in Style

dering hall

 

 

Tour Photographer Lauren Resen’s California Hideaway

one kings lane

 

Beach cottage kitchen in coastal design

 

10 Beautiful White Beach House Kitchens

coastal living

 

Cornbread with Strawberry butter

 

Cornbread with Strawberry Butter Recipe

rose and ivy journal

 


Slightly South of Simple

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