‘Tis the season for outdoor living–and outdoor living rooms–and we couldn’t possibly be happier about it! If you need a little inspiration for a porch spruce of your own, look no further. These breathtaking photos will have you feeling like summertime!
We’d love to have a nice sit and a long chat on any of these porches with all of you!
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And we can always use inspiration for our porches !
Whether your porch is neutral or bright, has wicker furniture, wrought iron or teak, we can all agree on one thing:
It should be comfortable!
We believe that outdoor spaces should coordinate with indoor ones, be an extension of the home’s decor–but, perhaps, with a touch of whimsy.
Then again, blue and white surroundings that let the natural beauty shine are fabulous as well.
Needless to say, these stunning photos have done nothing to cure our Spring fever!
Are you sprucing your porch for spring?
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Feels Like Fallingreleases April 28, 2020–and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the nice things Pulisher’s Weekly had to say about it! Preorder now for Spring Break beach reading!
Feels Like Falling Tour Dates!
April 22: Country Club of the Crystal Coast, 152 Oakleaf Dr, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512, 6pm, For Reservations and More Information Contact the CCCC at (252) 726-1034.
April 23: Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island 2020 Author Series, South Carolina Yacht Club in Windmill Harbor Marina,161 Harbour Passage, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, 4:30 – 6:30pm.
April 24: Moveable Feast hosted by Litchfield Books, Kimbel’s Wachesaw, 1930 Governors Landing Rd, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, 11:30 AM, Tickets are $48 per person, and include a copy of the book. To make a reservation call 843-235-9600.
April 24: In-Store Book Signing at Litchfield Books – 11421 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, 2:00 PM, Free and Open to the Public.
April 24: General Federation of Women’s Clubs-SC Federation Day Keynote, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, 8121 Amalfi Pl, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572, 7 pm, Private Event.
April 25: Zia Boutique Books & Bloody Marys, Kristy in Conversation with Zelle Wiggins, owner of Zia Boutique and founder of Southern Style Blog, 11 am (talk), Signing Until 1 pm, Zia Boutique, 1113 Military Cutoff Rd A, Wilmington, NC 28405, Free and Open to the Public, (910) 679-4101 for more information.
April 26: Signing at Mydoma Showroom, High Point Market, Private for High Point Market Attendees, High Point, NC, Details TBA.
April 27: Fountain Bookstore, Talk, Q&A and Signing, 2 pm, 1312 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219, More information and preorders available from [email protected].
April 27: Cocktail Party. Hosted by Francene Katzen and Allie Carter of Alexandra Bee Blog, 6 pm. Richmond, VA. Private Event.
April 28: Feels Like Falling officially launches! Virtual Launch Day Celebrations happening on Bloom, the reading community of the Tall Poppy Writers and Kristy Woodson Harvey Facebook!
April 28: Page 158, Wake Forest, NC. Details TBA.
April 28: Launch Party at Pigfish Lane Antiques, 5425 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27606, 5-8 pm, Book Sales by Quail Ridge Books (QRB will be on site.) Hosted by Marge Knutson. For more information contact [email protected]or 919-436-4006. For personalized preorders or post-event book shipping contact Quail Ridge Books at (919) 828-1588. Refreshments provided, Free and Open to the Public.
April 29: Pretty Please Houston, 8791 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX, 77024, Talk and Signing, 5-7 pm, Free and Open to the Public. Book Sales by Murder by the Book.
April 30: Houston, TX Book Club, 12 pm. Private Event.
April 30: Houston, TX Cocktail Party. Private Event.
May 1: Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC. Details TBA.
May 2: Park Road Books, Talk and Signing, 2 pm, 4139 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28209, More information and signed, personalized preorders or post-event shipments from [email protected]or 704-525-9239. Free and Open to the Public.
May 2: South Main Book Company, Signing, 110 S Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, For more information or personalized preorders contact Alissa Redmond, 704-630-9788, [email protected].
May 3: Meet-the-Author Talk & Lowcountry Wine reception at Timrod Library, Talk at Bethany United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 W. 3rd Street, Summerville, SC 29483. Lowcountry Wine reception will follow at Timrod Library, 217 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483, 2:00 pm. For more information or tickets contact Cindy Koontz, [email protected].
May 4: Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Talk and Signing, 161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington KY40503, 7 pm, For more information contact Michael Link [email protected]. Free and Open to the Public.
May 5: Cuyahoga County Public Library – Middleburg Heights Branch, Talk and Signing, 16699 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130 7pm 440.234.3600. Book Sales by Books on Coventry. Free and Open to the Public.
May 6: Carmel Clay Public Library, Talk and Signing, 55 4th Ave SE, Carmel, IN 46032, 6:30, For more information contact 317-435-9630.
May 7: Linger Longer Living Series at Reynolds Lake Oconee, Talk and Signing, Lake Club Center, Lake Club Drive, 5:30pm, Private for Reynolds Members and Guests. For Personalized Preorders or Book Shipments, contact Avid Bookshop.
May 8: Story on the Square Luncheon, 19 Griffin Street, McDonough, GA 30253; (678) 759-0079, 12pm, For Tickets and More Information Contact Deanna Bailey, [email protected].
May 8: Waiting on Martha Home, Kristy in Conversation with Waiting on Martha Founder Mandy Kellogg Rye, Atlanta, GA, Details TBA.
May 9: FoxTale Book Shoppe, Talk and Signing,105 E Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Free and Open to the Public. More Information and Preorders Available Here.
May 9: Alpharetta Library Talk and Signing, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009, 4:00 pm. Free and Open to the Public. Books from John’s Creek Books & Gifts.
May 10: Book + Bottle, Wine and Casual Conversation, Seventeen 6th Street North, St. Pete, FL 33701, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, More Information and Preorders Available Here.
May 11: Copperfish Books Luncheon, FM Don’s, 201 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950; 941-637-8800,12:00 PM Start, For more information, tickets and preorders contact [email protected]; 941-205-2560
May 11: Oxford Exchange, “A Night With Author Kristy Woodson Harvey,” 420 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606, 6:30 PM, More Information and Preorders Available Here.
May 14: The Bookmark, 220 First Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266, 7pm, Free and Open to the Public. More Information from [email protected].
May 16: Girl Scouts of America Fundraiser, 12-2 pm, Charleston, SC. Details TBA.
May 17: Friends of the Lexington Main Library, Talk and Signing, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington, SC 29072, 3pm, For more information contact [email protected], Free and Open to the Public.
May 18: Davidson, NC Event. Events TBA.
May 19: Friends of the Randolph County Public Library Talk and Signing, 201 Worth St, Asheboro, NC 27203, 7pm, Free and Open to the Public.
May 20: “Lunch & Lit” sponsored by M. Judson Booksellers, Soby’s Restaurant, 207 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC, 12 noon $45, includes 3 course meal and copy of book, Tickets and More Information from M. Judson call (864) 603-2412.
May 20: Sumter County Museum Reception, Talk and Book Signing, McKenzie Hall, Heritage Education Center, 122 N. Washington Street, Sumter, SC 29150, 5:30 pm, Ticketed event – $5 Members, $10 Non-Members. Tickets Available Here.
May 21: “Books and Bites” at Cherokee County Public Library, 300 E. Rutledge Ave, Gaffney, SC29340, 11:30am, Free and Open to the Public.
May 21: Hub City Wine, Women & Wisdom, Talk and Signing, 286 W. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306, Free and Open to the Public.
May 21: Hope Center Fundraiser, Spartanburg, SC, 6:30 pm. Private Event.
June 7: Kinston Public Library Kickoff to Summer Reading and “Women Build Worlds” Celebration, Kinston-Lenoir County Library, 510 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC 28501, 3 pm, Free and Open to the Public.
June 27: Beach Party with Beaufort Linen Co! Beaufort, NC. Details TBA.
August 4: Booktowne, Manasquan, New Jersey, Details TBA.
August 5: Browse About Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, Details TBA.
August 5: Bethany Beach Books Signing,99 Garfield Pkwy, Bethany Beach, DE 19930; (302) 539-2522, 7pm, Free and Open to the Public
August 7: Private Cocktail Party, East Hampton.
August 8: East Hampton Author Night, East Hampton, NY.
August 11: Avon Free Public Library, Talk and Signing, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001, Details TBA.
August 12: Bank Square Books Ocean House Summer Author Series, The Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave, Westerly, RI 02891, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Books Sold by Bank Square Books, Cocktail Party and Signing, Tickets Required.
More events–including a fabulous night with our friends from Diane James Home–coming soon!
Good morning, chic friends! We hope your week is off to a great start! We’re just getting home from a fabulous trip to Sea Island, GA. (If you didn’t get a chance to check out the amazing Sea Island house we featured yesterday, don’t miss it!)
The weather was perfect, the house we stayed in was beyond and my The Secret to Southern Charm talk and signing in the spectacular Club Room of the Cloister was honestly one of my favorite events to date, which is really saying something!
Speaking of fabulous houses, Haver & Scolnick Architects know a thing or two about creating them. One peek at the architectural details in this chic butler’s pantry and it’s evident that everything else is going to follow suit.
The kitchen is certainly the heart of the home, and this one is so warm and cozy that we can’t think of a better place to gather family and friends for a delicious meal and a good chat.
These architects absolutely know how to set the tone of a space. Rustic beams add an old world charm and feel.
This is organization at its absolute finest. Chic storage is always welcome–and welcoming!
A dedicated gardening space is one of our dream rooms. These architects make it a reality!
As fabulous as the indoor spaces are, the outdoor spaces are even better. But aren’t they always?
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.
So whether you’re celebrating your birthday, 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.
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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.
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!)
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!
Speaking of celebrating, with February halfway over, we are already thinking about a Spring full of celebrations.
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!
Shoppers have compared Best Prices for Furniture to the “Easy button” for furniture.
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!
The only hard part is choosing which pieces to get first!
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.
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!
We always start January full of intentions for how incredibly clean and neat and organized we’re going to keep our houses. And it always starts out great.
But, like a six-times-a-week gym habit, sometimes the constant cleaning up after everyone just leaves us tired.
And you just want to leave your shoes on the floor and not hang up your pants and leave dishes “soaking” in the sink. (Well, I do. Mom would never ever do any of the above things, so she doesn’t have to make house-related resolutions!)
If your enthusiasm is waning a bit as we round the February corner, don’t worry!
These light, bright, clutter-free and perfectly organized homes from Erin Paige Pitts are drool-worthy enough to make you want to hop right back on those resolutions.
Because we spend so much time designing them, planning and plotting them, making sure they are perfect…
It would be a shame to sully that gorgeous marble island with that stack of mail that you didn’t quite have time to get to this afternoon. (At least, that’s what I keep reminding myself!)
Clutter-free spaces are the most calming, after all, so if one of your resolutions was to chill out, then making up your bed in the morning as soon as you get out of it may be a good start.
And Peter Walsh’s Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight, says that you can lose ten pounds in six weeks by cleaning up. So skip the elliptical today, organize your shoe closet and take a bath. Killing lots of resolution birds with one stone!
We’ve always said that living your best life begins at home…
And the good taste of Erin Paige Pitts, certainly makes that easier than ever!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, chic readers. We always love seeing you here!
The days are shorter, the weather is cooler and there is oh so much to celebrate! If the colder temperatures have you stuck indoors, now is the perfect time to start thinking about creating that gorgeous outdoor space you’ve been dreaming of–complete with an outdoor fireplace, of course!
The perfect place to start? Our friends at The Natural Stone Institute! Their beautiful site is an information-filled resource for anyone looking to incorporate more natural stone into his or her home. From tips on which material works best in which space to help finding a competent installer in your area, The Natural Stone Institute is filled with ideas to get you well on your way to that slate patio or stone fireplace of your dreams!
We love natural stone indoors, of course, but there’s nothing like nature’s finest to create an outdoor space fit for entertaining all year long!
Swimming pools are one of our favorite outdoor features that make backyards so much more fun! The addition of a stone border allows this one to blend in with the nature around it and keeps it from feeling out of place in the environment. For a fireplace, stone is the perfect choice, of course! Not only does it withstand heat and elements, but it also complements the beauty of the surroundings.
When looking for a more cost-effective solution for implementing a stone motif in your outdoor space, choosing something that can be sourced locally is always a great place to start. This redstone creates a unique look that makes this kitchen a perfect gathering spot for a good meal.
Will you be utilizing your outdoor space this holiday season? Warm or cold, indoors or out, we’re hope you’re preparing for a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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