10 Favorite Porches Ready for Spring

Andrew J. Howard Spring porches with bamboo furniture
Andrew J. Howard

 

Good morning, chic readers!

 

covered porch with wicker furniture
Historical Concepts

 

We are so ready for spring here, and all we can think about is getting outside. 

 

covered porch
Ken Tate Architect

 

Outdoor entertaining is one of our favorite things about this fabulous season.

 

porch with Chango & Co
Chango & Co

 

And we can always use inspiration for our porches !

 

Spring porches with wrought iron furniture from Heather Chadduck and blue hydrangeas
Heather Chadduck Interiors

 

Whether your porch is neutral or bright, has wicker furniture, wrought iron or teak, we can all agree on one thing:

 

Spring porches in blue and white by Mark d. Nikes blue and white stripe rug
Mark D Sikes

 

It should be comfortable!

 

Spring porches from Beth Webb with Chaise
Beth Webb Interiors

 

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. 

 

Spring porches from Verandah House with blue and white furniture
Verandah House

 

Then again, blue and white surroundings that let the natural beauty shine are fabulous as well.

 

Spring porches from Serena & Lily with floor pillows and wicker chairs
Serena & Lily

 

Needless to say, these stunning photos have done nothing to cure our Spring fever! 

 

Spring porches from M.A Allen in bright colors and stripe rug
M.A. Allen

 

Are you sprucing your porch for spring?

 

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Feels Like Falling Beach read by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Feels Like Falling releases 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: Spring Fling with Kristy Woodson Harvey, Brooke Fossey, James R. Hannibal and Julie Cantrell. 8:45 am-11:15 am, Address provided after online registration. Houston, TX. Preorders available from Murder by the Book. Click herefor more information and registration.

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!

 

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House Tour: Jute Interiors

Jute Interiors curb appeal

 

It happens every, single year, without fail. Fall comes, the temperature drops, and we start feeling like we need a farm. Preferably with a bonfire.

 

Jute Interiors entry with pendant lights

 

Nothing permanent. Just a small getaway, perfectly appointed. 

 

jute Interiors entry with wood bench and steel doors

 

This home from Jute Interiors is basically out of our imagination, that fall, farm, weekend getaway come to life. 

 

Jute Interiors bench

 

This is the kind of place where not a single detail is overlooked, from the walls to the furniture to everything in between. 

 

Jute Interiors dining room with beams

 

It is also the kind of place where things are simple. And an open floor plan means that living leads to…

 

Jute Interiors dining room with wood beams

 

Dining, preferably for friends and family,

 

dinner arty

 

At the ideal rustic table where the outside comes in, the simple becomes impossibly chic and the kind of place is set where we would want to be guests. 

 

porch and patio

 

Speaking of places we want to become guests… A lovely pool with equally gorgeous loungers and that farm we’re craving!

 

covered porch

 

A stunning pavilion with plenty of eating and entertaining space. 

 

Jute Interiors outdoor area

 

And that bonfire that we absolutely must have when it comes to fall! Do you love this Jute Interiors home as much as we do?

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Visit us on Instagram for a fabulous giveaway with our amazing friend Kendall Boggs!

 

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More Tour Dates for The Southern Side of Paradise

 

October 16, 2019: Kristy will “take over” A Novel Bee Facebook Group all day. Visit the page for fun guests and giveaways.
October 17, 2019: Clinton, SC Multi Book Club Event. Private.
October 18, 2019: “W.I.S.E” Fireside Chat with Chef Vivian Howard, Rene Chou from WRAL and Chief Justice Beasley, emceed by Kate Daniels, Walnut Creek Country Club, Goldsboro, NC, VIP experience 5-5:30, Program begins at 6:30.
January 3-5, 2020: Best of Our State with Our State, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC. Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Pinehurst Resort. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year. Click here for more information and tickets. 
January 21, 2020: United Way Pitt County Annual Fundraiser, Greenville, NC.
February 13-16, 2020: Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA.
February 22, 2020: Ladies Luncheon and Signing Event at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC
April 28, 2020: Feels Like Falling Releases! We are working hard on the Feels Like Falling tour. We can’t wait to share all tour dates with you in January!

 

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Things We Love: Covered Porches

covered porch
Beth Webb Interiors

 

With the beginning of school right around the corner and summer promising to transform into fall at any moment, one thing is for sure: it’s the season for covered porches!

covered porch
Urban Grace Interiors

 

You know we love outdoor spaces that are an extension of our indoor ones, and while summer entertaining outdoors can be so much fun, it’s really the fall when those perfect crips evenings beckon us outdoors.

Beth Webb Interiors

 

Whether dining with a group of treasured friends…

covered porch with summer classics furniture
Summer Classics

 

Or gathering for cocktails after the kids’ soccer game,

covered porch
Leah Bailey Interior Design

 

Or simply treating yourself to a quiet morning cup of coffee with a magazine that has been waiting to be read,

covered porch with wicker furniture
Historical Concepts

 

These ten stunning porches fit the bill for whatever outdoor activities you might have in mind!

covered porch
Ken Tate Architect

 

And iron, aluminum and wrought iron are classic looks that are always in style–especially in black and white.

covered porch
Heather A.Wilson Architect

 

But the thing we covet most of all, the thing on our porch wishlist, is an amazing hanging bed.

covered porch
Geoff Chick Design

 

For sitting, swinging or even that elusive front porch nap, these hanging beds are as comfortable as they are chic. What’s on your wishlist for covered porches? 

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If you need a good read while you’re relaxing on your porch, why not check out my national bestselling The Southern Side of Paradise?

The Southern Side of Paradise Peachtree Bluff Series

 

The Southern Side of Paradise Tour Continues:

 

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE,  

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE, 7pm – 9pm

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD, 11am – 1pm

August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC, 3pm

August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC, 6pm

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC, 2:00pm

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY, 5pm – 7:30pm

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10 Favorite Porches for Outdoor Living

porch outdoor living room
Suzanne Kasler Design via One Kings Lane

 

Good morning, chic readers! We love being outside. 

blue and white porch outdoor living
Summer Thornton Design

 

Outdoor entertaining is one of our favorite things about this fabulous season.

blue and white porch outdoor living
Serena & Lily

 

And we can always use a little porch inspiration!

Heather Chadduck porch
Heather Chadduck

 

Whether your porch is neutral or bright, has wicker furniture, wrought iron or teak, we can all agree on one thing:

porch outdoor living room
Historical Concepts

 

It should be comfortable!

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Shophouse outdoor living room
Lisa Mende Design via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

We believe that outdoor spaces should coordinate with indoor ones, be an extension of the home’s decor–but, perhaps, with a touch more color and whimsy. 

porch outdoor living room
Serena & Lily

 

Then again, neutral surroundings that let the natural beauty shine are fabulous as well.

porch outdoor living room
Patrick Ahearn Architects

 

 

 Needless to say, these stunning photos have done nothing to cure our need for outdoor living! Are you sprucing your porch?

 

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The Southern Side of Paradise Peachtree Bluff Series

I’d love for you to grab a copy of  The Southern Side of Paradise , one of Us Weeklys “Us Musts“.  It’s the Perfect Memorial Summer Read!

 

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More Tour Dates

May 28: Florence Public Library, Florence, AL 11:30am (CT)

May 31: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 1: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 3: Lexington County Public Library, Columbia, SC,  6:30pm

June 4: Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC, 6:30pm

June 5: The Atlanta History Center at Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA,  

June 6: The Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC, 5pm

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE,  

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE, 7pm – 9pm

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD, 11am – 1pm

August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC, 3pm

August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC, 6pm

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC, 2:00pm

August 8: Figure Eight Island Yacht Club Author Series, Figure Eight, NC,  

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY, 5pm – 7:30pm

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Sunbrella Performance Fabrics Indoors and Out

We had the best, best time at High Point Market last week. One of the highlights, for sure, was taking over Sunbrella’s Instagram page. 

 

sunbrella fabrics
Coastal Living Show House by Mark Sikes

 

They’re a company that needs no introduction, really, a brand that has become synonymous with top quality outdoor fabrics.

Sunbrella

 

 But the best part of our takeover was learning that Sunbrella is so, so much more than just outdoor fabric.  

 

We were so impressed with the array of textures, patterns and styles that we’re convinced there’s nowhere we can’t use Sunbrella! From our living room couches…

 

sunbrella performance fabrics
Kate Jackson Interior Design

 

To our playrooms, of course. Anywhere that could use a stain-resistant, fade-resistant fabric is absolutely perfect for Sunbrella.  And their drapery line? We’re redoing all of ours! A drapery fabric that won’t fade is almost too good to be true.New, fun, exciting Sunbrella patterns and colors abounded in High Point. 

Sunbrella performance fabric
Sunbrella

 

From a little dash,

 

Sunbrella

 

To a whole entire truckload, a home really can’t have too much Sunbrella! What’s your favorite way to use this versatile fabric?

Giveaway on Design Chic!

The Peachtree Bluff SeriesPeachtree Bluff Series

 

We’re celebrating THREE WEEKS until the launch of The Southern Side of Paradise. I know! We can’t believe it either!

Today, you have a chance to win not only copies of all three books in the series–Slightly South of Simple, The Secret to Southern Charm and The Southern Side of Paradise–but also this gorgeous 8×10 marsh scene from the incredibly talented Amy Moffatt Art. We are crazy for Amy’s art, and this marsh scene reminds us so much of Peachtree Bluff that we knew the two needed to be together! Enter below!

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In Good Taste: Les Ensembliers

Les Ensembliers living room

Good morning, lovely Design Chicers! We hope you are staying warm and cozy if you’re one of our friends affected by the storm. 

Les Ensemliers kitchen

 

The good news is that good taste, like that of Les Ensembliers Design, prevails no matter the weather!

Les Ensembliers kitchen

These designers utilize classic favorites like black and white flooring and blue and white porcelain, to make homes come to life. 

Palm Beach porch -Les Ensembliers

And can create an outdoor oasis every bit as beautiful as its indoor counterpart.

Les Ensembliers living room

You know how we love versatility in a designer and this group has mastered that art! 

Corsica bedroom -Les Ensembliers

Light, bright and coolly casual, 

Corsica swimming pool -Les Ensembliers

Their talent really shines in these less traditional spaces as well. We can’t wait for this kind of weather!

ski house bedroom -Les Ensembliers

Everything about this twin bedroom is perfection! This looks like a great place to wait out a storm!

closet -Les Ensembliers

A closet that is beautiful enough to integrate seamlessly into the room? Sign us up! This cozy space makes use of every inch!

blue and white living room -Les Ensembliers

From an ode to classic blue and white

gray and white wallpaper -Les Ensembliers living room

To the wonderfully abstract, these designers know how to mix and match to make everything fabulous.

closet -Les Ensembliers

Statement lighting in the closet?

closet -Les Ensembliers

But of course! Eclectic, fun and always fresh, we couldn’t be more thrilled with these lovely looks from Les Ensembliers. Are you dreaming of sprucing your space for spring?

 

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Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple or The Secret to Southern Charm, pick up your copies before The Southern Side of Paradise (NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!) releases May 7, 2019!

 

Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

Preorder from your local bookstore or Indiebound!

Preorder from Amazon

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