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 with wicker furniture
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

We adore bamboo for its beachy feel that works well in any setting,

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

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

Ten 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!

porch ready for Summer
Architectural Digest

 

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

 

A beautiful fireplace is like icing on a fabulous cake. 

Aerin Lauder Palm Beach Porch
Aerin Lauder’s Palm Beach Porch via Architectural Digest

 

And, of course, the view makes the porch. 

 

Aerin Lauder porch
Aerin Lauder via Architectural Digest

 

With a view like this, you can’t help but want to get outside! 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!

 

  Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

 

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

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

Sunbrella Performance Fabrics Indoors and Out

sunbrella fabric
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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 performance fabric
Coastal Living Show House

 

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

 

sunbrella performance fabric in living room
Architectural Digest

 

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.

 

Sunbrella Performance fabric
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

Anywhere that could use a stain-resistant, fade-resistant fabric is absolutely perfect for Sunbrella

 

sunbrella performance fabric
Coastal Living Magazine Show House

 

And their drapery line? We’re redoing all of ours! A drapery fabric that won’t fade is almost too good to be true.

 

sunbrella awning
Coastal Living Show House

 

New, fun, exciting Sunbrella patterns and colors abounded in High Point. 

 

sunbrella performance fabric
Coastal Living Show house

 

This beautiful blue and white was certainly a favorite. 

 

sunbrella performance fabric
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

But nothing can top those big, bold stripes that Sunbrella does so well.

 

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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Things We Love: A Garden Shed

garden shed architectural digest
Architectural Digest

 

We always talk about finding the perfect storage space for those necessary things that seem to accumulate indoors, but, sometimes, it’s finding a spot for the outdoor things that is even more difficult!

garden shed
BHG

 

Tricycles, baseball bats, that trusty lawnmower, gardening gloves, shovels…

 

garden shed
Architectural Digest

 

All those things that hold up the walls of the garage or clutter the yard need their place too.

 

garden shed
BHG

 

Full disclosure: Even if we didn’t have one, single thing that needed to be put away outdoors, we’d still be pining for a garden shed!

garden sheds
BHG

 

They are so undeniably charming that we can see the writing on the wall…

garden shed
BHG

 

That old blower would still be hogging its corner of the garage so that we could set up a little table and chairs, 

garden shed
BHG

 

maybe a desk, and use that adorable potting shed for a tiny getaway.

garden shed
New England Home

 

Who could possibly resist having their morning coffee here? It seems like a great way to gather your thoughts for the day.

garden shed
Architectural Digest

Big, small, manicured or rustic, we think all of these garden sheds are something very, very special.

outdoor living
The Will from the Hillbrook Collection

 

We hope to transform ours in Beaufort into something just as lovely one day soon. Happy Monday, friends!

Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!

We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

 

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

Preorder from Barnes & Noble

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HAPPY THURSDAY, FRIENDS!

Fences for Every Yard

white fine
Jimmy Stanton – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Happy Thursday, chic readers! We hope your day is off to a fabulous start. We are talking fences today. 

white fence
Architectural Digest

 

When we bought our house in Beaufort, one of the first things we knew we would have to do is put a white picket fence around the yard. 

white picket fence
New England Home- Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

There’s just something about a fence that not only defines a space but also adds so much charm. 

fence
Architectural Digest

 

In stacked stone, a fence is organic, neutral and blends in so well with the environment. 

fence pool Albs Beach
Urban Grace

 

A chic stucco fence or a concrete fence is not only pretty but is also practical. Insect resistant and easy to clean, it’s a perfect, long-lasting solution for a beautiful outdoor space that stays that way for years to come. And a lovely vine is the perfect accessory!

stone fence
Architectural Digest

 

For that English cottage or secret garden feel, nothing beats stone–with a charming gate, of course. 

stone patio
Meg Braff Design

 

And a pretty wall creates a cozy outdoor sitting room and breaks up a large back yard. 

split rail fence
Architectural Digest

 

There’s nothing more beautiful than a rambling wooden fence through a farm or estate. 

pool hedge fence
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

For creating privacy and only seeing the neighbors when you want to see the neighbors, there is nothing prettier than a hedge. It may take a while to get it right, but the result is so worth it!

 

hedge patio
Ashley Whittaker Design

 

Doesn’t a tall hedge create the most ethereal feeling?

brick wall patio
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

And, of course, you can never go wrong with brick. Do you have a fence at your house? What’s your favorite fence or wall material?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! 

North Carolinians, listen up! Our friend and one of our favorite designers, Marshall Watson is making his way to Kinston, NC this Sunday, March 4! Lunch is from 12:30-1:30 with a lecture and Q&A from 2-3. If you want to come but your friends can’t, come sit with me!

 

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