5 Favorite House Tours & Stylish Outdoor Living

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Serena & Lily outdoor living room

 

Stylish Outdoor Living

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MORE ABOUT UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY

​Two childhood friends discover that love—and family—can be found in unconventional ways in this timely, moving novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “beautifully Southern, evocative Peachtree Bluff series” (Kristin Harmel, NYT bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names).

Recently separated Amelia Buxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Cape Carolina. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind.

 

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Things We Love: Outdoor Living Rooms

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‘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!

 

 

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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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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. 

 

 

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

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 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…

 

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
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From a little dash,

 

 

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

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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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House Tour: Greensboro Charming Oasis

Happy Wednesday, chic friends! We love Wednesdays for a lot of reasons, one of them being that we get to tour a gorgeous home. The only thing better than a house tour is a house tour of a home of a someone we know! I recently had the pleasure of writing an article about my fabulous cousin Catherine Adcox and her beautiful family that appeared in O’Henry Magazine’s Annual Home & Garden Issue. 

Catherine and her husband John are the duo behind Sourcc Design, a rapidly expanding business that helps those who want to decorate their own homes source designer furniture and accessories at below-retail prices, while providing design boards and scaled models free of charge. It’s a totally brilliant concept that has already spread to thirteen cities. 

Head over to O.Henry for more incredible photos and the full story–after you finish looking here, of course!

Here’s a quick sneak peek to whet your appetite:

 

The house that Catherine and John Adcox share in Irving Park looks like something out of a storybook. With a white brick exterior, pale blue-gray shutters, a manicured garden and an idyllic picket fence, it is, in a word, charming. It’s the kind of place that you know people are lined up for, just waiting for it to go on the market.

Only, the Adcoxes weren’t among those waiting. They’d already contracted to buy the house next door, planning to undertake a complete renovation once their house down the street sold.

And yet, when the home belonging to Bradshaw Orrell and Douglas Freeman, both celebrated members of the interior design and art worlds, came up for sale, they did the most dangerous thing two people who are not intending to buy a house can do: They decided to “just look.”

 I probably don’t need to tell you what happened next. John says, “We knew it was perfect as soon as we walked inside.”

Did I mention that their beautiful home made the cover?

I know. But it’s easy to see why, right?

Aren’t they the cutest?! Check out the rest of the story at O.Henry and visit Catherine and John at Sourcc!

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Are you looking for the perfect Labor Day reads? Check out my Peachtree Bluff Series!

Peachtree Bluff Series

Harvey, considered to be the “it girl” of Southern fiction, introduces the first novel in the Peachtree Bluff Series this spring. Child, this book is everything! We’re hoping to see this soapy read on the Hallmark Channel.” (—Jamey Giddens Daytime Confidential)

House Tour: Andrew J. Howard Interior Design

One of the things we love most about Atlanta is the variety of ways to live. From sprawling estates to the chicest of uptown city living, there is an incredible mix that suits every style and taste.

Andrew J. Howard entrance

This gorgeous Atlanta condo by our friend Andrew J. Howard is a perfect example of classic city living done right.

Andrew J. Howard kitchen

The pied-e-terre might be classically associated with Paris or New York but this chic Atlanta condo feels like just that. Georgia is the Empire State of the South, after all. (It’s amazing what you learn while researching for a series set in Georgia!)

Andrew J. Howard dining room

In our humble opinions, Andrew Howard is one of the best of the best when it comes to mixing color and pattern to create a certain feel. In this smaller space, a more subdued color scheme creates a calming yet fun environment.

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Here, pattern on the ceiling contributes a touch of whimsy to this beautiful bedroom retreat. This color scheme is perfection–and far from boring.

Andrew J. Howard - bedroom

We’re not sure who else could have combined all of these patterns to create this cohesive look, but, in the hands of Howard, the results are incredible. We love the agate slices on the wall for bringing a touch of the outdoors in.

Andrew J Howard - bathroom

Even the smallest spaces in this Atlanta condo are perfectly choreographed. 

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A mix of calming neutrals creates the perfect soothing space for waking up slowly and getting ready to face the day ahead. 

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The magnificent city view doesn’t hurt either. Even in this tiny outdoor space, Howard remains true to his design scheme and creates a chic and comfortable look perfect for sipping and stargazing. For bringing big style to a smaller place, we think this lovely Atlanta space hits the high notes of style. Thanks, Andrew, for letting us share with our readers!

And thanks, Atlanta, for the warm welcome on the Slightly South of Simple tour. From an amazing event at Boxwoods to a brunch with friends at the Piedmont Driving Club, talking to readers at FoxTale Book Shop and Bookmiser and dinner at Le Bilboquet (with, let’s be honest, just a hint of shopping in between!) it was a fabulous couple of days! 

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What People are Saying about Slightly South of Simple:

Thanks to our fabulous and crazy talented friend Lucy Williams for the gorgeous review! This is very high praise! 

“MY GOOD BLOGGER FRIEND KRISTY HARVEY JUST RELEASED HER THIRD BOOK “SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE”….NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELIN HILDERBRAND SAYS KRISTY IS A “MAJOR VOICE IN SOUTHERN FICTION”…AND IN MY OPINION, KRISTY IS THIS GENERATION’S PAT CONROY. –Lucy Williams, Interior Designer

In Good Taste: Marshall Watson Interiors

Marshall Watson living room
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Some designers contend that there should be an antique in every room.

Marshall Watson entrance hall
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

For others, it’s a touch (or more!) of black, or a spot of red

Marshall Watson bathroom
Photographer: Werner Straube

 

Others still, don’t have any rules at all, make the rules up as they go along, bend the rules to reflect the family. 

Marshall Watson office
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

Whether it’s with a statement making gallery wall filled with good memories,

Marshall Watson dining room
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

A chic-yet-durable breakfast room suitable for adults and children alike,

Marshall Watson living room
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Or a room that combines comfort, tradition, and abstract style to create effortless style,

Marshall Watson bathroom
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We’d say that the designers of Marshall Watson Interiors play by their own rules. 

Marshall Watson dining room

The results, home after home, room after room, time after time, are stunning, pulled-together interiors that are unique to the families that live inside their walls.

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And, really, isn’t that how it should be?

Marshall Watson sunroom

From combining comfort, style and function in a sunny garden room,

Marshall Watson bedroom

To creating a cozy, layered nest, the perfect end to any long day, 

Marshall Watson bathroom

These designers make good taste seem totally effortless.

Marshall Watson outdoor

On this, the second day of spring, we have to say that we think this outdoor style is just as chic as the indoors–and we can’t wait to get savor plenty of outside time in the months to come. Wherever you are, we hope it’s beginning to feel like spring! Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

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We’ve found a favorite new magazine that we are absolutely crazy about! Seasons Style & Design, based in Greensboro, NC and affiliated with O.Henry Magazine, is simply too beautiful for words! (These pictures don’t do it justice!)

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So I couldn’t be any more thrilled that they were so kind to feature me–and Slightly South of Simple–in their stunning spring issue. Such a treat! I’ll be at High Point Market, as Seasons says, at the Codarus Showroom, on Sunday, April 23, from 3-5pm. I hope all you fabulous design lovers will join me if you’re in town for the big show!

  Thank you so much to Seasons for all the book love! If you’re in the Piedmont, make sure to pick up a copy–or read online! You can follow anywhere you are! We know we will!