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!

The Peachtree Bluff Series

Looking for something new to read?  I would love for you to check out my  Peachtree Bluff Series. 

 

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In Good Taste: Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects

 Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects entrance

Ike Kligerman Barkley Architect – IKBA

 

If you’ve ever built a house, you know that architecture is everything. 

 

 Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects living room

 

The way a home sits on a lot to take advantage of the morning sun,

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley dining room

 

The addition of beams and built-ins to a make an open concept feel cozy and just separated enough, 

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley family room

 

The brilliant way that the right paneling, the right molding and the right accents can make even a new house feel like it has a sense of history

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley family room

 

The stunning portfolio of Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects never ceases to amaze us. 

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley family room

 

Their work proves that the little things–like figuring out how to make the very most of a small space–are actually everything. 

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley bedroom

 

From indoor spaces that capitalize on both a charming slanted roofline and a killer view, 

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley porch

 

To a chic porch that doubles as the ultimate living space, 

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley porch

 

To a multi-purpose indoor/outdoor space with so much personality it almost has a pulse, these architects have a knack for creating truly unforgettable spaces

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley pool

 

We need a vacation in this exact spot, immediately if not sooner!

 

Ike Kligerman Barkley pool

 

Because the only thing better than unforgettable indoor spaces is their outdoor counterparts.

What is your favorite Ike Kligerman Barkley space?

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


Thank you to Parade for choosing my forthcoming THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, releasing May 7, as one of “12 Big Fiction Reads Every Book Club Will Love in 2019!”

 

In Good Taste: Andrew Flesher Design

Andrew Flesher Interior Design via Dering Hall

 

Good morning, chic readers! We’re heading to NYC today (Hooray!), so this seemed like a fun day to focus on a New York designer–with plenty of good taste.

From the bright and bold

To the stately and sedate, 

With offices in New York and Minneapolis, 

Andrew Flesher Interior Design truly creates homes that meet its owners’ needs, no matter the location or the style. 

From a chic city spot that is big on style,  

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To a modern dining room with notes of the classic, 

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These designers understand that, sometimes, the little things are the big things–like this fun twist on an old favorite chair. 

From sweet coastal style with plenty of pop,

To bold stripes that define a sleeping area,

To a refined master that anyone would love, 

We’re huge fans of all these designers’ spaces. 

Not surprisingly, they do the outdoors just as well as they do the indoors.

We can’t think of a better place to spend an evening, no matter the season.

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We hope you enjoyed the good taste of Andrew Flesher Interior Design as much as we did!


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In Good Taste: Verandah House

Verandah House sunroom

Good morning, chic readers! You know how we love the thrill of finding new designers we love. And do we ever have some fabulous talent to share with you today!

Verandah House

When we stumbled across the good taste of Verandah House Interiors, it was a love at first sight kind of thing. 

Verandah House living room

This Australian duo designs houses in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne and more–and we want to go visit! Business trip, right?

Verandah House dining room

Jess and Judy say:

 “Our design aesthetic is very much the new American classic look, adding a modern sense of luxury that is fresh, stylish and timeless. Its important to us that our work doesn’t fit one style, we try to give each client a unique look and tailor our designs and finishes to suit the way our clients love to live, a casual sensibility.”

Verandah House

From beautifully accessorized vignettes, 

To beautifully uncluttered bookcases,

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To coastal homes with just the right amount of flair, 

Verandah House bookcase

We think this dynamic duo is embodying their mission at every turn!

Verandah House kitchen

The perfect spot for entertaining friends!

Verandah House kitchen

Bright, white kitchens that feel clean and crisp,

And swoon-worthy outdoor spaces are examples of these designers’ flawless style. 

If you want to create gorgeous rooms like Verandah House, check out their fabulous online course! (You’ll want to watch the video just to hear their lovely Aussie accents!)

Which is your favorite Verandah House space?

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It’s hard to believe that The Secret to Southern Charm will be here in six weeks! Now is the perfect time to preorder–or purchase your tickets to the Beaufort, SC prelaunch party March 15!

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What your favorite bloggers are saying about The Secret to Southern Charm:

From fab Tina at The Enchanted Home

The Secret to Southern Charm beach book

“5. CALLING ALL READERS. I am so thrilled for the amazing success my fellow blogger and friend, Kristy Harvey is having with her wonderful books, and with good reason. She has captivated so many with her wonderful, heart warming, funny stories (all that take place in the south is an extra bonus) and knows how to really engage her reader, her books are the kind you don’t want to close.

 You know those kind of books that you wish you could literally jump into and become a part of the story ? Think Nicholas Sparks meets Elin Hinderbrand….yes they are that good. I can hardly wait to delve into her newest, The Secret to Southern Charm. I just know her books are headed to the big screen one day:) Click here to preorder yours” — Tina, The Enchanted Home

 

 

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In Good Taste: Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Tuesday is off to a terrific start. If not, all of that is about to change! 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Cynthia Hayes and Pamela Manchester of Cynthia Hayes Interior Design have created a bevy of eye candy to brighten even the dullest Tuesday!

Blonde wood, natural fibers, lots of light, and fabulous lighting to boot…

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

These spaces utilize neutrals–complemented with plenty of texture–to create an oasis-like feeling. 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

These designs are, to us, simplicity at its finest, spaces that complement the outdoors and focus on the natural beauty all around. 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Pops of color enliven the entire space and natural elements prove that accessorizing can be easy!

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Even the Cynthia Hayes Interiors laundry rooms are in good taste. Baskets are our absolute favorite way to keep organized. Do you use them?

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

We love wood on the floors…

But wood on the walls is a fun alternative and achieves the same feel, especially in bathrooms where tile floors are super easy to keep clean and germ free–a real concern during flu season!

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Pretty patterns in light colors add so much interest to walls. We love the touches of blue. 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Slanted ceilings can be so charming, as this twin bedroom proves. We love the molding and extra touches here. Looks like the perfect place for a sleepover to us!

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No matter how gorgeous the inside, you know the outdoor spaces are always our favorites. You can’t get more classic than teak chairs with white cushions. This looks like the perfect spot for whiling away a summer day. It will be here before we know it!

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here–and hope you are recovering from the post-Super Bowl exhaustion!

Nat Rea Photography

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Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (Simon & Schuster, April 03, 2018) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 60 seconds. No major commitments here!)

 

 

 

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House Tour: Tracy Hardenburg Baltimore Home

If you loved the good taste of Tracy Hardenburg Designs as much as we did in our post yesterday, you are in for a treat today with this Baltimore house tour! 

This spacious stunner is perfectly choreographed from start to finish. 

Even the hallways are works of art! (And the light fixtures, of course.)

A grand chef’s kitchen is the perfect spot for cooking for a crowd–or a sleeping dog!

Unique finds and fresh accessories fill every stunning space in this home. 

The thing we love most about this house is that, amidst the grand living spaces, there are cozier rooms like this beautiful sitting room, made all the more charming by darker colors. 

This chic, masculine bar is ideal for gathering a group for a cold winter’s night cocktail. 

And, after that, a cozy night’s sleep in a luxurious bedroom, filled with wonderful texture for this cold, cold season. 

Even the bathrooms are in keeping with this house’s vibe. 

We love how Hardenburg has created spaces that are layered, yet uncluttered…

With the right combination of antique and new. 

We love the combination of pretty bamboo and sleek gray and silver in this adorable bathroom. 

For just hanging around, 

Or gathering poolside with friends,

This Baltimore place is nothing short of a sanctuary. What’s your favorite space?

Thank you so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here!

 

Photography by Pär Bengtsson

books slightly south of simple

Resolving to read more this year? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, and preorder book 2, The Secret to Southern Charm, releasing April 3! I’m so grateful for the support of my readers!

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