Tour a Southampton Home that Brings the Outdoors In


Tour a Southampton Home that Brings the Outdoors In

hamptons cottages & gardens


blonde wood Kitchen styling with Beth Webb Interiors
Beth Webb Interiors | Emily Followill Photography



7 Tips for Kitchen-Styling

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Beautiful Art for Every Space

– lulu gray art


  Serena & Lily white bedroom and white bed  


The Beauty of the White Bed at Up to 30% Off

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Love these Boots and More Pairs to Love for Winter 

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A Chic, Durable, Versatile Bag for Everyday

 tello & rose


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Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey Beach house book

I am so excited that my new novel Feels Like Falling releases on April 28!

More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.




Favorite Porches for Outdoor Living

blue and white porch outdoor living
Serena & Lily


Good morning, chic readers! We love being outside.  Outdoor entertaining is one of our favorite things about this fabulous season. And we can always use a little porch inspiration!

Heather Chadduck porch
Heather Chadduck| Emily Followill Photography


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
Serena & Lily

It should be comfortable!

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



Tour the Greenwich Village Home of a New York Designer

Greenwich Village living room


Tour the Greenwich Village Home of a New York Designer

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Peruse Eleanor Scott Davis’s Gorgeous New Collection Beginning at Noon! We Want Every Piece!

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A Waterfront Home Reinvented



Serena & Lily outdoor furniture


Take Time to Enjoy the Outdoors

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Rose & Ivy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe


The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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12 Minute Full Body Workout

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Don’t miss the LAST DAY of the  SHOPBOP SALE 20-25% OFF!!

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Peachtree Bluff Series

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 4 WEEKS FROM TODAY, May 7, 2019!!

Also, don’t forget… 

Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble.  

June 1, 2019 Peachtree Bluff will be “taking over” Beaufort, NC, the town on which it was based. Every single person who preorders between now now and will be registered to win:

*Two tickets to the Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover and Tour–on Beaufort’s signature double decker red buses!

*Two tickets to the farm-to-table dinner and launch party under the stars at the Beaufort Historic Site

*Two nights lodging in Beaufort, NC

Just send an email with proof of purchase to [email protected] to enter!

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





Prepare Your Covered Porch for Fall Entertaining

covered porch
Beth Webb Interiors


With the summer behind us and fall temperatures here, one thing is for sure: It’s porch sitting season!

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. 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 porch wishlist? 


If you need a good read while you’re relaxing on your porch, why not check out my national bestselling The Secret to Southern Charm


The Secret to Southern Charm

Things We Love: Colorful Gardens

colorful gardens
Hollander Design


With the days growing longer and the sun getting warmer, we are savoring every moment we have outside–especially after such a cold, harsh winter. We don’t know about you, but we’re focusing on keeping our yards blooming for summer right now. We love flowers and bright blooms and pretty colors intermixed, and when it comes to curb appeal, there is nothing quite like adding color to the garden. Check out a few of our favorite colorful gardens and gain a bit of inspiration of your own!

colorful gardens
Hollander Design


colorful gardens
Hollander Design




 BE MY GUEST:  Please join me TODAY AT THE SEA ISLAND CLUB in Sea Island, GA for cocktails, conversation and The Secret to Southern Charm:

 If you are not a club member or resort guest, email me and I’d love for you to be my GUEST!



10 Patios for Relaxing in Style this Summer

Serena & Lily


It’s funny how things change as you get older. 

(I know because I’m, um, older today.)

Tracy Hardenburg DesignPhotography by Par Bengtsson


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. 

Tim Barber Ltd


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.

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here!

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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. 



Prime Day Deals start at 3PM.  You don’t want to miss this sale!



Things We Love: A Gorgeous White Garden

white garden
Howard Design Studio


It is summer and that means time for gardens galore! Sitting in them, admiring them… We love all of that!

 white-flowers white garden
Hollander Design 


The planting and keeping alive is where things get dicey. Fortunately, hardy favorites like these gorgeous hydrangeas are stunning and well within our wheelhouse.

white garden
Howard Design Studio


We don’t know about you, but we love beautiful blooms that we can cut and move into our own house. It’s such an easy and chic touch.

white garden
Howard Design Studio


We love so many different kinds of gardens, from the streamlined to the very, very complicated.

white garden
Howard Design Studio


A fabulous patio is one of the best parts of spring. But, without a luscious view, porch sitting can fall flat. That’s certainly not a problem for any of these lovely landscapes!

white garden
Loi Thai


This beautiful yard reminds us of a perfectly tailored pair of black pants. They fit so well that they can’t help but be gorgeous.


The Secret to Southern Charm

Speaking of, if you need something to read while you’re catching rays this summer, look no further than The Secret to Southern Charm! Summer is the perfect time to get up to date on the Murphy girls and Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a town where the breeze is warm, the sun is shining, and nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems!






Preparing Your Porch for Memorial Day Dining and More



Preparing Your Porch for Memorial Day Dining

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Happy Memorial Day, friends! We hope you are all having a wonderful, relaxing day with family and friends. Between the barbecues and sunbathing, boat riding and fireworks, we are remembering all the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom and all those who continue to fight to keep this country great! We are so grateful for the sacrifices that our troops and their families make every, single day of the year!

The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in you tote.



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