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.
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.
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?
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!
Good morning, chic readers! First things first: Florida, Alabama and Georgia readers, our thoughts and prayers are with you during Hurricane Michael. Please let us know that you are okay! No doubt about it, it has been a crazy hurricane season.
It may be the first time we’ve ever been ready for fall to fade into winter to get these scary storms behind us.
While the cooler weather puts a bit of a damper on our outdoor activities, a beautiful sunroom like this can make it feel warm and wonderful all year long.
We love curling up with a good book and a great cup of tea and savoring the feeling of the sun coming through the windows, even as the temperatures drop.
If you’re hanging on to summer, make sure to grab a copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.
More Info about The Secret to Southern Charm
-A 2018 Spring Okra Pick -USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction -Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018 -Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List -Raleigh News & Observer’s “The Best Reads of Summer” -Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books” -New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick
Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.
After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.
Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.
But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.
Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).
Good morning, chic friends! We hope your week is off to a great start! We’re just getting home from a fabulous trip to Sea Island, GA. (If you didn’t get a chance to check out the amazing Sea Island house we featured yesterday, don’t miss it!)
The weather was perfect, the house we stayed in was beyond and my The Secret to Southern Charm talk and signing in the spectacular Club Room of the Cloister was honestly one of my favorite events to date, which is really saying something!
Speaking of fabulous houses, Haver & Scolnick Architects know a thing or two about creating them. One peek at the architectural details in this chic butler’s pantry and it’s evident that everything else is going to follow suit.
The kitchen is certainly the heart of the home, and this one is so warm and cozy that we can’t think of a better place to gather family and friends for a delicious meal and a good chat.
These architects absolutely know how to set the tone of a space. Rustic beams add an old world charm and feel.
This is organization at its absolute finest. Chic storage is always welcome–and welcoming!
A dedicated gardening space is one of our dream rooms. These architects make it a reality!
As fabulous as the indoor spaces are, the outdoor spaces are even better. But aren’t they always?
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.
It’s a pretty boring and simple request, but if there’s any time to reflect on your front porch, a birthday is the time to do it.
I insisted the cake on Friday and present opening on Saturday also take place outside because even though it’s hard for presents to get better, they actually are even better with a sunset in the background and a perfect summer breeze.
I love my porch very much, but it could certainly take some pointers from these gorgeous patios!
Chic yet comfortable,
And simple yet stylish,
These are the kinds of outdoor spaces that are made for summer memories.
So whether you’re 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.
When we set out to make changes in our houses, we believe that most of us are searching for looks with staying power, for style that will stand the test of time–or at least some time. Carol Flanagan Design strikes that perfect balance between the right now and the lovely forever that brings her homes into the present while keeping an eye toward the past and allowing her designs to maintain their staying power well into the future. We hope you love this designer’s good taste as much as we do!
Hoping you end your hectic day in a place as lovely as this. Thanks so much for stopping by today. We always love it when you do!
Be ready to laugh, cry and lose some sleep because you won’t be able to put this one down! The Secret to Southern Charm is a beautifully written story full of love, heartbreak, suspense and of course, that sweet southern charm! Interior design enthusiasts will also love picturing the lovely decor of the homes which provide the calming background for the complicated lives of the characters.
And I got to meet my sweet friend Shelley at Root Home Decor in Manasquan, NJ on my The Secret to Southern Charm tour. She is as fabulous as her blog and I could have talked to her all night. It was so fun! You can check out her post about it! Thank you so much, Shelley!
Good morning, chic readers! Porch sitting season is in full swing and, we don’t know about you, but we couldn’t be more excited!
This idyllic gazebo by the sea is just the kind of place where we’d like to spend the next few months. And this beautiful custom railing adds even more appeal to this charming spot.
When it comes to porch essentials, we tend to think about furniture and accessories, lighting and the perfect tray to carry those sundown cocktails, but porch railings are another absolute essential and can help define the look and feel of a porch.
A beautiful wrought iron rail is both classic and sophisticated and tends to hold up really well. You know how much we love architectural details, and porch railings are no exception. As with furniture, sometimes rails are even chicer when you mix and match styles for a totally custom look.
For that quintessential mountain feel, there is nothing like a railing made from locust logs and branches. This one is exquisite and blends right in with the nature surrounding it.
What is your favorite type of porch railing?
Thank you so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love it when you stop by!
“Last fall, I read Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey and fell in love with Ansley, and her daughters, Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson. (You can read my recap of that book here.) Luckily for me, the gals are back in this second installment of the Peachtree Bluff Series, entitled The Secret to Southern Charm… This story is heartwarming, and had me flipping its pages late into the night.”