Things We Love: Pretty Pillows

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Foley & Cox via AD

 

What the perfect necklace does for the little black dress, the right pillow does for the little neutral couch. While the sofa is the backdrop, it is the pillows that really make it stand out, that differentiate it from the pack. ppIn each of these rooms, every element combines in harmony to create a space that is luxe, lovely and totally livable. We hope you take a little inspiration away from each and every one!

 

Barbara Westbrook – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Beth Webb Interiors

 

Studio McGee

 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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Beth Webb Interiors

 

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Architectural Digest – Tom and Gisele Brady’s home

 

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Beth Webb Interiors

 

Serena & Lily

 

Serena & Lily

 

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Architectural Digest

 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Do you have a favorite pillow look? 

 

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Looking for fun summer plans? Join me and lots of other amazing authors for East Hampton Library’s Authors Night!

Slightly South of Simple

If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store

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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

 

Things We Love: Pillows for Every Season

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Beth Webb Design

 

One of our favorite combinations of form and function, the humble pillow, is one of the quickest, easiest ways we know of to change the look and feel of a room. Special combinations for different times of year instantly usher in a season, and the simple addition of pattern or color can create an entirely new feeling. We don’t think we could pick a favorite. How about you? 

 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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Tracy Lynn Studio

 

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Chango & Co

 

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Foley and Cox via Architectural Digest

 

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Suzanne Kasler

 

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Beth Webb Design

 

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Studio McGee

 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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Nate Berkus Architectural Digest

 

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Beth Webb Design

 

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Party with the Tall Poppies (and me!) in the Hamptons!

A group of Inns in the Hamptons has announced a special weekend for book lovers March 1st through 3rd, “Hamptons Bedside Reading Weekend.” The weekend event will feature authors from The Tall Poppies – Amy Impellizzeri author of WHY WE LIE, Kristy Woodson Harvey author of THE SECRET OF SOUTHERN CHARM, Sandra Block author of WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT, Kelly Simmons author of THE FIFTH OF JULY, and Amy Reichert author of THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO LETTING GO. Events throughout the weekend include cocktail parties and book signings. Tickets are $100 per person and include entry to all five book events and a book at each event. Events are as follows:

Friday, March 1st

“Meet & Mingle” cocktail welcome at Topping Rose (Bridgehampton) 6 – 8 p.m.

Amy Impellizzeri book signing of Why We Lie

Saturday, March 2nd

11 a.m. – 1p.m.

White Fences Inn, Southampton

“Time for Tea” Plain T tea tasting and book signing

Author Kristy Woodson Harvey signing The Secret to Southern Charm

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The 1770 House, East Hampton

“Coffee break with Hamptons Coffee”

Author Amy Reichert signing The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Baker House 1650, East Hampton

“Splash of Champagne” champagne cocktail party

Author Kelly Simmons signing The Fifth of July

Sunday,March 3rd

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

The Maidstone Hotel

Farewell book signing with light refreshments

Author Sandra Block signing What Happened That Night

About the TALL POPPY WRITERS

A unique literary and marketing force that was founded in 2013 by USA Today bestselling author Ann Garvin, the Tall Poppy Writers is the only author-driven marketing cooperative in the U.S. that is exclusive to female authors who publish in a variety of genres, and includes New York Times bestsellers, USA Today bestsellers, National Book Award finalists, as well as industry and regional award winners. The combined social media reach of the group is approximately 500,000 people. Together, the group and its members have raised over $100,000 for literary and other causes, and have attracted the attention of national partnership brands, including Francis Ford Coppola Winery. The Family Coppola launched their Books & Bottles product in 2017, which features select wines paired exclusively with Tall Poppy Writer titles.

 

 

Tour a Beautiful Memphis Home

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Tour a Beautiful Memphis Home

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Shop the Glamorous World of Slim Aarons

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Picking the Perfect Pillows for Any Room

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Deviled Eggs with Pickled Beets and Root Chips Recipe

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SHOPPING and Nordstrom anniversary sale

Shop the Biggest Sale of the Year

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Favorites from the Nordstrom sale for the HOME for WOMEN and in BEAUTY

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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 your tote.

 The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

 

August 2: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event 

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FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

 

Coastal Chic Makeover with Serena & Lily

Good morning, chic readers! It’s here, it’s here! Serena & Lily’s Friends and Family 20% off sale. You could say we are a tiny bit excited…. We love all that is Serena & Lily (We know you do too!) and, there is no better time than their annual sale for a quick coastal spruce, right?

Whether you live at the coast, have a beach house or are simply looking to add a little bit more of that coastal vibe into your house (vacation all the the time, anyone?) Serena & Lily is the one-stop shop for all that is fabulously coastal without being kitschy. If you’re looking to add a little beach to your life, check out what we did! 

Serena & Lily in the Bedroom:

 

 You know how sometimes you move somewhere and you get like 90% finished with everything and you just run out of steam? There’s no doubt that decorating can be a total joy. But it’s also a creative process and it can just burn you out. We were sort of like that with this guest room in our Beaufort house. We loved this gorgeous shell console and had the beginnings of a nice guest bedroom. We just needed to add in a few coastal touches!

One of our favorite looks is a bed with no footboard–and something fun at the end. A chaise, a pair of chairs and a bench are all nice choices. For us, nothing could top this stunning Shore Bench from Serena & Lily.

It’s perfect for a guest room in particular because it gives guests a place to sit to read, watch TV or simply put on their shoes. Isn’t it the perfect touch? Just add a Monaco throw in a beachy color, a couple Sarasota pillows and voila! Your guests will never want to leave!

(Before)

This little area in the guest bedroom was particularly troubling. It needed a console, desk or table that fit the space and a lot of pizazz!

After looking at consoles and tables and chests and desks, we decided to go with something a little bit different… a bar cart! In this case, the South Seas Bar Cart from Serena and Lily. We love using pieces we love in ways that are a little bit unexpected. Here, styled with favorite books and accessories, this bar cart becomes perfect for a bedroom. (And, hey, you can always roll it out for a party!) We love a little height and, for a space that can’t have a lamp, this vase works well.

 But we think this Artichoke Table Lamp takes the cart to a whole new level! A previously neglected chimney wall becomes a focal point–with plenty of coastal flair! Plus, we love adding extra light wherever we can.

Bedding is paramount, of course. In a guest room and especially a guest room on the coast, we love keeping things light and bright. The detail on the Savoy Embroidered Duvet Cover and Shams adds interest while maintaining that relaxing, airy feel. These linens are positively luscious! (Read: Our guests will never want to leave!)

Serena & Lily in the Kitchen:

(Before)

Of all the rooms in this remodel, the kitchen was by far the biggest transformation. With seven layers of linoleum, no island, no windows and 1960s appliances, it needed some help. We loved the remodel, but it needed a little something. 

It’s amazing how just one tiny element can completely change the look of a room–and add so much coastal chic style! The Riviera Counter Stool in natural is just that extra touch that made this kitchen feel like, well, a day at the beach! The stools added much-needed warmth, perfect for spring. We can see flip flops and sandy towels in this kitchen’s future!

Serena & Lily in the Bathroom:

 

(Before)

My son’s bathroom upstairs was another case of major renovation and salvation. Converted from a closed-in upstairs porch to a bright, sunny spot for a little boy was so much fun.

Nothing says “coastal” quite like teak. This darling Teak Step Stool is pretty and practical, making it easy to reach the sink. Rope baskets are the ultimate in coastal touches. The large one makes a perfect dirty clothes hamper! 

Serena & Lily in “Blogging Central”:

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This converted laundry and storage room is actually one of the most-used spaces in the house. Little Will does art and homework there and these chaises with lucite trays are perfect for working. The Brahms’s Mount Herringbone Throws at the end of the chaises are absolutely stunning, give a finished look and feel–and were one of the first things we ever bought for the house. That just goes to show that, when you get your “before” right, with gorgeous pieces from Serena & Lily, you don’t even need an “after!”

If you are looking to add a hint of coastal style to your space, Serena & Lily’s 20% off sale is not to be missed! Let us know what you pick–and we’d love to see how you use Serena & Lily in your coastal home makeover!

Photos By Smith Hardy

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A Few More of Our Favorites From Serena & Lily


Getting ready for  Spring Break?  My latest novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, releases on April 3, right in the thick of Spring Break! And, Southern Living just named it one of its “Best Spring Break Reads.” Hooray! Now is the perfect time to preorder!

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Creating a Beautiful Bedroom with Arhaus

*Sponsored by Arhaus

Arhaus bedroom

Good morning, chic friends! We don’t know about you, but we are so enjoying the beginning of this crisp, fall weather. We love being able to curl up by a fire and draw closer to home–and it automatically makes us think of the upcoming holidays and spending time with family and friends. 

Arhaus bedroom

Every year, we try to begin thinking about the holiday season as early as possible so that, when it gets here, we have time to savor the special moments, not rush around constantly trying to get our homes in order and buy all those last-minute gifts. 

Arhaus bedroom

After a long, fun summer of visitors, it was time to start thinking about sprucing the guest bedroom–and our friends at Arhaus had everything we needed for a fall makeover that will last well into the holidays. Arhaus’s skilled curators travel the globe looking for the best hand-crafted, unique, high-quality items to complement your home’s chic decor.

Arhaus bedroom

These stunning linen drapes, for example, completely transformed this guest room. The original drapes were beginning to fade and looked a little tired after four years on the wall. We were instantly taken with the thick fabric, quality liner and well-sewn hook pockets in these curtains. The hooks were customized to the drapes, and it was the easiest drapery hanging we’ve ever done. We didn’t even get poked, prodded and cut by drapery hooks! 

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We love the relaxed look of these linen beauties. They gave a fresh new look to the entire space!

Arhaus bedroom

Speaking of linen, our holiday guests will be lounging in pure luxury. These linen sheets and pillowcases are crisp and perfectly made. We would consider these heirloom linens, the kind that can be passed down from generation to generation. The quality is that superior. It’s something we rarely see these days. 

Arhaus bedroom

These gorgeous Arhaus baskets are not only pretty. They’re functional too! The sturdy leather handles and superior weave of these baskets are ideal for transporting items. And, sometimes, if you’re like us, you have a few items that need to be tucked away before the guests arrive. A great set of baskets is perfect for that–or for storing supplies guests need like extra towels, books or magazines. 

Arhaus bedroom

Nothing says, “welcome,” quite like a sweet vase of flowers. We love the shape of this vase–and it’s a reminder of Arhaus’s commitment to ethically sourced, recycled, environmentally friendly choices. From glass to wood to copper and stone, Arhaus is committed to reducing its carbon footprint–and never sources wood from endangered rainforests. 

Arhaus bedroom

We love the pattern of these pretty, comfy pillows. They’re perfect for a bedroom, couch or chaise–and they can be yours! Check out the details below to win these pretty pillows–and a $200 Arhaus gift card!

Check out more pieces from Arhaus to decorate your home this Fall! Shop today!

  • To enter to win my 2 throw pillows and a $200 gift card to Arhaus,  visit Arhaus  here and comment back on this post with one item you’d love to have. Arhaus employees and their family members are not eligible.

Check out some of our other favorite products from Arhaus below and on our Pinterest Board!

ONE//TWO//THREE//FOUR//FIVE

 

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Dress Your Nest for Summer!

Palacek Furniture dining room
Palacek Furniture

 

Good morning, our chic friends! We hope you had a fabulous weekend. I had the best time doing speaking events for Slightly South of Simple at Sky Valley Country Club, Highlands Country Club and the Atlanta Mart. It was a great way to spend a birthday weekend, meeting readers–and eating way too much cake!

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Visual Comfort

 

If there’s any time that’s perfect for a little remodel, it’s summer.

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair
Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

 

It’s a great time to get away, of course, but the best part about getting away is being reminded how wonderful it is to come back home!

arteriors home living room
Arteriors Home

 

Whether you’re looking to spruce your year round home or create the perfect summer nest, Best Prices for Furniture is one of our very favorite places to purchase all of the fabulous essentials we need to transform our homes for the season.

Scalamandré fabric
Scalamandré

 

From the shore to the mountains and everywhere in between just a touch of Scalamandre fabric sets the tone for a room. This leopard is a neutral we absolutely adore. 

Barbara Barry for Henredon bedroom
Barbara Barry for Henredon

 

Nothing says summer like a bright and beautiful master bedroom. Plenty of pillows and a few chic end tables and accessories create the perfect look. 

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Oly Studio

 

Forget a cat nap… This is summer dreaming at its finest!

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Schumacher

 

Nothing changes a space instantly quite like a fresh coat of paint or new wallpaper. Best Prices for Furniture can help you find that Schumacher paper you’ve been pining for at the very best price.

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Aidan Gray

 

Whether you want to go a little more modern or feel like adding a bit of glamour, this favorite NC-based company can find you the pieces you want at the prices you can’t beat.

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Lloyd Flanders

 

When it comes to the summer spruce, nothing is more important than outdoor spaces. Whether you’re looking for one statement piece to define a patio or an entire new porch scheme, Best Prices for Furniture has everything you need to create the summer look you’ve been dreaming of!

Are there any summer projects you’ve been thinking of tackling?

 

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