5 Stunning Designer Southern Homes and More

southern homes
Erica Dines George Photography


5 Stunning Designer Southern Homes

one kings lane


Southern homes bedroom


Creating a Beautiful Master Bedroom

one kings lane


playroom from Serena & Lily in Southern Homes


Creating a Fun-Filled Playroom

serena and lily


dining from Southern homes


A Summer Brunch in Southampton with Jenni Kayne

 one kings lane

The Southern Side of Paradise

Well, friends, the The Southern Side of Paradise tour is over (for a few weeks, anyway!) and it was one for the books—pun intended! I am so grateful to everyone who attended events, hosted them and, of course, has read The Southern Side of Paradise! 🏝 You make my job so much fun and I am so grateful for you!
We have plenty more events throughout the summer and year—and are planning my 2020 tour! If you want me to come to your city next year, let me know!



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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Up to 40% off Outdoor –  one kings lane

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New to Sale– shopbop

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Up to 50% Off Designer Sale neiman marcus

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More Tour Dates


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




Stylish Spaces Perfect for Family Fun

family fun living room


Stylish Spaces Perfect for Family Fun

one kings lane


family gifts to give and receive


Favorite Gifts to Give & Receive

serena & lily


kitchen for the family


The Beautiful Designs Of This Mother/Daughter Duo

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Tour a Jewelry Designers Remarkable Home Transformation

– remodelista

office for the family


Creating a Gallery Wall




Check out my new book cover and an exclusive sneak peek of my forthcoming novel, The Southern Side of Paradise (available for preorder now!) on December 6 on SouthernLiving.com!






The Peachtree Bluff Series

The third book in my nationally bestselling Peachtree Bluff series, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, releases May 7 from Gallery Books/ Simon & Schuster! Preorder now–or catch up on SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (available in hardback, paperback, ebook and audio) before the big day!



In Good Taste: MA Allen Interiors

MA Allen Interiors office

Good morning, chic readers! You know how much we love sharing favorite designers with you every week. The only thing better than sharing a favorite designer is sharing a favorite designer who lives right here in North Carolina!

MA Allen Interiors kitchen

MA Allen and her partners say that they “take a single thought, or a tiny swatch of fabric, or a family heirloom…and allow that small seed to become an explosion of ideas that eventually transforms your entire space.”

MA Allen Interiors kitchen

We love the thought of that, of starting with the tiniest kernel of an idea and using that to create something extraordinary. 

As you can see, that’s exactly what these designers do. 

MA Allen Interiors kitchen

From an eat-in kitchen worth coming home to, 

MA Allen Interiors kitchen

To a sweet pop of color that brings a crisp, white kitchen to life, 

MA Allen Interiors dining

A fun, modern dining room that practically begs for family holidays to be held (and makes great use of a space!), 

To a master bedroom where every detail is just right, MA Allen hits the high notes of style in every project. 

There is absolutely nothing we love more than an adorable nursery. A nursery like this one that can grow as he does is all the better. A simple switch from crib to bed and this darling nursery becomes a sweet room for a busy little boy. 

MA Allen Interiors playroom

In any child’s space, but especially a playroom, stylish storage is such a necessity. Books become a beautiful focal point, and her favorites are always right on hand between tea parties. 

MA Allen Interiors mudroom

Mudrooms are perhaps one of the most essential spaces in homes today–and MA Allen makes sure that even these tiny nooks not only flow seamlessly into the rest of the house but are also pinnacles of style. From North Carolina’s triangle to the Atlantic coast, New York to DC, these designers adapt every space to their clients’ needs. And we couldn’t love the results any more! 

Woman’s World thinks you and your mom will love reading my Peachtree Bluff Series together–and we wholeheartedly agree! Pick up copies of Slightly South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm for both of you. You’ll definitely be the favorite child this year! 

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In Good Taste: M & M Interior Design

Good morning, readers! Florida friends and everyone affected by Irma, you are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope you can get back home–too minimal damage–very, very soon.

We all know that home is one of the most important foundations of our lives, and that being away from it can be difficult. One of the things that we love most about M and M Designs, owned by the talented sister duo Leslie Martin and Kim Meardon, is that they don’t just create beautiful houses. They create homes that feel eclectic and collected, perfect for everything from entertaining to playing with kids.

These huge windows add tons of light, a feeling of openness, and, quite frankly, a big, fat design challenge. These designers totally rose to the occasion, making these windows the asset that they are.

What an idyllic little office! It’s the perfect space for paying bills and the window seat not only adds comfort but also storage, which is great for filing all those papers that tend to pile up.

This kitchen feels like home. Every detail is perfectly choreographed–from the rug to the lamp to the wood island–to make this large, functional space feel cozy and comfortable.

We know open floor plans are what most people want right now, but we still love our rooms to feel separate and distinct. This charming opening between the kitchen and adjoining room is the best of both worlds!

If a nursery for one is good, a nursery for two is even better! The use of this space is perfect.

From the rug on the floor to the Bla Blas on the bed, this is the perfect little boys room that, with a couple of tiny changes, will still be perfect when he’s a big boy!

We love playrooms, but multi-purpose spaces are really the best. This chic room works well for kids and adults alike.

Speaking of multi-purpose spaces, this darling settee is kid friendly with a sweet ballerina on top, but will work just as well when she’s more into lipgloss and texting than dolls and tea parties.

What is your favorite M&M Design space? 

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

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Thank you for the wonderful review of Slightly South of Simple   Books-a-Million!




In Good Taste: Steele Street Studios

living room Steele Street Studio

Good morning, chic readers! We love, love Tuesdays, especially when we have a heaping helping of good taste to share with you.

kitchen Steele Street Studio

Today you’re in for a treat with the fabulously good taste of Steele Street Studios.

kitchen Steele Street Studio

We love the simple elegance of this fabulous kitchen.

kitchen Steele Street Studio

Out of this world brass hardware is the perfect finishing detail to take it over the top. 

kitchen Steele Street Studio

Sleek pendant lighting and bar stools combined with industrial chic stainless lend this kitchen a modern look.

Steele Street Studio office

If you’re going to have to work at home sometimes, why not make it amazing? Plenty of built in bookcases provide chic storage. 

Steele Street Studio bedroom

Crisp yet cozy, this pretty bedroom hits all the high notes of style. 

Steele Street Studio playroom kid's room

We love, love, love a chalkboard wall, especially in a playroom. It’s an inexpensive fix for larger walls that breeds creativity. 

Steele Street Studio kid's room playroom

We grown-ups love our reading nooks. Shouldn’t our little ones get their own too? This one would make even the most reluctant reader want to spend an afternoon in a fictional world!

Steele Street Studio kid's room playroom

Playroom art doesn’t have to be expensive. Little ones love seeing their own masterpieces hanging. 

Steele Street Studio kid's room playroom

One of the most important elements in any playroom is the floor space. And, of course, cute places to put everything away when the play is finished!

Steele Street Studio bedroom

This gender-neutral nursery is adorably sweet.

Steele Street Studio gender neutral nursery

Any little one would be lucky to call this nursery home! From the grown-ups to the kids, Steele Street Studios makes every space totally extraordinary. Which is your favorite?

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

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Decorating Secrets from Thom Filicia and More!

Decorating Secrets from Thom Filicia


Decorating Secrets from Thom Filicia

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Creating a Beautiful Master Bedroom

one kings lane



playroom from Serena & Lily


Creating a Fun-Filled Playroom

serena and lily



spritzer recipe


Red Currant Vanilla Spritzer Recipe

rose & ivy journal


chocolate cookie recipe


Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

– jacquelyn clark/ lark & linen


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