House Tour: Fairfield Home of Designer Amelia Johnson

Amelia Johnson hallway with burl wood bench

 

Of all the house tours we do, we think the ones of designer’s own homes might be our favorites. The pros have plenty of opportunity to see the best of the best of what’s out there, so we love seeing their ultimate decisions.

 

Amelia Johnson grasscloth chest

 

So we are super thrilled to share the Fairfield home of designer Amelia Johnson–and we promise it doesn’t disappoint!

 

Amelia Johnson living room with starburst mirror

 

A bold mix of neutrals, blues and pattern, pattern, and more pattern, this home is a sophisticated yet fun space perfect for family and entertaining for kids and grown-ups alike.

 

Amelia Johnson hallway

 

Quadrille’s Persepolis wallpaper adds style in droves to otherwise simple hallways.

 

Amelia Johnson playroom

 

This is the ultimate in playroom chic with practical, easy, usable storage for kids of every age.

 

Amelia Johnson office

 

And this homework area is way too cute–and an excellent use of space.

 

Amelia Johnson living room

 

We are obsessed with this Schumacher fabric, which adds so much style.

 

Amelia Johnson bunkbeds

 

Bunkbeds are our perennial favorite for a little boy’s room, and we’re over the moon for this monogram! Such a special touch.

 

blue and white bedroom

 

This calming yet bright master bedroom might be our favorite space. These Serena & Lily X-Stools are amazing!

 

kid's bedroom with animal heads above

 

One of our favorite parts of this house is all the fun patterns and bold colors. There’s a real sense of continuity in this home, but it’s never, ever stuffy. This is a dream kids’ bedroom!

 

 telephone booth in mudroom

 

A Piers Bourke piece, purchased when Amelia Johnson and her husband were living in London, greets guests by the door. It’s the perfect bold focal point for this energetic and beautiful home. We couldn’t love it any more!

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


 

LAST CALL!

I’ll be at City Winery in Atlanta tonight for the Bad on Paper Podcast live tour with hosts Grace Atwood and Becca Freeman tonight!!

 

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10 Ways to Add Casual Style to Your Living Space

Will's playroom with Serena & Lily Hanging bench

 

Happy Monday, friends! Today, we are celebrating big time. Slowly but surely, our place in Beaufort is coming back together after Hurricane Florence’s house party more than a year ago. The house isn’t livable yet, but the third floor is ready for its close up, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. We teamed up with our friends at Serena & Lily to create a cute playroom that also works well for the whole family–and we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite tips for adding casual style to your space.

  1. Add a touch of whimsy! For us, this adorable hanging swing not only added a touch of whimsy but made a difficult-to-decorate slanted attic space fun and functional.

  Serena & Lily side tables and lamps in Will's playroom  

 

2. Lighten the wood. Dark wood is great for serious spaces, but lightening it up makes things a bit more casual. 


  Serena & Lily chairs in Will's playroom with shiplap  

 

3. Mix up materials. Rattan chairs lend a touch of casual chic style that makes any room instantly feel like a vacation.


  Serena & Lily wicker chairs in Will's playroom  

 

4. Fun pillows. We love serious pillows as much as the next people, but a cute tassel and wide stripe make a space feel comfy and casual.


  Serena & Lily wicker chairs in Will's playroom  

 

5. Textured lamps and shades. Pretty porcelain has its place, but these textured lamps have a handmade feel that is super cool. And natural fiber shades are a great alternative to traditional silk.


  Serena & Lily playroom  

 

6. Casual rugs. Bright colors, bold patterns and easy fabrics combine to create rugs that are perfect for taking the formality down a notch.


  Serena & Lily nursery with baskets  

 

7. Baskets. Baskets are one of our favorite decor elements for adding instant storage and laid-back style. 

 


Serena & Lily playroom with beanbag chairs  

 

8. Beanbag chairs. Nothing says “fun” like a beanbag chair. These loungers are an upgraded take on an old favorite.


  Serena & Lily playroom with gallery wall and pouf  

 

9. A pretty pouf. A sweet pouf not only doubles as a footrest or extra seating but also signifies that a room doesn’t take itself too seriously.


  Serena & Lily playroom with hanging animal heads  

 

10. Fun art. Three-dimensional art in particular brightens a room. In our playroom, surfboards got a new life as sea animals from late local artist Craig Gurganus of Fish Bouffant. These Serena & Lily mounts add a sweet touch to this room. 


Do you prefer casual spaces or more formal ones? 

In case you missed our kitchen update you can see it here!

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

Playroom Photos by Smith Hardy Photography.

 

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.

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The Pillow Formula

neutral pillow from Serena & Lily  

 

Our friends at Serena & Lily say, and we really do believe, that living well begins at home. Sometimes it’s the little things that add up to something big and, for us, those details are everything. We’re absolutely loving Serena & Lily’s pillows and throws this season. 

 

neutral pillow serena & lily  

 

The fabrics are peerless, the inserts are plush and full and the artistic touches–like these adorable tassels–totally set them apart. Pillows are one place we never skimp and these absolutely do not disappoint!

 

neutral pillow and throw Serena & Lily  

 

Serena & Lily is known for its relaxed, laid-back coastal style, which makes it our go-to spot. (This chair is S&L too!) 

 

Neutral pillows Serena & Lily  

 

We restyled the playroom a bit to showcase these gorgeous pillows, but check back next week for a full playroom reveal! (Hint: The Serena & Lily hanging bench is a total showstopper!)

 

neutral pillows Serena & Lily

 

We love a layered look and this brand creates that not only in a room but with each and every piece. Subtle stripes, full tassels and a sumptuously textured linen combine to create a pillow that is simple yet eye-catching. 

 

  neutral pillows Serena & Lily  

 

They are the perfect touch in this cozy window seat and make admiring the view (preferably with a good book!) even better!

 


There is no better time to refresh your home than when doing so with friends and family in mind. Stop by the Serena & Lily Friends & Family sale, where everything is 20% off from October 2- 14. (Some exclusions apply, subject to change: art, gift certificates, Limited-Edition PUBLIC® C7 Bike, and final sale.)

Take a peek at some of our favorite styles to refresh your home for spring. 

 

grey pillow Serena & Lily
Grey Pillows

 

grey pillow Serena & Lily
Grey Pillows

 


 

 

yellow pillow Serena & Lily
Yellow Pillows

 


 

 

red pillow Serena & Lily
Red & Orange Pillows

 


 

 

neutral pillow Serena & Lily
Blue Pillows

 


 

neutral pillow Serena & Lily
Natural Pillows

 


 

green pillow Serena & Lily
Green Pillows

 


 

We couldn’t possibly pick a favorite room! Don’t forget that now is the perfect time to stock up during the Serena & Lily Friends & Family sale, where everything is 20% off from October 2- 14. (Some exclusions apply, subject to change: art, gift certificates, Limited-Edition PUBLIC® C7 Bike, and final sale.)

 

Pillow Formula

 

 

And, if you just can’t decide what pillows are right for you….

Click Here to Get the Pillow Formula That’s Right for You

 

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.

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  The Peachtree Bluff Series

More Tour Dates for The Southern Side of Paradise

 

September 9th, 2019: Prologue Event with The Star News and WHQR, The MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street #300, Wilmington, NC, 12 noon, Free and Open to the Public. Book sales by Two Sisters Bookery
 
September 12-15, 2019: Southern Independent Booksellers Association Discovery Show, Spartanburg, SC.
 
September 13, 2019: Cover Reveal for Feels Like Falling! All day. Follow @kristywharvey on Instagram for exclusive giveaways and information
 
September 15, 2019: SIBA Gallery Writers Breakfast, Azalea Ballroom, Spartanburg, SC, 7:30-9 am, with Mary Alice Monroe, Lynn Cullen and Kristin Harmel, Emcee: Kimberly Taws Daniels of The Country Bookshop. 
 
September 25, 2019: New Bern, NC Book Club, Private Event.
 
October 16, 2019: Kristy will “take over” A Novel Bee Facebook Group all day. Visit the page for fun guests and giveaways.
 
October 17, 2019: Clinton, SC Multi Book Club Event. Private.
 
October 18, 2019: “W.I.S.E” Fireside Chat with Chef Vivian Howard, Rene Chou from WRAL and Chief Justice Beasley, emceed by Kate Daniels, Walnut Creek Country Club, Goldsboro, NC, VIP experience 5-5:30, Program begins at 6:30.
 
January 3-5, 2020: Best of Our State with Our State, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC. Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Pinehurst Resort. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year. Click here for more information and tickets. 
 
January 21, 2020: United Way Pitt County Annual Fundraiser, Greenville, NC.
 
February 13-16, 2020: Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA.
 
February 22, 2020: Ladies Luncheon and Signing Event at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC
 
April 28, 2020: Feels Like Falling Releases! We are working hard on the Feels Like Falling tour. We can’t wait to share all tour dates with you in January!

 

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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!

 

WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL WEEKEND AND THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY DESIGN CHIC TODAY! WE ALWAYS LOVE IT WHEN YOU DO!

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

WEEKEND SALES

Up to 60% OFF serena and lily

Up to 40% off Outdoor –  one kings lane

25%-30% Off Sitewide- horchow

New to Sale– shopbop

20% Off Clothing  anthropologie

Extra 40% off Sale  j crew

Up to 50% Off Designer Sale neiman marcus

New to Sale – Nordstrom

Designer Sale up to 50% OFF  saks fifth avenue

 

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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

 

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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

one kings lane

 

 

Tour a Jewelry Designers Remarkable Home Transformation

– remodelista

office for the family

 

Creating a Gallery Wall

parachute

 

 

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!

 

GIFTS FOR HER

GIFTS FOR HIM

HOSTESS GIFTS

 

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!

 

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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!


What People are Saying about Slightly South of Simple:

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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?

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Shannon Lazic Photography


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