Timeless: Classic American Architecture

Good morning, chic readers! Happy February 15! We hope you had a great Valentine’s Day and, if you’re feeling the post-celebration letdown and are looking for something else to celebrate, we’ve got you covered: The launch party for my fourth novel The Secret to Southern Charm is one month from today at the historic Elizabeth Barnwell Gough House in Beaufort, SC to benefit the Pat Conroy Literary Center! Space is limited so get your tickets now! (Official release April 3 from Simon & Schuster.)

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If that wasn’t enough, one of our favorite architects, Patrick Ahearn, has a new book out. 

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Timeless: Classic American Architecture for Contemporary Living is an absolute gem, a must-have for every coffee table. 

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If you’re a longtime Design Chic reader, you know we have had a long-standing love affair with Ahearn’s work

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A coffee table book can sometimes be a bit of a “Will I love the book as much as the movie?” type of thing… 

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But we can confidently say that this compilation showcases some of Ahearn’s very best work–and we don’t have to tell you that we are always excited to see his new, unpublished designs!

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Relaxed, casual spaces perfect for breakfast with kids…

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More traditional, family dining areas great for hosting guests,

And charming entryways and mudrooms make for an ideal vacation spot. 

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We love the architectural details in Ahearn’s interiors, but the exteriors might be even more fabulous. 

A pretty poolhouse with with an idyllic fireplace is perfect for year-round outdoor lounging.

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Just, wow. Cedar shake has never looked better!

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Symmetry at its best. 

A perfectly manicured yard is the icing on the cake. 

Needless to say, this is a book of dream houses–and ultimate inspiration. We know this is one we will return to again and again–and we think you will too! 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims in the tragic Florida shooting. 


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Resolving to read more this year? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, and preorder book 2, The Secret to Southern Charm, releasing April 3!  I’m so grateful for the support of my readers!

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In Good Taste: Charles Hilton Architects

living room Charles Hilton Architects

Good morning, good morning, chic reader friends! We hope you are having a wonderful week. Ours is off to a terrific and busy start, which is really the best kind, if you ask us. 

living room Charles Hilton Architects

We are having a few days of weather in the 60s, which is a very happy occurrence for me, in particular, because, whether it’s 90 or -20 (Well, I mean, it’s NC, so it’s never -20…) I am outside playing tennis or golf or basketball, digging holes in the yard, finding bugs… Life with a little boy is never dull!

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The gorgeous designs of Charles Hilton Architects are never dull either, which is why we are always so excited to see what they come up with next!

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Are you big on open floor plans? Or are they not really your thing?

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We always love chatting with designer friends about this because they tend to have a strong opinion one way or another. These rooms really straddle that line between open and closed, giving the airiness of a more open floor plan but still maximizing space.

office overlooking the water Charles Hilton Architects

This office is spectacular–and feels much more like being on one of the beautiful boats outside the window than inside a house. What a great feeling! (My boys would love this!)

blue and white dining room Charles Hilton Architects

Blue and white is a time-tested combination that can sometimes lean toward the more traditional side of things. The touches in this home give it that modern touch.(Did you see that lucite console and those benches? So cool!)

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If there’s anywhere blue and white must live, it’s the pool house. This pool house remodel is so vibrant.

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Fun patterns, textures and, of course, architectural details lend this pool house a fabulous personality.

guest bedroom Charles Hilton Architects

Speaking of personality. We’re loving everything about this room! Especially its versatility. The fabric and art are our favorite touches, but, if you took them away, the room would have a totally different–but still beautiful–feel. 

child's bedroom Charles Hilton Architects

Oh the views… Everything about this room is a cozy child’s haven that will grow as they do. We think a window seat should be mandatory for a child! I can’t count the number of hours I spend curled up in mine! (It’s no coincidence I have two in my grown-up house!)

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Just, yes… It’s all perfection!

pool and pool house Charles Hilton Architects

If the pool house is good the pool must be pretty great too, right? This one definitely doesn’t disappoint! And in only a short couple of months we can be lounging by one again! 

What’s your favorite Charles Hilton space?

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More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)

Things We Love: Outdoor Living

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Just a few more weeks to soak up the sun before it’s back to school and schedules and reality! So, for today at least, we’ll be lounging poolside. Wherever you are today, we hope that these gorgeous photos will at least make you feel like you’re lounging poolside too! We’d love to spend a day beside any of these beauties!

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Perfect Pool House from D. Stanley Dixon

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We have just returned from a little warm weather getaway before the launch of Lies and Other Acts of Love and are already missing the warmth and beauty of the area.  This new pool house in Atlanta designed by the incomparable D. Stanley Dixon and John Howard, has us excited for Spring.  Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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