House Tour: Jute Interiors

Jute Interiors curb appeal


It happens every, single year, without fail. Fall comes, the temperature drops, and we start feeling like we need a farm. Preferably with a bonfire.


Jute Interiors entry with pendant lights


Nothing permanent. Just a small getaway, perfectly appointed. 


jute Interiors entry with wood bench and steel doors


This home from Jute Interiors is basically out of our imagination, that fall, farm, weekend getaway come to life. 


Jute Interiors bench


This is the kind of place where not a single detail is overlooked, from the walls to the furniture to everything in between. 


Jute Interiors dining room with beams


It is also the kind of place where things are simple. And an open floor plan means that living leads to…


Jute Interiors dining room with wood beams


Dining, preferably for friends and family,


dinner arty


At the ideal rustic table where the outside comes in, the simple becomes impossibly chic and the kind of place is set where we would want to be guests. 


porch and patio


Speaking of places we want to become guests… A lovely pool with equally gorgeous loungers and that farm we’re craving!


covered porch


A stunning pavilion with plenty of eating and entertaining space. 


Jute Interiors outdoor area


And that bonfire that we absolutely must have when it comes to fall! Do you love this Jute Interiors home as much as we do?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We love seeing you here!


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More Tour Dates for The Southern Side of Paradise


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!




In Good Taste: Spitzmiller and Norris

Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


Good morning, chic readers! What is it about summertime? 


Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


Is is the memories of long, lazy childhood summers?


Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


The heat and sun and sand and salt? The bare feet and everything in bloom?


Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


Tall and stately, bright and breezy, cedar shake or painted brick, the designers at Spitzmiller and Norris make every home feel as perfect as…


Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


Well, a day by the pool. The perfectly designed, uber-chic pool, that is. 


Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


Double front porches like this always make us think of lazy days in the Lowcountry, sweet tea the only antidote for sweltering heat. 


Spitzmiller and Norris exterior


A getaway (or stay awhile) to the mountains keeps the summer heat at bay, cool mornings and nights and refreshing breezes making memories of sweltering days a thing of the past. 


Spitzmiller and Norris living room


If you can’t take the heat, don’t stay out of the kitchen. Heavens no.


Spitzmiller and Norris kitchen


If you can’t take the heat, go in the kitchen. Open windows lend fresh breezes, 


Spitzmiller and Norris boy

And a beautiful dining spot allows for cool, easy summer entertaining. 


Spitzmiller and Norris pool table


A stately and masculine retreat allows for playing inside games–like pool–until the cool breezes of pheasant season come back around. Indoors and out, in any season, the good taste of Spitzmiller and Norris speaks for itself. 

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

Looking for the perfect summer read? Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Betches and more all think you should slip my new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, into your beach or pool bag. Have you checked it out yet? Signed copies now available from The Country Bookshop!

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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Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple or The Secret to Southern Charm, pick up your copies before The Southern Side of Paradise (NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!) releases May 7, 2019!


Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!

We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site



In Good Taste: Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects

 Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects entrance

Ike Kligerman Barkley Architect – IKBA


If you’ve ever built a house, you know that architecture is everything. 


 Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects living room


The way a home sits on a lot to take advantage of the morning sun,


Ike Kligerman Barkley dining room


The addition of beams and built-ins to a make an open concept feel cozy and just separated enough, 


Ike Kligerman Barkley family room


The brilliant way that the right paneling, the right molding and the right accents can make even a new house feel like it has a sense of history


Ike Kligerman Barkley family room


The stunning portfolio of Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects never ceases to amaze us. 


Ike Kligerman Barkley family room


Their work proves that the little things–like figuring out how to make the very most of a small space–are actually everything. 


Ike Kligerman Barkley bedroom


From indoor spaces that capitalize on both a charming slanted roofline and a killer view, 


Ike Kligerman Barkley porch


To a chic porch that doubles as the ultimate living space, 


Ike Kligerman Barkley porch


To a multi-purpose indoor/outdoor space with so much personality it almost has a pulse, these architects have a knack for creating truly unforgettable spaces


Ike Kligerman Barkley pool


We need a vacation in this exact spot, immediately if not sooner!


Ike Kligerman Barkley pool


Because the only thing better than unforgettable indoor spaces is their outdoor counterparts.

What is your favorite Ike Kligerman Barkley space?

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

Thank you to Parade for choosing my forthcoming THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, releasing May 7, as one of “12 Big Fiction Reads Every Book Club Will Love in 2019!”


In Good Taste: Winter McDermott Design

Winter McDermott Design via Dering Hall

Good morning, chic readers! After almost a week in Manhattan, surrounded by Christmas windows and the Rockettes and the tree at Rockefeller Center and letters from Santa, we are very much in the Christmas spirit! Are you? 

That said, in the midst of the “more is more” of the holiday season, sometimes it’s nice to take a breather. 

We may be surrounded by trees and lights and garland and boxes and bows, but the good taste of Winter McDermott is nothing if not a study in beautiful simplicity. 

Perfectly pared and clean, clean, clean, it’s exactly the kind of design that can clear a cluttered mind. 

The beautiful work of Maureen McDermott is all about bringing modern design to the Hamptons

(Plus, what could be better this time of year then showcasing a design firm called Winter?) 

After studying under Vincente Wolf–and designing projects including 15 Union Square West, a dramatic 12-story condominium in the historic Tiffany & Co. building–modern, unique design is something she knows a thing or two about. 

From family rooms that delight the senses, 

To nooks that wow, 

Guest rooms that company will never want to leave, 

To a place for partying outdoors all year round, 

Indoors and out, the work of Winter McDermott is always in good taste!

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

Jacob Snavely Photography

Mark your calendars for this Thursday, December 6 at 12 pm! Southern Living will be exclusively revealing the cover of my forthcoming novel, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, which releases May 7, 2019 but is available for preorder now. (And, in case you miss it, we’ll give you a repeat right here on Friday!)


In Good Taste: Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design

Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design via Dering Hall

Good morning, chic readers! We’re in full hurricane hysteria here in NC–and, unfortunately, the lines at the gas stations and empty bread aisles seem justified this year.

But, on the bright side, there’s nothing like a little good taste to take your mind off the chaos!

Amy Hirsch Interior Design

And if anyone can do just that, it’s Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design!

The perfect blend of elegance,

And laid-back style, 

Amy Hirsch Interior Design

Unique details, 

Amy Hirsch Interior Design Kitchen

And classic touches, 

Amy Hirsch interior design kitchen

This designer’s taste hits all the high notes of style.

From an eclectic white kitchen,

With chic wood accents,

A statement ceiling,

To an unforgettable backsplash,

Amy Aidinis Hirsch creates unexpected spaces with unforgettable elements that combine in the perfect way.

From a statement nook,

To a too-good-to-be-true bathroom.

Amy Hirsch Interior Design pool

Indoors or out, these homes are the perfect places to relax after a long day and dream of the sunny skies ahead after the storm!

Hoping everyone in the path of Hurricane Florence stays safe!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here!


Today, we are carrying everyone who lost friends or loved ones on September 11 in our hearts. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will never forget.


The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re looking for something to read over Labor Day, 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.


September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Library, Who Am I?, September 13, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm with:

September 21: Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, NC, Q&A and Signing. Presented by Friends of the Library. For more information call the Library at 828-743-0215, 3:00pm, free and open to the public

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, 6 pm, open to Chattooga Club members and guests

September 26: New Bern, NC Private Book Club Event, 6 pm

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

November 6: Private Book Club Event, Beaufort, NC, 6 pm







In Good Taste: Andrew Flesher Design

Andrew Flesher Interior Design via Dering Hall


Good morning, chic readers! We’re heading to NYC today (Hooray!), so this seemed like a fun day to focus on a New York designer–with plenty of good taste.

From the bright and bold

To the stately and sedate, 

With offices in New York and Minneapolis, 

Andrew Flesher Interior Design truly creates homes that meet its owners’ needs, no matter the location or the style. 

From a chic city spot that is big on style,  


To a modern dining room with notes of the classic, 


These designers understand that, sometimes, the little things are the big things–like this fun twist on an old favorite chair. 

From sweet coastal style with plenty of pop,

To bold stripes that define a sleeping area,

To a refined master that anyone would love, 

We’re huge fans of all these designers’ spaces. 

Not surprisingly, they do the outdoors just as well as they do the indoors.

We can’t think of a better place to spend an evening, no matter the season.

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We hope you enjoyed the good taste of Andrew Flesher Interior Design as much as we did!




Things We Love: Colorful Gardens

colorful gardens
Dan Gordon via Dering Hall


With the days growing longer and the sun getting warmer, we are savoring every moment we have outside–especially after such a cold, harsh winter. We don’t know about you, but we’re focusing on keeping our yards blooming for summer right now. We love flowers and bright blooms and pretty colors intermixed, and when it comes to curb appeal, there is nothing quite like adding color to the garden. Check out a few of our favorite colorful gardens and gain a bit of inspiration of your own! 

colorful gardens
Hollander Design


colorful gardens
Dan Gordon via Dering Hall


colorful gardens
Hollander Design


colorful gardens
Hollander Design


colorful gardens
Peter Pennoyer Architects


colorful gardens
Dan Gordon via Dering Hall


colorful gardens
NLB Architects

 BE MY GUEST:  Please join me TODAY AT THE SEA ISLAND CLUB in Sea Island, GA for cocktails, conversation and The Secret to Southern Charm:

 If you are not a club member or resort guest, email me and I’d love for you to be my GUEST!



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