Perfect Spaces for Summer Entertaining

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Crisp Architects

 

Do you feel like summer is flying by? We sure do! It seems like every year after July 4 the days just disappear and we are trying to savor the days of summer even more. 

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These outdoor spaces are just the kind of spots where anyone would be lucky to while away a summer day, getting some sun and taking a quick dip in the pool, lounging in the hot tub with a cocktail as the sunsets and hot days give way to cool, breezy nights. 

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Entertaining outdoors is one of the best parts of summer. 

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A great entertaining space is certainly the best place to start when it comes to outdoor entertaining. 

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Suzanne Kasler

 

For effortless outdoor style, we love the idea of creating outdoor spaces that are cohesive and mesh well with our interiors, as though the outside is simply another living room, an extension of the peerless style within.

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Architectural Digest – Gil Schafer Architect

 

After all, when the outdoors beyond are this beautiful, who wouldn’t want to spend all year in any one of these outdoor spaces? 

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Architectural Digest – Photo: Björn Wallander

 

Great landscaping only makes a stunning outdoor space even better. From perfectly planned greenery to beautiful blooms to charming and delicious planter boxes where guests can pick their own lettuces, herbs or veggies that will later be on their plate, great landscaping is another layer of outdoor entertaining hospitality.

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Crisp Architects

 

We love the little things when it comes to entertaining, like setting the perfect table. Beautiful blooms from the garden, a favorite china pattern and a special, meaningful touch–like a sprig of rosemary, a box of chocolates or a favorite book–are all it takes to create an outdoor experience to remember!

Are you planning any outdoor entertaining for the rest of your summer?


 

 

If you’re looking for a perfect Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out The Southern Side of Paradise!  Happy Monday!

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THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO READ MY LATEST NOVEL The Southern Side of Paradise! I AM SO GRATEFUL TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. IF YOU HAVE READ, WOULD YOU CONSIDER WRITING A BRIEF REVIEW ON AMAZON? YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE PURCHASED THERE TO REVIEW, AND REVIEWS HELP AUTHORS SO VERY MUCH! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

 

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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!

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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

THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY DESIGN CHIC. WE LOVE SEEING YOU HERE!  HAPPY SUNDAY!

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Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design

Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design,Tria Giovan Photography

 

After two weeks of Hurricane Florence and her aftermath and heading into week three of no school, we don’t know about you, but we’re ready for a little Island Hopping!

And there is no one–and we do mean no one–who we would rather island hop with than the fabulous Amanda Lindroth

Fortunately we can all island hop with Lindtroth–sans airfare and expensive hotel rooms–with her gorgeous new coffee table book!

From unique interiors like these awesome trees, 

To out-of-this-world outdoor spaces

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To poolside spaces so dreamy one would never want to leave them behind, 

Each colorful page is more luscious and gorgeous than the last. 

For a magical vacation to an uber-chic home without even leaving your couch,

Make sure to pick up your copy of Island Hopping, available for preorder now and officially on sale wherever books are sold TOMORROW!

The cover, with its fabulous textured, rattan cover, is almost as amazing as what’s inside. It’s a must-have for any coffee table and will be even more necessary during the upcoming cold winter months! 

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

 


If you’re looking for something to read, 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.

 

On the Road with The Secret to Southern Charm

 

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

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These are this Summer’s Best Books According to:

The Charlotte Observer and The Raleigh News and Observer

Beach Reads and Romance

“The Secret to Southern Charm” by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Gallery Books, April 2018)

North Carolina native and New York Times bestseller author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with a sequel to her beloved Peachtree Bluff series. Military wife Sloane Murphy is forced to deal with her husband missing in action as she tries to take care of her young children. Harvey, a UNC-Chapel Hill alum, infuses plenty of women power in this story of juggling the highs and lows of life.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article213002339.html#storylink=cpy

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER AND RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER FOR CHOOSING 

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM AS “ONE OF THIS SUMMER’S BEST BOOKS”!

 

 

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TALK AND SIGNING

If you are in the Raleigh area, I will be at Quail Ridge Books on Thursday, June 21 at 11am for a TALK and SIGNING with the fabulous Mary Alice Monroe. We would LOVE to see you there!

More The Secret to Southern Charm Events

June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public

June 21: Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, 11 am, Talk and Signing with Mary Alice Monroe

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 3: 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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I just wanted to thank you so much for all of your support during these first two week of The Secret to Southern Charm Book Tour.  My novel  became a Target Fiction Bestseller and National Bookscan Bestseller!  Thank you,  for helping to make my dreams come true, for telling your friends and writing reviews, for hosting and coming to my events . . . I am here today because of you, and, even though we may not have ever met, I count you as one of the people I am most grateful for every day.

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR!

 

April 21: Bethany Beach Books, 99 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19967, Time: 11:00AM-1:00PM

 

April 22: Reading at ROOT, Manasquan, NJ, please register through BookTowne, Contact is Maribeth Pelly, [email protected], 732-722-7255, 3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 23: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, free but registration required at http://westervillelibrary.org/events?event=29771 or by calling the library at 614-882-7277 ext 4; 7:00 pm, open to the public

April 24: Meet Author Kristy Harvey at Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH 44129, organized by Cuyahoga County Public Library, Contact is Billy Kelly, [email protected], 216.749.9359, 7:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 26: “Books and Bites,” Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin, North Carolina 28734, Light refreshments will be provided, 12 pm, free and open to the public

April 29: Viva Wine Bar, 168 Exchange Street Pendleton, SC 29670, contact is Sally Martin, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30: The Secret to Southern Charm: Kristy’s tips for living a beautiful life, inspired by Southern interior design and entertaining; Huff Harrington Home Store, 3872 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, refreshments provided; Contacts are Meg Harrington and Ann Huff: [email protected], 404-467-0311 , 1:00-3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30,: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St, #138, Woodstock, GA 30188, contact Gary Parkes, [email protected], 770-516-9989, 6:30 pm

May 1: Reynolds Plantation Linger Longer Cultural Series, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr., Greensboro, GA 30624, contact Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected], 5:00 pm

May 2: Charleston, SC UNC Alumni Event

May 5:  Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Party, Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event; The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits three Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contest and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live.;  Contact Jamie Anderson at Downtown Books, 252-473-1056, [email protected]; 4:00 pm, open to the public

May 10: Children’s Cancer Partners Fundraiser, Cornelius Yacht Club

May 21: Sassee Reads Books Club Chat

June 13: Raleigh, NC Read & Go program, Tour of Salisbury, NC based on Lies and Other Acts of Love, Raleigh Parks & Rec,(919)996-4723

June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private

July 25: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm

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Things We Love: Outdoor Living

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Patrick Ahearn Architects

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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