Tour A Home with a Mix of Designer Style

Mix of designer style in house tour from Huff harrington porch


Tour A Home with a Beautiful Mix of Designer Style

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pool area with pool umbrellas and chairs from Serena & Lily and pillow mix


Chic New Outdoor Arrivals all at 20% OFF

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Studio McGee kitchen with mix of open shelf items


Favorite New Arrivals from MeGee & Co

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mix of self care items from Serena & Lily

Self-Care Items at 20% OFF

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Shopbop white dress


The Perfect White Dress for Summer




Feels Like Falling beach book by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Need a Memorial Day Read?

I’d love for you to pick up a copy of my sixth novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, an instant USA TODAY BESTSELLER!



Things We Love: Covered Porches

covered porch
Beth Webb Interiors


With the beginning of school right around the corner and summer promising to transform into fall at any moment, one thing is for sure: it’s the season for covered porches!

covered porch
Urban Grace Interiors


You know we love outdoor spaces that are an extension of our indoor ones, and while summer entertaining outdoors can be so much fun, it’s really the fall when those perfect crips evenings beckon us outdoors.

Beth Webb Interiors


Whether dining with a group of treasured friends…

covered porch with summer classics furniture
Summer Classics


Or gathering for cocktails after the kids’ soccer game,

covered porch
Leah Bailey Interior Design


Or simply treating yourself to a quiet morning cup of coffee with a magazine that has been waiting to be read,

covered porch with wicker furniture
Historical Concepts


These ten stunning porches fit the bill for whatever outdoor activities you might have in mind!

covered porch
Ken Tate Architect


And iron, aluminum and wrought iron are classic looks that are always in style–especially in black and white.

covered porch
Heather A.Wilson Architect


But the thing we covet most of all, the thing on our porch wishlist, is an amazing hanging bed.

covered porch
Geoff Chick Design


For sitting, swinging or even that elusive front porch nap, these hanging beds are as comfortable as they are chic. What’s on your wishlist for covered porches? 

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If you need a good read while you’re relaxing on your porch, why not check out my national bestselling The Southern Side of Paradise?

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The Southern Side of Paradise Tour Continues:


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 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY, 5pm – 7:30pm



In Good Taste: Carol Flanagan Design

When we set out to make changes in our houses, we believe that most of us are searching for looks with staying power, for style that will stand the test of time–or at least some time. Carol Flanagan Design strikes that perfect balance between the right now and the lovely forever that brings her homes into the present while keeping an eye toward the past and allowing her designs to maintain their staying power well into the future. We hope you love this designer’s good taste as much as we do!









Hoping you end your hectic day in a place as lovely as this. Thanks so much for stopping by today. We always love it when you do!

What Calypso in the Country is saying about my latest novel, The Secret to Southern Charm:

Be ready to laugh, cry and lose some sleep because you won’t be able to put this one down!  The Secret to Southern Charm is a beautifully written story full of love, heartbreak, suspense and of course, that sweet southern charm!  Interior design enthusiasts will also love picturing the lovely decor of the homes which provide the calming background for the complicated lives of the characters.

And I got to meet my sweet friend Shelley at Root Home Decor in Manasquan, NJ on my The Secret to Southern Charm tour. She is as fabulous as her blog and I could have talked to her all night. It was so fun! You can check out her post about it! Thank you so much, Shelley!







A Room with a View!

Eric Piasecki Photographer

Upscale furnishings are nice and beautiful accessories can brighten a space, but, if you ask us our idea of the ultimate in luxury…

Dungan and Nequette Architects

Yards of glass, something gorgeous right beyond… A room with a view, of course!

Tucker and Marks

This living room is beautiful, but what lies beyond? Nothing short of inspirational!

LDa Architecture

There’s nothing more gorgeous than a rocky coastline.

Tobi Tobin via Lonny

And waking up in this bedroom would be nothing short of an all-the-time vacation. We love this bedding too!

Milieu Magazine

Could there be a better place for daydreaming than this gorgeous hammock?

Cullman & Kravis

We consider the porch to be one of the most important rooms in the house. When it has a view like this from all sides we can’t imagine that we’d ever want to be anywhere else! Completely outside or just a little bit covered? The choice is yours. This is porch living at its finest!

LDa Architects

Sitting on this porch watching the boats go by might be even better than actually being on the boat!

Jean Allsopp Photographer

Talk about a bedroom with a view! This is waking up in nature at its finest!


We’d like to go here right this minute.

Jean Allsopp Photographer

Or maybe here! We simply adore the beach and this turquoise water only adds to the allure.

Tracery Interiors

Then again, there is something nice about catching a few rays in the privacy of your own backyard.

Robin Kramer Garden Design

This backyard might be the ultimate in summer luxury. We love every last bit! 

Dear Carolina, women's fiction, fiction, beach reads

And once you’ve found your ideal summer spot, you must find your perfect beach read! If you haven’t read Dear Carolina, I’d be so flattered if it found its way into your beach bag. And, if you have, I’d be so flattered if you’d take a moment to review it on Amazon

Wherever you are today, whether it’s in a room with a view or one with no view at all, we hope these gorgeous spaces bring a little bit of summertime to you!


House Tour: Southampton Style


Meg Braff + Southampton = Love. 


One peek inside this fabulously eclectic home and you’ll get that warm, welcoming summertime feeling!


Not So Basic Blues

Michael Stave

 Yesterday morning was kind of like this… Bright, sunny, beautiful. The daffodils bloomed. I sat outside in short sleeves for three hours getting sun, did yoga on the porch. It felt like Spring was on the way. By noon, it was forty-nine degrees. By six, ice was starting to fall. So, we guess we’ll just keep dreaming of blues!

Barclay Butera

 The wonderful part is that, no matter what the sky decides, inside, it can be that perfect blue any time of year!


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