In Good Taste: Jones & Boer Architects

Jones & Boer Architects entrance foyer

We are getting our dose of good taste this Tuesday with the classically chic style of Jones & Boer Architects of Washington, DC.  From relaxing neutrals to soothing blues, beautiful built-ins to peerless porches, indoors or out, it’s hard to pick a favorite space.  Take a peek!

Jones & Boer Architects blue and white living room

 

 

Jones & Boer Architects living room

 

 

Jones & Boer Architects kitchen

 

 

Jones & Boer Architects kitchen

 

Jones & Boer Architects sunroom

 

Jones & Boer Architects

 

Jones & Boer Architects curb appeal white wood ouse with dormers

 

Which of these gorgeous spaces from Jones & Boer Architects is your favorite?  

 

Thank you for visiting Design Chic today.  We always love seeing you here!

 

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The Southern Side of Paradise Peachtree Bluff Series

Looking for the perfect summer read? Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Betchesand 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?

 

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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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

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

Ten Favorite Porches for Outdoor Living

porch outdoor living room
Suzanne Kasler Design via One Kings Lane

 

Good morning, chic readers! We love being outside. 

blue and white porch outdoor living
Summer Thornton Design

 

Outdoor entertaining is one of our favorite things about this fabulous season.

blue and white porch outdoor living
Serena & Lily

 

And we can always use a little porch inspiration!

porch ready for Summer
Architectural Digest

 

Whether your porch is neutral or bright, has wicker furniture, wrought iron or teak, we can all agree on one thing:

porch outdoor living room
Historical Concepts

 

It should be comfortable!

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Shophouse outdoor living room
Lisa Mende Design via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

We believe that outdoor spaces should coordinate with indoor ones, be an extension of the home’s decor–but, perhaps, with a touch more color and whimsy. 

porch outdoor living room
Serena & Lily

 

Then again, neutral surroundings that let the natural beauty shine are fabulous as well.

porch outdoor living room
Patrick Ahearn Architects

 

A beautiful fireplace is like icing on a fabulous cake. 

Aerin Lauder Palm Beach Porch
Aerin Lauder’s Palm Beach Porch via Architectural Digest

 

And, of course, the view makes the porch. 

 

Aerin Lauder porch
Aerin Lauder via Architectural Digest

 

With a view like this, you can’t help but want to get outside! Needless to say, these stunning photos have done nothing to cure our need for outdoor living! Are you sprucing your porch?

 

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The Southern Side of Paradise Peachtree Bluff Series

I’d love for you to grab a copy of  The Southern Side of Paradise , one of Us Weeklys “Us Musts“.  It’s the Perfect Memorial Summer Read!

 

  Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

 

More Tour Dates

May 28: Florence Public Library, Florence, AL 11:30am (CT)

May 31: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 1: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 3: Lexington County Public Library, Columbia, SC,  6:30pm

June 4: Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC, 6:30pm

June 5: The Atlanta History Center at Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA,  

June 6: The Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC, 5pm

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

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

Prepare Your Covered Porch for Fall Entertaining

covered porch
Beth Webb Interiors

 

With the summer behind us and fall temperatures here, one thing is for sure: It’s porch sitting season!

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.

porch
Architectural Digest

 

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 with wicker furniture
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

We adore bamboo for its beachy feel that works well in any setting,

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 porch wishlist? 

 

If you need a good read while you’re relaxing on your porch, why not check out my national bestselling The Secret to Southern Charm

 

The Secret to Southern Charm

Tour an Atlanta Home with Plenty of Curb Appeal

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles House Tour curb appeal

 

Tour an Atlanta Home with Plenty of Curb Appeal

atlanta homes & lifestyles

 

patio

 

Our Top Post for July

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small space living room

 

Tips for Small Space Decorating

parachute

 

Goop party in Dallas

 

How Goop Throws a Party

goop style

 

kid's parties

 

2 Stylish Moms Tips On Entertaining for Kids

one kings lane

 

Nordstrom

 

Nordstom Anniversary Sale – New Fall Items at Great Prices

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Happy Weekend, friends!


What’s Coming Up on the The Secret to Southern Charm book tour!

The Secret to Southern Charm

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 2: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 6:30 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, free for Sea Island Members and Guests

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Library

  • Who Am I?
    September 13, 2018
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    OVERARCHING QUESTION: How do our favorite books about self-discovery help us navigate our life’s journey?

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

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

 

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In Good Taste: Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Tuesday is off to a terrific start. If not, all of that is about to change! 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Cynthia Hayes and Pamela Manchester of Cynthia Hayes Interior Design have created a bevy of eye candy to brighten even the dullest Tuesday!

Blonde wood, natural fibers, lots of light, and fabulous lighting to boot…

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

These spaces utilize neutrals–complemented with plenty of texture–to create an oasis-like feeling. 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

These designs are, to us, simplicity at its finest, spaces that complement the outdoors and focus on the natural beauty all around. 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Pops of color enliven the entire space and natural elements prove that accessorizing can be easy!

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Even the Cynthia Hayes Interiors laundry rooms are in good taste. Baskets are our absolute favorite way to keep organized. Do you use them?

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

We love wood on the floors…

But wood on the walls is a fun alternative and achieves the same feel, especially in bathrooms where tile floors are super easy to keep clean and germ free–a real concern during flu season!

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Pretty patterns in light colors add so much interest to walls. We love the touches of blue. 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Slanted ceilings can be so charming, as this twin bedroom proves. We love the molding and extra touches here. Looks like the perfect place for a sleepover to us!

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

No matter how gorgeous the inside, you know the outdoor spaces are always our favorites. You can’t get more classic than teak chairs with white cushions. This looks like the perfect spot for whiling away a summer day. It will be here before we know it!

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here–and hope you are recovering from the post-Super Bowl exhaustion!

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Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (Simon & Schuster, April 03, 2018) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 60 seconds. No major commitments here!)

 

 

 

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Things We Love: Steel Doors in Design

steel entrance doors
Architectural Digest

 

Doors and windows are one of those things that are so crucial to the feel of a house but are quite often overlooked.

steel doors
Beth Webb

 

Sometimes, we can go through them and look out of them many, many times a day and never give them a second thought.

steel Door
Architectural Digest

 

When they’re as fabulous as these steel doors, though, the panes in your home become something truly  

steel door
Architectural Digest

 

We usually think of steel as adding an industrial touch,

glass steel doors
Architectural Digest

 

but, when used the right way, these steel doors and windows add an antiqued, lived-in feel to a home.

steel doors and windows
Architectural Digest

 

They are sleek, clean and uncluttered,

steel doors in game room with wood beams
Ohara Davies-Gaetano

 

while still maintaining an undeniable charm.     

steel doors
Tom Arban PhotographyAnne Decker Architect

 

They add that all-important touch of black that every room needs,

steel doors in living room
McGill Design Group

 

somehow seem to make the light pouring in seem even brighter,
steel door living room
McGill Design Group

 

and make a statement all their own, no window treatment required.

porch steel doors
Architectural Digest

 

  Talk about intensifying the view!

steel doors on porch

Lucas Eilers

We could stare out any of these doors and windows all day long.
steel doors porch
Ken Tate Architect

 

We hope your Thursday has room for a little daydreaming, whatever window you’re looking out. Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my new Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple pick up a copy before The Secret to Southern Charm (NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!) releases April 3, 2018!

 

 

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