Natural Seating for Every Space

Serena & Lily wicker chairs in Beaufort beach house


Good morning, dear readers! We are thinking of you so much as we all social distance and are so grateful for the connection of our online community now more than ever. What a gift it is to be able to communicate with all of you every day!


Serena & Lily wicker chairs in Beaufort beach house


We are encouraged by the generosity and selflessness of our friends, of the way communities are pulling together for the common good, by the arrival of spring and by the promise of summer, right around the corner. 


Serena & Lily wicker chairs in Beaufort beach house


We are using this found time to catch up on some decor projects around our houses, namely organizing, streamlining and sprucing for the warmer weather ahead! Case and point? This sweet bedroom nook got a springtime facelift with these natural chairs, pillows, throws and darling basket from one of our very most favorites, Serena & Lily.  We adore the chic yet relaxed look of these cozy chairs and have already spent so much time curled up with them. This has already become our favorite home school spot!


natural seating in living room Serena & Lily


The fun thing about natural seating is that it doesn’t have to be terribly involved. Just adding a chair or two lends an entirely new look to a whole room without undertaking an entire makeover. 




natural seating in living room Serena & Lily


We couldn’t love our chairs in the natural shade any more,  but this indigo is positively fantastic also. 




natural seating in living room Serena & Lily


This is one of our favorite chairs in Serena & Lily’s current line. It is such a throwback to a classic beach house, updated for today. 




natural seating in dining room Serena & Lily


And these stunning chairs completely define this dining room, making every meal an event.




natural seating hanging chair in living room Serena & Lily


We are big, huge fans of hanging chairs anywhere, but especially in places like this where seating is needed but a view needs to be preserved. 




natural seating wicker bench in entry Serena & Lily


We love this piece so much…




natural seating wicker bench in Beaufort house bedroomSerena & Lily


That we featured this natural bench in our guest room. It lends an instant beachy look and is a piece we have loved more and more as time has passed. It is durable, convenient seating that created an instant sense of “finish” at the end of this bed.




natural seating in nursery Serena & Lily


Natural fibers couldn’t be more perfect anywhere than in a nursery. They are wonderfully gender neutral and make the transition from nursery, to toddler room, child to teenager, effortlessly. How many pieces can say that?




natural seating in hanging chair in playroom from Serena & Lily


We have to say, we couldn’t love this swing (And pillows! And basket! And floor pillow! And throw!) any more in our playroom. A hanging swing made a difficult-to-decorate attic slant easy and whimsical, perfect for kids and adults alike. As we hunker down in our houses and spend more time here this spring, what could be better than that?


Thank you so much for dropping by during this chaotic time, friends. We’ll continue to be here to (hopefully!) make your days a little brighter, a little more beautiful and take you somewhere new, if only for a little while!






A Chic Seaside Retreat–With Plenty of Southern Charm

seaside entrance

The Secret to Southern Charm has officially out in the world. You can pick up your copy at your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or online at Amazon or any of your other favorite retailers. In the meantime, we wanted you to explore the home of my interior designer main character, Ansley Murphy, and get a little better feel for her aesthetic.

seaside living room

We picture Ansley’s aesthetic to be light, bright, streamlined and coastally chic.

seaside dining room

In the historic, fictional town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, Ansley designs not only the yachts coming in and out of the harbor, but also the historic homes that line the picturesque downtown.

seaside dining room

When Ansley’s three daughters come home–grandchildren in tow–that can only mean one thing: lots of family dinners! This is just the type of comfortable yet chic dining room that Ansley would love. 

seaside living room

In her own home and in her redesigns, Ansley’s aesthetic is very natural with well-chosen pops of pretty colors. This green and yellow is absolutely lovely.

seaside dinng room

Wide-plank hardwood floors and windows that let in plenty of light are hallmarks of some of Ansley’s prettiest redesigns. 

seaside bedroom

Of course, with all of those kids home, Ansley’s bedrooms are getting quite a bit of use! We picture this as the perfect master retreat where Ansley can get away from it all…

seaside bedroom

And a sweet blue color palette is perfect for soothing Sloane’s nerves while her husband is deployed. 

seaside bedroom

A chic–and a touch Bohemian–canopy bed would suit Emerson, the youngest, actress daughter’s personality to a tee. We love the mix of antique and new!

seaside porch

But the best part of Ansley’s house? This gorgeous, waterfront porch, of course, where she can sit with her daughters and her mother and sort through all the big decisions they are making over the year that will change their lives–and their family–forever.

We want to thank you for being such loyal readers of Design Chic and hope that you will take the time to read The Secret to Southern Charm. It’s perfect for lounging beach- or poolside or a gift for Mother’s Day, graduation, wedding guests or bridesmaids! 

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of my latest title, The Secret to Southern Charm from your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold! 

Images via Phoebe Howard Design

Come See Me on the The Secret to Southern Charm Tour! For full tour dates, visit my author site!

April 5: Kiawah Reads talk and signing,  Sandcastle Community Center, 23 Beachwalker Drive, Kiawah Island, SC29407, beverages and light snacks, Contact Mandi Danker [email protected] for tickets, 11:00 am, open to the public

April 5: Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, 509 S Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506, Contact Mary Wiser, Friends of Florence County Library, 843-413-7065,  [email protected], 6:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: Moveable Feast through Litchfield Books; Litchfield Beach, SC, contact is Vicky Crafton, 843-237-8138, [email protected], 11:00 am with signing at bookstore at 2:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: “The Secret to Southern Charm at Woodhouse Day Spa,” Woodhouse Day Spa, 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, wine and nibbles, Contact is Kimberly Powell, 843-203-1772, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, open to the public

April 7: Wine, Women & Wisdom, Southern Style, launch of this luncheon series at Buxton Books, 2A Cumberland Street, Corner of Concord and Cumberland, Charleston, SC 29401, Contact Polly Buxton, [email protected], 843-696-5050, noon-2:00 pm, open to the public

April 8: Southern Sweet Tea Author Talk & Book Signing at Summerville Library presentation Dorchester County Library, 76 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, SC 29485, tea, water, lemonade, and pastries served; Contact is Leslie Koller, [email protected], 842-871-5075 ext. 220, 2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 9:  “Books and Bites” at Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL with sandwiches and tea, organized through The Book Loft, 214 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, “meet and greet” with signing, contact events person is Christy LeLait, [email protected], store: 904-261-8991, 11:30 am, open to the public

April 9: The Bookshelf, 126 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792, Book Clubs and Beach Reads: A conversation with Kristy Woodson Harvey, wine and cheese provided,  Contact Ashley Sherlock [email protected], [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to public

April 10: “Books and Bites,” Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Gulf County, 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, contact is Nancy Brockman, [email protected], 850-229-8879, 12:00-2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 10:  Sundog Books, 89 Central Square, Seaside, FL  32459, Contact Dwan Dawson-Tape, 850-231-5481, [email protected], 4:00-5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 11: Dothan Country Club,”Lunch and Learn,” 200 South Cherokee Avenue. Dothan, Alabama, $20 ticket includes buffet and author presentation. Call 334-791-2706 or email [email protected] to rsvp. Ticket paid for at the door , 11:30 am CST, open to the public

April 11: Bay Point Book Clubs’ Cocktails with Kristy, 5:00 pm, private

April 12:  St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon, 218 Bunkers Cove Rd, Panama City, FL 32401, 11:30 am, private


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