The Southern Side of Paradise: Jack’s House

Hamptons Cottages & Gardens


Good morning, readers! The Southern Side of Paradise officially released on Tuesday! It’s so exciting. We have had a fun-filled few days meeting lots of readers and signing tons of books–and the fun is just beginning! (More tour info at the bottom of the post.)



The Secret to Southern Charm is set in the charming Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a tiny town with a cast of quirky characters with Ansley Murphy, a widowed interior designer and mother of three daughters, at the helm. 



One of my favorite characters in the book is Ansley’s long lost first love come back, Jack.



In an effort to win back Ansley’s heart, Jack buys the house next door, the one he knows Ansley has dreamed of decorating for most of her life. 



And he enlists Ansley to turn his charming historic home in Peachtree Bluff’s downtown into a bachelor pad with plenty of style. (Enough style that maybe it won’t be a bachelor pad for long…)



We imagine Jack’s redesigned home to look a little like this fabulous one from Hamptons Cottages & Gardens.



Vintage maps and antique wood add that masculine feel that every good bachelor pad needs.



Traditional colors and a mix of old and new furniture help maintain the integrity of the historic house with updated charm.



If Jack’s plan of winning his way into the Murphy girls’ hearts works, there will be plenty of activity in his kitchen. 



With a light and bright breakfast room, he can serve lots of guests.



Simplicity is one of the main tenants of this character’s life. We think this open shelving would suit him perfectly.



Neutral doesn’t have to be boring, as is evidenced by this room. 



Touches of wood, even in unexpected places, add a hint of that British Colonial feel that Jack was looking for.



Varying shades of blue define the color palette throughout the home but provide enough variety to be interesting.



This navy nook provides a perfect crash pad for guests–or reading nook for catching up on the latest books.



This fun take on subway tile is a fabulous touch!



Jack’s white picket fence is the perfect finishing touch to a beyond charming exterior. Looks like this charming house is no different! 

If you haven’t met them yet, I absolutely cannot wait to introduce all of you to the characters in The Southern Side of Paradise!


and…Our Favorite Idea for Mother’s Day…

The Southern Side of Paradise

 The Southern Side of Paradise


The Southern Side of Paradise Tour!

The first two weeks of the The Southern Side of Paradise tour have been absolutely amazing! Thanks to everyone who has come out. Check out the rest of the great events on tour. I’ve love to see you! Click here for full details on every event!

May 11: South Main Book Co., Salisbury, NC, 11am-1pm

May 13: Junior League of Louisville Book Club Cocktail Reception, Louisville, KY                                                    

5:30 – 7pm; Speak – 7:15 – 8:30

May 14: Murder by the Book, Houston, TX, 6:30 (store closes to public at 6pm)

May 15: Houston Women’s Club, Houston, TX, 7 a.m

May 15: Signing at Segreto Finishes, Houston, TX, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

May 16: Signing at Stanley Korshak, Dallas, TX, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

May 16: Signing at Half Price Books, Dallas, TX, 7:00 pm

May 18: Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH, 2:00 pm

May 19: Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN,  2:30pm (ET)

May 20: Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas Coffee, Daniel Island, SC,                 

10:30 am to 12 pm

May 20: Buxton Books, Charleston, SC, 5:30 to 7 pm

May 21: Snee Farm Garden Club, Mount Pleasant, SC, 10:30am

May 22: Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX,  

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




In Good Taste: Bria Hammel Interior Design

Bria Hammell Interiors entrance
Spacecrafting Photography


Good morning, friends! We hope you had a fantastic Martin Luther King Day. We always pack those little bonus days off from school with lots of activities and fun. I think I look forward to them as much as my son does. So we were both really bummed out that he had a sore throat. (Well, to be fair, it was much worse for him than it was for me since he was the one that had to be sick!)

He met his reading goal of 1,000 pages this month–I know, 1,000. First grade is not what it used to be!–so I was going to take him to Lowe’s and Dank Burrito, which was what he had requested if he met said goal. 


Bria Hammell Interiors living room
Spacecrafting Photography


Yes, Lowe’s is my first grader’s favorite store. He likes to build anything and everything. Unfortunately, I had to do the responsible mom thing and say no to burritos and boards. (And torx screws. He taught me what those were.)


Bria Hammell Interiors dining room
Spacecrafting Photography


But, today is a new day, and we’re saying yes, yes, yes to this lighting! Demure in the dining room? Never!


Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography


From the flowers in the sink to the perfect pendant light, this kitchen is positively dreamy. 


kitchen Bria Hammel Interiors
Spacecrafting Photography


And it’s no surprise, really.


Bria Hammel Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography


Because dreamy, as you can see, is what Bria Hammel Interior Design does


Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography


In these designs, as in life, it really is the little things. The instant chicness (and practicality!) of a library ladder in the kitchen, 


Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography


A statement backsplash that says, More over, subway tile, 


Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography


And a fume hood that the kitchen wears around like a jaw-dropping piece of jewelry.


Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography


Hammel does a twist on tradition so, so well, 


Bria Hammel Interiors mudroom
Spacecrafting Photography


And makes even the most industrial of spaces an experience. 


Bria Hammel Interiors teepee
Spacecrafting Photography


Speaking of experiences… Have you ever? A reading nook fit for a princess! We think we’d like to curl up in one of these! But not on a sick day. Maybe on a burrito day. After a trip to Lowe’s. Whatever your favorites are, we hope you get to do them all today!

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

My new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, releases May 7, 2019! While you’re waiting, catch up on the series with this great sale at Barnes & Noble!

  • Slightly South of Simple: 3 for $30 Special at Barnes & Noble or online
  • The Secret to Southern Charm: 2 for $8 at Barnes & Noble
  • *B&N is also having an extra 10% off sale, so you can basically get The Secret to Southern Charm for $3.60. Isn’t that nuts?


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Things We Love: Stylish Sitting Areas

bedroom sitting area
Beth Webb Interiors


There is nothing that makes you appreciate your home quite like leaving it. We moved out of our house for post-Hurricane Florence repairs a few weeks ago, and I’m already dreaming of moving back in. It’s about fifty percent gutted at the moment, but that’s progress…

sitting area
Alexa Hampton via Dering Hall


One of my favorite parts of our 1903 house has always been the huge window seat in the bay window of our master bedroom

sitting area bedroom
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens


It is one of the sunniest spots in the house and has the best view–and was one of the first things to be torn out after the storm. Despite our intricate boarding up process, the wind and water won. 

bedroom with chaise
Isabel López-Quesada Design via Architectural Digest


Now that the window seat is gone, we realize how huge that space really is. And, as much as I love my window seat, I’m starting to question whether it’s wise to build it back. 

bedroom sitting area
Barbara Westbrook Interiors


This isn’t the first hurricane we’ve been through and it certainly won’t be the last–which makes the idea of a cozy master sitting area to replace the window seats very appealing. 

bedroom sitting area
Geoffrey Chick & Associates


We love the idea of having a sweet little space for morning coffee and late-night chats. 

bedroom sitting area
Geoffrey Chick & Associates


And there’s something luxurious about comfy, cushy upholstered items right in your master bedroom. 

sitting area in bedroom
Tom Scheerer


A pair of chairs with a table between them would fit nicely. 

bedroom sitting area
Meg Ryan loft via Architectural Digest -Photo: William Abranowicz


As would a love seat or, my personal favorite, a chic chaise. (Is there a limit to how many chaises you can have in a house before it starts to become overkill?)

bedroom sitting area
Jimmy Stanton Design via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


But, then again, I could always rebuild those window seats… 

bedroom sitting area
Cathy Austin Design via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


What do you think? Are you a fan of sitting rooms in the bedroom

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


THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, book 3 of my Peachtree Bluff series, is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble. And I’ll be donating 100% of the preorder profits to Hurricane Florence victims, via United Way, between now and October 19!



And if you haven’t read, The Secret to Southern Charm,  Book #2 in the PEACHTREE BLUFF SERIES, now is the perfect time to pick up you copy!

House Tour: Hám Interior Design

If you loved the good taste of Hám Interior Design in yesterday’s post as much as we did, then this house tour is sure to be a treat. 

A mix of shiplap, fine architectural details, black and white flooring with updated finishes, this is a home that is at once livable and stylish. 

A chic reading nook in a beautiful office is a perfect unique touch that makes this home feel cozy as can be,

And an updated kitchen with touches of old world charm combine effortlessly,

The right blend of form, function and whimsy.

An easy, calming color palette lends an instant serene vibe from the entrance hall to the dining room and beyond.  


And what we perhaps love the most about this home is the splashes of the unexpected–like the bold art in this bathroom–that sets this place apart from all the rest. 

Pops of color keep it just light enough, 

While a pretty mix of details add character in every space. 

A place for everything is the icing on the cake! 

We hope you’ve loved this British getaway from Hám Interior Design just as much as we have! 






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Great news, Kindle readers! Slightly South of Simple is now available on Kindle Unlimited. If you haven’t started my Peachtree Bluff Series, now is the perfect time 🍑 And, oh my goodness, thank you to all who have downloaded! Slightly South is 

still #1 in Southern Fiction.

The Huffington Post said of Slightly South: “Writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.” I’d love it if you checked it out!



Things We Love: A Banquette That Elevates the Room

Jeffrey Dungan Architects


We do it. We know you do too. You get to a restaurant and there are a couple chairs on one side and a big, cushy, cozy booth on the other.

Beth Webb Interiors via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


If you’re with older friends or relatives, bosses etc. you probably selflessly take the chair side, feeling like a martyr the entire time as you do.

banquette in dining room
Stephen Sills Assoc and John B. Murray via Architectural Digest


If you’re with your kids or husband or maybe even your best friend, there’s probably a bit of fighting over the good side that ensues. At least, there is in our world.

Southeastern Designer Showhouse


So why relegate the squishy, comfy, cozy booth side to restaurants when you can have one in the privacy of your own home?



All of these gorgeous banquettes make us think that this is really the best idea.

Dana Wolter Interiors


And who cares if you sit four wide in the privacy of your own home? We’re not judging.

NE Home Magazine


An awkward corner becomes a fabulous reading area with the addition of built-in seating,

Meredith Ellis Design via Dering Hall


And a simple breakfast becomes an event. 



We love the space-saving abilities of the banquette, and how it can be built straight across, in an L-shape, a U… You get the idea.

Gomez Associates via Architectural Digest


It even has the power to transform a charming breakfast area into a multipurpose space, perfect for reading, crafts or anything else your family needs! 

Are you a fan of the banquette? Do you have one in your home? 

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today! We always love it when you do!


The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, 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.



8 Tips for Creating a Relaxing Bedroom Design

Suzanne Kasler


Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a fabulous day! With Halloween behind us, we feel like now is the time that the sprint to the holidays begins. We don’t know about you, but we absolutely cannot wait! But we know the flurry of activity can be exhausting, which is why it’s more important than ever to make sure that your bedroom is a relaxing haven. Check out a few of our favorite tips for creating a relaxing bedroom retreat!

Alyssa Rosenheck &  Katie Gibson Interiors


  1. Invest in cozy covers. With cooler temperatures rolling in, we love nothing more than adding a warm, fluffy comforter to the bed and curling up.
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles


2. Create a cozy reading spot. Darker, cooler days mean less time more spent outside–and more time snuggled indoors with a favorite book or movie. Having a beautiful space to indulge in some much needed relaxation time is such a bonus in a bedroom.

Shelley Johnstone Design


3. Let in lots of light

Shayelyn Woodbery via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


4. And find a pretty way to block out extra light when the time comes.

Southeastern Designer Showhouse


5. Bring the outside in with flowers, fresh foliage or even a whimsical nod to Mother Nature like this adorable owl.

Jayne Design Studio via Architectural Digest


6. Warm yourself by the fire. Nothing creates a fabulous, relaxing bedroom quite like a roaring fire on a cold evening or morning. It makes getting out of bed so much easier. And the good news is that there are so many chic, easy-to-install options, your home doesn’t have to be born with a fireplace to have one now. 

Phoebe Howard Design


7. Find the perfect bed. Obviously, the right bed, is one of the very most important parts of any pretty bedroom. It’s the reason we’re there to begin with! Form is, of course, as important as function. 

Urban Grace


8. Keep the accessories sparse. We love a good accessory as much as the next girls, but, sometimes a cluttered nightstand can lead to a cluttered mind. For a restful night, we’d say, less is more.


Milieu Magazine


Now we’re off to transform our sleeping spaces. Wishing you a holiday season full of fun–and a good night’s sleep!

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








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