House Tour: Washington, DC’s Oldest Home Restored

oldest house in Washington curb appeal  

The oldest home in Washington, DC was actually originally built in Danvers, Massachusetts in 1754. 

  Washington historic home entrance  

But George and Miriam Morris, former owners of the house, had it disassembled and moved to DC. And we can see why. 

  Washington historic home staircase  

The home, which has changed hands many times over the past two and a half centuries or so–and was even once a girls’ boarding house–was in desperate need of a facelift.

  Washington historic home  living room  

When the Berman family enlisted Barnes Vanze Architects to restore the gem to its former glory, it had fallen into disrepair. 

  Washington historic home  living room  

It took almost a year to abate the mold lurking behind wallpaper and underneath the floorboards. 

  Washington historic home family room  

And great pains were taken to restore the home to its former glory while keeping as much of its original charm in tact as possible.  

Washington historic home  family room  

Family antiques combine with newer pieces to create a design scheme that feels collected, comfortable and updated. 

  Washington historic home bedroom  

Large windows make the space feel open and airy, 

  Washington historic home bathroom  

And nowhere is the unique updating this house underwent more obvious than in this gorgeous master bath, complete with an antique Swedish vanity and a Restoration Hardware bathtub.

  Washington historic home bedroom  

This home’s 8,000 square feet provide plenty of room for family and guests, and each space is perfectly appointed. 

  Washington historic home bathroom  

We think it’s safe to say that Washington, DC’s oldest house has been beautifully restored, updated for a new century and has a long, bright future ahead.

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Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Donations for Hurricane Dorian

Just a quick note: From September 13 until September 20, I am going to be donating 100% of my proceeds from preorders of Feels Like Falling to the Red Cross to help hurricane victims both in the Bahamas and locally here in NC. Simply order from your bookstore of choice and email me at [email protected] to let me know so I can donate for you!

If you have $15 lying around and you want to do something with it, by all means, please donate it to the hurricane. But if you were going to order Feels Like Falling anyway, let’s join forces to help out together!


More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.

Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her evangelical husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger fired from her job at the local pharmacy.

Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a busted Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.

With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn, but when the one that got away comes back, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.

In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.


More Tour Dates for The Southern Side of Paradise


September 9th, 2019: Prologue Event with The Star News and WHQR, The MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street #300, Wilmington, NC, 12 noon, Free and Open to the Public. Book sales by Two Sisters Bookery
September 12-15, 2019: Southern Independent Booksellers Association Discovery Show, Spartanburg, SC.
September 13, 2019: Cover Reveal for Feels Like Falling! All day. Follow @kristywharvey on Instagram for exclusive giveaways and information. 
September 15, 2019: SIBA Gallery Writers Breakfast, Azalea Ballroom, Spartanburg, SC, 7:30-9 am, with Mary Alice Monroe, Lynn Cullen and Kristin Harmel, Emcee: Kimberly Taws Daniels of The Country Bookshop. 
September 25, 2019: New Bern, NC Book Club, Private Event.
October 16, 2019: Kristy will “take over” A Novel Bee Facebook Group all day. Visit the page for fun guests and giveaways.
October 17, 2019: Clinton, SC Multi Book Club Event. Private.
October 18, 2019: “W.I.S.E” Fireside Chat with Chef Vivian Howard, Rene Chou from WRAL and Chief Justice Beasley, emceed by Kate Daniels, Walnut Creek Country Club, Goldsboro, NC, VIP experience 5-5:30, Program begins at 6:30.
January 3-5, 2020: Best of Our State with Our State, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC. Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Pinehurst Resort. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year. Click here for more information and tickets. 
January 21, 2020: United Way Pitt County Annual Fundraiser, Greenville, NC.
February 13-16, 2020: Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA.
February 22, 2020: Ladies Luncheon and Signing Event at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC
April 28, 2020: Feels Like Falling Releases! We are working hard on the Feels Like Falling tour. We can’t wait to share all tour dates with you in January!




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SaveSave</spanThe Secret to southern Charm

If you’re hanging on to summer, 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.

More Info about The Secret to Southern Charm

-A 2018 Spring Okra Pick
-USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction
-Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018
-Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List
-Raleigh News & Observer’s “The Best Reads of Summer”
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Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).





In Good Taste: Laurel & Wolf Design

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From E! News host Catt Sadler, to country music maven Kelsea Ballerini, famed photographer Gray Malin to Cosmopolitan’s Editor-in-Chief, Laurel & Wolf Interior Design has no shortage of celebrity clients.

Laurel & Wolf kitchen

But the good news is, you don’t have to be a star–or have a celebrity budget–to use Laurel & Wolf’s incredible design process to enjoy a fabulous renovation of your own home. (And Laurel & Wolf is offering Design Chic readers an AMAZING discount, so keep reading to find out more!)

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country music starlet, Kelsea Ballerini’s music room


Laurel & Wolf allows you to go “From ‘Before’ to ‘After’ in Three Easy Steps” and the process really couldn’t be simpler! This time of the year, especially, we need simple…

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Catt Sadler’s living room


First, you talk with the team about your dream space, so they can pair you with the perfect designer for you.

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Catt Sadler’s living room


Second, you watch online as your design comes together. The best part? You can make any changes you want! So, if you love the rug, but hate the color, it’s simple to swap it out. 

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Catt Sadler’s living room

Third, you can order products from your curated shopping list sourced from hundreds of vendors, all online, from one site. Your brand-new room arrives at your door! The process couldn’t be easier, and we think you’ll agree that the results are nothing short of fabulous. 

The best part? Packages start at only $79! 

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Gray Malin’s Office


Laurel & Wolf also offers a price match guarantee, so if you find an identical product at a better price, they’ll match it. 

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Gray Malin’s Office


And this is far from a one-size-fits-all process. Whether you’re looking for a traditional revamp, a boho-chic overhaul, a glamorous renovation or anything in between, Laurel & Wolf can pair you with the perfect designer for you. 

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Cosmopolitan’s Editor-in-Chief’s office


Today, our friends at Laurel & Wolf are giving Design Chic readers a HUGE perk: up to 50% off design packages for their online interior design service with code DESIGNCHIC. 

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Cosmopolitan’s Editor-in-Chief’s office


This holiday season, we think this is one of the best deals around and the perfect gift. Because a gorgeous home that reflects its owners’ style is the gift that keeps on giving. 





















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