Top Ten: Details for Stylish Living Rooms

living rooms
Phoebe Howard Design

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Monday is off to a great start and that you are poised and ready to tackle this week. We are so excited to share a few of our all-time favorite living rooms–and a few of the features that we think most great living rooms have in common. So take a few minutes, refill your coffee, and reset your mind with these stunning rooms that can’t help but inspire you to a more productive (and comfortable!) day. 

 

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Lauren Elaine Interiors via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

  1. A fabulous focal point. In this room, this beautiful fireplace serves as a stunning focal point. We love the antique feel. 

 

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Serena & Lily

 

2. A chic, well-decorated coffee table. Just take a page from Serena & Lily. They never disappoint. 

 

living rooms
Andrew J. Howard Interiors

 

3. Statement art. Speaking of never disappointing, Andrew Howard certainly doesn’t. His room are always chic, never cookie cutter, and, oh yeah, include truly gorgeous art.

 

living rooms
Timothy Corrigan Design via Architectural Digest

 

4. Something a little bit unexpected. From the multi-colored floor lamp to the fur chair, this room is anything but expected. 

 

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Jenni Kayne’s living room – One Kings Lane

 

5. Seating for limitless conversation and…

 

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Suzanne Kasler via One Kings Lane

 

6. A cozy chair just for reading. 

 

living rooms
Beth Webb Interiors

 

7. A little symmetry. Everything doesn’t have to match all the time, but, we have to say, symmetry sure is pleasing to our eyes. This Beth Webb beauty is symmetry at its finest. 

 

living rooms
Marshall Watson Interiors

 

8. Loads of personality. Because, at the end of the day, your living room is all about you and your family. From the museum-worthy to the party-ready, Marshall Watson lends every space personality in droves. 

 

living rooms
Anderson Cooper’s home in Brazil via Architectural Digest

 

This is a living room we wouldn’t mind visiting today. But, for now, we’re going to get back to work and dream about these gorgeous living rooms… What are your living room non-negotiables?

 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of you day. We always love it when you stop by!

 

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

 

Top Ten: Places to Add Texture to Your Home

seagrass texture bag
Ralph Lauren Home

 

Happy Monday, readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend. We figured if anything could get your week started off on the right foot, it was a couple of cute puppies… And maybe a few of our favorite seagrass accents to lend a coastal chic feel to any space. Take a peek at these fabulous looks that add texture and style.

seagrass texture rug
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Seagrass rug in this Sea Island Home

seagrass texture staircase
J.K. Kling

 

The perfect seagrass staircase

 

seagrass basket texture pendant in kitchen
Studio McGee

 

Woven Pendants Make a Statement over the Island

 

seagrass texture stool in kitchen
Milk and Honey Home

 

Seagrass Stools add Texture to the Kitchen

 

seagrass basket in kitchen
Terra Cotta Design

 

Stay Organized with a Seagrass Basket

 

seagrass woven baskets
Gary McBournie
 

Seagrass woven baskets at the end of a bed

 

seagrass bed
BHG

 

Riverside House Seagrass Bed

 

seagrass rug
Miles Redd via Architectural Digest

 

Just-Right Rug 

 

bathroom seagrass chair
Lee Ann Thornton

 

Seagrass Chair and Basket add Function to the Bathroom

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

Tour an Inviting Greenwich, Connecticut Home

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Tour an Inviting Greenwich, Connecticut Home

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Update your Dining Room 

– serena & lily

 

pottery barn - Sarah Bartholomew

 

Sarah Bartholomew’s New Collection with Pottery Barn

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kitchen Serena & Lily

 

The Perfect Stools for Your Kitchen

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Neiman Marcus

 

Neiman Marcus for Fall

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The Secret to Southern Charm

If you’re looking for something to read, 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.

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More Tour Dates

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, 6 pm, open to Chattooga Club members and guests

September 26: New Bern, NC Private Book Club Event, 6 pm

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

November 6: Private Book Club Event, Beaufort, NC, 6 pm

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

Top Ten Favorite Ways to Add Texture to a Room

seagrass bag adds texture
Ralph Lauren Home

 

Happy Monday, readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend. We figured if anything could get your week started off on the right foot, it was a couple of cute puppies… And maybe a few of our favorite seagrass accents to lend a coastal chic feel to any space. Take a peek at these fabulous looks that add texture and style.

seagrass rug.adds texture
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Seagrass rug in this Sea Island Home

seagrass staircase.adds texture
J.K. Kling

 

The perfect seagrass staircase

 

seagrass basket pendant in kitchen adds texture
Studio McGee

 

Woven Pendants Make a Statement over the Island

 

seagrass stool in kitchen adds texture
Milk and Honey Home

 

Seagrass Stools add Texture to the Kitchen

 

seagrass basket in kitchen adds texture
Terra Cotta Design

 

Stay Organized with a Seagrass Basket

 

seagrass woven baskets adds texture
Gary McBournie
 

Seagrass woven baskets at the end of a bed

seagrass bed
BHG

 

Riverside House Seagrass Bed

 

seagrass rug
Miles Redd via Architectural Digest

 

Just-Right Rug 

 

bathroom seagrass chair
Lee Ann Thornton

 

Seagrass Chair and Basket add Function to the Bathroom

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

 

 


 

If you’re looking for something to read, 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.

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Library, Who Am I?, September 13, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm with:

Diane Chamberlain, author of The Dream Daughter
Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of The Secret to Southern Charm
Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings
Lloyd Kramer, Director of Carolina Public Humanities, will moderate
September 21: Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, NC, Q&A and Signing. Presented by Friends of the Library. For more information call the Library at 828-743-0215, 3:00pm, free and open to the public

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, 6 pm, open to Chattooga Club members and guests

September 26: New Bern, NC Private Book Club Event, 6 pm

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

November 6: Private Book Club Event, Beaufort, NC, 6 pm

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

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A Chic Seaside Retreat–With Plenty of Southern Charm

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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.

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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.

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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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Top Ten Favorite Seagrass Accents

seagrass bag
Ralph Lauren Home

 

Happy Monday, readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend. We figured if anything could get your week started off on the right foot, it was a couple of cute puppies… And maybe a few of our favorite seagrass accents to lend a coastal chic feel to any space. Take a peek at these fabulous looks that add texture and style.

seagrass rug
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Seagrass rug in this Sea Island Home

seagrass staircase
J.K. Kling

 

The perfect seagrass staircase

 

seagrass basket pendant in kitchen
Studio McGee

 

Woven Pendants Make a Statement over the Island

 

seagrass stool in kitchen
Milk and Honey Home

 

Seagrass Stools add Texture to the Kitchen

 

seagrass basket in kitchen
Terra Cotta Design

 

Stay Organized with a Seagrass Basket

 

seagrass woven baskets
Gary McBournie
 

Seagrass woven baskets at the end of a bed

 

seagrass bed
BHG

 

Riverside House Seagrass Bed

 

seagrass rug
Miles Redd via Architectural Digest

 

Just-Right Rug 

 

bathroom seagrass chair
Lee Ann Thornton

 

Seagrass Chair and Basket add Function to the Bathroom

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

 

I am so excited to announce that THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM is one of Southern Living Magazine‘s Best Spring Break Reads of the Year! Also, I’m celebrating one month until the official release date with a super fun giveaway!

SINCE THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM COMES OUT IN A MONTH , I’M HAVING A GIVEAWAY TO CELEBRATE! FROM NOW UNTIL MARCH 10, PREORDER THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM AND GET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

*an e-copy of SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE
*an advance copy of DEAR CAROLINA
*an advance copy of LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE for free (while supplies last!)

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS:

1.Email me your receipt to [email protected] with which book you’d like
2. If you’d like THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, let me know if you prefer Kindle, Nook, Kobo or iBooks and what email address you’d like it sent to.
(*DC and LIES are advance copies with plain orange covers… just found a box of them!)
Now you’ll be all caught up on my old books before the latest comes out! Thanks for being such awesome readers and friends! Can’t wait to celebrate this new launch with all of you!
THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM is available for preorder from your local bookstore, or preorder online from Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite bookstore. Thanks for being the most awesome readers ever!
And don’t forget, the first launch party for my newest book baby is March 15 to benefit Pat Conroy center! Supplies are limited, so get your tickets now!

 

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