Ten Favorite: Cottages with Charm & Style

10 favorite beach cottages
Coastal Living Magazine

 

Some people dream of growing up and living in a huge, sprawling mansion, with cavernous rooms and tons of space. 

 

shingled cottages
Dearborn Builders

 

But others–like us–are partial to a simple cottage by the sea. 

 

singled cottages with white picket fence
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

A white picket fence is mandatory, 

 

shingled cottages with blue door
Jenny Wolfe Interiors

 

A shingled exterior is a plus, 

 

bee cottage
Bee Cottage

 

And a sweet shutter color (like on Frances Schultz’s former beloved Bee Cottage), is icing on the cake. 

 

white clapboard cottages with blue door
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

Window boxes and a Carolina blue door would be mandatory on our charming cottage, 

 

white clapboard cottages with tin roof
Beaufort, SC Historic Cottage

 

And a little bit of age and history makes it all the better. 

 

cottages in Beaufort, sc
1889 Historic Cottage

 

Porch swings and idyllic cottages seem to go together like peas and carrots, 

 

cottages with yellow front doors
Coastal Living Magazine

 

And while the traditional basics are always in style, a few out of the ordinary touches like a yellow door, 

 

white clapboard cottages
BHG

 

Or these fun and festive paper lanterns, simply add to a cottage’s signature style. Which of these dreamy cottages would you choose?

Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!

We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site

 Don’t forget, everyone who preorders THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE and emails me at [email protected] will be entered to win a trip for two to all the weekend’s events and lodging for two at Beaufort’s charming Pecan Tree Inn! (Signed copies can be preordered from South Main Book Co. at 704-630-9788 or [email protected])

Character-Filled Cashiers Mountain House

Blue Ridge Mountains House

We didn’t think the Blue Ridge mountains could get any more gorgeous, but it has happened. Atlanta architect D. Stanley Dixon and interior designer Heather Dewberry have made even more magic in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. We know. We’re really excited too! From the wood elements to the color palette it’s utter perfection at every turn. We hope you enjoy as much as we do!

Blue Ridge Mountain living room

 

Blue Ridge Mountain entrance

 

Blue Ridge Mountain dining room

 

Blue Ridge Mountain living room

 

Blue Ridge Mountain banquette

 

 

Blue Ridge Mountain kitchen

 

Blue Ridge Mountain kitchen

 

Blue Ridge Mountain living room

 

Blue Ridge Mountain bedroom

 

Blue Ridge Mountain bathroom

 

Blue Ridge Mountain porch

 

Blue Ridge Mountain porch

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

Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Photography: Emily Followill

Also, don’t forget… 

Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble (Only in hardback and paperback so far. E-books to come!).

June 1, 2019 Peachtree Bluff will be “taking over” Beaufort, NC, the town on which it was based. Every single person who preorders between now now and will be registered to win:

*Two tickets to the Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover and Tour–on Beaufort’s signature double decker red buses!

*Two tickets to the farm-to-table dinner and launch party under the stars at the Beaufort Historic Site

*Two nights lodging in Beaufort, NC

Just send an email with proof of purchase to [email protected] to enter!

Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

Preorder from your local bookstore or Indiebound!

Preorder from Amazon

Preorder from Barnes & Noble

 

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Things We Love: A Shingled House

shingled house
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

With summer weather right around the corner (Mother Nature-willing!), we can’t stop thinking about coastal style. 

shingled house
APD Architects

 

Nothing creates that quintessential beach feel quite like a gorgeous shingled house

shingled house
Catalano Architects

 

From New England to North Carolina, there’s nowhere that this stunning style doesn’t fit right in. 

shingled house
NYC&GPhotography Marili Forastieri

 

We are completely convinced that putting cedar shakes on anything will instantly make it charming. 

shingled house
Catalano Architects

 

And a splash of other beautiful architectural details doesn’t hurt either!

shingled house
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

One of our favorite architects, Patrick Ahearn, uses the staple in ultimate style. 

shingled house
Jenny Wolf Interiors

 

A sweet pop of color adds even more cozy charm to a shingled home, 

Things We Love: Shingled Houses
Brady Design

 

While keeping it neutral feels stately and chic. 

shingled house
APD Architects

 

A shingled house practically calls for a perfectly manicured yard, doesn’t it? 

shingled house
Shope Reno Wharton via Architectural Digest

 

Even in a home where shingles don’t cover every inch, we think they steal the show–and add interest to an exterior in droves. 

shingled house
Shope Reno Wharton via Dering Hall

 

Another favorite of ours? Cedar roofs, of course! 

shingled house
APD Architects

 

This home looks like the perfect place to spend the summer–or at least a week or so of it. 

shingled house
Ike Kligerman Barkley

 

Are you planning any summer escapes this year? 

shingled house
Wettling Architects

 

If so, wishing you a getaway somewhere just as coastal and positively charming as these gorgeous shingled houses! 

The Secret to Southern Charm

Woman’s World thinks you and your mom will love reading my Peachtree Bluff Series together–and we wholeheartedly agree! Pick up copies of Slightly South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm for both of you… But only if you want to be the favorite child!

Gifts for Mom

COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! 

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In Good Taste: Carpenter & MacNeille

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Good morning, readers! Are you having a good day? I am in Parma, Ohio, today, a suburb of Cleveland, preparing to speak at the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

wood house -Carpenter & MacNeille

If you are in the area, I would love to see you at 7pm this evening! 

Carpenter & MacNeille

In the meantime, take a peek at the good taste of Carpenter&MacNeille Architects and Builders.

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 From gorgeous chef’s kitchens that would make even the worst cook want to spend more time behind the stove,

kitchen -Carpenter & MacNeille

 To fabulous architectural details like rustic beams that set the tone for the entire home,

kitchen -Carpenter & MacNeille

Carpenter & MacNeille is masterful at creating spaces that reflect a family’s style. See more of why we love them here and here

Carpenter & MacNeille

 Light, bright and beautiful, touches of wood and stone give this home a mountainous feel but still make it seem airy.

dining -Carpenter & MacNeille

The right touches make somewhere new seem lived in and loved through time, the perfect combination of old and new.

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This dog has the right idea! Window seats are some of our favorite places for resting. (And this dog looks like it was designed to go in the house!)

bathroom -Carpenter & MacNeille

There’s no better combination than Carolina blue and white — especially during basketball season! Switching it up with blue trim is a fun touch.

wood -Carpenter & MacNeille

 And this tub is the most relaxing focal point we can imagine!

living-room -Carpenter & MacNeille

Sitting by the fire has never looked so good. A game table is a great way to incorporate family fun.

kitchen -Carpenter & MacNeille

With an outdoor space like this, who needs to go inside at all? This space is amazing!! We think you will agree that the work of Carpenter & Macneille is in good taste.  Happy Tuesday, sweet friends!

 

Looking for a gift for Mom for Mother’s Day?  Pick up a copy of The Secret to Southern Charm.  It’s the perfect Mother’s Day read!

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House Tour: Blue Ridge Mountains Beauty

Blue Ridge Mountains House

We didn’t think the Blue Ridge mountains could get any more gorgeous, but it has happened. Atlanta architect D. Stanley Dixon and interior designer Heather Dewberry have made even more magic in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. We know. We’re really excited too! From the wood elements to the color palette it’s utter perfection at every turn. We hope you enjoy as much as we do!

Blue Ridge Mountain living room

 

Blue Ridge Mountain entrance

 

Blue Ridge Mountain dining room

 

Blue Ridge Mountain living room

 

Blue Ridge Mountain banquette

 

 

Blue Ridge Mountain kitchen

 

Blue Ridge Mountain kitchen

 

Blue Ridge Mountain living room

 

Blue Ridge Mountain bedroom

 

Blue Ridge Mountain bathroom

 

Blue Ridge Mountain porch

 

Blue Ridge Mountain porch

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

Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Photography: Emily Followill

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My latest novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, releases on April 3, right in the thick of Spring Break! And, Southern Living just named it one of its “Best Spring Break Reads.” Hooray! Now is the perfect time to preorder!

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Creating a Gorgeous Garden

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Nantucket

 

Tour a Charming Nantucket Cottage

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Resolving to read more this year? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, and preorder book 2, The Secret to Southern Charm, releasing April 3!  I’m so grateful for the support of my readers!

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THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM BOOK TOUR

March 15: Official Launch and Fundraiser for Pat Conroy Center at the home of Alison and Mark Guilloud, Beaufort, SC, cocktail buffet, portion of proceeds to benefit the Center, 6:00 pm

March 21: Westminster Towers, 1330 India Hook Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732, tea with accompaniments, tickets are $20, reservations at 803-328-5000, must pay by check or cash before event; 4:00 pm, public

March 22: 2018 Friends of Joyner Library Spring Banquet, East Carolina University fundraiser,   Greenville Hilton, 207 Greenville Blvd SW, Greenville, NC 27834 tickets are $75 and include signed copy of The Secret to Southern Charm; (Checks payable to Friends of Joyner Library and mail to Joyner Library, Office of Library Development, 2400 Joyner Library, Mail Stop 516, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858 or online at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/giving/friends.cfm), doors open at 5:30 pm, event from 6:00-8:30 pm

March 31: Sips, Sweets and Southern Charm, Beaufort Linen Co., 331 Front St., Beaufort, NC, 1:00-4:00, free and open to the public

April 2: Rowan Regional Public Library Friends of the Library Meeting, Salisbury, NC 

April 3: Launch party at South Main Book Co., Salisbury, NC, 5:00-7:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 4: Holcomb Reading Club in Spartanburg at Spartanburg CC, Spartanburg, SC, 11:30 am, private event

April 4: Afternoon tea, Poinsett Club, 807 East Washington Street, Greenville, SC, ticketed event, open to members, For tickets Stacia Smith, (864) 242-3062,  [email protected], 3:00 pm, private

April 5: Kiawah Reads talk and signing,  Sandcastle Community Center, 23 Beachwalker Drive, Kiawah Island, SC 29407, 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

April 13: Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library Book and Author Luncheon, Pfeiffer University, Highway 52 North, Misenheimer, N.C.  28109,  hosted by Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library, tickets are $30.00 for Friends members and $40 for nonmembers; Tickets will be available on the University’s website in mid-January. They will also be available by calling the Advancement Office at 704-463-3034, event from 11:00 am-1:15 pm, open to the public

April 14: Catawba College Dinner, Salisbury, NC, private

April 15: Signing at High Point Furniture Market, High Point, NC, Details TBA

April 16: The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC28387, 5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 17: SC Entertainment Television talk in Kinston, NC, private

April 17: Sips and Sweets, Community Council for the Arts, 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC, 100% of book purchase price will be donated to CCA, to reserve a copy or purchase a copy to pick up at a later date, call (252) 527-2517free and open to the public

April 19: Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library,269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, MD 21403, event contact is Amanda Spino, 410-222-1770, [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to the public

April 22: Reading at ROOT, Manasquan, NJ, please register through BookTowne, Contact is Maribeth Pelly, [email protected], 732-722-7255, 3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 23: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, free but registration required at 341-282-9232; 7:00 pm, open to the public

April 24: Meet Author Kristy Harvey at Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH 44129, organized by Cuyahoga County Public Library, Contact is Billy Kelly, [email protected], 216.749.9359, 7:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 26: “Books and Bites,” Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin, North Carolina 28734, Light refreshments will be provided, 12 pm, free and open to the public

April 29: Viva Wine Bar, 168 Exchange Street Pendleton, SC 29670, contact is Sally Martin, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30: The Secret to Southern Charm: Kristy’s tips for living a beautiful life, inspired by Southern interior design and entertaining; Huff Harrington Home Store, 3872 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, refreshments provided; Contacts are Meg Harrington and Ann Huff: [email protected], 404-467-0311 , 1:00-3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30,: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St, #138, Woodstock, GA30188, contact Gary Parkes, [email protected], 770-516-9989, 6:30 pm

May 1: Reynolds Plantation Linger Longer Cultural Series, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr., Greensboro, GA 30624, contact Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected], 5:00 pm

May 2: Charleston, SC UNC Alumni Event

May 5:  Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Party, Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event; The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits three Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contest and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live.;  Contact Jamie Anderson at Downtown Books, 252-473-1056, [email protected]; 4:00 pm, open to the public

June 17: Raleigh, NC Read & Go program, Salisbury, NC Tour, Contact

June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private

DON’T FORGET, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM IS AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER BY CALLING YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE, ANY OF THE FABULOUS BOOKSTORES ABOVE OR AT INDIEBOUND, AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE OR WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD!

 

 

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