In Good Taste: Carol Flanagan Design

When we set out to make changes in our houses, we believe that most of us are searching for looks with staying power, for style that will stand the test of time–or at least some time. Carol Flanagan Design strikes that perfect balance between the right now and the lovely forever that brings her homes into the present while keeping an eye toward the past and allowing her designs to maintain their staying power well into the future. We hope you love this designer’s good taste as much as we do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hoping you end your hectic day in a place as lovely as this. Thanks so much for stopping by today. We always love it when you do!

What Calypso in the Country is saying about my latest novel, The Secret to Southern Charm:

Be ready to laugh, cry and lose some sleep because you won’t be able to put this one down!  The Secret to Southern Charm is a beautifully written story full of love, heartbreak, suspense and of course, that sweet southern charm!  Interior design enthusiasts will also love picturing the lovely decor of the homes which provide the calming background for the complicated lives of the characters.

And I got to meet my sweet friend Shelley at Root Home Decor in Manasquan, NJ on my The Secret to Southern Charm tour. She is as fabulous as her blog and I could have talked to her all night. It was so fun! You can check out her post about it! Thank you so much, Shelley!

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

 

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Tips for Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom Retreat

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Architectural Digest – Scott Frances Photography

 

Good morning, chic readers! As the world spins faster and we get busier, it becomes increasingly important for our homes to be the soothing retreats we need to unwind. There’s no place where that is more important than in the first place you see in the morning and the last place you visit at night: the master bathroom. Take a peek at some of our favorite tips for creating a spa-like master bathroom retreat. 

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Architectural Digest -Photo: Pieter Estersohn

 

  1. Maximize Light. If you have the luxury of a bathroom free from neighbors, natural light is one of the fastest ways to make a bathroom feel open, airy and spa-like. 
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Architectural Digest – Pieter Estersohn

 

2. Invest in Quality. There are some rooms in the home where you can get by with scrimping, but, in the bathroom, where everything from floors to faucets to drains get a ton of use, it makes sense to invest in the best quality you can afford. (Even still, you never know when a problem like a blocked drain can arise, so it’s a good idea to have your favorite plumber’s number on hand!)

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S.B. Long Interiors

 

3. Glam it Up. From beautiful brass or stainless accents to pretty light fixtures, a little glamour can go a long way!

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Beth Webb Interior Design

 

4. Don’t Forget Storage. There’s nothing worse than creating a stunning bathroom only to have it filled with clutter. Plenty of storage ensures that hair irons and toiletries stay out of sight but readily available.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

5. Make it Feel Like Home. Depending on what kind of feel you want your bathroom retreat to have, incorporating vanities that feel like furniture and comfort items like chairs from other rooms can really make your bathroom comfortable and in keeping with the tone of the rest of your home. 

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Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

6. Make a List of Must-Haves. In any room, it’s important to focus on your priorities. For us, it’s always the bathtub and the light fixtures, but whatever your priorities are, make sure to put them in the budget first so you know where to splurge and where to save. 

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Tammy Connor Interior Design

 

7. Don’t Forget the Architectural Details. As with any room, it’s the details that really make a room memorable. In a spot with so much moisture, art can be tricky, so focusing on fabulous molding and woodworking details adds interest.

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Beth Webb Interior Design

 

8. Make it Comfortable. Maybe it sounds obvious, but any room that you want to feel like a sanctuary should be comfortable! We love this sweet and cozy vanity stool!

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Architectural Digest -Photography William Abranowicz

 

9. Play it up with Pattern. Let’s face it. Bathrooms can be boring. In a room where you want to stick with a simple palette, a little bit of pattern can go a long way toward defining a space. 

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Beth Webb Interior Design

 

10. Keep Your Favorite Essentials on Hand. Our favorite tip is the simplest: Make sure keep your favorite spa-like essentials on hand. Pretty sponges, favorite bath salts and that shampoo that makes your hair feel like you’ve just had a keratin treatment are inexpensive luxuries that add so much to your bathroom without a bit of demo!

What are your favorite ways to make your bathroom feel like a retreat?



The Secret to Southern Charm

Speaking of Southern Charm, if you haven’t checked out my Peachtree Bluff Series, beginning with Slightly South of Simple and continuing with my latest release, The Secret to Southern Charm, what are you waiting for? Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to get up to day on the Murphy girls and Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a town where the breeze is warm, the sun is shining, and nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems!

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

 

 

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In Good Taste: Tracy Lynn Design

Tracy Lynn Studio living room

Good morning, readers! We are packing for cold, snowy NYC today to wrap up a few final details before the The Secret to Southern Charm tour officially begins, but….

We didn’t see any reason for you to be cold too! 

So, today, we’re sharing the good taste of  Tracy Lynn Design, a San Diego-based firm whose interiors are as sunny inside as it is outside. 

Cohesion in design is one of the firm’s main goals, after all. 

Tracy Lynn Studio kitchen

And we think it’s safe to say that the interiors of these gorgeous California homes are as inviting as the state–and its people. 

A sleek kitchen, upon closer inspection, is made up of a million tiny details, from the backsplash to the pendant lighting, that make it totally unique. 

And every taste is catered to elegantly and effortlessly. 

Tracy Lynn Studio bedroom

Blues, whites and coral are calming by the sea in a pretty bedroom made for relaxing. 

And even those small spaces that tend to be forgotten become both useful and unique. 

Where better to take advantage of the last bright light of the day than in a huge soaking tub made for relaxation. 

White shiplap and uncovered bulbs juxtapose with a touch of brass for understated glamour that is so very San Diego. 

Tracy Lynn Studio bathroom

It’s nice to keep a global view while brushing your teeth…

Tracy Lynn Studio nursery

And a room that can grow as he does makes for a just-right nursery. We think these beautiful designs are as lovely as they city in which they reside. We hope you have loved the good taste of Tracy Lynn Designs as much as we have! 

Have a great day, chic readers!

Thanks so much to Southern Living for choosing The Secret to Southern Charm as one of this year’s Best Spring Break Reads! Have you preordered your copy yet? (Releases April 3!)

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I AM SO, SO, SO EXCITED TO SHARE THAT SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS A KINDLE  AND BARNES AND NOBLE NOOK MONTHLY DEAL SO, FROM TODAY UNTIL APRIL 1, YOU CAN READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THE PEACHTREE BLUFF SERIES FOR ONLY $1.99–JUST IN TIME FOR THE THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM RELEASE ON APRIL 3. 

 

 

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House Tour: Stunning Stone House

Step inside this gorgeous New Canaan stone house, designed by Brooks & Falotico Associates, built by West Construction and interiors by Tori Legge of Stirling Mills Interior Design. It’s the pinnacle of style from the living room to the barre studio! We think we love each week’s house tour more than the week before, but this is definitely a favorite! But don’t take our word for it… Happy perusing!

Calming, luxurious, neutral and somehow modern and traditional at the same time, this stone cottage has it all. What’s your favorite part? 

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

 

Photography by Michael Partenio

 

 

 

Come here Design Chic favorite and Traditional Home‘s Designer of the Year, Marshall Watson at the Kinston, NC Country Club this Sunday, March 4. We’re going to have the best time!

And don’t forget: If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple, it’s only $1.99 on Kindle for a limited time!

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House Tour: Charming in Corona Del Mar

Corona Del Mar house

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you loved the good taste of Kelly Nutt yesterday as much as we did!

Corona Del Mar dining

With statement lighting…

Corona Del Mar kitchen

Wood accents…

Corona Del Mar kitchen

And charm galore…

Corona Del Mar dining

There is so much to love about Kelly Nutt Design.

Corona Del Mar bedroom

This house in Corona Del Mar is absolutely ideal for spending a relaxing vacation, a laid-back spring break or for cool, comfortable living all year round. 

Corona Del Mar bedroom

A study in simplicity with just the right amount of detail to keep things interesting, this is the kind of home that feels like a serene oasis. 

Corona Del Mar bedroom

Pretty pink accents create a calming and sweet retreat for catching up on rest. 

Corona Del Mar cabinets

And plenty of hidden storage creates a soothing, monochromatic palette for the eye where clutter is hidden away. 

Corona Del Mar bedroom

A fun pattern on the floor stands out against an all-white bath for a uniform look that still packs a punch. 

Corona Del Mar laundry room

Even the laundry room is fabulous! We don’t know about you, but we could move right into this gorgeous Corona Del Mar home–and would love to be weekend guests! What about you?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

The Secret to Southern Charm - beach book

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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In Good Taste: Muskoska Living Design

For us, the holidays are about coming together, 

A time to gather family and friends to celebrate a year well lived and that the best is yet to come. 

So the holidays are probably the time that we’re most focused on our homes, on how well our living spaces entertain, how cozy our dining rooms are. 

Fabulous Muskoka Living of Ontario creates spaces that are absolutely perfect for special gatherings and entertaining–not only at the holidays but all year long.

We can picture a festive Thanksgiving lunch around this table,

A quick summer breakfast at this island

before jumping into the lake, of course!

Fall cocktails by this fireplace would be absolutely spectacular, 

And, of course, Muskoka Living even created the perfect space for us to clean up when it’s all over!

From charming architectural details that can’t help but define a space, 

To cozy, warm areas for finding calm and peace,

From a quick spruce to total design-build management

Muskoka Living creates the kind of spaces that we would want to return to again and again–holidays or not!

What do you do to prepare for a holiday crowd?

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by our little corner of the web today. We always love seeing you!

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HOSTESS GIFTS

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GIFTS OF BEAUTY

 

 

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