The Southern Side of Paradise

Front Porch -The Secret To Southern Charm

Architectural Digest


There is so much to love about the South. Porch sitting nine months a year…


The Secret to Southern Charm - canopy of live oaks


The moss covered Live Oaks…


Southern magnolia blossom
Jean Allsopp Photography


The magnolia blossoms… There are so many reasons that I love living in the South and so many reasons that I love writing about the South.


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Southern Accents


And I can’t think of anything more exciting than having a brand new book, the third book in the Peachtree Bluff Series, the sequel to Slightly South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm releasing May 7, 2019, called The Southern Side of Paradise!


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Maybe it’s the love, family and tradition… But, to us, the South really is paradise!


Oli Winward


And the particular paradise in my Peachtree Bluff series, my town of Beaufort, NC, is something I recently got to write about for Southbound and Atlanta magazines. And I hope you’ll come visit me in paradise on June 1, 2019, when Peachtree Bluff takes over Beaufort, NC! There will be double decker bus tours, a schmancy, gorgeous dinner, lunch with one of the best views in town… And you have a chance to win a trip! Simply send your preorder receipt to [email protected] (More details here!)



And now, the final installment of the series, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, is releasing into the world May 7, and I couldn’t be more excited! One of my favorite magazines, Southern Living, did me the incredible honor of exclusively revealing the cover and a special excerpt yesterday, so make sure to go check that out! Now, without further ado, here it is, my brand new cover, maybe my favorite one yet!

What do you think?? I hope you love it as much as I do!

Today, we want to help make your holiday shopping a little bit easier! Simply share The Southern Side of Paradise’s cover and/or preorder for your chance to win. And you can enter ever day! Winner will be announced December 13!

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Kitchen Preparations for a Seamless Holiday Season

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Nina Farmer Interiors


As the holidays draw nearer, we’re thinking about all the preparations we still need to make–especially in the kitchen


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Robert A.M. Stern


Some of them are simple, like gathering all the pot holders and towels and putting them beside the stove. 


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Beth Webb Interiors


(How do they migrate to different drawers over the course of the year? Maybe it’s the same force of nature that creates all those missing socks in the dryer.) 


Tracy Hardenburg Design


Others are more complex like Mom deciding that December 4 was the ideal time to take down her wallpaper and art and curtains and redo the kitchen and breakfast room


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Branca Interiors


But we think the most important ones have to do with relinquishing anything and everything that no longer has a place in our kitchen.


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Paul Bates Architects


The Crock Pot we haven’t used in a decade–or at least since that episode of This is Us. (Kidding! Kidding! We use ours all the time.)


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Marianne Simon Design


The storage containers with no lids.


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Coco & Jack


The baby bottles from the now seven year old. 


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Cantley & Co


We’re most excited to clear the clutter, leave a streamlined kitchen for holiday cooking–and maybe even prepare for a kitchen-related gift or two.  


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Peter Pennoyer


Do you have any kitchen goodies or gadgets on your wishlist this year? We’d love to know what they are!


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Tracy Lynn Studio


And, more important, what kitchen preparations make your home feel ready for the holidays?

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Today’s the day! Today’s the day! At noon today, Southern Living is revealing the cover of my new novel, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE —and offering an exclusive sneak peek of its first chapter. We can’t wait to celebrate here tomorrow, so make sure you stop back by!




In Good Taste: Meredith Ellis Design

Meredith Ellis living room Southern Living Showhouse

Christmas. The first day of summer. The Southern Living Idea House. What do these things have in common? We can’t wait for them year after year after year!  This year, the fabulous Meredith Ellis Design was the genius interior designer behind the Southern Living Idea House in one of American’s coolest places: Austin, Texas. A perfect blend of Southern tradition and on-trend style, one peek inside this stunning home and we think you’ll agree that this idea house is better than ever!

Meredith Ellis living room Southern Living Showhouse


Meredith Ellis living room Southern Living Showhouse


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse bookcase


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse breakfast room


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse kitchen


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse pantry



Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse bedroom


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse bathroom


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse bathroom


Meredith Ellis Southern Living Showhouse bathroom

We had to end on a beyond fabulous monogram, of course! Some Southern trends only get better with time. Don’t you think? 

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Southern Living Magazine

Sanders Architecture


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”
Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books”
New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick

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).




Darryl Carter Collection for One Kings Lane and More!

Darryl Carter Collection


Darryl Carter Collection for One Kings Lane

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Lake Austin Spa resort


Tour the Lake Austin Spa and Resort






A Getaway to Bermuda


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Heading on Vacation?  Barnes and Noble has a BUY 2 GET THE 3RD FREE SALE and Slightly South of Simple is included!  


25% OFF Shorts Tops, Sandals & Swim- anthropologie 

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So excited to see Slightly South of Simple with Beach House for Rent in Southern Living Magazine!

Summer Decorating Ideas, Tour a Brooklyn Home and More!

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Summer Decorating Ideas

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Tour a Brooklyn Home

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Father's Day


A Father’s Day Tribute

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Superfood Popsicles That Taste as Good as They Look 



Slightly South of Simple


So excited to see Slightly South of Simple with Beach House for Rent in Southern Living! Hits stands today!

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Bunny Williams’s Pet-Friendly Homes


Good morning, chic friends! We’re so excited to share with you this fun interview we did with Bunny Williams for Southern Living on creating a pet-friendly home!


Pets are some of the most important members of our families. No one knows that more than 2015 Southern Living Show House designer and animal lover Bunny Williams. This fabulous decorator does everything she can to make her rescue dogs feel at home in her perfectly choreographed space. But being big on animal-friendly details doesn’t mean skimping on style! Read on for our interview with Bunny Williams about creating a home that welcomes all the four-legged friends in our lives in luxury.


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