House Tour: Traditional Beauty from J.K. Kling Associates

J.K. Kling Associates entrance

 Good morning, everyone! We are so, so happy because are having a beautiful spring day, so it seemed like the perfect time to go on a house tour! This stunning space designed by J.K. Kling is sure to brighten your mood no matter the weather. Enjoy!

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J.K. Kling associates living room

 

J.K. Kling Associates living room

 

J.K. Kling Associates living room

 

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J.K. Kling Associates kitchen

 

J.K. Kling Associates kitchen

 

J.K. Kling Associates kitchen

 

J.K. Kling Associates dining room

 

J.K.Kling Associates dining room

 

J.K.Kling Associates library

 

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J.K.Kling library

 

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J.K.Kling garden

 Nothing feels Springier than a gorgeous outdoor space. Sending a little Spring and sunshine your way today!

 

 

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. You’ll definitely be the favorite child this year! 


Gifts for Mom

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House Tour: Transformed Tudor in Tuxedo Park

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Good morning, chic friends! I leaving Atlanta today heading to beautiful Charleston for The Secret to Southern Charm signings… but I have had the most amazing time in Atlanta! 

Millner-Busch, Hart tudor home

No matter where your heart lies, this fabulous home from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles won’t disappoint! 

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Traditional elements with the right mix of modern…

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Hints of glamour in all the right places…

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And architectural details that accentuate at every turn…

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This beautiful space is just the right kind of chic.

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Steel doors and windows always make a stunning statement. And we just adore toning down a more formal room with a natural fiber rug.

Tudor home dining room

Upholstered dining chairs feel so cozy and welcoming. They’re a family-friendly touch in a formal dining room.

Tudor home family room

The right shade of paint makes a paneled library still feel traditional but also freshened and bright.

Tudor home kitchen

A beautiful banquette is one of our favorite parts of a breakfast room — and such a good use of space!

Tudor home kitchen

Whimsical elements tie this space together perfectly.

Tudor home bedroom

A canopy bed creates instant impact. A settee on the end of a bed is comfy but can look stuffy. This casual alternative is the ideal touch.

Tudor home bedroom

We love a chaise, but it’s not always the right look. This chair and ottoman give the style — and the comfort — in a way that’s right for the space.

Tudor home bathroom

And, of course, every gorgeous home needs an amazing soaking tub. We think this one looks heavenly! 

Thank you so much for visiting with us today. We always love getting to see you!

Sources: Atlanta Homes and LifestylesEmily Followill PhotographyGreg Busch ArchitectMelanie Millner Design

Don’t forget Mom on May 14! Our pick for a gift – of course, The Secret to Southern Charm!

If you want to know a little more about my new novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (Simon & Schuster, April 3, 2018) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 60 seconds. No major commitments here!)

COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! IT’S BEEN AN AMAZING FOUR WEEKS .

 

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Tour a Bellport Beach House and More

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Tour a Bellport Beach House

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Kitchen’s with Statement Making Hoods

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Here are some great gift ideas to tell Mom thank you for what she does all year long. Happy weekend, friends!

Gifts for Mom

But our favorite gift idea of all? The Secret to Southern Charm, of course!
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If you want to know a little more about my new novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (Simon & Schuster, April 3, 2018) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 60 seconds. No major commitments here!)

 

COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! IT’S BEEN AN AMAZING FOUR WEEKS .

 

For more inspiration visit our Instagram and Pinterest and our Top Ten Posts of 2017 here!

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House Tour: Beautiful in Birmingham

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Good morning, chic readers! Birmingham, Alabama is one of our favorite southern cities, and this Birmingham House by architect James F. Carter gives us one more reason to add to the list of reasons we love this southern enclave.

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With all the modern amenities of a brand new house,

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But the stately details that overflow with old southern charm. 

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Can you get any more classic than those black and white floors?

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Those stairwell areas are always hard to decorate. How many pictures do you need? How do you space a gallery wall? This bookshelf idea is totally genius!

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Speaking of bookshelves and Alabama (and speaking of speaking…) I have the privilege of speaking at Hoover, Alabama’s Southern Voices, which is most certainly a bucket-list item of mine, Saturday, February 25.

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It will be such a privilege to present alongside some of my personal favorite authors, Rebecca Wells (the Ya-Ya Sisterhood), Chris Bohjalian, Julie Cantrell, Mary Kubica and Karen White, along with a few that I am so excited to get to know. If you’re in the area, come see us!

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I am going to go out on a limb and say that I think these homeowners might just be avid readers.

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Bookshelves in every room are the kind of statement we like to make!

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This paneling is just exquisite. It’s hard to believe that this is a new house!

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Navy and brass is a classic color combination that we can’t get enough of. 

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It is perfection in the kitchen, the perfect shade to feel deep but not heavy.

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We think one of the major characteristics that separates the old from the new is hardware. This lock makes the door look like it has been there forever!

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Sloping rooflines add such character.

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Did we mention charm? Oh, the charm!

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What a perfect little nook for working–or daydreaming. 

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Classic details, beautifully implemented, are always in style. We think it’s safe to say that James Carter has gorgeously good taste.

What do you think?

I just wanted to thank you so much for all of your support during these first few weeks of  The Secret to Southern Charm Book tour. My novel even became a TARGET FICTION BESTSELLER AND A BOOKSCAN NATIONAL BESTSELLER!  Thank you,  for helping to make my dreams come true, for telling your friends and writing reviews, for hosting and coming to my events . . . I am here today because of you, and, even though we may not have ever met, I count you as one of the people I am most grateful for every day.

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR!

 

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

Apr. 20: Launch of Literary Luncheon series at The Annapolis Bookstore, 53 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, Contact is Mary Owen, 410-280-2339, [email protected]

April 21: Bethany Beach Books, 99 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19967, Time: 11:00AM-1:00PM

April 21:  Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 3 until 5 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 http://westervillelibrary.org/events?event=29771 or by calling the library at 614-882-7277 ext 4; 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, GA 30188, 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

May 10: Children’s Cancer Partners Fundraiser, Cornelius Yacht Club

May 21: Sassee Reads Books Club Chat

June 13: Raleigh, NC Read & Go program, Tour of Salisbury, NC based on Lies and Other Acts of Love, Raleigh Parks & Rec,(919)996-4723

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 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm

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

July 25: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm

 


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Preparing Your Outdoor Room for Spring Entertaining

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Great Uses for “Leftover” Marble

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Suzanne Kasler Interiors

 

Preparing Your Outdoor Room for Spring Entertaining

 

COME SEE ME ON THE THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! IT’S BEEN AN AMAZING WEEK FIRST WEEK.  FOR FULL TOUR DATES, VISIT MY AUTHOR SITE!

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The Secret To Southern Charm

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There is so much to love about the South. The moss covered Live Oaks…

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Porch sitting nine months a year…

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Mint juleps…

Southern Sweet Mint Iced Tea
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And, of course, without exception, the staple of southern living: sweet tea!

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Maybe it’s all of those things, maybe it’s the magnolia blossoms, but 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 second book in the Peachtree Bluff Series, the sequel to Slightly South of Simple, releasing April 3, 2018, called The Secret to Southern Charm!

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Maybe it’s the family silver,

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Maybe it’s the heirloom linens passed from generation to generation,

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Maybe it’s the love, family and tradition… It was hard for me to say what the secret to southern charm was, but Grammy, the matriarch of the Murphy clan, knew right away.

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Speaking of grandmothers, my two have had a huge impact on my life. (If you want to know more, check out this article I wrote about my grandmother’s pearls for Parade.) And I think it is these family relationships, the respect and love among multiple generations of women, that are a huge part of what makes writing about the South so much fun. 

I am having the best time seeing my readers on The Secret to Southern Charm tour and cannot thank you enough for all of your support. You are AMAZING!  Take a peek at my tour here.  I’d love to see you along the way!

The Secret to Southern Charm

 

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