House Tour: A Vision in Vero

 

Need a getaway today? We hear you! So do we! Fortunately for us, this stunning Vero Beach House, designed by Olivia O’Bryan and photographed by Jessica Glynn is a vacation in a few minutes. Stop, look, linger, savor. (And stay in your sweats!) Then, we urge you: Start again. There is so, so much to see. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who wants to have margs by the pool later? We’ll see you there!

 

 

Or have your cocktail tonight any old place with bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Alice Monroe, Patti Callahan Henry, Kristin Harmel and me (Kristy Woodson Harvey). We’ll see you on tonight’s Friends and Fiction at 7 pm!

 

 

Please join me this Thursday, April 23 at 9am PST/12pm EST on the ELYSIAN Magazine Ignite Virtual Session: Choose Reading. We’ll be celebrating the forthcoming launch of my sixth novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, alongside USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction and speaker, Susan Meissner and moderated by ELYSIAN Founder and Publisher, Karen Floyd. We will share and discuss unique yet overlapping stories of friendship, humanity and hope through literature. Attendance is free, RSVP here.

 

BIG NEWS!!! Next Tuesday, we are debuting a brand new series, right here on Design Chic: Blank to Beautiful. Each week, we’ll be interviewing our favorite designers, artists, writers and creatives right here, on video, for your viewing pleasure. Mark your calendars for the debut, next Tuesday, April 28!

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Things We Love: Touches of Spring

 

Good morning, chic readers! Another week of social distancing and basically not leaving the house has us concentrating on all the little touches we can add for spring.

 

 

If you’ve been a Design Chic follower for a while, you know how much we depend on light fixtures to change the look of a room. This one is too good to be true!

 

 

Exhibit B. Now, this is how you do a lantern right!

 

 

This sunroom is storybook charming. We love every element!

 

 

A new nightstand can totally jazz up a bedroom. We love a pair, but it really isn’t a requirement! A mismatched set can be eclectic and cool.

 

 

And you know that really great feeling you get when you have a fresh, clean set of sheets to crawl between? Imagine when you have an entire fresh, clean set of bedding!

 

 

Isn’t it amazing what just a tiny tick of red can do? So fun!

 

 

We can’t think of anywhere we’d rather be than in this boat.

 

 

Well, maybe other than on the beach where that adorable chair and umbrella ended up!

 

 

Gingham touches, fabulous outdoor furniture and the most amazing coffee table add up to a truly enviable outdoor space.

 

 

And hanging chairs make it even better! They are one of our most favorite design elements.

 

 

During these times when the great outdoors are bringing us so much solace, they really do deserve to be celebrated.

 

 

And these outdoor spaces do just that in high style, from main pieces to finishing touches. Are you planning on making any changes to your home or porch for spring?

 

 

Ready for a new spring read to enjoy on your fresh made-over porch? Check out Feels Like Falling, the book Mary Kay Andrews called, “Your next summer sizzler!” Preorder now to avoid shipping delays. Official release date April 28, 2020.

 

 

House Tour: Spring Break in Palm Beach

 

Another day, another Spring Break trip we aren’t on… But super talented architect Mark Finlay is solving that for us!! 

 

 

Nothing–and we do mean nothing–says “Spring Break” quite like yellow-and-white stripes by a pool. It’s quintessential Spring Break chic and we are here for it!!

 

 

See? Isn’t it the best?

 

 

We have to say, though, we’d be pretty happy to spend Spring Break inside this gorgeous Palm Beach home too.

 

 

Cooking in this chic, built-in kitchen

 

 

Dining with our family in style,

 

 

Crossing the hall after dinner…

 

 

For an aperitif in the library

 

 

And, of course, curling up in bed after a long day shopping. Or on the beach. Either way. It’s your Spring Break. You choose!

 

 

But we all know that Spring Break is better when we share it with friends, 

 

 

Which is what makes this pair of twin bedrooms so incredibly appropriate. We’re pretty sure this house is Palm Beach perfection. And we’re so happy we got to visit it with you today!

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

 

In other news… Feels Like Falling releases in three, short weeks! If you haven’t preordered, please be aware that shipping times might be slightly delayed, so preordering now gives you a great shot of getting your copy on pub day, April 28!!

 

Also, my author friends, Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Alice Monroe, Patti Callahan Henry and Kristin Harmel and I are joining forces to bring you Friends and Fiction! We’ll be airing live on Mary Kay Andrews’ Facebook page next Wednesday, April 15 at 7 pm. We’ll be broadcasting every Wednesday from now until… Well, let’s just say, a while! Come join us. We’re going to have a blast!

 

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House Tour: Alys Beach Retreat

Alys Beach house living room    

 

Good morning, chic readers! We were supposed to be heading to Alys Beach next week with our extended family. For obvious reasons, we are not. So we thought, Why don’t we all go to Alys Beach together? 

 

  Alys Beach house tour dining room with chandelier and chippendale chairs    

 

This Alys Beach Retreat makes us feel like we’re on a vacation without even leaving the couch. We hope it does the same for you!

 

  Alys Beach house  lucite game table  

 

Alys Beach is known for its stark, white structures that are nothing if not beautiful in their austerity.

 

  Alys Beach house breakfast nook  

 

This lovely home continues the theme, seamlessly blending the outdoors with the indoors.

 

  Alys Beach house kitchen with island and pendants  

 

One of the things we love most about vacation homes is that they aren’t encumbered by all the trappings of everyday homes. We adore the clean look of this kitchen.

 

  Alys Beach house bedroom with chandelier  

 

Cozy linens and fun textures make this bedroom welcoming and warm,

 

  Alys Beach house chair  

 

While special accents add a pop of whimsy.

 

  Alys Beach house bathroom  

 

From the perfect space for two,

 

  Alys Beach house bedroom  

 

To a chic bedroom dressed in soothing shades,

 

  Alys Beach house abstract art  

 

To a well-appointed nook, perfect for reading, every space is perfectly suited for relaxation.

 

  Alys Beach house bunkbeds nook  

 

Beach houses are made for sharing, right? This adorable, sneaky set of built-in bunks adds extra space for more guests. (Do you think those are 6-feet apart? Kidding… Kidding…)

 

  Alys Beach house entry  

 

A unique entryway welcomes guests,

 

  Alys Beach house patio  

 

While a breathtaking exterior steals the show.

 

  Alys Beach house pool  

 

From days spent lounging by the pool,

 

  Alys Beach house patio  

 

To nights spent with good friends and even better stories, this is the perfect place to spend a memorable Spring Break–even if you never leave the comfort of your own home.

 

Thanks for touring with us today, friends! We hope you feel like you’ve been on a getaway!

 INTERIOR DESIGN: Nina Nash Long and Don Easterling ARCHITECT: Douglas Bock, Domin Bock Architects PHOTOGRAPHER: Chris Long

 

Big News! I’m going to be a part of MyDoma’s incredible 19 Hours Conference! I’ll be talking about Influencer Marketing with Dina Holland and Kate O’Hara, moderated by LuAnn Nigara in one of many amazing events. You can get more information and register here!

 

Only TWO More Days to Enter Our Five Days of Giveaways!

 

Today’s prize: TWO winners will get a lovely pearl bracelet from Sassie Rocks and a copy of The Southern Side of Paradise! But there’s still time to enter to win alllll these prizes and more. Check out our Five Days of Giveaways Post for more info!

 

 

Amazing news! My forthcoming novel, Feels Like Falling, has been chosen as a Spring 2020 Okra Pick! If you’re new to Okra, this is one of my favorite prizes in the biz. The Southern Independent Booksellers Association (i.e. A lot of our favorite local bookstores!) put their heads together to determine which books they’re most excited about hand selling in the next season.

Big thanks and all the love to Lizy from Copperfish Books who wrote the most gorgeous review of Feels Like Falling that accompanied the announcement:

Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Gallery Books, April, 2020″Diana is one of my top five favorite book characters of all time: she’s witty, she’s got a spine of steel, and she’s from a social class that tends to be glossed over in women’s fiction. I loved how heartwarming this book was. I say this about all of Kristy’s books, but it genuinely made me laugh out loud and tear up, too!”
~ Lizy Coale, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

 

 

And Feels Like Falling is available for preorder now, so it can be in your hands on April 28! From now until April 4, I’ll be donating 100% of preorder profits to United Way for Coronavirus Relief. 

 

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House Tour: St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island home entry with shiplap

 

Good morning, chic friends! While we’re all at home, we thought it would be a fun time to go on a virtual Spring Break trip! Our first stop? St. Simons Island, Georgia. This uniquely beautiful part of the Georgia coast also boasts uniquely beautiful homes. This stunner absolutely does not disappoint. Calming, soothing and totally vacation worthy, feel free to tour this one again and again. We know we will!

 

St. Simons Island home living room in blue and white

 

St. Simons Island home living room

 

St. Simons Island home living room with fresh branches

 

 

 

St. Simons Island home living room with console table

 

St. Simons Island home dining room

 

St. Simons Island home kitchen with beadboard

 

St. Simons Island home kitchen with shiplap

 

St. Simons Island home breakfast room

 

St. Simons Island home bedroom

 

 

St. Simons Island home bedroom

 

St. Simons Island home bedroom

 

St. Simons Island home bunk room

 

St. Simons Island home porch with hanging swing

 

St. Simons Island home screen porch

 

 

St. Simons Island home exterior with white painted brick

 

Next week, we were supposed to be heading to Alys Beach. We won’t be there in real life, of course, but we’ll be heading there in spirit–and online. Stop back next Wednesday to take another Spring Break trip with us!

 

Thanks so much for continuing to make Design Chic a part of your day. We love staying connected with your during this crazy time!

Architect: Tim Adams, TS Adams Studio

Designer: Beth Webb Interiors

Photography: Emily Followill

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Speaking of the Georgia coast… Have you checked out my Peachtree Bluff Series? It’s nothing short of a Spring Break trip–in a trilogy! If you’re looking for a cozy, comforting, feel-good read, check out the series, available wherever books are sold! (And in e-book, audiobook and large print!)

Book 1: Slightly South of Simple

Book 2: The Secret to Southern Charm

Book 3: The Southern Side of Paradise

 

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House Tour: Alys Beach Retreat

Home of Interior Philosophy Co-Owner

 

Even though it may not officially be fall yet, Labor Day always feels like the end of summer–to us, anyway. 

We are always sad for the end of summer, with its carefree beach days and long, lazy boat hours. Of course, fall has plenty of its own charms–football season, boots, pumpkin spice lattes… (In case you haven’t heard, they’re back!!)

Even still, we’re already dreaming of Spring Break! 

For this year’s late April Spring Break, we think the weather–and the beauty–of Alys Beach will do quite nicely. 

To facilitate our Spring Break dreaming we wanted to take a look around this fabulous Alys Beach home. 

The think we love most about this 30A enclave–besides its pristine white sand beaches and clear blue water, of course–is its soothing, uniform palette. 

This beautiful home builds on the exquisite creams and browns and neutrals of the chic beach town’s exterior, making the entire thing feel cohesive. 

Unexpected accessories lend a touch of the exotic and a bit of the British Colonial to the home’s overall feel. 

Every room–even the bathroom–is set up to take advantage of the breathtaking view that lies beyond.

And despite this home’s upscale elegance, nothing feels too precious. 

It’s the kind of place where sandy feet can tread and memories can grow. 

It will still be weeks before we pack up our bathing suits for the winter and pull out the boots, months before the winter doldrums have time to cast their shadow and sink in. 

All the while, we’ll feel happy and light knowing that another April, another Spring Break, and the promise of the sunny skies and stunning landscape of Alys Beach are just around the corner! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, friends! We always love it when you do!


The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re looking for something to read this weekend, 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.

Upcoming Events on The Secret to Southern Charm Tour:

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

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 

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