Spring Cleaning and Organizing your Home

Spring cleaning and organizing
Sage Design

 

Good morning, chic readers! ‘Tis the season for… spring cleaning, of course! It may not technically be spring yet, but, we don’t know about you, but we like to be ready when spring is ready to make its arrival, as if tossing old shoes and organizing our sock drawers can usher it in a little faster. Plus, once spring arrives, who wants to be cooped up inside cleaning? Not us!

Spring cleaning and organizing
Studio Dearborn

 

If you’re like us, the kitchen is not only the heart of the home. It’s also the place where everything seems to get dumped throughout the day! Sometimes it feels like the electronics are taking over! Docking Drawer charging and powering outlets in the kitchen are probably the most brilliant invention since the smart phone. Now we can charge all those devices without having an ounce of counter clutter. 

Spring cleaning and organizing
Betty Lou Phillips

 

We all know there’s never enough drawer space. There just isn’t. Fortunately, there are so many pretty ways to display all the attractive and practical things that live in the kitchen. 

Spring Cleaning and Organizing
Deane, Inc

 

If the kitchen is the winner of where everything gets dumped, the office is a very close runner up. 

spring cleaning and organizing
Studio Dearborn

 

Fortunately, there’s a Docking Drawer for the office too. It’s great for smaller electronics but also perfect for putting your laptop in the drawer for the night. For us, it’s out of sight out of mind… and if it isn’t out of sight then we’re on it!

Spring cleaning and organizing
Rockwood Cabinetry Photography

 

So, Docking Drawers for electronics are awesome. But Docking Drawers for the bathroom? A whole new level. The tangle of cords and jumble of the hairdryer, flat iron and curling iron is the bane of my existence.  This solution is totally practical. (And gets bonus points for being pretty!)

Spring Cleaning and Organizing
Architectural Digest

 

Whether you have tons of space in the bathroom, 

Spring cleaning and organizing
Sam Allen Interiors

 

Or a smaller nook to work with, there’s plenty of space for a Docking Drawer!

Spring Cleaning and Organizing
BHG

 

Now that the cords and counter clutter problems are solved, there’s plenty of room for dreaming. Coffee in the bathroom, anyone? This morning kitchen is too beautiful for words–and how great to have that first cup without even walking to the kitchen?

Spring Cleaning and Organizing
BHG

 

We don’t know about you, but, for us, stacks of white, neatly folded towels are one of the simplest ways to add instant clutter-free appeal to the bathroom. 

Spring Cleaning and organizing
Studio McGee

 

If you’re lucky to have space for a big laundry room, you’re lucky enough. Making the best possible use of the space by hiding everything behind beautiful cabinetry is a bonus!

Spring Cleaning and Organizing
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

And, of course, we’re spring cleaning our closets. They are our spring cleaning Everest… Packing for the five week The Secret to Southern Charm tour was a good start because it got me in the paring mood. (If you aren’t going to wear it in five weeks when are you really going to wear it?) What’s first on your spring cleaning list? 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

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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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In Good Taste: David Kleinberg Design

David Kleinberg Design living room

David Kleinberg Design Associates via Dering Hall

It may be snowing all across NC today, but, even still, last weekend was time for a little Spring cleaning!

David Kleinberg Design

A super fun photo shoot with Serena & Lily (stop by tomorrow to see our Spring spruce!) inspired us to clean up, clear out and pare down.

David Kleinberg Design

Needless to say, the house feels lighter, brighter and oh-so-good–and so do we!

The good taste of David Kleinberg makes us feel that exact same way!

David Kleinberg Design

Perfectly accessorized but never overdone, his designs feel calming, refreshing and terrifically uncluttered.

David Kleinberg Design

His own Upper East Side apartment (pictured here!) is a study in color, texture and high style.

David Kleinberg Design

But whether he’s designing for himself or a client, Kleinberg always leaves his mark.

David Kleinberg Design living room

In more formal, traditional spaces,

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Or more beautifully rustic ones,

David Kleinberg Design

Kleinberg’s work always speaks for itself–and is the perfect way to get inspired to do a little Spring cleaning of your own! Spring Break will be here before we know it!

Speaking of Spring Break, 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!

We know y’all know our fab friend Jeanne McKay Hartmann. Have you ever seen anything as adorable as these beautiful illustrated cards that she made to go with The Secret to Southern Charm? We know we haven’t! Shoes, champagne and sweet tea… What else does a girl need? For more of her gorgeousness, check follow her on Instagram at @jeannemckayhartmann!


 

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In Good Taste: Modern Organic Interiors

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your week is off to a terrific start. 

This is the last week of school here–finally!–and summer always has us thinking about what else but getting outside. 

And, though it’s termed “spring cleaning” for a reason,  summer is another one of those times when we’re thinking about making our interiors cleaner and more streamlined–from the closets all the way through the rest of the house. 

Modern decor and elements of the outside instantly make a home feel less cluttered and, as we all know, less clutter equals more relaxation–even if you can’t get to the beach!

 

And who couldn’t use a little more of that? 

The kitchen is one of our favorite places to mix in a few organic elements because it’s as easy as tossing lemons, limes, apples or these adorable gourds into a bowl. They add instant color, and, hopefully, remind us to grab something from nature when we want a snack.

Even small bursts of green on the counter can help focus attention and create a sense of calming relaxation. 

Modern pendant lights juxtapose perfectly with rustic frames and cowhide barstools to create an eclectic bar area perfect for entertaining. 

Sloped ceilings give the feeling of height to even the smallest of spaces and plenty of light adds to the appeal.

This stunning bathroom is another great mix of materials. From simple wood to glamorous marble and everything in between, this is the perfect space for feeling calm, refreshed and ready for the new season ahead. 

Do you make any changes to your decor as summer approaches?

Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your day!

What design bloggers are saying about Slightly South of Simple:

“This is a book for anyone with sisters, mothers and all kinds of issues that life throws at us.  These ladies are all trying to find their way and Kristy tells their story beautifully.” –Marty, A Stroll Through Life 

Dream Bedroom Designing, Spring Decorating Ideas and More!

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Spring Decorating Ideas

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Advance Praise for Slightly South of Simple:

“Writers come and writers go but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive Sisterhood of Southern Writers.” —The Huffington Post, Jackie K Cooper

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Oh my goodness. I can’t even believe it. Less that 2 months  from today, on April 25, Slightly South of Simple will be released into the world! I am SO excited. And we are ready to start celebrating! To celebrate two months, we will be partnering with our friends at Framebridge, who provide the most fabulous custom framing, to give away $200 in custom framing to one lucky winner. (YOU are going to win. I feel it!)

Once you preorder you are eligible to enter EVERY giveaway. Thank you to everyone who has already preordered. Wow! I’ve been blown away! It’s a great time to pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple for yourself, a friend a Mother’s Day gift or graduation gift, because the preorder price is $8.80 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. But you guys know I love my indy stores, so if you have a favorite and preorder from it, I’ll give you double the entries! Just email me at [email protected] If you don’t have a favorite indy, choose one of mine: FoxTale Book Shoppe, Duck’s Cottage, Tattered Cover Book Store or Indiebound.com. There are more ways to enter below as well. 

Thank you, my sweet, dear readers for all of the support and love you have given me along the way. I wouldn’t be here, about to release this series, without you! 

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Restyling for Spring with Best Prices For Furniture!

living room with Barbara Barry Furniture
Barbara Barry for Henredon

 

Oh my goodness, we have Spring fever in the worst possible way! It is so, so warm here this week (I laid out on the top porch yesterday… Don’t tell my dermatologist!) and we can’t help but hope that it will stay this way!

living room with neutral furniture from Marge Carson
Marge Carson

 

We are so happy to be able to open the windows, enjoy the breeze and let the sunshine pour in.

club chair and ottoman from Jessica Charles
Jessica Charles

 

And, of course, with the sunshine comes that little voice in the back of our minds… That little nudge that tells us it’s time for a spring spruce!

armoire in living room
Jonathan Charles Furniture

 

That’s where our fabulous friends at Best Prices for Furniture come in. What we love about this North Carolina company is that they aren’t just a discount dealer.

C.R.Laine Furniture and Currey & Company Chandelier

 

Best Prices for Furniture works with an entire network of discount furniture dealers to make sure that you get the very best price on the pieces you’re craving.

living room with coral accents and gray sofa
E.J. Victor

 

Wanting to add a pop of color to make your space sing “Spring?” Look no further!

console table with large mirror
John Richard

 

Want to make your tired entrance foyer look refreshed and revitalized for a new season?

goodman hanging pendants over kitchen island
Visual Comfort

 

Or revamp your lighting to enhance your space?

four poster bed
Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture

 

Look no further than Best Prices for Furniture! We love that we can pick any of our favorite pieces from any of our favorite brands and know we’re getting the best price. Simple! The white glove delivery doesn’t hurt…

bedroom with twin beds
Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

 

There’s no time like Spring for a fabulous girls weekend. Which makes now the perfect time to revamp the guest bedroom! We love, love these twin beds!

teak modern furniture
Brown Jordan Furniture

 

And, it goes without saying that getting our outdoor space ready is a total necessity. Do you have any projects on your spring sprucing list? 

Happy President’s Day to you, our chic friends! We hope you have a wonderful day!

 

Advance Praise for my new novel, Slightly South of Simple, on pre-order special for only $9.95 right now

“Kristy Woodson Harvey writes about the bonds between women. The blood-is-thicker-than-water relationships that exist between daughters and mothers and grandmothers.  She inserts Southern drama and subtle hints to unearthed secrets that keep you reading till the very end. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.” Brenda Pruitt, Cozy Little House

Photo by Lindsay Corrigan

InGoodTaste:CarolineBrackett

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A new season always has us feeling ready to make some big changes, especially the spring. Everything feels new and fresh outside, so it follows that everything should feel new and fresh inside too.

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