Bring Spring Into Your Home with a Pop of Pink

pink living room
Alessandra Branca

 

A touch of pink brings Spring to any room of the home.

architectural digest pink kitchen
Architectural Digest

 

From a fabulous pink range in the kitchen

pink dining room
Domino

 

To a pink dining room

pink flowers
Architectural Digest

 

to an arrangement of flowers on your desk

pink bedroom
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

We love it in any space.

pink bathroom
John Stefanidis Design – Miguel Flores Vianna Photography via Architectural Digest

 

Who wouldn’t love this fabulous combination in their bathroom?!

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

From a single bloom on a side table

pink garden
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

to a full display just outside your window

Meg Braff via Coastal Living

 

or poolside

Milieu-Mag

 

we don’t think it gets much chicer than pink!

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But we think our favorite pop of pink may be on the cover of  The Secret to Southern Charm.  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 16: The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387, 5:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 17: SC Entertainment Television talk in Kinston, NC, private

April 17: Sips and Sweets, Community Council for the Arts, 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC, 100% of book purchase price will be donated to CCA, to reserve a copy or purchase a copy to pick up at a later date, call (252) 527-2517free and open to the public

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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Things We Love: Diane James Home

 Diane James Home flowers

It would really be more appropriate to title this post “Things and People We Love.” Because as much as we love the beautiful shop, Diane James Home, and The Buzz Blog that is connected to it, we love it’s owners and authors, twins Carolyn and Cynthia, even more!  

 Diane James Home flowers

They were some of our very first blog friends when we started Design Chic, have been an endless source of support and inspiration, and even brought gorgeous blue hydrangeas for everyone at the beyond beautiful blogger luncheon our fabulous friend Tina from The Enchanted Home hosted for the launch of my novel Slightly South of Simple last year. (If you’ve read it, you’ll get why those flowers were so important!)

 Diane James Home flowers

You know we love flowers. Love and adore them and can’t get enough of them. And we know that you do too. 

 Diane James Home flowers

But, sometimes it has been freezing cold for what seems like forever (like now!), or you’re allergic to flowers or you hate the mess the make or you can’t keep them alive for longer than a half hour… 

 Diane James Home flowers

But that’s where sweet Cynthia and Carolyn and their beautiful line for Diane James Home come in. 

 Diane James Home flowers

Because they have an endless variety of gorgeous blooms that won’t die, won’t need watering… And here’s the clincher: They look exactly like the real thing. 

It’s quite astonishing, actually. 

 Diane James Home flowers

Their new Spring Watercolors Collection might be their most beautiful yet. And we don’t know about you, but, if we are going to make it until spring actually arrives, we are going to need some beautiful blooms in our lives!  

 Diane James Home flowers

Not only are they stunning for your own home–indoors or out–but Diane James Home florals make the perfect gift. We’re loving them for the upcoming wedding season. Because, honestly, the bride is probably getting tired of dinner plates. 

 Diane James Home flowers

From topiaries to bouquets, greenery to orchids that you don’t have to get that ice cube trick right to keep alive, these ladies have it all. (And, yes, you can have it delivered! We know. Life is good!)

 Diane James Home flowers

And, did we mention? They’re gorgeous twins! We don’t know about you, but these beautiful blooms have made us feel oh so inspired. What about you? 

For more about our fabulous friends, follow them over at The Buzz Blog and on Instagram at @diane_james_home

Thanks so much for stopping by today, chic readers!


We can’t believe it but the countdown is officially on. The Secret to Southern Charm hits stores eight short days from today! If you haven’t preordered yet, (or read the first in the series, Slightly South of Simple, which is on sale for $1.99 on Kindle & Nook until April 1!) what are you waiting for? 

Thank you to the amazing DD’s Cottage and Design for sharing this stunning photo! If you don’t follow DD, check her out on Instagram @ddscottageanddesign or on her fabulous blog!

 

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10 Chic Spring Easter Tables

Easter table - dining table
Tom Scheerer

Happy Thursday, Design Chic friends! We are preparing for Easter weekend and definitely in a Spring Break state of mind. It’s going to be busier-than-usual kind of Spring Break since I leave for my 5-week Slightly South of Simple tour on Monday. It’s hard to believe it’s already here! Take a peek at the tour schedule to see if I’m going to be in a city near you! 

Tory Burch

If you’re an Easter-celebrater, how do you celebrate? Do you have a pretty lunch at home?

dining table
Williams-Sonoma

A brunch complete with hot cross buns?

Shop Terrain

A casual cookout with friends?

No matter how you celebrate, a beautiful Easter table is all-important. Our sweet friend Lidy of French Garden House sure knows how to make an Easter table come to life!

Easter Table
BHG

So, to be honest, we’re having Easter brunch at the club this year. I know. But, knowing that I’ll be leaving on Monday it didn’t seem like the best time to cook an elaborate meal and have all the family. Plus, this way, everyone gets to eat exactly what they want. 

Easter Table
Pottery Barn

But that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun Easter decorations out. It is, after all, one of the most fun holidays. We’ve long been fans of this precious Easter china from Pottery Barn. Oh to have more storage space! 

Easter dining table - Williams-sonoma
Williams-Sonoma

When you set your Easter table, do you like it to be fun, bright and floral?

Easter Table
Williams-Sonoma

Or do you keep things a little simpler? Either way, we’d love to see your Easter table! 

Easter Table
Williams-Sonoma

Whether you celebrate or not, we hope you have a beautiful, warm Spring weekend! 


Thanks to our beyond awesome friend Rene from Cottage and Vine for featuring a fabulous interview about Slightly South of Simple, writing, and my favorite hostess tips. She covered it all! Who did I tell Rene was my greatest inspiration? Here’s a hint:

Photo by Lindsay Corrigan

Just a little more than a week left to preorder Slightly South of Simple from your favorite bookstore! Thank you, dear friends for all of your amazing support. It means the world to me!

Ten Spring-Ready Porches for Effortless Entertaining

porch
Suzanne Kasler Design via One Kings Lane

 

Good morning, chic readers!

porch living
Historical Concepts

 

It is feeling like spring here, and all we can think about is getting outside. 

blue and white porch
Summer Thornton Design

 

Outdoor entertaining is one of our favorite things about this fabulous season.

blue and white porch
Serena & Lily

 

And we can always use a little porch inspiration!

porch ready for Summer
Architectural Digest

 

Whether your porch is neutral or bright, has wicker furniture, wrought iron or teak, we can all agree on one thing:

porch
Historical Concepts

 

It should be comfortable!

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Shophouse
Lisa Mende Design via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

We believe that outdoor spaces should coordinate with indoor ones, be an extension of the home’s decor–but, perhaps, with a touch more color and whimsy. 

porch
Serena & Lily

 

Then again, neutral surroundings that let the natural beauty shine are fabulous as well.

porch
Patrick Ahearn Architects

 

A beautiful fireplace is like icing on a fabulous cake. 

Aerin Lauder Palm Beach Porch
Aerin Lauder’s Palm Beach Porch via Architectural Digest

 

And, of course, the view makes the porch. 

 

 

 

Aerin Lauder porch
Aerin Lauder via Architectural Digest

porch

 

With a view like this, you can’t help but want to get outside! Needless to say, these stunning photos have done nothing to cure our Spring fever! Are you sprucing your porch for spring?


 

Slightly South of Simple
Lindsay Corrigan Photography

 

Only Two Weeks Until Slightly South of Simple Releases! Coming up next week. we’ll be giving away a gorgeous Ferragamo Darina bag from our friends at Reebonz–so stay tuned for that.

NYC Friends, fun news! I have 5 tickets to my official launch at the 92nd St Y to give away! I’ll be talking about Slightly South of Simple and giving tips for Decorating Small NYC Spaces. Email me at [email protected] to claim your ticket! 

https://www.facebook.com/2725779/videos/10104358031087588/

 

House Tour: Naples, Florida Vacation Home

living room with wood beams - Naples

With Daylight Savings Time right around the corner

art
Chinoiserie triptych by Allison Cosmos

 

and Spring Break dangerously, wonderfully close, we can’t help but get a little touch of spring fever.

 bamboo chairs

What better place to visit (even if it’s only on our computers!) for a little spring dreaming than Naples, Florida.

living room with desk

This gorgeous Naples vacation home is sophisticated and chic, the kind of place where you could live all year round, not just vacation.

dining room

Is it any surprise that one of our favorite designers, Summer Thornton, designed this stunner?

kitchen

A sleek and elegant kitchen with all the right details is a perfect spot for entertaining. (Because, try as we might, they’re never going to leave our kitchens!)

living room

This color palette feels cozy and warm–and different from anything else we’re seeing right now. We love it!

This piece is so perfect for those spaces where something with a back would feel too closed. Plus, it’s comfy extra seating!

bedroom with 4 poster bed

Each room is a little different from the last but the unifying themes in this home–like the color palette–makes it cohesive.

light wood paneling in bedroom

Wood paneling gives a nod to the beach nearby.

canopy bed
Architectural Photography

This canopy bed is so elegant. This bedroom feels like a getaway!

blue and white porcelain
Architectural Photography

This gallery wall proves that it’s completely possible to do coastal without getting kitschy.

bathroom with porcelain freestanding tub
Architectural Photography

On vacation or just an ordinary day, this tub would feel like a vacation any time!

bathroom Naples
Architectural Photography

Because bathroom storage is always at a premium, we’re loving how these baskets not only take advantage of extra space but also add texture.

bedroom

A settee at the end of a bed is so sweet. And there’s enough seating to have a party in this room!

blue and white tile in outdoor kitchen
Architectural Photography

Florida should be fun! And this porch knows it. The blue and white tiles add a touch of whimsy.

porch with dining table

A pretty pool and lush landscaping lend a view worth coming back to. 

patio with chaise
Architectural Photography

From the kitchen to the bedrooms to the patio, blue and white porcelain is a unifying theme of this beautiful Naples getaway. If this beautiful coastal getaway doesn’t have you Spring dreaming, we don’t know what would! Where’s your favorite spring vacation spot?

Congratulations to Colette Darling, the winner of the $200 Framebridge Gift Card Giveaway! Stay tuned for our next fun giveaway.

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What People are Saying About Slightly South of Simple:

SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE cuts right to the heart of what it means to be a born-and-bred Southerner, complete with the responsibilities, secrets and unique privileges that conveys. Kristy Woodson Harvey creates four women who are at once completely different yet utterly the same–and a town that you won’t ever want to leave. Interior design, family secrets, life on the coast… It’s easy to see why everyone is buzzing about SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE. –Cassandra King, bestselling author of The Same Sweet Girls

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel,  (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)

Dream Bedroom Designing, Spring Decorating Ideas and More!

dream bedroom designing

 

Designing Your Dream Bedroom 

one kings lane

  kitchen decorating ideas

 

Spring Decorating Ideas

one kings lane

 

Waffle Cakes Are the Next Big Dessert Trend

pure wow

 

A few sneakers on my shopping list:

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Slightly South of Simple is on Preorder special right now for only $9.41!

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

Slightly South of Simple


 

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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