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.

 

 

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Madison, Georgia stately colonial home

 

Tour a Madison, Georgia Stately, Columned Beauty 

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Serena & Lily dining stately table and wicker chairs

 

New Spring Arrivals

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Wonderful Accessories Including the New Camera Bag

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Peachtree Bluff Series

Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple or The Secret to Southern Charm, pick up your copies before The Southern Side of Paradise (NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!) releases May 7, 2019!

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Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!

We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

 

Things We Love: Window Boxes

window boxes
New England Home Magazine

 

We all have our favorite design staples, those little things that can change absolutely everything. 

 

window boxes
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

To us, a window box can transform absolutely anything.

 

window boxes on cottage with white picket fence
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Of course, it doesn’t hurt when the house is so charming you can hardly stand it to begin with. 

 

window boxes on white clapboard house
Patrick Ahearn Architecture

 

But a window box is like a perfect piece of jewelry, the finishing touch that pulls and entire outfit together. 

 

window boxes
T.S. Adams Studio

 

Maybe it’s the three dimensional pop.

 

window boxes
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Maybe it’s the burst of color

 

window boxes now carriage house
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Maybe it’s that window boxes make everything instantly feel like spring

 

window boxes on white clapboard house
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Whether your window box is lush, green and simple,

 

window boxes on barn
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Or full of brilliant blooms,

 

window boxes
Lonny Magazine

 

Paired with brick

 

window boxes
Sarah Bartholomew

 

Or perched on wood, 

 

window box
G.P. Schafer

 

A window box is the perfect touch to make any exterior pop! Are you a fan of window boxes?

Thanks so much for visiting Design Chic today. We love it when you do!

The Southern Side of Paradise

And announcing… The Southern Side of Paradise Tour! Twelve states, forty-one stops…If I’ll be in a city near you I’d love to see you! Click here for full details on every event!

April 24: Quantum Leap Series at Quantum Leap Library, Orlando, Florida

April 26: General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Wilmington, NC

May 2: North Myrtle Beach Library, North Myrtle Beach, SC

May 2: Silver Coast Winery, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

May 3: Moveable Feast Luncheon, Pawley’s Island, SC

May 4: Kinston, NC BBQ Festival

May 5: Dee Gee’s Launch Party, Morehead City, NC

May 7: Beaufort History Museum Tea, Beaufort, SC (SOLD OUT)

May 8: Newberry County Library Literacy Luncheon, Newberry, SC

May 9: Live at Your Library Series, Gastonia, NC

May 11: South Main Book Co., Salisbury, NC

May 13: Junior League of Louisville Book Club Cocktail Reception, Louisville, KY

May 14: Murder by the Book, Houston, TX

May 15: Houston Women’s Club, Houston, TX

May 15: Signing at Segreto Finishes, Houston, TX

May 16: Signing at Stanley Korshak, Dallas, TX

May 18: Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH

May 19: Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN

May 20: Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas Coffee, Daniel Island, SC

May 20: Buxton Books, Charleston, SC

May 21: Snee Farm Garden Club, Mount Pleasant, SC

May 22: Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX

May 28: Florence Public Library, Florence, AL

May 31: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 1: Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover, Beaufort, NC

June 3: Lexington County Public Library, Columbia, SC

June 4: Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

June 5: The Atlanta History Center at Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA

June 6: The Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD

August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC

August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC

August 8: Figure Eight Island Yacht Club Author Series, Figure Eight, NC

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY

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Favorite Home Tours and More

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Favorite Home Tours 

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accessories from Tory Burch

 

New Accessories for Spring

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WEEKEND SALE

20% Off SITEWIDE serena and lily

New Markdowns up to 60% Off-   one kings lane

 Spring Decorating Sale 25% Off – horchow

New to Sale – shopbop

Extra 25% off  Sale Items  anthropologie

30% off  + an Additional 10% Off   j crew

Up to 40% Off – neiman marcus

New to Sale– Nordstrom

New to Sale  saks fifth avenue

 

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Peachtree Bluff Series

 

Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple or The Secret to Southern Charm, pick up your copies before The Southern Side of Paradise (NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!) releases May 7, 2019!

 

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Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!

We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site

Bring Spring Into Your Home with a Pop of Pink

Top 10 pink living room Valentine's Day
Cullman & Kravis Design

 

It’s no secret that we love neutral decor, but this week will be dominated by pink and red. To get you in the Valentine’s Day mood, we thought we’d share 10 favorite posts with fabulous pink touches. They are full of inspiration! To see more of each space, just click on the links!

This living room is a perfect example of how to do “pops of pink” without looking too girly or overdone. 

Top 10 pink dining room Valentine's Day
Emily Followill Photography

 

A pretty shade of pink in a fun pattern adds loads of life to this dining room.

Top 10 pink bedroom.Valentine's Day
Meg Braff Design

 

Pattern on pattern is always chic when it comes to pink. 

Suzanne Kasler bedroom
Suzanne Kasler

 

 

The palest shade of pink is soothing and chic in this bedroom.

top 10 pink bedroom Valentine's Day
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

A white bedroom is always in style, and these hints of pink take it up a notch!

 

pink window box

 

Our friend Elizabeth from Pretty Pink Tulips knows all about a splash of pink! Her favorite tulips add this season’s chicest color in any space–indoors or out. 

Top 10 pink umbrella
Meg Braff Design

 

 A pink umbrella on a chic patio? Yes, please! This one has us in a summer state of mind!

We hope this pretty pink has started your day out on the right note–and has you dreaming of Valentine’s Day! Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

 

The Peachtree Bluff Series

Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple or The Secret to Southern Charm, pick up your copies before The Southern Side of Paradise (NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!) releases May 7, 2019!

 

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!

 

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! 

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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 Porches Ready 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!

Mark D. Sikes porch in blue and white
Mark D. Sikes

 

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. 

 

Beth Webb porch blue and white
Beth Webb

 

And, of course, the view makes the 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?

 

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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! 

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