Things We Love: Streamlined and Chic

Studio McGee

 

In the post-Marie Kondo world, everything has changed. 

 

 

If tidying up is life changing, so is streamlining. Studio McGee has mastered the perfectly finished but never overdone look in this stunning California home.

 

 

Sure, some stuff brings us joy. But do you know what brings us more joy? Clean countertops!

 

 

And getting rid of the waffle iron that I was certain would make me the world’s coolest mom. You know the kind. It had all the plates so I could make ghost waffles or Christmas tree waffles or heart waffles or Mickey Mouse waffles or whatever. You know who doesn’t make great waffles? Me. Do you know who does? Nature’s Path. 

 

 

I tend to be a food hoarder. I don’t know why. I blame it on not having a Whole Foods close by and getting there three hours away and thinking Wait. Do I have too much quinoa or do I need more quinoa? And then I buy the quinoa and then I get home and I already have four bags and how on earth are the three of us going to eat that much quinoa? That stuff expands. But these shelves are goals if ever there were goals. No food hoarding in this kitchen.

 

 

I am, fortunately, a bit of a bathroom minimalist already, so that’s slightly less of a challenge. Even still, a vanity with lots of storage is part of the plan for my post-Florence bathroom. 

 

 

We’ve always thought that freestanding tubs look minimalist. Mine arrived a couple days ago. It is absolutely gorgeous. And 1400 pounds. There will be a crane involved. Don’t worry. I’ll post a video on Instagram! (@kristywharvey)

 

 

Baskets everywhere are the absolute best for storing until you can get to things so they don’t become clutter. 

 

 

And who really needs all that stuff on the nightstand collecting dust? Well, I mean, I have a pile of books the size of a small SUV, but I am reading those. So they aren’t collecting dust. They’re necessary.

 

 

Are you a fan of the streamlined and chic look? Or are you in the more is more camp? They certainly both have their merits, and we adore them both!

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

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In Good Taste: Alison Pickart Design

 

If we had to narrow down one of the things we get asked most frequently on Design Chic, it must be this: How do I incorporate my antiques–the treasures, the relics of my family history and my past–while creating a modern looking home?

 

 

 

We think you’ll agree that Alison Pickart Design has the answer to that question!

 

 

A perfect mix of traditional staples and updated furnishings and accessories, her work is the ultimate in good taste.

 

 

And the lighting? Oh, the lighting! Each room is better than the last!

 

 

Chic, simple holiday decor, anyone? Pickart has that covered, too.

 

 

These halls are decked in ultimate style!

 

 

The crystal and silver is all in its place–in a butler’s pantry whose color is very now. That’s that perfect blend that Pickart makes look so easy.

 

 

Painting the backs of cabinets is one of our favorite things. And an unexpected color–like this lovely lavender–takes it to the next level.

 

 

With the holidays here, we have the guest room on our minds. Isn’t this one perfectly appointed?

 

 

This light and bright bathroom combines the best of the best of the classics and the brand new for a totally unique look.

 

 

Who needs ceilings when you can have skylights? This mudroom is surely one of the favorite spots in the house! As for us, we don’t think we could pick a favorite Alison Pickart space. Each one is more beautiful than the next!

Thank you so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We love spending the holidays with you!

 

 

Want a copy a THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE under your tree for someone you love, before the May 7, 2019 release date? Just preorder now, and I’ll send a cute wrapped card like the above, signed on the back, so they know their new book is coming! Email the address to me at kristywoodsonharvey @ gmail . com and I’ll get your card in the mail!

 

Things We Love: Living Room Lighting

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Good morning, chic readers! We all know the living room is one of the most important spaces in any house, the place where we gather as a family, where we host friends, where we come back together after a long day out in the world to refresh and regroup before we do it all again. One of our favorite ways to make a statement in any space is with chic, unforgettable lighting. Whether modern or more traditional, dark ironwork or shiny gold, there’s the right statement lighting for any living room space. Check out a few of our favorite examples of beautiful lighting that can make your space sing. 

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Leta Austin Foster

 

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Architectural Digest

 

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Groves & Co via Dering Hall

 

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Groves & Co via Dering Hall

 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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Metcalfe Design

 

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Architectural Digest

 

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SFC&G

 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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Architectural Digest

 

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We hope everyone affected by Hurricane Florence stays safe and sound!


 

The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re looking for something to read, 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.

September 21: Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, NC, Q&A and Signing. Presented by Friends of the Library. For more information call the Library at 828-743-0215, 3:00pm, free and open to the public

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, 6 pm, open to Chattooga Club members and guests

September 26: New Bern, NC Private Book Club Event, 6 pm

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

November 6: Private Book Club Event, Beaufort, NC, 6 pm

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In Good Taste: Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design

Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design via Dering Hall

Good morning, chic readers! We’re in full hurricane hysteria here in NC–and, unfortunately, the lines at the gas stations and empty bread aisles seem justified this year.

But, on the bright side, there’s nothing like a little good taste to take your mind off the chaos!

Amy Hirsch Interior Design

And if anyone can do just that, it’s Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design!

The perfect blend of elegance,

And laid-back style, 

Amy Hirsch Interior Design

Unique details, 

Amy Hirsch Interior Design Kitchen

And classic touches, 

Amy Hirsch interior design kitchen

This designer’s taste hits all the high notes of style.

From an eclectic white kitchen,

With chic wood accents,

A statement ceiling,

To an unforgettable backsplash,

Amy Aidinis Hirsch creates unexpected spaces with unforgettable elements that combine in the perfect way.

From a statement nook,

To a too-good-to-be-true bathroom.

Amy Hirsch Interior Design pool

Indoors or out, these homes are the perfect places to relax after a long day and dream of the sunny skies ahead after the storm!

Hoping everyone in the path of Hurricane Florence stays safe!

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

 

Today, we are carrying everyone who lost friends or loved ones on September 11 in our hearts. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will never forget.

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The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re looking for something to read over Labor Day, 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.

 

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Library, Who Am I?, September 13, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm with:

September 21: Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, NC, Q&A and Signing. Presented by Friends of the Library. For more information call the Library at 828-743-0215, 3:00pm, free and open to the public

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, 6 pm, open to Chattooga Club members and guests

September 26: New Bern, NC Private Book Club Event, 6 pm

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

November 6: Private Book Club Event, Beaufort, NC, 6 pm

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FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

 

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Modern Shoreline Colonial in Greenwich

Colonial house in Greenwich

Happy Monday, Design Chic friends. We hope you had an amazing weekend full of fun times and gorgeous views. 

Colonial house in Greenwich

The good news is that all of that doesn’t have to stop just because it’s Monday. 

Colonial house in Greenwich entrance

This modern shoreline colonial by Wadi Associates really is the whole package. 

Colonial house in Greenwich living room

Stunning interiors that shirk the usual coastal feel for something all together more modern,

Colonial house in Greenwich family room

Statement lighting everywhere you turn, 

Colonial house in Greenwich keeping room

Perfect architectural details and light-filled spaces, 

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Enviable flow, 

Colonial house in Greenwich kitchen

A kitchen with plenty of workspace and eating space…

Colonial house in Greenwich window seat

Oh, and did we mention the views?

Colonial house in Greenwich bedroom

Add a chic space for sleep–and a little work if you must, 

Colonial house in Greenwich bedroom

And we can’t think of anyplace we’d rather wake up in the morning–or a sight we’d rather see out our windows!

Colonial house in Greenwich bathroom

Whether you’re a fan of long soaks in the tub

Colonial house in Greenwich bathroom

Long nights on the porch, with good friends and cherished family,

Colonial house in Greenwich

Or maybe a little bit of both, 

Colonial house in Greenwich porch

This house has absolutely everything that anyone would need to savor the summer in style. 

Colonial house in Greenwich garage

Thank you so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love it when you do!

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The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, 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.

 

The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

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

In Good Taste: Shelley Morris Interiors

Shelley Morris Interiors

Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to share the good taste of Shelley Morris Interiors with you today! From a classic black-and-white entryway,

Shelley Morris Interiors

To a modern, glamorous chandelier

Shelley Morris Interiors

A high-gloss reading nook,

Shelley Morris Interiors

To an über-chic office, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

These designers know how to make a house feel like home. With the right art, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

The right lighting, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

And an impeccable attention to detail, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

Shelley Morris Interiors makes good taste in any room in the house look effortless. 

Shelley Morris Interiors

With perfectly sized furniture, a blank wall becomes a beautiful nook for catching up on correspondence, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

And gorgeous architectural details define a library in quiet elegance. 

Shelley Morris Interiors

From the ultimate in entertaining, 

Shelley Morris Interiors

To powdering one’s nose, Shelley Morris Interiors infuses good taste into every space!

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

Shelley Morris Interiors via Dering Hall


What’s Coming Up on the The Secret to Southern Charm book tour!

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public 

August 2: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 6:30 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, free for Sea Island Members and Guests

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Library

  • Who Am I?
    September 13, 2018
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    OVERARCHING QUESTION: How do our favorite books about self-discovery help us navigate our life’s journey?

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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