House Tour: Beautiful in Birmingham

Jeffrey Dungan architect Beth Webb Interiors Jean Allsopp Photography stone fireplace in living room in Birmingham


We can all use a good second chance every now and then. From furniture to houses, accessories to, yes, people, reinvention is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves.


Jeffrey Dungan architect Beth Webb Interiors Jean Allsopp Photo in living room with stone fireplace in Birmingham


And, sometimes, when life changes, in order to move forward, we could all use a second act.


Jeffrey Dungan architect Beth Webb Interiors Jean Allsopp Photo dining room with round table in Birmingham


That’s exactly what this stunning home  with design by Jeffrey Dungan Architect with Interiors by Beth Webb and captured beautifully by Jean Allsopp Photography  became for a pair of empty nesters


Jeffrey Dungan architect Beth Webb Interiors Jean Allsopp Photo kitchen with island in Birmingham


Perfectly appointed for a pair–or a party–


Jeffrey Dungan architect Beth Webb Interiors Jean Allsopp Photo staircase in Birmingham


We can’t imagine a better place 


Jeffrey Dungan architect Beth Webb Interiors Jean Allsopp Photo bedroom in Birmingham


to start a brand new chapter.


Jeffrey Dungan architect Beth Webb Interiors Jean Allsopp Photo bedroom


We can’t imagine a better place to start a brand new chapter.


Jeffrey Dungan architect Beth Webb Interiors Jean Allsopp Photo bathroom


Or, for that matter, a better bathroom.


Jeffrey Dungan architect Beth Webb Interiors Jean Allsopp Photography with stone porch and hanging swing in Birmingham


A porch swing perfect for relaxing,


Jeffrey Dungan architect Beth Webb Interiors Jean Allsopp Photography stone exterior


and a pool area ready for hours of entertainment for grandparents, children and grandchildren!  Don’t you agree?



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LIVE (Private) Cocktail Party at Palmetto Bluff Club, E. Shavers Booksellers.


VIRTUAL (Private) Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island Author Series.


LIVE SOLD OUT: Litchfield Books “Moveable Feast,” Ocean One Restaurant, 1 Norris Drive, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, 11 am.


VIRTUAL Reading with Robin “Tell Me About Your Book” Series, 4 pm, Instagram Live @robinkallink.

VIRTUAL Ask Me Anything Facebook Live in Friends & Fiction Group PageKristy Woodson Harvey Facebook Page and A Novel Bee.

VIRTUAL Cuyahoga County Public Library, 7 pm, Bookseller, Mac’s Back’s Books on Coventry, Free & Open to the Public.


LIVE M Judson Booksellers Lunch & Lit, Soby’s, 207 S Main St. Greenville, SC, 12-1:30 PM, Ticketed, $40 Includes Meal and Book. Click for More Information.

VIRTUAL Browseabout Books & Lewes Public Library, 5 pm, Free & Open to the Public, Click for More Information.

VIRTUAL Warwick’s Couch Surfing Series, 7 pm EST, In Conversation with Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, Click for more information.

VIRTUAL Bloom Room, 8 pm, Bloom with Tall Poppy Writers Facebook Page.


LIVE “Books and Bites” sponsored by Friends of The Mountain Branch Library, Lake Lure Inn, 2771 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746, 828.625.2525, Lunch at 11:30am, Meet & Greet at 11am, Bookseller – Malaprops.

LIVE Laura Park Designs, 1033 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207; (704) 807-2630, 4 – 5:30 pm Sip & Sign, Free & Open to the Public.

VIRTUAL Friends & Fiction Live, 7 pm, Friends & Fiction Facebook Page.


LIVE (Private) Country Club of Spartanburg Luncheon, Members & Guests.

LIVE South Main Book Company, Books + Bites, 110 S Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144, 4:00pm – 6:00 pm, Personalized, Signed Books Available, Drive-Through Pick-Up Available, Free & Open to the Public. Click for More Information.

VIRTUAL Left Bank Books, 8 PM EST


LIVE Waiting on Martha Home, 4300 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Suite 111, Atlanta, GA 30339; 678) 293-6072, Time TBD, Free & Open to the Public.


VIRTUAL Foxtale Book Shop, 2 pm, Facebook, Free & Open to the Public, Register via Facebook.


LIVE Sip & Sign at The Book Loft, 214 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034; (904) 261-8991, 3-5 pm.


LIVE Literary Guild of St. Simons Island, Casino Building, St. Simons Island, GA, 10:30 am, Free to Guild Members, $10 for Non-Members, Book Sales by GJ Ford Bookshop, Click for More Information.

VIRTUAL Bank Square Books, 1 pm, Free & Open to the Public.

LIVE Wine & Sign with Oxford Exchange, The Commerce Club, 420 West Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606, 6:30 pm.


LIVE USC Beaufort Luncheon, 12 pm, Details TBA.



VIRTUAL  “Thoughts from a Page” Literary Salon, 11am CST.

VIRTUAL Friends & Fiction Live, 7 pm, Friends & Fiction Facebook Page.


VIRTUAL South Carolina State Library, 7 pm.

VIRTUAL Lowcountry Book Club Chat, 8 pm, Lowcountry Book Club Facebook Page.


LIVE Literary Luncheon to support Beaufort Historic Site, Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC, 11:30 am, Tickets $40.


LIVE “Seriously Southern Cocktail Party,” Porch Parties with Signature Cocktails and Heavy Hors d’oeuvres to Benefit Beaufort Historical Association, Beaufort Historic Site, $80 per ticket, 4:30 pm.


LIVE (Private) National Charity League Mothers & Daughters Annual Awards Event, Camp Albemarle, Newport, NC, 4 pm.


VIRTUAL Wine & Words with Wade, 6:30 pm, Live on Facebook.


VIRTUAL Friends & Fiction Book Club, Live, 7 pm, Facebook Live.


Visit me on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win one of FIVE advance copies of UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY! To enter, simply comment on this post, Instagram or Facebook on which event you’d most like to attend!


Don’t forget, it’s never too early to preorder from your bookseller of choice!

Thanks so much for all your support of UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY and all my books. I can’t wait to share it with you April 20!


More About Under the Southern Sky

Recently separated Amelia Buxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Buxton Beach. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind.


AND , in case you haven’t read Feels Like Falling, now is your chance!  It’s on sale for $1.99 on Kindle for a limited time.  Check it out HERE!






What Would Jeffrey Dungan Do?


It has been 118 days since we evacuated for Hurricane Florence, which means it has also been 117 nights since I have slept in my bed. (Not that I’m keeping track.) I am not complaining about this, as I have kept all my New Year’s Resolutions–one being not to complain to my family about being out of my house and y’all are my family–for EIGHT ENTIRE DAYS. I know. It’s probably a world record. 



I’m feeling happy and inspired because, praise the Lord!, the tearing out has been done for weeks, but the putting back together is actually starting next week!! So I’m told…

I’ll be honest: I’ve been a little meh about picking everything out, which is totally unlike me. But when you spent two entire years of your life taking a house from dilapidated to your dream home, and then, four years later, you’re doing it again, your tastes haven’t really changed that much. So it’s like, do I keep it all the same? Or do I change stuff that I really love?



Fortunately, there’s Design Chic. And all the inspiration. And so, yesterday, I asked myself: 



What Would Jeffrey Dungan Do?



He would pick himself up by the bootstraps, get a new vision together, and, you know what? He’d probably add onto the house too. 



(I can’t say that for sure, but, I mean, look at his work? Who wouldn’t want more of that?)



I may have been feeling less than inspired but, fortunately, Mom has been saving up her energy for when I was feeling inspired. She is one of those people who can look at rooms taken to the studs and 1.4 seconds later have found inspiration photos for exactly what the layout should be and corresponding photos for exactly what materials you should use and…



These ceilings are definitely happening. Certainly in little Will’s room. They’re the perfect masculine touch. 



Oh, and the freestanding tub that there has been, quite frankly, a lot of grumbling about? Also happening. 



Did I say it had been 117 nights since I had slept in my bed? What I meant to say is that it had been 117 nights since I’d been in my bathtub. Cost per use, that thing is cheaper than anything else in the house. And I’m going to need it back soon or I’m never going to hit my reading goal for the year, which is an entirely different post.


Are you drooling over Dungan’s work like we are?


William Abranowicz Photography


Thank you so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We love it when you drop by!



House Tour: B.D. Jeffries Owners’ Buckhead Home

B.D. Jeffries owner's home entrance hall

We all have them, those favorite shops that are our must-visits every time we go to a certain town. 

B.D. Jeffries owner's living room

For us, in Charlotte and Atlanta, one of those stores is B.D. Jeffries.

B.D. Jeffries owner's home

B.D. Jeffries owner's living room

So it is a particular treat to share the Buckhead home of B.D. Jeffries owners Brad and Debbie Weitz. 

B.D. Jeffries owner's abstract art

One look and it was evident that their house, like their store, was going to be a fast, fast favorite.

B.D. Jeffries owner's books

This is one of those homes that should be beside “chic” in the dictionary. 

B.D. Jeffries owner's foyer

There’s really no other word.

B.D. Jeffries owner's dining room

At once austere and well-collected,


The right mix of antique and new,

B.D. Jefferies owner's dining room

It is abundantly clear that the aesthetic that inspires the store we love so much has also inspired its owners’ home.

B.D. Jefferies owner's bedroom

Layered, soft and oh-so-cozy, this is the type of bedroom that lends itself to curling up with a pile of books and staying for awhile. 

B.D. Jefferies owner's porch

We love porches that blend the outside and inside seamlessly. Everything about this porch is perfection.

B.D. Jefferies owner's home

And the exterior is so utterly charming, a signal of the graciousness that awaits inside. 

B.D. Jefferies owner's porch

We couldn’t love this gorgeous home any more! What is your favorite part?

Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Photography: Emily Followill

Interior Design: Eleanor Roper


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