Things We Love: Pea Gravel in the Garden

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Howard Design Studio

 

Mom and I have both always loved infomercials. I know. They’re worse than reality TV. But it’s not like you set out to watch an infomercial. It’s something that just sort of happens. Not so much anymore, but, back in the days before DVR and OnDemand, we’d be up late, and one would just come on. And then we’d get sucked in, and, before we knew it, we were pulling out our credit card  (Well, Mom’s credit card. I was a child.) and ordering Yoga Booty Ballet because the next fifty callers got a free set of resistance bands.

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Hollander Designs

 

 

We already had three sets of resistance bands, but it’s something in that guy’s voice and all those women who went from a size 14 to a size 2 in three weeks and their asthma went away and they met the love of their life and won the lottery… 

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Suzanne Kasler via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

So we ordered Yoga Booty Ballet. And Billy Blank’s Tae Bo. And this cool thing you used to sort cans in the fridge. And something I can’t remember the name of that involved step aerobics. (Mom is really good at step aerobics. She was a preschool mom in the early 90’s so, you know…)

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Robert Couturier  via CTC&G

 

But there was this one infomercial I always used to see that intrigued me. It was for these detoxifying foot pads. You’d put them on when you slept and they would pull all the toxins and heavy metals out of your body and when you woke up the foot pads were black with all of the gross stuff pulled out of your body!

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Hollander Design

 

Now, Mom still has a Tony Little Gazelle in the garage, but she made fun of me for thinking these things would work. So I never got them. 

pea gravel
Stroudwater Design Group via Dering Hall

 

Yesterday, I was in TJ Maxx trying to be patient while Will examined two dozen lunch boxes when I saw them. Those foot pads! And they were $4.99, so I bought them, despite the lack of a free set if I ordered in the next eight minutes. And I woke up this morning and they were black just like on the infomercial, and I am quite sure that my insides are squeaky clean and toxin and heavy metal free just like that happy girl on TV all those years ago!

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CCT&G

 

So, sure, yeah, it’s probably just some sort of reaction with the heat in my body that turns that little pad black. But it makes you feel so accomplished. I mean, for every win–like the foot pad and Billy Blanks–there’s a thigh master and a can sorter that cans don’t actually fit in. But that’s half the fun. And this is why we love infomercials. 

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Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Something we love that’s a little less risky? Pea gravel.

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Architectural Digest

 

We installed it in our backyard in Beaufort, and it has been a miracle for controlling moisture and keeping those pesky mosquitoes away.

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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

Plus, it’s so pretty, which, frankly, was our initial appeal. The lack of Zika was just a happy side effect.

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CTC&G

 

So, no, it’s not great for heels. But in flats or flip flops, gravel makes the most satisfying crunch underneath your feet.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

And it’s such a beautiful juxtaposition with surrounding grass.

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CTC&G

 

So, no, you probably won’t get a free gift with purchase with your pea gravel. But, on the very bright side, it’s also probably not going to end up unused in your garage. Speaking of, I’m off to unearth those Yoga Booty Ballet DVDs I haven’t seen since college. They were great. And I’m having the strangest urge to hunt down this Fluidity Barre system that I used to see all the time… Although, it’s way less fun to order informercial products now that I have to use my own credit card!

Wishing you a wonderful day, chic friends!

 

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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

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

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 3: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

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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Dear Carolina

Hi, friends! Exciting news! My first novel, Dear Carolina, is only $1.99 today on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes and wherever you get your ebooks! Dear Carolina released May 5, 2015 and was one of: 

*PopSugar’s Best Books for Women*
*Huffington Post’s Summer Reading: Women’s Fiction Style*
*Glitter Guide’s Must-Read List for June*
*Deep South Magazine’s Best Beach Reads*
*The Herald Sun’s Summer Reads*

It’s the perfect addition to your beach bag!

Things We Love: Root Home Decor

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Good morning, chic readers! You know how we love featuring fabulous designers, and I am particularly excited about this one today! 

Root home decor living room

One of the most amazing stops on my The Secret to Southern Charm book tour was to a gorgeous shop called Root Home Decor in Manasquan, NJ, on the Jersey Shore. 

root home decor

(For the record we did discuss that I seemed much different from the TV Show Southern Charm and they seemed much different from the TV show Jersey Shore!)

root home decor dining

You know those stores that you go in and you keep having to walk around and around and around because there is SO MUCH good stuff to look at?

root home decor

Root is definitely one of those stores. 

root home decor

As you can tell, the designers at Root have a style all their own. 

root home decor

From a youthful, funky loft

Root home decor bedroom

Full of charming details and unexpected touches, 

root home decor dining room

To a coastal-inspired home with plenty of unique accessories, 

root home decor living room

The designers at Root really know how to source and blend products and materials to create a totally custom look. 

root home decor bedroom

They choreograph the kinds of spaces that we couldn’t wait to come home to. 

And, well, they throw a fabulous book party too! Thank you so much to Root for being so welcoming to me. If you’re in the Manasquan area, Root is a must-visit! The Secret to Southern Charm

If you haven’t checked out my Peachtree Bluff Series, beginning with Slightly South of Simple and continuing with my latest release, The Secret to Southern Charm, what are you waiting for?  Summer is the perfect time to get up to day on the Murphy girls and Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a town where the breeze is warm, the sun is shining, and nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems!

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

 

 

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Tour a Dream Hamptons Summer House and More

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Tour a Dream Hamptons Summer House

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beach Serena & Lily

 

Preparing for Memorial Day 

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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 you tote.


 

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COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! 

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Ray Booth Evocative Interiors

Ray Booth Evocative Interiors

With Memorial Day so close we can taste it, we’re making our plans and calling friends and lining our beach reads up nicely in a row.

Ray Booth Evocative Interiors living room

But it isn’t fair that we get to have all the beach read fun. What about our houses?? 

Ray Booth Evocative Interiors living room

If your coffee table is looking for a little spruce now that the unofficial start to summer is almost here, Ray Booth’s new Evocative Interiors is a must, must-read!

Ray Booth Evocative Interiors living room

The best rooms–like the best literature–evoke emotions in us, make us feel something right off the bat. 

Ray Booth Evocative Interiors kitchen

There is no doubt that Booth’s rooms do just that, so, of course, this is an extremely aptly titled book. 

Ray Booth Evocative Interiors bedroom

Whether he is designing a cozy, chic master bedroom or a sprawling living room filled with light, this designer’s range and talent is fully on display in his debut coffee table book. We couldn’t love Evocative Interiors any more–and hope that you will pick up a copy for your home! Don’t forget that books make the best hostess gifts! With all those summer parties, now is a fabulous time to stock up!

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic. We love it when you do!

Slightly South of Simple The Secret to Southern Charm

Speaking of great reads, if you haven’t checked out my Peachtree Bluff Series, beginning with Slightly South of Simple and continuing with my latest release, The Secret to Southern Charm, what are you waiting for? Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to get up to day on the Murphy girls and Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a town where the breeze is warm, the sun is shining, and nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems!

 

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Tour a Fabulous Comporta, Portugal Compound

Comporta, Portugal

 

Tour this Fabulous Comporta, Portugal Compound

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Get Your Bedroom Summer Ready

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Tips for Designing a Small Kitchen

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Styling your Dining Room and Kitchen

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Vacation Style with Matches Fashions

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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 you tote.

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Shingled and Chic in Cape Cod

Richard Hallberg Interiors living room shingled

Happy house tour, chic readers! We are loving this beautiful shingled beach home, in Cape Cod by the fabulous team of  Hutker Architects and Richard Hallberg Interiors.  Take a look around and we think you’ll agree!  Enjoy!

Richard Hallberg Interiors living room shingled

 

Richard Hallberg Interiors kitchen

 

Richard Hallberg Interiors dining room

 

Richard Hallberg Interiors living room

 

Richard Hallberg Interiors wood floors

 

Richard Hallberg Interiors bedroom

 

Richard Hallberg wood ceiling

 

Richard Hallberg Interiors porch

 

Richard Hallberg shingled pool and garden

 

Gifts For Mom

 

And Our Favorite Choice for Mom –  The Secret to Southern Charm.  It’s the perfect Mother’s Day read!

 

COME SEE ME ON THE THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! IT’S BEEN AMAZING!

 

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