Update Your Home for the Holidays

living room update Mary McDonald for Chaddock
Mary McDonald for Chaddock

 

Eighteen days until Thanksgiving. Twenty-eight days until Hanukkah. Fifty-one days until Christmas. 

living room update Ralph Lauren Home
Ralph Lauren Home

 

Basically, what we’re saying is that the holiday clock is ticking–and there’s no time to rest on this gorgeous chaise, sourced from Best Prices for Furniture! Unless you’re writing a letter to Santa. Then it’s okay. First things first, of course.  

game table update
Mr and Mrs Howard for Sherrill Furniture

 

We don’t know about you, but we have lots of things to do! My house is still about 70% gutted post-Florence, which stinks for the holidays, but is awesome for dreaming about how I’m going to put it all back. This game table? Definitely on my wish list!

Check out a few of our favorite ways to prep your house for this quickly approaching (yay!) holiday season with our friends from Best Prices for Furniture, who make it easy to source all your wishlist items, deliver with white glove service–and all at the best available price. 

 

Lillian August - Hickory White
Lillian August for Hickory White

 

  1. Dining table looking a little shabby? Outdated? Small? Families grow, but, lucky for us, so do tables! Memories are made around that table, so it’s a necessity, for sure. Modern? Traditional? Farmhouse? Industrial? Best Prices for Furniture can source whatever your heart desires. 
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Victoria Pearson Photography for John Richard

 

2. Focus on the bathroom details. So, yeah, most of our guest bathrooms don’t look quite like this one. But thoughtful details, like stacks of clean, fresh, white towels, a beautiful mirror, stylish storage and even a chic garden seat can help elevate your bathroom style for holiday houseguests.

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

 

3. If your guest room needs a little spruceSuzanne Kasler’s Paris Collection for Hickory Chair is a must-see. When you’re finished with your guest room remodel, make sure you spend a few nights there to see what your guests see. Did you forget a full-length mirror? A robe hook? A comfy chair for resting? 

Celerie Kemble for Arteriors

 

4. Up your lighting game. You want to be able to see all those gifts you’re unwrapping, of course. And a hostess or host like you? You’ll be getting lots of presents. Our favorite new lighting is Celerie Kemble’s collaboration with Arteriors. Talk about revamping in style!

kindle furniture living room
Kindel Furniture

 

5. Create room for conversation. From post-dinner drinks to family gatherings to mornings around the Christmas tree, your living room gets a lot of use–and it deserves to be the best it can be. If those occasional chairs from your grandmother are too tired, the coffee table isn’t your style or the sofa has always been the wrong shape, there’s no time like the present to replace it!

jonathan Charles living room
Jonathan Charles Furniture

 

6. Glam it up. As your family evolves, so does your life–and so should your home. If you’re past the Cheetos-fingers and Play Doh phase, it might be time to rethink your decor. 

Henredon Furniture Barbara Barry
Barbara Barry for Henredon Furniture

 

7. Carve out a spot of calm for you. Not only is this gorgeous new desk in blush from Barbara Barry for Henredon the perfect place to pen those holiday letters, it also doubles as the perfect vanity for getting glammed up for all the fabulous soirees you’ll be attending. And, if all else fails, you can grab a glass of wine, close the door, pretend you’re doing something important, and take a moment to hear yourself think amid the chaos!

Suzanne Kasler Hickory Chair living room
Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

 

If all this sounds great but a little overwhelming–I mean, who has the time?–Best Prices for Furniture has your back. Simply peruse their looks or send your favorites and their bevy of their discount dealers will compete for your business, saving you time and money.

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Hancock and Moore

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We have a feeling that, with the first major holiday only eighteen days a way, you could use as much as you can get of both! Check out Best Prices for Furniture for all your home-decor needs, for the holiday season and beyond. 

(Did we mention the white-glove delivery? If you’ve ever stood in your driveway looking at a 150-pound piece of furniture and realized there’s no one there to help you, then you really understand why this is worth repeating!)

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Tour the Home of Designer Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

 

Tour the Home of Suzanne Kasler

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English kitchen

 

Renovation of an English Townhouse

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A Dream Kitchen by deVol

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Serena & Lily bedroom

 

Preparing the Guest Room for the Holidays

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The Christmas Book - Neiman Marcus

 

Take a Peek at the 2018 Christmas Book

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If you need a good read for these chilly fall evenings, why not check out my national bestselling The Secret to Southern Charm

 

The Secret to southern Charm

More Info about The Secret to Southern Charm

-A 2018 Spring Okra Pick
-USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction
-Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018
-Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List
-Raleigh News & Observer’s “The Best Reads of Summer”
-Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books”
-New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick

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Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).

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Tour a Buckhead Beauty and More

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Tour a Buckhead Beauty 

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Choosing Between a Range or a Cooktop & Wall Ovens

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Favorite Weekend Sales

 

 Sale Up to 20% Off – horchow

Up to 70% Off  – shopbop

Extra 40% off  Sale Items  anthropologie

40% off Fall Items  j crew

20% Off Order of $600 or More – one kings lane

Up to 70% Off  – neiman marcus

Up to 60% Off  serena and lily

Up to 40% Off – nordstrom

New to Sale Up to 75% off saks fifth avenue



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: 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!

 

Ready for Christmas in Beautiful Buckhead

 living room Christmas

Are you holiday ready? Suzanne Kasler’s Buckhead home certainly is! And we feel like we’re getting there…

Christmas mantel

The mantels are decorated and the pilot lights are lit in preparation for Christmas Eve fires. (No wood-burning fireplaces here, sadly enough.)

Christmas sofa

We have decorated our trees and oohed and aahed over each ornament–and the memories that go with it. From the Christopher Radko wedding gifts to the Simon Pearce balls that mark the passing of each year to the handmade treasures from each year of school, every ornament has a special meaning.

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And the crystal is washed and the silver is polished in preparation for days of celebration. 

Christmas gifts

The presents are mostly wrapped and underneath the tree. From scooters and laser tag to iPhone 8s and iPads, Carolina blue cashmere to our favorites of all, sparkly things in small, small boxes, they are ready and waiting for Santa’s arrival!

Christmas living room

We think we’ll take a note from Suzanne Kasler and keep the flowers simple this year. There is nothing more beautiful–or more Christmas-y–than fresh greenery and bright berries. 

Christmas living room

The best part of the holidays comes after the presents have been opened and the turkey has been eaten, after the carols have been sung and the PJs are on, when everyone sits around the fire sipping cocktails or hot chocolate to reflect on another year well spent. 

Christmas dining room

To remember where each has come from and plan for what will be better in the year ahead. 

Christmas entrance

It is these small, simple things, the wreaths on the front doors, the silver sugar dishes full of candy canes, that set the stage for a magical holiday season with family and friends, that is full of good cheer and maybe, if you’re really lucky, even a little rest. 

Christmas porch

As Suzanne Kasler beautifully portrays, with a few snips from the great outdoors, the stage is set for a memorable holiday season. Are you ready for the holidays?

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Last week we had the pleasure of spending a fun-filled long weekend in the place that we think gets as close to Christmas magic as you can without going to the North Pole: NYC! I had the most amazing  day of meetings with the team at Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster),  about all that is THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, the sequel to SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and the second book in Peachtree Bluff series–and filmed fun videos that I can’t wait to share with you! To celebrate the upcoming launch (April 3, 2018!) and get you in the holiday spirit, we’re giving away a $100 Amazon gift card for your holiday essentials. Enter below!

 

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House Tour: Buckhead Beauty Designed by Suzanne Kasler

Buckhead house - Suzanne Kasler

It’s been a whirlwind 25 days on the Slightly South of Simple book tour, where I have had the great pleasure of meeting amazing people in beautiful cities and towns across our Country.  I was in Atlanta just a few days ago, and I couldn’t help but think about that time when I saw this fabulous Buckhead home designed by one of our favorite designers, Suzanne Kasler. Take a peek. We think you’ll love it just as much as we do!

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INTERIOR DESIGN –  Suzanne Kasler

ARCHITECTS – Spitzmiller & Norris

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT  –  E. Graham Pittman & Associates

PHOTOGRAPHER – Erica George Dines

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Upcoming Tour Dates:

Thursday, May 11: Jefferson’s Gifts, Greenville, NC, 310 W 9th St, Greenville, NC 27834, Wine Tasting and Signing, 5-7 pm, for information call (252) 355-5600

Friday, May 12: Meredith Lewis’s home, Wilmington, NC, Mimosas and Muffins, 10:00 am-12 pm

Friday, May 12: Signing at Neuse Sports Shop, Kinston, NC, 5-7 pm

Saturday, May 13: Beaufort Linen Co., Beaufort, NC, Mother’s Day Muffins and Mimosas, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, free and open to the public

Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day Sip and Sign, Winder, GA Private Home

Monday, May 15: Signing, Meet & Greet, Avid Book Shop, 1662 S. Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30606, 5:00-6:00 pm, Contact: Rachel Watkins, [email protected]

Tuesday, May 16: Reynolds Plantation Girls Night Out Event, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr. Greensboro, GA 30624, Contact: Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected],

Wednesday, May 17: River Hills Country Club, 1 Country Club Dr., Lake Wylie, SC 20710, 12 pm, Contact Sue Foster, vice president of programs [email protected], noon-1:15 pm

Restyling for Spring with Best Prices For Furniture!

living room with Barbara Barry Furniture
Barbara Barry for Henredon

 

Oh my goodness, we have Spring fever in the worst possible way! It is so, so warm here this week (I laid out on the top porch yesterday… Don’t tell my dermatologist!) and we can’t help but hope that it will stay this way!

living room with neutral furniture from Marge Carson
Marge Carson

 

We are so happy to be able to open the windows, enjoy the breeze and let the sunshine pour in.

club chair and ottoman from Jessica Charles
Jessica Charles

 

And, of course, with the sunshine comes that little voice in the back of our minds… That little nudge that tells us it’s time for a spring spruce!

armoire in living room
Jonathan Charles Furniture

 

That’s where our fabulous friends at Best Prices for Furniture come in. What we love about this North Carolina company is that they aren’t just a discount dealer.

C.R.Laine Furniture and Currey & Company Chandelier

 

Best Prices for Furniture works with an entire network of discount furniture dealers to make sure that you get the very best price on the pieces you’re craving.

living room with coral accents and gray sofa
E.J. Victor

 

Wanting to add a pop of color to make your space sing “Spring?” Look no further!

console table with large mirror
John Richard

 

Want to make your tired entrance foyer look refreshed and revitalized for a new season?

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Visual Comfort

 

Or revamp your lighting to enhance your space?

four poster bed
Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture

 

Look no further than Best Prices for Furniture! We love that we can pick any of our favorite pieces from any of our favorite brands and know we’re getting the best price. Simple! The white glove delivery doesn’t hurt…

bedroom with twin beds
Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

 

There’s no time like Spring for a fabulous girls weekend. Which makes now the perfect time to revamp the guest bedroom! We love, love these twin beds!

teak modern furniture
Brown Jordan Furniture

 

And, it goes without saying that getting our outdoor space ready is a total necessity. Do you have any projects on your spring sprucing list? 

Happy President’s Day to you, our chic friends! We hope you have a wonderful day!

 

Advance Praise for my new novel, Slightly South of Simple, on pre-order special for only $9.95 right now

 

“Kristy Woodson Harvey writes about the bonds between women. The blood-is-thicker-than-water relationships that exist between daughters and mothers and grandmothers.  She inserts Southern drama and subtle hints to unearthed secrets that keep you reading till the very end. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.” Brenda Pruitt, Cozy Little House

In Good Taste: Suzanne Kasler

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When it comes to good taste, there’s no one that has it knocked quite like Suzanne Kasler

homes

Always the epitome of grace, elegance and style, Kasler’s homes have a sense of purpose about them. They tell a story. 

refined

Never too stuffy, but always refined, these are the rooms that we go back to again and again to study and learn and fall in love with something new at every turn.

collected

We love the feeling of a room being collected, of it coming together over time, and, though we are sure that there has been a time Kasler purchased everything in a room at once, her rooms always have that collected feeling.

painting

But, at the same time, they never take themselves too seriously. A throw for a chilly day, a whimsical painting… 

abstract-art

Abstract art is always the right choice for infusing a room–even a otherwise staid one–with humor and whimsy. (We spy our FAVORITE tray from Anna by RabLabs on the coffee table!

neutrals

Kasler knows that, when it comes to doing neutrals well, texture is the name of the game. Each of these is more luscious than the next.

light

Bright, light and with the perfect, unexpected palette. 

doors

This room is almost too good! Perfection in every single way! Have you ever, ever seen windows and doors quite this amazing?

accessorizes

The beauty is so often in the details, as with this chic vignette. But Kasler never over accessorizes, which, in our New Year, clutter-free state of mind we really appreciate!

Even the ceiling is a work of art! Dining rooms can sometimes feel a little too stiff and heavy. The color play in this room keeps it from feeling too formal.

dining

Who needs an island when you can gather family around a real dining table? Lovely!

bedrooms

We love all of Suzanne Kasler’s rooms. Really, we do. But the bedrooms?

dreamy

They are positively dreamy. They actually make you want to curl up and go to sleep. It’s genius.

glamour

This dressing area is so feminine and delicate, with the right amount of glamour to make getting ready as much fun as the event itself!

outdoor

This is the kind of outdoor space that has us dreaming of getting outside. With a fireplace that lovely you can do just that, no matter the weather. 

We hope that, no matter the weather where you are, your 2017 is off to a fabulous start!

House Tour:Suzanne Kasler

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… For a house tour! When that house is the peerless Suzanne Kasler’s, it gets even more wonderful!

living-room

Kasler’s home designs are the ultimate in luxury, the kind of spaces that Pinterest boards are made of. (We know. We’ve already pinned all of these photos…)

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It’s the little things: a hint of blue on the ceiling that coordinates perfectly with a pop of orange for interest…

abstract-art

A gallery wall that is perfectly imperfect…

wood

A fabulous piece of art that makes all of the other neutral elements in the room come to life.

dining

This elegant dining room is just the right place for gathering friends and family over the holiday for a delicious meal. Luxe elements keep it formal while seagrass and modern pieces keep it from becoming stuffy.

dining

Talk about the perfect place for holiday entertaining! We love this room too!

glass

You know already how we feel about getting the bar all stocked and ready for entertaining… This intimate nook is great for grabbing a chat with friend.

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Or, better yet…

bedroom

We do simply adore a gorgeous pair of twin beds, and the benches at the end are the icing on the cake!

bedroom

The architectural details in this beautiful master retreat make it even more fabulous!

bathroom

And more fabulous still!

vanity

Every lady needs her own space to get ready in the morning…

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And, maybe even moreso, a place to cap off a fabulous day with a sip of champagne!

pool

For reflecting, swimming or catching a few rays, this is the most perfect pool, making this lovely home as glamorous on the outside as it is inside. Add a wreath and a decorated tree, and we think we could move right in! Don’t you just love seeing how designers live in their own homes? We know we do!

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