House Tour: Montana Mountains Ski House

Get out your parka, pull on your ski boots, and come with us to this gorgeous Montana Mountains Ski House by Gary McBournie. 

With the perfect deep tones, 

And layered designs, 

And warm, cozy features, 

This is the ultimate spot for winter skiing, an aprés ski celebration, 

And waking up the next morning to admire the view–and do it all over again! 

A beautiful blend of textures, tones and colors gives this house a uniform and unique look,

While unique furnishings and architectural details create a strong sense of place. 

We have winter and skiing and fires and cocoa on the brain, but this is definitely the type of place that’s perfect for all four seasons. 

Thank you so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here!

Don’t forget: Southern Living will be revealing the first peek at the cover for my new novel, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, this Thursday at 12 pm.

I can’t wait to share the last installment of the Peachtree Bluff Series with you! Catch up on the first two books in the series, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM while you’re waiting. Don’t forget that books make the best holiday gifts!

GIFTS FOR HER

GIFTS FOR HIM

HOSTESS GIFTS

GIFTS FOR KIDS

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

 

House Tour: Cloth and Kind

 

Good morning, chic readers! Are you in full-on Thanksgiving hysteria yet? We are getting so excited, and, okay, truth time: We pulled out the Christmas playlist on Amazon Music today. (If you haven’t listened to the Train Christmas album, you totally should!) So, yeah, it will be 71 degrees tomorrow, and the turkey hasn’t even been bought yet much less cooked, but what’s the harm in breaking our no-Christmas-music-until-after-Thanksgiving rule? It’s not like we’ve already bought the tree

 

While you’re putting the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving grocery list, check out this fabulous house tour from the beyond amazing Cloth and Kind. It’s the perfect home, holiday or not!

 

Built-in bookcases are one of our favorite features in any home. The addition of the brass library lamps takes the look over the top!

 

A blue island is the perfect pop in an otherwise white kitchen. It adds so much dimension. 

 

A teeny vignette becomes a focal point with the addition of this beautiful rug and distressed piece of furniture.

 

There’s nothing better than starting and finishing the day in the sunniest spot in the house!

 

We love hot pink in any space…

 

And beautiful blues too, of course. 

 

There’s no space we love more than a window seat, especially when the weather gets cooler and we draw closer to home. 

 

Double sinks provide plenty of space for getting ready…

 

And a soaking tub creates a spa-like retreat. 

 

Just add a Turkish towel!

 

A playful child’s room is such a delight,

 

And a darling basin sink creates plenty of space for multiple kids to get ready for school.

 

Isn’t it amazing? We love Cloth and Kind’s use of color, pattern and texture–even on the porch. 

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

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Top Ten Favorite Ways to Add Texture to a Room

seagrass bag adds texture
Ralph Lauren Home

 

Happy Monday, readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend. We figured if anything could get your week started off on the right foot, it was a couple of cute puppies… And maybe a few of our favorite seagrass accents to lend a coastal chic feel to any space. Take a peek at these fabulous looks that add texture and style.

seagrass rug.adds texture
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Seagrass rug in this Sea Island Home

seagrass staircase.adds texture
J.K. Kling

 

The perfect seagrass staircase

 

seagrass basket pendant in kitchen adds texture
Studio McGee

 

Woven Pendants Make a Statement over the Island

 

seagrass stool in kitchen adds texture
Milk and Honey Home

 

Seagrass Stools add Texture to the Kitchen

 

seagrass basket in kitchen adds texture
Terra Cotta Design

 

Stay Organized with a Seagrass Basket

 

seagrass woven baskets adds texture
Gary McBournie
 

Seagrass woven baskets at the end of a bed

seagrass bed
BHG

 

Riverside House Seagrass Bed

 

seagrass rug
Miles Redd via Architectural Digest

 

Just-Right Rug 

 

bathroom seagrass chair
Lee Ann Thornton

 

Seagrass Chair and Basket add Function to the Bathroom

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

 

 


 

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

Diane Chamberlain, author of The Dream Daughter
Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of The Secret to Southern Charm
Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings
Lloyd Kramer, Director of Carolina Public Humanities, will moderate
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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Things We Love: Blonde Wood in Every Room

dining room with blonde wood from Leroy & Jackson
Leroy & Jackson

 

We don’t know if it’s true that blondes have more fun. (Although, as a lifelong blonde, I could made a strong case for it!) But we’re pretty sure, if these gorgeous homes are any indication, that blonde wood make a house more fun.

blonde wood cabinet in bar
Chango & Co

 

Nothing says “party” quite like a beautiful bar. This one has so many fun elements and this chest is the perfect base. The mix of woods here is fabulous!

white kitchen from Collins Interiors
Collins Interiors

 

We’ve never seen anything quite like these blonde wood pendants! They are incredible and blend so well with the bar stools. Can we talk about these vases too? All we know is that we want them!

white kitchen from Wendy Word
Wendy Word Design

 

Hardwoods are obviously a perfect choice for kitchen style. We love them in a variety of shades, but we think a lighter flooring choice feels casual and fun. What do you think?

kitchen blonde wood
M. Elle Designs

 

The great thing about using wood is that you really can’t go wrong when mixing and matching shades, stains and color tones. These rustic, distressed beams pair perfectly with the more refined wood below.

rattan chair in Chango & Co dining room
Chango & Co

 

We are still loving the casual air farmhouse tables lend, even to more formal spaces. Paired with a natural fiber chair, it’s such a great look!

light wood in beach house by Tom Scheerer
Tom Scheerer Interior Design

 

From bright bold, shades….

dining room with blonde wood from Marshall Watson Design
Marshall Watson Design

 

To more subdued tones or neutrals, every color pairs well with blonde wood!

desk in mudroom from Orrick and Co
Orrick and Co

 

We’re a little jealous of all this organization right by the back door. (It’s nearly impossible to believe, but I still don’t have that mudroom I’ve been thinking about for months…)

mudroom
Orrick & Co

 

Shiny and fresh or raw and rustic, we love blonde wood any old way! Are you a fan?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We love our readers!

More about my new book, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (Simon & Schuster, April 3, 2018) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 60 seconds. No major commitments here!)


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In Good Taste: Katie Leede & Co

Katie Leed abstract art

Good morning, chic readers! We thought you could use a few rich, fall hues to get your morning started off on the right note. But the gorgeous, good taste of Katie Leede is perfect for any season.

Katie Leede living room

Dreamy textures,

Katie Leede beach house

Unique accessories,

Katie Leede beach house

And the perfect, enviable details that make a space really shine are all hallmarks of this designer’s style.

Katie Leede living room

From modern spaces,

Katie Leede dining room

To those with a more traditional yet casual vibe,

Kaie Leede kitchen

Each and every space is wonderfully planned and altogether unique. 

Katie Leed bedroom

A stunning combination of color and texture makes this bedroom feel cozy and comforting,

Katie Leede bedroom

And antiques give it a sense of history.

Katie Leede bedroom

Large windows and unexpected art bring light and life to this space. 

Katie Leede bedroom

And a little boy’s bedroom becomes an imaginative haven–while still in keeping with the home’s signature style.

Katie Leede bathroom

This looks like the perfect spot to get cozy on a cool fall evening. Hoping you are savoring each and every day of yours!

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

books

I will be in Pinehurst, NC Thursday as the speaker for the annual Neighbors of Pinehurst Book Club Luncheon. If you’d like a personalized copy of Slightly South of Simple, Lies and Other Acts of Love or Dear Carolina for yourself or for a holiday gift for a loved one, call The Country Book Shop at  910.692.3211, and I’ll be happy to personalize for you. Or preorder The Secret to Southern Charm! Signed copies will also be available through The Country Bookshop’s website


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Things We Love: Woven Texture in Every Room

Beach house living room
Andrew J. Howard Interior Design

Good morning, chic reader friends. After a rainy, rainy day yesterday, we are ready for a little sunshine and to get out and about. Nothing says “bright and happy” quite like this fabulous room by our friend Andrew Howard. This is also a room that proves the power of texture.

Blue and white sitting room with woven blinds
Suellen Gregory Design

Just a hint of it totally changes a room. Aren’t these woven blinds wonderful? They add the right touch of a little something extra.

woven texture coffee table in living room
Serena & Lily

You know we love our neutrals. What keeps them from looking boring? Great textures, of course! Just a hint of it takes this coffee table from simple to stylish.

Living room with vaulted ceiling and black pendants
Serena & Lily

Our hands-down favorite way to add texture to any space is with a natural fiber rug. From a formal living room to a casual playroom, natural fibers work well in any room.

kitchen with basket pendants
Studio McGee

Mixing up the materials is a great way to add dimension and style to a kitchen. We’re big fans of these great pendant lights.

Woven barstools at kitchen island
Lynn Morgan Design

Speaking of texture in the kitchen, these barstools are oh so chic.

dining room with bench seating
Jute Interior Design

Three-dimensional art always makes a statement. Baskets are a great way to make it unique. 

hanging rattan swing chair from Serena & Lily
Serena & Lily

I have a hanging swing chair just like this in my bedroom–and it is one of my very favorite things–and adds an air of fun to the entire room.

belly basket woven add texture
Serena and Lily 

We are loving belly baskets right now, especially when there is a pop of color added to them. 

outdoor shower at beach house with basket and rock floor
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Life is better with an outdoor shower, no doubt about it. A pebble floor and a basket full of shower essentials make it all the better! What’s your favorite way to add texture to your space? 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Advance Praise for Slightly South of Simple:

“I’ve just discovered a wonderful author that I adore…A ‘don’t bother me, I’m reading’  story that has you smiling and crying for each of the ladies.” –Books-A-Million

More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)

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