The Secret to Southern Charm is Beautiful in Blue and White!

cobalt blue staircase
Tom Scheerer via Dering Hall


Good morning, chic readers! I can’t believe it, but… The Secret to Southern Charm is here! It is on shelves all around the country, and you can pick it up now at your local bookstore, Target, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million or order from any of the above, Indiebound, Amazon or wherever books are sold! 


The Secret to Southern Charm is the second book in my Peachtree Bluff series, and I can’t thank all of my Design Chic friends enough for all your support of book one, Slightly South of Simple. (And my first two books, Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love.) You made me a national bestseller, and I am so grateful!

cobalt blue dining room
Chango & Company


A little more about The Secret to Southern Charm:

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.

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Old Seagrove Homes


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.

cobalt blue stools in kitchen
Deane, Inc


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).

Alyssa Rosenheck Photography blue and white kitchen
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography


My friend and incredible New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe said of The Secret to Southern Charm: ““The Secret to Southern Charm is a compelling, beautifully drawn tale of love, hope and small town secrets.  The richly detailed backdrop of a charming coastal town and the struggles and joys of four generations of women solidifies Kristy Woodson Harvey’s spot as a rising star of Southern Fiction.” I am so excited for all of you to read my newest novel and so appreciate all your nice emails, comments and preorders!

cobalt blue beach house
Liz Caan


Best of all?

cobalt blue bedroom
Serena & Lily


The book cover, like these stunning rooms, is blue and white!


Looking to add the pinnacle of fresh, fun, timeless style to any room in your home? Blue paired with white? Perfection every time… 

The Secret to Southern Charm

Even in a book cover! Thanks again so much for all of your support my friends. I am on tour for the next five weeks all over the country, so please come see me! For the next few events, check out the below. For the full tour schedule, visit my author website








No one loves blue and white more than our friend Tina from The Enchanted Home! Here’s what she has to say about The Secret to Southern Charm:

“CALLING ALL READERS. I am so thrilled for the amazing success my fellow blogger and friend, Kristy Harvey is having with her wonderful books, and with good reason. She has captivated so many with her wonderful, heart warming, funny stories (all that take place in the south is an extra bonus) and knows how to really engage her reader, her books are the kind you don’t want to close.

 You know those kind of books that you wish you could literally jump into and become a part of the story ? Think Nicholas Sparks meets Elin Hinderbrand….yes they are that good. I can hardly wait to delve into her newest, The Secret to Southern Charm. I just know her books are headed to the big screen one day:) Click here to preorder yours” — Tina, The Enchanted Home

Upcoming tour dates. For the full schedule visit my author site!

April 3: Launch party at South Main Book Co., Salisbury, NC, 5:00-7:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 4: Holcomb Reading Club in Spartanburg at Spartanburg CC, Spartanburg, SC, 11:30 am, private event

April 4: Afternoon tea, Poinsett Club, 807 East Washington Street, Greenville, SC, ticketed event, open to members, For tickets Stacia Smith, (864) 242-3062,  [email protected], 3:00 pm, private

April 5: Kiawah Reads talk and signing,  Sandcastle Community Center, 23 Beachwalker Drive, Kiawah Island, SC29407, beverages and light snacks, Contact Mandi Danker [email protected] for tickets, 11:00 am, open to the public

April 5: Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, 509 S Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506, Contact Mary Wiser, Friends of Florence County Library, 843-413-7065,  [email protected], 6:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: Moveable Feast through Litchfield Books; Litchfield Beach, SC, contact is Vicky Crafton, 843-237-8138, [email protected], 11:00 am with signing at bookstore at 2:00 pm, open to the public

April 6: “The Secret to Southern Charm at Woodhouse Day Spa,” Woodhouse Day Spa, 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, wine and nibbles, Contact is Kimberly Powell, 843-203-1772, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, open to the public

April 7: Wine, Women & Wisdom, Southern Style, launch of this luncheon series at Buxton Books, 2A Cumberland Street, Corner of Concord and Cumberland, Charleston, SC 29401, Contact Polly Buxton, [email protected], 843-696-5050, noon-2:00 pm, open to the public

April 8: Southern Sweet Tea Author Talk & Book Signing at Summerville Library presentation Dorchester County Library, 76 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, SC 29485, tea, water, lemonade, and pastries served; Contact is Leslie Koller, [email protected], 842-871-5075 ext. 220, 2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 9:  “Books and Bites” at Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL with sandwiches and tea, organized through The Book Loft, 214 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, “meet and greet” with signing, contact events person is Christy LeLait, [email protected], store: 904-261-8991, 11:30 am, open to the public

April 9: The Bookshelf, 126 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792, Book Clubs and Beach Reads: A conversation with Kristy Woodson Harvey, wine and cheese provided,  Contact Ashley Sherlock [email protected], [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to public

April 10: “Books and Bites,” Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Gulf County, 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, contact is Nancy Brockman, [email protected], 850-229-8879, 12:00-2:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 10:  Sundog Books, 89 Central Square, Seaside, FL  32459, Contact Dwan Dawson-Tape, 850-231-5481, [email protected], 4:00-5:00 pm, free and open to the public

The Secret to Southern Charm - beach book



Things We Love: Diane James Home

 Diane James Home flowers

It would really be more appropriate to title this post “Things and People We Love.” Because as much as we love the beautiful shop, Diane James Home, and The Buzz Blog that is connected to it, we love it’s owners and authors, twins Carolyn and Cynthia, even more!  

 Diane James Home flowers

They were some of our very first blog friends when we started Design Chic, have been an endless source of support and inspiration, and even brought gorgeous blue hydrangeas for everyone at the beyond beautiful blogger luncheon our fabulous friend Tina from The Enchanted Home hosted for the launch of my novel Slightly South of Simple last year. (If you’ve read it, you’ll get why those flowers were so important!)

 Diane James Home flowers

You know we love flowers. Love and adore them and can’t get enough of them. And we know that you do too. 

 Diane James Home flowers

But, sometimes it has been freezing cold for what seems like forever (like now!), or you’re allergic to flowers or you hate the mess the make or you can’t keep them alive for longer than a half hour… 

 Diane James Home flowers

But that’s where sweet Cynthia and Carolyn and their beautiful line for Diane James Home come in. 

 Diane James Home flowers

Because they have an endless variety of gorgeous blooms that won’t die, won’t need watering… And here’s the clincher: They look exactly like the real thing. 

It’s quite astonishing, actually. 

 Diane James Home flowers

Their new Spring Watercolors Collection might be their most beautiful yet. And we don’t know about you, but, if we are going to make it until spring actually arrives, we are going to need some beautiful blooms in our lives!  

 Diane James Home flowers

Not only are they stunning for your own home–indoors or out–but Diane James Home florals make the perfect gift. We’re loving them for the upcoming wedding season. Because, honestly, the bride is probably getting tired of dinner plates. 

 Diane James Home flowers

From topiaries to bouquets, greenery to orchids that you don’t have to get that ice cube trick right to keep alive, these ladies have it all. (And, yes, you can have it delivered! We know. Life is good!)

 Diane James Home flowers

And, did we mention? They’re gorgeous twins! We don’t know about you, but these beautiful blooms have made us feel oh so inspired. What about you? 

For more about our fabulous friends, follow them over at The Buzz Blog and on Instagram at @diane_james_home

Thanks so much for stopping by today, chic readers!

We can’t believe it but the countdown is officially on. The Secret to Southern Charm hits stores eight short days from today! If you haven’t preordered yet, (or read the first in the series, Slightly South of Simple, which is on sale for $1.99 on Kindle & Nook until April 1!) what are you waiting for? 

Thank you to the amazing DD’s Cottage and Design for sharing this stunning photo! If you don’t follow DD, check her out on Instagram @ddscottageanddesign or on her fabulous blog!


In Good Taste: Verandah House

Verandah House sunroom

Good morning, chic readers! You know how we love the thrill of finding new designers we love. And do we ever have some fabulous talent to share with you today!

Verandah House

When we stumbled across the good taste of Verandah House Interiors, it was a love at first sight kind of thing. 

Verandah House living room

This Australian duo designs houses in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne and more–and we want to go visit! Business trip, right?

Verandah House dining room

Jess and Judy say:

 “Our design aesthetic is very much the new American classic look, adding a modern sense of luxury that is fresh, stylish and timeless. Its important to us that our work doesn’t fit one style, we try to give each client a unique look and tailor our designs and finishes to suit the way our clients love to live, a casual sensibility.”

Verandah House

From beautifully accessorized vignettes, 

To beautifully uncluttered bookcases,

Verandah House

To coastal homes with just the right amount of flair, 

Verandah House bookcase

We think this dynamic duo is embodying their mission at every turn!

Verandah House kitchen

The perfect spot for entertaining friends!

Verandah House kitchen

Bright, white kitchens that feel clean and crisp,

And swoon-worthy outdoor spaces are examples of these designers’ flawless style. 

If you want to create gorgeous rooms like Verandah House, check out their fabulous online course! (You’ll want to watch the video just to hear their lovely Aussie accents!)

Which is your favorite Verandah House space?

Click on each image Below to Learn More About the Product:

It’s hard to believe that The Secret to Southern Charm will be here in six weeks! Now is the perfect time to preorder–or purchase your tickets to the Beaufort, SC prelaunch party March 15!



What your favorite bloggers are saying about The Secret to Southern Charm:

From fab Tina at The Enchanted Home

The Secret to Southern Charm beach book

“5. CALLING ALL READERS. I am so thrilled for the amazing success my fellow blogger and friend, Kristy Harvey is having with her wonderful books, and with good reason. She has captivated so many with her wonderful, heart warming, funny stories (all that take place in the south is an extra bonus) and knows how to really engage her reader, her books are the kind you don’t want to close.

 You know those kind of books that you wish you could literally jump into and become a part of the story ? Think Nicholas Sparks meets Elin Hinderbrand….yes they are that good. I can hardly wait to delve into her newest, The Secret to Southern Charm. I just know her books are headed to the big screen one day:) Click here to preorder yours” — Tina, The Enchanted Home





A Fabulous Mantel for Fall

Cullman & Kravis

 The focal point of the room, the frame for a fabulous fire, the display place for that perfect artwork… The mantel serves so, so many purposes.

Cullman & Kravis

And so, from the living room to the den and everything in between, a fabulous mantel is more than just a slab of wood and should be arranged as such.

wood -Cullman and Kravis
Carter Kay Interiors

The perfect mantel vignette can become the defining focal point of the room and amplify a perfect piece of art.

wood mantel
Ken Tate Architect

Perfect for displaying treasured family antiques or a new find, and, of course, making the holiday season come to life.

abstract-art above mantel
Cullman & Kravis

Even in the most staid rooms, we adore a fabulous abstract piece for juxtaposition.


And, while we’re fans of symmetry, we think the mantel is a place where it’s good to get creative. These abstract art prints over an incredibly traditional, ornate mantel are the perfect balance of fancy and fun.

The Enchanted Home

Of course, symmetry is always a good look, complete with beautiful collected treasures.


We love the pop of color from this paint, and the idea of displaying favorite treasures on a mantle is one of the best we know. Instead of a static vignette, using a mantel as a revolving door of fun finds is a great idea.

Lisa Luby Ryan

No matter the season, having something living on the mantel is always great choice.

Milk and Honey Home

Just a couple of simple stems in a glass jar are a clean and classic look for toning down a mantel and making it feel fresh.

Lynn Morgan Design

A touch of the sea is one of our favorite ways to infuse a room with laid-back chic, whether it’s actually on the shore or not. This pair of corals on the mantel adds a casual touch.


Our friend Tina from The Enchanted Home has it all wrapped up when it comes to blue and white — from the living room to the porch. For timeless style, blue and white is always a winning combination.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We hope you have a fabulous week!

The Decorated Home – Living with Style and Joy

Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

Good morning, lovelies! I just want to take a moment to thank all of you for making the Slightly South of Simple launch week more amazing than I even could have hoped for. I am so, so grateful to each and every one of your for buying books, coming to events, helping me spread the word and being all around fabulous.With two and a half more weeks on this first leg of tour, I hope to see you at an event in the future if I haven’t yet!Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

Want to hear something fun? Right down the street from my launch party at the gorgeous Society Social showroom in NYC, the fabulous Meg Braff was launching The Decorated Home Living with Style and Joy.

Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

She was so sweet to send us an early copy of this incredible coffee table book, and, as you can see for yourself, it is more than amazing!

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Each page was more beautiful than the last. 

Meg Braff Coastal Living House Bedroom

From beautiful bedrooms…

Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

To pretty patterns, 

Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

Soothing blues…

Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

And calming color schemes, this book couldn’t get lovelier. 

Meg Braff - The Decorated Home

But the best part? Why, the cover of course! We couldn’t wait to get this baby on our table. It’s the perfect way to add a touch of summer to your coffee table! 

the enchanted home

One of the highlights of the past few weeks of book tour was this magical day in honor of Slightly South of Simple at the unfathomably beautiful home of our friend Tina from The Enchanted Home with some of our very favorite blogger friends, You May Be Wandering, PVE Design, The Relished Roost, Diane James Home, Pretty Pink Tulips, Preppy Empty Nester and Jeanne McKay Hartmann! From the flowers to the out of this world food to the beautiful gifts from everyone, this was the perfect way to celebrate the start of the book tour. We can’t thank you enough, ladies, for all of the support–and Tina for opening up your stunning home!

“I highly recommend Slightly South of Simple to the reader who appreciates the charm of Southern Literature. It’s one of the best.”

Katie, Preppy Empty Nester

Setting the Thanksgiving Table



As my husband and son are watching videos of turkeys (little Will is going to be one in the preschool Thanksgiving program tomorrow, so, you know, he has to get in character!) we’re thinking about setting the Thanksgiving table. We’re major, major fans of the white pumpkin. Because, let’s face it: While festive, the orange pumpkin doesn’t exactly mesh beautifully with just any decor. 

Loi Thai

This tabletop is a perfect example of white done right in Loi Thai perfection. The antlers, soft candlelight, ideally proportioned pumpkins and gorgeous hydrangeas are just too good! We want to copy this one!



But, on the other hand, pops of color can be cool too. This is an earthy, organic looking spread. Very farm to table.

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Karolyn – The Relished Roost

Have you ever seen anything like these pumpkins handprinted by our friend Karolyn, at The Relished Roost?  How gorgeous would they be gracing any Thanksgiving table? We know who else LOVES these: our friend Tina from The Enchanted Home!

Tory Burch

A little bit traditional, a little bit modern. All the way fabulous!


This is so beautifully delicious, decadent in its utter simplicity. Recipe please, OKL!


The best thing about the Thanksgiving table is that all of its components are so utterly beautiful all on their own. There’s no way to go wrong with this one!


Gold, gorgeous colors, green hydrangeas, textured gourds… What’s not to love? It’s like the best of all possible worlds!


This is a holiday all about the harvest. This beautiful arrangement brings it center stage!

DominoDarling Creative Photography

We’ve never seen gourds in quite this shade of pink before. Beautiful!


These might take the cake for most creative place cards! 


Whimsical yet lovely… We couldn’t have set is better ourselves! What’s on tap for your Thanksgiving table? We’d love to see what you’re cooking up!


Setting the Table


Are you ready for all that awesome holiday shopping? Have you started? Are you finished? Maybe somewhere in between? My mom, the elf, was wrapping up some beautiful Dear Carolinas for some early Christmas shoppers, and we thought Hey, what if we could do this for everyone? So, if you want to get a truly personalized holiday gift, just purchase Dear Carolina at your favorite local bookstore (indies rock!!!), Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-A-Million, Powell’s or wherever else you love buying books, email me at kristy @ kristy woodson (take the spaces out, of course!), and I’ll send you a personalized bookplate for the person (or people!) of your choice, a gorgeous bookmark and plenty of ribbon to tie up your own copy in style!

The even better part? We’re going to pick one lucky buyer (or sharer!) to win a $250 Amazon gift card to help with the rest of your holiday shopping! We’ll announce the winner December 15, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your goodies. (But Santa will be delivering those signed bookplates on his sleigh all the way up until December 18!) Find out how to enter below! BARNES AND NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | BOOKS A MILLION | AMAZON | POWELLS | GOOGLE PLAY | ITUNES | TARGET a Rafflecopter giveaway

AND, for more giveaway fun:

We are THRILLED to be partnering with Cottages and Gardens Magazine, one of our absolute favorites, for a $1000.00 giveaway from Garnet Hill.   You don’t want to miss this one!

Blue and White with The Enchanted Home

Oh, oh, oh, how we love having guest posts from our favorite bloggers on Fridays! Aren’t they simply wonderful? Today, you are in for another treat… A musing from our talented, amazing, fabulous, always stylish friend Tina from the The Enchanted Home. We feel a special kinship with Tina because we started our blogs about the same time, and it has been so fun to see what amazing heights hers has risen to at her skilled hand. She is truly a tastemaker, and blue and white is her signature color! Colors? Well, we think when a combination is this timeless it simply must go together. We think our friend Tina would agree! Check out her blue and white here and then go visit her stunning blog and store immediately!

Hi there, so happy to be over at one of my favorite blogs on all things beautiful, Design Chic. Today I am here as a guest to talk about a color or two and it might not be much of a surprise to most of you that I have chosen to talk about my favorite color combination in the entire world… and white🙂

I live eat and breath it and just can’t imagine my life and home without it! 

I love it in my home but it shows itself quite beautifully in some other unexpected ways. It is a classic that will never ever go out of style, a truly timeless color combination that surprisingly works with literally just about every color. So today, is an homage to all things blue and white, how about you? Are you a member of the blue and white fan club? Even if you aren’t you might be after reading this post……

blue and white

Always have blue and white on my kitchen island filled with some kind of flowering plant, makes me happy to walk into it every morning:)

blue and white living room

Blue and white is fabulous in well…..just about everything!

blue and white porch

And of course outside there is a healthy dose of blue and white as well

blue and white dining room

Blue and white makes one heck of a theme for a party

blue and white

If I had young kids, I would do this in an instant…a blue and white bunkbed, how chic!

 blue and white flowers

A stunning white arrangement in blue and white is always a winner in my book

blue and white chinoiserie pumpkin

This vignette on my hallway chest features the most beautiful blue and white chinoiserie pumpkins from Karolyn of The Relished Roost

blue and white porch

Another blue and white setup outside towards the end of summer, added some purple for a dash of color

blue and white mantel in living room

I love adding various sized blue and white jars for my mantle and adding seasonal flowers

blue and white dining room

So does this post have you craving a bit of blue and white of your very own ? Thank you for stopping in and to Kristy and Beth for asking me to come over, always a pleasure to visit their fabulous site and be a part of what is happening in their world. Wishing everyone a wonderful day and end to your week!

Ultimate Holiday Style


The countdown is on and there are only eighteen decorating days left until Christmas! Fortunately, we have some of the most fabulous inspiration photos to put the finishing touches on any decor scheme.


 The super chic Bronson van Wyck is a master at making the holidays come to life in ultimate style.


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