House Tour: Carolina Cottage

Janie Molster Designs

Good morning, chic readers! We don’t know how the weather is where you are, but the past couple days here have been warm, sunny and absolutely gorgeous! We are having major Spring fever, savoring every second outside–and hoping that that groundhog was wrong and this warm weather is here to stay.

Whether you’re really having summer weather or just dreaming about us, take a little mini-vacation with us today to this beyond fabulous Carolina cottage designed by Janie Molster.

There is nothing like beach cottage, with all those historic touches, to take us back to beach trips of our childhoods.

The thing we love most about this home is how Molster mixes those sweet, nostalgic touches–like wood paneling–with bright updated style.

This island is the perfect spot for sandy feet and pimento cheese sandwiches!

Fresh watermelon and strawberries from a roadside stand become accessories in this kitchen. 

Exposed beams and painted floors lend a classic look, 

While bright linens lend fun, fresh vacation-worthy appeal. 

All I can say is that I wish I had seen this earlier… We had so many pairs of red Keds! What a fun way to incorporate them into the style.

Bold red and pretty marble update this bath, while hexagonal tile remains a throwback to a simpler time that’s still completely on trend.

Nothing says “beach retreat” like a fabulous kids’ room!

Beach towel goals!! We can’t decide which is cuter, the towels or the basket!

At the beach, driftwood really is the best accessory!

This utterly charming, classic exterior ties it all together–and, y’all, that view. This looks like the kind of place that has made a thousand memories and will make a thousand more. Thanks for touring with us today! We hope you love this Carolina cottage as much as we do!

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“Kristy just has a way of capturing the beauty of the Georgia coast through her writing that make you feel like you are sitting right there amongst all the action while you read. The characters are all so well developed and you get attached very quickly.I would obviously recommend picking up Slightly South of Simple if you haven’t already, then pre-order your copy of The Secret to Southern Charm… this book will take you on an emotional roller coaster in the best possible way and leave you wanting more….and impatiently waiting for book three in the series :)” — Jena Pate, Our Southern Roots Blog

 

 

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In Good Taste: Kelly Nutt Interior Design

Kelly Nutt

Happy Tuesday, chic readers! We are so excited to share the good taste of Kelly Nutt with you today! Crisp, clean interiors with just the right amount of personality are hallmarks of this talented designer’s style. Take a break, take a peek, and let us know which space is your favorite!

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I can’t believe that The Secret to Southern Charm will be hitting shelves in less than two months! If you want to know a little more check out this video of me attempting to describe my new novel… In five seconds or less!

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In Good Taste: Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Tuesday is off to a terrific start. If not, all of that is about to change! 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Cynthia Hayes and Pamela Manchester of Cynthia Hayes Interior Design have created a bevy of eye candy to brighten even the dullest Tuesday!

Blonde wood, natural fibers, lots of light, and fabulous lighting to boot…

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

These spaces utilize neutrals–complemented with plenty of texture–to create an oasis-like feeling. 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

These designs are, to us, simplicity at its finest, spaces that complement the outdoors and focus on the natural beauty all around. 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Pops of color enliven the entire space and natural elements prove that accessorizing can be easy!

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Even the Cynthia Hayes Interiors laundry rooms are in good taste. Baskets are our absolute favorite way to keep organized. Do you use them?

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We love wood on the floors…

But wood on the walls is a fun alternative and achieves the same feel, especially in bathrooms where tile floors are super easy to keep clean and germ free–a real concern during flu season!

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Pretty patterns in light colors add so much interest to walls. We love the touches of blue. 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Slanted ceilings can be so charming, as this twin bedroom proves. We love the molding and extra touches here. Looks like the perfect place for a sleepover to us!

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

No matter how gorgeous the inside, you know the outdoor spaces are always our favorites. You can’t get more classic than teak chairs with white cushions. This looks like the perfect spot for whiling away a summer day. It will be here before we know it!

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here–and hope you are recovering from the post-Super Bowl exhaustion!

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Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (Simon & Schuster, April 03, 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: Les Ensembliers Design

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Good morning, lovely Design Chicers! We hope you are staying warm and cozy if you’re one of our friends affected by the storm. 

Palm Beach kitchen Les Ensembliers

The good news is that good taste, like that of Les Ensembliers Design, prevails no matter the weather!

Palm Beach Dining room -Les Ensembliers

These designers utilize classic favorites like black and white flooring and blue and white porcelain, to make homes come to life. 

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And can create an outdoor oasis every bit as beautiful as its indoor counterpart.

Corsica living room -Les Ensembliers

You know how we love versatility in a designer and this group has mastered that art! 

Corsica bedroom -Les Ensembliers

Light, bright and coolly casual, 

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Their talent really shines in these less traditional spaces as well. We can’t wait for this kind of weather!

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Everything about this twin bedroom is perfection! This looks like a great place to wait out a storm!

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A closet that is beautiful enough to integrate seamlessly into the room? Sign us up! This cozy space makes use of every inch!

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From an ode to classic blue and white…

gray and white wallpaper -Les Ensembliers living room

To the wonderfully abstract, these designers know how to mix and match to make everything fabulous.

closet -Les Ensembliers

Statement lighting in the closet?

closet -Les Ensembliers

But of course! Eclectic, fun and always fresh, we couldn’t be more thrilled with these lovely looks from Les Ensembliers. Are you dreaming of sprucing your space for spring?

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In Good Taste:Leigh Giles

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It’s hard to believe but school is over in THREE DAYS! I am so excited I can hardly stand it. Because out-of-school-time means it’s beach time!

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I used to be the girl who changed bathing suits eleven times a day (that’s not an exaggeration) because she couldn’t stand the sand, so I’m not sure when exactly I started to love it so much. But, however it happened, all we know is that we’re ready for summer to start in earnest!

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While we are packing our bags and heading to North Carolina’s coast, Leigh Giles, fabulous designer and fellow Tarheel, will be packing her bags and leaving her Virginia home to head to one of our favorite spots in North Carolina’s mountains: Blowing Rock.

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While we’re baking in the sun, she’ll be nice and cool. We might have to go say hi to her when we need a break from the heat!

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And, we know that, no matter what else Leigh is doing, she will be choreographing interiors with a touch of tradition, loads of style…

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And a helping heaping of the fine art that she enjoys employing so much.

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New York-educated and Atlanta-trained, Leigh’s classic designs caught our eye right off the bat.

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Blue and white never goes out of style, and a bookcase full feels welcoming and warm.

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Leigh also tackles the new and modern with particular skill, making spaces feel fresh, open and up to date.

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Unexpected touches–like lamps on the island!–set this designer’s work apart from the pack.

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You know we’re huge fans of twin beds in guest rooms. This one feels positively decadent.

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Full bedskirts and splurge-worthy linens create rooms that feel homey. These guests might want to stay a little too long!

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This room is perfect for coming home to after a long day.

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A small settee or loveseat at the end of a bed is one of our favorite touches. 

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Black and white make a bold porch statement against a lush green backdrop.

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This pool house is the kind of place that could make us ditch our beach plans and stay home all summer long! Are you getting ready for summer? Do you have any fun plans?



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