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 this warm weather is here to stay.

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

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.

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

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

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

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!

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

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. 

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

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.

Carolina cottage Janie Molster bathroom

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

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

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

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

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

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

At the beach, driftwood really is the best accessory!

Carolina cottage Janie Molster

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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More About Under the Southern Sky


Recently separated Amelia Buxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Buxton Beach. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind.














In Good Taste: Meredith Ellis Design


It has officially turned cold in North Carolina (Okay, well, high 50s… but it feels cold.) and we are feeling the need to snuggle up and stay close to home


Meredith Ellis designed dining room


These spaces by Meredith Ellis Design have all the trappings of the kinds of places we want to spend our days and nights right now. 


Meredith Ellis designed library


Deep, moody blues create the perfect work space,


Meredith Ellis designed dining nook


And perfectly imperfect gallery walls and stacks of books embody the homey feel we’re craving this winter. 


Meredith Ellis designed dining nook

Bright sunny spots blent with rich wood antiques for spaces that are the best of both worlds,


Meredith Ellis designed family room


And libraries for whiling away sleepy, restful days take precedence. 


Meredith Ellis designed family room


A deep, real-wood fireplace is necessary,


Meredith Ellis designed office


And bonus points are given for a sloped, dreamy ceiling–


Meredith Ellis designed bedroom


And cozy covers to crawl underneath. 



Dark wood and bamboo accents ground a space,


Meredith Ellis designed mudroom


And even the mudroom feels dark, moody and just right for right now. We couldn’t love these gorgeous, perfectly designed spaces any more. What’s your favorite Meredith Ellis-designed room?


Read McKendree Photography


Thanks so much for spending your holiday season with Design Chic. We always love seeing you here!


Don’t forget! Time is running out to preorder my April 20 novel UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY and receive:

*An “I Read Kristy Woodson Harvey” Tote Bag

*A Pair of Southern Sky Sunnies

*A 5×7 Card of the Maren Devine Painting of the Book Cover (So framable!)

*Two quote cards by MeSweens Writes (Also super framable!)

*A Signed Book Plate

This is a great way to preorder and still have a fun gift waiting under the tree! Promotion ends December 15, or while supplies last. And they are going fast! Just fill out this form to receive your treats!

Today I’m doing a super fun giveaway with @adailydoseofclass for my entire Peachtree Bluff Series, a copy of FEELS LIKE FALLING, a FEELS LIKE FALLING candle, an advance copy of UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY, a tote bag and a pair of Southern Sky Sunnies! Head over to Instagram to enter!























Things We Love: The Power of Pairs

the power of pairs twin beds
Kenson Interiors | Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | Jeff Herr Photography


We all know the saying that good things come in threes–but we’d make the argument that some pretty great things come in twos too!


the power of pairs blue and white urns
Beth Webb Interiors | Emily Followill Photography


Gorgeous blue and white vases,


Serene Phoebe Howard design house tour living room the power of pairs
Phoebe HowardEmily Followill Photography– Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


Fabulous built-in bookcases,


the power of pairs copper pendants in Amber Interiors Kitchen
Amber Interiors | Tessa Neustadt Photography



And pretty pendant lights, are all better when they come in twos!


Beth Webb | Emily Followill Photographer



And a pair of urns finishes a patio in style.


the power of pairs hammocks over pool
The Design Atelier | Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | Emily Followill | Styling: Eleanor Roper



But our favorite pair of them all? These beyond gorgeous hammocks. Talk about a vacation spot!

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Preorder Under the Southern Sky and fill out this form to receive a signed bookplate, 5×7 cards of Under the Southern Sky Quotes by Mesweens Writes and gorgeous 5×7 card of the Maren Devine painting of the Under the Southern Sky cover–and be automatically entered in allll the giveaways!



September: 3 Winners Will Receive a Copy of Feels Like Falling and a Feels Like Falling Candle

October: 25 Winners Will Receive a Pair of Under the Southern Sky Sunnies

November: 1 Winner Will Receive a Fabulous Box of Sea Oats Candle CompanyGoodies including Candles, Soap, and Room Spray

December: 25 Winners Will Receive an I Read KWH Tote Bag

January: 2 Winners Will Receive a Set of SIX Books from Gallery Books (A mix of advance copies and new releases) including an advance copy of Under the Southern Sky

February: 25 Winners Will Receive and I Read KWH Tote Bag AND a Pair of Southern Sky Sunnies

March: Laura Park Tote Bag and Beach Towel

April: Surprise Grand Prize!

And lots of other fun surprises along the way!