10 Family Rooms Perfect for Gathering

blue and white family room Jenkins Interiors
Jenkins Interiors | Nathan Schroder Photography

 

Memorial Day week is officially here! And, yup, just like most things, it’s going to look a little different this year…But that doesn’t mean that we can’t still get out the hot dogs and baked beans and celebrate with our families. (Socially distanced and 10 at a time, of course!)

 

Serena & Lily

 

To get you in the celebrating spirit, check out ten of our favorite family rooms that are the perfect place to gather the ones you love most–even if it’s just for family movie night. 

 

blue and white family room Jenny Keenan Design
Jenny Keenan Design

 

With plenty of seating… 

 

Serena & Lily

 

Lots of light

 

blue and white family room Jenny Keenan Design
Jenny Keenan Design | Julia Lynn Photography

 

The perfect accessories…

 

blue and white family room Jenkins Interiors
Jenkins Interiors | Nathan Schroder Photography

 

And enviable architectural details

 

Kara Miller Design | Brantley Photography

 

 

These family rooms are big on inspiration! 

 

Kara Miller Design | Brantley Photography

 

 

Connected to the kitchen? All the better!

 

family room Studio McGee
Studio McGee | Lucy Call Photography

 

And if you can’t make it to the beach, at least you can look at it from the comfort of your family room. For indoor style, we don’t think it gets much better than these chic spaces. Which is your favorite?

 

Need a Memorial Day Read? Check out Nature.Books.And.Coffee’s Review of my Instant USA Today Bestseller, Feels Like Falling:

“Feels Like Falling” by Kristy Woodson Harvey @kristywharvey was a definite 5⭐!!… This story has a dual POV, alternating between Gray and Diana. Gray just lost her mother to cancer!  She is the CEO of her company and recently split from her husband who cheated on her. She goes to spend the summer at the North Carolina shore. Diana who loses her job at the pharmacy has just broke up with her boyfriend, moved out of their shared apartment and planning to just live in her car! Just so happens, Gray has a spare guest house and offers Diana to stay there. These 2 , very different women truly Bond and help each other through the hard times in their life. They learn so much about themselves, and what really matters in life! I loved both characters!! This story was sweet, dealing with love, loss, romance, motherhood, and life!! This truly was a perfect beach read. A very endearing, positive read.

 

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Things We Love: Ansley’s Guesthouse

guest house

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having an amazing week! It has been perfect beach weather here, and we are loving every second!

guest house flowers

 

If you aren’t near the coast, we say it’s the perfect time of year to call up your friends with beach houses and crash for a while!

 

guest house

 

In my latest novel, The Southern Side of Paradise–and in the entire Peachtree Bluff Series–my interior designer protagonist Ansley’s guesthouse gets quite the workout.

 

guest house

 

The series opens with the sisters fighting over who will live in the guesthouse. (And queen bee eldest sister Caroline proclaiming that it is hers!)

 

guest house

 

When this beautiful space caught our eye, we couldn’t help but imagine it to be similar to the gorgeous guesthouse that the Murphy girls all want to lay claim to. 

 

 

Lovely and luxurious, this is just the kind of place where we would love to be guests!

 

 

The space feels homey yet streamlined, which is the best combination we know of.

guest house

 

And well-placed planks on the walls and ceilings add charm in droves.

All in all, this is just the kind of place where we’d love to wear out our welcome and luxuriate all summer long!

Do you want to come to this gorgeous guesthouse too?

Interior Design: Tillman Long

Architect: D. Stanley Dixon

Builder: Ladisic Fine Homes

Photograpy: Emily Jenkins Followill

If you haven’t picked up your copy of The Southern Side of Paradise, today is a great day! My publisher, Simon & Schuster, has chosen The Southern Side of Paradise as a part of their Bookcation promotion! For a limited time, you can get 25% off and free shipping with the code SUMMER19!

 

The Southern Side of Paradise Tour!

Twelve states, forty-one stops… Most of The Southern Side of Paradise Tour is behind me, but I’d love to see you at an upcoming event! If I’ll be in a city near you I’d love to see you! Click here for full details on every event!

July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE,  

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE, 7pm – 9pm

July 20: Turn the Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts, Boonsboro, MD, 11am – 1pm

August 2: The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, Cashiers, NC, 3pm

August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC, 6pm

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC, 2:00pm

August 8: Figure Eight Island Yacht Club Author Series, Figure Eight, NC,  

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY, 5pm – 7:30pm

Slightly South of Simple

If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store

 

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