10 Favorite Looks for Fall

 

 

 

Happy Labor Day!  We hope you are all having a wonderful, relaxing time with family, and enjoying the beautiful, last days of summer.  Thank you so much for making Design Chic a part of your day.  We always love seeing you here!  

 

 

   
   
   
   
  Serena & Lily Spring Collection kitchen with island bar  
  bedroom refresh with Serena & Lily  
  bedroom refresh with Serena & Lily  
   
 

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If you’re looking for a perfect RELAXING READ, we’d love for you to check out FEELS LIKE FALLING!  Happy weekend!

 

More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.

Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her evangelical husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger fired from her job at the local pharmacy.

Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a busted Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.

With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn, but when the one that got away comes back, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.

In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.

 

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  Under the Southern Sky  

I am so excited to announce my seventh novel, UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY, which releases April 20, 2021. The official cover reveal is coming September 23! 

 

House Tour: Farmhouse Charm by Anelle Gandelman

 

We love the beach. You know we do. The mountains, too. But one of our bucket list spots is, for sure, a farmhouse.

 

 

Eclectic and lovely, the right mix of old and new, we can’t get enough of this gorgeous farmhouse by Anelle Gandelman. 

 

 

This is the sort of kitchen where wildflowers are necessary, where fresh produce resides only for long enough to get it onto someone’s plate, and rustic beams add character in droves. 

 

 

But this is a house that knows how to dress up for a fancy dinner too, 

 

 

That can carry off a casual air and a more formal one with equal ease. 

 

 

A traditional color scheme combines with antique furnishings and a touch of pattern to pull off a stunning overall feel that’s at once comfortable and grounded, 

 

 

Where summers are spent and secrets shared, 

 

 

Memories made,

 

 

And deep, restorative peace reclaimed. 

 

 

While the interiors are a farmhouse dream, it’s the exterior that, as always, takes the cake. Deep green as far as the eye can see is nature’s perfect color palette–and we’d want to lounge with friends and family on this porch all year long!

 

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

 

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4 Favorite: Powder Rooms Big on Style

powder rooms from Jenkins Interiors
Jenkins Interiors

 

Powder rooms are sort of like babies: It’s amazing how something so small can have so much personality. Stunning wallpapers, statement lighting, bold colors and even wood paneling set these nooks apart and make them oh-so-chic.  

 

 

powder rooms from Studio McGee
Studio McGee
 

 

Powder rooms from Summer Thornton with octagonal mirror
Summer Thornton

 

Which is your favorite powder room?

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Powder rooms are sort of like babies: It’s amazing how something so small can have so much personality. Take a peek to transform a small space in your life! 

Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey

I am so excited that my new novel Feels Like Falling releases on April 28!

More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.

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  The Peachtree Bluff Series - Kristy Woodson Harvey

More Tour Dates for The Southern Side of Paradise

 

September 25, 2019: New Bern, NC Book Club, Private Event.

October 16, 2019: Kristy will “take over” A Novel Bee Facebook Group all day. Visit the page for fun guests and giveaways.

October 17, 2019: Clinton, SC Multi Book Club Event. Private.

October 18, 2019: “W.I.S.E” Fireside Chat with Chef Vivian Howard, Rene Chou from WRAL and Chief Justice Beasley, emceed by Kate Daniels, Walnut Creek Country Club, Goldsboro, NC, VIP experience 5-5:30, Program begins at 6:30.

January 3-5, 2020: Best of Our State with Our State, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC. Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Pinehurst Resort. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year. Click here for more information and tickets.

January 21, 2020: United Way Pitt County Annual Fundraiser, Greenville, NC.

February 1, 2020: SuperBook Weekend Adventure, Aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA. Click here for more information and tickets.

February 13-16, 2020: Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA.

February 22, 2020: Ladies Luncheon and Signing Event at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC.

April 28, 2020: Feels Like Falling Releases! We are working hard on the Feels Like Falling tour. We can’t wait to share all tour dates with you in January! 

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

House Tour: Relaxing Weekend Retreat

weekend retreat living room

Design by Brittany Bromley Interiors – Jane Beiles Photography

 

There is nothing like escaping for the weekend. 

 

weekend retreat living room

 

Actually unplugging, getting away from text messages and emails, incessant updates and work emergencies. 

 

weekend retreat living room

 

And there is no better place to get away to than a comfortable, calm country house

 

 

Thus serene and enchanting Bedford, NY home is the perfect getaway for a Manhattan family’s city life. 

 

weekend retreat kitchen

 

And this pair of stunning Lars Bolander chandeliers were the very first thing designer Brittany Bromley purchased for this home. 

 

weekend retreat dining

 

With a perfectly finished yet never overdone feeling, this is the kind of home where memories are made, 

 

weekend retreat bedroom

 

Sleep is caught up on,

 

weekend retreat dining room

 

Casual entertaining is at its finest, 

 

Porch-weekend retreat

 

And three small children have perhaps the one thing that Manhattan living can’t provide: plenty of room to run and play. 

 

weekend retreat exterior house

 

Oozing with country charm and classic style, this impeccably restored home is the perfect place to spend a weekend, a summer, or, possibly, forever. Whether you’re on a getaway or right at home, we hope you find some time to unplug with the people that mean the most to you this week. 

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

My new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, releases May 7, 2019! While you’re waiting, catch up on the series with this great sale at Barnes & Noble!

  • Slightly South of Simple: 3 for $30 Special at Barnes & Noble or online
  • The Secret to Southern Charm: 2 for $8 at Barnes & Noble
  • *B&N is also having an extra 10% off sale, so you can basically get The Secret to Southern Charm for $3.60. Isn’t that nuts?

 

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Also, don’t forget… 

Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble.  

 

June 1, 2019 Peachtree Bluff will be “taking over” Beaufort, NC, the town on which it was based. Every single person who preorders between now now and will be registered to win:

*Two tickets to the Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover and Tour–on Beaufort’s signature double decker red buses!

*Two tickets to the farm-to-table dinner and launch party under the stars at the Beaufort Historic Site

*Two nights lodging in Beaufort, NC

Just send an email with proof of purchase to [email protected] to enter!

Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

Preorder from your local bookstore or Indiebound!

Preorder from Amazon

Preorder from Barnes & Noble

 

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

Charming in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill

 

Here’s something you might not know about us: We bleed blue. Not cobalt blue or turquoise or aqua, but that particular beautiful baby blue of Carolina skies, of our alma mater, the University of North Carolina. 

 

Chapel Hill living room

 

There is so much to love about Chapel Hill: the Old Well, the Bell Tower, Franklin Street, and now this stunning home. When the amazing, talented, (super funny) Andrew J. Howard designed one of the gorgeous homes in Chapel Hill, NC, home of the Tar Heels and at least half of our hearts, we couldn’t wait to share it with you!

 

Chapel Hill dining room

 

And, let us tell you, his work, as usual, doesn’t disappoint. 

 

chapel Hill dining room

 

Fun and whimsical touches–like this bold wallpaper–make a show stopping statement that breathes new life into this historic home, 

 

Chapel Hill family room

 

While original features like beautiful moldings, fireplaces and floors, are accentuated, applauded and never overlooked. 

 

Chapel Hill family room

 

One of our most favorite things about Howard’s signature style is that he has an amazingly firm grasp of color–and he isn’t afraid to use it. From deep blues,

 

 

To sunny, happy yellows, a mix of tones and hues create a home that is historic but never, ever stuffy. 

 

Chapel Hill bedroom

 

There it is, our favorite blue! It isn’t a Chapel Hill home without a bit of Carolina blue, after all. 

 

bedroom chapel hill

 

Forget nooks. Howard creates moments, unforgettable spots for savoring life’s little pleasures–

 

 

And takes full advantage of every available space–and makes it fabulous!

 

 

One of our favorite towns… One of our favorite designers… We knew it would be a match made in heaven! (The southern part of heaven, that is.) We’re off to Pin these to our “favorites” board. How about you? 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love it when you stop by!

There might not be anyone in the world who loves her hometown quite as much as I do. All the amazing people of Salisbury, NC were so supportive and encouraging when I was growing up and continue to be so now. I am so proud and honored that my books, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM and SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE, were #1 and #3 on Rowan County’s 2018 BESTSELLER LIST. Thank you, thank you to Wendy Persse and everyone at South Main Book Company for handselling my stories all year long—and to all the readers everywhere who allow me to keep doing what I love year after year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Salisbury and Rowan County! There really is no place like home!

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE!

 

In Good Taste: Brian Brady Design

If, for you, relaxation is all about a water view, then this is the room for you. Interiors as soothing and spectacular as the exteriors make this space feel like and instant vacation. 

But we’re learning that when you’re in a space by Brian Brady Design, every day suddenly feels like a holiday. 

Chic yet comfortable living spaces seem to be a hallmark of this designer and architect.

And there is no doubt that his work is in good taste. 

Architectural details abound in these perfectly curated homes, and the art hanging on the walls is just a beautiful as the touches that make these spaces so unique.

Mixed in with his classical architecture and classic interiors are moments of the unexpected. It is those moments that make these spaces unforgettable.

Leather is a chic staple but can tend to look heavy. These chairs incorporate this favorite in a way that takes up very little visual space.

White and bright is the mainstay of this kitchen, but these unique pendants give the eye an immediate place to go.

This lovely master bedroom incorporates classic blue and white in a way that is soothing, spa like and classic.

A master bedroom sitting room is a luxury not to be squandered. We can’t think of a better place to ease into the day!

When it comes to design, the outside is just as important as the inside. The slate walk is a welcoming touch on this stunning cedar shake cottage.

The only thing better than a gorgeous house is a gorgeous poolhouse! We’d love lounging by this one all summer long!

Nothing says “summer” quite like a fresh coat of white paint. It’s a welcome addition all year long. We are absolutely loving the good taste of this fabulous designer. What about you?

Thanks so much for stopping by! We always love it when you do!

 

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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.

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.

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. 

What’s your favorite way to add texture to your space? 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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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!)

Home Tour: Sarah Bartholomew Green Hills Home

home Sarah Bartholomew entry with blue and white Quadrille wallpaper

If you liked the good taste of Sarah Bartholomew yesterday, you’re going to love her fabulous home. A little bit fancy, a little bit fun and just the right amount of free-spirited, her house is full of personality!

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