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
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  • *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?

 


 

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!

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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: Philip Gorrivan Design

An entryway isn’t just one thing. Sometimes, it’s everything, a sign of what’s to come behind the door. And that’s certainly the case with Philip Gorrivan Design.

From New York to London, Deer Valley to the Hamptons, Philip and his team create unforgettable spaces that are nothing short of extraordinary. 

We think so much of this designer’s brilliance lies in the touches of unexpected. An eggplant door instead of basic black

Or a rustic beam can really help set the tone and define a space. 

You know we love a good gallery wall

Philip Gorrivan takes the gallery wall to the next level, adding tons of personality that reflects the homeowners’ favorite things. 

Pretty antiques mix with whimsical prints to create spaces the whole family can love. 

And the elegance is always perfectly understated. 

A fun wallpaper turns a hallway into a moment, 

And makes a simple vignette pop, 

While a well-placed chair and garden seat add a little something extra to a landing. 

From the living room to the stairwell, from coast to coast, and even across the pond, 

The work of Philip Gorrivan is always in good taste!



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In Good Taste: John De Bastiani Design

John De Bastiani Design entrance

Good morning, chic readers! Talk about making an entrance… We think this foyer is a fabulous way to start the day off right.

John De Bastiani Design living room

Elegant yet comfortable, 

John De Bastiani Design dining room

livable yet refined, 

John De Bastiani Design living room

the good taste of John De Bastiani hits all the high notes of fabulous style. 

John De Bastiani Design

From a pop of color that makes a kitchen fun and fresh,

John De Bastiani Design living room

To a charming living room perfect for family,

John De Bastiani Design hallway

To a bright look that turns a hallway into a moment,

John De Bastiani Design bedroom

We’re loving the beautiful style of this designer.

John De Bastiani Design bathroom

Just because it’s a bathroom doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be accessorized!

John De Bastiani Design bathroom

A custom, luxurious bath in shades of blue gives this bathroom a totally unique look. 

We are still reeling–and we know you are too–from the events in Las Vegas earlier this week and our hearts go out to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

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

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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!

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.

Blue and white sitting room with woven blinds
Suellen Gregory Design

Just a hint of it totally changes a room. Aren’t these woven blinds wonderful? They add the right touch of a little something extra.

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.

dining room with bench seating
Jute Interior Design

Three-dimensional art always makes a statement. Baskets are a great way to make it unique. 

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. 

outdoor shower at beach house with basket and rock floor
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Life is better with an outdoor shower, no doubt about it. A pebble floor and a basket full of shower essentials make it all the better! What’s your favorite way to add texture to your space? 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


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!)

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