House Tour: Lake Tahoe Escape

Does the flurry of activity leading up to Christmas have you wishing for a bit of an escape? 

If so, get away to Lake Tahoe with us to this perfectly appointed home designed by Jeff Andrews

The rustic, mountain vibe is giving us all the winter feels, and we can’t think of a better place to curl up by the fireplace and drink hot cocoa–

Or spend a leisurely evening surrounded by loved ones cooking all our holiday staples. 

While we can just see a huge fraser fir gracing the living room, it really isn’t necessary. 

Christmas trees are a part of the spectacular view right outside the window. 

Just add lights–and maybe a little mistletoe! (And bubbles, obviously.)

Who needs to chop firewood when it’s already in ample supply?

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And a good chat with great friends helps make the season bright. 

And if you want to head outdoors–and who wouldn’t in a place like this?–all the essentials are right by the door. 

Okay. That’s enough of a break. Now back to the list making, present wrapping and end-of-year merriment! We hope you enjoyed this getaway just as much as we did!

Thanks so much for spending your holidays with us. We love it when you stop by!

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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 (Only in hardback and paperback so far. E-books to come!).

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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In Good Taste: Janie Molster Designs

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Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to have the fabulous Janie Molster,  with us today, answering our burning questions–and lending a few tips! Thanks for stopping by, Janie, and for sharing your gorgeous work with us.

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How did you get started as a designer?
My friend had business cards printed for me.  I think everyone close to me could see this path for me, except me.  Once I dove in, it became crystal clear.  I had always been somewhat obsessed about my environment–staying up all night in rental apartments painting the walls until they were exactly right, etc. When my husband and I bought our first house and I was able to flex my design muscle a bit more, I got some calls and requests for advice and help and and here we are.

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Where do you get your inspiration?
I have been asked that question before and honestly, my answer changes constantly.  Last night I received a couple of new shelter magazines and sending a quick shout-out to my design industry peers–YOU inspire me!  I love to see what other people are creating and I love to watch trends.  I may not hop on every one but creativity breeds more creativity.  Following others in my field and having an inspiration group to bounce ideas off of is so valuable to me.

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Do you have a favorite project to date? Or a favorite type of project that tends to be your favorite?
It’s often the last project.  I begin missing my clients and our frequent talks and trouble-shooting sessions.  We call it “uncoupling”…very hard.  Right now I am in the midst of something wonderful: a large lodge in the Allegheny mountains.  The lodge sits adjacent to another project we have done for the same clients (our 5th project for them).  Needless to say, we have a great understanding of each other and things are coming together seamlessly.  The lodge will be a second home on the property with a few bedrooms as well as entertaining spaces geared for large events–almost like a mini-conference center with a residential perspective. There are some amazing craftsmen on the project. Stay tuned.

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What is your favorite tip for making small spaces feel larger?
Use fewer, bigger pieces and edit, edit edit.  People tend to think in a small space, use small furniture and clutter things up with teensy tables and chairs.   Also important is to use large room-size rugs that hug the perimeter of the space.

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What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?
Skilled labor.  The trades that I rely on daily are harder and harder to find.  Fyi…we are always hiring: Conservationists who can repair antique furnishings and art, seamstresses who can produce couture-quality window dressings, custom upholsterers, decorative painters, etc.  

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What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?
No question, mothering 5 children.  If I can share any wisdom to other designers, especially those in the throes of parenting, always choose family first.  I am blessed that my career has successfully weathered the storm of a few years of intermittent attention.  There were times when I was barely keeping my foot in the door of the design world–so I guess that’s the answer.  Biggest accomplishment: Keeping my foot in the door.

Janie Molster bedroom

Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?
I am in love with all of the upholstery designs by John Saladino.  His pieces were innovative on day 1 and they never feel dated.  I also love what Susan Ferrier is doing with McAlpine.  While her work had a moody edginess about it, she fully embraces femininity.  She doesn’t shy away from pretty–she sets it on fire.

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Ebooks or hardbacks?
Hardbacks for sure.  Give me a rainy day and stack of my dog-eared design books–Nirvana.
M&Ms or Skittles?
green peanut M&M’s…they bring good luck 🙂
Coffee or tea?
coffee.  Can’t tie my shoes in the am without it.

Favorite color?
pink, every shade
Accessory you couldn’t live without?
personal?
It’s the leather lariat I have worn every day for years.  It’s light and simple–I can run, swim and sleep in it.  It fits snug around my neck and has a simple gold ball at the end.  My dear friend, Atlanta jewelry designer Jeanmarie Quarterman made it for me.
decorative?
My collection of vessels and sculptures by New Orleans artist Julie Silvers that move around my house all the time–looking perfect in every room.  
Go-to paint color?
Love trim and doors in Galveston Gray by Benjamin Moore.

Janie Molster porch

Thank you so much for stopping by today, Janie! We loved having you here–and couldn’t love your beautiful designs any more! 


 

I am so, so, so excited to share that Slightly South of Simple has been chosen as a Kindle monthly deal so, from today until April 1, you can read the first book in the Peachtree Bluff series for only $1.99–just in time for the The Secret to Southern Charm release on April 3. 

 

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Hi friends! Did you have a happy Monday? Yesterday was “Muffins with Mommy” at my son’s school, the official Mother’s Day celebration, and it was, quite simply, the most adorable thing ever, one of those moments that makes you wish your life was like TiVo and you could just pause or rewind any time you liked.

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In Good Taste:Kirkpatrick Architects

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House Tour:Cape Cod

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If you’re Wednesday is feeling a little bit blah, liven it up with this fabulous Cape Cod by Julie Stein. It is warm, welcoming and has a view so spectacular it’s sure to chase those winter blues away!

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In Good Taste: Historical Concepts

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Brace yourself. Because today, we are featuring the good taste of Historical Concepts. And, when we say they are one of our very favorite architecture firms, that’s not something we take lightly. 

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We love the idea of a new house. Clean and crisp and built to our exact specifications. (Although, even thinking of what those exact specifications would be is kind of overwhelming…)

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But, with a new build, sometimes you can risk looking a little generic.

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But, as is abundantly clear from these photos, that’s not something that happens when Historical Concepts is at the helm.

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They are masters of the new “old” house. 

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Just the right amount of charm and character is infused into every, single room.

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And we love the versatility of these architects as well.

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From wonderfully rustic,

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To classically clean,

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From porch sitting,

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To croquet on the lawn,

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Theirs is not a one-size-fits-all approach. We think Historical Concepts’ work is positively swoon worthy. Ditto this view. Whoa.

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These are the kinds of homes that merge old and new so perfectly that we can’t impinge ever wanting to move anywhere else.

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When every detail is just right,

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From the perfect haint blue on the porch ceilings,

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To shutters so beautiful they are works of art in themselves, Historical Concepts never overlooks a single detail. And, when creating your very own, one-of-a-kind place to spend your life, we’d say that’s a wonderful quality to have. 

Are you a fan of the new old house? Wishing you a wonderful day!

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