11 Favorite Kenian Finds

Kenian chairs on porch from Janie Molster
Janie Molster Interiors

 

Good morning, dear friends! It’s almost here! High Point Market!! It’s certainly going to look a bit different this year, and since many people aren’t going to make it there in person, we thought we’d bring the Market to you–starting with some of our fave pieces from Kenian Fine Rattan Furniture. This Dunmore Chair Rattan Frame is one of their newer pieces, and we’re totally obsessed! Indoors or out, this is a statement piece for sure.

 

Kenian dining director's chairs in Beaufort dining room
Smith Hardy Photography

 

This is my dining room, and, I have to admit: I bought not one, not two but three sets of bamboo director’s chairs before I landed on these beauties. They are perfection, and I’d choose them all over again!

 

James farmer design bedroom with Kenian chest
James Farmer

 

A good nightstand is hard to find. This Bachelor Chest in Antique Tortoise is the perfect blend of classic style, plenty of storage, and the right amount of surface area for bedside essentials!

 

James Farmer Design living room with grass cloth and Kenian bench
James Farmer

 

These charming Benches with Rush Seats are a blend of casual and elegant, British Colonial and Southern Summer! (And can we also talk about how Steel Magnolias is on this screen?!)

 

Amal Kapen living room in Blue and white
Amal Kapen

 

This sweet Kenian side table is one of our favorite, super versatile pieces. We love that you can turn it for a different size and feel.

 

Janie Molster design dining room
Janie Molster Designs

 

For the ultimate in fabulous dining and breakfast rooms, these Sidney Chairs are the ideal staple and can be covered in the fabric of your choice for extra customization.

 

James Farmer Design white kitchen
James Farmer

 

This Wicker Party Bucket is one of our absolute go-tos for entertaining! When we aren’t hosting (looking at you Covid…) we fill it with pretty potted plants for a pop of color on the patio.

 

Toledo Gellar blue and white living room with Kenian round mirror
Jessica Gellar | Jacob Snavely Photography

 

Kenian mirrors are some of our go-tos, and many can be customized in the color of your choice. This wicker mirror is a classic touch for an infusion of beachy character no matter where you are!

 

Amal Kapen breakfast room
Amal Kapen Interiors

 

Okay. So, yes, the director’s chairs are a forever favorite, but if we were going to go another way, these wicker chairs would be IT!

 

blue and white bedroom
Amal Kapen Interiors

 

Speaking of perfect nightstands… Especially for guest rooms (or very organized people!), this side table is the ultimate bedside companion.

 

playroom with Kenian bookcase
Smith Hardy Photography

 

We can’t get enough books in our house! This gorgeous Kenian English bookcase  is a true focal point that is great in any space. We’ll be sharing more from Market on October 16, but, in the meantime, take a virtual tour of Kenian’s showroom! 

Need more details about a Kenian piece or how to order? Shoot us an email to Beth or Kristy at mydesignchic @ gmail. com. (Spaces added to prevent spam, but please take them out when sending the email!) 

Kenian’s showroom will be open Oct 15-18th and anyone attending is welcome, appointments preferred, please contact [email protected]

 

Speaking of High Point Market… I’ll be conducting Vendor Interviews all day on October 16 to give you secret intel and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at some of your favorite showrooms–and with Market Execs. Don’t miss it!

 

 

 

ICYMI: Feels Like Falling is a USA Today Bestseller!

 

And an American Book Association Bestseller… And a Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller… And a Bookscan Bestseller… And it’s all because of YOU! So alllll the thank yous, my wonderful readers! I am truly wowed by all of you. Thank you again for all your support!! I am so grateful for each and every one of you! If you haven’t picked up your copy, check it out now!

 

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10 Favorite Porches Ready for Spring

Andrew J. Howard Spring porches with bamboo furniture
Andrew J. Howard

 

Good morning, chic readers!

 

Studio MRS | Emily Followill Photography porch with wicker chairs and Saarinen table
Studio MRS | Emily Followill Photography

 

We are so ready for spring here, and all we can think about is getting outside. 

 

covered porch
Ken Tate Architect

 

Outdoor entertaining is one of our favorite things about this fabulous season.

 

covered porch
Serena & Lily

 

And we can always use inspiration for our porches !

 

Spring porches with wrought iron furniture from Heather Chadduck and blue hydrangeas
Heather Chadduck Interiors

 

Whether your porch is neutral or bright, has wicker furniture, wrought iron or teak, we can all agree on one thing:

 

Spring porches in blue and white by Mark d. Nikes blue and white stripe rug
Mark D Sikes

 

It should be comfortable!

 

Spring porches from Beth Webb with Chaise
Beth Webb Interiors

 

We believe that outdoor spaces should coordinate with indoor ones, be an extension of the home’s decor–but, perhaps, with a touch of whimsy. 

 

Spring porches from Verandah House with blue and white furniture
Verandah House

 

Then again, blue and white surroundings that let the natural beauty shine are fabulous as well.

 

Spring porches from Serena & Lily with floor pillows and wicker chairs
Serena & Lily

 

Needless to say, these stunning photos have done nothing to cure our Spring fever! 

 

Spring porches from M.A Allen in bright colors and stripe rug
M.A. Allen

 

Are you sprucing your porch for spring?

 

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Feels Like Falling Beach read by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Feels Like Falling releases April 28, 2020–and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the nice things Pulisher’s Weekly had to say about it! Preorder now for Spring Break beach reading!

Feels Like Falling Tour Dates!

April 22: Country Club of the Crystal Coast, 152 Oakleaf Dr, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512, 6pm, For Reservations and More Information Contact the CCCC at (252) 726-1034.

April 23:  Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island 2020 Author Series, South Carolina Yacht Club in Windmill Harbor Marina,161 Harbour Passage, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, 4:30 – 6:30pm.

April 24: Moveable Feast hosted by Litchfield Books, Kimbel’s Wachesaw, 1930 Governors Landing Rd, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, 11:30 AM, Tickets are $48 per person, and include a copy of the book. To make a reservation call 843-235-9600.

April 24: In-Store Book Signing at Litchfield Books – 11421 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, 2:00 PM, Free and Open to the Public.

April 24: General Federation of Women’s Clubs-SC Federation Day Keynote, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, 8121 Amalfi Pl, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572, 7 pm, Private Event.

April 25: Zia Boutique Books & Bloody Marys, Kristy in Conversation with Zelle Wiggins, owner of Zia Boutique and founder of Southern Style Blog, 11 am (talk), Signing Until 1 pm, Zia Boutique, 1113 Military Cutoff Rd A, Wilmington, NC 28405, Free and Open to the Public, (910) 679-4101 for more information.

April 26: Signing at Mydoma Showroom, High Point Market, Private for High Point Market Attendees, High Point, NC, Details TBA.

April 27:  Fountain Bookstore, Talk, Q&A and Signing, 2 pm, 1312 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219, More information and preorders available from [email protected].

April 27: Cocktail Party. Hosted by Francene Katzen and Allie Carter of Alexandra Bee Blog, 6 pm. Richmond, VA. Private Event.

April 28: Feels Like Falling officially launches! Virtual Launch Day Celebrations happening on Bloom, the reading community of the Tall Poppy Writers and Kristy Woodson Harvey Facebook!

April 28: Page 158, Wake Forest, NC. Details TBA.

April 28: Launch Party at Pigfish Lane Antiques, 5425 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27606, 5-8 pm, Book Sales by Quail Ridge Books (QRB will be on site.) Hosted by Marge Knutson. For more information contact [email protected]or 919-436-4006. For personalized preorders or post-event book shipping contact Quail Ridge Books at (919) 828-1588. Refreshments provided, Free and Open to the Public.

April 29: Pretty Please Houston, 8791 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX, 77024, Talk and Signing, 5-7 pm, Free and Open to the Public. Book Sales by Murder by the Book. 

April 30: Spring Fling with Kristy Woodson Harvey, Brooke Fossey, James R. Hannibal and Julie Cantrell. 8:45 am-11:15 am, Address provided after online registration. Houston, TX. Preorders available from Murder by the Book. Click herefor more information and registration.

April 30: Houston, TX Book Club, 12 pm. Private Event.

April 30: Houston, TX Cocktail Party. Private Event.

May 1: Country Book Shop, Southern Pines, NC. Details TBA.

May 2: Park Road Books, Talk and Signing, 2 pm, 4139 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28209, More information and signed, personalized preorders or post-event shipments from [email protected] or 704-525-9239. Free and Open to the Public.

May 2: South Main Book Company, Signing, 110 S Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, For more information or personalized preorders contact Alissa Redmond, 704-630-9788, [email protected].

May 3: Meet-the-Author Talk & Lowcountry Wine reception at Timrod Library, Talk at Bethany United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 W. 3rd Street, Summerville, SC 29483. Lowcountry Wine reception will follow at Timrod Library, 217 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483, 2:00 pm. For more information or tickets contact Cindy Koontz, [email protected].

May 4: Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Talk and Signing, 161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington KY40503, 7 pm, For more information contact Michael Link [email protected]. Free and Open to the Public.

May 5: Cuyahoga County Public Library – Middleburg Heights Branch, Talk and Signing, 16699 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130 7pm 440.234.3600. Book Sales by Books on Coventry. Free and Open to the Public.

May 6: Carmel Clay Public Library, Talk and Signing, 55 4th Ave SE, Carmel, IN 46032, 6:30, For more information contact 317-435-9630.

May 7: Linger Longer Living Series at Reynolds Lake Oconee, Talk and Signing, Lake Club Center, Lake Club Drive, 5:30pm, Private for Reynolds Members and Guests.  For Personalized Preorders or Book Shipments, contact Avid Bookshop.

May 8: Story on the Square Luncheon, 19 Griffin Street, McDonough, GA 30253; (678) 759-0079, 12pm, For Tickets and More Information Contact Deanna Bailey, [email protected].

May 8: Waiting on Martha Home, Kristy in Conversation with Waiting on Martha Founder Mandy Kellogg Rye, Atlanta, GA, Details TBA.

May 9: FoxTale Book Shoppe, Talk and Signing,105 E Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Free and Open to the Public. More Information and Preorders Available Here.

May 9: Alpharetta Library Talk and Signing, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009, 4:00 pm. Free and Open to the Public. Books from John’s Creek Books & Gifts.

May 10: Book + Bottle, Wine and Casual Conversation, Seventeen 6th Street North, St. Pete, FL 33701, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, More Information and Preorders Available Here.

May 11: Copperfish Books Luncheon, FM Don’s, 201 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950; 941-637-8800,12:00 PM Start, For more information, tickets and preorders contact [email protected]; 941-205-2560

May 11: Oxford Exchange, “A Night With Author Kristy Woodson Harvey,” 420 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606, 6:30 PM, More Information and Preorders Available Here.

May 14: The Bookmark, 220 First Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266, 7pm, Free and Open to the Public. More Information from [email protected].

May 16: Girl Scouts of America Fundraiser, 12-2 pm, Charleston, SC. Details TBA.

May 17: Friends of the Lexington Main Library, Talk and Signing, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington, SC 29072, 3pm, For more information contact [email protected], Free and Open to the Public.

May 18: Davidson, NC Event. Events TBA.

May 19:  Friends of the Randolph County Public Library Talk and Signing, 201 Worth St, Asheboro, NC 27203, 7pm, Free and Open to the Public.

May 20: “Lunch & Lit” sponsored by M. Judson Booksellers, Soby’s Restaurant, 207 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC, 12 noon $45, includes 3 course meal and copy of book, Tickets and More Information from M. Judson call (864) 603-2412.

May 20: Sumter County Museum Reception, Talk and Book Signing, McKenzie Hall, Heritage Education Center, 122 N. Washington Street, Sumter, SC 29150, 5:30 pm, Ticketed event – $5 Members, $10 Non-Members. Tickets Available Here.

May 21: “Books and Bites” at Cherokee County Public Library, 300 E. Rutledge Ave, Gaffney, SC29340, 11:30am, Free and Open to the Public.

May 21: Hub City Wine, Women & Wisdom, Talk and Signing, 286 W. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306, Free and Open to the Public.

May 21: Hope Center Fundraiser, Spartanburg, SC, 6:30 pm. Private Event.

June 7: Kinston Public Library Kickoff to Summer Reading and “Women Build Worlds” Celebration, Kinston-Lenoir County Library, 510 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC  28501, 3 pm, Free and Open to the Public.

June 27: Beach Party with Beaufort Linen Co! Beaufort, NC. Details TBA.

August 4: Booktowne, Manasquan, New Jersey, Details TBA.

August 5:  Browse About Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, Details TBA.

August 5: Bethany Beach Books Signing,99 Garfield Pkwy, Bethany Beach, DE 19930; (302) 539-2522, 7pm, Free and Open to the Public

August 7: Private Cocktail Party, East Hampton.

August 8: East Hampton Author Night, East Hampton, NY.

August 11: Avon Free Public Library, Talk and Signing, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001, Details TBA.

August 12: Bank Square Books Ocean House Summer Author Series, The Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave, Westerly, RI 02891, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Books Sold by Bank Square Books, Cocktail Party and Signing, Tickets Required.

More events–including a fabulous night with our friends from Diane James Home–coming soon!

 

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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 that groundhog was wrong and this warm weather is here to stay.

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.

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

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!

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. 

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.

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

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

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

At the beach, driftwood really is the best accessory!

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!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

 

 

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What Jena Pate of Our Southern Roots is saying about The Secret to Southern Charm!

“Kristy just has a way of capturing the beauty of the Georgia coast through her writing that make you feel like you are sitting right there amongst all the action while you read. The characters are all so well developed and you get attached very quickly.I would obviously recommend picking up Slightly South of Simple if you haven’t already, then pre-order your copy of The Secret to Southern Charm… this book will take you on an emotional roller coaster in the best possible way and leave you wanting more….and impatiently waiting for book three in the series :)” — Jena Pate, Our Southern Roots Blog

 

 

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