Happy Memorial Day, friends! We hope you are all having a wonderful, relaxing day with family and friends. Between the barbecues and sunbathing, boat riding and fireworks, we are remembering all the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom and all those who continue to fight to keep this country great! We are so grateful for the sacrifices that our troops and their families make every, single day of the year!
If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in you tote.
June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public
July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm
July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private
July 25: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm
DON’T FORGET, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM IS AVAILABLE BY CALLING YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE, ANY OF THE FABULOUS BOOKSTORES ABOVE OR AT INDIEBOUND, AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE OR WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD!
Good morning, chic readers! It’s here, it’s here! Serena & Lily’s Friends and Family 20% off sale. You could say we are a tiny bit excited…. We love all that is Serena & Lily (We know you do too!) and, there is no better time than their annual sale for a quick coastal spruce, right?
Whether you live at the coast, have a beach house or are simply looking to add a little bit more of that coastal vibe into your house (vacation all the the time, anyone?) Serena & Lily is the one-stop shop for all that is fabulously coastal without being kitschy. If you’re looking to add a little beach to your life, check out what we did!
Serena & Lily in the Bedroom:
You know how sometimes you move somewhere and you get like 90% finished with everything and you just run out of steam? There’s no doubt that decorating can be a total joy. But it’s also a creative process and it can just burn you out. We were sort of like that with this guest room in our Beaufort house. We loved this gorgeous shell console and had the beginnings of a nice guest bedroom. We just needed to add in a few coastal touches!
One of our favorite looks is a bed with no footboard–and something fun at the end. A chaise, a pair of chairs and a bench are all nice choices. For us, nothing could top this stunning Shore Bench from Serena & Lily.
It’s perfect for a guest room in particular because it gives guests a place to sit to read, watch TV or simply put on their shoes. Isn’t it the perfect touch? Just add a Monaco throw in a beachy color, a couple Sarasota pillows and voila! Your guests will never want to leave!
This little area in the guest bedroom was particularly troubling. It needed a console, desk or table that fit the space and a lot of pizazz!
After looking at consoles and tables and chests and desks, we decided to go with something a little bit different… a bar cart! In this case, the South Seas Bar Cart from Serena and Lily. We love using pieces we love in ways that are a little bit unexpected. Here, styled with favorite books and accessories, this bar cart becomes perfect for a bedroom. (And, hey, you can always roll it out for a party!) We love a little height and, for a space that can’t have a lamp, this vase works well.
But we think this Artichoke Table Lamp takes the cart to a whole new level! A previously neglected chimney wall becomes a focal point–with plenty of coastal flair! Plus, we love adding extra light wherever we can.
Bedding is paramount, of course. In a guest room and especially a guest room on the coast, we love keeping things light and bright. The detail on the Savoy Embroidered Duvet Cover and Shams adds interest while maintaining that relaxing, airy feel. These linens are positively luscious! (Read: Our guests will never want to leave!)
Serena & Lily in the Kitchen:
Of all the rooms in this remodel, the kitchen was by far the biggest transformation. With seven layers of linoleum, no island, no windows and 1960s appliances, it needed some help. We loved the remodel, but it needed a little something.
It’s amazing how just one tiny element can completely change the look of a room–and add so much coastal chic style! The Riviera Counter Stool in natural is just that extra touch that made this kitchen feel like, well, a day at the beach! The stools added much-needed warmth, perfect for spring. We can see flip flops and sandy towels in this kitchen’s future!
Serena & Lily in the Bathroom:
My son’s bathroom upstairs was another case of major renovation and salvation. Converted from a closed-in upstairs porch to a bright, sunny spot for a little boy was so much fun.
Nothing says “coastal” quite like teak. This darling Teak Step Stool is pretty and practical, making it easy to reach the sink.Rope baskets are the ultimate in coastal touches. The large one makes a perfect dirty clothes hamper!
Serena & Lily in “Blogging Central”:
This converted laundry and storage room is actually one of the most-used spaces in the house. Little Will does art and homework there and these chaises with lucite trays are perfect for working. The Brahms’s Mount Herringbone Throws at the end of the chaises are absolutely stunning, give a finished look and feel–and were one of the first things we ever bought for the house. That just goes to show that, when you get your “before” right, with gorgeous pieces from Serena & Lily, you don’t even need an “after!”
If you are looking to add a hint of coastal style to your space, Serena & Lily’s 20% off sale is not to be missed! Let us know what you pick–and we’d love to see how you use Serena & Lily in your coastal home makeover!
We are so excited for one of the biggest design weekends of the year. If you are at High Point Market, we’d love for you to drop by the Codarus Showroom, IHFC H220, on Sunday, April 23, 3-5pm for snacks, sips and Slightly South of Simple.
We are so excited to by celebrating the beginning of the Slightly South of Simple book launch in style! We’re partnering with our friends at Reebonz to give away a stunning black, Salvatore Ferragamo Darina Mini Bag, which retails for $1250, to one lucky reader! If you’ve already ordered Slightly South of Simple, don’t forget to enter this one! And if you haven’t, now is your chance! Pre-order from your local bookstore, Indiebound.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble,Books-A-Million, Target or Duck’s Cottage.
Whatever you prefer to call them, garden rooms, conservatories, atriums or sunrooms, these may be our favorite room in the house. Maybe it’s because beautiful meals are the things that punctuate our day, that quiet space with our families to hit the “restart” button, but dining is what we think we’d enjoy very most in our conservatory.
The conservatory is the perfect additional room in any home. It is where we could see ourselves spending much of our day enjoying a favorite book or magazine.
To combine dining and relaxing is perfection. We can’t get over the yellow paint trimming the windows. It is so bright and cheery and is the perfect backdrop for the great outdoors beyond.
With all of the glass we can almost feel the warmth of the sun in each of these rooms – how wonderful any season, but especially on those cold winter days. Painted blue furniture and wood beams add so much charm to this space.
This living room would be our game room, office and family gathering space. We love the rooms in our houses that get the most sunlight. We know where that would be in this one!
This beautiful gray porch with a cozy fireplace, is where we would have our coffee every morning.
Soothing gray paint, floor to ceiling windows, brick floors and the perfect lantern. We love every single thing about this room.
Have you ever seen such a chic way to get to your garden. We love the lattice and only wish that we could grow plants this healthy and green!
This is what we call the perfect porch. Wicker furniture, arched windows and and french doors…my newspaper is calling me! We hope you are all enjoying your holiday weekend and relaxing in rooms just this gorgeous.
And while your relaxing, don’t forget to check our favorite Labor Day Sales:
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