Preparing Your Porch for Memorial Day Dining and More

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Preparing Your Porch for Memorial Day Dining

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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!

The Secret to Southern Charm

  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.


 

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COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! 

Coastal Chic Makeover with Serena & Lily

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:

(Before)

 

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!

(Before)

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:

(Before)

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:

(Before)

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!

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A Few More of Our Favorites From Serena & Lily


Getting ready for  Spring Break?  My latest novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, releases on April 3, right in the thick of Spring Break! And, Southern Living just named it one of its “Best Spring Break Reads.” Hooray! Now is the perfect time to preorder!

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In Good Taste: Tracy Hardenburg Design

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your 2018 is off to a fabulous start. It still feels weird to say 2018, doesn’t it?

The good news is that, no matter what else 2018 holds, we can guarantee it will be full of good taste–beginning with the fabulous Tracy Hardenburg.

Each room is completely unique, family friendly, and in the case of this charming keeping room, super comfortable.

Hardenburg’s unique touches–like this amazing chalkboard–add so much personality.

We are loving the deep, dark navy blue of these cabinets,

And the built-in bunk room gets a grown-up twist with chic colors and awesome accents.

A pretty bedroom gets a modern touch with a few key updates to old favorites.

Aren’t these chairs the absolute cutest? We think these should be one of our New Year’s Resolutions!

A pair of oversized chaises makes for the perfect spot to cuddle up with a good book, a glass of wine and sweet conversation before bed.

When it comes to decor, we can’t forget the great outdoors. An old staple–wicker–takes on a new vibe with an updated shape.

Neutrals provide a beautiful backdrop on this stunning patio with bright blooms providing a splash of fun color. 

Could anything be more delightful than a day spent lounging by the pool? We’re expecting snow today, but, hey, girls can dream, right? It will be summer again before we know it..

Wishing you sunny skies today and a great start on all your resolutions! Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

books slightly south of simple

Resolving to read more this year? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, and preorder book 2, The Secret to Southern Charm, releasing April 3! 

 

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Front Door Favorites, Home Inspiration by Martha Mulholland and More!

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Favorite Front Doors

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Home Inspiration by Martha Mulholland

 

Home Inspiration by Martha Mulholland

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wicker dining furniture

 

Add a Casual Vibe with Wicker

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Expertly Styled Bedside Tables

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Washington Post

 

Design Chic Shares Statement Coffee Tables for Every Style and Space

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Nicaragua with Kate Brien

 

Nicaragua with Kate Brien

–  marysia swim

 


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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.

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I’m heading to NYC one week from today, to launch Slightly South of Simple at the 92nd St Y–and I have 4 tickets to give away! If you’d like one–or a couple–just email me at [email protected]! Click here for event details.

 

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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

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Conservatories

 

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Architectural Digest

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.

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APD Architects 

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.  

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Tigerman McCurry Architects

 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.  

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Lynn Morgan Design 

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.

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Andrew Maier Design

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!

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Liz Caan 

This beautiful gray porch with a cozy fireplace, is where we would have our coffee every morning.

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APD Architects 

Soothing gray paint, floor to ceiling windows, brick floors and the perfect lantern.  We love every single thing about this room.

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WSJ

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!

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The Cloister – Sea Island, GA – glass

 The Cloister in Sea Island, Georgia is a favorite and the conservatory there is amazing.  Beautiful art and stately palm trees grace this room.  

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Durston Saylor Photography via Architectural Digest

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:

Bluefly – Enjoy an EXTRA 30%-50% off of your favorite handbags

C. Wonder – Enjoy an EXTRA 50% off  Sale items

DVF – Enjoy 30% off WEAR NOW Styles

Equipment – New Markdowns

Lula and Georgia – 25% off site wide

Anthropologie – EXTRA 25% off Sale Items

JCrew – Extra 40% Off Sale Items

 

Straw, Raffia and Wicker Clutch

We love nothing more than a clutch and make it a straw, raffia or wicker one, and we are completely smitten. Wishing you all a wonderful Saturday, friends!

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