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Tour a Charming Santa Rosa Beach Home

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 Start your Summer on the right note by slipping a copy of my latest novel, the instant New York Times bestseller,  Under the Southern Sky, into your beach bag!

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​Two childhood friends discover that love—and family—can be found in unconventional ways in this timely, moving novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “beautifully Southern, evocative Peachtree Bluff series” (Kristin Harmel, NYT bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names).

Recently separated Amelia Buxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Cape Carolina. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind.







Things We Love: The Shore Bench

Serena & Lily shore bench in foyer


Good morning, chic readers! We hope you’re having a wonderful Thursday! Do you have favorite items in your home? The ones that maybe you really searched or pined for before you finally made the decision? For almost two years, the guest bedroom in our house was missing *something.* Something about the bed wasn’t quite right, but I loved the headboard and didn’t want to replace it with a full bed and every bench I brought in to try just didn’t make the cut. Enter: The Shore Bench from Serena & Lily.


Serena & Lily shore bench


We live on the coast of NC, so the material was a slam dunk right away. Beachy and light-but-not-too-light, and, unlike all those benches we had tried, the perfectly proportioned back made it the ideal place for guests to sit and watch TV at night or simply sit down to put on shoes in the morning. And, we don’t know about you, but we’re always looking for ways to make our guest rooms more functional and longer-stay friendly.


Serena & Lily shore bench


And, unlike a backless bench, it was the perfect place to accessorize. We added a couple gorgeous Serena & Lily pillows, the perfect throw and a few books for a cozy, unfussy feel. (Pics below!) And it was easy to stay in our favorite blue and neutral color scheme, which was in keeping with what was right outside the door.


Serena & Lily shore bench


But this isn’t just an end-of-the-bed kind of bench. Nope. We can think of all sorts of places it would be perfect. From living rooms to nurseries, playrooms to even the kitchen,


Serena & Lily shore bench


It’s the ideal size for those hard-to-style smaller spaces while still being substantial enough to actually do something. If you’re wondering, which we know we were, it’s quite comfortable for sitting! And a few lovely pillows never hurt. 


Serena & Lily shore bench in bedroom


A major worry with this material is always durability. Will it pick or fray? Break or just sort of… wilt? Three years and a stint in rental storage later, we can confidently say that this is one hearty material. Through tons of guests, parties, kids and, yes, even being moved in the back of a truck  a few times, it looks as good as the day it arrived and was placed in the room via Serena & Lily’s dreamy white-glove service. It’s more than we could have expected or asked for, for sure.


Serena & Lily bedroom makeover shore bench
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Here it is! Our beautiful Shore Bench in our favorite guest room. The texture is even better in real life, the perfect neutral that blends but also pops in the best possible way. Speaking of texture, these pillows are full of it and this cashmere throw is positively dreamy. 



Shore Bench


As with most Serena & Lily pieces, the beauty is in the details. The bamboo legs and base are the perfect gorgeous accent while also being strong and stable. (And eco-friendly!) Plus, they lend that coastal vibe in all the best ways.



Truth be told, we debated this purchase, namely because we weren’t sure about the durability. But, all-in-all, we give the Shore Bench a ten out of ten when it comes to not only durability but also style, functionality and even uniqueness. The perfect cross between a plain bench and a bulky settee, it is large enough to be comfortable, chic enough to be a focal point while also being well-proportioned enough to not take up too much space. And, we’ve had guests want one for their own homes. Could there be a better compliment than that? We don’t think so!

In a house chock full of Serena & Lily like ours, it’s tough to play favorites, but this bench tops the list. If you’re looking for a versatile piece for a coastal home–or simply wanting to add a beachy vibe to any space at all–this is a perfect pick. 


If you are looking to add a hint of coastal style to your space, Serena & Lily is not to be missed! Let us know what you pick–and we’d love to see how you use Serena & Lily in your  home makeover!













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Under the Southern Sky is an instant NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!!!

Debuting at #8!


  • It’s a dream that every author has- finding out that their book made THE list. Today is my day to pinch myself and break out the bubbly!
    I couldn’t have done this without all the support my fans provided. From getting excited aboutUnder the Southern Sky, preordering, telling all your friends and showing up for virtual and live events- you helped me achieve a dream today. And I will be forever grateful!

    With just a few days until Mother’s Day, have you picked something up for mom yet?   Under the Southern Sky is the perfect gift!




Preparing Your Porch for Memorial Day Dining and More



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!

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  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.


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?

Serena & Lily makeover

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:


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 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!

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

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.

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

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!

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover 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!

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

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.

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 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.

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

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:

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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:


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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.

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

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”:

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

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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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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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.


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! 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,, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or Duck’s Cottage

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