Things We Love: Stylish Sitting Areas

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Beth Webb Interiors

 

There is nothing that makes you appreciate your home quite like leaving it. We moved out of our house for post-Hurricane Florence repairs a few weeks ago, and I’m already dreaming of moving back in. It’s about fifty percent gutted at the moment, but that’s progress…

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Alexa Hampton via Dering Hall

 

One of my favorite parts of our 1903 house has always been the huge window seat in the bay window of our master bedroom

sitting area bedroom
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

It is one of the sunniest spots in the house and has the best view–and was one of the first things to be torn out after the storm. Despite our intricate boarding up process, the wind and water won. 

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Isabel López-Quesada Design via Architectural Digest

 

Now that the window seat is gone, we realize how huge that space really is. And, as much as I love my window seat, I’m starting to question whether it’s wise to build it back. 

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Barbara Westbrook Interiors

 

This isn’t the first hurricane we’ve been through and it certainly won’t be the last–which makes the idea of a cozy master sitting area to replace the window seats very appealing. 

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Geoffrey Chick & Associates

 

We love the idea of having a sweet little space for morning coffee and late-night chats. 

bedroom sitting area
Geoffrey Chick & Associates

 

And there’s something luxurious about comfy, cushy upholstered items right in your master bedroom. 

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Tom Scheerer

 

A pair of chairs with a table between them would fit nicely. 

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Meg Ryan loft via Architectural Digest -Photo: William Abranowicz

 

As would a love seat or, my personal favorite, a chic chaise. (Is there a limit to how many chaises you can have in a house before it starts to become overkill?)

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Jimmy Stanton Design via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

But, then again, I could always rebuild those window seats… 

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Cathy Austin Design via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

What do you think? Are you a fan of sitting rooms in the bedroom

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We always love seeing you here!

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THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, book 3 of my Peachtree Bluff series, is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble. And I’ll be donating 100% of the preorder profits to Hurricane Florence victims, via United Way, between now and October 19!

     

 

And if you haven’t read, The Secret to Southern Charm,  Book #2 in the PEACHTREE BLUFF SERIES, now is the perfect time to pick up you copy!

10 Ultra-Chic Kitchen Cabinet Styles

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TS Adams Studio

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Thursday is off to a great start! We’re pondering our favorite cabinet styles today. Few decisions in a kitchen are as major, as expensive or have as big of an impact, so it’s one of those ones that is important to get right!

Cloth and Kind - Beth Singer Photography
Cloth and KindBeth Singer Photography

 

If you’re looking for something simply elegant without too much fuss for your kitchen cabinet remodel, flat paneled cabinets are a perfect choice. 

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Rethink Design

 

One of our favorite kitchen styles is a combination of glass-front cabinets and closed cabinets. Glass front cabinets are perfect for display, but it’s nice to have a few to hide messier items behind as well!

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Urban Grace Interiors

 

Sometimes our favorite cabinets are… no cabinets at all! We love open shelving as a chic and inexpensive alternative to upper cabinets. So cute!

Peter Pennoyer

 

You know we love white kitchens, so, to us, you can never go wrong with white cabinets.

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Westbrook InteriorsArchitectural Digest

 

But dark wood is also a stunning look that creates depth, warmth and contrast in a kitchen.

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Old Seagrove Homes

 

Love the wood feel but want just a touch? Light wood is such a pretty choice, and these light wood open shelves give just a hint of wood without being too dark.

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Coastal Living

 

Dark painted cabinets can make a kitchen feel dark and heavy, but, when paired with light floors, backsplash and tons of light, they’re such a perfect choice!

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Coastal Living Magazine

 

So, sure, we love white and wood, but there’s nothing like colored cabinets to add instant personality and fun in a kitchen. Especially in a vacation home, when you pick the right shade you really can’t go wrong!

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Phoebe Howard Design

 

Can’t make up your mind? We totally understand! Why not mix and match? It’s the best of both worlds and gives any kitchen a totally custom feel. 

If you were redoing your kitchen. what cabinet style would you choose?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day–and don’t forget to enter to win two tickets and a night’s stay at City Loft in Beaufort, SC so that you can come be a part of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM launch on March 15!

Enter to win TWO tickets to the launch event and 1 night at Beaufort’s City Loft Hotel by doing any or all of the following:

  1. Visit either my personal page, Design Chic or Kristy Woodson Harvey Author on Facebook and share the post about the giveaway and tag the friend you’d like to bring! (3 entries)
  2. Follow us on Instagram–@kristywharvey–and respond to the Instagram post by tagging the friend you’d like to bring. (3 entries)
  3. Preorder a copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM from your venue of choice and email me at [email protected] to let me know. (5 entries)

That’s it! We’ll close the giveaway on Saturday, February 10 at 10 am and announce the winner by the evening! Thanks so much for participating. 

If you don’t want to wait to find out if you’ve won, order tickets here

 

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In Good Taste: ADAC’S Architect of the Year

 Jeffrey Dungan entrance

Oh my goodness… We are SO excited! In case you haven’t heard, Jeffrey Dungan has been named ADAC’s 2017 Architect of the Year!

 

We aren’t surprised. 

Jeffrey Dungan kitchen

Not even a little.

 Jeffrey Dungan

One, quick glance at Dungan’s work and it’s evident that he is completely deserving of this honor.

But there is nothing better than seeing talented, kind people whose work you have loved for years get acknowledged in such a big, big way!

From well thought out floor plans,

To extraordinary built-ins,

The perfect windows for every space,

To architectural details that create a mood,

Each space that Dungan undertakes is more fabulous than the last.

We could never pick a favorite space, but this rustic charm might be up there. It’s perfect for a cozy winter day.

Jeffrey Dungan

Congrats again, Jeffrey! We are so excited for you and think it goes without saying that this is a well-deserved honor!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, chic readers. We always love seeing you here!

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read Slightly South of Simple or The Secret to Southern Charm, pick up your copies before The Southern Side of Paradise (NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!) releases May 7, 2019!

 

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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House Tour: A Beverly Hills Pied-à-Terre

Who couldn’t use a little getaway? We know we could!

This luxurious Beverly Hills pied-à-terre designed by the talented John De Bastiani  has everything anyone would need for a quick escape from the stresses of outside world.

This spacious, chic living room is a perfect place for entertaining guests in style, which is absolutely essential, of course.

Plenty of light makes it feel spacious and open–and a bit of outdoor space is such a bonus.

A not-too-big, not-too-small galley kitchen is perfect for whipping up a comforting meal, glass of wine in hand…

And sharing your creation with friends!

Every pied-à-terre must have a cozy spot for catching up on that ever-growing “To Be Read” list or Netflix queue. 

And a desk at the getaway is absolutely essential for keeping up on correspondence. You have to send invitations and keep everyone up to date on what a fabulous time you’re having, after all!

A master retreat, a sanctuary from the real world, is beyond necessary for catching up on some much-needed sleep. 

And a beautiful balcony ensures that fresh air and sunshine are never in short supply. We absolutely love this Beverly Hills pied-à-terre and could move right in. If you were going to snag a chic getaway spot, where would yours be?

 

I will be in Pinehurst, NC tomorrow as the speaker for the annual Neighbors of Pinehurst Book Club Luncheon. If you’d like a personalized copy of Slightly South of Simple, Lies and Other Acts of Love or Dear Carolina for yourself or for a holiday gift for a loved one, call The Country Book Shop at  910.692.3211, and I’ll be happy to personalize for you. Or preorder The Secret to Southern Charm! Signed copies will also be available through The Country Bookshop’s website

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House Tour: Phoebe Howard Interiors

Phoebe Howard Entrance

Charlotte House

As you can probably imagine, we can’t get enough of finding new designers to talk about! 

Phoebe Howard entrance

But there are some that have a forever place in our hearts, whose work we love to swoon over day after day, year after year, whose new projects we wait impatiently for.

Phoebe Howard entrance

Phoebe Howard is one of those designers.

Phoebe Howard living room

Her style is understated, traditional enough without looking old-fashioned, modern enough without looking trendy… It is, in short, the epitome of classic southern style for the new millennium.

Even in the simplest rooms, there is a richness about Howard’s style, a sense of luxury that permeates, especially where textiles are concerned.

Her perfectly chosen color palettes draw you in, adding the right amount of warmth and interest while creating a feeling of continuity.

Phoebe Howard office

Each nook in the home is well thought out, the perfect mix of form and function that is simply elegant. 

Phoebe Howard living room

From beautiful details like this stone wall…

Phoebe Howard living room

To perfectly arranged furniture…

Phoebe Howard hallway

Simple, striking details…

Phoebe Howard bedroom

To a master suite fit for a queen…

Phoebe Howard bedroom

Phoebe Howard knows how to create spaces that are stunning in every way.

Phoebe Howard bathroom

From a bath with a view,

Phoebe Howard baskets

To stylish storage,

Phoebe Howard chaise

A cozy spot for lounging with a breeze, 

Phoebe Howard porch

To a porch that is comfortable all year long, we love every inch of Phoebe Howard’s peerless style. Are you a Phoebe Howard fan?

Thank you so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We love seeing you here! 

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Thank You For Making Slightly South of Simple a National Bestseller

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House Tour: Lovely Lake House

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 Classic elegance with a touch of modern. Full of glass, anchored with wood and topped off with a to-die-for pool, this lake house is as lovely as they come. Take a peek inside to make your day a little brighter! (And merrier!)

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