Entrance Foyers that Say Welcome & More

Entrance foyers with wood beams from Donald Lococo
Donald Lococo Architects| John Cole Photography


Entrance Foyers that Say Welcome

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Inspiring Home Libraries

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Beach Retreat Bedroom with Serena and Lily Swing Chair

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With just a little more than a week until Mother’s Day, have you picked something up for mom yet?  Feels Like Falling , is the perfect gift!




20% Off EVERYTHINGserena and lily

 Up to 80% Off – one kings lane

New to Sale – nordstrom

New for Spring –  shopbop

Extra 40% Off Sale jcrew

Favorites for Your Home ON Saledesign chic

 30% Off Tops & Jewelry anthropologie



Things We Love: Blonde Wood

blonde wood vaulted ceiling in living groom
Jenkins Interiors


Light, bright and airy… Blonde (wood) really does have more fun! And, as a bonus, it doesn’t have to figure out how to work around dark roots during a quarantine. 


blonde wood Dutch door with bench in foyer by Amber Interiors
Amber Interiors | Tessa Neustadt Photography


It makes spaces seem brighter,


Jenkins Interiors blonde wood dining room with round dining table
Jenkins Interiors


Rooms seem lighter, 


Kate Marker Interiors entry with blonde wood beams
Kate Marker Interiors |Builder: Grand Traditions Home | Photo: Stoffer Interior Photography


And creates a spectacular neutral background.


On the ceiling it shines,


Alyssa Rosenheck blonde wood ceiling in kitchen
Alyssa Rosenheck


And looks so stunning juxtaposed with dark floors,


blonde wood cabinets in kitchen of Amber Interiors
Amber Interiors | Tessa Neustadt Photography


Blonde wood is also stunning against stone,


Jenkins Interiors kitchen
Jenkins Interiors


And plays well with other woods, stones and finishes.


Kate Marker Interiors kitchen with blonde wood beams
Kate Marker Interiors |Builder: Grand Traditions Home | Photo: Stoffer Interior Photography


Just a touch of blonde wood makes a statement, but, as with many of our favorite things, more really is more! Are you a fan of blonde wood?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! So glad we can stay home together!


Looking for something fun to do during your social distancing days? Join Mary Alice Monroe and me virtually at The Rowan Public Library in my hometown of Salisbury, NC. We’ll be discussing our forthcoming novels, Feels Like Falling and On Ocean Boulevard, and our favorite Carolina beach books! Register here.

BOOK GIVEAWAY For Feels Like Falling

Enter HERE  To Win 1 of 100 Books Being Given Away on Goodreads! Just Click “Enter Giveaway” 


House Tour: Charming in Corona Del Mar

Corona Del Mar house

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you loved the good taste of Kelly Nutt yesterday as much as we did!

Corona Del Mar dining

With statement lighting…

Corona Del Mar kitchen

Wood accents…

Corona Del Mar kitchen

And charm galore…

Corona Del Mar dining

There is so much to love about Kelly Nutt Design.

Corona Del Mar bedroom

This house in Corona Del Mar is absolutely ideal for spending a relaxing vacation, a laid-back spring break or for cool, comfortable living all year round. 

Corona Del Mar bedroom

A study in simplicity with just the right amount of detail to keep things interesting, this is the kind of home that feels like a serene oasis. 

Corona Del Mar bedroom

Pretty pink accents create a calming and sweet retreat for catching up on rest. 

Corona Del Mar cabinets

And plenty of hidden storage creates a soothing, monochromatic palette for the eye where clutter is hidden away. 

Corona Del Mar bedroom

A fun pattern on the floor stands out against an all-white bath for a uniform look that still packs a punch. 

Corona Del Mar laundry room

Even the laundry room is fabulous! We don’t know about you, but we could move right into this gorgeous Corona Del Mar home–and would love to be weekend guests! What about you?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day and Happy Valentine’s Day!


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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! I’m so grateful for the support of my readers!


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and see our Top Ten Posts of 2017 here!



Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel and More



Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel





Tour a Charming Gloucestershire Barn






Statement Making Soapstone Sinks





Add Winter White Accents to Your Home

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Pick the Perfect Gift For Everyone On Your List

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Last week we had the pleasure of spending a fun-filled long weekend in the place that we think gets as close to Christmas magic as you can without going to the North Pole: NYC! I had the most amazing day of meetings with the team at Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) about all that is THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, the sequel to SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and the second book in Peachtree Bluff series–and filmed fun videos that I can’t wait to share with you! To celebrate the upcoming launch (April 3, 2018!) and get you in the holiday spirit, we’re giving away a $100 Amazon gift card for your holiday essentials. Enter below!









And for more of our favorites for the home visit our shop here!


Gifts of Beauty


Wood Beams Add Character to Any Room and More!



Beautiful Wood Beams in Every Space



Tour the Home of Erin Featherston



A Healthful Easter Lunch



West Los Angeles Home of Kristina Meltzer


bedroom style at Serena & Lily


An Inspiring Mix from Serena and Lily



Stunning in Stripe


shopbop sale


Don’t Miss the Shopbop Sale


With only two weeks until the Slightly South of Simple release–and one week until the tour begins–we can’t wait to meet some of you in person. Thank you so much to Glitter Guide for choosing Slightly South of Simple as an April “Must Read!”

Slightly South of Simple

In Good Taste: Marshall Watson Interiors

Marshall Watson Interiors entrance with flowers
Photographer: Alise O’Brien


 Pinterest-worthy. That’s what we’d say about Marshall Watson Interior Design

Marshall Watson Interiors dining table
Photographer: Alise O’Brien


With all the choices of things to pin out there these days, that’s a pretty high compliment. 

Marshall Watson Interiors poolside
Photographer: Alise O’Brien


But these gorgeous rooms and outdoor spaces by these user-talented designers are ones we want to remember, take inspiration from and come back to again and again. 

Marshall Watson Interiors porch
Photographer: Geno Perches


If we weren’t already having Spring fever (which we are, big time…) then this porch would certainly inspire it. From the lush landscape to the beautiful touches, every element is utter perfection.

Marshall Watson Interiors dining room
Photographer: Geno Perches


These banana leaf chairs are some of our favorites! In fact, we have them in the Beaufort playroom!

Marshall Watson Interiors dining table on the porch
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston


Dining al fresco has never looked so good. Sunflowers add a cheerful burst of color.

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston


Dark furniture and warm tones make this light-filled room feel super cozy.

Marshall Watson Interiors bedroom
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston


Just… wow. Does it get more breathtaking?

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston


You know we love designers who are versatile, and the eclectic range of looks here is phenomenal! 

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: Luke White


Soft colors and comfortable textures combine here to create a room that is both comfortable and chic.

Marshall Watson Interiors living room
Photographer: Luke White


We just love the feel of this beautiful home!

Marshall Watson Interiors dining room
Photographer: Luke White


This is the kind of space where we would like to be dining tonight–or any night. A beautiful vision, perfectly conceived… Well, we’d say that’s what Marshall Watson Interiors is all about! 

For more work from this fabulous designer, you don’t want to miss his new book,  The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors, available now!

We’re celebrating that my new book Slightly South of Simple is coming out in less than one month by partnering with our friends at Minted to host a fabulous $350 giveaway! Enter now!


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