Things We Love: White Gardens

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Hollander Design

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having an amazing Monday. I had a full long weekend of good, old- fashioned girls’ fun with three of my best ever friends. 

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Hollander Design

 

My husband joked that it was our twenty-ninth preschool reunion. And it kind of was. 

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Hollander Design

 

We do it every year, get together for a few days. It has become more difficult as marriages have happened and babies have been born, but we always find a way to work it all out and reconnect. 

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Outstanding American Gardens via Architectural Digest

 

Because some things are absolutely too good to let go of. 

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Hollander Design

 

We tell new stories and, of course, the same old ones. Because some things are classics. 

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Hollander Design

 

One of those classics? White gardens

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Hollander Design

 

They are the little black dress of gardens, simple, chic and always in style. 

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Howard Design Studio

 

They go with any home exterior, in any climate. 

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Mariana Landscape

 

And just a touch of beauitful white blooms–like these hydrangeas–goes a long way. 

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Hollander Design

 

A pea gravel path is a lovely accessory. 

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Hollander Design

 

And as gorgeous as they look in full bloom in Spring, they are stunning in all green as well. 

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Robin Kramer Landscaping

 

Because white gardens, like the best friendships, are perfect in any season. 

Are you a fan of white gardens or do you prefer more vibrant blooms? Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your day!


The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re planning your Labor Day vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

 

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event 

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Fences for Every Yard

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Jimmy Stanton – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Happy Thursday, chic readers! We hope your day is off to a fabulous start. We are talking fences today. 

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Architectural Digest

 

When we bought our house in Beaufort, one of the first things we knew we would have to do is put a white picket fence around the yard. 

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New England Home- Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

There’s just something about a fence that not only defines a space but also adds so much charm. 

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Architectural Digest

 

In stacked stone, a fence is organic, neutral and blends in so well with the environment. 

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Urban Grace

 

A chic stucco fence or a concrete fence is not only pretty but is also practical. Insect resistant and easy to clean, it’s a perfect, long-lasting solution for a beautiful outdoor space that stays that way for years to come. And a lovely vine is the perfect accessory!

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Architectural Digest

 

For that English cottage or secret garden feel, nothing beats stone–with a charming gate, of course. 

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Meg Braff Design

 

And a pretty wall creates a cozy outdoor sitting room and breaks up a large back yard. 

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Architectural Digest

 

There’s nothing more beautiful than a rambling wooden fence through a farm or estate. 

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Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

For creating privacy and only seeing the neighbors when you want to see the neighbors, there is nothing prettier than a hedge. It may take a while to get it right, but the result is so worth it!

 

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Ashley Whittaker Design

 

Doesn’t a tall hedge create the most ethereal feeling?

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Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

And, of course, you can never go wrong with brick. Do you have a fence at your house? What’s your favorite fence or wall material?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! 

North Carolinians, listen up! Our friend and one of our favorite designers, Marshall Watson is making his way to Kinston, NC this Sunday, March 4! Lunch is from 12:30-1:30 with a lecture and Q&A from 2-3. If you want to come but your friends can’t, come sit with me!

 

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Timeless: Classic American Architecture

Good morning, chic readers! Happy February 15! We hope you had a great Valentine’s Day and, if you’re feeling the post-celebration letdown and are looking for something else to celebrate, we’ve got you covered: The launch party for my fourth novel The Secret to Southern Charm is one month from today at the historic Elizabeth Barnwell Gough House in Beaufort, SC to benefit the Pat Conroy Literary Center! Space is limited so get your tickets now! (Official release April 3 from Simon & Schuster.)

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If that wasn’t enough, one of our favorite architects, Patrick Ahearn, has a new book out. 

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Timeless: Classic American Architecture for Contemporary Living is an absolute gem, a must-have for every coffee table. 

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If you’re a longtime Design Chic reader, you know we have had a long-standing love affair with Ahearn’s work

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A coffee table book can sometimes be a bit of a “Will I love the book as much as the movie?” type of thing… 

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But we can confidently say that this compilation showcases some of Ahearn’s very best work–and we don’t have to tell you that we are always excited to see his new, unpublished designs!

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Relaxed, casual spaces perfect for breakfast with kids…

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More traditional, family dining areas great for hosting guests,

And charming entryways and mudrooms make for an ideal vacation spot. 

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We love the architectural details in Ahearn’s interiors, but the exteriors might be even more fabulous. 

A pretty poolhouse with with an idyllic fireplace is perfect for year-round outdoor lounging.

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Just, wow. Cedar shake has never looked better!

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Symmetry at its best. 

A perfectly manicured yard is the icing on the cake. 

Needless to say, this is a book of dream houses–and ultimate inspiration. We know this is one we will return to again and again–and we think you will too! 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims in the tragic Florida shooting. 


The Secret to Southern Charm - beach book

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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Things We Love: Pea Gravel

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Howard Design Studio

Mom and I have both always loved infomercials. I know. They’re worse than reality TV. But it’s not like you set out to watch an infomercial. It’s something that just sort of happens. Not so much anymore, but, back in the days before DVR and OnDemand, we’d be up late, and one would just come on. And then we’d get sucked in, and, before we knew it, we were pulling out our credit card  (Well, Mom’s credit card. I was a child.) and ordering Yoga Booty Ballet because the next fifty callers got a free set of resistance bands.

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