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.  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.  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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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. 


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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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