In Good Taste: Betsy Brown, Inc

Betty Brown, inc living room with green velvet pillow and white sofa
Paul Bates Architect | Peter Vitale Photography | Milieu Magazine



Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to share the gorgeous good taste of Betsy Brown, Inc. with all of you today. 


Paul Bates Architect | Peter Vitale Photography 



One glance and you can see what we mean… This kitchen is a true work of art


Betty Brown, inc round dining table in library with white
Paul Bates ArchitectPeter Vitale Photography



Refined yet laid-back,


Paul Bates Architect | Jean Allsopp Photography



Brown creates spaces that feel like home,


living room with neutral decor
Photography:  Mali Azima | Atlanta Homes & LIfestyles



That are elegant yet welcoming,


living room with Betty Brown, inc
Paul Bates Architect | Peter Vitale Photography | Milieu Magazine



Artistic and cozy,


black and white decor
Paul Bates Architect | Peter Vitale Photography | Milieu Magazine



Perfectly executed but never contrived.


neutral decor betty Brown, inc
Architect: Pursley Dixon | Photography: Annie Schlechter  | Veranda Magazine



Even in neutrals


neutral decor
Paul Bates Architecture | Jean Allsopp Photography



There’s a richness about Brown’s work that feels luxurious and very put together.


Betty Brown, Inc neutral dining room
William Abranowicz Photography



This comfortable and beautiful dining room is case in point. 


Betty Brown, Inc family room with antlers
William Abranowicz Photography



3-dimensional art and plenty of texture create tons of wow-factor in this neutral space. 


Betty Brown, Inc neutral master bedroom
Paul Bates Architects | William Abranowicz Photography



(A fireplace like this would help too!)


Betty Brown, Inc bathroom
Architect: Pursley Dixon | Annie Schlechter Photography | Veranda Magazine



These beautiful boxes are the perfect finishing touch in this exquisite bathroom! We can’t pick a favorite room. What about you?


We’re Going Back To Peachtree Bluff!

A super quick clip of part of my Facebook Live where I announced some really fun news: CHRISTMAS IN PEACHTREE BLUFF, the fourth novel in my Peachtree Bluff Series, is releasing October 26, 2021! Thanks so much to all of you who asked for a fourth Peachtree Bluff book. It was such a joy to write, and I can’t wait to share more about the Murphy women—and Vivi’s—lives with all of you just in time for the holidays! It is available for preorder now wherever books are sold!

In the newest installment of USA TODAY bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s Peachtree Bluff series, three generations of the Murphy women must come together when a hurricane threatens to destroy their hometown—and the holiday season in the process.
In “pitch perfect tones” (Publishers Weekly) and written with her signature Southern charm, Kristy Woodson Harvey explores the magic of Christmas, the power of forgiveness, and the importance of family in a tale that reminds us that, no matter the circumstances, home is always where we belong—especially during the holidays.









10 Favorite Andrew J. Howard Laundry Rooms/Mudrooms

Andrew J. Howard mudrooms
Eric Piasecki Photography


With only four days until Christmas, we think now is the time to savor some of our favorite things.


Andrew J. Howard design laundry room and mudrooms
Laurey W. Glenn Photography


Among them? Anything–and we do mean anything–by Andrew J. Howard Interior Design.


Andrew J. Howard design laundry room and mudrooms
Lucas Allen Photography


Laundry rooms and mudrooms in many homes can become forgotten spaces.


Andrew J. Howard design laundry room and mudrooms
Max Kim-Bee Photography


But, in Howard’s capable hands, they become experiences, 


Andrew J. Howard design laundry room and mudrooms
Max Kim-Bee Photography


Spaces that blend as seamlessly–and importantly–with the rest of a home’s decor as the living or dining room.


Andrew J. Howard design laundry room and mudrooms
David Tsay Photography


Pretty color palettes and vivid patterns create spaces that feel special,


Andrew J. Howard design laundry room and mudrooms
David A. Land Photography


That make storage and laundry main events. 


Andrew J. Howard design laundry room and mudrooms
Laurey W Glenn Photography


And, in some cases, are so charming they become multi-purpose office areas as well.


Andrew J. Howard design laundry room and mudrooms
Max Kim Bee Photography


We don’t know about you, but we’re hoping Santa brings us a sunny yellow laundry room just like this!


Andrew J. Howard design laundry room and mudroom
Max Kim-Bee Photography


Or, really, any Andrew Howard-designed space for that matter! What about you? 


Still making your list and checking it twice? We’ve got you covered…






















































It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy. Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy. Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience. With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all. In her warmest, wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.





House Tour: Gorgeous Georgian

Georgian home with 5 dormers and ivy growing on house


Good morning, chic readers! You are in for a treat today! This gorgeous Georgian by Janie Molster is absolutely fabulous inside and out. (As you can tell!)


Georgian house with mirror over console table in entry


But this is a case where you can’t judge a book by its cover. 


Georgian house with mirror over sofa in living room


Traditional in all the right places,


neutral living room with abstract art


Like this stunning living room,


living room with round chandelier


With unforgettable moments of fun and whimsy,


kitchen in Georgian house


And the perfect blend of old and new. 


butler's pantry in dark blue in Georgian house


Stately and stunning but with loads of color and plenty of personality, 


banquette in Georgian house


Each well-thought out space is full of can’t-miss details.


bedroom with yellow headboard and chandelier over bed


Lovely in lemon,


bathroom with sconces


Wonderful in wood, 



And lively in lavender, each room in this gorgeous Georgian is better than the one before. We could move right in. What about you? 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love it when you stop by!



Festive and Fabulous Bar Carts on Sale Only until MIDNIGHT! Perfect for holiday entertaining!


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Great news, Kindle readers! Slightly South of Simple is now available on Kindle Unlimited. If you haven’t started my Peachtree Bluff Series, now is the perfect time 🍑 And, oh my goodness, thank you to all who have downloaded! Slightly South is 

still #1 in Southern Fiction.

The Huffington Post said of Slightly South:
“Writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.” I’d love it if you checked it out!




Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic. We love seeing you!


More Tour Dates for The Southern Side of Paradise


January 3-5, 2020: Best of Our State with Our State, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC. Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Pinehurst Resort. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year. Click here for more information and tickets. 

January 30, 2020: “Southern Lunch Event” with Mary Alice Monroe and Kristin Harmel. In Conversation with Kristina McMorris. Hosted by Adventures by the Book. 12 pm, Claim Jumper, San Diego, CA

February 1, 2020: SuperBook Weekend Adventure, Aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA. Click here for more information and tickets.

January 21, 2020: United Way Pitt County Annual Fundraiser, Greenville, NC.
February 13-16, 2020: Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA.
February 22, 2020: Ladies Luncheon and Signing Event at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC
April 28, 2020: Feels Like Falling Releases! We are working hard on the Feels Like Falling tour. We can’t wait to share all tour dates with you in January! Please let us know if you want the tour to come to your city. 





The Colors of Paradise

Collins Interiors| Nathan Schroder Photography


Good morning, chic readers! We are CELEBRATING today because, today, my fifth novel and the final book in my Peachtree Bluff Trilogy, The Southern Side of Paradise, releases! After more than a year of writing, editing, promoting and, yes, picking the cover, it is so exciting to see the book come to life out in the world. As you might imagine, I am a very visual person, so covers mean a lot to me. I am so fortunate that my cover designer at Simon & Schuster is a genius–and came up with more than a dozen too-gorgeous-to-be-believed covers for me to choose from. I had the hardest time deciding which one fit the story best! Ultimately, it came down to something pretty simple: the yellow. The cover I chose has a yellow hat and a yellow title, and, I don’t know about you, but I am loving yellow lately.That yellow is combined with the perfect hot pink…

Marika Meyer Interiors Angie Seckinger.| Photography


And the most serene water blue…

abstract art
Serena & Lily


And these are the bright, bold hues. 


The Southern Side of Paradise


I think they nailed it, don’t you? If these aren’t the colors of paradise, then I don’t know what are. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your support of my books, The Peachtree Bluff Series and, of course, Design Chic! Mom and I love being here with you every day, and we can’t thank you enough for spending a few minutes of your day with us for NINE YEARS!

If you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift or your next beach read, I’d love it if you’d check out The Southern Side of Paradise! It is available from your local bookstore and wherever books are sold, including:


For Signed Copies Call South Main Book Co:  (704) 630-9788


Kristy on Tour! (Full Tour Details Available Here)

Lake Michigan Cottage Renewed

renewed beach cottage

“Renewal” must be one of the most beautiful words in the English language. 


It conjures images of fresh flowers growing after a long winter, new babies born and that much-needed (but often far too seldom taken) time for ourselves. 

summer cottage

Summer, for us, is always a time of renewal, a time to relax the schedule at least a tiny bit and focus on more fun, less work and, of course, no school! 


More time with friends and family, longer days and shorter to-do lists help provide that much-needed renewal for us. 

Just like we do, our homes can begin to get a little tired, not only from basic wear and tear but also in the ways in which we adorn them. 

This beyond charming Lake Michigan cottage was ready for a bit of a facelift. 

And, in the hands of Chenault James Interior Design, it certainly found its new life. 


A bright and sunny palette instantly breathes new life into a space, and nothing says “fun” like yellow and green. 

Old furniture gets new sense of purpose with fresh paint, making the entire space feel fresh but still maintaining a treasured home’s history. 

Nothing adds character to a beach cottage quite like wood paneling. 

But painting it makes the entire scheme feel lighter and brighter. 

Simple touches like these yellow floors add a vibrant element. 

And fun hints of the color bring joy into the bathroom. 

Even the laundry room has loads of personality! We couldn’t adore this Lake Michigan home–and its chic, effortless combination of old and new, any more. Renewal, indeed!

Wishing you a wonderful day, chic readers. Thanks so much for making us a part of your day!

Photography: Kim Cornelison

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This Week on the The Secret to Southern Charm Tour:

Tuesday, July 31 at Quarter Moon Books in Topsail Beach, NC AND…

Thursday, August 2 at The Sea Island Club Members:





In Good Taste: Timothy Brown Studio

Good morning, chic readers! We have so much good taste to share with you today, and we can’t wait!

Timothy Brown Studio‘s style reminds us of summer.

Bright, bold and oh so fun.

Pops of color and eclectic art add touches of whimsy that define these spaces.

Gray and gold are a stunning combination in this streamlined kitchen.

And an overall streamlined aesthetic creates a calming feeling in these beautiful homes.

A mix of metals, textures and materials in this chic kitchen add so much style.

And an open floor plan makes this space feel large and perfect for entertaining a crowd.

Speaking of entertaining a crowd, this fun floor plan is ideal for maximum seating and ensures that everyone in the room can actually talk–all without blocking a single beautiful window. Such an ingenious floor plan!

A round table is one of our favorite entrance hall staples. A luxurious natural stone adds an interesting touch.

One of our favorite things about these designers is that they know which elements of a room should shout…

And which should whisper. This simple yet beautiful bedding creates a room perfect for relaxing after a long day. We hope that, wherever home is for you, it feels just the same.


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And the winner is….

Congratulations to the winner of the $350 Minted Gift Card, Ellen Lugat! Ellen, we can’t wait to see what you choose with your winnings!

We can’t believe that Slightly South of Simple will be out in the world three weeks from today! Thrilled to see this beautiful photo from our incredibly talented artist friend Jeanne McKay Hartmann. She said, “Going Slightly South this Sunday… so happy to have some time today to get lost in @kristywharvey ‘s Slightly South of Simple. Kristy has such a talent for creating characters – after a few pages they seem like friends. The perfect escape on slightly sunny afternoon.”

It’s never a bad time to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. Thank you, Jeanne!