Believe in something larger than yourself… get involved in the big ideas of your time. ~ Barbara Bush
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~ Harold R. McAlindon
When we started our little blog nine years ago, we never knew that we’d make so many friends – some are still virtual while others we see in person as often as we can. One such blogging bestie is Kristy Woodson Harvey from the delightful blog, Design Chic, and the new “it girl” of Southern fiction. Kristy’s fourth novel, The Secret to Southern Charm (Book 2 of The Peachtree Bluff Series) is being released next week so we’re thrilled to share this interview and giveaway with you today.
Hi Carolyn, Cynthia and The Buzz readers – Thank you so, so much for having me here today. The Buzz is one of my long-time favorite blogs, and I am so thrilled to be here today to share with all of you!
1. What did you want to be when you were a child? A teacher and a mom.
2. What is your necessary luxury? Bubble baths. I like really great bath products and a cup of tea or glass of wine and a good book. I try to take one three times a week if at all possible. I get so much reading done in there. I really have to do it. It’s research, after all.
3. What is your favorite decorating accessory? Books, books, books! I can;t get enough of them. I have to rotate out my coffee table books and continuously edit my bookshelves so everything still looks crisp and clean, not cluttered. I’ve seen pictures on Pinterest of stacks of design books that serve as nightstands. I’m nearly there… (and so are we, Kristy!)
4. Where do you window shop? On Fifth Avenue when I go to New York to meet my editor. (Depending on how well the meeting went, sometimes I “real” shop, too.)
5. What makes a house a home? The people inside it and the memories you make there. Plus, being surrounded by thing you love that make you feel happy.
6. What is the most enjoyable part of your day? Snuggling up and reading with my son before bed.
7. What is your favorite flower? It’s a hard call between hydrangeas and peonies – and ANYTHING from Diane James Home! (Aww, thanks Kristy!)
8. If you were a cocktail, what would you be and why? I think I’d have to say champagne since it’s my absolute favorite drink. It’s a little bit bubbly, a little bit sweet and low carb.
9. If your life were made into a movie, what would be the title and who would play your part? Well, I definitely want Blake Lively to play me, so that’s squared away. I’m so bad a titles… Slightly South of Simple is the only book title I’ve come up with that’s ever actually been used so that’s kind of sad. Maybe I can let Blake help me with a title!
10. Name one thing from your “Bucket List”. I really want to see the pyramids of Egypt. I’m fortunate to have been able to travel a lot, but that’s something that I think is totally unique.
Thank you, Kristy, for stopping by and for your terrific work. We’ve read The Secret to Southern Charm and loved it! Best of all, Kristy has generously offered to sign a copy of her new book for one of our followers. If you’d like to enter the giveaway, leave a comment below, like today’s post on Instagram or Facebook or send us an email at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “The Secret to Southern Charm” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 31, 2018 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!
Glamour is shine and confidence. ~ Diane Von Furstenberg
London shopkeepers have taken window shopping to a whole new level lately and it seems everywhere a Londoner turns, there’s a fabulous floral display to behold. One such place is The Ivy in Chelsea where flowers are switched out seasonally to create an enchanting backdrop for outdoor dining.
Saint Aymes is another Instagram-worthy visit, not only for their 23ct gold hot chocolate but also for the beautiful wisteria framing the window and door.
Over in Soho, Daniel Wellington, known for their luxury watches, softens the store’s dark facade with bunches of white flowers, giving it a natural lightness.
And some say Elizabeth Street in Belgravia is the prettiest street in London. With the likes of Peggy Porschen Cakes, Les Senteurs (London’s oldest independent perfumery), and Jo Loves (Jo Malone’s shop), who wouldn’t want to spend an entire day window shopping there.
Given all the snow we’ve had this month, we may have to bring home some flowers and create a display of our own! Counting the days ’til spring…
What’s the best cure for a snowstorm on the first day of spring? A 1860’s farmhouse infused with pale pinks, blues, celadons and corals decorated by Brittany Bromley and shot by our friend, Jane Beiles.
Everything about this home is fresh and springlike, from Sandberg‘s pastel tree wallpaper in the parlor and dining room to the Robert Kime floral fabric on the armchairs in the living room and the Lars Bolander light fixtures in the kitchen. Large windows throughout the house let the light in and the bright spaces glow with warmth.
The beautiful palette flows from room to room creating a sense of calm, casual elegance – a perfect retreat from the couple’s busy city life.
And let’s not forget the garden where a trestle pedestal table and chairs sit among the flowerbeds in the sunken garden. At some point the snow will melt and we’ll be seeing signs of spring…
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~ Lao Tzu
Love is when the soul starts to sing and the flowers in your life bloom on their own. ~ Rabindranath Tagore
First, our apologies for the lack of posts… We’ve been hit with two major storms in the past week – a nor’easter that took out our power for a couple of days and Winter Storm Quinn that dumped more than a foot of snow yesterday. It’s hard to believe that spring is less than two weeks away and who knows when we’ll see flowers bloom again in the garden. That’s why we’re seriously considering a mural by Kate Schelter for our studio!
Ever since the publication of her book Classic Style last year, we’ve been huge fans of Kate’s. While we knew about her charming illustrations, we were recently reminded that her scope of work also includes murals. Just look at what she painted for Lara Connor (Vogue contributing editor Marina Rust’s daughter).
With a degree from RISD and internships at W and Christian Lacroix, Kate’s love of fashion led her to a career as a stylist, but she always kept her watercolors at the ready. Her first illustrations appeared in Assouline’s Gypset Travel in 2012 and in 2014, John Derian curated Kate’s first painting exhibit. Her portfolio has grown over the years to include collaborations with The San Vincente Bungalows (opening Summer 2018), Chateau Marmont and Greydon House.
Kate’s murals are as fun and fresh as their subjects – whimsical geraniums and poppies look as if they’re growing right out of the floor and beautiful blue hydrangeas brighten a bedside. Colorful and elegant, these flowers are exactly what we need in these last days of winter. Who’s ready for spring?