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Slightly South of Simple

A Classic In The Making

When bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand says blogging bestie Kristy Woodson Harvey is “a major new voice in Southern fiction”, she wasn’t kidding…  This voice is roaring back onto the scene with a new book (the first in a series we hear!) about the lives and loves of a mother and her three daughters.  In Slightly South of Simple Kristy explores the complex bonds between these women and weaves a tale that is filled with Southern charm and heart.

Barbara Cosgrove – Mythic Llama Lamp

Pine Cone Hill – Brooklyn Matelasse

Mr. Solomon’s Blue Hydrangeas

One can’t help but be enchanted by the small coastal town of Peachtree Bluffs, Georgia, and fall in love with its inhabitants.  Kristy’s love of beautiful settings shines through in her descriptive prose and if Ansley, the mother with an interior design business, were a real person, we’d hire her on the spot!  Who wouldn’t want a home decorated with Barbara Cosgrove lamps and Pine Cone Hill textiles and a garden full of blue hydrangeas?

Green Smoothies Anyone?

Porch Swing

Whether you’re heading to the beach this summer, or whiling away the day on a swing with a green smoothie in hand, you need to spend some time Slightly South of Simple.  We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

P.S.  After many years of reading Kristy’s blog, Design Chic, and following her on social media, we’re finally getting to meet her in person and toast her success today!

book / lamp / textiles / hydrangeas / smoothie / swing


Mark Your Calendars: Southeastern Designer Showhouse

Upstairs Sitting Room – Rivers Spencer

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles second annual spring showcase of the region’s design industry talents opens next week and if the showhouse is anything like last year’s, it won’t disappoint!  Returning designers Phoebe Howard and Lauren DeLoach will be joined by the likes of Huff Harrington Home, Stan Topol, Sarah Bartholomew and more.

Dining Room – Suzanne Kasler

Al Fresco Dining Room – Beth Webb

For those of you who didn’t see the 2016 showhouse in Buckhead’s Tuxedo Park neighborhood, we thought it might be fun to revisit some of our favorite rooms.  While the house included over 25,000 square feet of living space, the designers did a beautiful job creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Soaring ceilings were painted a traditional blue or accented with fabulous light fixtures and lush carpets softened the bare floors.  A neutral palette was preferred by many but not by Lisa Mende and Parker Kennedy Living whose rooms were filled with whimsical pops of color.

Master Suite – Phoebe Howard

A house in the south is not a home until it’s decorated with flowers and plants and many of the rooms featured lovely arrangements and greenery (including a custom Diane James design!)

Bedroom – Parker Kennedy Living

Covered Terrace – Lisa Mende

For more information about the 2017 Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens, click here!  May we’ll see you there…



Guest Post

Lessons Learned Blogging

Oh, Yeah!

Last month, our little blog turned 8 which officially makes it a “tween”!  When we took the time to reflect on what we’ve learned over the years, we came up with a number of lessons we thought we’d share.  Intrigued?  Then hop on over to Amara Interior Blog Awards to read more!

P.S.  And don’t forget to check out Petoji’s Kickstarter campaign and enter to win a custom made toy basket.  The giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Sunday so please help us help Jenny and Jackie reach their funding goal.



Special Post + Giveaway: Petoji Designer Dog Beds

Read to Hybern8?

What do you get when you cross two ambitious lifelong friends (Jenny and Jackie) with a dream to build a better dog brand that makes high quality products in the USA?  Petoji, of course!  As dog lovers ourselves, we were excited when these young entrepreneurs reached out and introduced us to their new dog bed, Hybern8, inspired by interior design.  Now we all know that most dog beds out there aren’t very pretty and it’s hard to find one that not only coordinates with your decor and is also well made.

Mini Bed in Bloom

But the Hybern8 bed is different – it’s fully customizable!  Not only can you choose the fabric for the top piece, you can also choose the fabric for the the bottom piece and corners as well as for the piping.  That means there are thousands of different combinations, making every bed unique to you.  And since the cover is removable, you can switch up the look any time you want.

Pretty Patterns

Cloud9 vs. Others

Filled with Cloud9, a billowy, hyper-allergenic synthetic down, the Hybern8 will become your dog’s favorite place to hang (finally letting you have the couch!)  And the Active Breath Shield Water Resistant Liner keeps moisture out while it lets the bed breathe.  Best of all, you can throw everything in the washing machine and dryer.

Supreme Bed in Water Color

Manufacturing in the US is expensive (we can vouch for that!) so Jackie and Jenny need your help to expand their studio space, buy the right machines and materials, and hire some awesome people.  The girls are launching a Kickstarter campaign today and we’d love it if you would become an early investor.  All you need to do is check out their campaign here and purchase a Hybern8 bed custom made for your dog (they come in four sizes) at the discounted early bird price.  Don’t have a dog?  Then please forward this to someone who does!  100% of the funds will be invested back into the company and the more Jenny and Jackie can raise, the more fabric combinations they can offer.

Custom Toy Basket

And for your support, we’re giving away a custom toy basket to coordinate with your bed!  All you need to do is leave a comment below, email us at with “Hybern8” in the subject line or like the story on Instragram or Facebook.  You have until Sunday, April 9 at 11:59 pm to enter and we’ll pick the lucky winner on Monday.

Please help us help Jenny and Jackie reach their goal and support female owned businesses making a difference!



Pastoral and Pretty


Needless to say, we LOVE Deborah Needleman and even more so after reading her story on the emerging trend for wilder floral arrangements in T Magazine this past weekend.  We’ve been embracing the Constance Spry style of using branches, berries and all manner of woodland flora for years in our bouquets so we’re happy to hear that fresh flowers are heading that way as well.


This pretty and pastoral movement lead by the likes of Erin Benzakein of Floret Farm and Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua has inspired any number of millenials to quit their day jobs and take up flower farming.  While we’re not there yet (ahem, black thumbs!), we do feel a certain kinship with these adventurous women and want to be token members of their floral sisterhood.



Let’s hope this trend gains momentum as we’d really love to see the mass production of insecticide-laden flowers be replaced by more planet-friendly farm to table versions.


Happy Friday to all and may your weekend be full of blooms!


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Fabulous Finds

Introducing Twig NY

Twig NY Petals Oval Platter

We’ve been dying to carry Twig NY’s whimsical tabletop accessories on our website for quite a while so we finally took the plunge and ordered our favorite patterns for spring.  As huge fans of Brittany Jepsen and her quirky, colorful DYI site The House That Lars Built, we were immediately drawn to her collections filled with botanical beauty.

Twig NY Petals Mugs

For Petals, Brittany pulled flowers apart and arranged the petals into a rainbow pattern that was then photographed and transformed into decals.  The design takes on a vibrant three dimensional quality when used on a mug or platter and the palette is gorgeous.

Twig NY Scandinavian Floral Bowl

Twig NY Scandinavian Floral Mugs

Based on the traditional rosemaling painting technique that is common in Scandinavia, Brittany took a lovely folk pattern and replaced it with beautifully photographed real flowers for her collection, Scandanavian Floral.  We think these mugs are a wonderful way to start the day, don’t you?

Twig NY The Language of Flowers Bowl

The charming floral design of Britanny’s Language of Flowers collection records a love poem written by a boy to his darling in the Victorian-era secret language of flowers.  Starting with the left side of the wreath and reading to the right side, each flower reveals a sentiment though we’re not quite sure what the message actually says.  All we know is that the hand-painted designs are so cheerful and pretty that this serving bowl is sure to become a party favorite.

Twig NY The Language of Flowers Mugs

Our new collection, Untamed Nature, is now available so please come and visit our new Spring 2017 site!

P.S.  And special thanks to our dear friend Patricia from PVE Design for her wonderful watercolor which graces our home page.

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Monday Mix

Monday Mix

Mix this…

Tommaso Barbi Gingko Leaf Floor Lamp

with this…

Fabricut Flame Stitch

and get this!

Bedroom à la Brady Bunch

lamp / fabric / bedroom