Giveaway, Q & A

Q & A and Giveaway with Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy At Work

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.

Don’t Keep it A Secret!

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.

Books, Books, Books

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.)

Kristy, Will and Will Jr.

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.

Our Pink Peonies

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.

Sweet Bubbles

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.

The Best Beach Read!

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 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!


Floral Decor

Window Shopping in London

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

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

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.

Daniel Wellington

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.

Peggy Porschen Cakes

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.

Jo Loves

Les Senteurs

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…


Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home in Bedford, NY

Lovely Living Room

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.

Pretty Parlor

Sit A While

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.

Lux Lighting

Beautiful Bedroom

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.

Gorgeous Garden

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…


Floral Decor

Schelter from the Storm

Bedside Beauty – The San Vincente Bungalows

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!

Must Read!

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).

Lara’s New Room

Graceful Geraniums

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.

Pretty Poppies – Kate’s Bedroom

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?

mural and book photos / Lara’s bedroom photo

Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Josh Trefethen Photography

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.  ~ Flora Whittemore


Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Hard At Work

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.  ~ Pablo Picasso


Flower Power

Beauty Blooms

Preen Spring 2017

Spring is mere weeks away and we’re looking forward to shedding our winter clothes and our winter skin!  It’s no secret that blooms are good for your mood, but they’re also good for your face and while we won’t go as far as sticking flowers to our forehead, we will shake up our beauty routine with these botanically based potions.

Herbivore Face Mist

Hibiscus flowers contain alpha hydroxy acids that gently exfoliate and give the skin a youthful glow so use this hydrating face mist after you cleanse and before you moisturize.

Clarins Day Cream

For those of you of a certain age who need a little plumping and firming, why not turn to the flower power of kangaroo paw in this day cream that has the added benefit of smoothing out fine lines.

Dior Cleanser

We knew that echinacea flowers help cure colds but didn’t realize that they also contain anti-oxidants that protect the skin from inflammation.  Dior’s micellar water removes makeup with one swipe while delivering the soothing benefits of this versatile bloom.

Kiehl’s Gel Masque

Known for its ability to protect even the most sensitive skin from dryness, calendula is mixed with aloe vera in this gel masque which will instantly refresh winter-stressed skin and give your complexion that fresh spring glow.

Aesop Body Scrub

And finally, what better way to scrub away the winter than with a body scrub with the invigorating power of geranium leaves – this botanical beauty not only helps purify and calm the skin, its scent may just cure the winter blues.  What’s your spring beauty routine?  We’d love to hear!

face / mist / cream / cleanser / masque / scrub