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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 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!

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GIVEAWAY: HOME: THE WAY WE LIVE NOW

Home: The Way We Live Now

When you’re the editor of The New York Times Home section, you get to see a lot of homes…  From small apartments and studios that make creative use of compact spaces to cottages and cabins that connect with their often remote surroundings, and everything in between.  So it makes complete sense that these editors would come together and create a book chock full of beautiful photographs and compelling stories from the newspaper’s vast home-design archive.

Photograph by Jane Beiles

Photograph by Tony Cenicola

Edited by Noel Millea and published by Rizzoli New York, this gorgeous tome offers a look at how today’s homeowners make the most of their living spaces and do it with style.  Unique and inviting, these homes are exemplary studies of living at its most seductive and creative… And each one is appealing in its own way.

Photograph by Bruce Buck

Portraits and interiors of Debra Heighten and Clay Caudy at their vacation home, designed by Rain Houser of Pearson Design Group, located at 2520 Trader Road, Jackson, WY 83001

Photograph by Trevor Tondro

As huge fans of the NYT Home section, we were thrilled when our talented friend Jane Beiles (one of the photographers featured in this book) reached out to us and offered it up as a giveaway.  Better yet, she will inscribe it for the lucky winner!

June 19, 2014. Home of Phil and Lucy Suarez on Fire Island, Fair Harbor, NY. The home was designed by the architect, Richard Meier

Photography by Trevor Tondro

So if you’d like to enter the giveaway, leave a comment below, like today’s post on Instagram or Facebook or email us at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “Home: The Way We Live Now” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 15, 2017 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.  Good luck!

Note: Photographs may not be reproduced in any way without written permission from the publisher.  For information, please contact Pam Sommers at 212-387-3465 or psommers@rizzoliusa.com.

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Giveaway: Surf Shack || Laid Back Living by The Water

Surf Shack Stack

It’s mid-summer and we have beaches on our mind so what better way to share our love of sand and surf than with a giveaway!  We had the pleasure of meeting Nina, author of Surf Shack: Laid Back Living by The Water, last month at Serena & Lily in Westport and loved everything about her vibe.

Ojai, California

Living in Venice, California would turn even the most die hard city girl into a laid back, flip-flop wearing beach explorer and that’s what happened to Nina when she moved there from New York City.  She met a lot of surfers in the neighborhood and as an interior designer, became endlessly intrigued by their way of life.

Malibu, California

Malibu, California

After traveling to eighteen cities in four countries and hanging out with a lot of surfers, Nina wrote Surf Shack and gets to the heart of what makes this way of life so charming.  “A surf shack is not built around what you think you need, so much as it is about understanding all the things you don’t.”

Montauk, New York

Filled with beautiful images shot by Brittany Ambridge, this book urges us to find magic in life’s little imperfections and create a home around something you love doing.  A perfect sentiment for all of us to aspire to!

Sayulita, Mexico

If you’d like to win a signed copy of the book, leave a comment below, like today’s post on Instagram or Facebook or email us at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “Surf Shack” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 30, 2017 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.

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Giveaway: In Bloom

In Bloom

Spring is finally here!  Not that you would know it with temperatures in the 30’s today and still mounds of snow on the ground.  We’re eager to see our bulbs blooming and the bright green of newborn leaves on the trees…

Carmen Almon

It may take a bit longer for Mother Nature to cooperate so we’ll have to rely on a bevy of new flower books to keep our spirits up.  In Bloom: Creating and Living with Flowers  is one of our favorites and we were lucky enough to meet author and photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo last year at a book signing.

Oberto Gili

Livia Cetti

This book, much like her first Bringing Flowers Home, is more than just about flowers – it’s as much a decorating tome in which artists, designers and tastemakers celebrate the essence of blooms in unique and inspiring ways.

Claire Bassler

From the painted blossoms of Claire Bassler, to the graceful gardens of Miranda Brooks and the luxurious textiles of Neisha Crosland, Ngoc’s camera captures the beauty of these flower-filled homes while the text inspires the reader to connect with each of the owners on a personal level.

Miranda Brooks

Lucky for you, we made sure we grabbed an extra autographed copy of In Bloom to give away today along with a paper wild rose stem created by Livia Cetti (who is also featured in the book).  To enter, just leave us a comment below, like the post on Instagram or Facebook or email us at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “In Bloom” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 26, 2017 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.  Happy Spring!

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Giveaway: Beachside Bohemian

Beachside Bohemian

Our week in Atlanta was essentially all work and no play but we did get to slip out of the booth one day to see a wonderful presentation by the delightful husband and wife duo, Cortney and Robert Novogratz, hosted by Rue Magazine.  Longtime readers of this little blog might remember a gushing Thursday Thank You we wrote back in 2011 about their Downtown Chic style and their seven beautiful children.

Novogratz Family Portraits and Lifestyle Photography

The Novogratz Family

This Way to Fun!

These days, the Novogratz’s split their time between a “castle” in the Hollywood Hills, a country house in the Berkshires and an amazing home in Trancoso, Brazil.  Their business has grown to include not only one of a kind homes, but boutique hotels and iconic retail stores.  They’ve even designed products for the likes of CB2 and Shutterfly and in fact, were introducing a fun and colorful collection of rugs for Momeni while at the show.

At Home in Trancoso

Dining with a View

After their presentation, Cortney and Bob graciously took the time to meet their fans and sign their new book, Beachside Bohemian, and of course, we had to get two.  One for the office, which is already slightly dogeared as we’ve spent quite a bit of time soaking up the practical tips for easy living by the sea.  And a second to give away!

Brazilian Bed & Bath

If you’d like to win a signed copy of the book, leave a comment below, like the post on Instagram or Facebook or email us at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “Beachside Bohemian” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2017 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.

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Giveaway: Gardens at First Light

Gardens at First Light

Gardens at First Light

One of our favorite parts of the day is early morning when the sun is rising over the ridge, the peepers are still peeping in the pond across the street and all is calm.  On warmer days, you will find us outside on our terrace or porch with our cups of coffee enjoying the glow that is cast on our gardens at first light.  That is one of the reasons why we were so thrilled to be contacted by the lovely and celebrated photographer, Stacy Bass, to profile her new book, Gardens at First Light, on our blog and to offer it as a giveaway to one lucky reader!  We are such huge fans of Stacy’s (read about her in a post here) and her work is truly inspiring.

Orb

Orb

The second reason we were so excited is that the enchanting photographs are accompanied by text from well-known home and garden journalist Judy Ostrow, who not only is one of our neighbors but shares a birthday with us (we could be triplets!)  Stacy’s second book is filled with over 200 images that offer a rare and privileged glimpse into dozens of private gardens in the Northeast.  The only way you would be able to see these gardens at dawn is as guest of the homeowner!

Pool

Pool

Astilbe and Hydrangea

Astilbe and Hydrangea

Best of all, Gardens at First Light also contains an illustrated reference guide for the featured gardens should you wish to put your green thumbs to work.  Given our talent for killing live plants, we’ll settle with admiring the beauty of blooming rolling hills and the serene symmetry of box hedges instead.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Garden Table

Garden Table

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Stacy will be signing books in Westport, CT next week on Thursday, May 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at White Birch Studio and will personalize a book for you or for your mom!  All you need to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below or email us at thebuzz.giveaway@gmail.com with “Gardens at First Light” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, May 4th.

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Giveaway: Substantial Salads

Yum!

Yum!

Those of you who follow us on Instagram know that we took advantage of a beautiful almost spring day to stop by one of our favorite stores, Terrain, for a cooking class and a bite of lunch.  On the menu were sumptuous salads, just in time for our coming-out-of-hibernation diets (yes, contrary to what you learned in school, female mammals who hibernate in the winter months and drink lots of wine tend gain weight, not lose it!)  Using award winning chef Caroline Hofberg’s book, Substantial Salads, as a guide, our charming chef walked us through the techniques of poaching salmon, smoking hazelnuts, roasting chicken and making a creamy dressing.

Chicken with Tuna Sauce

Chicken with Tuna Sauce

Bulgur Wheat with Chanterelles and Lingonberries

Bulgur Wheat with Chanterelles and Lingonberries

While most of us think of salads as a lunchtime staple or summertime dish, the recipes found in this book are filled with rich and hearty ingredients and would be perfectly satisfying meals any time of year.  We dined on three that were as lovely to look at as they were tasty to eat: Beet Quinoa with Chicken, Creamy Potato with Poached Salmon and Cauliflower with Blue Cheese and Turkey.  We were so happy with our class that we bought several copies of the book – two for ourselves and one to give away today!

Goat Cheese with Berries and Candied Nuts

Goat Cheese with Berries and Candied Nuts

Beet Quinoa with Chicken

Beet Quinoa with Chicken

Are you salivating yet?  If so, you need the recipes and you can enter to win a copy of Substantial Salads by leaving a comment below letting us know your favorite salad combination or email us at thebuzz.giveaway@gmail.com with “Substantial Salads” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2015 (first day of spring!) to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.

Creamy Potato with Poached Salmon

Creamy Potato with Poached Salmon

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