To All of Our Wonderful Email Subscribers…

January 20, 2011 § 3 Comments

Visit our new site at www.mydesignhchic.com!

We wanted to revamp our look a little, so we’ve moved to Blogger! You should all get an email in the next couple of days, requesting your permission to receive subscriptions from our new blogger site instead of our old wordpress one. Sorry for the inconvenience and inbox clutter! We didn’t realize this would happen until it was too late… I think we have all the kinks worked out now (fingers crossed), so going to http://www.mydesignchic.com like always should direct you to our new site. Thanks for being such wonderful followers!

Things We Love: French Chairs

January 20, 2011 § 3 Comments

Design Traveller

The perfect test score. The ultimate birthday. The number of blog posts we’ve done! One hundred really is a great number. Thanks to our “virtual friends” from all over the world for being so wonderful and supportive. We are inspired every day by your ingenious ideas, witty remarks and — most importantly — gorgeous taste. Here’s to 100 more!

To mark this milestone, we decided to carry on our “Things We Love” category with the thing that, perhaps, we love the most: French chairs. Any room, any style, any time, they just work. This room from Design Traveller is an example of juxtaposition at its finest. Distressed pieces and gilded pieces blend together seamlessly to create not just a look, but, what we believe is the ultimate goal in any room: a feel.

These two classic bathrooms, the top from My Ideal Home and the bottom from Designer Amy D. Morris, are places we’d like to linger.

Amy D Morris Designer

Decorpad

What a sweet, perfect, divine nursery from Decorpad — especially if the sex of the baby is a surprise. It is so simple, but the chandelier and the bergere chair add a touch of elegance.

Sue Burgess Interiors

Neutral colors with a splash of yellow, like these rooms from Sue Burgess Interiors are one of our favorite combinations…

Robin Bell Design

As is the French/rattan combo, like this from Robin Bell Interiors.

Decorpad

French chairs for lounging and a mirrored vanity? I’m so redoing my bathroom…

Dream a Little Dream

This big, roomy chair from Dream a Little Dream, looks a bit comfier than the one I’m sitting in right now… And the view out the window makes it seem like this desk is the perfect place to work a little or — well — dream a little dream!

Charles Faudree Designer

No one does French more masterfully than Charles Faudree. Case in point.

Everything Fabulous

Upholstered French chairs in the dining room feel so cozy and comfortable to me. Wood can be beautiful, but sometimes it looks harsh — and, after a five-course meal, can cause serious back pain! This set from Everything Fabulous is so inviting.

Living Inside

When I see a gorgeous antique pair like these from Living Inside I always wonder who was sitting in them several centuries ago. Was Marie Antoinette lounging in her crinoline in a chair like this one? Who knows.

Ryan Korban Designer

Books, flowers, a French chair… It’s almost too good, Ryan Korban.

Polly Wreford Photography

One of our favorite things about French chairs is that, contrary to popular belief, they don’t have to be fussy. This hot pink fabric and imperfect paint from Polly Wreford Photography is so casually chic without being overdone at all.

Thanks again for all your support, and we’d like to apologize for a few technical difficulties that put us a little behind this week. We’re back in action!

Visit Us at Party Resources!

January 17, 2011 § 13 Comments

Good morning everyone! Today, we are doing a guest blog for Kate at Party Resources on our party essentials for 2011. These photos (from Collage of Life and Christian Louboutin) are a little sneak peak… Check back later in the week for our — drumroll, please — 100th post!

Stylish Blogger Award!

January 10, 2011 § 46 Comments

We have t0 thank the lovely and talented Luciane at Home Bunch for presenting us with our very first internet accolade… the Stylish Blogger Award! What an exciting way to start the week!

After receiving this award you have to pay it forward and follow the rules:

Rule #1) Thank & link back to the person who awarded you.

#2) Share 7 things about yourself.

#3) Award 10 great bloggers that you recently discovered
#4) Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award

In the spirit of following the rules, we have picked 10 bloggers who we think are altogether fabulous, whose blogs we visit frequently, who most definitely deserve this award:

Slim at Slim Paley.

Julia at Belle Vivir.

Helen at Whitehaven.

Doreen at Style Maniac. This is not one of her gorgeous photos, but it’s so great — especially at the start of a new year — we had to put it on here!

Mary Ann at Classic Casual Home.

Hill House Ramblings.

Julie at Milk and Honey Home.

Monvi at Mochatini.

Mona at Providence Ltd.

Now… Seven interesting things about us:

1. We are a mother and daughter who live in two North Carolina towns, three hours apart, but do this blog together.

2. Several months ago, when we decided to do this blog, Mom (Beth) literally could not attach a document to an email, which goes to show that technology can be learned very quickly! (Sorry, Mom, but it’s true.)

3. We decided to start this blog when I quit my “real” job to write and Mom wanted a new hobby. It has given us the inspiration to decorate two houses and me a brain break from writing two novels.

4. We both wish that we could paint but are seriously lacking in the art area.

5. Hydrangeas are both of our favorite flower.

6. Mom, Dad, Will (my husband) and I all graduated the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in four separate decades. Mom was a business and econ major who now has a design blog. Dad was a chemistry major who now owns a dry cleaners. Will was a history major who is now a dentist. I, boringly, was a journalism major now writer. Formerly, however, I was working in finance.

7. In my 25 years of life, I have never missed a summer at the beach with Mom, her parents, her three sisters and my five cousins. (And Dad!) Those weeks contain some of our very best memories!

Thanks again, Luciane, for this sweet award! It has given us something fun to do on a freezing, snowy North Carolina day!

Mustique Magic…

January 7, 2011 § 19 Comments

Mustique - Andrew Twort Photography

Andrew Twort Photography

After the relaxation and fun of the holidays — not to mention the days off — it can feel a bit daunting to rejoin the real world. If you’re like us, this first week back to reality has made you long for another vacation… Mustique, anyone? I wouldn’t mind locking the door behind the stacks of paperwork on my desk and waking up to that view. Even if your weekend itinerary doesn’t include a trip to the Caribbean, we hope it’s wonderful!

Andrew Twort Photography

All That Glitters…

January 5, 2011 § 27 Comments

Adore Home

is not gold. But, fortunately for us, all these beautiful, glittery photos are! Whether it’s on your wrist, hanging on your wall, or perched on your bedside table, a hint of the shiny stuff can glitz up any decor. Hope these photos add a little glamour to your day!

Janie Hirsch Designer

Ashley Goforth Designer

House Beautiful

Nathan Egan Designer

Nicky Haslam Design

Pamplemousse Design

Talk about a statement piece! This chair, from Pamplemousse Design is simply jaw dropping.

Solis Betancourt Design

Suzanne Tucker Interiors

Tamzin Greenhill Designer

The House Home

Decorpad

This Gucci Gator featured on Decorpad is just our kind of pet.

Things We Love: Settees

January 3, 2011 § 30 Comments

Amie Corley Design

Casual or formal, gilded or whitewashed, upholstered or cane. When it comes to settees, we aren’t particular. In any room, nook or cranny, from the oversized to the teeny tiny, it seems that there is a perfect settee for every spot.

We are obsessed with everything that Amie Corley Design has done in this first space: the alligator, the flokati, the coral, the books, the lucite, and, of course, the settee complete with those super-fun pillows. An area that many might have ignored becomes a gorgeous sitting area with a few fabulous touches.

Hopscotch and Grace

A splash of hot pink and flowers adds whimsy to this traditional frame. Thanks to Hopscotch and Grace for the photo!

James Michael Howard

Love the weathered paint, the starburst mirror, and, of course, James Michael Howard for putting it all together.

Design Addict Mom

Isn’t this painting, from Design Addict Mom, awesome?

The Townhouse

Virginia MacDonald Photography

This photo by Virginia MacDonald proves that, when it comes to settees, the old can be reinvented in unexpected ways. What a fun way to recycle!

Vintage Home

A more casual look from Vintage Home

Traditional Home Magazine

And a much more formal one from Traditional Home.

The Decorista

This chic look from The Decorista is perhaps our favorite. The flax color is calming and complements the details of the wood perfectly.

Everything Fabulous

Fabulous cane backing from Everything Fabulous.

Victoria Neale Interiors

I sometimes think of settees as being a little stuffy, but this one, from Victoria Neale Interiors, looks like you could just plop down and take a nap.

Happy 2011, everyone! We hope the first Monday of the New Year is a great one!

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