Garden Party with Carolyne Roehm
Carolyne Roehm via CTC&G

 

Good morning, chic readers! For those of you who celebrate, we hope you had a terrific Easter weekend! It is almost impossible to believe that I leave today for the Slightly South of Simple tour–and my first event is tomorrow! (But don’t worry. The book doesn’t release until April 25, so there’s still time to pre-order from your favorite store to have your copy in hand on launch day!)

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Carolyne Roehm

 

After months of planning and plotting, and, yup, you guessed it, packing, we are ready to take this five weeks by storm!

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Lonny

 

A garden party seemed appropriate for today for a number of reasons, not the least of which that it is spring, spring, spring and there is no better season to be outdoors and take the time to implement those special touches.

Architectural Digest

 

But another reason that it’s appropriate is because my first event tomorrow is speaking to the fabulous Talisman Garden Club in Spartanburg, SC. 

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Suzanne Tucker and Timothy Marks

 

The event will be held at the beautiful Piedmont Club, which the stunning Montgomery House, an 1893 Queen Ann with quite a bit of history, was converted into.

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Tara Guerard

 

Many of the original rooms–including the fabled ballroom–are not open to the public, but I’m going to see if I can finagle (or sneak… whatever…) in there and get a peek for all of you! If you don’t follow us on Instagram–@kristywharvey–make sure to start. I’ll be sharing lots of fun video and photo coverage of the stunning homes we’ll be touring as a part of the SSoS tour!

dining al fresco
Architectural Digest

 

Either way, there is nothing more southern than starting a book tour in an historic home converted to a beautiful club and dining and speaking with a group of women who put a strong emphasis on beauty and culture. 

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Tara Guerard via Lonny

 

I bet those ladies know how to throw a garden party!

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Architectural Digest

 

These pictures might just be inspiration enough for throwing some of our own this summer, but, just in case, we can’t wait to hear some of these lovely ladies’ best tips for creating a garden party in style

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Architectural Digest

 

Mint juleps (or Antebellum Juleps as we’re having at some of my outdoor events!) and sweet tea are a must, of course. 

garden party with flowers
BHG

 

And colorful blooms straight from the garden can’t help but add charm galore.

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Jenny Kayne via OKL

 

Favorite china and glassware are always a welcome touch.

dining al fresco
John Hummel & Associates

 

But, really, the thing that makes every garden party so much fun is the people around the table. We hope your week holds some special time with wonderful friends. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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We are so excited to by celebrating the beginning of the Slightly South of Simple book launch in style! We’re partnering with our friends at Reebonz to give away a stunning black, Salvatore Ferragamo Darina back, which retails for $1750, to one lucky reader! If you’ve already ordered Slightly South of Simple, don’t forget to enter this one! And if you haven’t, now is your chance! Pre-order from your local bookstore, Indiebound.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or Duck’s Cottage


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Thank you so much to our fabulous–and hilarious–friend Katie Clooney at Preppy Empty Nester for this fabulous review of Slightly South of Simple!  

“I highly recommend Slightly South of Simple to the reader who appreciates the charm of Southern Literature.  It’s one of the best.”–Katie Clooney, Preppy Empty Nester

photo via Lindsay Corrigan

 

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We are so excited for one of the biggest design weekends of the year.  If you are at High Point Market, please come see us at Codarus Showroom, IHFC H220, for snacks, sips and Slightly South of Simple.

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