Things We Love: Cast Iron Sinks in The Bathroom

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Good morning, Design Chicers! It is a beautiful day for a book club luncheon in my lovely hometown of Salisbury, NC. When it’s several book clubs together, all the better! The Slightly South of Simple tour is off to a great start because of book clubs and garden clubs, which we would imagine are some of the oldest and most beloved organizations around. 

Brockway sink in bathroom with subway tile
Domino

But, sometimes, there’s really no need to reinvent the wheel.

bathroom with Brockway sink and subway tile
BHG

When you’ve got a good thing going, why not stick with it?

bathroom with Brockway sink and red stools
Terra Cotta DesignsJeff Herr Photography

Cast iron sinks have been around almost as long as bathrooms themselves, and their enduring style and timeless attitude is a playful nod to the past, one that Ansley, the interior designer protagonist in Slightly South of Simple would love as she redesigns the historic homes in her town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia.

Brockway sink in bathroom
BHG

An easy way to get two faucets in a small space,

Kohler Brockway sink with round mirror
Domino

Cast iron sinks come in as many styles as their are bathrooms.

blue Brockway Kohler sink
BHG

In playful colors that are perfect for kids’ bathrooms,

orange bathroom with Brockway Kohler sink
Papyrus Home Design

And hearty, functional design that complements other bathroom stones, metals and textures, these old favorites can easily be dressed up or dressed down to suit any space.

bathroom with Kohler Brockway sink
BHG

Built into a cabinet,

bathroom with Kohler Brockway sink
Carla Lane Interiors

Or freestanding and just a touch industrial,

aqua bathroom with Brockway Kohler sink
LDa Architects

There are so many ways to style these sinks!

Brockway Kohler sink in bathroom
BHG

From brightly colored to simple white, cast iron sinks add an immediate charm to any bathroom. Have you ever lived in a house with a cast iron sink?

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It’s five days until the big day! If you haven’t preordered Slightly South of Simple, you still have time! I’ll be signing copies at South Main Book Co. on April 22, so, if you want a signed copy shipped straight to your door, don’t hesitate to contact Wendy at  (704) 630-9788. I’ll be personalizing all ordered copies on April 22! You can also preorder from your favorite local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, TargetIndiebound, Books-A-Million or wherever books are sold. 

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Things We Love: Herringbone Floors

Jackie O's Hampton's cottage with herringbone floors
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a terrific almost-Friday. We are in the mood today to discuss fabulous flooring in all its forms!

herringbone floors in living room
Architectural Digest

 

From a statement rug to a chic slate, seagrass carpet to sumptuous wool, flooring can instantly affect the feel of a space. I think we can agree this one is luxurious to say the least!

herringbone floors in gray living room
Domino Magazine

 

We love all sorts of flooring to bring pizazz to a room, but, right now, we are really into herringbone floors.

dining room with herringbone floors
Martyn Lawrence Bullard via AD

 

A fun twist on an old favorite, herringbone adds interest to the floor without being too busy. By themselves or with a rug over top, they are so chic!

gray kitchen with herringbone floors
Jute Home

 

In a single color, they are beautiful, but different stains lend a totally different look.

gray kitchen with herringbone floors
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

This blend of shades is like the perfect highlights: multidimensional and very natural looking. We love how easy hardwoods are to clean in the kitchen. Functional and beautiful is the ideal combination!

herringbone floors in kitchen
Architectural Digest

 

Lighter stains feel urban and modern, in keeping with the trendy tone of this kitchen,

herringbone floors in Allison Cayne's Dining room
One Kings Lane

 

While darker stains are more refined, elegant and formal. Isn’t this gallery wall too fabulous? The mixture is wonderfully imperfect.

dressing room with herringbone floors
One Kings Lane

 

We aren’t sure which part of this closet we like best. The black, white and gold is such a beautiful color combination.

bathroom with herringbone floors and marble shower
Architectural Digest

 

This washed look in the bathroom contributes to the overall spa-like feel of this stunning bathroom. It is so streamlined and lovely, exactly the kind of place we’d like to start and end our day.

Are you a fan of herringbone floors? Or do you prefer your hardwoods in a regular pattern?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We love it when you stop by!

 

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!) And I just saw that it is available for preorder  for $9.95!  If you haven’t preordered yet, today is a great day. Happy Thursday!

In Good Taste: Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

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Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

As the year comes to an end and the holidays begin, our kitchens begin to take center stage. The heart of home is certainly a vital part of our festivities and day-to-day lives all year round, but never do we realize their importance as much as when we’re cooking those Christmas meals. For inspiration on how to live well in your kitchen, from now all the way into the New Year, take a page from Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath. 

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Wishing you a wonderful day with a bit of time to relax and enjoy this beautiful season!


Get Decorated!

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We’re big fans of spring cleaning, and a little house zhush before summer. But, when it comes to redesigning, refreshing and making those major changes, the fall is our favorite time of year to get started. Between Halloween and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, it’s the time of year when family and friends are in and out, we love having fun celebrations, and we want our house to look its very best! As we all know, getting a new look can be time-consuming. Fortunately, a new design service, Get Decorated, is making it easier than ever to get expert help in a short amount of time.

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House Tour:In Black and White

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When you imagine your dream house is just one type of house? Or could you imagine yourself happily ensconced in a variety of different types of homes?

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Things We Love:Architectural Details

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We’ve always, always loved old houses. Why? For their amazing finishes, of course. The moldings, doors, window casings… Older homes often contain the kind of woodwork that is nearly impossible to duplicate–and, even when it’s possible, is way too expensive to be realistic. 

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