Things We Love: Combining Brass and Marble

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Architectural Digest

 

Chocolate and peanut butter. Blue and white. Brass and marble. Some couples are just so good together that we can’t imagine them without each other.

marble and brass kitchen
Karr Bick Kitchens and Baths

 

We always wonder about that magic moment when two things were first combined and, from then on out, were always better together. 

brass and marble kitchen
Studio Dearborn

 

We will probably never know when brass and marble were first combined, but what we do know is that, now that we’ve seen them together, we are totally smitten!

brass and marble kitchen
deVOL Kitchens

 

You know that white marble is one of our forever favorites, especially for kitchen counters. 

brass and marble
deVOL Kitchens

 

We love how it wears and changes over time, how it becomes something a little bit different as the years go by.

Kitchen with Brass and Marble
One Kings Lane

 

The same is true with brass really, in that it starts out shiny and metallic and dulls and ages with time, its beautiful luster becoming a lovely patina.

kitchen with brass and marble
One Kings Lane

 

Maybe that’s why these two staples go together so well. 

brass and marble kitchen
Matthew Quinn Design

 

Like the best couples always do, they change as they age but still complement one another so beautifully.

brass and marble kitchen
Rachel Halverson Design

 

In the kitchen,

brass and marble bathroom
Dearborn Builders Inc.

 

Or in the bath,

marble and brass bathroom
Marianne Simon Design

 

This perfect pair looks classically chic wherever it goes!

What Mimosa Lane is saying about Slightly South of Simple:

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“Kristy explores family bonds  and how they can be put to the test as a a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart surfaces. This is Kristy’s third book and I am just so amazed at her imagination that conjures up such beautiful stories and heart-felt stories.  I can envision this one becoming a movie and having maybe Julia Roberts play the mom?” Albertina, Mimosa Lane

 

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Creating a Spa Like Master Bath

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Terra Cotta Properties

 

As the world spins faster and we get busier and busier in our lives, it is increasingly more important for our homes to become the soothing retreats  we need to unwind.

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Suzanne Kasler via Architectural Digest

 

There’s no place where that is more important than in the first place you see in the morning and the last place you visit at night: the master bathroom.

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NE Home Magazine

 

Whether it’s adding beautiful vanities that look as much like stunning furniture as sinks, or making sure the lighting is just right, the little things can help ensure that this all-important room feels like an oasis.

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Pritchard + Dixon Design – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine 

 

While we can’t create a view, we can make the most of it in our bathrooms, focusing on maximizing light through the windows and situating our baths on the most private ends of our homes.

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Michael S. Smith via Architectural Digest

 

There is nothing quite as relaxing as a steam shower in the privacy of your own master bathroom. This luxury is getting easier and easier to install.

glass shower in bathroom.- Master Bath
Timothy Corrigan via Architectural Digest

 

Soaking tubs are another easy bathroom staple that can truly make you feel like you’ve had a relaxing spa day in the comfort of your own home.

bathroom with glass shower.- Master Bath
Tim Barber Architecture

 

Simple elements from the outdoors can make your bath feel soothing and calmer. Just a few fresh flowers or a simple plant are the perfect addition.

glass shower in bathroom.- Master Bath
Dirk Denison via Architectural Digest

 

Natural materials like stone, marble or granite also lend that organic natural feel to a bath that add to the soothing appeal.

glass shower in bathroom.- Master Bath
David Netto via Architectural Digest

 

If a water view is in your life, that’s just a bonus!

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BHG

 

We love mixing natural, more expensive materials like marble with less expensive, easy-to-use materials like subway tile. Gray grout adds a custom look.

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New England Home

 

Of course, not every soothing master bathroom retreat needs to look the same. This wooden ceiling adds depth and another layer of organic appeal to this space. 

What are your favorite elements of a spa-like bathroom?

 

 

If you’re looking for a perfect Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out Slightly South of Simple!  

 

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Summer Showers and Beautiful Baths!

shower in bathroom
NYC&G

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a great day. Today is officially the last day of school–the last day of preschool, even–which is incredibly hard to believe. I feel like I should be upset and contemplative over the fact that preschool is over and next year is Kindergarten, but I am so excited for summer I can’t muster much sadness! 

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Architectural Digest

 

With almost three months of sandy feel, pool time and plenty of guests ahead of us, all we know is that our bathrooms are getting ready to work over time!

bathroom shower
Alisberg Parker Architect

 

From replacing that chipped tile to finally getting that glass shower stall you’ve been dreaming of, there’s really no time like summer to get your bathrooms in great shape before the year ahead. 

bathroom shower
BHG

 

We know so many people that are making the most of their space by ditching their bathtubs all together in favor of generously sized showers. 

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A;yssa Rosenheck Photography

 

While we love a gorgeous shower as much as the next person, we can’t even imagine not having a bathtub! It’s the perfect relaxing end to a day–especially when it looks like this!

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BHG

 

What about you? Could you ditch your bathtub for good? 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

One of the things that we’re always working on, something that can seem a little insignificant but adds to the overall spa-like feel, is finding beautiful toiletries to go inside our showers. It’s so nice to see through those pretty glass doors to bottles that look pretty and streamlined. 

bathroom
Tim Barber Architecture

 

A gorgeous vanity is the perfect finishing touch in a well-appointed bathroom. We love the drawers for keeping everything neat and organized. 

shower in bathroom
BHG

 

We’re huge fans of light everywhere and anywhere. If you have the privacy, a window in the shower can be so pretty!

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Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

While we love frameless, elegant shower doors that seem to disappear, there’s no arguing that these steel doors make such a chic statement with a hint of industrial thrown in!

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

If we’re going to spend the next three months soaking sandy bathing suits and rinsing chlorine-laden hair, why not have the most beautiful possible spot to do so? We don’t know about you, but we’re so looking forward to summer, gritty floors and all! 

What design bloggers are saying about Slightly South of Simple:

“If you want a wonderful book to read now or on Spring break or summer vacation order this book out in April. I feel very lucky to have received an advance copy and I was hooked 4 pages into reading it. That never happens to me unless it is a decorating book, trust me this book is wonderful. I can totally visualize everything she describes in writing. I am a visual gal so this is fun for me. This needs to be made into a movie. It looks like my beautiful Southern friend Kristy Woodson Harvey has done it again with… Slightly South of Simple.” Kathysue Perdue, Good Life of Design

 

Upcoming on the Slightly South of Simple Tour:

Monday, June 12: Sapphire Valley Country Club, Cashiers, NC, 4-6pm, drop-in reception. Tickets are $25 and include light hors d’oeuvres and a copy of Slightly South of Simple. Open to the public. Contact Sidney Truesdale for more information 828-743-2462.

Things We Love: Cast Iron Sinks in The Bathroom

bathroom round mirror Brockway sink
Studio McGeeKohler Brockway sink

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!


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