10 Questions to Ask Before a Kitchen Remodel & a Baby Shower Invitation Giveaway!

Good morning, chic readers! Happy Friday! We have so many fun things to share with you today. Make sure you scroll down for a fun giveaway with Paperless Post. We’re talking about Baby Shower Invitations, but you can use your winnings for whatever you like! (And, yes, they sell actual paper too!) Also check out…

 

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start a Kitchen Remodel

These are helpful tips we wish we had known before beginning our own renovations!

 

A 1920’s Colonial Revival in New Jersey Gets a Modern Makeover

You won’t believe this amazing makeover! We just love combining the old with the new, making things feel fresh again. Don’t you?

neutral living room

 Home Tour of Interior Designer Angela Elliott

We are swooning over every, single detail and we think you will too! This room sets the tone!

bedroom with white linens

Cozy Bedrooms of Pinterest

These will want to make you stay in bed all day long… Or have you dreaming of Saturday when you can savor a slow, relaxing breakfast in bed!

red velvet cupcakes

The Best Red Velvet Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

The perfect Valentine’s Day treat for someone you love! 

baby shower invitation

Paperless Post Baby Shower Invitations

YOU can win some goodies of your own from our friends at Paperless Post! To enter to win 1,000 Paperless Post Coins ($90) to spend however you choose please comment below and tell us either the best or worst baby shower game! We’ll go first: The one with the candy bars in the diapers is our worst!

More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

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!)


Styling the Ottoman

ottoman styling
Plum Furniture Design

 

Good morning, design chicers! Do you love an ottoman? We sure do! Especially this time of year when we want to feel cozy and comfortable in our homes, having an ottoman to put our feet up on is a necessity.

ottoman surrounded by 4 chairs
Robert Brown via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

They are a great alternative to a hard coffee table with all its angles and points. (Although, don’t get us wrong, we love a good coffee table too!)

ottoman at the beach
Jean Randazzo Photography

 

The only tricky part about an ottoman is that, sometimes, how to style it is a little less obvious than with a coffee table.

living room with cowhide ottoman
Suzanne Kasler via One Kings Lane

 

Because ottoman surfaces tend to be smushy and soft, we always like to start with a hard base. A tray is a great option. This orange accent color is a great way to accentuate the pop of color in the room.

living room with tufted ottoman
Melissa Hayes Interior Design

 

Oh my gosh. THESE DOGS! They are so beautiful. The ottoman isn’t bad either! This is a great example of how, when you start with a tray, you can accessorize as usual. We don’t often see a lot of height on an ottoman’s accessories, but we love it when we do!

Burlap ottoman in sunroom
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Of course, the great thing about using an ottoman as a coffee table is that is doesn’t have to have any accessorizing at all. This throw is the perfect accent and brings in that cozy feeling we were talking about earlier. 

round ottoman as a coffee table
Anne Decker Architect

 

Accessories can be simple and streamlined…

zebra ottoman
Lee Ann Thornton Design

 

Or have a little more going on. Books are great options for creating a fun layered look, and we always tend to use a tray shape that is opposite the shape of the ottoman, so a round tray for a rectangular ottoman, a rectangular tray on a round. It helps mix things up a little and adds interest.

J.K. Kling Interior Design

 

We adore the idea of accessorizing with a beautiful game. It’s attractive, fun, and ensures that you’re always ready for family game night!

leather ottoman in living room
Alexa Hampton via Architectural Digest

 

What is your favorite way to style an ottoman? Looking at these gorgeous photos, we’d say you really can’t go wrong!

Design Chic in Reader’s Digest!

It was so fun to see our design tips in this Reader’s Digest article about 8 Home Decorating Rules you Need to Follow After Age 30!

 

More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

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!)

In Good Taste: Suzanne Kasler

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When it comes to good taste, there’s no one that has it knocked quite like Suzanne Kasler

homes

Always the epitome of grace, elegance and style, Kasler’s homes have a sense of purpose about them. They tell a story. 

refined

Never too stuffy, but always refined, these are the rooms that we go back to again and again to study and learn and fall in love with something new at every turn.

collected

We love the feeling of a room being collected, of it coming together over time, and, though we are sure that there has been a time Kasler purchased everything in a room at once, her rooms always have that collected feeling.

painting

But, at the same time, they never take themselves too seriously. A throw for a chilly day, a whimsical painting… 

abstract-art

Abstract art is always the right choice for infusing a room–even a otherwise staid one–with humor and whimsy. (We spy our FAVORITE tray from Anna by RabLabs on the coffee table!

neutrals

Kasler knows that, when it comes to doing neutrals well, texture is the name of the game. Each of these is more luscious than the next.

light

Bright, light and with the perfect, unexpected palette. 

doors

This room is almost too good! Perfection in every single way! Have you ever, ever seen windows and doors quite this amazing?

accessorizes

The beauty is so often in the details, as with this chic vignette. But Kasler never over accessorizes, which, in our New Year, clutter-free state of mind we really appreciate!

Even the ceiling is a work of art! Dining rooms can sometimes feel a little too stiff and heavy. The color play in this room keeps it from feeling too formal.

dining

Who needs an island when you can gather family around a real dining table? Lovely!

bedrooms

We love all of Suzanne Kasler’s rooms. Really, we do. But the bedrooms?

dreamy

They are positively dreamy. They actually make you want to curl up and go to sleep. It’s genius.

glamour

This dressing area is so feminine and delicate, with the right amount of glamour to make getting ready as much fun as the event itself!

outdoor

This is the kind of outdoor space that has us dreaming of getting outside. With a fireplace that lovely you can do just that, no matter the weather. 

We hope that, no matter the weather where you are, your 2017 is off to a fabulous start!

House Tour:Lee Kleinhelter Home

silver

We talk a lot on Design Chic about combining the old with the new. Grandmother’s silver on your tulip table, fun buffet lamps on an antique buffet, a new, shiny bar cart filled with Grandfather’s decanters. There are so many fantastic ways to incorporate the old with the new on the inside. But, on the outside? It’s harder to pull off. Perhaps that’s why we’re so enchanted with Kevin and Lee Kleinhelter’s gorgeous Atlanta home. (We’ve talked about Lee’s Good Taste before.) It’s streamlined and modern but still feels familiar. 

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And, inside, it gets even better.

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Things We Love: White Houses

white-house
Parick Ahearn Architecture

If you need to take your mind off what’s going to happen in the White House, we have some other fabulous white houses that are sure to brighten your day!

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Holiday Sprucing with Best Prices for Furniture

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Visual Comfort via New England Home

Sometimes it can be easy to get complacent about your home. We know, it happens to us too.

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