SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE cuts right to the heart of what it means to be a born-and-bred Southerner, complete with the responsibilities, secrets and unique privileges that conveys. Kristy Woodson Harvey creates four women who are at once completely different yet utterly the same–and a town that you won’t ever want to leave. Interior design, family secrets, life on the coast… It’s easy to see why everyone is buzzing about SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE. –Bestselling author Cassandra King
THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO READ MY LATEST NOVEL SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE! I AM SO GRATEFUL TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. IF YOU HAVE READ, WOULD YOU CONSIDER WRITING A BRIEF REVIEW ON AMAZON? YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE PURCHASED THERE TO REVIEW, AND REVIEWS HELP AUTHORS SO VERY MUCH! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!
Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a fabulous day. Today, we are dreaming of school getting out, summer days on the beach and… pendant lighting! (Not necessarily in that order.)
You know that we think lighting, more than most anything else in a home, has the potential to totally change the look and feel of a space.
Nowhere is that more true than the kitchen, where lighting is so important for a functional work space–and where opportunities for accessorizing and really making the space your own are fewer.
Whether you’re looking for lighting with a shade that stands out a little from the rest of the color scheme,
Or lighting whose color blends in but still makes a fabulous, bold statement, the right pendant can totally transform a kitchen.
One of our favorite elements of a kitchen island is the ability to hang pendants over top.
But, even if you don’t have an island, pendants are super chic over a dining table. We actually think a pair–or more–of pendants can be an even more beautiful look than a statement chandelier.
These pendants combine fabulously with these bar stools to contribute to the overall industrial vibe of this kitchen.
Metallics always add a hint of glamour, a touch of sophistication that’s a little less over the top than a chandelier. We absolutely adore the touch of gold inside these bold, white pendants.
Speaking of metallics, why try to make the chain blend in when it can absolutely shine! We love how these pendants connect with the fume hood for a totally custom look. What is your favorite style pendant? Do you prefer one that blends in or is made to stand out?
Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!
“Kristy Woodson Harvey really knows how to tell a southern tale. Every single time her stories unwind gently, like a soft wind in Georgia, then that wind catches you off guard and throws you into her characters’ tumultuous lives. Slightly South of Simple is the same. One gracious, old home inherited from Grandma, one mother who has so many secrets if the walls talked they would pour out like lemonade on a hot summer day, and three headstrong sisters, all working their way through the chaotic mess and joy of life, together. I loved it.” (–New York Times bestselling author Cathy Lamb )
Good morning, friends! Summer in our houses has officially begun–and that can only mean one thing: time for summer vacation! But before we head off on ours, there’s nothing like coming home to a sparklingly clean house. We’re loving these stunning inspiration photos for getting the kitchen all spruced and organized.
Aren’t they fabulous? Wishing you all a wonderful day!
“Kristy has now penned 3 Bestselling novels, all of which I have plowed through so fast I am left waiting in anticipation for the release of her next book. Kristy specializes in writing feel-good stories about women, all set in the South.” —Celia, After Orange County
If you are looking for a great deal, Barnes and Noble has Slightly South of Simple for Buy 2 Get the 3rd Free! Get one for yourself and one for a friend and then another favorite book!
There’s something so soothing about bringing bits of nature into our design schemes. From houseplants to fruits and veggies, minerals to natural stone, there are so many ways to incorporate all that Mother Nature has to offer into our homes.
Of all the places that natural surfaces can be incorporated in our homes, we think the kitchen might be our favorite.
But using stone in the kitchen isn’t all that cut and dry. Which surfaces are most durable? Which are best for cutting? What are the pros and cons of each?
So many factors and aspects go into choosing so many of the details of our homes. That’s we are so glad to have found Use Natural Stone, a site that features guides and detailed descriptions of many natural surfaces and their best purposes.
We are especially fond of the fact sheets on the site that break down information about each of the popular stones. Sandstone, for example, is a material we love but didn’t know much about. And all the information was right there!
One of our favorite things about stone in the kitchen is that, no matter what you choose, if it’s natural, it’s going to look fabulous with pretty much any color scheme.
Can’t choose just one stone? No problem! This combination of soapstone and marble is not only aesthetically pleasing but also creates different surfaces for areas that get worked a little harder.
If you love the durability of granite but are tired of seeing the same old countertops, honed granite is a beautiful choice. It’s one of our current favorites, in fact!
Black granite is an easy way to create that enviable, classic black and white color palette. With a little bit of wood mixed in, it’s perfect!
Want a look that’s uniquely yours? We’ve never seen anything quite like this blue honed granite! No matter your style, there’s the right natural stone for any home. If you were remodeling your kitchen, which stone would you pick?
I’ll be in Palos Verdes, CA on August 24 and San Diego on August 25. (Event details to follow!) If you live nearby and are interested in the tour coming to your home, shop or book club, please let me know at [email protected] I’d love to meet you!
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!)
Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had the most wonderful weekend. I got to spend an incredible weekend in beautiful Hoover, Alabama with some of my favorite authors and a few hundred of the best readers around. It was a great trip!
But, of course, there’s nothing like getting back home.
When it comes to the heart of the home, counters play such an important part in the overall look.
Marble is beautiful, granite is great, quartz is fabulous…
But for the ultimate in food prep, nothing beats butcher block.
We love the the look of the butcher block but its versatility is the real kitchen star.
We don’t know about you, but we need functionality in the kitchen.
Even a small section of butcher block can make food prep quick and simple.