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What People are Saying about Slightly South of Simple:

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!

 

 

Picking Pendant Lights for Your Kitchen

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Bakes & Kropp

 

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.)

pendant lights in kitchen
Bakes and Knopps

 

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. 

pendant lights in the kitchen
Bakes and Kropp

 

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. 

pendant lights in kitchen
Brooks & Falotico

 

Whether you’re looking for lighting with a shade that stands out a little from the rest of the color scheme,

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Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

Or lighting whose color blends in but still makes a fabulous, bold statement, the right pendant can totally transform a kitchen.

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Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

One of our favorite elements of a kitchen island is the ability to hang pendants over top. 

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Architectural Digest

 

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. 

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Rafe Churchill

 

These pendants combine fabulously with these bar stools to contribute to the overall industrial vibe of this kitchen.

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Ashley Winn Design

 

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. 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle

 

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? 

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What People are Saying About Slightly South of Simple:

“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 )

Things We Love: Gleaming Kitchens

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Betty Lou Phillips Design

 

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. 

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Donald Lococo Architect

 

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Deulonder

 

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Deulonder

 

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Deulonder

 

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The Inn at Little Pond

 

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de Giulio Kitchen

 

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One Kings Lane

 

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Terra Cotta Properties

 

Aren’t they fabulous? Wishing you all a wonderful day!

What Design Bloggers are saying about Slightly South of Simple:

“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!

Things We Love: Natural Stone in the Kitchen

natural stone in kitchen - marble
Anne Hepfer Design

 

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.

marble kitchen
O’Brien Harris

 

Of all the places that natural surfaces can be incorporated in our homes, we think the kitchen might be our favorite. 

marble countertop kitchen - natural stone
O’Brien Harris Design

 

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? 

marble in kitchen - natural stone
Marianne Simon Design

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. 

soapstone in kitchen
BHG

 

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!

soapstone kitchen
Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

 

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.

soapstone and marble kitchen
Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

 

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. 

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O’Brien Harris Design

 

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!

Kitchen black honed granite
Thom Filicia

 

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!

blue honed granite
O’Brien Harris Design

 

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? 

The Slightly South of Simple Tour is heading to Southern California!

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!

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Thank you Popsugar for including Slightly South of Simple in 10 Books Paired With 10 US Beaches For Ultimate Summer Reading!

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Attention New York friends!

We’re so thrilled that the NYC Slightly South of Simple launch party on April 26, 2017 will be at Roxy Te’s gorgeous Society Social showroom. We’d love to see you there and on April 25 at the 92nd Street Y!:

NYC launch party for Slightly South of Simple

 


Slightly South of Simple is on Preorder special right now for only $9.41!

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!)

Happy Saturday, friends!

Butcher Block Countertops Add Warmth to a Kitchen

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Artichoke, Ltd.

 

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!

butcher block countertop
Brooks and Falotico Associates

 

But, of course, there’s nothing like getting back home. 

butcher block countertops
BHG

 

When it comes to the heart of the home, counters play such an important part in the overall look. 

butcher block countertops
BHG

 

Marble is beautiful, granite is great, quartz is fabulous…

butcher block countertops
Tracery Interiors

 

But for the ultimate in food prep, nothing beats butcher block.

butcher block countertops
Alisberg Parker Architects

 

We love the the look of the butcher block but its versatility is the real kitchen star.

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Bakes and Kropp

 

We don’t know about you, but we need functionality in the kitchen.

kitchen with marble countertops
Bakes and Kropp

 

Even a small section of butcher block can make food prep quick and simple. 

butcher block countertops
BHG

 

What a fabulous entertaining space! 

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Terra Cotta Properties

 

Wood makes a kitchen feel warm and cozy.

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Kitchens by Deane

 

We love how a touch of wood grounds a room.

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Studio MRS

 

Are you a fan of butcher block countertops?

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Lonny

 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. We hope you have a terrific week! 

Early Praise for My New Novel, Slightly South of Simple:

Fans of Nancy Thayer and Patti Callahan Henry will devour this story of the first of three sisters, the men in their lives, and the mother who bonds them all. —Booklist

(This is my first ever Booklist review, and I couldn’t love it more!)


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