Outdoor Kitchens Perfect for Summer Entertaining!

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

With Memorial Day behind us and months of summer unfolding sweetly and unhurriedly ahead of us, we thing it’s official: Porch sitting season is here!

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite things about summer is spending time outdoors with friends, grilling out and sipping cocktails, taking a dip in the pool or lounging with a great book. The kids running barefoot, catching lightning bugs, the cicadas chirping rhythmically in time to the evening breeze… We can’t think of anything better!

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

One of our favorite, favorite ways to make the most of all the goodness summer has to offer is with outdoor entertaining.

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

Gorgeous outdoor furniture, vibrant indoor outdoor fabrics… Little touches can turn a regular outdoor space into an experience, a porch into a living room, an extension of the indoor decor.

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

Beyond a simple sitting area, we are loving that outdoor kitchens are making such a huge splash right now! What could be better than having all of the essentials you need for outdoor cooking and entertaining right at your fingertips all year round?

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

This summer, we think it’s time to go way beyond the barbecue. From cabinetry to countertops, there are so many ways to create an outdoor kitchen that will be the envy of the neighborhood–and make you wonder how you can ever go back to standard, indoor cooking again.

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

Stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinets take the quality–and the style to the next level. Plus they hold up incredibly well to the elements that come along with outdoor living.

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

Our dream outdoor kitchen appliance? A poolside pizza oven! Or maybe a smoker outside the sunroom.

Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens

Just add a little sun, a few friends, and your outdoor space is party ready all year round! If you could design your dream outdoor kitchen, what would your essentials be?

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Slightly South of Simple

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 

Ten Spring-Ready Porches for Effortless Entertaining

Suzanne Kasler Design via One Kings Lane


Good morning, chic readers!

porch living
Historical Concepts


It is feeling like spring here, and all we can think about is getting outside. 

blue and white porch
Summer Thornton Design


Outdoor entertaining is one of our favorite things about this fabulous season.

blue and white porch
Serena & Lily


And we can always use a little porch inspiration!

porch ready for Summer
Architectural Digest


Whether your porch is neutral or bright, has wicker furniture, wrought iron or teak, we can all agree on one thing:

Historical Concepts


It should be comfortable!

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Shophouse
Lisa Mende Design via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles


We believe that outdoor spaces should coordinate with indoor ones, be an extension of the home’s decor–but, perhaps, with a touch more color and whimsy. 

Serena & Lily


Then again, neutral surroundings that let the natural beauty shine are fabulous as well.

Patrick Ahearn Architects


A beautiful fireplace is like icing on a fabulous cake. 

Aerin Lauder Palm Beach Porch
Aerin Lauder’s Palm Beach Porch via Architectural Digest


And, of course, the view makes the porch. 




Aerin Lauder porch
Aerin Lauder via Architectural Digest



With a view like this, you can’t help but want to get outside! Needless to say, these stunning photos have done nothing to cure our Spring fever! Are you sprucing your porch for spring?


Slightly South of Simple
Lindsay Corrigan Photography


Only Two Weeks Until Slightly South of Simple Releases! Coming up next week. we’ll be giving away a gorgeous Ferragamo Darina bag from our friends at Reebonz–so stay tuned for that.

NYC Friends, fun news! I have 5 tickets to my official launch at the 92nd St Y to give away! I’ll be talking about Slightly South of Simple and giving tips for Decorating Small NYC Spaces. Email me at [email protected] to claim your ticket! 



Outdoor Space for Spring, White Lettuce Ware Collection from Tory Burch & More!

create an outdoor space for Spring
Leslie Unruh Photography


How to Create a Fabulous Outdoor Space for Spring

one kings lane


Tory Burch lettuce ware collection


White Lettuce Ware Collection from Tory Burch

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Tory Burch ruffle sneaker


The Ruffle Sneaker from Tory Burch

A few things I’m still loving for winter:

Now on to Spring!



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

Advance Praise for Slightly South of Simple:

“Writers come and writers go but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive Sisterhood of Southern Writers.” —The Huffington Post, Jackie K Cooper

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!)

Happy Sunday, friends!

Southern Coastal Living by Joni Vanderslice

Southern Coastal Living Book by Joni Vanderslice

Andrew and Gemma Ingalls Photography

Good morning, our chic friends! We hope you are having an incredible Monday!


Things We Love:Outdoor Living

Architectural Digest

Outdoor living… ‘Tis the season, right?

Architectural Digest

And, really and truly, we can’t think of anything better. 


Friday Favorites


We are so excited it’s Friday and are looking forward to the long Memorial Day weekend! Do you have any fun plans? Whether it’s going to be a weekend full of fun or just a regular one at home, check out some of our favorites from around the web to help you start your celebrating on the right foot! Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!


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