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?

Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your day. We hope it’s great!

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 

House Tour: Santa Monica Classic Beauty

house-and-garden Santa Monica home

Good morning, friends! Welcome to this gorgeous Santa Monica home! (The dog is welcoming you too!)

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We were immediately drawn to the outside of the home, and, inside, the white paint and dark wood look so clean and fresh.

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We love the way this dark, antique chair pops against the white walls. And how well the dog hair blends too!

kitchen

The bright, white kitchen is sleek, streamlined and perfect for cooking for a crowd. LOVE the white Viking!

glass cabinets in kitchen

The glass cabinets, wine storage and baskets make sure that everything in the kitchen has its place.

bedroom

A bedroom with a sitting room and fireplace feels so cozy, perfect for enjoying a chilly afternoon!

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Bedrooms with slanted walls are some of our favorites. They are so charming and always filled with wonderful nooks.

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When space is at a premium, a built-in bedroom is the perfect solution. Any little boy would love this room!

bathroom Santa Monica

Secret spaces and hidden passageways are perfect for parking a child’s imagination! And the roofline in this beautiful bath adds interest.

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Subway tile in a bathroom is one of our favorite picks — especially when it has great gray grout.

laundry-room

A laundry room like this would make us want to do the laundry! Well… maybe…

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Who needs a gym when you can exercise from the comfort of home? Looking out this window would be great!

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A fantastic piece of Santa Monica real estate could never be complete without amazing outdoor spaces.

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We’d say porches like these fit the bill!

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Dining, lounging, and entertaining… These porches are perfect for everything! 

A gorgeous home for a gorgeous day! Hope yours is wonderful!


Tim Barber Ltd. Architecture

Kristen Panitch Interiors

Karyn Millet Photography

 

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Tuesday, May 16: Reynolds Plantation Girls Night Out Event, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr. Greensboro, GA 30624, Contact: Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected],

Wednesday, May 17: River Hills Country Club, 1 Country Club Dr., Lake Wylie, SC 20710, 12 pm, Contact Sue Foster, vice president of programs [email protected], noon-1:15 pm

– JUNE –

Monday, June 5: “Prologue” Series with Wilmington Star News, 7 pm

Saturday, June 17: Dee Gee’s Books and Gifts, Morehead City, NC, 12-2 pm, Signing

Tuesday, June 20: Suzanne Westenhofer Book Club, 12 pm CST

Wednesday, June 28: Gainesville Newcomers Club Luncheon at Chattahoochee Country Club, Gainesville, GA, 3000 Club Dr, Gainesville, GA 30506, 9:30 am, Contact Joanne Dandrea, [email protected]

Ten Spring-Ready Porches for Effortless Entertaining

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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:

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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. 

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Serena & Lily

 

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

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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

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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! 

https://www.facebook.com/2725779/videos/10104358031087588/

 

Erin Fetherston House Tour, Preparing your Porch for Spring and More!

Erin Fetherston House Tour

 

A Tour of Erin Featherstone House

 

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Healing Brew: Wunder Workshop’s Turmeric Latte

 

kitchen design

 

28 Easy Home Improvements

 

dining room of New York Designer

 

Inside a Manhattan Designer’s Apartment

   porch furniture from Serena & Lily


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!)

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

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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!

In Good Taste: Rafe Churchill Architecture

Gray kitchen with Green pendants- Rafe Churchill

Happy Tuesday, Design Chicers! (I am completely shocked that I have never thought of “Design Chicers” before. I think I’m using that from now on.) If you’re trying to escape from the cold today, escape with us–and the good taste of Rafe Churchill Architecture.

Gray kitchen with Farmhouse Sink - Rafe Churchill

Deep wood, dark counters, touches of brass… We’re feeling warmer already!

Farmhouse sink- Rafe Churchill

It is the details, as we all know, that make a home truly extraordinary, that take it from pretty to perfect. This sink is one of those details! Ditto those pulls.

large kitchen island - Rafe Churchill

We are firm believers that every room needs a touch of black, and we have a feeling that these architects and homeowners agree. The black bar stools are so chic!

farmhouse table with transitional chandelier - Rafe Churchill

Nothing warms us quite like the sun, and we are huge fans of all the windows in these lovely homes. This fixture is the perfect touch of whimsy.

gray kitchen with wood island - Rafe Churchill

Rustic wood… Soft grays… A pot of soup boiling on the stove… Every unique touch in this kitchen feels homey.

kitchen with butcher block island - Rafe Churchill

We’re always torn in the kitchen because, of course, we love to accessorize. But then again, there are so many things in the kitchen that take up space anyway. We love how this kitchen makes use of the fresh and the functional to add charm and depth.

farmhouse office - Rafe Churchill

I am currently in the process of designing my dream office–it won’t be this big, but I just need a tiny, cozy spot. And it is a LOT of pressure. You always dream about what you want your office to look like, but putting it down on paper and trying to visualize creating something from nothing… Well, it’s very fun but a little daunting. My must haves? My Delano desk from Currey & Co, major bookshelves, a fireplace and lots of light. These bookshelves are giving me lots of inspiration!

sewing room - Rafe Churchill

Seeing people’s charming craft rooms makes us wish we were crafty! We could pull out our sewing machine and whip up some new pillows or wrap a gift that would knock your socks off…

bathroom with oriental rug - Rafe Churchill

But, alas, it is not the case. We are, however, terrific at taking baths. (That’s something, right?)

bathroom with cowhide rug - Rafe Churchill

And this gorgeous room proves that bathtubs–and tile floors–don’t have to be white. We love the darker color combination here. It feels woodsy and warm.

farmhouse sunroom with shiplap ceiling - Rafe Churchill

This is the kind of place to spend a chilly day. Warm sun, cozy furniture, a snuggly throw… We could stay here and while away the afternoon… If only it weren’t time to pick up carpool! 

However you spend your afternoon, we hope it’s wonderful!

For more from one of our new favorite architects, visit his website!

 

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!)



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