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


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. 

black granite
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!

books - slightly south of simple

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


And don’t forget to check out the Nordstrom Half Yearly SALE up to 40% off until June 4!