House Tour: Michelle Smith


 I liked Michelle Smith immediately when I saw her on One Kings Lane — and not just because of her fabulous home or status as native Southerner.


She, like I, spent about half her childhood at Home Depot with her mother in the midst of one renovation or another.


Kitchen Stools

Milk and Honey Home

Kitchen stools are honestly one of our favorite parts of the kitchen.  Don’t get us wrong, we love having the family together around a big table.But we know for sure that that doesn’t always happen in our houses. (Well, at least not at breakfast…)

Jeff Herr Photography






Lee Ann Thornton Interiors

 So it just makes sense for everyone to have a place to congregate and eat during the rush of morning breakfast and coffee and forgotten homework and searching for that thing you were supposed to take to work but you just can’t exactly remember what it is…

Revival Contruction

 Anyway, all of that just can’t happen around a dining room table.

Geoff Chick and AssociatesJack Gardner Photography

 So, we would venture to say that kitchen stools really help keep families together!

 Wren Living has a favorite kitchen set up of ours!

Ruard Veltman Architecture

 That may seem like a big job for a little stool.

Ruard Veltman Architecture

 But, when the stools are as stylish as all of these, we think they’re up to the task! What about you?

Do you have big Memorial Day plans? We’re so excited for a little rest and a lot of fun in the sun! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Coffered Ceilings…

Susan Gilmore Photography
Plain old ceilings with plain old ceiling white might be a staple.
Ashlee Raubach Photography
But, really, can’t we do better?
Tobi Fairley Design
Nothing thrills us more than when that fifth wall (sixth wall?) brings something to the table.
Phoebe Howard Design
Coffered ceilings add warmth, interest, and, oh yes, tons of style!
Better Homes and Gardens
We adore them especially in kitchens, where they add such a homey feel.
Susan Gilmore Photography
Exposed beams are great, but, if they feel a little too rustic, shiny white coffered ceilings add that same distinct element while still feeling fresh and modern.
Brooke Giannetti Design
Especially when you don’t want to lose an inch of ceiling height, a flat molding on the ceiling can form a fabulous pattern without stealing much of that precious floor-to-ceiling space.
Kelly G. Design
The paneling throughout this space is gorgeous! It’s an accessory in and of itself.
Pioneer Construction Co.
Great cabinetry and a beautiful coffered ceiling absolutely make a kitchen.
Urban Electric Co.
Of course, a coffered ceiling is no reason to skimp on the fabulous lighting… Not that any of you ever would!
Angus McRitchie Photography
Oh my goodness,  only four shopping days left… We hope you’ve all shopped ’til you dropped and are enjoying a mug of cocoa beside a roaring fire admiring your tree!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


In Good Taste:deGiulioKitchen

For better or worse, it seems like the kitchen is by far the room in our homes where we spend the most time. 
As a result, we’re always trying to make them more streamlined, cleaner, more efficient, and, of course, more beautiful.
Looking at these kitchens from di Guilio kitchen design gives us such great inspiration.
Aren’t these gorgeous kitchens in such good taste?
What an ingenious idea for finagling more counter space!
We could mix a mean cocktail at this bar.
The combination of light and dark is so amazing here.
The stone and beams in this kitchen are the perfect touch of rustic chic. They’re almost as fabulous as the view!
This lacquered, mirrored look is so glamorous!
What a fabulous butlers pantry.
So, yes, my mirrored kitchen would be covered with tiny fingerprints… but it’s still beautiful.
A simple vase full of white hydrangeas always makes our kitchens feel more inviting! 
What would your dream kitchen look like?
Happy Tuesday, everyone. Thanks for visiting us!


Culinary Climbing

Francoise Bollack Architect
Ladders used to be reserved for the library, for reaching literature on the highest shelf.
Gluckstein Design
It works so well in the den, why not take the same philosophy and apply it to your culinary classics?
Peter Pennoyer Architect 

Who hasn’t wished for an extra step up when trying to snag spices from the highest shelf?

Tracery Design
Or retrieve the roasting pan put away only for special occasions. 

The Enchanted Home

Whether you’re just looking to add a rich design element to the heart of the home,

Chateau and Bungalow
or have enough china to require a home of its own,
are so happy
we think a ladder in the kitchen is a charming and welcome touch.
Martha Stewart Magazine
We hope you all had a magnificent Monday and wish you a wonderful week to come!


Marble Countertops

1st Options

When it comes to kitchens, styles change. There are some we’re glad to see go — that means you, harvest gold and avocado green — and others we kind of wish would come back — designer white appliances perhaps? But when it comes to standing the test of time, linoleum, tile and even granite and quartz may come and go, but we think marble is one surface that stands the test of time.

Jackye Lanham Design

Everyone warned me. I’ll admit it. I was told by everyone from the manufacturer to the installer that marble is not the most durable surface for a kitchen counter. But, when you get right down to it, some things in life are as much about aesthetics as they are about function. 

Martha Stewart

So I did it anyway. And, it’s true. It gets etched. But what’s the point of having a beautiful kitchen if you can’t cook in it without being stressed? Plus, twice a year they come buff and re-seal it so it’s as good as new.

Karen Williams
  We love marble sinks. So gorgeous.

digs digs
These utilitarian light fixtures are amazing. 
Design Track Mind
My husband and I should have added this feature to our kitchen. Someone always ends up washing a ton of produce in the bar sink!
Whitehaven Blog
These Mackenzie Childs canisters are so cute. Caroline on the Real Housewives of New Jersey has them in her house.

Thornton Designs
There’s nothing better than a kitchen with lighting galore. What a beautiful way to achieve it.
Inspiring Interiors

Those handles and hinges are so amazing. It really is the little things… 

viva amore
What a gorgeous spread — and chandelier. Who says the kitchen can’t sparkle?
Home Bunch
Yellow is our all-time favorite kitchen accent color. It’s just so happy, isn’t it? 
We hope you all have a yellow kind of day. 
Oh — and for those of you who tried to check out our guest post yesterday, we’re sorry! A little miscommunication. We’ll let you know when it’s up!



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