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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Kriste Michelini

 

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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!

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Things We Love: Natural Stone in the Kitchen

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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.

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O’Brien Harris

 

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

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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? 

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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Things We Love: Goodman Hanging Lamps

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Barbara Waltman via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

If there’s one thing we think completely transforms a room, it’s statement lighting

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Pendant lighting in a kitchen illuminates any island in style.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

For the ultimate in stylish pendant lighting Goodman pendants are oh so chic.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Wendy Labrum Interiors

 

A white light with a gold interior is so gorgeous and lends the perfect touch of sparkle and shine.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Sotheby’s Realty

 

Metallics add a bit of glamour to any room, and these perfectly sized pendants add instant wow-factor.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

These gorgeous lamps add another touch of gold to this very stylish kitchen. We love the juxtaposition of the gold with the steel windows and doors.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
Munger Interiors

 

The high-low combination lends a homey feel to this stunning kitchen. The Goodman pendants are the perfect bridge between the two styles.

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Geoff Chick and Associates

 

If you aren’t a friend of mixing metals, silver Goodman pendants are the way to go. The shades of gray all combined are beautiful.

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Elizabeth Metcalfe Interior Design

 

Then again, speaking of mixing metals, the gold and silver mixed together is always one of our favorite looks.

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Chango & Co

 

Goodman pendants add a sparkling element to this lovely kitchen. The mixture of the wood, metallic and white are lovely.

Goodman Hanging Lamps over kitchen island
New England Home

 

All of these elements mix together beautifully to create a stunning kitchen.

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Ashley Winn Design

 

A beautiful backsplash, a shiny countertop, fabulous barstools and Goodman pendants… It’s the perfect recipe for a gorgeous kitchen! 

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Things We Love: The Heart of the Home

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Studio McGee

Hi, friends! Is the kitchen the heart of your home? It definitely is in our houses.

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Tara Fingold

We don’t know why it is that people always tend to gather in the kitchen, but, when your kitchen looks like one of these, it’s no wonder, really!

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Adore Magazine

You know we’re a big fan of neutrals, but of all the places to be white and clean and streamlined, the kitchen is our favorite. 

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BHG

(We have glass jars with scoops like these. We love the way they look and they are also super convenient.)

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Mariann Simon Design

We don’t know about you, but we spend so much time in our kitchens. We love walking in to total simplicity, and, for us, a mostly white kitchen is simple and chic.

 

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Emily Followill Photography

The juxtaposition of white cabinets with these fabulous brick and wood floors is gorgeous.

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Chango & Co

We are gigantic fans of a farmhouse sink, and this one is totally on point!

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AD

Ok. Now we’re thinking our glass jars need an upgrade. Forget the lentils, rice and beans. Bring on the Oreos!

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Lisa Luby Ryan

No window? No problem. This mirror adds light and makes the space feel larger!

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

We love bobbin chairs, but bobbin barstools? Obsessed!

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Sam Allen Interiors

This marble backsplash is stunning!

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BHG

If you’re worried about your white kitchen looking boring, just make sure to mix up the texture. It adds tons of interest. A little something green never hurts either! 


Top Ten Posts of 2016

House Tour: Watersound

Happy 2017, wonderful readers! We hope you had a terrific holiday season and are feeling refreshed, rested and ready to tackle a brand new year. We spent most of the day yesterday doing our favorite New Year’s Day activity: organizing!

2016 Kitchen of the Year

Okay. So maybe not our favorite. Maybe our favorite when it’s over and everything looks pretty?

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Lies and Other Acts of Love

Speaking of favorites, let’s talk about your favorites. Your favorite Design Chic posts of 2016, that is. These were our most-viewed, most-popular posts of the year.

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Annabelle’s Guest House

And, we must say, we think you have fabulous taste. (But that’s obvious, right?)

Feeling Blue

From feeling blue,

1889 Historic Cottage

To one of our personal favorite historic cottages,

In Good Taste: Collins Interiors

From puppies so cute you wish they could run right out of the screen,

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House Tour: Beach Chic

to a chic retreat for any season,

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Slightly South of Simple

We love knowing what you loved, so that we can do more of it!

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Sarah Bartholomew’s Nashville Home 

If there’s ever something you want us to post about, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We love writing about what you want to read. With a new look for Design Chic, a new book coming in April and, of course, a really, really organized pantry, we think 2017 is looking bright. What are you most looking forward to this coming year?

Looking for more 2017 inspiration? I’m chatting with my friends at Your Carolina about how to create a “Life by Design” this year!



Island Living…

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Annie Schlechter Photography Steven Gambrel Design

Good morning, our wonderful friends! We are counting down the days until the family gathers and we are surrounded by people we love.

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Steven Gambrel Design via Architectural Digest

Until then, it’s time to get cooking!

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Carolyne Roehm via One Kings Lane

 

When it comes to cooking and prepping and organizing, few things are as useful as a beautiful kitchen island.

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Pam Pierce Interior Design

It’s where we’ll prepare Christmas Eve dinner, our traditional “Company Chicken,” brown rice (the kind with the butter and consumme, not the healthy kind), biscuits, marinated asparagus and yummy rocky road fudge.

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Jean Randazzo Photography

It’s where we’ll prep breakfast casseroles to pop in the fridge for cooking Christmas morning.

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Kelly Wearstler Design

It’s where we’ll decorate gingerbread houses that are far from masterpieces but full of memories.

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Williams-Sonoma

It’s where we’ll sit and have a morning cup of coffee when Santa arrives far too early…

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Williams-Sonoma

And where we’ll finish off Christmas Day with a heaping helping of whatever leftovers we can find.

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Shop Terrain

Maybe most fun of all, the island is where we’ll create cookies for Christmas Eve and beyond.

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Simply Suzanne’s

They won’t look at beautiful as these. No doubt about that.

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Simply Suzanne’s

 

But there comes a time when we all have to realize that, sometimes, looking good isn’t the most important thing. To that end I had the pleasure of visiting Your Carolina yesterday to talk about creating a wonderful kids’ table for the holidays. We had the best time! Take a peek!

 


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