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.
Aren’t they fabulous? Wishing you all a wonderful day!
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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.
Of all the places that natural surfaces can be incorporated in our homes, we think the kitchen might be our favorite.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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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!
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!
Good morning, our wonderful friends! We are counting down the days until the family gathers and we are surrounded by people we love.
Until then, it’s time to get cooking!
When it comes to cooking and prepping and organizing, few things are as useful as a beautiful kitchen island.
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.
It’s where we’ll prep breakfast casseroles to pop in the fridge for cooking Christmas morning.
It’s where we’ll decorate gingerbread houses that are far from masterpieces but full of memories.
It’s where we’ll sit and have a morning cup of coffee when Santa arrives far too early…
And where we’ll finish off Christmas Day with a heaping helping of whatever leftovers we can find.
Maybe most fun of all, the island is where we’ll create cookies for Christmas Eve and beyond.
They won’t look at beautiful as these. No doubt about that.
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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