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!
“Kristy has now penned 3 Bestselling novels, all of which I have plowed through so fast I am left waiting in anticipation for the release of her next book. Kristy specializes in writing feel-good stories about women, all set in the South.” —Celia, After Orange County
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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?
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!
Hi, friends! Is the kitchen the heart of your home? It definitely is in our houses.
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! 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. We have glass jars with scoops like these. We love the way they look and they are also super convenient.
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.
The juxtaposition of white cabinets with these fabulous brick and wood floors is gorgeous.
We are gigantic fans of a farmhouse sink, and this one is totally on point!
No window? No problem. This mirror adds light and makes the space feel larger!
This marble backsplash is stunning!
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!
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!
If you are searching for the products you saw Kristy show on TV today, scroll and click through the images below
Happy Thursday, friends! We hope that you’re having a wonder week! From cooking to gutters to a yummy Moscow Mule, copper is one of our favorite, fabulous versatile metals. We’ve never seen the metal used for pendants, but we absolutely love it!
If a whole pendant is too much, we adore the look of a copper and glass pendant. These light each work surface beautifully.
A splash of copper on a gorgeous range can absolutely make a kitchen.
Those copper lanterns on either side of the stove are amazing! Such a great touch!
Copper pots and pans are not only great for cooking but also like jewelry for the kitchen! We’d hang them out in the open too!
Yummy, yummy! Perfect for that Moscow Mule — or whatever this delicious mint and blueberry concoction is.
Copper cookware shines gloriously
against white paint. Copper gleams against a pretty painted wood backsplash.
And, of course, makes a splash against plain white subway tile.
Copper flatware is such a cool alternative to plain stainless. It sets a gorgeous table!
This copper fixture casts the right light on an office.
But, my oh my, if we’re going to choose one copper piece that we would want in our homes, it would be a giant copper tub in the bathroom! Perfect for keeping bath water toasty warm for long winter soaking. All that’s missing is a good book!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. We hope you have a great start to the week!
If you want to know a little more about my new novel, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (Simon & Schuster, April 3, 2018) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 60 seconds. No major commitments here!)
May 5: Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Party, Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event; The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits three Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contest and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live.; Contact Jamie Anderson at Downtown Books, 252-473-1056, [email protected]; 4:00 pm, open to the public
May 10: Children’s Cancer Partners Fundraiser, Cornelius Yacht Club
June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public
July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm
July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private
July 25: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm
DON’T FORGET, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM IS AVAILABLE BY CALLING YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE, ANY OF THE FABULOUS BOOKSTORES ABOVE OR AT INDIEBOUND, AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE OR WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD!
Good morning, lovely readers! Can you believe how incredibly close we are getting to Christmas? Is it beginning to look like it at your house?This is our holiday table, all set and ready, with Christmas ornaments at every place. (If you peek into the bookcase, you’ll see our favorite Christmas decoration: A felt nativity from Wisteria that is too sweet for words!)
Do you set your table the same way every year? Is it a bit of a tradition?Or do you come up with something new and different every year?Do you go all out with the Christmas accessories and decor?
We are excited every morning to wake up with all of your, our fabulous readers, and share something amazing. But today we are especially excited because our lovely, wonderful, insanely talented friend, Leslie Sinclair, has done it again! You savored Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors, you devoured Segreto Style, and now you are going to be positively drooling over Segreto Vignettes!