Good morning, chic readers! Birmingham, Alabama is one of our favorite southern cities, and this Birmingham House by architect James F. Carter gives us one more reason to add to the list of reasons we love this classic southern enclave.
With all the modern amenities of a brand new house,
But the stately details that overflow with old southern charm.
Can you get any more classic than those black and white floors?
Those stairwell areas are always hard to decorate. How many pictures do you need? How do you space a gallery wall? This bookshelf idea is totally genius!
How do you space a gallery wall? This bookshelf idea is totally genius!
The classic design of this dining room is gorgeous.
I am going to go out on a limb and say that I think these homeowners might just be avid readers.
Bookshelves in every room are the kind of statement we like to make!
This paneling is just exquisite. It’s hard to believe that this is a new house!
Navy and brass is a classic color combination that we can’t get enough of.
It is perfection in the kitchen, the perfect shade to feel deep but not heavy.
We think one of the major characteristics that separates the old from the new is hardware. This lock makes the door look like it has been there forever!
Sloping rooflines add such character.
Did we mention charm? Oh, the charm!
What a perfect little nook for working–or daydreaming.
Classic details, beautifully implemented, are always in style. We think it’s safe to say that James Carter has gorgeously good taste.
Kitchens are the subject of many a home renovation these days, and there are so many tiny details that can help define the kitchen to make it a chic heart of the home.
One of our favorites? Wood! Here are ten ways to add a touch of wood to one of everyone’s favorite spaces.
1. Incorporate Beams: Wood beams add a hint of rustic charm to any space, no matter how elegant.
2. Add Bar Stools: When it comes to bar stools, we think mixing materials is always a good idea. This combination of wood, metal and rattan adds color and texture for a chic look.
3. Accentuate the Island: A little bit of wood goes a long way. This rich tones of this island add juxtaposition and charm.
4. Use a Library Ladder: A library ladder is one of our bucket list home items. While we’d ideally love to have the library to go along with it, a ladder can be incredibly useful in a kitchen too.
5. Repurpose a Piece of Furniture: We tend to think of built-ins in the kitchen, but there’s no real reason why everything has to be. A favorite chest, armoire or corner-cupboard looks beautiful and adds a surprising element. Extra credit if it’s an antique!
6. Mix in Butcher Block Counters: For the ultimate in functional wood additions, butcher block counters are a perfect fit. This workspace is as pretty as it is practical.
7. Rethink Shelving: We love the look of open shelving, but it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach. These pretty wood shelves are the right touch of casual while cabinets lend plenty of space for covered up storage.
8. Choose Hardwood Floors: Need we say more? Any color, any style, this design staple has staying power for a reason!
9. Decorate with Cutting Boards: For a low maintenance, inexpensive touch of wood, a cutting board fits the bill perfectly. It adds all the charm of wood and makes sure cook prep is only an arm’s length away.
10. Incorporate Fun(ctional) Accessories: We all want our kitchens to be pretty, sure. But of all the rooms in the house, function in the kitchen is key. Wood tools and ways to organize them add a hint of this great material while keeping things organized.
What’s your favorite way to incorporate wood into a kitchen?
Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today! We hope you have a fabulous week!
If you’re looking for something to read over Labor Day, make sure to grab a copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.
Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings
Lloyd Kramer, Director of Carolina Public Humanities, will moderate
September 21: Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, NC, Q&A and Signing. Presented by Friends of the Library. For more information call the Library at 828-743-0215, 3:00pm, free and open to the public
September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, 6 pm, open to Chattooga Club members and guests
September 26: New Bern, NC Private Book Club Event, 6 pm
October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC
October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event
November 6: Private Book Club Event, Beaufort, NC, 6 pm