Things We Love: Classic Design

classic home-and-garden exterior

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.

classic home and gardens

With all the modern amenities of a brand new house,

classic southern home entrance

But the stately details that overflow with old southern charm. 

classic black-and-white entrance

Can you get any more classic than those black and white floors?

classic Southern entrance with bookshelf

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!

classic Southern home with bookcase

How do you space a gallery wall? This bookshelf idea is totally genius!

classic Southern Home dining room

The classic design of this dining room is gorgeous.

classic Southern Home books in library

I am going to go out on a limb and say that I think these homeowners might just be avid readers.

classic Southern Home wood paneled library

Bookshelves in every room are the kind of statement we like to make!

classic Southern Home paneled den

This paneling is just exquisite. It’s hard to believe that this is a new house!

classic Southern Home bar with brass hardware

Navy and brass is a classic color combination that we can’t get enough of. 

classic Southern Home kitchen with brass pendants

It is perfection in the kitchen, the perfect shade to feel deep but not heavy.

classic Southern Home entrance

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!

classic Southern Home bedroom

Sloping rooflines add such character.

classic Southern Home bedroom

Did we mention charm? Oh, the charm!

classic Southern Home nook

What a perfect little nook for working–or daydreaming. 

classic Southern Home bathroom

Classic details, beautifully implemented, are always in style. We think it’s safe to say that James Carter has gorgeously good taste.

What do you think?

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Top Ten Ways to Add a Touch of Wood to a Kitchen

kitchen with touch of wood
Artichoke, Ltd


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.

warmth of wood
Ike Kligerman Barkley


One of our favorites? Wood! Here are ten ways to add a touch of wood to one of everyone’s favorite spaces. 

kitchen with touch of wood
Architectural Digest


1. Incorporate Beams: Wood beams add a hint of rustic charm to any space, no matter how elegant. 

touch of wood in kitchen
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. architect William B. Litchfield and designer Jackye Lanham


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. 

Terra Cotta Design


3. Accentuate the Island: A little bit of wood goes a long way. This rich tones of this island add juxtaposition and charm. 

touch of wood in kitchen
Tracery Interiors via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


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. 

touch of wood in kitchen
Sage Design


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!

wood kitchen
Brooks & Falotico


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.

touch of wood
Studio McGee


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. 

touch of wood
Studio McGee


8. Choose Hardwood Floors: Need we say more? Any color, any style, this design staple has staying power for a reason!

kitchen with warmth of wood
Studio McGee


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. 

Betty Lou Phillips


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!



The Secret to Southern Charm

  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.


September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Library, Who Am I?, September 13, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm with:

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






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