Kitchen Makeover in Time for the Holidays

kitchen stools with Serena & Lily


It is amazing how the tiniest details can totally transform a room. A bar stool... A chic centerpiece… A fun rug... We have to say that all of these adorable pieces from Serena & Lily completely changed our kitchen! 


kitchen stools with Serena & Lily


To say that we had been pining for these Riviera Bar Stools is probably an understatement. They added just the right amount of coastal chic, texture and pattern to our white kitchen. 


kitchen stools with Serena & Lily


Another game changer? This darling runner! We were perfectly content with plain hardwoods until we saw how much more finished and cozy the house looked this rug. And the  stool is not only a chic, teak accent, but will also help my little one wash his hands! 


kitchen stools with Serena & Lily


Truth be told, we eat at our kitchen bar almost as much as our dining room table. The details on this Serena & Lily tray make it a beautiful focal point–and it’s as functional as it is pretty! Simple, pretty napkins are a perfect finishing touch. 


before and after with Serena & Lily


Just for fun… This is what the kitchen looked like on Tuesday at 4 pm before the photo shoot on Wednesday! A lot of you probably know that this house had to be completely gutted after Hurricane Florence in September 2018, and, full disclosure, the rest of the house is a total construction site! But just to see this one room come together was a huge light at the end the tunnel. Big, huge thanks to Serena & Lily for getting us in gear!


For more inspiration, check out our bedroom makeover with Serena & Lily here.  Fingers crossed that one day soon this room will look like this again!

Kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Riviera Stools


Kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Riviera Stool


Kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Balboa Stools via Jenkins Interiors


Oceanview Counter Stool


Kitchen Stools with Serena & Lily
Carson Counter Stools


kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Tucker Counter Stool


kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Avalon Swivel Counter Stool


kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Portside Counter Stool


kitchen stools with Serena & Lily
Director’s Counter Stool





Another  big, huge thanks to Smith Hardy for taking the gorgeous photos of our kitchen!


Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey


More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.

Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her evangelical husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger fired from her job at the local pharmacy.

Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a busted Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.

With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn, but when the one that got away comes back, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.

In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.


More Tour Dates for The Southern Side of Paradise


September 25, 2019: New Bern, NC Book Club, Private Event.
October 16, 2019: Kristy will “take over” A Novel Bee Facebook Group all day. Visit the page for fun guests and giveaways.
October 17, 2019: Clinton, SC Multi Book Club Event. Private.
October 18, 2019: “W.I.S.E” Fireside Chat with Chef Vivian Howard, Rene Chou from WRAL and Chief Justice Beasley, emceed by Kate Daniels, Walnut Creek Country Club, Goldsboro, NC, VIP experience 5-5:30, Program begins at 6:30.
January 3-5, 2020: Best of Our State with Our State, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC. Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Pinehurst Resort. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year. Click here for more information and tickets. 
January 21, 2020: United Way Pitt County Annual Fundraiser, Greenville, NC.
February 13-16, 2020: Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA.
February 22, 2020: Ladies Luncheon and Signing Event at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC
April 28, 2020: Feels Like Falling Releases! We are working hard on the Feels Like Falling tour. We can’t wait to share all tour dates with you in January!




House Tour:Sea Island


Sea Island Cottage

Good morning, friends! Welcome to Sea Island, Georgia! Yes. It’s just as beautiful as it sounds.


House Tour: Laguna Beach


Good morning, chic friends! We’re celebrating the very first day of fall today by taking a trip to… Laguna Beach! There’s no reason not to savor warm weather just a little bit longer, right? Although, we have to admit, the falling leaves are absolutely lovely, and a sign of the cooler weather to come.


Designer Carolyne Ferguson of Carolyne Ferguson Design in Newport Beach orchestrated this fabulously beautiful house in Laguna Beach, a gorgeous summer home but also perfect for living all year round.


House Tour: J.K. Kling Interior Design

 house tour J.K. Kling living room

Good morning, chic friends! If you loved the good taste of J.K. Kling in our blog post yesterday, you are going to love, love, love this fabulous house tour! The Clarke House was where we first fell in love with the designs of this talented mother-daughter duo — and we haven’t looked back. Take a peek inside!


Beach Chic

Patrick Ahearn Architect

 It’s only Tuesday, and we’re dreaming of a weekend at the beach again already… It’s just that time of year I guess! From sailboats to sea shells to a hint of nautical rope, we’re celebrating those tiny touches that take a home from chic to beach chic. We hope these photos make you feel like you’re on a mini-vacation today!

Noah Webb Photography


One Kings Lane

SR Gambrel

Andrew Maier

APD Architecture

Lee Ann Thornton

Lynn Morgan Design

Andrew Maier Design

Pizitz Home and Cottage

Molly Frey Design Eric Roth Photography

Pizitz Home and Cottages

 Thanks for stopping by and making us a part of your day.   Wherever you are, we hope it’s amazing!

Water Blues

color aqua nyc lux


With the Easter Bunny making his arrival in a couple of short weeks and the weather getting warmer by the minute, we think it’s high time we started dreaming in pastel.

color aqua laduree
Laduree – Kay Leigh Pope Photographer


And what could be dreamier (or more delicious!) than Laduree. (Easter Bunny, fill our baskets with macaroons — in our favorite water blues, please.)


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