10 Favorite Kitchens with Soapstone Countertops

soapstone countertops Hendricks Churchill Design
Hendricks Churchill

 

Happy Monday, chic readers! We hope you had a great weekend. Today, we are absolutely loving soapstone, not only for its gorgeous looks but also for its heat tolerance, which makes it particularly perfect for the kitchen. From an island accent to an entire room, there’s no wrong way to use soapstone! Check out ten of our favorite kitchens with this beautiful, versatile material. 

 

soapstone countertops Hendricks Churchill Design
Hendricks Churchill

 

Hendricks Churchill soapstone countertops in kitchen
Hendricks Churchill

 

kitchen with beams
Remodelista

 

soapstone kitchen with Leo Designs of Chicago
Leo Designs of Chicago

 

soapstone countertops Studio Dearborn
Studio Dearborn

 

Jean Stoffer Design – Stoffer Photograpy Interiors

 

BGH soapstone farmhouse sink and countertops
BHG

 

soapstone farmhouse sink BHG
BHG

 

Phoebe Howard – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

 

What do you think? Are you a fan of soapstone?

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 Today is the last day to stock up during the Serena & Lily Friends & Family sale, where everything is 20% off. (Some exclusions apply, subject to change: art, gift certificates, Limited-Edition PUBLIC® C7 Bike, and final sale.)

Take a peek at some of our favorite styles to refresh your home for fall.

  

 

 

Chic Coastal Style

   

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Let’s Get Together!

Goldsboro, NC and Atlanta, GA, I’m heading your way soon. I’d love to see you!

 

Join Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, anchor and reporter Renee Chou, chef and host of “A Chef’s Life” on PBS Vivian Howard and yours truly for a fireside chat on October 18 at Walnut Creek Country Club. Get your tickets now! (P.S. The number of VIP Tickets has been increased from 75 to 100 but they are almost sold out. They include a signed copy of Vivian’s crazy amazing book Deep Run Roots and my The Southern Side of Paradise. Yay!)

   

I’ll be joining Grace Atwood (also of The Stripe) and Becca Freeman for a live Bad on Paper Podcast Event on October 23 at 8 pm at City Winery in Atlanta. Get your tickets!

 

Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey Beach house book
 

I am so excited that my new novel Feels Like Falling releases on April 28!

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. 

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.

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10 Ways to Add Casual Style to Your Living Space

 

Happy Monday, friends! Today, we are celebrating big time. Slowly but surely, our place in Beaufort is coming back together after Hurricane Florence’s house party more than a year ago. The house isn’t livable yet, but the third floor is ready for its close up, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. We teamed up with our friends at Serena & Lily to create a cute playroom that also works well for the whole family–and we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite tips for adding casual style to your space.

  1. Add a touch of whimsy! For us, this adorable hanging swing not only added a touch of whimsy but made a difficult-to-decorate slanted attic space fun and functional.

   

 

2. Lighten the wood. Dark wood is great for serious spaces, but lightening it up makes things a bit more casual. 


   

 

3. Mix up materials. Rattan chairs lend a touch of casual chic style that makes any room instantly feel like a vacation.


   

 

4. Fun pillows. We love serious pillows as much as the next people, but a cute tassel and wide stripe make a space feel comfy and casual.


   

 

5. Textured lamps and shades. Pretty porcelain has its place, but these textured lamps have a handmade feel that is super cool. And natural fiber shades are a great alternative to traditional silk.


   

 

6. Casual rugs. Bright colors, bold patterns and easy fabrics combine to create rugs that are perfect for taking the formality down a notch.


   

 

7. Baskets. Baskets are one of our favorite decor elements for adding instant storage and laid-back style. 

 


 

 

8. Beanbag chairs. Nothing says “fun” like a beanbag chair. These loungers are an upgraded take on an old favorite.


   

 

9. A pretty pouf. A sweet pouf not only doubles as a footrest or extra seating but also signifies that a room doesn’t take itself too seriously.


   

 

10. Fun art. Three-dimensional art in particular brightens a room. In our playroom, surfboards got a new life as sea animals from late local artist Craig Gurganus of Fish Bouffant. These Serena & Lily mounts add a sweet touch to this room. 


Do you prefer casual spaces or more formal ones? 

In case you missed our kitchen update you can see it here!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We love it when you stop by!

Playroom Photos by Smith Hardy Photography.

 

Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey Beach house book
 

I am so excited that my new novel Feels Like Falling releases on April 28!

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. 

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.

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FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

House Tour: Penthouse in Buckhead

penthouse  living room

 

We don’t like to play favorites, but, well, we’re only human.

 

penthouse living room  

 

And every single time, without fail, that we discover a new Suzanne Kasler project, it’s love at first sight.

 

penthouse living room  

 

(She’s also really nice, so that doesn’t hurt her standing in our hearts!) 

 

penthouse kitchen  

 

A penthouse is kind of the dream, right? 

 

penthouse living room

 

Being on the top of the world with the most beautiful view

 

penthouse dining table with abstract art  

 

It isn’t ever easy finding the right spot–and finding the best person to bring your vision to life can be a challenge in and of itself. But, when this Atlanta couple found their dream Pied-à-Terre in Buckhead, they already knew their dream designer since Kasler had designed their Sea Island home. 

 

  penthouse abstract art  

 

And create a dream apartment, she did. 

 

penthouse staircase  

 

A bright, airy color palette and open-but-not-too-open floor plan combine to create a stunning pied-à-terre that feels like home. 

 

penthouse bedroom blue and white  

 

Each beautiful detail combines seamlessly to create a modern space perfect for entertaining or simply getting away. 

 

penthouse bathroom  

 

We think we saved the best for last… Isn’t this bathroom dreamy? What is your favorite space?

 

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Erica George Dines Photography

Thanks so much for stopping by today! We always love seeing you here!

Don’t Miss the 20% OFF  EVERYTHING Friends & Family Sale at SERENA & LILY!!

Feels Like falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey Beach house book
 

I am so excited that my new novel Feels Like Falling releases on April 28!

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. 

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.

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  The Peachtree Bluff Series

More Tour Dates for The Southern Side of Paradise

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.

October 23, 2019: Bad on Paper Podcast Live, City Winery, Atlanta, GA, 8 p.m. with Grace Atwood and Becca Freeman. 

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.

January 30, 2020: “Southern Lunch Event” with Mary Alice Monroe and Kristin Harmel. In Conversation with Kristina McMorris. Hosted by Adventures by the Book. 12 pm, Claim Jumper, San Diego, CA

February 1, 2020: SuperBook Weekend Adventure, Aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA. Click here for more information and tickets.

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!

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

Top Ten Favorite: Kitchens from Studio McGee

 

We absolutely adore the work of Studio McGee–and husband/wife team Syd and Shea McGee. 

 

 

Their kitchens are enviable to say the very least. 

 

 

As we round the corner to one year out of our house since Hurricane Florence, one of the things we miss the very most is our kitchen

 

 

These beauties are reminding us of all the reasons why. 

 

 

Ample work space…

 

 

Chic designer appliances,

 

 

And special touches–like this beyond adorable Dutch door!–are all hallmarks of a Studio McGee kitchen. 

 

 

Studio McGee proves that chic lighting absolutely belongs in the kitchen,

 

 

And that, right now, mixing metals is practically mandatory.

 

We couldn’t love these beautiful kitchens any more!

 

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The Southern Side of Paradise Peachtree Bluff Series waterfront

Looking for the perfect summer read? Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Betchesand more all think you should slip my new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, into your beach or pool bag. Have you checked it out yet?

 

Slightly South of Simple - waterfront

If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store

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FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE  AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE

 

House Tour: Marshall Watson’s East Hampton Home

East Hampton house tour

 

When Mom and I started Design Chic in 2010, we thought we were going to blog for one year. The major purpose of Design Chic was going to be to share things that we loved with each other.  We certainly never expected anyone to actually read it or anything crazy like that. Nine years and several hundred thousand followers later we never in a million years could have imagined that we would have met so many incredible, talented, amazing people through this website.

 

Marshall Watson entrance hall

 

One of our favorite people we’ve met in the last nine years? Hands-down, Marshall Watson, whose stunning East Hampton home we are touring today.

 

Marshall Watson living room

 

We have long been amazed by Marshall’s ability to shift from one style to another very different one with effortless ease, making each home uniquely suited to its owners, for years. Nowhere is that fact better evidenced than in his gorgeous book, The Art of Elegance. (If you don’t have it, treat yourself today! You’ll thank us!)

 

Marshall Watson Interiors house tour living room

 

When Marshall and his husband Paul Sparks made the trek all the way to Beaufort, NC, where I live, to speak about The Art of Elegance, we recognized immediately that Marshall was as gracious and kind (and fun!) as we had thought.

 

Marshall Watson Interiors house tour

 

Even still, we never could have imagined what happened next. 

 

Marshall Watson Interiors house tour

 

Marshall was incredibly instrumental in making me a part of East Hampton Authors Night a few weeks ago, and even more amazingly, he opened his home for the most idyllic dinner party you could imagine. A long table spread across Marshall and Paul’s porch, steps from their enviable garden with the cool late summer breeze coming off of Gardiner’s Bay, which sparkled just beyond.

 

Marshall Watson Interiors living room

 

And, if you think Marshall and Paul’s home is stunning in pictures, you should see it in real life. The couples’ finds are paired with beautiful pieces from Marshall’s own collection–like these intricately designed end tables and coffee table–to create a truly one-of-a-kind look that is supremely elegant. 

 

Marshall Watson Interiors

 

Marshall never forgets about the ceiling, as is evidenced in almost every room of his home, 

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design East Hampton Home

 

And unique, well thought out touches, like this antique chandelier that creates a candlelit wonderland, reflect the couple’s sentiments and style.

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design East Hampton Home

 

Lovely Delft tiles grace many of the rooms in the home, creating unity and a nod to the sea beyond the door.

 

 

Among the glamour, though, this house doesn’t ever take itself too seriously. 

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design kitchen

 

Lyrics of Marshall’s father’s favorite song, Blue Skies, add a meaningful and slightly whimsical element to the well-appointed chef’s kitchen. 

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design guest bedroom

 

Guests are treated like royalty in a truly lovely guest bedroom, complete with Swedish furnishings–

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design bedroom

 

And luscious linens. 

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design bathroom

 

Even in the bathrooms, not a single detail is overlooked. 

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design bedroom

 

And in the gorgeous master, the view beyond the windows of idyllic Gardiner’s Bay is the most stunning focal point imaginable.

 

Marshall Watson interior design

 

This is hands-down my favorite shot of our incredible evening, taken at the very end of the night. It makes me laugh every time I see it!

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design dinner party

 

Marshall at the helm of the gorgeous table he created. Many of the flowers are from Marshall and Paul’s garden and the delicious meal–cooked by Marshall–was also largely grown in their own backyard. Amazing!

 

Marshall Watson Interior Design

 

Mom and me having a blast!

Needless to say, we hope to return to East Hampton very soon. Marshall and Paul, thank you so much for opening your stunning home to us–and for sharing it with Design Chic readers today!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We always love seeing you here!

Five Days of Giveaways!

We’re celebrating Feels Like Falling with five days of giveaways! To enter ALL FIVE giveaways, simply:

  1. PreorderFeels Like Falling from you favorite independent bookstore or online retailer.
  2. Email me at [email protected]

You will be entered in ALL FIVE giveaways–and will receive upcoming freebies when they’re available such as deleted scenes from Feels Like Falling, exclusive interviews, fun printables, great recipes and more!

We’re Giving Away:

Tuesday, August 20: 1 Signed Copy of Happy Hand Lettering, the fabulous new book by one of my favorite NC gals, Maghon Taylor of All She Wrote Notes! *WINNER ANNOUNCED OVER ON INSTAGRAM @kristywharvey!
Wednesday, August 21: A pair of Sassie Rocks Beach Babiesbracelets for you and your BRF! (That’s your best reader friend.)
Thursday, August 22: One dozen gorgeously decorated, undeniably delicious cookies from Southern Sugar Bakery!
Friday, August 23: THE VERY FIRST advance copy of Feels Like Falling! (To be shipped on Sept. 20.)
Saturday, August 24: A signed pillow from Craig Conover of Southern Charm’s Sewing Down South Collection–from Beaufort Linen Co.‘s August 24th in-store event! (I’ll be there. Hope to see you!)

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In Good Taste: James Duncan Interiors

 

James Duncan Interiors

 

Good morning, chic readers! First of all, WOW. I seriously can’t thank y’all enough for your overwhelming response to my announcement that my new book, Feels Like Falling, is releasing April 28! I can’t get over it! (If you haven’t entered the 5 days of giveaways, more info below.)

 

 

Today, we’re back to our regularly scheduled gorgeousness with the good taste of James Duncan Interiors. Now all we can think about it wanting that surfboard. How amazing is that?

 

 

This designer’s decidedly coastal vibe is right up our alley, which is especially great right now while we’re trying to squeeze every last drop out of summer!

 

 

Sleek, modern and chicly layered, this open floor plan living is full of inspiration, 

 

 

And we’re especially loving the touches of raw wood. 

 

 

Bold art creates impact against a sleek neutral backdrop,

 

 

And statement lighting–and touches of glamour–complete the look.

 

 

A simple color palette creates a serene, calming environment.

 

 

Talk about statement, 3-d art! This piece proves that, when it comes to art, colors aren’t necessarily the most show-stopping element!

 

 

A bunk room is one of our most favorite elements in any home away from home. We love the idea of kids–and adults!–being able to stay up late swapping secrets!

 

 

Gorgeous living spaces aren’t James Duncan’s only signature spaces. Enviable bathrooms are another hallmark. In fact, we couldn’t possibly pick a favorite space! 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We love it when you stop by!

We’re celebrating Feels Like Falling‘s April 28, 2020 Release with 5 Days of Giveaways!

Five Days of Giveaways!

We’re celebrating Feels Like Falling with five days of giveaways! To enter ALL FIVE giveaways, simply:

    1. Preorder Feels Like Fallingfrom you favorite independent bookstore or online retailer.
    2. Email me at [email protected]

You will be entered in ALL FIVE giveaways–and will receive upcoming freebies when they’re available such as deleted scenes from Feels Like Falling, exclusive interviews, fun printables, great recipes and more!

We’re Giving Away:

Tuesday, August 20: 1 Signed Copy of Happy Hand Lettering, the fabulous new book by one of my favorite NC gals, Maghon Taylor of All She Wrote Notes!
Wednesday, August 21: A pair of Sassie Rocks Beach Babiesbracelets for you and your BRF! (That’s your best reader friend.)
Thursday, August 22: One dozen gorgeously decorated, undeniably delicious cookies from Southern Sugar Bakery!
Friday, August 23: THE VERY FIRST advance copy of Feels Like Falling! (To be shipped on Sept. 20.)
Saturday, August 24: A signed pillow from Craig Conover of Southern Charm’s Sewing Down SouthCollection–from Beaufort Linen Co.‘s August 24th in-store event! (I’ll be there. Hope to see you!)

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