Things We Love: Farmhouse Style Kitchens

Hendricks Churchill

 

There is something about the change of seasons that always makes us want a change of scenery. As the air gets that first hint of crispness and the humidity starts to fade, we immediately begin dreaming of a little place in the country, maybe in the mountains, maybe on a farm

 

Hendriks Churchill

 

We imagine gathering fresh eggs and cutting lettuces for salads and sipping mint-infused iced tea in a rocking chair overlooking acres of green. 

 

farmhouse style kitchen with wood island and marble top
Summer Thornton

 

Nighttime bonfires… 

 

Fergus Garber Young Architects via Dering Hall

 

Fresh-from-the-yard flowers… 

 

Tim Barber, Ltd Interiors

 

It’s all so dreamy. 

 

So, no, we don’t have that farmhouse. But that doesn’t mean that our kitchens can’t hold all our farmhouse fantasies.

 

William Litchfield

 

 

Beautiful beams, a hint of rustic charm and the sense that everything is better when it doesn’t have to be perfectly in place, help create that farmhouse feel–even if there’s nowhere to house those chickens. 

 

 

farmhouse style with wood beams and subway tile
M. Elle Design via Dering Hall

 

Oh, and a farmhouse sink, of course. 

 

Jane Beiles Photography

 

A farmhouse sink is mandatory. 

 

 

 

farmhouse style kitchen with shiplap and beams
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles| Jeff Herr Photo

These charming kitchens are the perfect places for gathering around a table with family and friends, 

Keeping close to home,

 

And making those fresh fall memories that only a new seasons can bring. Wishing you a few moments to savor these last days of summer!

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Things We Love: A Banquette That Elevates the Room

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Jeffrey Dungan Architects

 

We do it. We know you do too. You get to a restaurant and there are a couple chairs on one side and a big, cushy, cozy booth on the other.

banquettes in an nook with beams
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles| Peter Block Architects | Erica George Dines Photo| Beth Webb Interiors

 

If you’re with older friends or relatives, bosses etc. you probably selflessly take the chair side, feeling like a martyr the entire time as you do.

banquettes in dining room with Serena & Lily
Serena & Lily

 

If you’re with your kids or husband or maybe even your best friend, there’s probably a bit of fighting over the good side that ensues. At least, there is in our world.

Meg Braff Design

 

All of these gorgeous banquettes make us think that this is really the best idea.

banquettes in neutral dining room
Dana Wolter interiors

 

And who cares if you sit four wide in the privacy of your own home? We’re not judging.  An awkward corner becomes a fabulous reading area with the addition of built-in seating,

 

banquettes in dining room
Meredith Ellis via Dering Hall

 

And a simple breakfast becomes an event. 

Serena & Lily

 

We love the space-saving abilities of banquettes, and how it can be built straight across, in an L-shape, a U… You get the idea.

Kate Marker Interiors| Emily Kennedy Photography

 

It even has the power to transform a charming breakfast area into a multipurpose space, perfect for reading, crafts or anything else your family needs! 

Are you a fan of banquettes? Do you have one in your home? 

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July 19: Browseabout Books, Rehobeth Beach, DE,  

July 19: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE, 7pm – 9pm

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August 2: The Chattooga Club, Cashiers, NC, 6pm

August 3: Hudson Public Library, Highlands, NC, 2:00pm

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In Good Taste: MA Allen Interiors

MA Allen Interiors office

Good morning, chic readers! You know how much we love sharing favorite designers with you every week. The only thing better than sharing a favorite designer is sharing a favorite designer who lives right here in North Carolina!

MA Allen Interiors kitchen

MA Allen and her partners say that they “take a single thought, or a tiny swatch of fabric, or a family heirloom…and allow that small seed to become an explosion of ideas that eventually transforms your entire space.”

MA Allen Interiors kitchen

We love the thought of that, of starting with the tiniest kernel of an idea and using that to create something extraordinary. 

As you can see, that’s exactly what these designers do. 

MA Allen Interiors kitchen

From an eat-in kitchen worth coming home to, 

MA Allen Interiors kitchen

To a sweet pop of color that brings a crisp, white kitchen to life, 

MA Allen Interiors dining

A fun, modern dining room that practically begs for family holidays to be held (and makes great use of a space!), 

To a master bedroom where every detail is just right, MA Allen hits the high notes of style in every project. 

There is absolutely nothing we love more than an adorable nursery. A nursery like this one that can grow as he does is all the better. A simple switch from crib to bed and this darling nursery becomes a sweet room for a busy little boy. 

MA Allen Interiors playroom

In any child’s space, but especially a playroom, stylish storage is such a necessity. Books become a beautiful focal point, and her favorites are always right on hand between tea parties. 

MA Allen Interiors mudroom

Mudrooms are perhaps one of the most essential spaces in homes today–and MA Allen makes sure that even these tiny nooks not only flow seamlessly into the rest of the house but are also pinnacles of style. From North Carolina’s triangle to the Atlantic coast, New York to DC, these designers adapt every space to their clients’ needs. And we couldn’t love the results any more! 

Woman’s World thinks you and your mom will love reading my Peachtree Bluff Series together–and we wholeheartedly agree! Pick up copies of Slightly South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm for both of you. You’ll definitely be the favorite child this year! 

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House Tour: 1889 Historic Cottage on Airbnb

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We are suckers for a fabulous historic cottage. They are so filled with charm and totally unique. Have you seen anything more adorable than this one? The symmetry lends instant appeal.

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