Things We Love: Farmhouse Style Kitchens

kitchen with wood beams
Architectural Digest

 

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

 

farmhouse style kitchen with beams and open shelving
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

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. 

 

farmhouse style kitchen with lanterns and fireplace in kitchen
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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

 

Period Architecture

 

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

 

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

 

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Keeping close to home,

 

Remodelista

 

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

banquette
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.

banquette
Beth Webb Interiors via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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.

banquette in dining room
Stephen Sills Assoc and John B. Murray via Architectural Digest

 

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.

banquette
Southeastern Designer Showhouse

 

So why relegate the squishy, comfy, cozy booth side to restaurants when you can have one in the privacy of your own home?

banquette
NYC&G

 

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

banquette
Dana Wolter Interiors

 

And who cares if you sit four wide in the privacy of your own home? We’re not judging.

banquette
NE Home Magazine

 

An awkward corner becomes a fabulous reading area with the addition of built-in seating,

 banquette
Meredith Ellis Design via Dering Hall

 

And a simple breakfast becomes an event. 

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BHG

 

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

banquette
Gomez Associates via Architectural Digest

 

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 the banquette? Do you have one in your home? 

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The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, 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.

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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! 

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House Tour: 1889 Historic Cottage on Airbnb

house tour airbnb

 

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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