Seven Tips for Kitchen Styling

kitchen styling
Beth Webb Interiors

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you’re having a great day! If there’s one thing we know for sure (We’re getting all Oprah on you today!) it’s this: People gather in the kitchen

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Cloth & Kind

 

Open floor plan or closed and no matter where you put the food, a crowd is always going to gather in this favorite homey spot. So we may as well make it beautiful! Check out a few of our favorite tips for styling the kitchen. 

kitchen styling
M & M Interior Design

 

  1. Add height. Height is just as important in the kitchen as it is on the coffee table or the buffet. Fresh, gorgeous branches are not only long lasting but they also add that organic, outdoor element in the kitchen without the falling petals. 
kitchen styling
Coco & Jack

 

2. Keep it streamlined. We love glass cabinets so much. But it’s important to remember that less is more when styling behind them. This is a great place to incorporate a pop of color if you’re going to. 

kitchen styling
Marianne Simon Design

 

3. Give the kitchen some jewelry. We’re big fans of brass accents. They’re like accessories for the kitchen! Knobs and pulls are pretty, but pot fillers and gorgeous faucets take it to the next level. 

kitchen style
Tracey Hardenburg Design

4. A keeping room? Yes, please! Everyone is going to gather in the kitchen. Why not make it comfy?

kitchen styling
Cantley & Co

5. We’re big fans of bar stools, but life is all about mixing it up. Comfy and chic, these benches are the perfect cozy seat.

kitchen styling
T.S Adams Studio

6. A touch of green is always welcome in the kitchen. Adding a bowl of apples or a fresh green plant is a lovely addition to a white kitchen.

kitchen styling
Robert A.M. Stern via Dering Hall

7. Incorporate a touch of color. You know we’re all about a white kitchen. But sometimes a pop of color is nice too. Simple touches, like these pops of blue, add depth and dimension to this stunning space and help bring out the blue of the sea beyond. 

kitchen styling
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

There’s nothing we love more than a big spread of food and drinks for a big crowd. But kitchen styling can make our kitchen feel like an event every day. What’s your favorite way to style the kitchen?

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If you need a good read for these chilly fall evenings, why not check out my national bestselling The Secret to Southern Charm

 

The Secret to southern Charm

More Info about The Secret to Southern Charm

-A 2018 Spring Okra Pick
-USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction
-Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018
-Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List
-Raleigh News & Observer’s “The Best Reads of Summer”
-Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books”
-New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick

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Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).

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Lake Michigan Cottage Renewed

renewed beach cottage

“Renewal” must be one of the most beautiful words in the English language. 

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It conjures images of fresh flowers growing after a long winter, new babies born and that much-needed (but often far too seldom taken) time for ourselves. 

summer cottage

Summer, for us, is always a time of renewal, a time to relax the schedule at least a tiny bit and focus on more fun, less work and, of course, no school! 

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More time with friends and family, longer days and shorter to-do lists help provide that much-needed renewal for us. 

Just like we do, our homes can begin to get a little tired, not only from basic wear and tear but also in the ways in which we adorn them. 

This beyond charming Lake Michigan cottage was ready for a bit of a facelift. 

And, in the hands of Chenault James Interior Design, it certainly found its new life. 

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A bright and sunny palette instantly breathes new life into a space, and nothing says “fun” like yellow and green. 

Old furniture gets new sense of purpose with fresh paint, making the entire space feel fresh but still maintaining a treasured home’s history. 

Nothing adds character to a beach cottage quite like wood paneling. 

But painting it makes the entire scheme feel lighter and brighter. 

Simple touches like these yellow floors add a vibrant element. 

And fun hints of the color bring joy into the bathroom. 

Even the laundry room has loads of personality! We couldn’t adore this Lake Michigan home–and its chic, effortless combination of old and new, any more. Renewal, indeed!

Wishing you a wonderful day, chic readers. Thanks so much for making us a part of your day!

Photography: Kim Cornelison


This Week on the The Secret to Southern Charm Tour:

Tuesday, July 31 at Quarter Moon Books in Topsail Beach, NC AND…

Thursday, August 2 at The Sea Island Club Members:

 

 

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In Good Taste: VSP Interiors

Good morning, readers! We hope you are having a fabulous 4th of July week! Either way, it’s about to get better! A chic mix of antiques and modern furniture with vibrant, well-placed accessories, art and pops of color make each of VSP Interiors‘s spaces statement making. From luxurious living rooms to cute kids’ rooms, there’s something for everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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The Peachtree Bluff Series

If you’re looking for something to read, make sure to grab a copy of The Southern Side of Paradise , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote. And take an EXTRA 15% Off at Barnes and Noble

Slightly South of Simple

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 INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

Tour a Hamptons Hideaway and More

hamptons hideaway living room

 

Tour a Hamptons Hideaway

architectural digest

 

 

26 Rooms Gorgeous in Green

dering hall

 

 

Creating a Family-Friendly Living Space

serena & lily

 

 

Stylist to the Stars Living Room Makeover 

one kings lane

 

 

Tour a Stable Transformed into a Guesthouse

remodelista

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM:

The Secret to Southern Charm is a compelling, beautifully drawn tale of love, hope, and small town secrets. The richly detailed backdrop of a charming coastal town and the struggles and joys of four generations of women solidifies Kristy Woodson Harvey’s spot as a rising star of Southern fiction.”
– Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House for Rent
 Our Top 10 Posts of 2017

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR!

 

Apr. 20: Launch of Literary Luncheon series at The Annapolis Bookstore, 53 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, Contact is Mary Owen, 410-280-2339, [email protected]

April 21: Bethany Beach Books, 99 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19967, Time: 11:00AM-1:00PM

April 21:  Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 3 until 5 PM., Free and Open to the Public 
April 22: Reading at ROOT, Manasquan, NJ, please register through BookTowne, Contact is Maribeth Pelly, [email protected], 732-722-7255, 3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 23: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, free but registration required at http://westervillelibrary.org/events?event=29771 or by calling the library at 614-882-7277 ext 4; 7:00 pm, open to the public

April 24: Meet Author Kristy Harvey at Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH 44129, organized by Cuyahoga County Public Library, Contact is Billy Kelly, [email protected], 216.749.9359, 7:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 26: “Books and Bites,” Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin, North Carolina 28734, Light refreshments will be provided, 12 pm, free and open to the public

April 29: Viva Wine Bar, 168 Exchange Street Pendleton, SC 29670, contact is Sally Martin, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30: The Secret to Southern Charm: Kristy’s tips for living a beautiful life, inspired by Southern interior design and entertaining; Huff Harrington Home Store, 3872 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, refreshments provided; Contacts are Meg Harrington and Ann Huff: [email protected], 404-467-0311 , 1:00-3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30,: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St, #138, Woodstock, GA 30188, contact Gary Parkes, [email protected], 770-516-9989, 6:30 pm

May 1: Reynolds Plantation Linger Longer Cultural Series, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr., Greensboro, GA 30624, contact Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected], 5:00 pm

May 2: Charleston, SC UNC Alumni Event

May 5:  Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Party, Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event; The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits three Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contest and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live.;  Contact Jamie Anderson at Downtown Books, 252-473-1056, [email protected]; 4:00 pm, open to the public

May 10: Children’s Cancer Partners Fundraiser, Cornelius Yacht Club

May 21: Sassee Reads Books Club Chat

June 13: Raleigh, NC Read & Go program, Tour of Salisbury, NC based on Lies and Other Acts of Love, Raleigh Parks & Rec,(919)996-4723

June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private

July 25: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm

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In Good Taste: Katie Leede & Co

Katie Leed abstract art

Good morning, chic readers! We thought you could use a few rich, fall hues to get your morning started off on the right note. But the gorgeous, good taste of Katie Leede is perfect for any season.

Katie Leede living room

Dreamy textures,

Katie Leede beach house

Unique accessories,

Katie Leede beach house

And the perfect, enviable details that make a space really shine are all hallmarks of this designer’s style.

Katie Leede living room

From modern spaces,

Katie Leede dining room

To those with a more traditional yet casual vibe,

Kaie Leede kitchen

Each and every space is wonderfully planned and altogether unique. 

Katie Leed bedroom

A stunning combination of color and texture makes this bedroom feel cozy and comforting,

Katie Leede bedroom

And antiques give it a sense of history.

Katie Leede bedroom

Large windows and unexpected art bring light and life to this space. 

Katie Leede bedroom

And a little boy’s bedroom becomes an imaginative haven–while still in keeping with the home’s signature style.

Katie Leede bathroom

This looks like the perfect spot to get cozy on a cool fall evening. Hoping you are savoring each and every day of yours!

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

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I will be in Pinehurst, NC Thursday as the speaker for the annual Neighbors of Pinehurst Book Club Luncheon. If you’d like a personalized copy of Slightly South of Simple, Lies and Other Acts of Love or Dear Carolina for yourself or for a holiday gift for a loved one, call The Country Book Shop at  910.692.3211, and I’ll be happy to personalize for you. Or preorder The Secret to Southern Charm! Signed copies will also be available through The Country Bookshop’s website


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St. Patrick’s Day Green

St. Patrick's day green draperies and sofa in living room
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, sweet readers! Are you wearing your green? We don’t want you to get pinched! There’s no time like the present to give your house a little luck of the Irish too. Green is one of our favorite shades for infusing life into rooms. From pale pastels to deeper colors, there’s the right green for every space!

green chairs on wood porch
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

green pendant lights in Lee Kleinhelter's Atlanta home
Lee Kleinhelter Interior Design via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

glass cabinet with white china
Lonny

 

green pendant lights in the kitchen
D2 Interieurs

 

green cabinets in the kitchen
Coastal Living

 

bedroom with green wallpaper
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

coastal living show house bedroom by Meg Braff
Meg Braff Interior Design

 

porch with green upholstery
Coastal Living Showhouse – Meg Braff Interior Design

 

lounge chairs by the pool
Coastal Living Showhouse – Meg Braff Interior Design

 

entertaining with Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch
Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch

 

green front door
BHG

Which shade of green is your favorite? Wishing you a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

What our favorite bloggers are saying about Slightly South of Simple!

 “This novel explores sisterly bonds and the depths of the things we will do for people we love most in the world.  Slightly South of Simple was a sweet and enjoyable book with a dash of humor and wit, and will make an awesome beach read this summer!  I loved this book, and it was the perfect light read…” — Cassie Bustamente, Primitive and Proper


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