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?

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

 

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

 

House Tour: Oak Hill, Tennessee Colonial Revival

 

I was a part of something kind of fun and different yesterday: a “Millennials in America” panel. 

 

 

Usually, I’m talking about my books or tips from my favorite famous designers about how to spruce your small space or something, so this was definitely different.

 

 

I was a natural choice, those, because, being a blogger and writer who loves kombucha and organic matcha lattes, I fit the stereotype pretty well. 

 

 

It was actually fascinating to get a glimpse into the differences between the generations and to hear where we’ve come from and where we’re (probably) going. 

 

 

Which is all to say that things change.

 

 

 Styles change. People change. And houses? Houses change too. 

 

 

Especially at the hands of singer-song writer and entrepreneur, Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams, who has rehabbed 7 houses in 10 years.

 

 

She also has three children (3, 2 and 1) and owns not one but five stores.  

 

 

I know what you’re thinking: Yes, you are an underachiever, and so am I. 

 

 

And does she even have time to use that bathtub? And, if so, how? 

 

 

All we know is that Holly Williams has super powers, one of them being that she hits this perfect note of style plus comfort plus homeyness plus chic Southern charm. 

 

 

And that’s a combination that, no matter your generation, is positively timeless. 

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

Photography: ANNIE SCHLECHTER

Party with the Tall Poppies (and me!) in the Hamptons!

A group of Inns in the Hamptons have announced a special weekend for book lovers March 1st through 3rd, “Hamptons Bedside Reading Weekend.” The weekend event will feature authors from The Tall Poppies – Amy Impellizzeri author of WHY WE LIE, Kristy Woodson Harvey author of THE SECRET OF SOUTHERN CHARM, Sandra Block author of WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT, Kelly Simmons author of THE FIFTH OF JULY, and Amy Reichert author of THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO LETTING GO. Events throughout the weekend include cocktail parties and book signings. Tickets are $100 per person and include entry to all five book events and a book at each event. Events are as follows:

Friday, March 1st

“Meet & Mingle” cocktail welcome at Topping Rose (Bridgehampton) 6 – 8 p.m.

Amy Impellizzeri book signing of Why We Lie

Saturday, March 2nd

11 a.m. – 1p.m.

White Fences Inn, Southampton

“Time for Tea” Plain T tea tasting and book signing

Author Kristy Woodson Harvey signing The Secret to Southern Charm

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The 1770 House, East Hampton

“Coffee break with Hamptons Coffee”

Author Amy Reichert signing The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Baker House 1650, East Hampton

“Splash of Champagne” champagne cocktail party

Author Kelly Simmons signing The Fifth of July

Sunday,March 3rd

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

The Maidstone Hotel

Farewell book signing with light refreshments

Author Sandra Block signing What Happened That Night

About the TALL POPPY WRITERS

A unique literary and marketing force that was founded in 2013 by USA Today bestselling author Ann Garvin, the Tall Poppy Writers is the only author-driven marketing cooperative in the U.S. that is exclusive to female authors who publish in a variety of genres, and includes New York Times bestsellers, USA Today bestsellers, National Book Award finalists, as well as industry and regional award winners. The combined social media reach of the group is approximately 500,000 people. Together, the group and its members have raised over $100,000 for literary and other causes, and have attracted the attention of national partnership brands, including Francis Ford Coppola Winery. The Family Coppola launched their Books & Bottles product in 2017, which features select wines paired exclusively with Tall Poppy Writer titles.

 

 

Modern Shoreline Colonial in Greenwich

Colonial house in Greenwich

Happy Monday, Design Chic friends. We hope you had an amazing weekend full of fun times and gorgeous views. 

Colonial house in Greenwich

The good news is that all of that doesn’t have to stop just because it’s Monday. 

Colonial house in Greenwich entrance

This modern shoreline colonial by Wadi Associates really is the whole package. 

Colonial house in Greenwich living room

Stunning interiors that shirk the usual coastal feel for something all together more modern,

Colonial house in Greenwich family room

Statement lighting everywhere you turn, 

Colonial house in Greenwich keeping room

Perfect architectural details and light-filled spaces, 

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Enviable flow, 

Colonial house in Greenwich kitchen

A kitchen with plenty of workspace and eating space…

Colonial house in Greenwich window seat

Oh, and did we mention the views?

Colonial house in Greenwich bedroom

Add a chic space for sleep–and a little work if you must, 

Colonial house in Greenwich bedroom

And we can’t think of anyplace we’d rather wake up in the morning–or a sight we’d rather see out our windows!

Colonial house in Greenwich bathroom

Whether you’re a fan of long soaks in the tub

Colonial house in Greenwich bathroom

Long nights on the porch, with good friends and cherished family,

Colonial house in Greenwich

Or maybe a little bit of both, 

Colonial house in Greenwich porch

This house has absolutely everything that anyone would need to savor the summer in style. 

Colonial house in Greenwich garage

Thank you so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love it when you do!

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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.

 

The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

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House Tour: Historical Concepts

House Tour: Historical Concepts

Trust us, there’s nothing we love better than an old house. (We have the houses to prove it.) But, well, historical homes come with their fair share of, let’s say, issues.

So we love the idea of the new old house. You know the kind. It looks like an old house, but is built brand new, i.e., you probably won’t have to have a handyman on payroll.

That look can be very, very tricky to achieve, as adding that character isn’t something just anyone can pull off.

But we think Historical Concepts does the old new house better than pretty much anyone in the business, building new houses that ooze old world charm.

It is the little things that turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, like these beautiful blue doors. 

And unexpected elements–like this unique ceiling–set this kitchen apart from the pack. 

Beautiful windows with lots of light and a marble farmhouse sink make a stunning statement. 

Talk about a dream pantry! Wow! And we couldn’t love this library ladder any more. 

This wood paneling adds so much charm to an other basic stairwell.

And a barrel ceiling makes this hallway an experience. 

Bold navy blue trim adds an instant nautical feel–and these beds are so chic!

Every space feels like an occasion with Historical Concepts. 

But–no surprises here–we think we might love the outdoor spaces most of all!

What is your favorite way to make a new house feel old? 

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

What A Stroll Thru Life is staying about The Secret to Southern Charm:

“Oh this is a really great book and one I think you all would love to read…I know this is a book you will want to add to your summer reading list.” –Marty, A Stroll Thru Life

 

 

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10 Ultra-Chic Kitchen Cabinet Styles

kitchen cabinets
TS Adams Studio

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Thursday is off to a great start! We’re pondering our favorite cabinet styles today. Few decisions in a kitchen are as major, as expensive or have as big of an impact, so it’s one of those ones that is important to get right!

Cloth and Kind - Beth Singer Photography
Cloth and KindBeth Singer Photography

 

If you’re looking for something simply elegant without too much fuss for your kitchen cabinet remodel, flat paneled cabinets are a perfect choice. 

kitchen cabinets
Rethink Design

 

One of our favorite kitchen styles is a combination of glass-front cabinets and closed cabinets. Glass front cabinets are perfect for display, but it’s nice to have a few to hide messier items behind as well!

kitchen cabinets
Urban Grace Interiors

 

Sometimes our favorite cabinets are… no cabinets at all! We love open shelving as a chic and inexpensive alternative to upper cabinets. So cute!

Peter Pennoyer

 

You know we love white kitchens, so, to us, you can never go wrong with white cabinets.

kitchen cabinets
Westbrook InteriorsArchitectural Digest

 

But dark wood is also a stunning look that creates depth, warmth and contrast in a kitchen.

kitchen cabinets
Old Seagrove Homes

 

Love the wood feel but want just a touch? Light wood is such a pretty choice, and these light wood open shelves give just a hint of wood without being too dark.

kitchen cabinets
Coastal Living

 

Dark painted cabinets can make a kitchen feel dark and heavy, but, when paired with light floors, backsplash and tons of light, they’re such a perfect choice!

kitchen cabinets
Coastal Living Magazine

 

So, sure, we love white and wood, but there’s nothing like colored cabinets to add instant personality and fun in a kitchen. Especially in a vacation home, when you pick the right shade you really can’t go wrong!

kitchen cabinets
Phoebe Howard Design

 

Can’t make up your mind? We totally understand! Why not mix and match? It’s the best of both worlds and gives any kitchen a totally custom feel. 

If you were redoing your kitchen. what cabinet style would you choose?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day–and don’t forget to enter to win two tickets and a night’s stay at City Loft in Beaufort, SC so that you can come be a part of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM launch on March 15!

Enter to win TWO tickets to the launch event and 1 night at Beaufort’s City Loft Hotel by doing any or all of the following:

  1. Visit either my personal page, Design Chic or Kristy Woodson Harvey Author on Facebook and share the post about the giveaway and tag the friend you’d like to bring! (3 entries)
  2. Follow us on Instagram–@kristywharvey–and respond to the Instagram post by tagging the friend you’d like to bring. (3 entries)
  3. Preorder a copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM from your venue of choice and email me at [email protected] to let me know. (5 entries)

That’s it! We’ll close the giveaway on Saturday, February 10 at 10 am and announce the winner by the evening! Thanks so much for participating. 

If you don’t want to wait to find out if you’ve won, order tickets here

 

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Creating a Dream Home–Down to the Last Detail

What do you think of when you hear the term “dream home?”

For us, so many different things come to mind. 

We could dream of a tiny farm cottage with a picket fence and trailing ivy…

Or a sprawling country estate with horses and plenty of room for beautiful gardens

A quaint ski chalet…

Or a cedar shake New England home with plenty of room for visiting guests. 

For us, a dream home could be anything, really, where we are surrounded by things we love–and people we love, of course. 

No matter how you define “dream home,” we feel pretty sure that this qualifies as one. 

The Fox Group.  has created an enviable space with so many stunning details it would be impossible to pick a favorite–

And we would could look at these photos a thousand times and still find something new to delight and inspire. 

From open shelving on a very luxe level,

To extraordinary hardware, 

Marble as far as the eye can see, 

To a workspace for everyone in the family, 

Each perfectly orchestrated area of this family house makes it feel like home. 

We think it would be nearly impossible to pick a favorite room, a favorite detail. But if we had to, we think the bathroom in this dream home might take the cake! 

What is your idea of a dream home? Is is luxurious, modern and spacious like this or something a little simpler? We’d love to know! 

We hope you had an amazing weekend and are so grateful that you stopped by Design Chic to spend a bit of your Monday with us. We always love it when you do! 

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