Kitchen Preparations for a Seamless Holiday Season

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Nina Farmer Interiors

 

As the holidays draw nearer, we’re thinking about all the preparations we still need to make–especially in the kitchen

 

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Robert A.M. Stern

 

Some of them are simple, like gathering all the pot holders and towels and putting them beside the stove. 

 

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Beth Webb Interiors

 

(How do they migrate to different drawers over the course of the year? Maybe it’s the same force of nature that creates all those missing socks in the dryer.) 

 

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Tracy Hardenburg Design

 

Others are more complex like Mom deciding that December 4 was the ideal time to take down her wallpaper and art and curtains and redo the kitchen and breakfast room

 

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Branca Interiors

 

But we think the most important ones have to do with relinquishing anything and everything that no longer has a place in our kitchen.

 

kitchen preparations
Paul Bates Architects

 

The Crock Pot we haven’t used in a decade–or at least since that episode of This is Us. (Kidding! Kidding! We use ours all the time.)

 

kitchen preparations
Marianne Simon Design

 

The storage containers with no lids.

 

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Coco & Jack

 

The baby bottles from the now seven year old. 

 

kitchen preparations
Cantley & Co

 

We’re most excited to clear the clutter, leave a streamlined kitchen for holiday cooking–and maybe even prepare for a kitchen-related gift or two.  

 

kitchen preparations
Peter Pennoyer

 

Do you have any kitchen goodies or gadgets on your wishlist this year? We’d love to know what they are!

 

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Tracy Lynn Studio

 

And, more important, what kitchen preparations make your home feel ready for the holidays?

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Today’s the day! Today’s the day! At noon today, Southern Living is revealing the cover of my new novel, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE —and offering an exclusive sneak peek of its first chapter. We can’t wait to celebrate here tomorrow, so make sure you stop back by!

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In Good Taste: Livable Style with Park & Oak Design

Park & Oak Design entrance

Even their name conjures good feelings. Park and Oak Design. It sounds like a firm that brings the outdoors in. That creates simple yet beautiful design schemes that feel totally livable.

Park & Oak Design living room

It’s kind of like judging a book by its cover. You’re really not supposed to but, sometimes, the cover does give you a really accurate glimpse into what the book is about.

Park & Oak Design entrance

In this case, we judged a firm by its name. And like that book cover, it did give us a pretty accurate glimpse into what was to come.

Park & Oak Design living room

If we had to pick one word to describe Oak and Park Design, we think we’d choose… airy. (It’s hard to choose one word, especially when you’re used to getting 85,000 to describe things.)

Park & Oak Design living room

There’s a minimalistic air about this firm’s work that we find incredibly appealing and totally refreshing.

Park & Oak Design kitchen

A modern streak runs through all of these designs that pairs well with traditional touches.

Park & Oak Design kitchen

And you know how we love our subway tile!

Park & Oak Design kitchen

We love how simple this kitchen is. You can never go wrong with black, white and a touch of natural fiber.

Park & Oak Design kitchen

It took us a while to warm up to the idea, but we are now big fans of mixing metals. This kitchen is case and point!

Park & Oak Design kitchen

These pendants are perfection.

Park & Oak Design dining room

Speaking of pendants, this is one of our favorites. It’s even more stunning in real life!

Park & Oak Design dining room

Saarinen tables are always a favorite. Sleek, modern and totally functional, they’re a great pick for a breakfast room, especially one that isn’t huge.

Park & Oak Design bathroom

The right combination of high and low, rustic and modern, this gorgeous bathroom is the perfect mix of favorite elements blended together in just the right way.

Park & Oak Design bathroom

A great wallpaper can totally make a bathroom. We love the vintage feel of this marble sink. The simplicity of these fixtures is a perfect complement to the fun wallpaper. All in all, we think you’ll agree that the work of Park and Oak is in good taste. Which is your favorite room?

We hope you’re having a great day and staying warm! 

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Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble (Only in hardback and paperback so far. E-books to come!).

June 1, 2019 Peachtree Bluff will be “taking over” Beaufort, NC, the town on which it was based. Every single person who preorders between now now and will be registered to win:

*Two tickets to the Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover and Tour–on Beaufort’s signature double decker red buses!

*Two tickets to the farm-to-table dinner and launch party under the stars at the Beaufort Historic Site

*Two nights lodging in Beaufort, NC

Just send an email with proof of purchase to [email protected] to enter!

Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

Preorder from your local bookstore or Indiebound!

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Preparing the Guest Room for the Holidays

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Take a Peek at the 2018 Christmas Book

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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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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

kitchen style
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?

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

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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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FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

 

 

 

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Precious Neutral Nursery Design and 20% OFF

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My new novel, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, releases May 7, 2019! Preorder this week from IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble and 100% of the preorder profits will go to United Way of Coastal Carolina and United Way of Lenoir/Greene Counties to help hurricane recovery efforts in my communities. 

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The Secret to southern Charm

If you’re hanging on to summer, 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.

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

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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FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

 

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Tour a Home with a Moroccan Influence

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Vintage Finds for Your Kitchen

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If you’re looking for something to read, 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.

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, 6 pm, open to Chattooga Club members and guests

September 26: New Bern, NC Private Book Club Event, 6 pm

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event

November 6: Private Book Club Event, Beaufort, NC, 6 pm

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