Top Ten Favorite: Kitchens from Studio McGee

 

We absolutely adore the work of Studio McGee–and husband/wife team Syd and Shea McGee. 

 

 

Their kitchens are enviable to say the very least. 

 

 

As we round the corner to one year out of our house since Hurricane Florence, one of the things we miss the very most is our kitchen

 

 

These beauties are reminding us of all the reasons why. 

 

 

Ample work space…

 

 

Chic designer appliances,

 

 

And special touches–like this beyond adorable Dutch door!–are all hallmarks of a Studio McGee kitchen. 

 

 

Studio McGee proves that chic lighting absolutely belongs in the kitchen,

 

 

And that, right now, mixing metals is practically mandatory.

 

We couldn’t love these beautiful kitchens any more!

 

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Looking for the perfect summer read? Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Betchesand more all think you should slip my new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, into your beach or pool bag. Have you checked it out yet?

 

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

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

August 10: East Hampton Library Authors’ Night, East Hampton, NY, 5pm – 7:30pm

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10 Favorite Kitchens with a Marble Countertop

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Melanie Turner Interiors via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

When it comes to kitchens, styles change. There are some we’re glad to see go — that means you, harvest gold and avocado green — and others we kind of wish would come back — designer white appliances perhaps? But when it comes to standing the test of time, linoleum, tile and even granite and quartz may come and go, but we think marble is one surface that stands the test of time.

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Christopher Architecture

 

Everyone warned me. I’ll admit it. I was told by everyone from the manufacturer to the installer that marble is not the most durable surface for a kitchen counter. But, when you get right down to it, some things in life are as much about aesthetics as they are about function. 

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Matthew Quinn Design via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

So I did it anyway. And, it’s true. It gets etched. But what’s the point of having a beautiful kitchen if you can’t cook in it without being stressed? 

marble countertop in kitchen and farmhouse sink
Jane Beiles Photography

 

We had it our marble sealed, which certainly helped, and, truth be told, there’s some etching and some scratching and if you look really closely, there’s a stain or two. 

kitchen with marble countertop
Brady Design

 

But, in some ways, that has made it even better,  It’s growing older with grace, and we feel pretty certain that its dancing days are far from over. 

kitchen with marble countertop
Kristina Crestin via Dering Hall

 

like it has remembered every sandy pimento cheese sandwich, every cocktail party, every family dinner, every glass of wine with a best friend.

kitchen with marble countertop
Gary McBournie via Dering Hall

 

It’s growing older with grace,

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Athena Calderone’s Kitchen via Architectural Digest

 

and we feel pretty certain that its dancing days are far from over. 

marble countertop in kitchen
Amy Skylar via Dering Hall

 

Whether you’ve been pining for your own white marble, prefer more durable granite,

kitchen with marble countertop
Marguerite Rodgers Design via Dering Hall

 

or are even looking for the perfect slate or travertine for your dream kitchen, what we hope is that you love your stone choice as much as we have!

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The Pros and Cons of a Marble Kitchen

marble kitchen
Matthew Quinn Design via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

Every time we post our kitchen on Design Chic, we get flooded with emails asking the same question: How has your white marble worn? It’s a good question because, if you know anything about marble, you know it gets it’s share of flak in the wear-and-tear department.

marble kitchen
Morrissey Saypol Interiors via Dering Hall

 

When we got it, we knew the risks. 

marble kitchen
Matthew Quinn Design

 

We’d heard the horror stories. Etching, staining, imperfections left and right. 

marble kitchen
Pencil and Paper Co – One Kings Lane

 

Even still, we wanted white marble. We just did. Maybe it wasn’t particularly kid friendly and maybe it wasn’t as hardy as some stones. 

kitchen marble
Karr Bick Kitchens & Baths

 

But it achieved the look we wanted. It was the countertop we had been dreaming of since we walked into that kitchen, which, at the time, was dark, musty and had chipped laminate countertops and 1950s appliances. 

Marble kitchen
James Michael Howard

 

We decided after much research to go with honed marble, instead of polished. We had polished marble at home and I was always having it polished and perfected. 

marble kitchen
Inspired Interiors via Dering Hall

 

After six years of wear and tear, our honed white marble is perhaps even more beautiful than the day it came into our home. 

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deVOL Kitchens

 

We had it sealed, which certainly helped, and, truth be told, there’s some etching and some scratching and if you look really closely, there’s a stain or two. 

marble kitchen
Urban Grace

 

But, in some ways, that has made it even better, like it has remembered every sandy pimento cheese sandwich, every cocktail party, every family dinner, every glass of wine with a best friend. It’s growing older with grace, and we feel pretty certain that its dancing days are far from over. 

marble kitchen
Liz Caan via Dering Hall

 

Whether you’ve been pining for your own white marble, prefer more durable granite, or are even looking for the perfect slate or travertine for your dream outdoor space, Piatri Natural Stone has what you need to turn your vision into reality. All we hope is that you love your stone choice as much as we have!

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10 Favorite Kitchens with Marble Countertops

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Matthew Quinn Design via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

When it comes to kitchens, styles change.  But when it comes to standing the test of time, linoleum, tile and even granite and quartz may come and go, but we think marble is one surface that stands the test of time.

marble countertops
Matthew Quinn Design

 

Everyone warned me. I’ll admit it. I was told by everyone from the manufacturer to the installer that marble is not the most durable surface for a kitchen counter. But, when you get right down to it, some things in life are as much about aesthetics as they are about function.

marble countertops
Anne Decker Architect

 

So I did it anyway. And, it’s true. It gets etched. But what’s the point of having a beautiful kitchen if you can’t cook in it without being stressed? Plus, twice a year they come buff and re-seal it so it’s as good as new.

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Architectural Digest

 

And a little etching adds character!

kitchen marble countertops
Urban Grace

 

Marble pairs fabulously from everything from wood floors to tile, and goes perfectly with every color.

marble kitchen countertops
Urban Grace

 

Isn’t this island amazing?

marble kitchen
Karr Bick Kitchens & Baths

 

And what could be more classic than an oriental rug with marble?

kitchen marble countertops
Sage Design

 

So pretty.

marble countertops
Karr Bick Kitchens & Baths

 

Marble and copper, such a pretty combination.

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Liz Godwin Interior Design via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

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Things We Love: Combining Brass and Marble

Brass and marble kitchen of Nate Berkus

Chocolate and peanut butter. Blue and white. Brass and marble. Some couples are just so good together that we can’t imagine them without each other.

marble and brass kitchen
Karr Bick Kitchens and Baths

 

We always wonder about that magic moment when two things were first combined and, from then on out, were always better together. 

brass and marble kitchen
Studio Dearborn

 

We will probably never know when brass and marble were first combined, but what we do know is that, now that we’ve seen them together, we are totally smitten!

You know that white marble is one of our forever favorites, especially for kitchen counters. 

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deVOL Kitchens

 

We love how it wears and changes over time, how it becomes something a little bit different as the years go by.The same is true with brass really, in that it starts out shiny and metallic and dulls and ages with time, its beautiful luster becoming a lovely patina.

kitchen with brass and marble
One Kings Lane

 

Maybe that’s why these two staples go together so well. 

brass and marble kitchen
Matthew Quinn Design

 

Like the best couples always do, they change as they age but still complement one another so beautifully.

brass and marble kitchen
Rachel Halverson Design

 

In the kitchen,

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Dearborn Builders Inc.

 

Or in the bath,

marble and brass bathroom
Marianne Simon Design

 

This perfect pair looks classically chic wherever it goes!

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“Kristy explores family bonds  and how they can be put to the test as a a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart surfaces. This is Kristy’s third book and I am just so amazed at her imagination that conjures up such beautiful stories and heart-felt stories.  I can envision this one becoming a movie and having maybe Julia Roberts play the mom?” Albertina, Mimosa Lane

 

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