10 Ways to Add Style to Your Kitchen

kitchen style with wood beams and wood countertop
Tim Barber ArchitectKishani Perera Interior Design

 

When it comes to kitchens, we spend a lot of time thinking about the usual things. White or stainless appliances? Wood or white cabinets? Wood or tile floors? Beyond the basics, there are so many ways to make the heart of the home warm, welcoming and absolutely you. Take a peek at a few of our favorite ways to add style to the kitchen!

1. Beautiful beams. Beams instantly lend a rustic feel, interest on the ceiling and, we think, an overall cozy feeling!

 

kitchen style with an arch
New England Homes Magazine

 

2. Add an arch. In the kitchen, the little things are everything. Arches are one of our favorite architectural details that create instant charm.

Kitchen Style with blue and white china
One Kings Lane

 

3.  Lend a personal touch with luxurious kitchenware. From china to silverware, serving trays to accessories, kitchenware is a fabulous way to express yourself in the heart of the home.

kitchen with style with pot rack over marble island
BHG

 

4. Use a pot rack. Not only is a pot rack a convenient way to free up cabinet space, but it also looks fabulous.

kitchen pendants with style
Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

 

5. Install statement lighting. A splash of color or a fun metallic can become an instant focal point in a kitchen.

kitchen marble adds style along with round pendant lights over island
Matthew Quinn Design

 

6. Accent with natural stone. Natural stone is a beautiful touch in a kitchen. This honed marble is absolutely stunning!

kitchen marble with style
Christopher Peacock Home

 

7. Hang your favorite art. In the land of appliances and cookware, art may not be a top priority but a well-placed piece or two adds tons of personality!

kitchen style with with marble
One Kings Lane – The Zhush

 

8. Display serveware with glass front cabinets. Glass front cabinets feel light, open and airy and are a great way to display favorite service pieces, china, wine glasses or family silver.

kitchen style with green paint color
One Kings Lane

 

9. Paint cabinets a signature color. In a world where neutral cabinets are the norm, painting cabinets a statement color is a way to instantly set your kitchen apart.

kitchen style range hood with double islands
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

10. Make a splash with your range hood. From a simple microwave vent to something truly spectacular, there are so many ways to vent your kitchen. A unique, beautiful range hood like this one adds so much impact.

 

What is your favorite way to add style to your kitchen? Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

 

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In Good Taste: Creative Tonic

Remember when “Southern decor” meant an overload of needlepoint, fake florals that weren’t fooling anyone and displaying so much of Grandmother’s silver that you couldn’t even see the buffet below it? 

Well, (thankfully!) those days are no more, and the duo behind Creative Tonic, Courtnay Tartt Elias and Lila Chumbley Malone, is doing its part to create Southern homes that incorporate all the elegance and tradition we love in Southern design while making it up to date and fresh, fresh, fresh! 

This kitchen is just one very elegant example. 

We love the texture these barstools add to this marble kitchen (and are partial to them because we have these Serena & Lily beauties too!). 

And the statement lighting is just one of many elements that blends these open spaces while still making them feel distinct from one another. 

But Creative Tonic isn’t a one-note team. These two are pros at creating spaces that fit their owners’ wants and needs. 

Elias in particular is known for her use of color, and this dining room is just one example of her keen eye and understanding of something that can be a bit tricky.

Symmetry in a bedroom can make it feel so serene–

And we probably don’t have to tell you that we’re a little partial to the UNC pennant that’s a perfect part of this decor! 

If the clothes make the man, we’re pretty sure that the closet makes the clothes… This one is utter perfection! 

Talk about powdering your nose in style… This bath might be small on space, but it is big on taste! 

A pretty pale lavender is the perfect complement to this marble bath–and brass accents add to the warm feeling. 

All we know is that the fabulous team behind this Houston firm is taking Southern style to a whole new level–and we couldn’t love their good taste any more! 

What Black White + Kuhl is Saying about The Secret to Southern Charm:

While the book release date is not until April 4th, I was lucky enough to get an advance copy from Kristy to read and share with my book club. We plan to meet for dinner in a few weeks and share our reviews and discussion highlights in an upcoming post. This is the second book in the Peachtree Bluff series (Slightly South of Simple was the first) telling the story of Ansley her three daughters. I can’t wait to find out what happens to these women as their story of love, loss, relationships and second chances continues! —Michelle Black White

 

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10 Favorite Kitchens with Marble Countertops

marble kitchen countertops
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.

St Charles Kitchens

 

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.

kitchen countertops marble
Liz Godwin Interior Design via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

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Marble Mania in Every Room

living room with wingback and marble coffee table
River Spencers

 

Happy Super Bowl Monday, friends! We are watching the big game while writing this post, so no comments as of yet on who won–or really even any comments on the commercials, although what we’ve seen so far has been pretty great. You know we love marble countertopsBut now we feel like the beautiful stone is everywhere we look! From a gorgeous fireplace…

marble lamps in an office
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

To a fabulous desk with matching lamps…

 

Amy Berry Design
Amy Berry Design

 

 

To a Saarinen table turned super swanky, we are loving the marble infusion that seems to be taking place in some of the world’s most beautiful rooms.

marble hood
d2 Interieurs

 

Countertops are luscious. But a marble fume hood? That’s taking things to a whole other glamorous level!

Marble shelves in kitchen
Sage Design 

 

And these shelves? Talk about something fabulous to do with your remnants! (Well… It might take a little more than your remnants. But it’s a good justification anyway.)

Marble farmhouse sink counter and backsplash
St. Charles of New York 

 

Marble farmhouse sink? Yes, please!

marble bathroom
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Oh, and this shower… This mosaic tile is one of our favorites, a fun twist on a classic favorite.

marble tiles
Sarah Bartholomew Design 

 

These tiles are positively luscious.

marble accessories - Anthropologie
Anthropologie 

 

Accessories are a great–and much more cost-effective–way to add a little luxe to your tablescape. 

copper and marble trivet
Copper and Marble Trivet

 

In fact, this trivet is a luxe touch for a countertop or party for under $20! In a variety of prices, shapes, sizes and rooms, marble is always a luscious touch. It’s no wonder marble mania is taking over!

Are you a marble fan? 

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More Tour Dates

 

September 9th, 2019: Prologue Event with The Star News and WHQR, The MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street #300, Wilmington, NC, 12 noon, Free and Open to the Public. Book sales by Two Sisters Bookery

September 12-15, 2019: Southern Independent Booksellers Association Discovery Show, Spartanburg, SC.

September 13, 2019: Cover Reveal for Feels Like Falling! All day. Follow @kristywharvey on Instagram for exclusive giveaways and information. 

September 15, 2019: SIBA Gallery Writers Breakfast, Azalea Ballroom, Spartanburg, SC, 7:30-9 am, with Mary Alice Monroe, Lynn Cullen and Kristin Harmel, Emcee: Kimberly Taws Daniels of The Country Bookshop. 

September 25, 2019: New Bern, NC Book Club, Private Event.

October 16, 2019: Kristy will “take over” A Novel Bee Facebook Group all day. Visit the page for fun guests and giveaways.

October 17, 2019: Clinton, SC Multi Book Club Event. Private.

October 18, 2019: “W.I.S.E” Fireside Chat with Chef Vivian Howard, Rene Chou from WRAL and Chief Justice Beasley, emceed by Kate Daniels, Walnut Creek Country Club, Goldsboro, NC, VIP experience 5-5:30, Program begins at 6:30.

January 3-5, 2020: Best of Our State with Our State, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC. Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Pinehurst Resort. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year. Click here for more information and tickets. 

January 21, 2020: United Way Pitt County Annual Fundraiser, Greenville, NC.

February 13-16, 2020: Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA.

February 22, 2020: Ladies Luncheon and Signing Event at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC

April 28, 2020: Feels Like Falling Releases! We are working hard on the Feels Like Falling tour. We can’t wait to share all tour dates with you in January!

 

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

 

More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)


Marble Backsplash

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Betty Lou Phillips Interior Design

In herringbone pattern, a sleek tile, or an incredible slab, we love a marble backsplash.  One look at these amazing kitchens and we think you’ll all agree.  Wishing you an amazing Monday!

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In Good Taste: Marianne Simon

Design by Marianne Simon Interiors, Bellevue, WA

With the holiday decorating and shopping in full swing, it’s one of those times of year when it begins to feel like maybe more really is more.

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