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? 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Amy Skylar via Dering Hall

 

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

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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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We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site

 

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10 Favorite Gray Kitchens

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Karr Bick

 

Good morning, chic readers! Did you have a great weekend! We sure hope so. 

I had a spectacular one because the major demo at my house (partly post-hurricane Florence and partly an addition we were planning anyway) started on Friday! Hooray!

 

gray kitchen
Beth Webb Interiors

 

It is crazy how, after months and months and months and months of waiting around, a crew tore down our shed and our screened porch in a matter of hours! It’s kind of like cooking dinner: It takes forever for it to come together and like a minute and a half for everyone to scarf it down and you to be left with a big, fat pile of dirty dishes. (Although, yeah… The pile of stuff in the yard that used to be our house is way worse than any dirty dishes!)

 

 

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Threshold Interiors

 

I can’t even believe it, but I actually miss cooking and doing that big pile of dishes in my very own kitchen–even though my rental kitchen is very nice. In the spirit of kitchens, we thought we’d explore some of our favorites, gray kitchens, and our favorite sidekicks that take them up a notch. Whether you’re looking to do a complete kitchen overhaul, a tiny remodel or just love pretty things, take a look at our favorite ways to bring out that gray–in a good way!

 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

  1. A bit of brass. Brass and gray is one of our favorite combos. We hope this is a trend that sticks around!

 

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Martha Stewart Design

 

2. A fabulous farmhouse sinkSpeaking of washing dishes… This sink is big enough to hold them all–and looks pretty in the process!

 

suzanne kasler gray kitchen
Suzanne Kasler for Southern Living Showhouse

 

3. Open shelving. Kitchen things are so pretty. Why not display them? Bonus points for this trend for being budget friendly! 

 

Traditional Home Show House – Emily Followill Photography

 

4. A touch of black. This fume hood and range would look amazing with any color scheme, but we particularly love it with gray!

 

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Alison Cayne Kitchen – One Kings Lane

 

5. Subway tile! (With or without gray grout.): We’re still loving simple subway tile. And that dark grout really makes it pop and accents the other grays. 

 

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Nora Murphy

 

6. Natural wood. No one knows farmhouse chic quite like Nora Murphy. She mixes wood and gray with impeccable results! We love the distressed feel.

 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Are you a fan of gray kitchens? What’s your favorite gray kitchen accent?

peachtree bluff series - Kristy Woodson Harvey

Resolving to read more in 2019? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, Book 2,  The Secret to Southern Charm, and Book 3, The Southern Side of Paradise releasing, May 7!  I’m so grateful for the support of my readers!

Also, don’t forget… 

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.  

 

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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Things We Love: Beautiful Bathrooms

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AtlantaHomes & Lifestyles Lacye Sombar Photography Robin Burnett Design

 

There’s no doubt about it. We’re bathroom enthusiasts. 

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David Netto via Architectural Digest

 

Fun architectural details on the ceiling

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Architectural Digest

 

A fabulous view, 

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S.B. Long Interiors

 

And, obviously, a huge bathtub for curling up with a favorite book, 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

All come together to make a space that takes the simple parts of the day and makes them extraordinary. 

bathroom style
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Even bathrooms that aren’t big on space (obviously this doesn’t qualify as one of those!) can be big on style. And getting creative with the floor plan can make it all fit in. 

Ray Booth via Architectural Digest

 

We love little touches that make a bathroom feel homier. 

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Tamara Magel Design

 

And anything that makes a bath better is a must!

bathroom style
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Beautiful plants are always welcome, 

Architectural Digest

 

And luxe natural stone puts the whole look over the top. 

What are your bathroom essentials? 

 

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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? 

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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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Tour 5 Tiny Coastal Cottages and More

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Tour 5 Tiny Coastal Cottages

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A Charming Outdoor Living Collection

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The secret to Southern Charm

I just wanted to thank you so much for all of your support during these first two week of The Secret to Southern Charm Book Tour.  My novel  became a Target Fiction Bestseller and National Bookscan Bestseller!  Thank you,  for helping to make my dreams come true, for telling your friends and writing reviews, for hosting and coming to my events . . . I am here today because of you, and, even though we may not have ever met, I count you as one of the people I am most grateful for every day.

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR!

 

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

 

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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Preparing Your Outdoor Room for Spring Entertaining

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Great Uses for “Leftover” Marble

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Suzanne Kasler Interiors

 

Preparing Your Outdoor Room for Spring Entertaining

 

COME SEE ME ON THE THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! IT’S BEEN AN AMAZING WEEK FIRST WEEK.  FOR FULL TOUR DATES, VISIT MY AUTHOR SITE!

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