Things We Love: Gleaming Kitchens

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Betty Lou Phillips Design

 

Good morning, friends! Summer in our houses has officially begun–and that can only mean one thing: time for summer vacation! But before we head off on ours, there’s nothing like coming home to a sparklingly clean house. We’re loving these stunning inspiration photos for getting the kitchen all spruced and organized. 

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Donald Lococo Architect

 

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Deulonder

 

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Deulonder

 

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Kriste Michelini

 

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Deulonder

 

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The Inn at Little Pond

 

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de Giulio Kitchen

 

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One Kings Lane

 

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Terra Cotta Properties

 

Aren’t they fabulous? Wishing you all a wonderful day!

What Design Bloggers are saying about Slightly South of Simple:

“Kristy has now penned 3 Bestselling novels, all of which I have plowed through so fast I am left waiting in anticipation for the release of her next book. Kristy specializes in writing feel-good stories about women, all set in the South.” —Celia, After Orange County

If you are looking for a great deal, Barnes and Noble has Slightly South of Simple for Buy 2 Get the 3rd Free!  Get one for yourself and one for a friend and then another favorite book!

Summer Showers and Beautiful Baths!

Jenny Wolf Interiors black steel door shower
Jenny Wolf Interiors

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a great day. Today is officially the last day of school–the last day of preschool, even–which is incredibly hard to believe. I feel like I should be upset and contemplative over the fact that preschool is over and next year is Kindergarten, but I am so excited for summer I can’t muster much sadness!  With almost three months of sandy feel, pool time and plenty of guests ahead of us, all we know is that our bathrooms are getting ready to work over time!

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Alisberg Parker Architect

 

From replacing that chipped tile to finally getting that glass shower stall you’ve been dreaming of, there’s really no time like summer to get your bathrooms in great shape before the year ahead. 

We know so many people that are making the most of their space by ditching their bathtubs all together in favor of generously sized showers. 

shower in the bathroom with teak bench
A;yssa Rosenheck Photography

 

While we love a gorgeous shower as much as the next person, we can’t even imagine not having a bathtub! It’s the perfect relaxing end to a day–especially when it looks like this! What about you? Could you ditch your bathtub for good? 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

One of the things that we’re always working on, something that can seem a little insignificant but adds to the overall spa-like feel, is finding beautiful toiletries to go inside our showers. It’s so nice to see through those pretty glass doors to bottles that look pretty and streamlined. 

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Tim Barber Architecture

 

A gorgeous vanity is the perfect finishing touch in a well-appointed bathroom. We love the drawers for keeping everything neat and organized. 

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Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

While we love frameless, elegant shower doors that seem to disappear, there’s no arguing that these steel doors make such a chic statement with a hint of industrial thrown in!

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

If we’re going to spend the next three months soaking sandy bathing suits and rinsing chlorine-laden hair, why not have the most beautiful possible spot to do so? We don’t know about you, but we’re so looking forward to summer, gritty floors and all! 

What design bloggers are saying about Slightly South of Simple:

“If you want a wonderful book to read now or on Spring break or summer vacation order this book out in April. I feel very lucky to have received an advance copy and I was hooked 4 pages into reading it. That never happens to me unless it is a decorating book, trust me this book is wonderful. I can totally visualize everything she describes in writing. I am a visual gal so this is fun for me. This needs to be made into a movie. It looks like my beautiful Southern friend Kristy Woodson Harvey has done it again with… Slightly South of Simple.” Kathysue Perdue, Good Life of Design

 

Upcoming on the Slightly South of Simple Tour:

Monday, June 12: Sapphire Valley Country Club, Cashiers, NC, 4-6pm, drop-in reception. Tickets are $25 and include light hors d’oeuvres and a copy of Slightly South of Simple. Open to the public. Contact Sidney Truesdale for more information 828-743-2462.

Things We Love: Natural Stone in the Kitchen

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Anne Hepfer Design

 

There’s something so soothing about bringing bits of nature into our design schemes. From houseplants to fruits and veggies, minerals to natural stone, there are so many ways to incorporate all that Mother Nature has to offer into our homes.

marble kitchen
O’Brien Harris

 

Of all the places that natural surfaces can be incorporated in our homes, we think the kitchen might be our favorite. 

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O’Brien Harris Design

 

But using stone in the kitchen isn’t all that cut and dry. Which surfaces are most durable? Which are best for cutting? What are the pros and cons of each? 

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Marianne Simon Design

So many factors and aspects go into choosing so many of the details of our homes. That’s we are so glad to have found  Use Natural Stone, a site that features guides and detailed descriptions of many natural surfaces and their best purposes. 

We are especially fond of the fact sheets on the site that break down information about each of the popular stones. Sandstone, for example, is a material we love but didn’t know much about. And all the information was right there!

soapstone kitchen
Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

 

One of our favorite things about stone in the kitchen is that, no matter what you choose, if it’s natural, it’s going to look fabulous with pretty much any color scheme.

soapstone and marble kitchen
Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

 

Can’t choose just one stone? No problem! This combination of soapstone and marble is not only aesthetically pleasing but also creates different surfaces for areas that get worked a little harder. 

black granite
O’Brien Harris Design

 

If you love the durability of granite but are tired of seeing the same old countertops, honed granite is a beautiful choice. It’s one of our current favorites, in fact!Black granite is an easy way to create that enviable, classic black and white color palette. With a little bit of wood mixed in, it’s perfect!

blue honed granite
O’Brien Harris Design

 

Want a look that’s uniquely yours? We’ve never seen anything quite like this blue honed granite! No matter your style, there’s the right natural stone for any home. If you were remodeling your kitchen, which stone would you pick? 

The Slightly South of Simple Tour is heading to Southern California!

I’ll be in Palos Verdes, CA on August 24 and San Diego on August 25. (Event details to follow!) If you live nearby and are interested in the tour coming to your home, shop or book club, please let me know at [email protected] I’d love to meet you!

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Thank you Popsugar for including Slightly South of Simple in 10 Books Paired With 10 US Beaches For Ultimate Summer Reading!

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And don’t forget to check out the Nordstrom Half Yearly SALE up to 40% off until June 4!

Butcher Block Countertops Add Warmth to a Kitchen

butcher block countertops
Artichoke, Ltd.

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had the most wonderful weekend. I got to spend an incredible weekend in beautiful Hoover, Alabama with some of my favorite authors and a few hundred of the best readers around. It was a great trip!

butcher block countertop
Brooks and Falotico Associates

 

But, of course, there’s nothing like getting back home. 

When it comes to the heart of the home, counters play such an important part in the overall look. 

 

Marble is beautiful, granite is great, quartz is fabulous…

butcher block countertops
Tracery Interiors

 

But for the ultimate in food prep, nothing beats butcher block.

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Alisberg Parker Architects

 

We love the the look of the butcher block but its versatility is the real kitchen star.

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Bakes and Kropp

 

We don’t know about you, but we need functionality in the kitchen.

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Bakes and Kropp

 

Even a small section of butcher block can make food prep quick and simple. 

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Terra Cotta Properties

 

Wood makes a kitchen feel warm and cozy.

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Kitchens by Deane

 

We love how a touch of wood grounds a room.

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Studio MRS

 

Are you a fan of butcher block countertops?

 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. We hope you have a terrific week! 

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Early Praise for My New Novel, Slightly South of Simple:

Fans of Nancy Thayer and Patti Callahan Henry will devour this story of the first of three sisters, the men in their lives, and the mother who bonds them all. —Booklist

(This is my first ever Booklist review, and I couldn’t love it more!)


Marble Mania in Every Room

 

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 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. 

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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? 

Hoping your Monday is great. Looking forward to seeing which team wins!

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The Southern Side of Paradise Peachtree Bluff Series family

Looking for the perfect Labor Day Weekend 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?

 

Slightly South of Simple - family beach read

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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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!)


In Good Taste:Park and Oak Design

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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

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

And you know how we love our subway tile!

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

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!

These pendants are perfection.

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

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.

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.

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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House Tour: Kent House

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Before the turkey and the stuffing and the family and the football, take a tour of this fabulous Kent House by Anne Decker Architects. We hope you have an amazing holiday. We’d love to see pictures of your beautiful tables!

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House Tour: In Black and White

house tour in black and white entry with grand piano

When you imagine your dream house is just one type of house? Or could you imagine yourself happily ensconced in a variety of different types of homes?

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