Creating a Spa Like Master Bath

glass shower in Master Bath
Terra Cotta Properties

 

As the world spins faster and we get busier and busier in our lives, it is increasingly more important for our homes to become the soothing retreats  we need to unwind.

shower with glass door - Master Bath
Suzanne Kasler via Architectural Digest

 

There’s no place where that is more important than in the first place you see in the morning and the last place you visit at night: the master bathroom.

bathroom with glass shower.- Master Bath
NE Home Magazine

 

Whether it’s adding beautiful vanities that look as much like stunning furniture as sinks, or making sure the lighting is just right, the little things can help ensure that this all-important room feels like an oasis.

bathroom with glass shower.- Master Bath
Pritchard + Dixon Design – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine 

 

While we can’t create a view, we can make the most of it in our bathrooms, focusing on maximizing light through the windows and situating our baths on the most private ends of our homes.

glass shower in bathroom.- Master Bath
Michael S. Smith via Architectural Digest

 

There is nothing quite as relaxing as a steam shower in the privacy of your own master bathroom. This luxury is getting easier and easier to install.

glass shower in bathroom.- Master Bath
Timothy Corrigan via Architectural Digest

 

Soaking tubs are another easy bathroom staple that can truly make you feel like you’ve had a relaxing spa day in the comfort of your own home.

bathroom with glass shower.- Master Bath
Tim Barber Architecture

 

Simple elements from the outdoors can make your bath feel soothing and calmer. Just a few fresh flowers or a simple plant are the perfect addition.

glass shower in bathroom.- Master Bath
Dirk Denison via Architectural Digest

 

Natural materials like stone, marble or granite also lend that organic natural feel to a bath that add to the soothing appeal.

glass shower in bathroom.- Master Bath
David Netto via Architectural Digest

 

If a water view is in your life, that’s just a bonus!

bathroom with glass shower.- Master Bath
BHG

 

We love mixing natural, more expensive materials like marble with less expensive, easy-to-use materials like subway tile. Gray grout adds a custom look.

bathroom with glass shower doors.- Master Bath
New England Home

 

Of course, not every soothing master bathroom retreat needs to look the same. This wooden ceiling adds depth and another layer of organic appeal to this space. 

What are your favorite elements of a spa-like bathroom?

 

 

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Creating Cozy Bedrooms Big on Style and More!

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40 Cozy Bedrooms Big on Style  

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Tour Kitchens with Subway Tiles

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THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO READ MY LATEST NOVEL SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE! I AM SO GRATEFUL TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. IF YOU HAVE READ, WOULD YOU CONSIDER WRITING A BRIEF REVIEW ON AMAZON? YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE PURCHASED THERE TO REVIEW, AND REVIEWS HELP AUTHORS SO VERY MUCH! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

 

Ten Favorite Kitchens with Pendant Lighting

pendant lighting in kitchen
Bakes & Kropp

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a fabulous day. Today, we are dreaming of school getting out, summer days on the beach and… pendant lighting! (Not necessarily in that order.)

pendant lighting in kitchen
Bakes and Knopps

 

You know that we think lighting, more than most anything else in a home, has the potential to totally change the look and feel of a space. 

pendant lighting in the kitchen
Bakes and Kropp

 

Nowhere is that more true than the kitchen, where lighting is so important for a functional work space–and where opportunities for accessorizing and really making the space your own are fewer. 

pendant lighting in kitchen
Brooks & Falotico

 

Whether you’re looking for lighting with a shade that stands out a little from the rest of the color scheme,

kitchen
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

Or lighting whose color blends in but still makes a fabulous, bold statement, the right pendant can totally transform a kitchen.

kitchen with pendant lighting
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

One of our favorite elements of a kitchen island is the ability to hang pendants over top. 

pendant lighting over marble island
Architectural Digest

 

But, even if you don’t have an island, pendants are super chic over a dining table. We actually think a pair–or more–of pendants can be an even more beautiful look than a statement chandelier. 

pendant lighting over island with wood beams
Rafe Churchill

 

These pendants combine fabulously with these bar stools to contribute to the overall industrial vibe of this kitchen.

kitchen with Goodman Pendant lighting over island
Ashley Winn Design

 

Metallics always add a hint of glamour, a touch of sophistication that’s a little less over the top than a chandelier. We absolutely adore the touch of gold inside these bold, white pendants. 

pendant lighting
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle

 

Speaking of metallics, why try to make the chain blend in when it can absolutely shine! We love how these pendants connect with the fume hood for a totally custom look. What is your favorite style pendant? Do you prefer one that blends in or is made to stand out? 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

What People are Saying About Slightly South of Simple:

“Kristy Woodson Harvey really knows how to tell a southern tale. Every single time her stories unwind gently, like a soft wind in Georgia, then that wind catches you off guard and throws you into her characters’ tumultuous lives. Slightly South of Simple is the same. One gracious, old home inherited from Grandma, one mother who has so many secrets if the walls talked they would pour out like lemonade on a hot summer day, and three headstrong sisters, all working their way through the chaotic mess and joy of life, together. I loved it.” (–New York Times bestselling author Cathy Lamb )

Subway Tile in Kitchens, Reese Witherspoon & Nordstrom and More!

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE:

 “Kristy Woodson Harvey really knows how to tell a southern tale. Every single time her stories unwind gently, like a soft wind in Georgia, then that wind catches you off guard and throws you into her characters’ tumultuous lives. Slightly South of Simple is the same. One gracious, old home inherited from Grandma, one mother who has so many secrets if the walls talked they would pour out like lemonade on a hot summer day, and three headstrong sisters, all working their way through the chaotic mess and joy of life, together. I loved it.”

-New York Times bestselling author Cathy Lamb

 

A big Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms!

In Good Taste: Threshold Design

When it comes to good taste, NYC design firm Threshold Interiors has it all figured out. 

It’s hard to believe that just a week ago we were in NYC launching my latest novel, Slightly South of Simple. This week we’ll be hitting spots from Lake Lure, SC to Vero Beach and Palm Beach, Florida, and end up in Atlanta. Check out this week’s events below. I’d love to see you!

I spoke at the 92nd St. Y last week about designing small NYC spaces, but I have to say that these kitchens don’t look small at all!

In fact, they are spacious and leave plenty of room for imagination. 

From beautiful natural stone

To statement-making hardware

Space-defining pendant lighting

To beautiful beams

Threshold has thought of everything in these gorgeous kitchens. 

And this blue backsplash adds a special touch of color. Kitchens aren’t the only thing Threshold does wonderfully well, but today seemed like a great time to focus on the heart of the home. Would any of these elements be included in your dream kitchen? 


Slightly South of Simple Tour Dates This Week! For Signed, Personalized Copies Sent to Your Door, Contact FoxTale Book Shoppe.

Tuesday, May 2: “Books and Bites” literary luncheon, Lake Lure Inn, 2771 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746, (828) 625-2525, sponsored by Friends of the Mountain Branch Library, Meet and Greet, 11 am, Lunch at 11:30 am, Contact JoAnne Ellingston, Friends of the Mountain Library, [email protected], 828-625-9637

TuesdayMay 2: Talk, Signing and Fundraiser to benefit Children’s Security Blanket at home of Laura Hodge, Spartanburg, SC, Contact is Laura Allen, [email protected]

Wednesday, May 3: Holcombe Book Club, Country Club of Spartanburg, 11:30 am

Thursday, May 4: Luncheon, Talk and Signing, The Moorings Yacht and Country Club, 100 Harbour Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963, 12 pm, (Open to Club Members Only) [email protected]

Friday, May 5: Talk and Signing, Palm Beach Library System, Lantana Road Branch, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth, FL 33462, (561) 304-4500, Free and Open to the Public

Friday, May 5: Private Party and Signing, Sailfish Club, Palm Beach, FL

Saturday, May 6: Celebration of Mother’s Day at Boxwoods in Buckhead, 100 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, 11 am-3 pm, Contact Susan: [email protected], (404) 233-3400

Saturday, May 6: Signing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188, 4:30-6 pm, Contact Karen Schwettman, [email protected], 770-516-9989,

Sunday, May 7: Mother’s Day Tea at Urban Relics, Sandy Plains Village, 4651 Sandy Plains Rd #104, Roswell, GA 30075, (770) 587-3900, 2-3 pm, Contact is Annelle Gerson,  [email protected], 770-993-1555, 2:00-3:00

House Tour: 1920’s House Makeover

1920's house makeover

From clothes to homes and everything in between, we love a great makeover! Who doesn’t?

1920's house makeover foyer

This 1920’s English Tudor Remodel by Summer Thornton is an absolutely stunning testament to what a lot of vision and a little (Ok, a lot…) of elbow grease can do!

1920's house makeover- living room

The best thing about old houses is, by far, their architectural details.

1920's house makeover - office

One thing you can’t renovate? The light! In this house it is incredible!

1920's house makeover - library

A dark paneled den is the original–and ultimate–man cave.

1920's house makeover - living room

A deep, dark color is romantic and warm in this stunning dining room.

1920's house makeover - kitchen

Summer Thornton is one of those designers who knows that there are places for light and places for dark.

1920's house makeover - kitchen

The kitchen is one of the places that we love to let the light shine in!

1920's house makeover - dining room

Steel windows and doors are one of our favorite details and add instant interest to a room.

1920's house makeover - living room

Cozy nooks like these are always our favorites! We love how this designer turned what could have been wasted space into a major moment.

1920's house makeover - bedroom

You know we’re huge fans of sloped ceilings. They add instant charm!

1920's house makeover - bathroom

Subway tile is an instant refresh wherever it is. In old houses or new, it creates a beautiful bathroom!

1920's house makeover - bathroom

Speaking of gorgeous bathrooms… The vintage feel of this one is perfect for the age of the house.

1920's house makeover - flowers

This is another one of those “moments” we were talking about that Summer Thornton does so very well. Never underestimate the power of a well-accessorized vignette! We hope you’re having a terrific week and appreciate your stopping by!

We couldn’t love this photo of Slightly South of Simple with Diane James Home’s gorgeous blue hydrangeas any more. Why are blue hydrangeas important to the plot? You’ll have to read to find out! Thirty-two days and counting until the SSoS release! 

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