10 Favorite Thanksgiving-Ready Kitchens

Thanksgiving-ready kitchen with pendant lights and lucite stools and marble countertop
Lee Kleinhelter Design/T.S.Adams Studio via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Good morning, chic readers! Do you have a Thanksgiving-ready kitchen yet?

 

Thanksgiving-ready blue and white kitchen with open brass shelving round pendant lights
Architect Ross Piper/Interior Designer Clary Bosbyshell via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

 I bought my turkey tonight, and it’s thawing in the fridge as we speak. 

 

Thanksgiving-ready kitchen island Serena &s Lily with pendant light Thanksgiving ready
Serena & Lily

 

Truth be told, we’re eating out this year. We’re not quite back in our house yet, but are already looking forward to hosting the crew around our own table next year. We’re super lucky that both sides of the family love each other, so everyone comes to us! (Another reason to live at the beach if you need one.)

 

Thanksgiving-ready kitchen with eat in kitchen table
Susan Bozeman Design/Greg Busch Architect via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

So why the turkey? Leftovers, of course! (You can’t have a Thanksgiving-ready fridge without leftovers!) I love the ease of eating out for Thanksgiving but hate not having delicious turkey to nibble on and make sandwiches with the rest of the week. 

 

Vince Camuto Hamptons white kitchen with pendant lights
Vince Camuto Hamptons kitchen via Architectural Digest

 

Crazy? Maybe. 

 

white kitchen with wood beams Thanksgiving-ready
Architectural Digest

 

But, on the bright side, it will ensure that I get my Thanksgiving-ready kitchen, even if it is just at a rental house. 

 

Thanksgiving ready kitchens with pendant lights and wood beams from Kishani Perera Design and Tim Barber, Ltd Architect
Kishani Perera Design & Tim Barber, Ltd Architect

 

Clean, warm, inviting and full of yummy-looking produce,

 

Thanksgiving-ready kitchens with pendant lights and blond wood from Beth Webb
Beth Webb Interior Design

 

These stunning kitchens are nothing if not Thanksgiving ready!

 

Thanksgiving-ready kitchen with 4 pendant lights from Jeffrey Duncan
Jeffrey Dungan

 

Whether you’re planning to cook all day and reap the rewards of your efforts, 

 

Thanksgiving-ready kitchen with blonde wood and soapstone countertops and black lantern
Stephen Gambrel via Architectural Digest

 

Or simply catch up with friends and family afterwards, there’s no time like the present to make sure you have a Thanksgiving-ready home. Happy celebrating friends. We are grateful for YOU this year!

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In Good Taste: Gather Projects

gather Projects steel Dutch door  

Y’all probably know that we love a good story. Whether it’s in a book, a magazine, on TV or–very, very best of all–in real life, story is what makes the world go round. 

  gather projects living room  

So, when we came across the exceptionally good taste of Gather Projects, we, of course, wanted to know their story. And it’s a great one. 

  gather projects dining room with hanging pendants  

Fallon and Chris–wife and husband and self-proclaimed best friends–decided to start a business that would incorporate his love of building, her vision and BIG dreams and allow their four precious boys to be a part of the fun. 

  Gather projects kitchen  

The result is family-friendly, super chic spaces that trend toward modern while still maintaining all the warmth and personality that make a house feel like home.

  Gather Projects kitchen with brass hardware  

Striking the balance between modern and homey can be a difficult task.

  kitchen with brass hardware and library lights  

By incorporating warm, rustic elements like wooden beams and reclaimed floors, Gather Projects is able to do just that.

  laundry room with black hardware  

From black and white that wows,

  laundry room with shiplap  

To gray that keeps everything in its place,

  Gather Projects bathroom  

To sparkling white that creates a respite for parents, 

  Gather Projects black and white tile bathroom  

Everyone and everything has its space in a Gather Projects home. 

  Gather Projects laundry room with vintage lockers  

Personalized touches like vintage lockers

  Gather Projects bunk room with built-in beds  

And custom bunk beds…

   

Create spaces that are fun and functional for every household–even ones with four boys, years to grow and so many stories yet to tell. 

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10 Favorite Kitchens with a Marble Countertop

marble countertop in kitchen
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.

kitchen with marble countertop
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. 

kitchen marble countertop
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,

marble countertop in kitchen
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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A Touch of Glamour in Buckhead

glamour Buckhead home

 

Good morning, chic readers! We don’t know about you, but we wanted to start this week on a gorgeous, glamorous note. And this Buckhead home designed by Suzanne Kasler? It’s both of those things in droves! It’s also super appropriate because we’re heading to Atlanta at the end of the week for the Design Influencers Conference and can’t wait to see some old and new friends–and houses!

 

glamour

 

One step into the entrance hall, and it is abundantly clear that we are in for a treat! Entrance hall tables can sometimes be tricky to decorate, but this one makes round table style look effortless–and takes chic to the next level. 

 

glamour living room

 

A soft palette, lots of texture and touches of metallics make for an incredibly inviting space. 

 

glamour

 

We know Valentine’s Day is over for this year, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next year! Would this not be the most gorgeous Valentine’s Day table?

 

library glamour

 

While this home is certainly filled with feminine touches, a dark paneled den creates a chic and stately masculine juxtaposition.

 

glamour breakfast nook

 

Banquette. Bubble chandelier. It’s too, too good!

 

kitchen glamour

 

You know we’re huge fans of the white kitchen. Touches of blue add the perfect bit of soft color. 

 

bedroom glamour

 

Nowhere is layered color more soothing and beautiful than in the master bedroom. Once again, the texture lends an undeniable softness that can’t help but feel incredibly cozy. 

 

bedroom glamour

 

We’d love to be a guest in this room! Wouldn’t you? We hope you loved this glamorous Buckhead beauty just as much as we did! And if you’re going to be at the Design Influencers Conference, please let us know! We’d love to catch up!!

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Suzanne Kasler

Photographed by Douglas Friedman and Erica George Dines


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Things We Love: A White Kitchen

stainless
Architectural Digest

 

It’s one of the first places we go in the morning and one of the last places we visit at night.

lights
de Guilio Design

 

It’s also the place, unfortunately, that the mail gets dropped, book bags get tossed, shoes get left…

 

kitchen
Sam Allen Design

 

Which is terribly ironic since, if you’re like us, it’s the one place that, above all others, must, must be clean and neat and organized.

 

kitchen
Muse Interiors

 

Maybe that’s why we’re so drawn to white kitchens. They lend that instant feel of relaxing, sparse cleanliness.

 

wood
Architectural Digest

 

Whether it’s a more modern space…

 

kitchen
BHG

 

Or a small but terribly chic spot…

 

glass
One Kings Lane

 

A bright, expansive room with tons of storage

 

brass
One Kings Lane

 

Or a beautiful white kitchen perfectly suited for feeding a family of any size…

 

flowers
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

When it comes to kitchens, we think white is far, far from basic and boring!

 

stainless
Architectural Digest

 

Add a few industrial touches,

 

stainless
Architectural Digest

 

Or even a fun pop of color. When white is foundation, you can’t go wrong!

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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!

Preorder from Amazon

Preorder from Barnes & Noble

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10 Favorite Gray Kitchens

gray kitchen
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!)

 

 

gray kitchen
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!

 

gray kitchen
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!

 

gray kitchen
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!

 

gray kitchen
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. 

 

gray kitchen
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.

 

gray kitchen
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!

Preorder from Amazon

Preorder from Barnes & Noble

 

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

 

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