Top Ten: 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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A Touch of Glamour in Buckhead

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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!

 

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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. 

 

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

 

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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?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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. 

 

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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!!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love it when you stop by.

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 

Suzanne Kasler

Photographed by Douglas Friedman and Erica George Dines


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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!

 

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Things We Love: A White Kitchen

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Architectural Digest

 

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

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de Guilio Design

 

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

 

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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.

 

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Muse Interiors

 

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

 

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Architectural Digest

 

Whether it’s a more modern space…

 

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BHG

 

Or a small but terribly chic spot…

 

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One Kings Lane

 

A bright, expansive room with tons of storage

 

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One Kings Lane

 

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

 

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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

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

 

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Architectural Digest

 

Add a few industrial touches,

 

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Architectural Digest

 

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

Thank you, thank you or stopping by today! We hope you have a fabulous Thursday!

 

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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

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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

 

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In Good Taste: Andrew Flesher Design

Andrew Flesher Interior Design via Dering Hall

 

Good morning, chic readers! We’re heading to NYC today (Hooray!), so this seemed like a fun day to focus on a New York designer–with plenty of good taste.

From the bright and bold

To the stately and sedate, 

With offices in New York and Minneapolis, 

Andrew Flesher Interior Design truly creates homes that meet its owners’ needs, no matter the location or the style. 

From a chic city spot that is big on style,  

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To a modern dining room with notes of the classic, 

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These designers understand that, sometimes, the little things are the big things–like this fun twist on an old favorite chair. 

From sweet coastal style with plenty of pop,

To bold stripes that define a sleeping area,

To a refined master that anyone would love, 

We’re huge fans of all these designers’ spaces. 

Not surprisingly, they do the outdoors just as well as they do the indoors.

We can’t think of a better place to spend an evening, no matter the season.

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We hope you enjoyed the good taste of Andrew Flesher Interior Design as much as we did!


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Alexa Hampton Interiors

 Alexa Hampton Interiors via Dering Hall

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope all the mothers out there had a fabulous Mother’s Day. (We know we did!) If you’re in need of a little pick-me-up after all the festivities, look no further.

Alexa Hampton‘s gorgeous style and impeccable taste infuse all of her work, lending it her signature warmth perfectly suited for family living,

While still maintaining the trappings of elevated style.

From unexpected pops of color that create a unique and modern look, 

To traditional palettes that impart a sense of classic style, 

From a tiny vignette

To an entire home, 

Hampton’s good taste is evident in every room that bears her mark. 

It’s no wonder that she is frequently seen on Architectural Digest‘s AD100 and House Beautiful‘s Top Designer List.  

With a diverse range and flawless eye, it’s no wonder that Alexa Hampton is becoming a legend in her own time. From modern spaces infused with color to more neutral palettes that lend classic charm, interior designer Alexa Hampton tackles every space with grace and poise, elevating it to the next level. What’s your favorite Alexa Hampton space? 

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today! We always love seeing you here!

The secret to southern charm

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