Blank Space

June 29th, 2016

Hello! It’s been quiet around here, and I have to say: my brain is blank.  We are in the throws of packing (we closed on our current house today! WOOHOO!) and we’re moving next week. So… the creative juices are lacking.  For now, I’m sharing some note worthy links and just confirming I’m alive.

I’m sorry… how cute is this $15 top?

Did you catch my patio detail post on The Zhush?

This eye lid make up primer has changed my life

I snagged this console for the living room and I’m so excited about it

Have you checked out Jana’s lamps? I’m obsessed

Such an interesting podcast this week

I’m still dying for one of these

A tutorial on how to style your coffee table

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Header image via Patrick Mele

Dining Chair Debate

June 23rd, 2016

The move is rapidly approaching and I still have a few things to decide on.  One remaining furniture item is the dining chairs.  Our current ones were a cheap find and have a terribly soft seat (as in, when you sit down, you feel like you’re at the kids table because they go so low). I’m debating on the six below and would love your opinions! Which one is your favorite?? Leave me a comment.

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Cheap Thrills

June 22nd, 2016

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Happy Wednesday! Good grief this week is crawling, so why not share some cheap thrills?! Everything above is on major mark down.  Those cute Dolce Vita sandals are only $15! Happy shopping my friends!

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This weekend, in between cleaning and furiously packing boxes for our upcoming move, I took a break and watched the preview to the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of Orange County. The Housewife series has always been my guilty pleasure, and lately I have been taken with Vicki’s home.  San Diego designer Leanne Michael did some updates for her a few years ago (I posted on her fabulous dining room renovation here) and she has done it again.  Her newly designed kitchen completely took over my focus.  From the custom island to the ridiculous marble counter-tops, I am obsessed with every detail.  Here is a before shot just to give you the full picture:

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And the AFTER:

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First thing I did this morning was send Leanne a congratulatory email on a job well done.  You can see more of her stunning work here.

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All imagery via Leanne Michael Luxe Lifestyle

Kara Mann for Baker

June 15th, 2016

I’m currently coveting all things Kara Mann for Baker furniture.  Her new line, Milling Road is a very glamorous blend of unique materials.  The best part (in my opinion) is the exquisite leather wrapping.  Kara has a background in art and fashion, which translates beautifully to the furniture line and is best described as “edgy sophistication.”

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Every piece is dreamy from the leather wrapped bed to the rattan side chair.  These are my favorites, but you can view the complete line here.

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Kara is a renowned designer that began her practice in Chicago in 2005.  She now resides in Manhattan and has a stunning portfolio you can view here.

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Imagery via Baker & Kara Mann

Modern Farmhouse Exterior

June 7th, 2016

I’m currently loving a modern farmhouse exterior.  The first beach house I designed for my Florida client had this feel and it was very clean and inviting. I always love a modern take on a traditional concept:

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Client Reveal

June 3rd, 2016

Hello and happy Friday! One of my fabulous out of state clients sent me a picture of her kitchen yesterday and nothing is more exciting to me than a beautiful client photo. I know what you’re thinking: “Did she say out of state?” Yes my friends.  Send me photos and a detailed floor plan with measurements, and I can send you a full design.  The above is what I sent to my Texas client and here is the end result:

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Stunning, right?! If you have a project and you’re not local, feel free to email me at katy@katybyrnedesign.com for a quote!

Happy weekend to you.

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Simply White Interiors

June 2nd, 2016

The completion of our new home is getting close and I’m currently debating our overall paint scheme.  We all know I love some gray, but the color of the year is growing on me.  How stunning are these Simply White spaces?

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Pretty, right? Decisions…decisions…

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The Hills Home Tour

June 1st, 2016

In case you live under a rock, you may have heard the 10th anniversary of The Hills is upon us! To celebrate my love for Lauren Conrad, I’m taking a walk down memory lane featuring their interiors.

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The header image is the very first apartment Lauren and Heidi had on the show.  The biggest crime (in my humble opinion) was that over-sized chenille sofa they obviously stole from one of their parents.  Thankfully, it went out the door the same time as Heidi Montag.

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Lauren’s switch to rooming with Audrina also came with a more thought out interior, and I have to confess: at the time, it was one of the first things I noticed.  The accent walls and overstuffed white sofa were much more the jam of a 21 year old.

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When Lauren and Lo reconciled over some undisclosed issue, they moved to a fun Hollywood Hills home with a ridiculous backyard. (You may remember Audrina lived in the pool house).  They filmed incessantly in the kitchen.

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Being banished to the pool house led Audrina to snag a Hollywood Hills home of her own, which focused on her love of the color “plum.” I can’t.

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Heidi moved into an apartment with Spencer that was famous for the tacky Hollywood mural and Jellyfish aquarium… I read in an article that the house they lived in was actually the home of the little boy that was supposed to be their neighbor, Enzo. A friend also painted that mural which they quickly covered. None of it was real… which should shock no one.

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When LC decided to leave the show, MTV brought in Kristin Cavallari as the new queen bee.  She had a Malibu Beach house just off the PCH that she “lived in” (aka filmed). Her dad was one of my interior clients at the time.  I designed many a model apartment for Dennis Cavallari.

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It has sense been renovated with quite a bit of purple, and is on the market to rent for a mere $85 a month… no big deal.

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Lauren has obviously continued her success and has her latest Beverly Hills residence featured in In Style.  It’s perfection.

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That show makes me incredibly nostalgic.  It was completely scripted, but happened during my same stage of life.  Anytime I hear Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten I am immediately taken back to my two story Dallas apartment with that tiny chocolate brown micro-fiber sectional.  I think we’ve all grown from our interiors mistakes since then.

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Imagery via InStyle, MTV, Zillow, Buzzfeed

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