73 Questions with Anna Wintour

September 16th, 2014

Have you seen the “73 Questions with ____” series from Vogue? They’re really interesting.  Check this one with Anna Wintour. Considering the interior and fashion design worlds collide frequently, I have followed her for quite some time.  She is fascinating.

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Video via Vogue


I got quite a few hits on this image I pinned from Decorpad last week on Pinterest. It’s a beautiful bathroom, but how can you get the look for yourself? That’s where I come in:

DBK Bathroom How To Get The Look

Sourcing: Pendant, Hand Towel Ring, Mini Subway Tile, 3×6 Subway Tile, Cabinet Pull, Faucet

The key element here is finding the perfect gray-blue.  I’m recommending Sherwin Williams 2819 Downing Slate from the Exterior Preservation palate. From there you need a standard shaker door cabinet painted this color, topped with Carrera Marble (or my favorite lower maintenance option: Misty Carrina from Caesarstone). Then apply a 3″ x 6″ white subway tile in a running bond pattern up the walls with a dark gray grout.  Add a micro-subway tile to the floor with a lighter gray grout.  Top everything off with a pretty mini-pendant and silver hardware from Restoration.  Pretty simple right? This scheme would make for the perfect master bath.

Happy Monday!

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15 Favorite Things

September 12th, 2014

Shop the post: Tory Burch wallet, Tory Burch Satchel, House of Harlow Earrings, Tory Burch flats (similar), Mac Lipstick, Chanel Eyeliner, KS Saturday Ring, Kendra Scott Earrings, Jonathan Adler “&” pillow, #GIRLBOSS, Keurig Rivo, Beyonce Album, Bose Earbuds, Coil Rope Bowl, Skull

Hello DBK readers! I’ve never been so excited to see a Friday.  It’s been a long week.  Today I’m sharing my (15) favorite things, things I currently own and love on a near daily basis. I’ll be tagging some friends to do the same, because who doesn’t love a good recommendation? For me, it all starts with:

TORY BURCH AMANDA HOBO – This bag is perfection.  I got it for my birthday last year and it still looks brand new, not to mention it can be worn as a shoulder bag or crossbody.  It’s perfect for traveling.

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TORY BURCH CONTINENTAL WALLET – This wallet is amazing for one reason: It’s the perfect size for a boarding pass.  For someone who has already flown fifty times this year, this wallet has become my best friend.  Not to mention it keeps all my personal and work discount cards perfectly organized.


HOUSE OF HARLOW – This brand is one of my favorites.  I had the large sunburst studs and someone accidentally stepped on one (I’m looking at you, Tim).  The recent Nordstrom accessory sale had these for less than $30 and they are the perfect replacement.

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TORY BURCH FLATS – I am a bit of a one trick pony when it comes to brands, but I love Tory Burch.  These patent flats are perfect for the fall in Colorado.  They’re not as hot as boots when the temperatures aren’t quite low enough, but if you suddenly find yourself in snow, you’re all set with the patent fabric.

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MAC LIPSTICK & CHANEL WATERPROOF EYELINER – I’ve been wearing Mac’s Brave lipstick since the 9th grade.  It’s a little darker than a nude shade, but light enough not to look like much.  I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to bold lip color.  The Chanel Waterproof Eyeliner is the oily skin’s best friend.  It will not move for an entire day.


KATE SPADE SATURDAY INITIAL RING – We stopped in Kate Spade Saturday in SOHO on Friday night and the merchandise is even cuter in person.  I picked up the “K” and “B” initial rings and wear them stacked.  SO cute, and only $12 each.


KENDRA SCOTT ELLE EARRINGS - I know I’m late to the party, but I love Kendra Scott.  In case you didn’t know, you can get one item at the store 50% off during your birthday month.  All you need to do is show your license at the store.


JONATHAN ADLER NEEDLEPOINT PILLOWS – There are several options, but I love these pillows from Jonathan Adler.  He can do no wrong.


#GIRLBOSS – I’ve been reading this book all week while I work out at the gym.  It’s got some great insights, and timely for me to read with my recent promotion.  She is very humble and has some great points.


KEURIG RIVO – Okay.  Sure, you have a Keurig.  Are you aware of the Rivo? This bad boy makes espresso shots and steams your milk.  Say goodbye to Starbucks and hello to happier mornings.  I may be in love with an appliance.


BOSE EARBUDS & the BEYONCE ALBUM – These earbuds are pricey but beyond amazing.  Bose earbuds cancel out surrounding noise and produce a professional quality sound. Lately I’ve been enjoying Beyonce’s latest album on these as I run.  Pretty much the perfect combo.


COIL BOWL & SKULL – These two are my current favorite accessories.  I’ve put that adorable bowl in at least three of my projects.  At less than $50, it makes the perfect unique coffee table accent piece.


Now I’m passing it onto to these lovely ladies:

The Zhush

Marcus Design

KiKi Mac

Minck | Co. (her’s is up today!)

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They have impeccable taste, so make sure to watch for their favorite things in the next few weeks.  Have a wonderful Friday! I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend in Aspen with the hubs and our dog.

As always, thanks for being a reader!

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9/11 Memorial Museum

September 10th, 2014

On the eve of September 11, I’m going to show my pictures from the Memorial Museum.  To say this was well done is a complete understatement.  The attention to architectural detail and symbolism is unmatched.  Prepare to be very moved and emotional.  Next time you go to NYC, put this on your list.  It is a must-see.  We were there for three hours and could have stayed much longer.

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This was the last column that stood during the entire removal.  It stood as a symbol of hope and housed various departments and inspirational messages.

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There’s a large electronic board that displays the countless amounts of missing person flyers that were placed around the city. So sad to think of so many that were hoping their loved ones would turn up.

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The above is a photo of the slurry wall, the piece that held the Hudson River out of the foundation of the Towers.  There was major concern that the collapse of the towers would compromise this and cause flooding to the site.  It never failed.

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There are several places where twisted and warped support beams are hung.  It’s amazing how damaged and destroyed these strong steel columns were. They looked like crushed paper clips.

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This was SO beautiful.  An artist had the same number of people that perished each individually watercolor a 12×12 square blue.  This was all the direction they had.  It was meant to show that though we all know what blue is, we all see it differently, but can come together as one strong vision.  It was stunning.  A perfect tribute.

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There is a large portion of the museum (that is tucked in a deceiving corner) that recounts the actual day.  You are not allowed to take photos in here (and for good reason).  It is completely overwhelming and emotional.  The amount of things recovered and displayed is unbelievable.  Notes people threw from the top.  Shoes.  Uniforms.  They also had lots of destroyed emergency vehicles (like the firetruck shown above).  One thing that surprised me was the amount of plane wreckage.  That was really interesting to see.

As you walk through, you can re-watch all the news footage of the day.  There’s also a room for each plane, in which you can listen to the 911 calls as well as calls people made to their spouses from the plane.  One from flight 93 played an attendant’s message to her husband.  I was so struck by her courage.  She was very calm until the end.  She started apologizing and saying all she wanted was to see him again.  I broke down at that part and started walking through this section of the museum a little faster.  It was almost too much.

I remember that day vividly.  I went to chapel at my Christian University and a friend turned around and said a plane had hit the World Trade Center.  I remember immeditately thinking of something small like a Cessna.  Chapel was quickly dismissed and we went to the student center in time to see the second plane hit.  I remember how terrified I felt.  I went to call my parents to which my dad picked up the phone and quickly said, “Kate, it’s okay I’m not in New York today.” He was supposed to go for a meeting but ended up not.  I had no idea.

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Freedom Tower is beautiful and the biggest thing you’ve ever seen in person.  I’m glad they decided to rebuild rather than leave it empty.  It’s a great show of strength.

Thirteen years later, I still can’t believe that happened.  I’m so thankful for everyone who serves our country so selflessly.  It is truly a sacrifice.

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Cobalt Blue

September 9th, 2014

One thing I noticed on our Friday night stroll through SOHO was all of the cobalt blue accessories.  I regret not snatching up this little bag from Kate Spade Saturday:

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Such a cute pop of color for the upcoming winter grays, browns and blacks.  If I can’t add it immediately into my accessory rotation, why not my decor?

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What do you think? I say cobalt for the win.

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New York In A Snap

September 8th, 2014

We got home around 8:00 last night and I was tired.  I’m planning a full recap of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, but for now, here’s the weekend in a snap.  We came, we shopped, we ate.  It was perfect.

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I love New York.

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What Kind of Friend Are You?

September 5th, 2014

This morning I’m off to visit one of my favorite friends in New York. Cup of Jo wrote a blog a few years ago about how hard it is to make friends as an adult.  I think this is so true, especially as a southern girl living in not so hospitable Colorado.  But why is it so hard?

One thing my adult short list of friends has taught me is what I value most in friendships now: honesty.  Lauren is hardcore honest all the time.  She is the friend I send pictures from the Anthropologie dressing room to confirm whether or not I’m making a good choice or about to commit fashion suicide.  If anyone’s going to tell me, it’s Lauren.  There is nothing more solid than an honest friend.  Even when they tell you things you don’t necessarily want to hear, you know it’s because they truly care about you.  This only causes me to put more stock in the friendship and be more honest in return.

One thing I’ve realized after starting this blog is that I’m not going to be “the friend that only contacts you when they need something.”  Over the past few years, I’ve had plenty of people blatantly reach out to me simply out of needing something, and starting this blog has made me realize there’s certain people I could reach out to purely because their talents could help me in the present moment.  I am refusing to let in to these thoughts now.  No one should owe me anything simply because they’re a “friend” or were ten years ago in college and now have some Photoshop tips they could fill me in on.

Enough of that, but in summary, I hope you all have a Lauren.  An honest friend who is hysterical and will uninhibitedly tell you when you’re being ridiculous.  It’s made me a better person.

Follow @designsbykaty on Instagram for shots of the weekend.  I look forward to eating my face off, frolicking in museums and discussing all facets of current life happenings.

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Nursery Design for Megan K Graham

September 4th, 2014

Shop the nursery: crib, rug, elephant, goodnight, pendant, glider

Do you read Megan K Graham? She was one of the gracious hosts of The Hundred Event.  She’s expecting a baby with her Northern Irish husband and I reached out to her asking if I could send her some nursery designs for the blog.  Being the kind person she is, Megan complied.

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Shop the nursery: crib, rug, pouf, dresser, flush mount light, mirror, elephant, pennant

I sent her a few starting points this weekend. They are waiting to find out what they’re having so they’re hoping for a gender neutral design.  Megan leans modern while her husband is a little more traditional. They were also hoping to incorporate some UK accents to nod to their heritage without being obnoxious.  Here’s the final inspiration shot. Pretty cute, right?

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Shop the nursery: crib, glider, goodnight, elephant, UK map, pendant, pouf, stuffed bear, pillow, rug

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