Jeff Lewis Gramercy Home

July 23rd, 2015

If you’ve never watched Flipping Out, you need to. It’s hysterical, oh so true, and reminds me spot on of one of my friends.  He listed his infamous “Gramercy” home in Los Feliz and it’s too dreamy not to share.  Enjoy!

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All imagery via Zillow

Latest E-Design By DBK

July 20th, 2015

Shop the design: rug, bed, desk, chair, desk lampnightstand, lamp, ottoman, dresser, lounge chair, pillow, mirror

I completed an E-Design for a client this weekend and loved it too much not to share.  She is converting a little boys room into a big boy room with the ability to be used as a guest space when needed. I went a little sophisticated and love the end result.  It makes great use of her current pieces and provides practical storage solutions, all while maintaining a great look. What do you think?

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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I recently went on vacation (as in I got home last night) and I was left thinking about how to be the perfect guest in someone’s home. I don’t care if you’re going to stay with your best friend or even your mother, visits still require a certain decorum.


Maybe this is the southerner in me, but I always bring a gift.  It’s a little thank you and shows the host you know they made extra efforts for your stay (and that you appreciate them). It doesn’t have to break the bank, but always make sure it’s thoughtful.  My sister brought my mom Bobbi Brown’s Beach perfume. I brought some Anthropologie fish planters to add to her shelves.  All in the beach theme, and all very thoughtful.


Are you eating everything in the fridge? Are you leaving your stuff everywhere? Have you burned through a tank of gas? Make sure to self-evaluate and consider your hosts.  If you’re starting to eat every snack out of the pantry after swimming all day, get yourself to a store and replenish. If you’re leaving a trail of items throughout the house, take a moment to clean up.  And if you’ve run through a gas tank shopping around town, stop to fill it up on your own dime. Be considerate (EVEN if it’s your own family).


Every time I leave my parents house, I wash the sheets and towels, take out the trash and make the room look just as if not nicer than when I arrived.  You are invading someone’s personal space (even if it’s your family).  Make sure you show respect and grace for the host by cleaning up after yourself.

May sound like a lot, but it will sure up your chances of getting a second invitation.

Happy Thursday!

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Modern Bath

July 15th, 2015

I have a board on Pinterest newly dedicated to modern bathrooms.  I am loving the style and simplicity of a geometric tile with brass highlights or a gorgeous quartz top. And maybe a dramatic painted concrete tile…

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July 14th, 2015

One of my favorite friends currently lives in New York. We often joke that when she’s done with her PHD I’ll design and furnish an amazing condo for her in midtown (although both of us probably wish this wasn’t a joke).  Such conversations always lead to wandering through NYC listings.  How awesome is this Wooster Street condo for a cool $2.25 million?

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The key to perfect real estate in New York is light and space.  I’d say this fits the bill.

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I’ve been working on a beach house on the gulf coast of Florida for the past two years and we finally installed the furnishings last week.  I picked all the interior finishes, furniture, lighting and accessories. To say it’s been fun is an understatement, and I told the client it was my “Sistine Chapel.” Several of you have asked for a more comprehensive photo tour, so here ya go! I hope you love it as much as I do.  If things are retail, I’ve included a shop-able link below each photo.  If there’s not a link, it’s a custom or trade piece.


glass pendant, pineapple jars



chair, octopus pillow, serendipity pillow


pillow, metallic pillow, chair, octopus pillow, book, side table, beach house sign





pillow, sofa, headboard, coverlet & euros



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bed, nightstands, wall starfish, rug, lamp, ottoman


Two happy customers! For more inspiration, follow @designsbykaty on Instagram.

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July 8th, 2015

If you’ve seen even five seconds of Fixer Upper, you’ve heard of shiplap.  I had shiplap put in #projectbeach and it is a new obsession.  Sure, if you want to hang a piece of art you will need an army of elves to get the nail in the wall, but it’s beautiful and perfect for any beach house installation.








For those of you asking, I am currently en route to #projectbeach for finishing touches and vacation! Stay tuned for a full blog tour. Happy Wednesday!

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Booth Builders

July 5th, 2015

Some guys I went to high school with have a commercial and residential construction company in the Dallas area.  Their group posted one of their latest projects (a dreamy home on Southwestern) and I had to share.  The styling, finish out, and location are nothing short of perfection:

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If you live in the Dallas area, make sure you check out Booth Builders Inc.  Their portfolio is to die for.

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All imagery via Booth Builders Inc.

4th of July Essentials

July 2nd, 2015

Shop: sweater, pinwheels, tumbler, table cloth, star dish, grill, shoes

Is anyone else ready for the holiday? It has been a VERY busy week and I’m looking forward to a few days off.  With three dinners scheduled, I’m thinking of 4th of July essentials.  How cute is all of this decor? I’m tempted to order all of it (and we all know I love a themed dinner!).

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