Designs By Katy Podcast Episode 3

September 25th, 2016

Hello and happy Sunday! I hope your week is off to a great start! Lauren and I have finally recorded episode 3 of the podcast, so I’m sharing it with you today.  Tune in to hear Lauren’s future plans and details of our crazy move. You can find the candle I mention here, Lauren’s desk (and chair) as well as our kitchen here!

Enjoy!

 

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Modern Topiary

September 22nd, 2016

One think I’m currently loving for the home is a modern topiary. It puts a fresh spin on a traditional look and makes for such a cute detail on any exterior.  I’m currently searching for 24″ diameter boxwood’s to fill our concrete planters.  Take a look:

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Hostess Gifts Under $10

September 21st, 2016

It’s that time of year! The holiday’s are around the bend and I don’t know about you but the fall always brings quite a few invites our way.  I’m a southern girl at the end of the day and never like to show up empty handed.  Today I’m talking about five great hostess gifts, all at or under the $10 mark!

POTTED ORCHID

Flowers are great, but you never want to create work for the hostess (I’m looking at you, wrapped bouquet).  A small potted orchid is lovely for any interior and has very little maintenance.  It’s ready for the hostess to set on a side table. This one is a current favorite.

TEA TOWELS

You can never have enough tea towels in the kitchen, and these adorable buffalo checked towels are only $3.50! You can find them here.

JENI’S ICE CREAM

If you’ve never had this, stop what you’re doing and run to Whole Foods to grab a pint.  Jeni’s Ice Cream is amazing.  AMAZING.

VOLUSPA CANDLES

These candles have been my favorite for years and last a long time. Anthropologie as a baby for $10 one you can find here.  Baltic Amber is my favorite scent.

CHOCOLATE

I have yet to meet anyone to turn down chocolate, and these beautiful bars from Mast Brothers are beyond perfect.  You can find them here.

What’s your favorite hostess gift?

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Kitchen Reveal

September 18th, 2016

Hello! I’m so excited to finally reveal the kitchen of our new home. It has taken some time but we are finally here and I am in love with the result.  The kitchen in our old house was tiny and this one has much storage and moving room.  It has certainly been a game changer. The Ann Sacks back-splash makes the design (in my humble opinion).  Take a look:

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Sourcing:

Counter-tops: Arizona Tile New Carrara Quartz

Back Splash: Ann Sacks Lucian Metallic Chevron

Tile Installer: Shane with Artifex Tile

Grout: Bostik Bronzed In The Sun

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore HC-172 Revere Pewter

Cabinet Pull: Pottery Barn

Cabinet Knob: Pottery Barn

Pendant: Hicks Pendant

Bar Stools: Wayfair

Rug: Pottery Barn

“All I Need is Coffee and Jesus” Sign: Vine + Branches

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Mudcloth

September 14th, 2016

I’m currently craving all things mudcloth and am scheming for ways to include it in my house.  I want to do something special with the main powder bath, and I think a fun Shibori Wallcovering is just what the doctor ordered. For now, how amazing are these spaces? Most are from the lovely Amber Interiors (who has full on mastered this look).

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Breakdown of Our New Home Office

September 6th, 2016

Hope you had a happy and healthy labor day weekend! We got quite a bit done on our house and it is finally coming along.  Pottery Barn shared our home office this weekend on Instagram (WOOHOO) and I got flooded with questions as to where everything was from. The barn door bookcase is from World Market (you can find it here). The barn doors do open, and you can easily use it for an entertainment center.  I removed the two top shelves to hang one of our favorite art pieces. It was an assembly item, but thanks to my handy husband and brother in law, it’s installed perfectly. The chair is from West Elm, the Desk is the Ava from Pottery Barn and the cowhide is from World Market.

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We love it! Happy shopping.  Hope your week is off to a great start.

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Where to Shop

August 31st, 2016

I know retail shopping can be daunting.  You don’t feel like you know what you’re doing (or maybe you do under false pretenses).  I’m here to shed some light on where to go and where to avoid.

UPHOLSTERY

If you’re willing to spend some money, Crate and Barrel is definitely my favorite.  The line they sell is very reputable and will last.  It’s a good investment (and in my mind not overpriced). Places to avoid are Restoration Hardware. I think they are wildly overpriced for what you’re getting.  Sorry, I’m not sorry.

CASEGOODS

If you’re searching for casegoods, I love Crate and Barrel and West Elm for this one.  I think they have great choices at both stores.  Very different looks with varying wood finishes. If you’re looking for cool reclaimed wood looks, West Elm is for you. I would avoid Pottery Barn on this one.  Sorry PB, but they’re too plain for the price tag.

ART & ACCESSORIES

For art and accessories, I would run to Zgallerie.  I love ZGal.  Some people in the design community are snobby about it, but I’m a fan.  I think they have great (different) accessories and fantastic art choices. They also have great mirrors. If you’re willing to spend a little more, Mecox is a fantastic boutique source that is in most major cities.  They have art and accessories with a much more found feel.  You will pay a little more but it’s worth the price tag. If you’re on a budget it’s no secret I’m a sucker for the Nate Berkus and Threshold Collections for Target. Talk about great accessories for the price point. Style it up and no one is going to know you only paid $20 for those accessories.

BEDDING

For bedding, I LOVE Pottery Barn and West Elm on this one.  Fantastic quality for the price, especially their quilting.  Don’t buy the fillers from there.  Buy those at Target. If you’re really on the cheap, check out Homegoods.  They have some great options.  I got a Ralph Lauren quilt for our guest bedroom for $24.

TOWELS

For towels, I would go to Target or Homegoods. Fieldcrest from Target towels are my jam.  I think they are just as good as the PB towels but at half the cost.

RUGS

Rugs are tough.  I will be honest and tell you I’m very married to a fantastic trade source I have right now.  When I don’t have time to order, my honest go to is West Elm.  I love their rugs.  They are unique, beautiful and readily available.

Where do you like to shop?

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Ginger Jars

August 29th, 2016

I am currently craving ginger jars for the new digs.  Perfect for a huge bunch of hydrangeas, these vases are stunning (and a great investment!). Take a look:

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Are you looking to add some to your home? Here are a few of my favorites (and almost all affordable!) : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Have a wonderful Monday!

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New House + Life Update

August 26th, 2016

Hello! Does it seem like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth? I basically have.  Ever since we moved in it’s been a whirlwind of work trips and trying to unpack.  We are still waiting on quite a few furniture pieces to arrive, so for now I am waiting on the home tour.  I will share as soon as it’s note worthy! For now, here’s some links for the weekend:

Dying for our media console to arrive.  How beautiful is this?

My favorite bedding basic is on sale

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Dying to snatch this bag

I’m happily headed here in the fall!

This beauty is an extra 25% off the sale cost

So is this! (and how cute)

I’m sorry but this makes me continue to love TSwift

I keep putting this in my cart…

Have you seen Kelly Dodd’s amazing house?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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I would say hands down, our favorite new piece of furniture is our C table. Let me tell you, YOU NEED ONE IN YOUR LIFE.  So what is it exactly? I mean, maybe a new take on a TV table, but a C table slides underneath your sofa and provides a place for your remote and Diet Coke.  Not to mention, you can jump on your sofa without knocking anything over.  It is fabulous.

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Do yourself a favor and get ya one.

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