So Alaina Nursery

August 28th, 2015

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My beautiful blogger friend, soalaina, is having another baby and I was honored when she asked me to design a nursery for the gender reveal.  I’m not gonna lie… Alaina is the cool friend with impeccable style and her last nursery is still frequently featured on Style Me Pretty.  Ya know… no big deal.  Maybe I was a bit intimidated to take a stab, but I have to say, I think I knocked it out of the park!

Chic, eclectic and well traveled, this baby is gonna have the coolest nursery on the block.  Congrats sweet friend! Head over to soalaina today to hear her thoughts!

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Currently Obsessing

August 25th, 2015

Shop: gingham top, sandal, clutch, powder, book, hello sign, earrings, candle, pillow

I’m sorry… Has it seemed like I’ve fallen in a well lately? I’ve been REALLY busy if you haven’t noticed (and if you follow @designsbykaty on Instagram you noticed my brother-in-law got married last weekend).  We’ve been entertaining family and celebrating, along with our normal daily requirements. I will be back to blogging soon, but for now, how ’bout some current obsessions? Does anyone else stare at that Anthropologie Gingham Top every time they stop in the store? Swoon.

Hope your week is off to a great start.

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I’ve always been a fan of Bethenny Frankel, and this season of the Real Housewives she renovated another New York City Loft.  I have to say, space with tall ceilings in the city is the dream. Look how stunning:

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Very light and bright.  I love it!

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All imagery via Bravo

Studio Matt James

August 17th, 2015

Perusing Pinterest this weekend led to the discovery of Studio Matt James, a NYC based design firm.  Formed by a ballet dancer, SMJ has a stunning unique style and I quickly fell in love with their portfolio.  Check out this amazing Chelsea town-home:

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All imagery via SMJ

We’re Building A House!

August 13th, 2015

A few weeks ago I put that we were having a great day on Instagram… well, what I cut out was the sold sign on our new lot!  Tim and I have decided (after 8 months of very unsuccessful house hunting) to build. The best part is, it’s the neighborhood across the street from my sister.  I could walk to her house if I wanted.

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It’s a ways out from now but we’ve already had some design center appointments and needless to say I am getting really excited! It’s  going to be much more sophisticated than we’ve been in the past. Excited to share this personal project with  you!

Hope you are having a great week.

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Decor Around The TV

August 10th, 2015

Many people have been asking this lately: How do I camouflage my TV? Well… my answer might disappoint you.  I am not bothered by TVs. If you’re really concerned, add a built-in or gallery wall surrounding it.  Make it seem like part of the art:

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Aren’t those great? Don’t stress.  We all have TVs.  It’s just another opportunity to get creative!

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Old Apartment Photos

August 6th, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I love being able to see into people’s homes.   I’m always curious what other people do. Today I’m sharing some very old apartment photos, because why not? This first batch is from Dallas.  My coffee table styling was not yet up to par (I was studying for the NCIDQ then and it’s all my books!)

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These next shots are from my last apartment in Denver before I got married.

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 What’s your favorite space?

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A Pause For My Single Ladies

August 4th, 2015

This has been on my heart for a while now, and I’ve been debating whether or not to post. A few comments and dinners with single friends later, I’m doing it.

One of the things I wish higher Christian education didn’t push so hard on ladies is marriage.  Don’t get me wrong: Marriage is wonderful, beautiful and a complete blessing. If you are not married, THAT’S OKAY.  Marriage doesn’t make anyone complete and we shouldn’t be putting that kind of pressure on anyone. I consider Tim a bonus in life for which I am thankful everyday.  He does not complete me, and I do not complete him.  I am not a better Christian due to the fact that I can now check the married box.

Furthermore, I am not “delaying my full potential or purpose” until I have a child.  You can be unmarried, or without kids and still be FULLY complete in Christ.  You can be a huge contributor to society as a single person.  My single days were fun. I worked A LOT, went on Mission Trips, had themed parties in my apartment, paid for my own vacations, etc. It was an empowering time of growth and I served God fully as a single person.

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SO many people in college get married for the wrong reasons.  At Christian schools, senior year can turn into musical chairs for some.  My sister would always say she’d get marriage announcements in the mail for people she didn’t even realize knew each other. And I hate to say it, but a lot of hasty choices won’t last.  Get married because you’re 100% in love, and have children because you want to, not because it’s expected.

No matter the season of life, we can serve God fully and completely as ladies, whether we are killing it in our jobs, in our community, serving our spouse or raising our kids.  None are pre-requisites but all are loved in the eyes of God.

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