Off To The Library

July 29th, 2014

I keep catching these amazing library shots on Pinterest.  My husband dreams of a home library one day that has a moving ladder.  How dreamy are some of these shots?!

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I’m pretty sure all libraries should come with a fresh Eames Lounge.  Don’t you think?!

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Imagery Sourcing: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

If you follow my Instagram (@designsbykaty) or you are a fan of the DBK Facebook page, you know I finished the grand kids room at my parents house this weekend. It started with the above photo, a very high bed (compliments of my 2004 training).  Even though it looked nice, the kids never slept in that bed because of the height.  Since I love my niece and nephew and love dual twin beds, it was the perfect solution. We started with this concept:

DBK Grandchild Room

The only changes you will notice are: we didn’t go with the chandelier, pouf or rug.  The rug is actually very similar to their current carpet.  My mom is not a fan of poufs, and the fan currently installed is much more practical.  I also ended up canceling the blue nightstand due to a long back order from Crate and Barrel.  Cue World Market for a thinner nightstand and the cute lamp and we have this:

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The Jenny Lind beds are so cute I can hardly handle it.  The bedding is even cuter than I imagined.  Homegoods led to the rug and adorable mirrors over the beds (which were only $60 each!), and there you have it.  I love the end result.  I asked my niece what she thought this morning.  She paused, took an deep breath and said “AWESOME.” If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is.  To add a cherry on top, West Elm Denver shared my photo:

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There is nothing more satisfying than a successful installation.  My mom is still out of town, so she missed all the scary boxes and my husband and I moving furniture.  They are keeping the kids in September, so I’m excited for her to come home to a new room all ready to go. The most asked question I got was where did the striped throw come from.  IKEA, believe it or not, and it’s currently $19.99.  See the links below:

Shop the post: Twin BedStriped ThrowInitial PillowFlower PillowStandard Sham, Nightstand, Table Lamp Base, Lamp Shade

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Client Reveal

July 22nd, 2014

I had bookclub last night at my friend and client, Katie’s home last night.  We worked a bunch this spring on picking finishes for her new home they were renovating and I finally got to see the end result. It is beyond.  It helps that Katie falls into the dream client category: decisive with clear vision and good taste. Look at her stunning kitchen:

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I am so in love with the beveled backsplash, marbled island with grey cabinets and the contrasting white surrounding. The mix of glass and solid cabinet doors, chrome hardware and additional leathered absolute black granite is perfection.

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Oh I die over that hallway bath.  We went with the Kelly Wearstler Trellis from Schumacher in Navy on the walls and it is by far my favorite part. It could not look any better.  Love the final, Katie!

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Bathroom Scheme

July 21st, 2014

Good morning! I have a lovely client that has been very patient with me and my hectic schedule lately.  So, this is for you! They are remodeling their home, having recently moved back to Colorado out of state and are looking for new bathroom schemes.  Here is my first concept.

I am a lover of high contrast, so I would go with white shaker cabinets and in turn, dark counters and floors.  The floor tile shown here is the Arizona Tile Metro Leather.  Dark and reminiscent of stained concrete, this tile is the bathroom dream.  It never shows stains or dust.  The counter tops are Tropic Brown granite, a lower end top that maintains a timeless look.  From there I would go with a white subway tile in the shower stall with a chrome rain shower and chrome cabinet pulls and vanity lighting.

Makes for a clean pretty look without breaking your budget.  Pretty, right?

Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

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Friday Update

July 18th, 2014

Last night, I took my 11th flight in three weeks.  I have no other work trips scheduled until late September (Woohoo!).  Thankfully, this week my happy news is out of the bag:  I’m now the Design Director of the Denver Division of HBC.  I am so blessed by this job, my amazing boss, and our incredible clients.  It has made me a much better designer, and I can think of  no better scenario.  Thank you, Holly!

Did you catch my guest post on The Zhush yesterday? Read it here.

Tory Burch is having an additional 20% off all sale this weekend (WHAT?!) with code TAKE20.  Shop here.

I’m a bit of a DIY disaster, but this is one I have to try.

The Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale goes live to the public today! Shop here.

West Elm bedding is 20% off this weekend.  Shop here.

The lovely Life of Bon had her baby this week.  Congratulations!

Bloggers, have you heard about The Hundred Event? I’m going and recruiting friends to come with!

Have a lovely weekend!

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Image via Kemble Interiors

Oh sweet mercy.  How amazing is this mirror, designed by Herve van der Straeten? The branches mirror is a hand made sculptured patina piece with an inset convex mirror. It currently retails for anywhere from 15 to 25k. Anyone want to buy me one?

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Make sure to stop by The Zhush today for another stint of my Divine Details series!

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Someone Pass the Punch

July 16th, 2014

I am currently craving some bold pieces lately. Pieces with a punch of color!  To continue with that sentiment, I’m going to share my current favorites:

Snakes Lamp & Box

I keep gravitating to snake accessories.  There’s something exotic and chic about them.  That lamp really wants to come to my house.


That Chanel piece from ZGallerie has been on my wishlist for quite a while.  Sure, it’s REALLY girly, but the dark tones keep it somewhat manly, right?

Juju hat

I am dying for one.  DYING.  I may have forced our junior designer to put it in her latest model apartment and it looked adorable.  Thanks, Waiting on Martha!

Sofa + Pillow

West Elm…just when I think I can’t love you more. I love that little tufted sofa.  I think we should tuft everything.  The pom pillow is throwing me over the edge.  I might need to pick that up on the way home.

Hand Stool

I know, I posted an entire blog on this stool.  I’m still not over it. I think they could be really dramatic in our entry sitting room.

What’s your favorite piece?

Shop the post here: Snakes Lamp & BoxArtJuju hatSofa + PillowHand Stool

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