Beautiful Nursery from So Alaina

September 30th, 2014

I’m so excited for today’s post.  My lovely friend (and fellow blogger) Alaina welcomed a sweet baby boy earlier this year.  I met her at The Hundred Event this past August and stalking her blog led to the discovery of her adorable nursery (that was featured on Style Me Pretty.  Ya know, no big deal).  Thankfully she is allowing me to share the photos along with a little design interview.

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This is a little embarrassing but we didn’t actually set one.  I would put us in the mid-range category; I knew we wouldn’t be able to afford everything I wanted but I also knew that we would be able to splurge on a few things.  I think I did a good job of balancing some nicer items with a few things from IKEA. we talked about where we wanted to splurge and where we wanted to save, which allowed us to get pretty much everything we wanted.  some of it took a little research but the end result was just what we had in mind.


The design is actually kind of funny – I really thought we were going to have a little girl.  and in my mind, I knew exactly what I wanted to do fr a little girl’s nursery: bright white walls, splashes of color and whimsy everywhere.  I blogged about my perfect girlie nursery here – and even in this post you could see I had NO idea what to do for a boy.  When i found out we were having a boy, I immediately thought we would do the nursery hockey-themed [we are huge hockey and Colorado Avalanche fans].  But after looking into it, I realized I could have the nursery I had really had my heart set on for a little girl with just a few tweaks for a boy.  I swapped out some pink for orange and before long I had a new vision and shared it here.


My first thought to this would be the zebra head from anthropologie — but really, I think it’s the painting of the tyn cathedral in Prague that we have hung by his rocker, and underneath it are the wishes Philip and I wrote out for Julian before he was born.  I also constantly swoon over my Elizabeth Ivie custom made crib sheets and changing pad cover.


We moved into our apartment at the very end of January, and Julian was due April 6th.  We wanted to have his room done by the first part of march in case he was early.  so we took all of February to get everything done – since it was a rental we couldn’t paint, but there was a lot of assembling and waiting-for-things-to-arrive.  I think I was still putting some of the finishing touches on in early March, but it was mostly done by then.


Ohh so many!  He LOVES the numbers from land of nod we hung above his changing table.  But his crib is kind of his safe and happy place, so he also loves that too.  He grabs at the patterns on his sheets a lot.


Be sure to pay her a visit at So Alaina.  She’s a wildly talented writer with great taste.  Thanks again, lady!

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All imagery via SoAlaina and Hogger & Co. Photography

5 Major Design Mistakes

September 29th, 2014

Are you wanting a designer looking interior but don’t have the funds to hire someone? Here are some tips to prevent yourself from making five major design mistakes in your home.


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Hanging drapery can be complicated, but don’t let the window dictate your decisions.  You want the drapery panels to block out sun, as well as bring color to the room all while making your window look bigger.  You do this by hanging the panel as close to the ceiling as possible with the fabric just touching the floor.



Ideally, you want your cabinets built to the ceiling, but like most older homes you probably have a space in between.  Don’t mistake this for an art ledge.  Keep it free of clutter.  It is not a decorative area.



Just because you have five bedrooms doesn’t mean you need five different colors.  In general, sticking with one neutral color is preferred for resale value.  Consider a pretty gray (like Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter) and add color through your fabrics and accessories.


I see this a lot in other commercial applications (surprisingly).  Not every wall needs a piece of art.  Be strategic and keep focus.  This will also allow your interior to look more methodical and non-cluttered.


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Not everything needs to match! This is such a common mistake, but don’t feel like you have to get the matching nightstands and dresser with your bed set.  Mix it up.  This includes metal and wood finishes.

Did I hit one of your hot buttons? Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Black + White Kitchen

September 27th, 2014

Happy Saturday! This pin I designed is getting quite a bit of attention on Pinterest, so I’m sharing it here today.  Everyone loves a statement piece, but sometimes the most beautiful things are found in simplicity.  This black and white kitchen scheme has a bit of whimsy while keeping it timeless.  Black shaker cabinets paired with thick upper shelves add a touch of modern.  Combined with Caesarstone’s Frosty Carrina (an easy maintenance free alternative to Carrera marble) and this Swiss Cross backsplash from Ann Sacks, you have yourself a winning kitchen. Make sure to further highlight the Swiss Cross pattern with a dark grout.

Enjoy the weekend!

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I’m not an accountant. I can’t do your taxes.  I’m not a doctor, a lawyer or a banker.  But like all of these, I am in the service industry.  Paying for a service is hard, or at least it seems to still be for the public.  We want something concrete in our hands in exchange for our hard earned money. Interior design can get a bad rap, but I’m not a decorator.  I’m a designer that went to college, passed a certification exam, and work hand in hand with architects and contractors to provide the best possible outcome for my clients. I provide harmonious environments with an edge, something you won’t find on page 34 of the Pottery Barn catalog. It’s not a cutesy hobby.  Interior design pays our bills.


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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been scouring the internet the past few weeks to see pictures of Lauren Conrad’s wedding.  I’ve been a fan since the Laguna Beach days (partially because Kristin Cavallari’s dad is one of my former clients).  This week I noticed her home shoot in InStyle.  If you haven’t seen it yet, enjoy!

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Dreamy right? Loving her taste.

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All Imagery via InStyle

Desk Nook

September 24th, 2014

I’ve already discussed my want at length for a well designed home office, but since our home doesn’t exactly have any vacant rooms, I’m moving to a desk nook.  Making the best use of tight spaces is another way to give your home that designer look.

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Which is your favorite? I’m loving that last shot!

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Guest Post: The Mich Mix

September 23rd, 2014

Hey Designs by Katy readers!!! I’m so excited to introduce myself, I’m Michelle from The Mich Mix: a fashion and lifestyle blog out of Atlanta, Georgia. From the very first time I visited Katy’s site, I knew I was instantly drawn to her aesthetic and eye for interior design. I continually find myself inspired by Katy’s ability to put together a room in a unique way of mixing bold patterns, combining colors and textures with extraordinary pieces! You can see her of her clients individual style and personality within each project. I can’t wait to drop by Katy’s site daily to check out her latest work! Today I’m sharing my take on an easy black and white fashion look. You can never go wrong with the most classic color combo ever.

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Blazer :: ​Monki || Tee :: T by Alexander Wang​ || Leather Leggings :: Helmut Lang​ || Slides :: Adidas via J.Crew || Clutch :: Vintage Bottega Veneta {lusting over this option​|| Bracelets :: Hermes & Vita Fede || Sunnies :: Ray Ban 

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You can keep the look simple {as pictured} for a day full or errands or for lunch with your best girls. But if you are heading into the office, you can simply throw on these heels. Take it up another notch and add some bling to meet friends for dinner by easily adding this statement necklace. Want to top the look off? Add this Janessa Leone hat​ and head out the door in style. Black and white always provides a canvas to tailor the look to your liking! Wouldn’t you agree?

I want to take a moment and thank Katy for having me today. It has been an absolute pleasure! Don’t forget to visit me again at The Mich Mix!! Happy Tuesday y’all!

Hello! Hope you had a great weekend! With winter approaching in Denver, every friend you’ve ever had will start to think about their winter visit to “come see you in Denver” (also known as stay somewhere for free via ski season). How does one prepare for all types of winter company?

One thing I like to focus on is giving our guests (whether close friends or mere acquaintances) a hotel like experience.  This cuts down on awkward moments of your husband’s college friend asking you for shampoo in the hallway at 6am. I always start with a hospitality basket in the room with a few Colorado items as well as bottled water and chapstick.  My Texas friends are never prepared for the altitude and lack of humidity, so it’s always nice to have this ready to go.  Voss is my favorite bottled water to get.  You can pick it up at Whole Foods for the same price as most bottled water, but people are always very impressed by it.

I also have a nicely framed printable with our WIFI password on the nightstand (you can find the one I have shown here), as well as a small ironing board and high quality steam iron ready to go in the closet.  To top it all off, I stock our medicine cabinet in the guest bath with travel size toiletry items. If you want to be a real all star, add robes and slippers to your closet, but don’t take it too far or they may never leave.

I hope you’re more inspired to pull out all the stops for future company!

Have a great Monday.

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Week In Review

September 19th, 2014

Isn’t this living room stunning? It’s the perfect balance of color within white walls.  It’s been a busy week over here.  My new Junior Designer started and I think my boss and I found a new site for our Denver office.  VERY exciting.

I met up with one of my favorite bloggers from The Hundred Event, So Alaina the other night at Denver’s beautiful Union Station.  Be watching for a collaboration with her soon.  I also have a post coming up with The Mich Mix next week! Big things ahead.

Did you catch my (15) favorite things last week? Be sure to see The Zhush, Minck | Co., and Polished Closets for their fabulous fifteen.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Blog Hop: The Writing Process

September 18th, 2014

Hello DBK Readers! I got tagged by the lovely Albertina of Mimosa Lane for the Blog Hop to share some information on the writing process.  Albertina has a beautiful blog and perfect sense of style.  The above photo is from the One Room Challenge she participated in last year and her reveal was hands down my favorite.  If you don’t read Mimosa Lane currently, add it to your bookmarks.  It’s a great read.

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Isn’t her Dallas home stunning? I can’t get enough.  Now for some DBK info:

Why do you write? 

I started DBK as an effort to network as well as further challenge myself in the interior design world.  I have worked in the field for 10+ years (yikes) and am always hoping to further grow my own style and skill set.

What are you working on? 

I have a great job right now as the Design Director of HBC Design Group’s Denver office.  We currently design multi-family housing (apartments) all over the country.  I have five projects installing in the fall and I cannot wait to see everything come to life.  It’s certainly the best part of my job.  I’m also working on three different collaborations through DBK as well as a monthly post at The Zhush.  I’m busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

How does your blog differ from others in your genre? 

I try to show how much interior design can impact your quality of life, and how you don’t have to be a millionaire to have a well done living space.  Posts like this are my favorite, showing how those stunning shots on Pinterest don’t have to be a dream.  They can be a reality.

What is writing process? 

I am always looking around me for inspiration.  I have a running blog topic list on my phone as well as a secret Pin board on my Pinterest account to bookmark images that spark content ideas.

Thanks for tagging me, Albertina! I’m passing this off to Melissa of Everygoodthing and Cara of Cara’s Cliche!

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