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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All Imagery via Katy Byrne Design

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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Imagery Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

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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Hi Designs by Katy readers! My name is Maggie, from Polished Closets a style and organization blog. When I came across DBK, I knew instantly that I was drawn to her design aesthetic and eye for style. When we decided to swap posts, Katy asked me to talk about Wardrobe Essentials for the Interior Designer. Although I am incapable of creating a cohesive and trendy space like Katy can, I knew I could absolutely create the perfect go-to look for an interior designer.

Lightweight Sweater + Chic Skirt + d’Orsay Flat

To me, this look says “understated sophistication.” A lightweight sweater is breathable and comfy, but also allows you to look professional while moving about. The pencil skirt is always the perfect “go-to” business casual and this striped skirt shows that you have a little style, too. The d’Orsay flat is perfect for long periods of time standing and walking while the mixed and matched patterns can show your client that you are willing to take risks when designing their space.

Large Tote

What working woman doesn’t need a large tote? This Rebecca Minkoff tote is large enough for your personal items, but will also hold your notebooks and business cards. And it’s fashionable – could it get any better?


If you’re like me and NEED to write down every task/date/whatever on to paper (mostly so it can be crossed off), you need this notebook and agenda combo. Not only is it colorful, but it absolutely helps busy women keep their schedule aligned.

Quirky Bracelet

I love this bracelet. It was so cute and quirky and perfect for an interior designer who no doubt measures a million spaces daily.

Personalized Necklace

A personalized bar necklace can show a client that you take the time to get to know them and are willing to make their space personal and special.

Business Card Holder

It is always important to have business cards on hand to give to clients, who will hopefully pass them on to friends and family. A cute holder helps to keep them neat and clean while showing that you have style down to every little detail, including where you keep your business cards.

Be sure to shop the post below and check out Katy’s post today on Polished Closets!

Shop the post: Lightweight Sweater + Chic Skirt + d’Orsay Flat + Large Tote + Agenda/Notebook + Quirky Bracelet + Personalized Necklace + Business Card Holder

Another one of my “free time in Hawaii” discoveries was the Gerald Bookcase from Made Goods.  Oh my goodness, I am in love. Sadly, I can’t find a single installation shot of this piece. For now, check out these other beautiful selections:







I’m clearly in the market for a statement piece.  I’m really intrigued by Made Goods and need to find a home for some pieces in my next project. Check them out here.

Have a great Monday!

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Installation Photos

July 10th, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram (@designsbykaty), you know I installed a project this week.  I designed an apartment complex in the Triangle area of Austin called Echo.  It’s a JLB Partners development off 46th and Lamar.  I finished these plans in 2012 and have had quite a bit of coordination since then, so it was really exciting to get this one completed.  Things you should note: The large chandeliers in the round room are missing their diffusers for us to pass the fire inspection.  The client wanted a wifi lounge and a study area for potential UT student residents to utilize, so we have some different areas than we normally design.  The last thing is that this is from our finish point last night, which means the property has not yet been properly cleaned.  Professional pictures will be done in a few months, but for now, enjoy these incredibly nice iPhone photos.

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It is hands down THE most satisfying part of being an interior designer.  You put in A LOT of work and get to see it all complete and walk away, completely done.  Every time I install, I am reminded that I picked the right major in college.  Glad this one is done!

I am exhausted.

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