The Truth About Patios

July 31st, 2014

My friend Sara came by to catch up on the roof deck of my hotel last night.  Sara and I worked together when I lived in Dallas and we were fast friends.  Fast as in, I don’t really remember how that friendship formed.  She was just there. Sitting on such a well designed patio lead to a full discussion.  Patio’s are an extension of your home and require investment.  If you want it to look good, you’re going to have to put in the effort.  Here’s a few thoughts that we both agreed upon:


Teak is costly and requires a bunch of maintenance.  It will grey.  It is a natural material that is meant to be weathered.  If you don’t want it to look grey, it will have to be oil treated regularly.  If you’re not up for the maintenance, I would not spend the money!


Sunbrella is a manufacturer of outdoor fabrics.  It is treated and will resist stains and sun fading.  It is pricy and worth every penny.  Outdoor fabric definitely falls in the “you get what you pay for” arena.  Don’t go cheap.  You will be replacing your cushions every season if you don’t.



Just because your outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t use a rug! Outdoor rugs anchor a seating group and add a cozy feel.



Investment does not always equal money.  Now that fall is around the corner, you may be inspired to spruce it up but not be full of cash. Add that extra touch by buying cute outdoor lights like these from Target:

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If you don’t have money for teak, Target also has GREAT lounge options, like these:

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And how cute is this little side table:

 Target Garden Stool

In summary, don’t be intimidated! Put in a little effort, don’t be afraid to invest and get out and enjoy your outdoor living space!

Shop the post: Target lights, Target Lounge, Garden Stool

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Quick Guide to Hanging Art

July 30th, 2014

My cute little mom sent me an urgent text yesterday saying she needed some guidance on how high to hang some art. You might remember my cheater’s guide to hanging art here. What I didn’t include are some standard rules for hanging height.

1. You generally want the center of the piece to be at eye level.  If you’re hanging art on a wall with no furnishings, I would hang the piece with the center at 60″ above the finished floor

2. For large canvases or framed pieces going over sofas, hang it 6 to 8 inches above to top of the sofa.

3. Artwork over desks I generally hang 4 inches above the piece.

4. For gallery walls, lay the pieces out on the floor and go with what makes sense.  The glory of gallery walls is that they are meant to be organic, so don’t worry about following a specific formula.

The most common mistake people tend to make is hanging things too high.  When in doubt, ALWAYS consider your eye level being in the middle of the piece.  It makes for ideal placement.

Happy Wednesday!

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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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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:

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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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