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Wayfair Post

February 10th, 2017

Hello and happy Friday! Guess who’s bathroom was on the Wayfair blog this week? You can check out the entire post here.  I talked about how we make the bathtub the star of our master en-suite.  Besides the layout, I like to throw in some candles, pretty flowers and a good book! Take a peek:

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A Quick How-To Style

January 17th, 2017

It’s no secret that I love how to style tips, especially when it comes to consoles.  Most of the items shown are on discount (like that Target mirror currently on sale!). The key to great style is layering.  This mash up has a fun mix of color and texture.  Shop the look here!

Shop: console, mirror, lamp, flowers, candle, ottoman, book

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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So it’s the new year, and you want a new look (but maybe you don’t have the budget!).  Here are a few cost effective ways to change up your interior for 2017:


Paint is the easiest way to make a big impact. If you’re willing to put in some sweat equity, you can completely change a room for $50 or less. If you’re not sure which direction to go, head straight to the back of the paint deck.  Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection are all beautiful, safe choices.  If you want to go gray and aren’t sure, HC-172 Revere Pewter is stunning.  In general, light colors make a room look larger, and darker will give a more cozy feel.

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I’ve done this several times with our formal living room.  If you’re tired of the look, completely change your pillows.  There is quite a bit on sale right now thanks to after holiday deals. These are currently an extra 40% off the sale price. I recommend these to clients ALL THE TIME.

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I’m a big fan of strategic styling and I tend to freshen up our coffee tables quite a bit.  Add a new tray and some fresh flowers from Trader Joe’s.  Move some candles around or add a fresh stack of books.  Even the smallest changes can help keep it fresh.


If you have the time and motivation, throw up some paint and do a Target run.  Little changes can go a long way!

Happy 2017 to you!

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I cannot believe Christmas is nearly here. With family coming, I’m already plotting our table setting for Christmas dinner. The key to any great table is lots of lighting.  What better way to grab a glow with plenty of candles. The metallic pearl from Creative Candles was the perfect addition to my unique centerpiece. Top it off with a punch of color and layered dishes and you are ready for dinner.




What’s your favorite way to prep a holiday table? Make sure to check out Creative Candles.

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Prepping for Holiday Guests

December 2nd, 2016

This post is an oldie but a goody! With the holidays approaching, I’m trying to get our house ready.  Here’s a few tips on how to have your home ready for holiday guests:

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!

Happy weekend.

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With a new home on the horizon, we are prepping our current one to go on the market.  What all does that entail? After quite a bit of research (and my knowledge of designing model apartments for the last twelve years), here are the main things you need to focus on to put your home on the market:


This one is obvious, but you need to clean up and de-clutter.  This one is a slower process, but I’m working on editing things down and removing the clutter.  This means nothing on counters (kitchen and bath) and well thought out styling.


This one is tough but true: You need to remove all personal items from the home.  That means pictures and obvious personal items.  In this way, you are allowing the potential buyer to more easily envision themselves living in your home (and not feel like they’re snooping into your world).  I worked on this quite a bit this weekend and it made me a little sad.  I preach non-stop on how you should make your home personal, so you could say there’s quite a bit to remove.


Though you may love your neon orange play room, it could be a potential buyer’s worst nightmare.  If you have some wild paint, consider taking it down to a neutral palate.  Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter or Edgecomb Gray are great neutral colors. Keeping your space down to only one or two colors will also make the space feel much bigger.



This will be tough for us but it’s certainly true.  You need to remove all traces of pets. Not everyone likes animals and for some people it is a complete turn off.  Make sure your carpets are cleaned, toys and paraphernalia are removed and you have great candles or air fresheners flowing. Right now I am loving this scent from Bath & Body Works.  Plug them in a discreet location and voila.


First impressions are important, especially when it comes to your curb appeal.  Make sure you take the time to clean up your front and back yard.  If you don’t know how (like us), hire someone.  This could make or break a sale, and landscape help can be pretty cost effective in any city.


If you have a day full of showings, leave some water or fresh baked cookies.  If it’s a hot day, this could really be appreciated (and a way to make your home more memorable).

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Tips On How To Style

April 21st, 2016

Even as a professional, style is always about trial and error.  You want to find a good balance in scale, color and feel.  This console hits the mark with cool grays and a light touch of yellow. Stylish with a bit of function: my favorite kind of design!

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Shop: console, art, fur stool, lamp, orchid, basket, peace sign

I’ve been working on this little project for awhile.  Today we’re rolling out episode 1 of the Designs By Katy podcast. I’m sharing little tips about design, talking life, friendship and embarrassing moments (I am a magnet for them).  If you like to laugh and want to know what color I think you should paint your living room, check out today’s episode. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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You Might Need A Designer…

March 17th, 2016

The #1 question people ask me is if I judge someone’s home when they have me over. The honest answer is no.  I’m doing design work for a majority of the week, so in my free time I turn it off.  But if you’re wondering if it’s time for some design help, here’s a few thoughts.


You still own a futon

You have popcorn ceilings

Your favorite home furnishings store is Ashley Furniture

Your bed is a mattress on the floor

Your favorite color is beige

You assume great style is only achieved with expensive pieces

You think tacked posters count as artwork

You have more than five paint colors in your home

You have a padded or wooden toilet seat

Your draperies don’t touch the floor

You own anything that should be in a nail salon

You have carpet in your bathroom

You own a wavy mirror

There is a fluorescent light box in your kitchen

You have melamine cabinets

Your sink bowl is shaped like a sea shell

You have medium wood toned trim

You have tab topped curtains

There is forest green carpet in your home

Your nicest light fixture is a ceiling fan with a light kit

You love some fake ivy

You still have a piece of furniture from college

You have 500 things shoved above your kitchen cabinets

One of your main interior finishes is in the laminate family (counter-tops, floors, etc)

You think everything should “match”

You have vertical blinds

You have no blinds

A folding table or chair serves as a permanent furnishing

How’d you do?

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