Tile Grout

March 8th, 2017

One thing to keep in mind when selecting tile for your home, is the importance of grout.  You can have the most beautiful tile in the world, but pick the wrong grout and it can kill  your installation.  I had to be very careful with my kitchen.  I went with Ann Sacks Lucian Metallic Chevron Mosaic in the pewter color for our backsplash. I wanted a grout that would compliment the tile itself (which is a very unique choice) and not distract.

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I didn’t want grout lines to be the first things our guests noticed.  I went with a sparkly version, Context Bronzed In the Sun, which may seem strange but the sparkle combined with the glass made it go away. Here’s the combination close up:

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We are so pleased with the final! Don’t forget, successful design is all in the details.

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Gwyneth Paltrow has had her Tribeca penthouse on the market, designed by Roman and Williams. It’s clean and pretty though surprisingly sat on the market for the past year. The bed apparently was custom designed to allow all members of the family to sit on it at one time (kids, cousins, etc).  Take a peek:

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I can’t help but wonder if that’s Chris Martin’s guitar…

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Imagery via Compass

 

Stalking Local Talent

February 26th, 2017

Looking for inspiration last week led to the discovery of Cook Design House. Founded by Jodi Cook, CDH is a local Denver firm bustling with talent.  Take a look at their Homestead Farm Refresh:

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I am loving their aesthetic.  Make sure you check out more of their work here.

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All imagery via Cook Design House

Pregnancy Wardrobe Staples

February 21st, 2017

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Well, things are starting to get difficult in the fashion department. I am nearly six and a half months pregnant and feeling large and in charge. When I started to really show I went to a session with my Nordstrom stylist and it was extremely helpful.  I did not want a bunch of random maternity clothes. I really wanted to find a way to buy things I could still wear later. My favorite things by far have been the non-maternity.  This Gibson top is THE softest thing you will touch and looks adorable.  I’m also obsessed with this Free People tunic. One thing is for sure, leggings and flats have become my best friend.  I also can’t leave the house without my S’well bottle.  There is not enough water in the world for me at this point. If you’re expecting, what’s your favorite wardrobe staple?

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Feeling Green

February 16th, 2017

I love the color green.  It is a redhead’s best friend, and Adele’s dress from the Grammy’s has me all inspired.  Sometimes a bold punch is just what your interior needs.

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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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Valentines Day Gift Guide

January 30th, 2017

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I don’t know about you, but I love a gift guide.  I always find fun things I wouldn’t normally.  I’m also a huge sucker for Valentines.  Here are some fun goodies for your 2017 VDay.  If you’re single, don’t worry.  It’s the perfect excuse to treat yo’ self!

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Friday Wrap Up

January 27th, 2017

Oh my, I am so quiet over here.  I’m sorry! We traveled for work this week and I am straight up exhausted.  It’s weird being 5 months pregnant on an install (aka not so helpful). We had a very successful trip and hopefully that concludes all work travel until this little lady shows up! For now, here’s some note worthy links for your Friday:

This shirt is so freakin’ cute

I cannot stop laughing at this

I love a snarky Valentine

For someone who can no longer wear heels, these boots are ridiculously comfortable

I cannot stop stalking this for our living room…

Say what you want about Kourtney, but girl knows how to design a kids space

We need this on our entry table

9 Rennovation Do’s and Don’ts from Architectural Digest

This is still my favorite online video

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Happy Friday!

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Header Image via Marie Flanigan Interiors

Project Nursery

January 23rd, 2017

Project nursery is in full swing over here and things are starting to feel real! I am so excited to finally design one for myself. One thing is for sure, I’m not in for a theme.  It’s also lacking any pink… I’m currently loving a modern take.  My plan is for it to be a beautiful space that integrates nicely with the rest of the home. Here are some nurseries I’m currently inspired by!

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Any guesses on the direction I’m taking? Make sure you’re following @designsbykaty on Instagram.  I’m showing peeks in my story! Happy Monday to you.

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Some Thoughts On Infertility

January 19th, 2017

In case you missed the memo, I am five months pregnant with our first, a miracle little girl.  I think we are both still in a bit of shock that I am actually pregnant, even with my rapidly expanding belly. I did not share with many people at all that we were struggling.  Blame past experiences (like this one) but it is hard for me to trust or hear commentary at times.  It’s not always helpful.

I am certainly no expert and I think everyone’s journey is very personal.  Not one experience pertains to all.  With that being said, I have some things I’ve learned through our three years of waiting:

YOU ARE YOUR BIGGEST MEDICAL ADVOCATE 

This one took me awhile to figure out, but for a time I was waiting on doctors.  My sweet friend encouraged me to start taking steps on my own: do some research, see a specialist.  Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do.  You know your own body and if you think something’s not right, go the extra mile.

HAVE AN INFERTILITY FRIEND

This one is key and happened to fall in my lap, but a precious friend who was also struggling came into my life at the perfect time. It’s funny because we are both extremely private people, but managed to open up about our struggles.  Having someone who was a little ahead of the curve was also amazing. She had already done several treatments, medications, etc and could give me very real and sound advice.  Not to mention, being able to talk to someone who understands is KEY. We went so far as to fast every Friday for nearly a year, praying for those sweet babies.  You know what’s amazing? She’s now also pregnant with a little girl, due nearly the same day as me.  Apparently God was listening.

SOMEONE ELSE’S VICTORY IS NOT YOUR DEFEAT 

I’m pretty sure the above sweet friend taught me this, but someone else’s story has nothing to do with your own.  If someone close to you get’s pregnant, they did not take your child.  It has nothing to do with your chances.  For some reason this gave me a tremendous amount of comfort and allowed me to fully celebrate with close friends on their good news.

IT’S OKAY TO BE MAD

I had a major surgery, got a clean bill of health, and yet nothing happened.  We proceeded with a fertility treatment that at the time, looked like it was going to be twins.  I thought, ” Well surely we will get one!” Nope, nothing.  I went to my parents house and sobbed, telling my dad how mad I was.  He had the perfect reply, telling me yes, go ahead and get mad.  That really helped in an unexpected way.

You know what else made me mad? Hearing reports on the news of how “These parents gave their kids heroin to help them sleep at night!” and yet we were not getting pregnant.  Acknowledging the frustration of the situation somehow took the edge off for me.

PREGNANCY DOES NOT MAKE ME COMPLETE

I think the hardest part of the whole ordeal was the unknown.  Were we supposed to have kids? Was this God’s plan or were we not fit to be parents? Were we bad people? Thankfully I had several people tell me no and not to waste time over-analyzing (aka unproductive thinking). Whether we had kids or not, I am a complete person.  I am fully who God intended me to be: single or married, working or at home, mom or kid free!

DON’T ASK PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE KIDS

I cannot stress this enough, but do not ask anyone when they are going to have kids.  When you think about it, this is an EXTREMELY personal question that can often place the person in a very awkward situation.  They may be having problems… or you know what? They may not! You may not want to have children at all, which is a completely acceptable life choice.  We had finally reached the point that we thought it was not our plan.  We were not meant to have kids and we were okay with it.  Just don’t ask…

If you’re struggling with infertility, I hope you hang in there.  For me, it was a very lonely struggle and a tough place to be.  God has a heart for those spots and tends to provide accordingly.  I had some friends show up at KEY times that looking back was clearly Spirit led.  In the meantime, I am praying for you.

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Header image via Taylor Meyer Photography

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