bathroom sneak peek

February 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

This bathroom reno is taking forever, A 30 minute HGTV makeover this is not. The extended timeline comes down to two factors: 1) we are not handy and 2) we only are making time to do things on the weekend. We are so unmotivated to work on this room during the week. Laziness? Maybe. Ok, probably. It’s sort of our MO when it comes to household chores and projects…

Anyway, here’s a sneak peek. I hope to have more to share with you after this weekend!

Pretty drastic, non?

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quick gift: for the designer

December 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Pantone Ornaments

Enough said.

kt inspiration: colorful kitchen

May 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

I always thought that I wanted a white and gray kitchen. Every picture in my inspiration files is white and gray. The kitchens I save from HGTV on my dvr are white and gray. Clearly, I love them and can’t wait to redo my nastiness of an 80’s kitchen.

But then I saw this today:

{source: collected}

Love the mix of teal and wood here. It actually reminds me of the jaw-dropping kitchen in The Proposal. Well every room in The Proposal house is jaw-dropping. But you catch my drift here. The black backsplash (say that three times fast!) is unexpected and dramatic, and by keeping the cabinets flat or in the classic Shaker-style, it looks modern and elegant…not over the top or kitschy.

I’m not sure we’d ever be brave enough to try this (or give up my dream of the perfect white and dove gray kitchen) but it might be a nice look for a butcher-block countered island!

a little late…

February 11, 2011 § 2 Comments

but a last minute add to my homage to Kate Spade.

It’s no secret I also have a love for our fabulous first lady. I think she’s pretty awesome. And her style is no exception. She effortlessly matches designer goods with ready-to-wear from J Crew and other clothes real people can buy!

Evidence:

Sorry for the horrible screen shot, but how adorable is she? And how Kate Spade-y does she look? I love the black-and-white polkas (from H&M no less) and the mix of red and sunny yellow accessories.

Hero.

PS – I promise this will be my last Kate Spade post. Ok, I can’t promise that forever. But for now. It’s a deal.

kt inspiration: kate spade, part deux

February 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

I know I said this would be up yesterday, but this silly little thing called work got in the way. Shocking, I know.

So to recap, I heart everything about Kate Spade and desire a wardrobe designed exclusively by her, but alas, I do not have that kind of budget.

After planning a wedding last year, I am still in an event-planning mindset. I still love thinking about striking color combinations and finding magical table settings among the bridal blogs that I still read (and only feel a little bit of shame.) That got me thinking how bright and cheery a Kate Spade inspired bash would be:

sources: lonny, fpo, and once wed

The pops of whimsical color and hints of vintage styling would be just perfect for a surprise birthday party or a fun and laid-back wedding in a modern art museum or a cool park. The graphic designer in me especially loves the typography on the different invitation suites, especially the bold, condensed sans serifs and the funky, stylized script. I can just picture tables set with different-sized chunky, square and rectangular vases filled with bright fleurs like tulips, dahlias, pincushions, and the always fun yellow pom-poms!

Twinkle lights might just complete the look.

Ok, let’s be honest. I think they, much like sparkles and sequins, complete any look.

Finally, as I’ve found myself recently, I am most inspired by my house/interiors. Now, I do not fancy myself an interior designer in any way. I know the perils of a profession where people who have a bit of technical skill call themselves a professional. I’m looking at you “designers” who learned photoshop and magically learned everything I did in 5 years of school. I do however, like to think that some of the design principles I learned carry over, such as color, form, proportion, space, etc.

sources: unsure, probably lonny or rue

The images really say “Kate Spade” to me. I mean, the one literally does say it, but you get what I mean. I love the pattern, the color, the peppy “hello sunshine” pillow…it’s all good. To me it’s more proof that nothing has to match exactly, but it all has to fit in the family – whether that’s color or patterns or time periods. And who’s to say that what was old can’t be made new again? Those cuckoo clocks are based off a traditional design and shape, but made in a modern and sleek way. Same with the snappy painted chairs and beautiful turquoise doorway.

So now we’ve detailed my girl crush. It’s time to live colorfully. And always add in the sparkle!

kt inspiration: kate spade

January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

As a designer, I find inspiration from many different places – other designers, interiors, event design, fashion, music, photography/fine art. But I really love it when I can find different facets of inspiration from one source. Enter today’s source: Kate Spade.

If I could have one person dress me for the rest of my life, it would be Kate Spade. Her “about page” says it all: utility, wit and playful sophistication. Her motto of sorts this year is “live colorfully,” which I love. It’s such a designer-y way of saying “live boldly,” or, “live passionately,” but it really speaks to me. Not to mention that each month this year, they will pick a new color to “live.” I really love it.

You could say I have a girl crush.

I noticed a week or two ago, this little treasure:

source: kate spade

It’s a little “book” on the site that is so adorably designed (how great is the magenta page with the ampersand? I would totally frame that.) It got me thinking about what sort of mood boards I could divine from the theme of “living colorfully.” I’ll post one board here, and present the others tomorrow. Just for giggles.

The first here is probably the most obvious when it comes to Kate Spade and what she designs, though it might be my favorite right now. Inspired by Miss B, I am feeling this urge to create a personal style for myself as an adult. Sadly, it’s time to leave college “style” behind. I’m purging what doesn’t work for me anymore, and only buying what feels right and feels like it is the clothing of the girl I want to be. This part is obviously very personal, as I know no one has exactly the same taste in fashion, but I love the playful sophistication (with a hint of Mad Men vintage) in this mood board:

source: kate spade and style me pretty

I love the simple, classic clothing mixed with bright and whimsical accessories like the colorful tights and enamel flower pins. The owl purse had me at hello. What I also love about this is that though some pieces are “on trend” (read: tights), most are timeless and perfect in their proportions, thus, can be worn and remixed for seasons without looking staid. So though I can’t afford Kate Spade (tear), I have begun to think about these looks as I shop. Most recently, I found this adorable blue color-blocked dress and bright, lemon yellow sweater that fit perfectly in this theme. Though not at the same time.

That might be living too colorfully.

Until tomorrow…kt

11 for 11: goal number five

January 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

Since clearly I lost all of my Type A personality traits after high school (and after seeing Black Swan) I am going out of order on these new year goals. I picked number five to start because I could take the first step, inspiration and design, without spending any money (go goal #1!)

For those who don’t remember, goal #5 is to finish the office so we have a workspace. Seems harmless enough. Consider this though: right now the office is a veritable sea of discarded crap. It is our home’s Island of Misfit…Everything. It is nearly impossible to walk from the door to the opposite wall. Or to the closet. Or to the window. You get the picture. Convenient because there is no way I’m providing a picture of my slovenliness for the interwebs’ viewing pleasure.

We are in desperate need of storage and organization. One day it took me 30 minutes to find our home warranty information to call a plumber. If it had needed something in a real emergency? I shudder.

So today is step one in the re-do, and probably the most fun step besides the shopping step which will probably come much later in the year and will be spread out into multiple shopping trips. Sad I know, but such is life after college we’ve come to figure out. Have I mentioned how much I hate 2011 goal #1?

First up: The color inspiration board and the images that inspired the palette.

My first inspiration for this room came from the movie (500) Days of Summer. Wonderful movie. If you haven’t seen it, I wholeheartedly recommend it. The main character has a chalkboard wall in his bedroom as you can see above. I love this idea for an office because you can scribble to do lists and inspiration and doodle some logo designs…whatever you want. I imagine the chalkboard wall to be on the “long” wall of the room with the desk in front of it, facing the middle of the room. I can’t wait to have this area to brainstorm.

The picture of the buttons is what inspired the color palette. I love the soothing blues, greens, the pattern with white, and the pop of red. That would be the spice color, DAAPkids. The green will go on the remaining walls and of course, I already picked out which color I want on my last trip to Lowe’s. Maybe the A-type is coming back.

While the rest of the furniture in our house (at least what we have purchased, not inherited) is decidedly mid-century modern, my goal for the furniture in the office is to go a bit more traditional in shape, while staying modern in the materials. The perfect example of this is the Louis Ghost chair that is so formal and traditional in shape, but made of clear acrylic. It haunts me.

One other part of this room I find very important is creating a “loungespace.” I really, really want an Eames rocker to go in one of the corners for little mental breaks throughout the day. With a bookshelf and this little baby (my alternative to a file cabinet) nearby, I can imagine curling up for a nice long book-reading session. Perfect for the relaxed elegance of the space, and perfectly in line with the mid-century influence of the house. I don’t think I will ever completely give it up, HAHAHA. Plus, not to get too far ahead in our newlywed life, but eventually this tiny room will probably become a nursery IN THE VERY DISTANT FUTURE, and obviously if I can kill a few birds with one design, I will do it now to avoid extra work when I might be growing a tiny human.

There are no tiny human growth plans in the works for now or the next few years. I just wanted to get that out there.

Anyway, that tangent is over. I really love the play in texture on the pillows and the fun, typographically-focused artwork and I think the red and white are just enough to keep the room fresh and vibrant and not pastel-hell.

This is just a random collection of images, but all bring out elements of the room design. You can even see the TROLLSTA painted a vibrant yellow. I would imagine after awhile ours would turn coral. Just saying. It makes it look soo much more modern and unique, non? The white patterned lattices in the first picture are amazingly beautiful and the gray cabinet with aqua shelves really prove to me that you can re-purpose furniture in the most surprising ways.

I had to add in the gratuitous kid playing with the chalkboard wall pic. What kid WOULDN’T love to be allowed to draw on the walls?!?

So that’s the office dream. Obviously it requires a lot of saving money and work on our part, but I think it will be so calm and elegant and practical for the work we would do in the end. What do you think about the room mood boards? A good direction for us to take?

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