Check My Self

One thing I’m excited for in the new house is the very small landing at the bottom of our stairwell.  I don’t have any pics of it as we aren’t living in the house yet (sorry).  I really enjoy decorating tiny spaces.  You can give them a bit of unexpected punch.

I have grand plans for the place, starting with my trusty watermelon console table…


I usually hang art above the console table but this time around I absolutely must, without question, put a mirror above it.  You see currently, we have this mirror right above our stairwell that the previous tenants put up.  It wasn’t ours to begin with so it’ll stay with the apartment.

But, said mirror, has saved me from walking out the door with unbrushed hair, makeup smirrored under my eyes, baby throw up down my shirt, mismatched socks, you name it.  Sometimes I’m in such go mode that I get Josie all ready and completely forget to make myself semi-presentable until that miraculous little mirror reminds me.  Nope, Kate, back it up and brush yo hair.  I get to check my self.  And we don’t want me to be the crazy lady of Hillsborough.  So a mirror is in order.

I was absolutely hooked on this Ballard Mirror but I found out when ordering it for a client that it’s discontinued.  BOO!!!


Back to the drawing board for me.  I would love you forever if someone found this exact pair of mirrors at an estate sale for like $60 and thought “these are so Kate” and just lugged them home for me.  I would hug you, squeal with delight and give you dinner and a bottle of champagne.  So, please do keep me in mind when you are perusing estate sales.



April 14, 2014 at 5:19 AM 3 comments

PBR Lights

I’ll readily admit that I don’t like knock offs.  I think that’s the bummer about the internet – nothing can remain hidden little gems that are truly unique.  Someone will find it on the internet and the next thing you know Target has knocked it off.  I find it especially hard when I have a client pay big bucks for truly special pieces and then the next thing you know a big box store has made basically the same thing for 1/10 of the price.

Getting off my soap box now, it’s time for me to play hypocrite.  These knocks offs are just so good.  And, let’s face it, I have Clicquot taste on a PBR budget.  So, my only choice are the PBR lights – but if you can splurge on the Clicquot lights, I say go for it; they are more special, with the added custom touches!


I have been a long time fan of all Colleen and Company lights.  They are fantastic, preppy and a bit girly – plus you can custom color it in any way your heart desires. – Scalloped Flush Mount – $1175


Pottery Barn Kids just came out with their own version and it’s pretty dang cute, if you ask me. – Scalloped Flush Mount – $119


Colleen and Company Isabell Lantern for the win – $1,850.


Shades of Light for the budget minded – $289

I’m not going to lie, I feel a little bit guilty about this post.  But, hey, a girl with a beer budget needs to have cute lighting too, right?

On that note, Happy Friday – hope you get to have some beer or champagne tonight under fabulous lighting!

April 11, 2014 at 5:15 AM Leave a comment

Erin Glennon Interiors

I love finding out about new (to me) designers.  It’s always great to have new images to look at, aesthetics to aspire to and inspiration for new creativity.  Erin Glennon Interiors sparked all of those feelings as I browsed through her portfolio with delight.

Let me introduce you to Erin Glennon, based out of Charleston – who is also the nicest person ever.








Love her mix of antiques and contemporary pieces, her use of color and the most fabulous fabrics that she chooses…I spy some of my personal long time favorites in pillows.  Her look feels classic, preppy and perfectly curated.  Check out more of Erin’s work, here.

April 10, 2014 at 5:27 AM 3 comments

Our Little Treasure

This pregnancy has not been easy on me.  Although, honestly, wallowing in the drudgery (morning sickness and exhaustion) makes me feel wracked with guilt.  I highly doubted we would be blessed with two children and yet here I sit, typing away, literally, barefoot and pregnant in my kitchen.  A dream come true.

I guess in some ways, I still find it hard to believe that we have been blessed again.  And I’m afraid of jinxing it.  In other ways, I’m just plain out nervous about handling two kids 18 months apart.

But, while I write this post, I’ll allow myself to imagine…imagine the beauty that lies ahead with two little GIRLS in our family.  That’s right GIRL.  We are having another baby girl!

I can see them now…

Sisters splashing around in a bath, scrambling for the best toys.

Sisters chatting away in their matching twin beds (ahem, more on those beds at a later post)

Sisters playing house, dolls and, hey, some Tonka trucks too.

Sisters giggling until they fall to the ground in fits of laughter.

Sisters sharing their deepest darkest secrets with one another and comforting each other like no one else can.

Sisters fighting out their battles as they adjust and become strong beautiful women.

Sisters venturing out into the real world independently but always with many, many phone calls back and forth.

Sisters falling in love and finding the right match for themselves.

Sisters starting their own families and discovering that there is no greater, deeper and more rewarding blessing then motherhood.

Yes, currently the days are long for me.  But in just four short months, I will be holding my little treasure.  Our huge blessing.  Our baby girl.  I know in my heart, without having met her yet, that she is very special.  I can’t wait until the day that we meet our baby and introduce her to her sister.




April 4, 2014 at 5:00 AM 5 comments

Celerie & South

Surely, most of you know Grace of Grace Happens.  She is a Virginian living in San Diego with her adorable family and I love how she takes her southern roots and mixes that traditional sense with the california relaxed vibe.

A few shots of her gorgeous home -





Grace is not currently working in design as she is home with her two stylish, adorable children.  They are very fun to follow on Instagram, by the way.  Well, she recently announced that she has opened a small monogram shop: Celerie and South, and it is delightful!


Green Linen Hemstitch napkins


Dish Cloths


White Hooded Towels


Turkish Terry Towel

And, not to mention, the prices are refreshingly affordable.  Things are selling out fast though!  I was lucky enough to snag a pair of these for our new home just before they sold out…


Linen Guest Towel 

Happy shopping!!

April 3, 2014 at 5:26 AM 2 comments

Lovely Vintage Wallpapers

I got this in my head that I could save a boat load by getting vintage wallpaper.  Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case but look at the goodies that I uncovered on ETSY.


Sea Sea is number one on my obsession list at the moment.  I’d love it for our kid’s bath.  I’m also very slowly redoing my mom’s poolhouse.  Talk about perfect for a poolhouse bathroom?!


I dont have the guts to pull this off but someone awesome out there does.


Wouldn’t this be adorable on the ceiling of a nursery with a navy and white motif?


We have this bathroom with original 1930′s yellow tile.  I actually find it very charming.  I think this wallpaper would add to the charm.


Love the colors and the large florals on this pattern.  It would be so cute in a sunroom.


This Damask grasscloth reminds me of the printed grasscloth of Phillip Jefferies’ current line and it’s vinyl – put that in with the kids.


This one is so sweet.  I’d love it in a master bedroom.

I have to warn you that the wallpaper is limited so if you fall in love with one there may not be enough for an entire room.  But, there’s probably plenty for the back of the bookcase or perhaps an accent wall.  Would you do any of these vintage options?

March 24, 2014 at 5:01 AM 1 comment

Jute in the Bedroom

Oh hey, Jute, wanna come lay in my bedroom?







Last weekend, we went out to visit friends who have recently moved to the burbs (it’s a trend).  They have a beautiful new home and I immediately asked for a tour.  They switched the bedroom carpets out when they bought the place to nice nubby wall to wall jute carpet.  It was such a fabulous, natural, textural look and it really brightened the room and it was very soft on the feet.  I fell head over heels in love.  I’m thinking about asking Jute to come join me in my bedroom.

March 19, 2014 at 5:15 AM 2 comments

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