Archive for March, 2012

Shopping Kids

As I’ve said before on the blog, kids stores are great resources for us adults.  They usually have lower prices but sometimes a nice adult look.  Over the years, as an adult, I’ve made quite a few kids purchases…

From Land of Nod, I got this fantastic vertical striped pillow for my bed –

They are all sold out of that now (I think it was a Christmas thing), but Land of Nod has these cute shams that would also work with adult bedding…

With the shams above, you could always put together my favorite color combo: red, white and blue…

Land of Nod and Pottery Barn Teen are my two favorite resources for shopping.  What about you?  Do you ever shop for yourself at kid’s stores?

March 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM 3 comments

Handyman Graham

Once every five or six months or so, I get the help of Handyman Graham.  He works exclusively with me.     He’s incredibly difficult to book; rumor has it that he has a day job in finance.  When the day finally comes where I have him booked, he will try to put the job off with things like “exercise” and “grocery shopping” (both so annoyingly necessary).  When he will do the job, he’s very different from other vendors in that he will ask that I do the laundry while he puts up the sconces (less for the dirty clothes sake and more for need to get wife out so she doesn’t micro manage sake).  And when he is done with the long hard day of work and you finish up with dinner, he will give you a wet willy (like a 12 year old) and laugh until he cries (he should count his lucky stars I grew up with three older brothers and I actually find his pranks endearing).

I tell you though, this handyman Graham is the best and I love him, childish pranks and all.  And I’m so, so, so thankful that this past weekend, he put up our Boston Library Wall Light from Circa Lighting.  The bedroom was in some serious need of help above the headboard.  Here is the before (we actually had some artwork up but I had already taken it down)…

Handyman Graham at work…

And the after…

The sconces look awesome in person!!  The artwork, for above the headboard,will be ordered today and hopefully I will be able to hang that up myself (in order to save myself from a wet willy).  I’d also like to give our headboard another coat of high gloss white paint.  I can’t wait until we have the bedroom totally done!!

March 12, 2012 at 9:05 AM 6 comments

Cutest Waste Bin Ever

Yesterday, I did the installation for the orthodontist office bathroom.  One addition I loved in the bathroom was this trash can…

Is it not the cutest waste bin ever?!!  This little beauty can be yours as well and you can put your monogram or whatever you want on it.  Where did I have this custom waste bin made?  Rosenberry Rooms!!

You get to choose from a ton of options for the background design, typestyle, typestyle format, and typestyle color.  It was so much fun to get my personalized waste basket in the mail, complete with a reminder to smile.  Now, I of course, want my very own Kate Collins Interiors for my office.


March 8, 2012 at 5:28 AM 1 comment

Wary Meyers Decorative Arts

The other day while searching for a pillow for a client, I stumbled across a gem of a vintage pillow shop.  It was too good not to share.  The ETSY shop is called “Wary Meyers Decorative Arts” and she seems to specialize in fabulous vintage fabrics for her pillows.  They are a bit pricey but they are one of a kind and I think that justifies the cost.

1970’s French Calendared Print Fabric

1980’s Rose Cumming Fabric

1960’s Lilly Pulitzer Fabric

1960’s Key West Zuzek Fabric 

1976 Beatrix Potter Fabric

Brunschwig and Fils

 Happy Shopping!!

March 7, 2012 at 5:48 AM 1 comment

Wallpaper in the Kitchen

Thank you for all of your sweet comments about my dad’s birthday.  They meant so much to me and we had a beautiful day celebrating him.

Happy Monday, everyone.  Today, I thought I would share a love of mine…wallpaper in the kitchen.

So pretty!!  I love our kitchen; it is amazing.  But, I do wish we could put some wallpaper up in it.  Ahhhhh rental life.

March 5, 2012 at 8:48 AM 4 comments

Happy Birthday, Dad

Today would be my dad’s 67th birthday.  Happy Birthday, Dad!!  I miss you dearly.  There isn’t a day that goes by where you don’t come to mind.  I thought since his birthday landed on a Friday and it’s a day that would typically be a “fashion friday” post, I would share with you what my favorite dress is and why.

My favorite dress is by Anna Sui.  It’s a lace black sheath dress and it’s proven to be timeless and flattering.

But that’s not why I love it.  There is a story behind the dress.

The fall of Senior year of college was an emotional time in my life.  I went through a messy break up in which my foundation for trust was rocked.  It was about a month into the school year and I was knee deep in turmoil.  At that time, I flew home for my brother’s engagement party.  I believe I actually flew home without any sort of a cocktail dress for the cocktail attire, beautiful engagement party (what was I thinking?!).  The day before the engagement party, my dad said he would take me shopping for a dress.  I jumped at the opportunity for a new dress (probably why I forgot one in the first place).

My dad had a tradition of taking the long way anywhere and making frequent pit stops along the way.  I swear when we drove to Montana on a family trip, he took the frontage road the whole way.  As a child of farmers, he loved to check out the crops up close in rural areas and as a developer, he loved to check out the strip malls in high traffic areas.  The freeway just wasn’t for him.  This trip to Stanford shopping center for a dress, of course, involved a detour.  Instead of pulling into the Stanford Nordstrom’s, he pulled into the Stanford campus.  I moaned and rolled my eyes and begged him that we could just go shopping.  He insisted we go to the Stanford campus instead.

Then, instead of his typical 10 MPH drive by, he parked.  By this point, I was really groaning.  He was a stubborn man so he didn’t listen to my groaning and he had us get out of the car and walk around Stanford campus.  He then went into the Stanford church.  We walked around the gorgeous church and I was taken aback by its beauty.  Having grown up 15 minutes away from the Stanford church, that was my first time inside.

We both kneeled down in a pew and it was here that he said to me,”Kate, I know you are going through a hard time in your life right now.   You have a very rare and special gift, which is faith.  Faith is something I’ve worked really hard to have but it comes to you naturally, like how it did to my mother.  Your faith will help you though this time and you will come out of this.”

My dad was not one to get involved in something like a breakup.  That sort of stuff has always been mom territory.  He wasn’t one to push God on anyone.  And he seldom spoke of his parents, who both died before I was born.  But he knew what was right for each individual child and at that point faith in God, in myself, in relationships and in the future, was the answer for me.

After the church visit, we went shopping to find the dress for the engagement party.  We actually went to a few different stores, until we found the perfect one that we both loved.  I wear the Anna Sui dress we both picked out with pride and with a reminder to have faith in life and love.  I wore the dress to his funeral at the San Jose Cathedral,  a church he loved, he helped restore, he walked me down the aisle in, and a place where he felt faith.

To dad, Happy 67th birthday.  I have tremendous faith that you are watching down on all of us right now.  We will have a gin and tonic at sunset on your favorite beach just for you.

March 2, 2012 at 5:36 AM 12 comments

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