Archive for June, 2012

It’s the Little Things

Remember this gorgeous wallpaper that’s going up in a Jack and Jill Bath?

Well, these are the knobs for the cabinets…

When I found the knobs, you would have thought that I found gold.  I printed them out and went running to show them to Graham.  His giddiness was a little flat, after a long day of work, looking at other people’s knobs wasn’t really doing it for him.  But, my client was just as thrilled as I was.  It’s all about the little things.

June 18, 2012 at 5:29 AM 2 comments

Happy Father’s Day

This Father’s Day, I was thinking about how proud father’s are of their children.  And how much it means to dads when the things they have taught them actually stick to their children.  I thought I would go through us kids and  see what my dad would be proud of.

My brother, Don, is doing an excellent job at Imwalle Properties and not only continuing to make it grow and thrive as my father did but to also carve out his own space and to make his own large strides in real estate development.  Not only has Don taken over my dad’s business with an abruptness due to my dad’s quick passing but he was also faced with a huge down in economy.  He has ridden the storm with intelligence and very well executed calculated risks.

Calculated risks are something my dad would be very proud of Don for.  Dad always liked the people who would run out of gas every once in a while because it showed that they took risks.  And I swear some of dad’s proudest moments were when he would drive into a gas station on pure fumes.  This is when he would give us kids the lecture on the importance of calculated risks and how they pay off.

My brother, Miles, is kicking butt as a lawyer in San Francisco.  He was recently given the prestigious award of Recorders Fast Track 50.  He strives for excellence and my dad would be very proud of him.  Miles works incredibly long hours and he’s a very smart, committed and hard worker.  However, he also takes full advantage of the weekends.

Miles’ work hard, play hard lifestyle is something that my dad would be very proud of him for.  Dad was an incredibly hard worker but he also was an extremely well versed vacationer.  I don’t know any other dads that would take as much time off as him to be with his family.  Sure, he always carried his legal pad and at times a briefcase; but, he believed in a balance between work and play.  Miles works very hard and is passionate about what he does but he also takes advantage of his weekend.  During the ski season, you’ll find Miles at Squaw Valley with his wife and two kids pretty much every weekend shredding up the slopes.

My brother, Joe, is in his fifth year of teaching third grade and he absolutely loves it!  He is an amazing teacher; the kids really look up to him as a role model, in a low income district where role models are more difficult to find.  Not only is Joe teaching but he’s also rewriting a book.  He’s been written up in the New York Times about his amazing story as a teacher and author.  This year, he plans to also take on a home remodel.

Dad would be proud of Joe’s dedication to his writing and gift of the written word.  While Dad never believed he himself,was a good writer, he would keep a journal every year.  Dad’s writing was a wonderful outlet for him and an amazing gift to us now that he has passed.  He would be so proud that Joe has continued to find strength, compassion and communication  through the gift of writing.

I am working hard at Kate Collins Interiors.  I have brought on many new clients and I love keeping in touch with my former clients as well.  One of my favorite things is the relationships that come from meeting new people and working with them in their homes.

I think my dad would proud of my “gift of the gab.”  I can remember my senior year of college, when I interned for my dad, he made me come with him to a meeting with the COO of a Fortune 500 company.  He coached me on the ride up about the importance of how to act in business meetings.  I went in there and acted in the manner that my dad told me to.  The COO wrote my dad later that day, saying that there was a job for me at his company after college, should I want to take it.  My dad was so proud of my “gift of the gab.”

We all have taken the advice that my dad gave us and we live to do as he taught us.  I can’t help but think these are some of the things that my dad is so proud of as he watches us from above.  I can hear his little chuckle with each success that we find.  So much of who we all are today is because of our dad and the advice he’d love to give.  And guess what Dad, even though it may not have seemed like it, we were listening!

Happy Father’s Day!!

June 15, 2012 at 8:51 AM 3 comments

In case you were curious…

In case you were curious, what I was going to do with an orange, pink, turquoise and purple bedroom request, this is what myself and my wonderful intern, Liz, have come up with…


I’m keeping pink as the main accent color because I love how it plays with orange.  There will be turquoise accents through out and one very sweet purple capriz chandelier.  Do you like how I’m suggesting Foo Dogs for a seven year old’s room?  I couldn’t resist.  It will probably be tweaked as we move along in the process but I like how the main furniture pieces are white so that the accessories can be easily changeable as she grows.  I’ve also chosen simple white bedding, with the addition of the fun ikat pillow, so that the eyes have a place to rest in the room.

I put together a room plan for her older sister as well,

She put in the request for a canopy bed and a peace sign.  I gave her room presentation on Tuesday and while she really loved the peace sign, bed and lighting, she requested I change out the bedding and seat chair fabric to purple.  So I’ll be tweaking this plan a bit but you can see where I started.

June 14, 2012 at 5:00 AM 2 comments

Orange Wishes

Yesterday, I met with clients whose remodel I have been working on.  This time, there were two new people at the meeting:  Brooke and Aspen, ages 7 and 10.  They needed to weigh in on the room design plans I had for their bedrooms.  The 1st grader declared that she would like her room to be painted orange.  Oh and that she would like purple, turquoise and pink to be in the room.  I love that she likes to participate in the design process and now it’s up to me to come up with something cute and not totally color crazy.  I do love the combo of turquoise and orange!  Purple?  Hmmm…I’m thinking lavender.  And pink…well, that is a favorite color of mine so bring it on!

Today, I thought I’d share the some orange painted room to try to find some inspiration on how to work with the color on the walls.

Isn’t this the perfect choice for my seven year old’s wishes?  I may have to copy. I absolutely love the colors of the daybed fabric.

Bringing in a bunch of white when dealing with a bold color is always a good choice.

This mudroom seems to bring in all the colors my mini client dreams of having in her room.

Love the headboard against the orange walls and that chevron rug is perfect!

Love the orange, pink and turquoise!

Little Brooke is onto something with her orange, turquoise, pink and purple request.  This is going to be a fun room to put together!


June 13, 2012 at 5:58 AM 2 comments

In The Mail

Nothing is more fun then when items arrive for clients so I thought I would show you what is currently in the mail…

Large soft wool and silk blend area rug for a family room.

A pair of spindle chairs to go on the rug pictured above.

Sofa that will come upholstered in a soft white linen.

Custom headboard for a master bedroom project

Mirror for a living room

I can’t wait until all the pieces arrive!!  It’s like you’d think the pieces were all be coming to live with me.  Out of respect to my clients, I’ve decided to not list sources, if you are interested in where an item comes from, please e-mail me.

June 12, 2012 at 5:41 AM 1 comment

India Inspiration

Over the weekend, Graham and I went to see “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”  It was a really sweet, uplifting and hilarious movie.  The movie is set in Jaipur, India, which left me determined to visit there one day.  The colors, architecture and textiles took my breath away.

The lighting is amazing in this scene.  But, also check out those rattan chairs and Judi Dench’s wonderful block print top.

Check out the library cabinet behind Dev Patel; it has the perfect amount of age to it and that kelly green color is fabulous.  Plus, his utility lamp is a great pair with the cabinet.

The colors of the streets are so uplifting.  What I would do to go to a market like this.

I wish I could get a better shot of the hotel they were staying at.  The arch doorways and ornate carvings on the windows were stunning.

If you’d like to get a bit of this look in your home, without the travel, a great place to shop is John Robshaw…




June 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM 1 comment


It is hope that gives us resilience through difficult times.  Here’s to hoping that all of our most important dreams really do come true.

Happy Friday everyone!!

June 8, 2012 at 9:41 AM Leave a comment

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