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Online Discovery - Small But Fun

So, a little late to the party I'm absolutely sure but just figured out yesterday that Ballard Designs carries wallpaper online now?   Anyone else know about this?  Yep?  Ok.  

Pulled together some of my favorites.  They are not bad prices and I like a quick ship anything because who else decides on a Monday to wallpaper a room for a party that coming Saturday?  Anyone else?  But really, that urge to overhaul a room before entertaining is real.  

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Love that this immediately takes you to the ocean.  Gorgeous in a bathroom possibly?  

I'll be upfront; this isn't the cheapest of the wall coverings but it might be worth it.  Look at it up close on Ballard's site because the range of colors and the texture looks incredible.  I really want to wrap my master bedroom in this depth.  

Love a ticking stripe.  Love them.  This black and white ticking stripe would be wonderful in a small sitting nook or if you have an enclosed foyer how fun would it be to throw this up then contrast it with an industrial lamp, narrow console and oversized abstract?  If you wanted to get even crazier you could trim your walls in a grosgrain ribbon and you have (pretend) upholstered walls.  Oh yes you do.  

Another well done small print.  What doesn't go with blue?  It describes this as a navy so I will definitely be ordering samples of these for verification but really like the scale.  

Saved almost my favorites for last (the ticking stripe wins out) but getting super excited about this trellis.  There are a few other colors but this one makes me think of a small den that leans masculine but then you have this feminine trellis on the walls.  Or maybe a dining room that wants to be moody but can't go all the way because you're winking at a 19th century sunroom?  

Has anyone tried any of the wall coverings from Ballard?  How long have they been around?  Probably forever and somehow in my browsing I blinked whenever hovering over that link.  It can be overwhelming looking for wallpaper online so having an edited selection to choose might be a relief to some!  

~ Meghan

* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please email katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! * 

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Shop This Look

Katie and I both have been in Colorado these past two weeks (different locations but the same gorgeous state) and every time I'm in the mountains I'm drawn to a more simple, clean palette that is restful and encourages you to look beyond at the view from the windows.  We both love the distinct style of Amber Interiors and her spaces would fit nicely in a mountain home with huge picture windows drawing your eye to the breathtaking landscape beyond.  

Let's shop Amber Interiors' look!  Entire living room for close to $8,000.  We've sourced all online stores with easy access and I'm pretty pleased with the eclectic feel and the look of being gathered over time but with a few clicks you could have your entire space delivered in days!  Worldly without ever leaving your chair (sad or convenient?  you decide ;)) 

Here is our version.  We tried to keep it budget friendly with a couple little splurges where it counts:

Sources:  Sofa, Chairs, Rug, Accent Table, Coffee Table, Stools, Sheepskin, Fig Leaf Tree, Planter, Art, Sconces, Pillow 1, 2 & 3

Take aways are keep it simple, textural, natural materials and light.  Airy but always interesting.  

* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please email katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! *

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What's Old Is New

Rattan furniture has long been a staple on porches and in sunrooms throughout.  Its' durability is incredible and allows for generations to enjoy the same furniture that has provided many outdoor evenings worth of comfort.  This time of year we are inundated with outdoor spaces, furniture, accessories... but what about bringing some of our outdoor pieces indoors?  That concept isn't so new anymore with the use of indoor/outdoor textiles wherever you want some durability and the outdoor furniture that could just as easily grace your family room as it does your patio.  Don't let a category on a website control where you use a piece of furniture.  

Fun little history lesson here:  I tend to interchange the use of wicker and rattan but wicker is actually the technique of weaving the material (rattan or any other material) into the intricate pattern.  Rattan is the material used.  So, now we can all move forward maybe having learned something today.  

We are seeing more and more rattan pieces hitting the mainstream and as always, what is old is new again.  Not only do I encourage adding a rattan item into your exterior decor but I'm more focused on how it can impact your interior spaces.  We talk about layering a room and capturing a wide range of textures in your space; this is an excellent way to achieve those two elements.  With the wide range of styles you can incorporate a modern line or a very traditional elaborate design.  First decide where you in your room do you need to add some interest, some texture and see if you can use a rattan piece there.  Side tables, coffee tables and bar carts are really good ways to use this material.  

We've pulled together some favorites for you but a really good source (at least in NWA) for rattan furniture is your local Craigslist.  Seriously, great prices and very often all you need to do is clean the furniture and put a fresh coat of paint on it then get overwhelmed with your fabric options for cushions.  Can't even get started on how much fun you can have with that!  Now, our current favs:

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* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please email katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! *

~ Meghan

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One Room Challenge - Week 6

I can't believe that we have made it to the end! I have been in the middle of moving, renovating, parenting, working and trying to keep my company afloat, and at the same time we managed to do my son's room in the last 6 weeks!  It's been a fun few weeks, thanks for tagging along!! 

So we bought this house and closed exactly 4 weeks ago and had a lot to conquer in this room chosen for Sawyer. We started here with Sawyer's room. (this is the picture of the room when the old owner occupied the house!)

We have been doing renovations all over the house so stay tuned for more in many other rooms, but for now here is the down low on Sawyer's room. We ripped up the carpet, ripped out the chair rail, ripped out some shelving, painted, added new carpet, added some fun lighting, added a little desk and of course did a full fun new look for my big 6 year old boy. 

Sawyer is obsessed with art. His one request was to have a chalkboard wall. So I definitely gave him that. We had our babysitter who also is the most amazing artist, do his first big masterpiece and he watched every second and critiqued her work along the way. I love chalkboard walls in kids' room because they are dramatic and make a statement but can still change with their ever changing interests. One day Sawyer is obsessed with mine craft and the next day it's superheros. This is perfect for a 6 year old because we can change it as he grows and changes. 

This room is designed to grow with our boy. Change out some accessories, change the chalk art on the walls and hopefully it will grow into his preteen years (wishful thinking)!!

Scroll down to the bottom to see sources and stay tuned on Instagram for more pics!

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- Chunky Knit Throw Blanket 
- Light Fixture 
- Swing (If you're local to NWA then you can shop this line at House Special Interiors!)
- Bed 
- Linens 
- A lot of flea market finds throughout but if you want to know about anything specifically please comment or email us for more information!  

Thank you everyone for the support and interest in this special room.  It is so amazing to be able to link up to the One Room Challenge and follow everyone's progress, struggles, accomplishments and creative processes!  Check out all of the Thursday crew here and the Wednesday professionals. 

Love y'all!!
Katie and Meghan

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One Room Challenge - Week 5

Week 5 in the books and that means.... only one week left!?  I know we have only featured Sawyer's bedroom during this because that is the room we committed to the One Room Challenge but I must shout out to Katie because she has essentially been in a One HOUSE Challenge for the past 4 weeks.  No joke; entire remodel, moving, living with friends and maintaining her clients.  I'm exhausted for her, drinking wine on her behalf and giving high fives as this massive project comes to a close.  So, to say there is one week left also means that we should have a lot of other fun features in the coming weeks on other spaces in Katie's personal home.  

Back to Sawyer's room since that is why you're here!  Check out Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4.  We don't have a lot to update this week since it really is a waiting game on final pieces to arrive and put in place.  The floors, walls and electrical are complete.  The bed is set up and so perfect in person.  The hanging rattan chair arrived and there is some excitement surrounding the install ;).  Working on nightstands and lamps.  Finalizing art work for the dresser wall and the little finishing touches need to be completed.  A lot of fluffing basically but that is the fun part!  

Here are some late night iPhone pictures to tide you over until the big reveal next week! 

Gorgeous desk chair found at a local flea market!  So excited about this find.  

How crazy adorable is this owl wall hanging?!  Another fabulous flea market find.  

A good shot of the bed and since this is the only room with a bed set up this is where Sawyer and Brooklyn have lounged.  

So excited about what this next week brings!  Make sure to check out all of the wonderful progress the other designers and bloggers have made.  Everyone is on the home stretch and the most nerve-wracking week!  

~ Meghan

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One Room Challenge - Week 4

Welcome back!  We finally have what feels like a bedroom this week!  So much progress throughout the house and especially in Sawyer's room.  Paint completed along with light fixtures and carpet installed.  All we need to do now is fill it up!  

You can see that Katie went a completely different direction with the main light fixture.  This is larger and has more of an architectural presence than the basket fixture she originally had in mind.  Love this find and can't wait to share the source on Week 6!  This is a good shot of the carpet too.  

Katie had Sawyer's existing dresser painted black and will put new hardware on it.  If it wasn't completely covered up in the garage by essentially every existing piece of furniture they own we would have a picture of that update.  It will be a good balance to the chalkboard wall on the opposite side of the room.  

Desk area almost complete.  We still need to have the metal panels installed.  

West Elm curtain panels and bedding!  

Waiting on this exciting piece to arrive!  

I spy someone excited to move in.  

Make sure to check out any updates you missed on Wednesday's participants and check out all of the exciting updates on our fellow Thursday crew!!  

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One Room Challenge - Week 3

Welcome back!  If you're returning then, thank you and if you're just linking over then, thank you.  I'll be honest... this ORC is a breeze when you're just the blogger recapping what the designer is scheming and executing.  So to say Katie has a lot on her plate is an understatement.  I'll do a new house update on Friday because friends, she is not only managing a number of clients but also a remodel and move into their own new house.  Exhausted for her but loving seeing all of the fun projects in motion!

To recap a bit, Katie is working on her son's new bedroom for the ORC and we've had a few changes to the original plan you can see here.  Lighter walls, new floor covering and light fixture are the main changes.  An initial plan is wonderful and necessary but always be prepared to adjust as you go.  

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The space has been stripped clean of old carpet, chair rail, doors to be painted and the walls prepped for painting.  

Originally the plan was a dark chambray finish on the walls with a lighter washed hardwood floor.  The walls will now be a creamy white like the rest of the house and instead of trying to match a new hardwood floor with the existing in the rest of the house Katie went with this fun herringbone carpet.  (Make sure to follow katiegracedesigns on Instagram for ORC updates!)

The window wall will be a chalkboard wall similar to this one Katie did in a client's son's bedroom.  

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Sawyer loves to draw and create and needs a place of his own so a wasted area in his closet will have a built-in desk and a magnetic wall installation to display his artwork.  Similar to this one Katie installed in a client's bedroom as well as Katie's home office.  Love the impact it makes!  

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Here is a shot of the desk area:

This space will be open to the rest of the bedroom.  Opposite the desk will be his clothing closet area.  The space beyond this nook is incredible storage and where his toys will be kept.  I'm not even going to talk about the other storage space adjacent to this bedroom.  Well I just did but only because Sawyer wants that to be his secret fort area and I think that is the cutest and best use for it.  Every boy needs a secret fort area adjacent to his bedroom, right?  

Next week we'll show more of the fun decor stuff because well, it won't be in boxes or scattered between two houses and a vehicle.

Be sure to check out the Wednesday ladies and the insanely exciting number of Thursday participants!!  So much inspiration and so many different spaces.  

~ Meghan

* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please contact katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! *

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One Room Challenge - Week 2

Welcome back!!  It is Week 2 of Linda's One Room Challenge and we are so excited about Sawyer's big boy bedroom and everything else going on around here.  If you missed last week's post on the plan then check it out here.   If you have any spare time you need to check out as many of the participants as possible.  We are blown away by everyone's plans and can't wait to see the final products!!  Serious talent, serious creativity and a lot of rooms looking their best in 4 weeks.  

House officially Katie's as of Monday (thank goodness or we would be scrambling for another room and I guess a house!) and demo is underway.  The house looks so peaceful and cozy from the exterior only to hide the worker bees swarming on the inside!  

Here is a good clean shot of Sawyer's bedroom.  The previous owner's carpet has been removed and we can finally see the bones.  

Can we take a minute to absorb the storage?  You have no idea by this picture but this closet just keeps going.  And going.  

So, cleaning out the room and prepping it for floor installation has been number one.  First hiccup is we may not be installing hardwoods in here after all.  Will update further on that next week when we know more but considering this carpet instead.  Gotta have at least one problem, right?  

In the meantime... let's get our swing on like this guy... he doesn't have any idea how special his new bedroom is going to be and honestly couldn't care less about the floors.  

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Herringbone Brick Floors

The herringbone pattern is by no means a new design but continues to feel fresh to me.  I especially love it when executed with brick pavers.  

The Romans actually developed this pattern in their method of paving when they created their extensive road system (the first ever) and used this pattern due to the strength of it.  Same thing with the architectural use; such as in domes.  Not new, but interesting and with so many options in paver finishes and scale you can certainly make it your own.

Brick is very durable and is great used in high traffic and wet areas.  With all flooring you should consider how you're using the space, the comfort level of the floor beneath your feet and maintenance.  So, with this very brief history lesson and practical talk let's get to the pictures!  

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Notice all of the different spaces and styles... it isn't limited to country, rustic or historic properties.  What interest this pattern adds!  It also can make a small space appear larger because you are using the entire floor; which makes it great for hallways.  Consider it; a timeless option that will always feel special and fresh.  

~ Meghan

* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please contact katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! * 

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One Room Challenge - Big Boy Bedroom

We are so very excited to be linking up with the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home blog!  If you're a design blog stalker you're probably already aware of this incredibly fun and inspiring event that Linda hosts twice a year.  If you're not already a fan, then it is pretty much a guarantee you'll become one by May.  

This is such an incredible collaboration of 20 well-known bloggers/designers that Linda has chosen to participate on Wednesdays but she generously opens up Thursdays to anyone who wants to participate!  So, we're jumping in on the Thursday crowd and hopefully we can inspire and encourage you to take on that room in your house you've been dreaming of tackling but just haven't taken any action on yet.   

Katie is in the process of purchasing a new home that closes on Monday (fingers crossed y'all!!) and with this new house is a plethora of exciting changes and inspiration out the you know what. It is only natural that we are going with one of the rooms in the new house!

For this One Room Challenge Katie thought her five year old son's bedroom would be a great fit. Here is a picture of his bedroom currently:

Bright, cheerful and has been a great fit for this season of Sawyer's life.  But, now that he is turning into a big boy it feels like a great time for a change.  

It is hard to choose one room to feature but don't think we'll stop with Sawyer's room; please continue to check in because we will be sharing all updates on the house here and if you love a good before & after you're in for a treat.  

Speaking of before pictures; here is the before of Sawyer's bedroom:

Katie is really going a different direction than his existing room with the color palette and scheme.  The unique layout of the bedroom will create some challenges or interest... however you want to perceive it.  Here is an initial design board outlining some of the players in the room.  We have a lot more to show you but didn't want to leave you hanging until next week.  

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So check back with us every Thursday and in between if you want to follow along on other current projects.  We have an exciting five weeks ahead of us and can't wait to share progress next week!  

~ Meghan

* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please contact katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! *

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Friday's Five!

It is officially the first day of spring, the Razorbacks won their first NCAA tournament game and we are supposed to have a sun filled, high 60's weekend.  Y'all, we've got a good weekend ahead of us!  

1.  Love a classic silhouette and what a great gift for the mother or grandmother in your life for Mother's Day!  The size of these and the bold colors you can choose from elevate to another level.    Children look so sweet and innocent in profile (tricky, right?).  Check them out here.  

2.  This gorgeous home, really the gardens, are featured in this month's issue of Southern Living.  It is in Fayetteville in the historic district and I so wish they featured the interior of the home also because every inch of this 1,004 SF home is perfection.  If this doesn't make you want to put on your gardening gloves and get dirty then I'm not sure anything will.  Fayetteville is lucky to have Daniel Keeley making "yards" into sanctuaries!  

3.  Now that the weather is warming up it is time to spruce up your porches, patios and decks.  I love these collapsable cafe tables from Ballard Designs.  We have had a a couple wooden cafe tables and foldable chairs for years and they are used throughout the year for impromptu parties.   Much prettier than the standby card table, don't ya think?  

4.  One Kings Lane and Serena & Lily have combined this week and there is one more day to shop Serena & Lily's fabulous furniture and accessories at big discounts!!  S&L is such a classic, clean and dare I say "American" style.  Take advantage of the sale here!  

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5.  I saved this one for last so you can take the time to browse the incredibly gorgeous gallery of Collins Interiors out of Dallas, Texas.  A lot of things come together to define a "great designer" but I think one of the most important things is a great designer creates a space you want to BE IN.  You long to be in it, to experience it.  Looking through Cynthia Collins' portfolio, there isn't one space that I didn't want to experience!  Also, something to take away from her interiors is the importance of art.  I think my eye is drawn to the art in each of the rooms before anything else.    

Enjoy this beautiful weekend!

~ Meghan

* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please contact katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! *

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Pastels

Nothing like a warm, sunny day after many cloudy, snowy days to get us in Spring mode!  Pastels have long been a pallet associated with Spring and it must draw from the beautiful flowers that pop out long before leaves are adorning the trees.  Soft, washed color against textural bark.  No bold green leaves to temper the color at this point.  

Take cues from nature and incorporate these pale cousins of our showier colors into your space.  Just one piece can pop against a neutral room with beautiful texture.  If you have bold color then temper with a blush or mint.  Pastel doesn't mean any less of an impact.  If anything, the restraint creates more.   

Sources:  Bamboo Chair, Finial, Tassel Sconce, Daybed (contact KGD), Nesting Tables, Louis XVI Chair, Ottoman (contact KGD), Leather Sofa, Throw, Rug, Stool, Pillow 

* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please contact katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! *

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White Out - Inspiration

If you follow KGD on Instagram you saw the post of a beautiful all white space in honor of our winter weather we are experiencing here.  Love the snow, but over the snow.  It is March now and I'm ready for tulips and thunderstorms!  Nothing like a blanket of white to brighten things up.  Same goes for these crisp spaces:

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Have a beautiful weekend!

~ Meghan

* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please contact katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! *

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Love it? Have it.

I love finding "look alike" pieces for less and sharing them.  Especially with dining chairs!  You typically need quite a few and that can get expensive fast.  I've pulled together some really popular chairs and perused Overstock.com for similar styles.  They are a great source for less expensive versions.  

A pair of cane back Louis style chairs at Ballard Designs runs $899.00.  

Very similar with a little less delicate leg.  This pair is $380.00.   

A pair of European style bistro chairs at Ballard Designs are on sale right now for $199.00.  

This pair (Overstock also has other finishes) is $165.00.  

These are definitely going to be a higher quality chair from West Elm.  Handwoven seats, an incredible furniture designer... but they run $598.00 for a set of two.  

This is a similar style, gives you the same feel for $342.00 for a pair.  

Upholstered chairs really create a finished look.  These are from Ballard Designs (I promise I'm not picking on them, they just have a great collection of classic dining chairs) and you can custom upholster so the quality is much higher.  This chair, not for a pair, is $739.00.  

A pair of this similar chair is $347.39.  

Love these chairs for their flexibility, indoor/outdoor use and because sticky fingers can be wiped off easily.  Ballard Designs has a pair for $250.00.  

Overstock.com has quite a few colors so I just pulled the brushed metal ones as an example.  Similar style for $150.00.  

I could do another entire post on barstools but wanted to include these because I really love them.  Ballard Designs does it again!  Gorgeous of course but $279.00 for one.  

Or, you can get a pair at Overstock.com for $269.00!  

Let us know if you have any great looks for less and tag us in a picture on Instagram if so!  

~ Meghan

* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please contact katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! *

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Wallcovering Wednesday

I'll be honest, I'm so off track because of snow days this week I really thought today was Wednesday when I pulled this together.  But it is Thursday and still relevant on a Thursday.  So, read as if it is Wednesday but know, as I do now, that it is Thursday.  I think.

Love a good wallcovering and love it in children's spaces!  I also love this application of it:

Two points; this saves some money because you are not covering the entire wall and it controls the wear and tear a young person can direct on walls.  

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This is actually going against what I'm saying about no wallcovering on the lower area but I wanted you to see where the division has been placed.  I love the scale and this can be recreated with paint or shiplap inexpensively.  

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Here is your shiplap on the lower section and what a wonderful way to use a bold stripe without overwhelming the room!  

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I really can't imagine these rooms without the pattern and texture a wallcovering provides.  They are interesting and not coincidentally all more masculine (sometimes we just fluff the girl spaces with wallpapers).  They also will stand the maturing of the child.  If a space seems one dimensional maybe consider this application!  

~ Meghan

* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please contact katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! *

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Riffraff Dallas - Part II

Hi y'all!  Katie is taking over the blog today so I'll sit back and drink another coffee while she shares pictures and info on the final product that is Riffraff Dallas!! For a refresher on where this space started and some shots of progress and details then check out the first post here.  

Okay so this is WAAAYYY overdue!!  But finally we are so excited to show the final product of Riffraff Dallas. I am so proud of how this turned out and loved loved going to the grand opening to see this store running in action! The girls with Riffraff Dallas are as sweet and as cute as they come so if you live in the Dallas area you have to stop by and experience this store!

 These pictures were taken by the wonderfully talented, Dale Benefield. Thanks, Dale! 

I have had so many people ask about this wallpaper!  Thanks to Katie Kime for producing this amazingness.  Visit her website if you would like more info.  

Betsy Little with Little Design Co. also came to the rescue last minute to crank out this lovely blush pink velvet cushion.  Love that girl and her talent.  Thank you, Betsy!

Thank you so much Kirsten for the opportunity to work with you on this project!  I had so much fun collaborating with you and I'm really impressed with you and all of your success. You were a joy to work with! 

Other shout outs! 

- MOST of the brass fixtures were designed and custom made by Jessie with Triple 7 Recycled

- Wallcovering in dressing room: Katie Kime

- Pillows and cushions: Betsy Little with Little Design Co.

- The team at Benge Construction was truly the best! They are one talented group. 

- All of the clothing fixtures and tables were built and designed by Joe with Steel Life Designs.

If you're in Dallas, make sure to stop by and if you're not then you can shop select styles online!  

**  Love, Katie!! ** 

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Bookshelves - Beyond the Shelf-

We reference "good design" a lot on here but of course, that is subjective.  Though there are some tried and true elements to rooms that have over time been deemed "design rules", but really anything goes at this point.  One thing that is true of designing a space is you are layering, layering and layering surfaces.  Many different surfaces.  Making a decision of when to layer or not to layer (editing is probably the most important step) is the key but rarely do you stop at the first layer.

Shelving is the first layer upon a wall surface.  Then you have the items you are placing on the shelves (2nd layer) and that is where you can stop... or not stop (3rd layer).  I love when you don't stop with the second layer.  I especially love when you don't stop with the second layer in a small space where the shelving has absorbed valuable real estate for displaying paintings or framed art in general.       

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Now the above picture is a styled room from Horchow but it feels like it could definitely be from a shelter magazine so I'm going with it.  A couple things to take away; the framed prints lighten up a dark wall full of dark books.  Dare I say these built-ins would have been boring without the extra layer?  The second thing to take away is if you don't necessarily have a collection of something, including books, to display then you have some lonely shelves.  Disguise this low inventory by hanging a few large framed black & white photographs.  Instant sophistication and a richness to the space that otherwise would have been missing because you haven't amassed years of collecting yet because you're a first time homeowner (or a minimalist)!  

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Notice the items on the shelves are uniform in color and this allows the art to take the spotlight.  They are not all framed the same, nor are they the same size.  

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Can y'all tell I'm partial to a blue study?  Never underestimate what a sconce or lit artwork will do.    

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This is an example of not only placing art on a bookshelf but just treating the entire area as a wall to place furniture against.  This appears to be a small space so using the uniform frames and materials works well to tone it down.  

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I love this apartment and if you click through on the link then check out what she says about putting pattern on the floor and solids on the furniture.  Yes!

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And if you're not a book lover but a Kindle kind of girl then above is an example of how it works without shelves of historical fiction (my personal weakness).  Just as beautiful.

One more note on this; you don't have to have custom built-ins for this to work.  If you have any sort of shelving then give it a try!  Think surface, layer, layer, edit and maybe layer.  Your eye needs a calm place to rest so keep that in mind when choosing what to feature whether you need to infuse calm or color.  

If you have already incorporated this into your house or are inspired to, then please tag us on Instagram so we can see how you've styled your shelving!  We love seeing our reader's spaces!

~ Meghan

* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please contact katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! * 

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Friday's Five!

1.  We are cleaning out the storage unit and have a new Instagram account where you can browse and purchase the items!  Yardsaling (a new verb) it, if you will.  Follow us at KGDInstasale and find some great deals

2.  Merry Christmas!!  We've lingered a bit with Christmas this year so that At Home In Arkansas could capture the fun Katie had at a Little Rock client's home.  It is going to be good but as always, all good things require patience and we are all going to have to wait until Christmas 2015 to check it out in full.  We are so excited and really proud that At Home wanted to share this project with everyone!  

3.  If you aren't "local" and want want KGD to help you with your home or, if you are local, and need some extra help and do not want to go the hourly route then you may love our E-Design services!  You can check out the service packages in more detail here but this service is great for our out of town friends and for someone who wants to assemble their room over time and purchase at their own pace as well as paying a flat fee for design services.  

The client above already had her wall color, table, chandelier and chairs and needed some help editing what she had and what to finish the room up with.  This isn't the final product but one of the first stages of the process.  We can be as detailed as you want or focus on the larger items.  

This is also a great gift to give in a certificate form!!  Email us if you have questions.      

4.  Absolutely love this post about purposeful design from The Pink Pagoda.  This is especially difficult for people who appreciate many different aesthetics.  It can be hard to decide on the style you want to live in.  Check it out and keep it in mind if you're working on spaces in your home.    

5.  Land of Nod just does a good job.  Period.  This is a new bassinet they are offering and it is really refreshing!  I love using a bassinet in the early months but it can be hard to find one that is beautiful and worth investing in.  The shelf is important too.  

~ Meghan

* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please contact katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! *

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Get The Look - Entryway

Entryways of every sort tend to get overlooked in the whole scheme of things.  They are usually small, sometimes awkward spaces and a lot of times we choose a light fixture and may toss something in there to be our catch-all and off we go to the more "important" rooms like kitchens, living rooms... ya know who they are.  But, overlooking our entryways is like overlooking yourself before you step into a new place where you're kind of wanting a good first impression!  

 What is the first thing someone sees when they come into your home?

If you're not bothered by what a guest may experience then let's think about what you as the occupant may experience.  Personally, I've left these areas of my home at the bottom of the list and the more I experience them the more I'm cranking into high gear to get them into a condition that first, is a representation of the home beyond and second, is a welcoming & calming transition into my home from the chaos of beyond my home.  Relatively speaking, of course.

So, to jump start project "Come On In Y'all" at my house, I'm inspired by this entryway designed by McGrath II.      

Via

Surprised?  Nothing too crazy going on here but I immediately know what this house is about.  The elements we can all take away are the following:

- Interesting wall covering
- Surface for dropping off little items
- Hidden storage under the skirted table
- Bench or chair 
- Mirror
- Special light fixture
- Rug

I love that nothing here is unachievable and with a tiny amount of thought and effort you can (and your guests can) walk in and feel welcomed.  Who doesn't want to know what this living area looks like?  

It is important to live in all areas of your home.  After all, you're experiencing them whether you consciously think about it or not and you're pulling energy from that experience!  Make it a positive one.  Refresh yourself when you enter and exit.

Shop KGD's look!    

~ Meghan

* If you're interested in Design or E-Design services, please contact katiegracedesign@yahoo.com for more information! *

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New Year = More Fun

Has anyone else had a hard time getting back into the swing of things after the holidays?  Katie and I have although she conquered it and I'm finally getting to it.  The excitement of a new year and all of the hope and anticipation it brings has not worn off yet and maybe that is because there are already fun projects underway that we are excited to share with you as they develop!  

2014 was an incredible year for KGD and all because of our amazingly supportive friends and E-friends (is that a thing?  Internet only friends?).  This will be KGD's third year and the opportunities we've had and beautiful spaces we've worked with you to create have us looking at 2015 with a renewed motivation to continue growing and creating on a level that inspires and encourages all to fluff and feather your nests.  Occupying a home that is a representation of what you love and believe to be beautiful is more than a surface projection of style; it is a haven for your family and friends.  To work in people's homes and work places is truly special and we really do thank everyone for allowing us the opportunity to help you create spaces you love spending your lives in.

Katie Grace Designs

Katie Grace Designs

There are many areas of life that are out of our control, but we can control what and who we surround ourselves with to an extent.  May Katie Grace Designs be an inspiration of beautiful things, an encouragement to asses your personal spaces and make a decision to create places you want to spend your special moments in.  Whether we physically help you create them or simply inspire you to take that next step, we will enjoy the gift of a new year and hope you will too!  

Katie Grace Designs

Katie Grace Designs

Katie Grace Designs

Katie Grace Designs

Katie Grace Designs

Katie Grace Designs

Just a few of the projects from 2014 and you can find many others in previous blog posts!  Make sure to follow Katie Grace Designs on Instagram because we're always sharing snippets of ongoing projects and things that inspire us.  Also a reminder that just because you may not live in Arkansas we can still help you design a space with our E-Design services!  

Thank you for all of your support so far, we wouldn't be doing what we're doing without it!  

~ Katie, Meghan & Corrie     

 

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