Friday, March 2, 2018

Atlanta Magazine HOME Spring 2018

Hi everyone!

 I just wanted to pop in and show you guys that one of my projects has been published in  Atlanta Magazine's HOME Spring 2018 edition.


My clients, Andy and Mitch, have a beautiful, cool, hip modern-with-traditional-elements kitchen that I am so proud of. We worked really hard to create a unique and special kitchen, and I feel like this captures it perfectly. This kitchen was a new-build, but we did lots of custom and "off the shelf" items mixed together, to get a fresh look that I think is pretty unique to the Atlanta design scene. 

Anyway, it's always so much fun to see your work in print and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Thanks to Lisa Mowry for the great write up! I will blog about this kitchen soon, because I have a lot to say about the design process and I just realized I haven't written about it!

Happy weekend, everyone.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Restful Master Bedroom

Hi! I just wrapped up a master bedroom install yesterday, and even though I don't have professional photos of it, I couldn't wait to share some that I took with my iPhone.  

These clients are so easy and sweet to work with. We have decorated their living room and kitchen, as well as guest room. When they contacted me to do their master bedroom last year, I was so excited. They are very well-travelled, and enjoy pieces with a story that remind them of their travels. That was almost the only directive that they had - restful, adult, stylish and perhaps bring in a few pieces that represent them as a couple. 

Their house was new when they bought it a few years ago, and the walls were Benjamin Moore's "Sea Salt." It's a beautiful color that they weren't opposed to keeping, but of course I wanted to mix it up a bit!

Here's the before shot:

blanket hanging down for dramatic effect. :)

As you can see, there are sconces on the side walls. We'd done Roman shades when they first moved in, with the knowledge that they needed to be neutral and fit with a future decor scheme. You can kind of see above that the bed was existing. I believe it was made by my client's grandfather, so it was a special piece they wanted to keep. As you'll see, we added a new headboard. 

They also had this dresser that was a family piece with meaning (and it's always nice to just reuse what you already have!):

And here are some "after" shots!

As you can see, we kept the bed base, but added new brass hardware and a pretty upholstered headboard. We have new nightstands and lamps, as well as bedding and art. I wanted the bed to be pretty but comfortable-- not stuffy. We did a jute rug with a layered antique oriental rug on top (probably 90% of my clients will tell you I make this suggestion for their rooms, but it is always A) so gorgeous, and B) pretty cost effective as well as stain friendly!)

very simple bedside accessories

I don't like a lot of items on nightstands, and they both had a stack of books that need to be able to hang out somewhere. This is real life!

Opposite the bed is this gorgeous dresser and antique botanical chart that we had framed. I found this piece on Etsy, and we had it framed in a sort of shadow box look. It's HUGE. I love the juxtaposition of the modern frame and white mat mixed with the antique botanical. Somehow I managed to NOT get a pic of this yesterday as the final "after" shot, but it has two beautiful lamps on either side of it now.

See the lamp, below? There are 2. Also, hi, there is me. They needed a dressing mirror, and this pretty white framed one in the corner was perfect. 

In the same way I don't like a lot of clutter on nightstands, I don't like a lot of clutter on dressers. I did a simple bit of greenery, a frame and a candle. A nice bronze mirrored tray holds it all. The rest of the dresser can be left to hold things that dressers hold!

As I mentioned before, the roman shades were custom made (They're a few shades lighter than the wall color) and we added store-bought curtains to them to soften the windows. 

The Indian kantha throw was a wonderful textural element we found and added to the simple hotel style bedding (again - I'm a broken record with the hotel style bedding, I love it).

The woven basket mounted over the bed was a piece I found from Africa. I LOVE IT. It's lightweight and brings so much interest to the room. 

bedside accessories. I love this little salmon dish that picks up the color in the rug

On the right, you can see the dresser we repurposed, completely made over! I really love the new hardware we added and we painted it a shade that is a few shades lighter than the walls. Isn't it nice?

a great family photo was framed with a simple store-bought frame and mat

I added a fern and some cooking books, and there you have it. Kidding! Cook books will eventually be replaced with other books (I gave them a mission to find some cool art books to go there). Also, this is when I go ahead and tell you that ferns are the new succulents -- you heard it here first. ;)

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing this project! It was so fun to work on, and I feel like it truly represents my design aesthetic: approachable; modern-meets-traditional; with some global touches throughout. 

Monday, October 2, 2017



I just wanted to check in and write about some of what I've been up to lately. My days fly by, full of all kinds of design problems to be attacked, and I realize that I never blog about anything I am doing. I know a lot of you follow me on Instagram (, but I do miss writing here, too. Do I say that every time? Whoops.

Anyway. A little of what's been on my radar lately...

I have been working on a playroom redecorating project that has been so much fun. It's always nice when a client lets your true (crazy) colors fly. This is how it started:

The rules were simple. 

-A couch

-Homework area

-Gymnastics practice area


... and that's really it. So, I pulled together a bunch of inspiration and here is where we are now:

pretty fun, no? We still have a little bit to do, but we are probably 85% there and I'm loving where it's at. I striped the walls with huge horizontal stripes, except on the wall with an angle where the stripes are vertical. They get broken up in the little daybed area...

We had a custom desk built for homework time. It's not quite done, but looking great so far. It'll have a custom bulletin board over it, running the length of the desk, too. You can see here the vertical stripes! (we need to switch out bulbs in the new fixtures, too...)

Last Friday I delivered the window shades that we had made, and the photo grid gallery wall.

It was really hard to get a pic of this area, but we had a new cover for the bench seat made as well as that roman shade. It's a teal blue that matches the end tables - hard to tell because this photo is so backlit. I had the hardest time photographing it!

here's a picture of the other (smaller) window's shade:

These are Ribba frames from Ikea, and I had simple 12 by 12 prints made at Walmart (for only $6 each!) to put in them. My client sent me some family photos and I edited them to make the colors more fun and crazy to go with the room.

Such a fun project, I can't wait to do more. 

When I picked up the shades from my work room, I also picked up this beautiful pillow that I had made for another client:

I love the floral here (usually I'm not a floral person, but this is so painterly and the colors are killer. Plus that weird mustard-green hybrid color is my favorite color of fall 2017...) and the butterfly flange detail I had them do on the edging. 

love it. 

At that same client's house, I hung this gallery wall a little while back, and need to find some cute prints to go inside the gold Target frames in her office. 

She used to be a big runner, so we had these metals framed which I think are a fun mix to the usual rectangle or squared off photo frame. Please ignore the exercise equipment, we are trying to get rid of that. Anyone want a half-broken stair climber?

I'm also working on a loft project over in Castleberry Hill. My client is renovating it himself, because he is a builder and I'm basically just doing consulting work with him. I've been telling him which colors to use, finishes to select, etc. He loves everything-wood, so basically my job is just telling him to use a different material than wood. ;) haha! Kidding...kind of.

He has this cool loft space, and I recommended the paint colors. Isn't it crazy the difference paint can make? 


and now:

so much more modern, huh?

Another little something I worked on last week was color selection for these modern homes in Old Fourth Ward. 

I was REALLY wanting to make hunter green (or some kind of green) work on this house, but it just wasn't right with the gray stained wood that we had already selected. So, we went with a dark blue-gray that's really pretty, instead. 

samples, samples, samples. 

last but not least, I have addressed a couple of problems in my own house. For some godforsaken reason (only slightly dramatic) I told my contractor I would patch, sand and paint the holes in my kitchen and dining room ceiling from him moving/installing can lights. I thought I would save a buck and it was one of the few things I could DIY with those renos. Why oh why did I not do it when there was already dust everywhere? I kicked up a nice pretty layer of snow all over my house last week. 

excellent idea!

Oh well, it's done now, and I re-cleaned the house. Lesson learned... just let the pros do it when they're doing everything else. I probably barely saved any money on that, anyway. haha. 

My contractor did look at me like I was crazy when I told him I'd just do it myself. But not as crazy as when he saw the pink door. Anyway.

Another project I'm happy about (which I did this evening) was organize my refrigerator door. It's the little things, guys.

do you guys follow The Home Edit on Instagram? It's amazing and I love them. It's taking a lot of self control not to write the category of each food item on the little stall door in front of them. In fact, if I can find a white paint pen... 

;) My mom is queen of all things organized, so sometimes it comes out in me. Not as often as it should.

This weekend, I also got some pumpkins at the Atlanta State Farmer's Market. They had such a great selection! I kind of did some Halloween decorating as well, but full-disclaimer I'll probably be way tired of looking at it by Halloween. Haha.


Anyway, hope everyone had a decent Monday. It was a very sad day for our country, and my heart has been heavy all day thinking of all of the people who are grieving today. Prayers, love and light to everyone out there. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

My Kitchen Renovation

I have been meaning to blog about my kitchen reno for forever! It has been finished for a couple of months now (well, mostly finished, do they ever really completely get finished? I have a few things on my list for the main contractor to come back and look at.)

This is what I started with, as a refresher: 

 lovely little drive thru window:

Then, I took down that wall that divides the dining room and kitchen. Now, it's essentially one large space. 

I wrote about it before, but I had to have a 16" header. Everything is painted white, so it's not too annoying, but I wish it could've been flush (way more $$$).

As you can see the kitchen floors were porcelain tile. It wasn't terrible, but I decide to remove them and put in hardwoods to match the rest of the house. The house has original hardwoods, and they had recently been redone. I'm happy to report the new kitchen hardwoods match seamlessly with the old (phew). 

Here is a progress photo from when the wall came down (DUST) and the header went up (DUST), but pre-kitchen remodel. 

This was right before the rest of the reno began. It was actually supposed to start in a couple of weeks from when I took this picture, but soon after I took it, my cabinet girl called and said, "If you can get your demo guys over there, I can get the cabinets in in three days!" So, acting as my own GC (I actually really like it because I can mostly control everything ;), I called my demo guys and asked if they could come SOON. He assured me they would be there that weekend. So one Sunday morning, bright n early, my entire kitchen was removed into a giant island of cabinetry and flooring into my backyard. 

They did it so fast, and this is what it looked like within a few hours:


On a whim, I decided to paint interior of the back door pink. My main contractor said, "Pink? Really" And kind of rolled his eyes. I guess not every shares my sensibilities. :)

Like I mentioned in my last post, I had a great cabinet contractor and she really helped me a lot with the placement of things. I knew I wanted:

1) hidden trashcans/recycling
2) a peninsula 
3) (most importantly) STORAGE

We created a plan to have a wall of relatively shallow (17") cabinets across from the sink for LOTS of storage. Believe it or not, I can store everything in this kitchen that used to be stored in my old house's kitchen. That house was 1900sf and this one is ~1100sf! Booyah.

Anyway, next came floors, then cabinets. Not walking on the floors for a few days and dealing with the fumes wasn't easy.

Pretty new floors, YESSSSSS

Apparently I don't have any photos of just the floors, but you get the drift. 

Finally it was time for the cabinets to go in. They came back and guess what? They mismeasured for the pantry area across from all of this, so that had to be reordered and was installed a couple weeks later. I was so excited and happy about this, that I really didn't even care. 

Finally, they came back to finish the install and also to add hardware (which is Martha Stewart for Home Depot). 

I love the fridge being boxed in. I kept all of the electrical and plumbing in the same spots because I liked where everything was and also I didn't want to spend the extra $ on that. My fridge and stove are not fancy, but they work fine. (Do wish the stove was gas, though! In a house that has gas, why is it not?! Argh)

I asked the contractor to leave the spots that needed patching for me. That, I can do! Also, I had him move/add can lights. They had added can lights before I bought the house, but they were in the wrong places for my new cabinetry, and I also wanted one over the sink. Holes holes holes to patch. 

I also painted this wall completely white, and had my contractor install a vent that actually vents outside, instead of recirculating smells/food back into the air like my old hood did. (dumb)

Post-patching and painting :) 

 I forgot to mention before that I added a dishwasher to the kitchen when I first moved in. The house didn't have one and I'm a snob and REALLY enjoy a dishwasher. So sue me.

Here is an almost-done pic with the countertops installed! This is when I really started getting excited. The new peninsula is a huge game-changer and really gives so much space, and I love being able to sit there and chat and have dinner. 

I looked for pendants for over the peninsula everrrrrywhere (well, every where that had relatively fast lead times). I couldn't find anything I wanted. Let's also not forget this was towards the end of reno and I was tired of spending money. 

I bought these white pendants from IKEA and carefully spray painted them hunter green (love the Montana spray paint line which you can buy at art supply stores).  I taped off the little lip on the top and bottom of the fixture to keep it white, because I felt like if it had originally been painted green, that's how it would've looked. 

I also spray painted the tops of the fixtures gold (previously also white). I loved how they turned out. My contractor was also a little judgey about my spray painting my fixtures, but whatev. We clearly don't have the same taste ;) He looked at me like I was a crazy person when he walked in one morning to see this sitting out for him.

Soooo, drumroll.... end result! And some of these pics have been edited (admittedly, for my instagram account {@kfddesigns}, not for here) and some haven't at all. I need some pro shots of the space, but this will have to do for now! I need to bring out the ol' Canon again, but my trusty iPhone seems to do most of the work these days. 

 I had the back walls tiled in white subway tile ... hard to see in these photos, but I love it. Timeless.

pink door! Wall of storage, I love you. Also - that microwave is the fanciest appliance in the house. In order to do the wall of cabinetry like this, and to also get the microwave off the counters (for more counter space) we had to put it in the wall of cabinetry, and since they are pre fab cabinets, we had to find a microwave that was shallow enough for our little situation. This over $600 microwave did the trick. Insert me rolling my eyes. But hey, it's really quiet. ha.

View from dining room: 

 I got the black stools on either Overstock or Amazon. I ordered the wrong height the first go-round, so had to send them back. Rookie mistake. 

andddd my cute little mint stool I got at Homegoods. I was already thinking I needed a cute stool for this kitchen, and when I saw this at HG one day, I snapped it up in a heart beat. :)

All in all, it happened at lightning speed. I thank my previous design contractor connections and being a good harasser of vendors for that ;)

Here is the other side of the long wall of cabinetry. to the right of the pink door. I added a cute bulletin board that I got months ago, as well as some gold hooks for keys/bags/etc. I also got that cute  "home" sign at White's Mercantile in Nashville.

Thanks for checking it out, y'all. I'm loving it!