Saturday, November 19, 2016

Pop-Up Shop at Madewell

hey folks!

I wanted to let you know that I am hosting a pop-up shop at the Madewell store at Lenox Square (here in Atlanta) tomorrow, Sunday November 20th from 1-3. Please join me!

There will be sips and snacks during the event, and shoppers will enjoy 20% off retail purchases made at Madewell on purchases over $125. A perfect time to do a little holiday shopping for gifting (or yourself!)

Please come shop + sip! I am excited and also nervous no one will come. Hah!

Here's a little preview of some of my pieces. I really love coming up with new color combinations...

"gingham" added to this piece was a fun change-up

super-into this mustard color...

work on paper that is going to be for sale, framed...

bebe paintings!

hope to see y'all there!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

I'm Back!

Wow. It's been a while... again. I just sort of stopped blogging. It was unintentional, but a lot of life got in the way, and I was completely uninspired to blog here. I have been doing almost solely interior design work for a while now, and I find that making time for blogging, in addition to keeping up with emails, client calls, project sourcing and logging hours (and Instagram!) is just hard. But, I'm slowly starting to miss sharing my ideas and inspiration with someone other than my best friend, so I hope to make this a regular thing again. 

I'm not sure really where to begin (like I said, a lot has gone down in the last year for me, personally and professionally), so I'm just going to pick up directly where I left off, and kind of dive back in as if I never stopped writing.

I have quite a few projects going on right now, and they all hugely vary in style. This keeps things fresh, and I wear a lot of hats. However, I find more and more that clients and builders are coming to me for my particular style (color, modern, vintage, eclectic), and that is rewarding. 

One of my favorite projects I'm working on right now is what I have been referring to on my Instagram as the #partyshed. 

This shed is in my neighborhood and owned by some very cool neighbors. Although their house is new, the shed has been on the property for years and years. My clients are wanting to turn it into sort of an outdoor extension to their house - a place where they can hang out with friends and their daughter (who is 3) and relax. 

It doesn't have running water, but we wanted to make it functional as a space where they can make drinks and serve food (so we needed a bar/storage), sit down, and hang. 

The floors are concrete from years ago, so we were working with what we had on those, and the beams that were in there were existing and basically there was only one in the center made with raw 2 by 4's. It was lonely.

I wish I had better "before" pictures, but deleted them when I figured I'd never blog about it. Argh!

Anyway, I came up with a plan to wrap the existing cross beam in reclaimed wood to make it look more substantial and intentional. We also added a faux beam in the back and front for balance.

I told them I could see a 7' bar across the back, centered left, with a pipe shelving system behind it for looks and functionality. Here's my (very noted-up) sketch:

You'll see my vision for the bar on the back left, as well as the shelves. To the right, where you walk in, there is a bench seat that is L-shaped. We had a funky existing concrete knee-wall to cover up, and this helps greatly, while also adding seating and storage (The seat lifts up for their daughter's toys and has a soft-close henge so no pinched fingers!).

Here it is after my good buddies from Woodology built it all up for us! We painted it in Sherwin Williams' "Argos":

You can see the wood-wrapped beams, as well as the bar (minus countertop - still TBD) and the shelves. The shelves are high-up, so that little hands can't reach them, and also to make it easy to navigate the smallish area behind the bar.

On the other side of the bar, they have a fridge and 2 cabinets - one has a lock. 

I love how the bar "floats." Very modern and clean-looking.

As you can see, we kept the concrete floors. We did, however, even them out and add a water lock sealer. 

Here is the bench seating area I was talking about. You can see the knee-wall in the bottom left of this photo:

The height of the seat comes up to the trim height, so that when the pillow cushions are added, they will all be even. We also added this fun little corner built-in table top so that guests can set a drink or whatever, down, and not be inconvenienced by a table in the middle of the floor (this area is really more for the kids!). 

As you can see in the photo below, we also added a shelf on the window-side for shoes. 

Next comes my favorite part (well, they're all kind of my favorite parts...).

I showed my client my idea of adding FLOR Tiles to the space, and she thankfully loved it. 

This was the style inspiration:

FLOR carries so many colors and fun styles. You can cut them to your liking, and choose whatever your heart desires. I love working with the Atlanta FLOR store here - they're so nice and helpful.

Anyway, I went over there and came up with a fun color scheme (coming up with color combos might be one of my most favorite things in life...dork):

I always say that adding weird (like the sage and hunter green, above) colors into a mix of colors that I think or more normal (pink, orange, black, white) is what really MAKES a combo. Adding a touch of whimsy and the unexpected. I did some soft blue because of the little shed's exterior (and the big house). The exterior is white, gray and this soft blue.

I selected the Argos from SW color for the cabinets because it is a cool gray that has some blue in it, and I thought it would complement the exterior nicely as well as the concrete floors.

Anyway, here is a photo of the FLOR tiles after they were installed. I decided to install them myself, because I knew that I would need to be there anyway, while the "professional" installer did them, so that they were dispersed nicely and it didn't make sense for my client to pay both me and my installer, so I made it a DIY project. Another one of my favorite things in life, as you guys well know if you have read my blog for a while. :)

Here was the general idea:

It took some interesting cuts, but FLOR tiles are really easy to lay yourself. You can see on the top right of this photo, that you essentially just lay down these ultra-sticky FLOR stickers sticky-side-up, and adhere all 4 corners of the square.

Towards the beginning of laying them.. weeeeeeeeeee

at the end! Photos do not do this justice. It added SO much character and personality! 

I forgot to mention that FLOR tiles are industrial-grade, so very easy to clean, and durable. Also, a nice thing about them is if something got stained really badly, all you have to do is pull up the triangles that are damaged and replace them - an easy fix.

I love them.

Now, we are onto selecting the countertop (going with a matte black counter to bring in the black of the pipe shelves and the rug), as well as having bench cushions made (black and white stripes!).

I will be back with more progress. Thanks for reading and sticking around.

I will try and keep blogging regularly. I post on my Instagram account almost everyday, if you care to follow along. It's @kfddesigns.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Wow, it's been a while. Two months, almost. I wanted to check in and show you guys some progress on some recent projects that are finally starting to take shape. I am currently working on a few interior decorating projects, a few new-build design projects and one TV show. Life is busy and good. 

Last we left off, I was talking about this built in bench that I had made for a client. 

We got the cushion in, and how it's all finished. I love how it came out.

 photo C50015B7-28C7-4873-880A-02435C302D3B_zps56xngbf3.jpg

 photo B772AE5D-5BAB-4806-B896-B315F1B190E7_zpshj2i1l2x.jpg

It matches the fabric in the front living room, which is just across the house. I will share some photos of the furniture too, which is all coming in and looking great. I'm really happy with how this living/dining/kitchen is looking. My clients have great taste, which makes me look good :) 

Like I mentioned before, I'm working on a few new builds too. 

We had this cute bungalow that we are renovating (from the studs) painted white with black accents and I love it and want to move in.

Here is the before picture to jog your memory:

 photo 20702B07-AE3C-4B70-9ECA-751F777F4307_zpshgfesiiq.jpg

And here is a little peek of what it looks like now (not finished, obviously)

 photo 1A4D3A26-EA2E-47BD-9F77-06BD56C51343_zpsjdbgm6sq.jpg

The ceiling will be stained, as well as the front door. I love the white paint on all of the moldings and brick. It tones down all the texture, and modernizes it. The old moldings are still there, but not as prevalent as before. I'm really into black and white right now, and as you can see, I did the sashes/trim black, along with the vent detail on the top of the gable. The black paint on that was only supposed to be on the horizontal vent pieces, not the outer trim - that will be fixed later. We also selected black drains, which almost acts like a frame for the house. I selected cute black modern farmhouse lights for either side of the front door. 

On the interior, things are coming along really beautifully too. Like I said - I want this house.

Here's a peek at office:

 photo FA794199-DF5B-4A97-A92C-62009272D403_zps5ote29ee.jpg

do those doors look familiar? I have the same ones in my house, also in a dark, almost black. The board and batten wall is a favorite, and is echoed in a couple of other places in the house.

The guest bathroom:

 photo 55564A1E-D447-421E-9492-D0557E40E40F_zpsof7vyh9d.jpg

And the master bathroom:

 photo 4180862E-85ED-442D-8393-52A8ABBF2A8D_zpsm0ufmm3f.jpg

I kinda go nuts over that black penny tile. 

The plumbing fixtures are brushed brass throughout the house...ahhhh. This makes me happy. 

I can't wait to share the final photos of this house, as its one of my favorites of all time, and I've had a carte blanche on every finish selection (So naturally I love it, haha). 

As for a couple of the other new-builds I've been working on, here's one of my favorite photos of the prairie modern that is set to close in a couple of weeks:

 photo 24852EE1-79CA-4951-A4A2-82140714282D_zpsn4i6yre5.jpg

That's a reclaimed wood accent wall that is in the living room, next to the kitchen. I love the color we chose for the kitchen cabinets. So unique. I can't wait to see the light fixtures go into this house - they are some stunners. Specifically a really cool sputnik chandelier that's hanging in the foyer. Will share when they install!

The other modern house I'm working on is a true modern, and here are a couple of photos from it:

 photo A43682D5-B040-4CAE-A9CD-BD51E47B795A_zpswpmwscav.jpg

applying the stain to the hardwoods yesterday. 

As you can see, this house has a little bit of a black and white theme too (this might be my calling card of 2015?), with the black doors and white walls. The kitchen cabinets are black, too, with white vertically stacked subway tile, and killer wooden open shelving. 

There are a couple of bathrooms I'm really excited to see come together, as well. 

Here's the tile in the master:

 photo E961C771-5F05-4FDD-AF0F-951B93B3E359_zpsbgwesq3p.jpg

I love it.

We have a beautiful handmade wooden cabinet being installed that will be the perfect warmth needed to accompany all the black. Sexy!!

There's a guest powder bath downstairs that is also going to be moody and a little dark (dark cement gray walls, really raw beautiful countertop, black vessel sink and some killer lights), too.

My friend Mark has made these really cool pendants that will hang in the corner over the sink. This bathroom is going to be so cool.

Check out the lights (before they are darkened to black - so this is just the raw steel)

 photo 607F4D36-B32F-4499-A131-2BFCE34CE1DC_zps02mzdbbi.jpg

 photo 38C5F948-1A3A-4632-A2D8-E07E1B9D051C_zpswdvvdrca.jpg

There are two, and one hangs about 10" lower than the other one. And like I said, they'll be completely black when they're finished. I can't wait to see them installed. 

Besides design work, I have also done a little bit of painting. 

I did this American flag painting for my designers that design condo buildings. I busted 3 big paintings out in one weekend. It was kind of fun to get back into my painting clothes and sling some paint.

 photo B5E269D0-13E5-4AD6-8564-085865C56911_zpsqhwdmz73.jpg

 photo E989D174-2C6D-48EA-9018-DB0D6FD55CD5_zpsihv2xw1a.jpg

 photo B60FD62A-EE15-4CC4-83F2-B6D5169BEF09_zpsxpgfifvp.jpg
and, an abstract.

Jennifer (Designer) sent me a pic of them framed and installed. 

 photo 4CC67E2D-EA19-4B22-9462-310BF939203C_zpsgqhvnfyt.jpg

 photo 33DFDDAB-D113-4106-9D62-544F0C43034A_zpsrem1qzqf.jpg

And, on the non-work-side of things, I did this map for my brother's wedding in Virginia a couple of weeks ago:

 photo 7369F864-9288-4ADE-8E21-A83C60216A66_zpsvcrik8my.jpg

It was fun. 

And also: update on my tree...

 photo 0D3D89A3-1557-47E0-BBC8-E093F09CD2D8_zps76bdnn71.jpg

it's dead.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Light & Airy Design

Lately, my design work has involved a lot of light, white and airy. Not sure why, it just has.

I'm working on a modern new-build, and we are selecting all plumbing, electrical, tile, flooring and cabinetry (and later, furniture). We've selected all the plumbing and plumbing fixtures, and are almost done selecting electrical. The cabinetry is going to be really special. I am most excited about it, because I personally spent a lot of time toiling over the design and the look. I told my client, that in a modern home, I feel like the finishes and designs of cabinetry (and all surfaces) is really important, because in general everything is very simple. So, the pieces that do exist in the space have to speak volumes, to make up for the lack of.. well, anything. Does that make sense? 

We're doing some really cool cabinet designs, and I really can't wait to see them come to life. If all goes according to plan, we will be using some special woods and really nice light fixtures to create MOOD. I can't wait! 

 photo EEDE0CD9-9F75-45EA-ADAB-6ACB9995C149_zpsv8jtpvze.jpg

I spent a little time the other day picking out tile. I went a few places and took this photo at Floor & Decor. This small tile was not one that I selected for this house in particular, but I do love it. (though the uneven grout lines drive me nuts in this area, haha)

They actually have lots of fun "vintage" looking tile that I think will be really usable in a couple of other houses I'll be designing soon. I'll need tile for a new show I'm working on, along with another renovation that I'm working on. 

This is a house that I am helping select finishes for. We are in the middle of selecting exterior colors and I am PUMPED about it. It's going to be so much fun, and so my style - I will want to live here, too. How cute is the brick and dental molding at the top? 

Remember the photos of the bench and the table that I showed you guys the other day? For one of my decor clients?

Here was my initial sketch: 

Well, we had the bench installed and the table delivered, and I am loving how this place is coming along.

Here is our bench before it got sprayed white and installed:

 photo 034DD9C4-B97C-473B-965F-EBFBBEAE9F47_zpsw1yerrzv.jpg

and here it is now:

I love it! We had it custom made. It's about 8' long, and we designed it so that shoes can go in the middle. We had to have the air filter incorporated into the design, hence the shoe shelf in the middle. 

We did deep drawers on either side, so that my clients can walk in the door, throw shoes, bags, dog leash, etc into the drawers. We are currently having a bench cushion made to go on top, and I can't wait to see it installed, too. It's a pattern, and the fabric is absolutely perfect in this space. As you can see above at the top of the photo, we did custom white roman shades in these windows (so that we would have flexibility elsewhere) so it will be fun to see some pattern in the room. 

We also had the custom dining table delivered, and it's beautiful. The thing that I was most worried about with this table was the stain color. The color of the doors and window sashes are a sort of greenish/grayish/putty color, and the walls are a pale pale sea blue-green. They're both really beautiful colors, but very distinct, and I didn't want the stain color to be too blue of a gray. It needed to teeter more on the green side of things. Mike at Woodology is so good about working with me on things like this, and he created a few samples for us to choose from. We got lucky the first time, and one of his stain colors was dead-on. It looks beautiful in the space and we are so pleased!

we also recently got these cute metal chairs. I think the end chairs will be upholstered Parson's chairs but we are working on that now. We also have a large seagrass rug coming in.

see how unique the stain is? I love it. Bonus is that since this table is already distressed, it can't really be messed up by kids or animals or rowdy adults ;)

alright, back to work! Spending a lot of time at the computer these days, so it's nice to get off track for a few minutes every now and then but I need to return. I'll leave you with this nice picture of my shark tooth collection from our St Augustine vacation this summer...