25.5.17

House Pics...Before and After!

I'm back!! I'd love to share some before and after pictures of our house now that we're feeling settled. One of my favorite things about this house is how livable each room is, and that we have the flexibility to rearrange! I hung the gallery wall to the left of the kitchen doorway, where you can see below, was a blank, off-centered wall. 
(Before)
I painted inexpensive and vintage frames black and gold to keep it cohesive. The art is a mix of different things that make me happy, like old family photographs, my fashion illustrations, and construction paper cut outs. Some of the pieces I had done for our previous (much larger) gallery wall. I got a new Matisse book at the museum recently, and cut out his handwriting that I love so much, which fit inside an Ikea frame I painted glossy black. 
In the family room, our sectional is currently functioning as a pair of sofas! Since we didn't add window treatments in here, I wanted to add as much color and texture as we could with pillows and the round skirted table in the back corner.
I love being able to grab the poufs or the fan chairs from the back porch for extra seating!
(Before)
{Round skirted table topped with a whimsical Manuel Canovas print}
{Pottery Barn rug and Mela & Roam kantha quilt}
We swapped out the iron light fixture over the dining room table with a vintage pineapple chandelier. I got white vinyl chair cushions custom-made to fit our old Pottery Barn chairs and they've been AMAZING to wipe down! They're almost two years old and still spotless!!
{Our favorite handmade placemats from Uganda}
In the formal living room, we also replaced the light fixture with an antique chandelier, and found the perfect petite sofa already covered in a favorite Brunschwig & Fils fabric.
(Before)
I painted the bamboo table legs black and it's covered in a vintage kimono!
We painted the master bedroom the softest shade of lilac...
 (Before)
 We had the antique screen in our old house with the opposite side showing, but when we were moving it got soaked, and the most BEAUTIFUL colors appeared!! 
 I made these pillows out of a pretty Romo linen, backed in pink velvet. They also work well in the black and white chairs I slipcovered using inexpensive Waverly ticking fabric!!
(Before)
I found the antique Turkish rug on Etsy, along with the boucherouite rug (below) in Annie's room!
Above the crib, I hung the big caterpillar Pearl painted for Fred when he was born. We inherited the Ikea daybed from the previous owners, which now holds all of Lela's clothes in the pull out drawers! 
 (Before)
The daybed has been great to have for guests and the pillows are always changing. I have yet to photograph the big kids' room because it's usually a mess and someone is always napping, but here's a peek at the precious antique twin headboard in there!
If you're still reading (!!) I wanted to share an easy project in case you missed it on Instagram last week...
 I found these woven placemats at Target for $4.99. They're already backed in white cotton, so I just opened up one edge with a seam ripper, stuffed it with a pillow form, and hand-stitched it back together! 
There are so many cute ones that are perfect throw pillow size. I love this striped black and white version, and this blue and white one with tassels would be so great on white outdoor furniture! Hope you enjoyed the house tour, and you can find me over at Kate Kingman Interiors on Instagram now!!

28.1.17

Locket Love

One of my favorite Christmas presents I gifted myself this year, was this antique brass locket. It folds out and holds all four of my kids!! My sister-in-law put it on a 32" chain, which makes it so versatile and easy to throw on with everything in my closet. I uploaded all their pictures to this website and each pic comes printed in different sizes to fit your locket. So easy!! 
 I've been living in this flannel CP Shades tunic lately-- their stuff is perfect for post-pregnancy, nursing bods!! These slimming black leggings from Target are also on heavy rotation. 
I wear my locket with a stack of African horn bracelets, layer it with a shorter gold necklace and white t-shirt...
Simple black sweater...
 And dressed up with earrings and chunky heels...
There's so many fun vintage lockets on etsy, just swap them out with a longer chain!!!
Antique Brass Locket, Etsy $97
Gold & Black Antique Locket, Etsy $85

If you're looking for something new, you can find a round and simple locket from J.Crew, a fun Enamel Locket from Mark & Graham, or an intricate oval from Peru.

10.1.17

Fashionable at Home

Designers, models, and muses bring eclectic style into their homes with an effortless mix. Most of them do the decorating themselves, breaking all the rules!! 
Lee Radziwill in her Paris apartment, T Magazine 2013--One of my all time favorite sofas!!!
Amanda Brooks at home in Oxfordshire, England {see the amazing spread in the  September Architectural Digest}
{In her Southampton dining room}
When I was interning for Betsey in college, she told me never run out of two things...toilet paper and champagne!! -Betsey Johnson in her old NYC Penthouse
 Aerin Lauder at her Southampton Home via Garance Dore
Lela Rose in her NYC Home via Elle Decor
(Love her dining room table that lowers from the ceiling!!) 
American magazine editor
Fleur Cowles at Home in London, 1966
Carolyn Murphy in her NYC townhouse {IG pics via Lonny}
Kate Spade in her NYC bedroom via The Selby
“Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, but that’s what makes it fun. I just try again.”-Taylor Tomasi Hill, in her old NYC via Vogue 
Ulla Johnson at her Brooklyn home via The Glow --and read her amazing beauty tips via Into The Gloss
Carolina Herrera in her NYC atelier, via Vogue

"It's very difficult to define style. It's not just what you're wearing, it's also the way you live, the way you arrange your house, the books you read. If you go with your instinct and your heart, it doesn't matter what people say." 
Carolina Herrera, Veranda Jan. 2017