Blush Crush
Thursday, February 04, 2016 3:43PM
Blush Crush

This month we are certainly blushing, and it's not just because Valentine's Day is around the corner. But since Cupid is coming, why not take the opportunity to channel our inner chic. I like to incorporate elements of the fashion industry into my designs, and this Spring, I'm feeling quite colorful. I'm currently hooked on the soft and sultry vibes evoked from this dusty shade of rose, otherwise known as blush. Check out some of these inspirations and ideas that will have you blushing, too. Blush TonesSoft shades of blush have a beautiful way of blending into a room. While anything in the pink family may be daunting, there are many neutral tones to choose from, like ...

Calling all Trendsetters!
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 1:04PM
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In what direction is the design industry going for the new year, you might ask? In my previous newsletter I shared one of my favorite upcoming trends, and now that 2016 is here, I'm ready to spill five of the top design trends to look out for!Pendants & Pedestals  Twenty sixteen is the year of the statement pendant! Bigger is not always better, so not everything needs to be oversized this year. Don't be afraid to juxtapose the big with the small. Try adding tall pedestal tables at each end of the sofa and tie them in with small pendant lights. Dare to be different! Sleep Chic       You only get so many hours of sleep each day, don't get ...

Kate's Countryside Christmas
Thursday, November 12, 2015 4:10PM
Blush Crush

As a designer, I never overlook an opportunity to create. With that being said, you could imagine why I adore the Holidays. This Christmas, my Hubby and I will be taking our travels yet again to the English Countryside, which I'm certain will make for an experience nothing short of enchanted. Being with my daughter, Ashleigh, her husband Oliver, and my too-cute-for-words grandson, Morgan, will be absolutely priceless, but no Holiday is truly complete without setting the proper ambiance. You didn't think I would spare the details just because I'll be overseas, did you? As it turns out, the gracious owner of the Stables, where I'll be staying in West Meon, has already offered to set up our ...

Design Refresh!
Friday, October 16, 2015 10:52AM
Blush Crush

  Before      ----->      After Every now and then it comes time for a re-design. No matter how much you once loved a particular look, the styles are ever changing. Though smaller rooms are often overlooked, it can be simple and affordable to make a big impact in a small space. Take, for example, one of my favorite spaces, the foyer. I recently transformed a dated foyer into a fresh and inviting entryway, and now I'm here to share my design choices with you! I began by working around this timeless French chandelier as a focal point for the space, keeping consistent with the overall style of the house. From there, I decided to go grey in a very ...

Falling for Fall
Saturday, September 19, 2015 7:58AM
Blush Crush

 Saying goodye to the Summer is always bittersweet, but just because the days are getting darker doesn't mean your home has to follow suit. This season, don't be afraid to spice it up, and not just your Pumpkin Latte. Pair some bright pillows with that navy blue sofa. Blend the new with the old. You can mix in new shapes and patterns without compromising the comfort of a traditional home. I've harvested a few suggestions to make you Fall in love with this season's décor:Color Trends     Fall FabricsBetween the wavy chocolate velvet, metallic stripes, and customizable pleats, there's a lot to be excited about this season! Geometric Shapes  ...

Inspiration + Inheritance
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 4:52PM
Blush Crush

After many years decorating, I realize the enormous effort it takes to pull it all together and place those finishing touches on a project. Simply chosing which fabrics to pull, let alone deciding on the shape of a sofa, or wall color, may seem like small decisions to many. As a designer, these are the final little details which I take the time to hone in on, separating a house from a home. Before getting down to those details, first you'll need to decide where to start! No need to feel overwhelmed, you can always find a starting point in something. Perhaps it's the tone of an old wooden frame, or a piece of crystal orb. Whatever that thing may be, always run with it. Every awe inspiring ...

NEW! Shop Kate Designs Online...
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 11:42AM
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From our re-defined online presence and the new tools supporting it, to the refreshed workspace surrounding us, [not to mention new babies being born], there's a whole lot to be excited about here at Kate!!!Designs. But perhaps the most life-changing development for loyal viewers like you is set to take full-swing this Fall. Starting September, Kate!!!Designs' one-of-a-kind-finds will become available to you via online store. This improvement is intended to maximize the consumer experience. Upon visiting the site, viewers will now have the capabilitiy to browse, create an account, save items to a cart, and purchase online securely. As a true designer, I remain focused on full service ...

Kate in the Workplace- Part I
Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:10PM
Blush Crush

Even the designer needs to freshen up her space every now and then, or should I say, especially the designer. With new trends unfolding in the design industry daily, there's never a shortage of inspiration... and what's the use in fighting temptation? My advice is to listen to your heart when it tells you it's time for a re-design. Just a couple weeks ago I decided that my workspace needed a rehaul, and since then I have not looked back (aside from this blog post)! Now i'm inviting YOU behind the scenes of my work station rejuvenation.My previous space, while bright, beautiful and airy, lacked functionality and began to feel dated. I wanted to create a space where my staff would feel ...

Summer Outdoor Living
Thursday, April 23, 2015 3:09PM
Blush Crush

Last time on the Loft we focused in on the organic beauty of the English landscapes. The good news is whether you're in England, or your own small back yard, it doesn't take much to turn just a patch of grass into an outdoor oasis. Outdoor living is meant to be relaxing and chill, so this summer we're taking it back to a simpler time. While there are an array of high quality fabrics and furniture available, it only takes a few pieces to achieve the classic summer vibe that we so adore. Today i'm sharing some of my favorite outdoor inspirations, splendid enough to take me back to Europe, yet simple enough to achieve right at home!Comfort and style go hand in hand with this outdoor patio ...