It’s always fun to update your home. There are so many easy ways to improve the look of a space – whether it’s with a piece of art, a rug, a throw pillow, or a fresh coat of paint. When BEHR® reached out wanting to collaborate around their best selling BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Paint & Primer I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been wanting to update my dining nook for a while, but didn’t want to do anything too drastic since I love how light and airy the space feels. BEHR’s “Close Knit” paint was the perfect shade of light grey and two coats of it was just enough to make the nook really pop. It’s elegant and subtle. My favorite thing about the paint besides the fact that it didn’t leave behind a strong paint fume – the smell was completely gone in 2 hours. Now that I’ve realized how easy it is to paint and see what a difference it makes – I’m already brainstorming my next project. I plan on using BEHR’s PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® paint which is extra durable, resists stains/scuffs and can be tinted to over 2,000 colors or color match it to your perfect color. It’s gonna be hard to choose one! I am giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky reader, courtesy of BEHR®. To enter for a chance to win, simply share what home project you’re excited to work on next and how you could use BEHR® paint! What color would you choose?! Tell me here!
This year I have more weddings and engagement parties to attend than ever before. I’m particularly excited about one of my girlfriend’s weddings that will be in Positano this summer! When it comes to gifts, I always head to Macy’s because I know they have every single registry item imaginable – from gorgeous Le Creuset pots, to Vitamix blenders, Kate Spade dishes, and KitchenAid mixers. There are so many benefits to using Macy’s registry. You can get 10% of your total purchase back in gift cards to use towards anything in the store. I bought one of my girlfriends this KitchenAid mixer for her wedding a few weeks ago and couldn’t resist ordering one for myself. Macy’s carries them in a zillion different colors, but I personally love the classic look of the silver chrome. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to put my KitchenAid to use so I whipped up these yummy gluten free vanilla coconut cupcakes. The recipe was super simple – just vanilla, coconut oil, honey, baking powder, almond meal and eggs. My sister is paleo and she approved ;) If you’re in need of a wedding gift I highly recommend the KitchenAid, as well as a Le Creuset pot (perfect for the gal that loves to cook), a Vitamix blender (you can’t go wrong – I seriously use mine everyday), or a beautiful set of Kate Spade dishes (these black and white ones are timeless). Shop more of my wedding gift picks below – including these Kate Spade His + Hers napkins and this Calphalon pan.
Happy Monday! I wanted to share one of my favorite corners in my West Village apartment with you. I spend a lot of time at home (especially in the winter!) so having a comfortable space is so important. Also…a well stocked bar is a must ;) I splurged on this bar cart from Williams Sonoma a few months ago and just love the leather handles. I use it as both a bar cart and bookshelf for all of my coffee table books. I collect coffee table books (if you can’t already tell) as well as matches and seashells. I try to pick up a box of matches at every bar or restaurant I visit around the world. When guests come over, it’s fun to lay them out and see which spots they’ve been to! This candle burns 24/7 in my apartment. It smells heavenly and people always ask me about it when they walk in. You can’t go wrong with John Robshaw’s “Sheesha” pillow. It’s classic with a twist and brings a simple couch to life. I’ll be sharing a full apartment tour (I know, I know it’s a looooong time coming!) very soon.
It’s the little touches – artwork, fresh flowers, candles, coffee table books, and knick knacks like trays of bangles and perfumes on dressers that really make a home feel like your own. After almost 3 years of living in the same apartment in the West Village, I’ve really started to “nest” and can proudly look around and see my style inserted in every corner. I’m excited to start sharing more home decor posts and decorating tips on here since that is and has always been one of my greatest passions. This blog did after all, begin as an interior design blog! A reader of mine who has been following me for years and heard me speak about my career path at the Simply Stylist conference reached out last week. She said she connected with the fact that I had both an interior design background (my college major) and fashion background (I did in house PR for a small jewelry company when I first moved to the city.) She was telling me about how she was starting a blog and unsure of which topic to focus on since she had so many passions and diverse career experience (in fashion, finance and philanthropy!) I told her the beauty of a blog is that it can be whatever you want it to be and it can morph and grow as you grow! You don’t have to choose one topic to write about or focus on. Being multifaceted is one of her greatest qualities and should be shared – not condensed or hidden. At times, I too have felt like maybe I should only focus on fashion – or interior design related posts – but then it seemed silly not to share my interest in the fashion, beauty, decor, travel, and most recently wellness fields. This holiday, I am especially grateful for your support and have truly loved getting to know more of you on a personal level. I cannot wait to continue creating, sharing, and connecting with you in the New Year. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! xx Kat
I’ve been wearing Aerin Lauder’s latest scent Tangier Vanille since July and have gotten soooo many compliments on it. Seriously, people stop me in the middle of the street to ask me what I’m wearing. It’s soft and feminine without being overly sweet. It was inspired by the rich and evocative scents of Morocco – with notes of amber, bergamot and vanilla. I wear this scent every single day and can’t leave for a trip without packing it. I stayed at my girlfriend Tammi’s house in Palm Springs over the summer and brought her the gorgeous Tangier Vanille bath and body set as a little hostess gift. The packaging is this fun ikat pattern (so my style!) and I love the body cream included in it. Aerin’s entire beauty collection is just as classic, timeless, and chic as she is. I admire the lifestyle brand she’s built – her home decor pieces are to die for, her beauty products create that effortlessly put together look we all want, and her blog constantly inspires me. Everytime I wear the Tangier Vanille scent I’m instantly transported to Marrakech – a place that has been on my must-see list forever! You can shop the entire Tangier Vanille collection here. Have a wonderful weekend!