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Venice, CA

My LA Home Tour: The Details

The last and final part of my Home Tour is here!  For this post, I wanted to focus on some of the special details that really make my house feel like a lived in, comfortable home.  I always want guest to feel like they can kick their feet up and stay awhile when they enter.  I knew I didn’t want to have anything too “precious” or formal since this is a beach house.  I’ve got a ton of linen pieces, mixed in with straw baskets, shearling, and light wood.  I incorporated high and low items – some from Restoration Hardware and some from Target.  Also, I didn’t follow any “rules” per se and just bought things that caught my eye and drew me in! I always get asked about all of the white in my house and if it makes me nervous plus how I keep it clean/etc… Can I let you in on a little secret?  It doesn’t stay very white and that’s totally okay with me! haha  Thankfully the slipcovers on my couch are machine washable and the rugs are so inexpensive that I can replace them if Charlie pukes on them (which he has many times! #dogmomlife)  If you look closely there are scuff marks, paw prints, and dirt, but it just adds character in my opinion!!!  Magic Clean erasers and Oxyclean are my lifesavers! In terms of decorative objects, it’s no secret I love baskets.I have a zillion in every corner.  I seem to always be buying more baskets to place around the house and put everything from blankets in, to towels, dry cleaning, groceries, and flowers.  Baskets look great in any style home and really add a rustic feel!  They’re also an amazing use of space especially in an apartment or tight quarters. I collect coffee table books!Mostly fashion ones and place those throughout my home.  Friends and family never know what to get me for holidays or my birthday so they send me books which makes me SO happy.  I love flipping through them for inspiration and ripping pages out and framing it as art. Also, I love keeping a big stack of magazines on the living room side table for guests to browse when they’re waiting for me to get ready (I’m always 5-10 minutes “fashionably late”…working on it!) and a fully stocked bar for any occasion.  I placed a few shells and vases I picked up at the Melrose Flea Market on the bar and on top of coffee table books to complete the room. Handmade pieces always add a nice touch to a space and make it not seem so cookie cutter/sterile.The last thing you want is to order everything from one store in a matching set.  NO, no no!!!!   Have fun with your space and spice up a boring corner with eclectic, unique pieces like this handmade macrame piece from Etsy.  I almost bought a black + white photo where that macrame piece is hanging in my hallway and I am SO glad I didn’t.  It fits in perfectly with my bohemian, laid back beach town surroundings.  If you don’t live in a beach town, you can absolutely still incorporate a bit of macrame…perhaps a small piece in a bathroom or entry! I’ll be filming several “how to” style decor videos this year and would love to know what particular topics or rooms you’d love me to talk about.  Leave me a comment below and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already! XO My LA Home Tour: The Details
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Venice, CA

My LA Home Tour: Closet

Happy Monday!!!!  I had the best weekend and was able to rest + recharge!  It still feels very much like summer here in LA (and will for several more months) so I spent most of the weekend at the beach and hanging around Venice.  I also checked out the new Palisades Village shopping area that was just built in Pacific Palisades and let me tell you – it is stunning!  If you’re visiting or live in LA, you must check it out.  They have the CHICEST stores like Zimmermann, Rachel Zoe, Anine Bing, St. Frank, ALC, and Elyse Walker – and the best restaurants like Blue Ribbon Sushi (OMG SO HAPPY THIS OPENED! It’s my fave in NYC), Sweet Laurel Bakery (yummiest gluten + dairy free baked goods) and more.  Speaking of shopping and stores… I am hosting my first ever CLOSET SALE this Saturday in Venice!  I am so excited to get a chance to meet some of you and share my wardrobe and home decor items with you.  Pssst I am selling this pink rug so many of you LOVE!  The first 50 girls to show up will receive a customized With Love From Kat tote bag full of beauty goodies.  The sale will be from 11AM-1PM on September 29.  To receive the exact address of the sale + more details RSVP here!  A proceed of the sale will go to a charity I am really excited to be involved with; Dress For Success. Here is a look inside my actual closet!  I turned my second bedroom into a walk in closet/office.  The bedroom already had a generous walk in closet with built ins when I moved in, but I added personalized touches like this gold chandelier you may remember from my NYC apartment and a cozy linen ottoman.  I used IKEA bookcases to line one of the walls for shoe + bag storage and got this great silver Moroccan themed bench to go in the center of the room.  I’m still finishing up the space, but really love how girly and glam it feels!  The clothing racks are also from IKEA – and were $10!  Never underestimate IKEA!  I added this wood ladder to break up the bookcases and love how it elevates them. I hope to see you at my closet sale this Saturday – it will be such a fun day of shopping!!!!  Don’t forget to RSVP here! XO
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Venice, CA

My LA Home Tour: Living Room

TGIF right?!  I don’t know about you gals but I NEED SLEEP!  It’s been one of those nonstop weeks and I feel like I haven’t sat down once.  We shot the cover of my book which was SO FREAKIN’ exciting and I drove down to Orange County twice this week to speak at the Simply conference and attend a fun event with Nordstrom x Chanel.  I’m definitely ready for a mani/pedi, bath, and take out + Real Housewives on the couch situation. Speaking of couch, my couch is my favorite part of this room.  It’s a comfy, cozy oversized piece from Restoration Hardware that I dreamt of having for years and years and had to wait for since it wouldn’t fit in any of my NYC apartments!  IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT!  Charlie gets his dirty paws all over it, but luckily you just take the slipcover off and wash it and it looks brand new.  Yes it gets dirty all over again, but that’s dog mom life right?! I went with lots of neutralsWhite, cream, and light wood for this space and wanted it to flow with the rest of the house.  I spend so much time in this space and love hanging out after a long day here.  The shearling rug is the best thing in the world to lay on and Charlie buries his little nose in it!!!  All of my baskets are under $100 and add that coastal/beachy charm look I love. I knew I wanted to have a surfboard and a giant piece of oversized art in my entry which leads into the living room.  The surfboard is from a local shop called Mollusk Surf and the artwork is from an incredible company called St. Frank which is based out of San Francisco.  I ordered the bench from Etsy and had it painted a dark navy blue (it was actually supposed to be black, but we got the wrong color – and I ended up liking it!) Stay tuned for the last part of my home tour next week – my closet/office! My LA Home Tour: Living Room
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Venice, CA

My LA Home Tour: Dining Nook

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend!  I am so excited to share my dining nook with you.  This little alcove was empty when I moved in, and I immediately envisioned a cozy dining bench built into the corner.  I found a picture of one I loved on Pinterest, showed it to my contractor and he built it in 2 days.  It’s one of my most used areas in the house.  I love eating breakfast here, having meetings around the table, and bringing my laptop to work.  I rotate the flowers and coffee table books I keep on it and it always brightens my day when I walk by and see a pop of color in that corner. For artwork, I made custom art to hang in this nook.  I love the look of custom art – it’s so unique – and SO easy to make!  The larger piece is a textile I picked up on a trip to San Miguel de Allende.  A woman handmade the piece and I knew I had to bring it home with me the second I saw it!  The wonderful team at Simply Framed laid it in this stunning lucite frame.  The other two pictures are actually just photos I tore out of a magazine and a coffee table book and put in Restoration Hardware frames! Shop all of my dining NOOK decor belowIncluding this chandelier, this table, and these bistro chairs. SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
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