LA House Tour

A Thanksgiving Table

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away!  My mom is coming to town and I am so excited to show her around LA.  She has never visited me before (I usually visit her!) so this will be a really fun girls week/weekend.  I picked up these gorgeous pieces from Martha Stewart’s Collection, created for Macy’s to prep for our Thanksgiving feast.  I’m OBSESSED with the pattern on these plates – sooooo classic and ideal for Thanksgiving right?!  I know I’ll have these dishes for years to come! Thanksgiving Table DecorFor the table decor I used not only these stunning plates from Martha Stewart’s collection, created for Macy’s but these fun bowls for sides or soup, this pumpkin bowl for cranberry sauce, candy, or nuts, and this beautiful wood serving board and gold dish for appetizers.  I love how affordable and versatile these pieces are.  I designed my table around them – using a neutral color scheme with very “fall” like pops of color in the napkins and flowers. When it comes to decorating a table, I like to scan Pinterest and magazines before ordering things and heading to the store.  This gives me a general idea of what vibe I’m going for so once I’m at the store I don’t feel overwhelmed or like a deer in the headlights!  It’s always nice to be a little prepared since there are so many options.  When I was at the market, I knew I wanted food and flowers that were aesthetically pleasing and went with my dishware colors.  These fun pampas feathery looking plants stuck out at me, along with these deep red flowers.  I bought some eucalyptus, rosemary, and other greenery to lay out since the table needed some foliage to make it more rustic.  Shop everything for my Thanksgiving table decor below!
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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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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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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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