Just for Fun :: Floor Lamp Inspiration


I’ve got another detail from last month’s Elle Decor on the brain. This Marrakech home, belonging to interior designers Martin Raffone and William McIntosh, is beautiful and full of thoughtful and impactful design decisions. Scanning through the spread, however, my eye was immediately drawn to a small detail…the floor lamps, by Lila Spirit, in one of the bedrooms {above}. The shape, color, scale and shade choice are so perfect for this space, and I love how they walk the line between dainty and masculine.

I’m a sucker for a good floor lamp, and there are so many options these days that you can really have some fun hunting for one that speaks to you. A floor lamp is the perfect opportunity to subtly elevate a room, adding a small detail or note of something in the space. Of course there are always the show stoppers as well- those pieces that really call for attention and show off all of their glory {we like those too!}.

I wanted to share some of my favorite floor lamps of the moment, whether they are my go-to work horses I’m drawn to again and again, or something special I’ve seen along the way…they’re all pretty great. Cheers!

Floor Lamps

1. Equilibrium Floor Lamp, Circa Lighting
2. Line Floor Lamp, Douglas and Bec
3. Linden Floor Lamp, Arteriors
4. Hackney Floor Lamp, Circa Lighting
5. Ava Floor Lamp, Holly Hunt
6. Flynn Floor Lamp, Serena & Lily
7. Industry Brass Floor Lamp, Lulu & Georgia
8. Scandinavian Floor Lamp, 1st Dibs


1. Jo Hammerborg Floor, 1st Dibs
2. Gerald Thurston Tripod Lamp, Chairish
3. Checkmate Floor Lamp, Land of Nod
4. Petite Arc Metal Floor Lamp, West Elm
5. Dane Floor Lamp, Plantation Design
6. Albert Floor Lamp, Dwell Studio
7. Montreuil Floor Lamp, Aerin
8. Carved Wood Floor Lamp, Anthropologie

Now go home and take a good look at your floor lamps!

Design is everywhere. Be Inspired.


ASID Awards Gala

Last week, the KMID team and I got all dolled up to attend the 2016 ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Awards Gala. When I heard our friend, Michael Lee, was being honored as an industry partner for his career and work in photography, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for a little team outing.

After arriving and enjoying a cocktail, we made our way into the main hall for the speeches portion of the evening. There, we heard from educator Rose Mary Botti-Salitsky from Mount Ida School of Design, interior designers, Jean Verbridge from Siemasko + Verbridge, and Genella McDonald from Stibler Associates, and industry partner, Michael J. Lee. Once all of the speeches had concluded, we settled in the main hall for dinner, followed by dancing and lots of photo-booth-fun.

It’s not often that we’re able to carve out time from our work to socialize with our peers, so it was fun to catch up with familiar faces, and meet a lot of new ones! As the warm weather approaches, I’m hoping we get the chance to do more outings like this. Check out all of our photos from the evening below!

{Above: Kristin Fitts of Leblanc Design with Elizabeth, Thiara, Alison and Stef}

{Above: the KMID team with Michael Lee}

Design is everywhere. Be inspired!


Just For Fun :: 19th Century Summer Camp Renovation


One of the best parts about vacation is finally getting the time to sit back, relax, and flip through those magazines that have been stacking up on my desk. As I was perusing Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, etc., I found myself continuously inspired by the work others are creating. Taking off for a little vacation was exactly what I needed to hit the reset button for spring. It always helps to step back and gain perspective, returning home with fresh eyes and mind. I’m excited about all of the amazing projects we are working on right now and can’t wait to see them all come to fruition in the coming months.

As I was looking through Elle Decor, I stumbled upon this project that is just too good not to share. This Manhattan couple found this abandoned 19th century summer camp (I mean come on) kind of on a whim. They loved the bones and saw the infinite potential, so they took the plunge. And boy are us design-lovers glad they did! Lets take a little tour shall we?


I love the mix of traditional and eclectic here. All of these spaces are designed and styled to perfection. The designer, Rita Konig, used pieces with classic lines mixed with fun, personality-packed elements. I also love love love these blinds by Joss Graham and am itching to use them in some of my upcoming projects.

I love all of the paint choices in this home. Konig struck the perfect balance between dark, jewel tones in some spaces and fresh white in others. Also…that gallery wall is perfection!


This wallpaper by Pierre Frey is so classic and clean- perfect for this light-filled space.


The homeowners hired Gil Schafer of Gil Schafer Architecture to help with all of the architectural changes to the home. All of the details throughout the project are so thoughtful and you can see it in the quality of the work. Gil commented that almost everything that looks old and original to the building, is actually new. Details like the irregular gaps in the floorboards (which were newly installed) were carefully made to look original and really make the space sing.


This paint color, Black-Blue #95, by Farrow & Ball is gorgeous. It’s so rich and transforms this space into something that is dramatic and special. I’m dying to use this somewhere and will have to keep it in mind…



The flooring here is really interesting. Painting a checkerboard pattern on this rustic wood mixes the farmhouse feel with something more graphic and visually interesting. Also, I love Hugo Guiness‘ work and this print is perfect for this space.



This stunning patio is the conclusion to our little tour. And come on, who wouldn’t want to enjoy a cold glass of lemonade sitting on that wicker set?!

I hope this home inspires you as much as it did me, and that it reminds you to leave room for serendipity, like these homeowners did. Renovations are hard work, but the results are well worth it in the end!

Design is everwhere. Be Inspired.


Design 101: Throw Pillow Basics

Hello everyone- Elizabeth again. In case you missed my little introduction the other day, I’m the Junior Design Assistant here at KMID. I started out as the trusty intern and now, after being here over a year, I’ve learned more than I can put into words {or a blog post}. Since I recently graduated college, I don’t have as much traditional training as the other talented ladies on the KMID team.  I live and breathe design but every once in a while, someone will mention something that I don’t know as much about.  The difference in pleating styles of drapes?  And what’s the deal with the latex backing on some high end rugs? And don’t even get me started on picking grout colors…

So who better to get down and dirty with some design facts than me!  First item of business: pillows.

Throw pillows, to the untrained eye, may seem like something that doesn’t require a great deal of thought.  But when used correctly, they can make a dramatic difference in adding some serious design goodness to a space!  They provide a pop of color and texture when thrown on a couch or chair and can really add that extra oomph to any room. You may have noticed various differences in pillow styles before, but not really understood all of the options when buying or getting them custom made. I’m here to inform you that there really are endless possibilities when it comes to throw pillows. Honestly it can be quite overwhelming…which is why you hire people like us to make these decisions!  Here’s a little break down of the basics…


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This is the simplest and often most popular pillow style. It is formed from two pieces of fabric that meet in a sharp edge, tapering to a sharp corner. You can enclose knife-edge pillows with a zipper that matches your fabric choice, or with an envelope back.


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Box edge pillows have a top, bottom and are either cylindrical or have four sides. Rather than two pieces of fabric that meet at an edge, they have a long edge that creates a pillow with depth and dimension. Despite the name, box pillows can be square, rectangular, round, etc. You can always add piping to add more structure or a pop of color.  You can see an example of a box-edged pillow on the chaise lounge below.


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A bolster pillow is long and cylindrical-shaped.  It’s essentially a piece of fabric filled to be a tubular shape, with two circular end pieces on either side.  Bolster pillows are either firm, placed behind the lower back to provide support, or used decoratively to add a finishing touch to your furniture.



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A self-welt pillow has a cord going around the edge. The cording can be done in the same fabric as the pillow, or in a contrasting color/texture.


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Flange pillows have usually an inch or two of fabric that extends out from the edge of the pillow. This extra fabric gives the pillow a fluttery, decorative edge.  Flanges on flanges below!


That’s it folks! I hope this little run-down helps you understand the vast world of pillows. What I love about this “Design 101” segment is that I get to learn a lot from each post as well. One thing is for sure- pillows are a design element that’s meant to be fun and a show off your personality…so get creative!

Design is everywhere. Be Inspired.

Friends of KMID :: Highland Hotblock

Hi everyone! My name is Elizabeth and I’m a Junior Design Assistant here at KMID. While Kate is away this week, I thought I would pop over and try my hand at writing a post for you all. While we’ve already started updating you on our office (here), I realized we haven’t shared anything about our fabulous neighbors….

 We’re really settling into our new office space and it’s so great to be a part of this wonderful Somerville community. Today it’s so warm we’ve thrown open the doors to let the spring breeze meander in. I can’t wait for warmer weather when this can be a regular occurrence {plus enjoying a glass rosé on the back deck after work!}

For those of you who don’t already know, our little line of shops here on Highland Avenue is more formally referred to as the “Highland Hotblock”. It’s chalk full of amazing and creative people that we love having as neighbors. It’s great to be surrounded by people who are inspiring and share an appreciation for aesthetic- no matter what their field. As we slowly reveal our space, I figured it’d be fun to introduce to those who are around us, because they’re all pretty special…

7ate9 Bakery


7ate9 is our go-to spot for coffee and afternoon pick me ups. They have loads of delicious beverage options, locally made snacks, and their specialty, cheesecake. They make these mini “individual” cheesecakes that result in a daily struggle of self-restraint {for our waistbands sake}!

E. Scott Originals


E. Scott Originals, and her adorable pup, Mable, occupy the shop two doors down from KMID. The owner, Emily, designs and creates some seriously gorgeous jewelry. It’s always a fun spot to stop by and window shop, or slyly suggest to your loved one around Valentine’s day {wink}.

Work Shop Salon


Work Shop Salon is a boutique hair salon that prides itself on it’s experienced stylists and individuality. Although we haven’t gone there for hair styling yet, we’ve heard they’re quite a talented bunch. Also, they carry Living Proof products which all the girls in the office swear by!

M.F. Dulock


M.F. Dulock is an artisanal butcher, and also happens to live right next door to us. We love that they source entirely from local farms and only carry the absolute highest quality. It’s the perfect place if you’re cooking for a dinner party and want to get something special.

Arts at the Armory


The Armory is a stone’s throw away from us and serves as a real Somerville landmark. It functions as a community arts center for the city; including artists studios, gallery spaces, and a great performance hall that often hosts live music. They also have a little cafe that is great for a quick cup of coffee, sandwich, or soup.

Highland Kitchen


We have a real soft spot for Highland Kitchen. We’ve all had countless meals/drinks here whether together as a team outing, or with friends and family. The bartenders are some of our favorites and the food is absolutely delicious. The black bean burger is the best veggie burger I’ve had and the buffalo brussel sprouts are always a crowd pleaser. Also if you’re okay with a wait, the Sunday brunch is one of the best in Boston.

3 Little Figs


3 Little Figs is sort of our special occasion lunch spot. It’s a little bit further down the road which requires a little bit more effort, but it provides such a cozy and welcoming atmosphere that sometimes it’s just what you need. The sandwiches and salads are delicious and they always have an array of tasty pastries that pair perfectly with a latte.

If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend you stop into any of the above. We’re very friendly over here on Highland Avenue and it’s a great place to explore!

Design is everywhere. Be Inspired.

{Images: Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Eater, Boston Magazine, Salon Today, The Second Lunch Blog, Ruby Shoes Photography}