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Just for Fun :: Floor Lamp Inspiration

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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

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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.

Kate

Just For Fun :: 19th Century Summer Camp Renovation

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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?

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

Kate

Just for Fun :: Oscars Best Dressed

In case you missed all of the buzz- last Sunday was the 88th Academy Awards. With the kiddos in bed, there’s no better way to end the weekend than curled up on the couch with a glass of wine in hand, watching the Oscars. Although the awards are the main event, the two hours of red carpet are really my sweet spot ;).

I love that the Oscars are such a movie-star event in terms of fashion. The celebrities really bring their A-game and dress like, well, movie stars. This is their time to whip out the big, bold, dramatic, risk taking, avant-garde looks and I love it. This year was all about color and sequence- two things I can definitely get behind on the red carpet.

Since we’re interiors people around here- we pretty much automatically see our favorite looks translated into rooms {we’re a funny bunch, I know}. Here are a few of my favorite red carpet looks paired with their equally as gorgeous interior design counter parts…


Cate Blanchett

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Seafoam green is a color I would never expect to like on the red carpet. But this gown, and the fact that it’s worn by the beautiful Cate Blanchett, hit some unknown haute couture sweet spot that is just stunning. This color is equally as difficult to pull off in interiors- but I love the shade that was chosen for these cabinets. I like the sculptural quality of the floral appliqués on Cate’s dress, and they partner up nicely with the sweet little gold bird sculpture in this office nook.

Margot Robbie

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This dress is glam to the max! Robbie looked like a high fashion version of the Oscar statue itself in the best way possible. Paired with this uber-chic kitchen design with gold cabinets, these two looks are all about drama and glamour. I also love that she kept her hair relaxed and natural looking so as not to overdo it.

Julianne Moore

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Ahh Julianne Moore- you can do no wrong! This gown is a departure from her usual jewel tone, sequence gowns (not that we don’t love those too). I love that the silhouette is traditional and classic, with some modern touches in the beaded details. This room does the same thing perfectly. Although it’s a traditional space, the black and white color palette and modern elements like the chandelier- add edge and sophistication.

Alicia Vikander

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I love that everyone is comparing Alicia’s look to Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She really did look like a princess. Again, I love the traditional silhouette with more modern details like the half bun hairdo. Although it’s hard to read in the photo, the dress wasn’t a flat yellow but sort of a dusty color, which I loved. Just like with clothing, yellow is a hard color to pull off in interiors. But these couches {in that same dusty yellow hue} paired with a modern gallery wall and sparkly chandelier are a no brainer.

Charlize Theron

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This red has some slight orange undertones that really make it pop and stand out. I absolutely love this color on Charlize and the styling was to perfection. The gorgeous diamond necklace hit at just the right spot, and her hair was old Hollywood glam. I love love love a pop of red in a room. It’s fun and shows that you don’t take yourself too seriously! This bright poppy chest absolutely makes this entry nook- which would otherwise fade to the background.

Design is Everywhere. Be Inspired.

{Oscar outfit images via: Harpers Bazaar}

Kate

Thiara is Running the Boston Marathon!

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We are proud to announce that our Senior Designer, Thiara Borges, is training to run the 2016 Boston Marathon!

Thiara is running on team Housing Families to support a cause very dear to her heart. Housing Families, Inc. is a Boston based agency working for close to 30 years to help thousands of families overcome homelessness. Housing Families, Inc. was established in 1986, with a mission to provide safe, temporary shelter and quality affordable housing to homeless and at-risk families. Last year Housing Families served over 400 families, including more than 600 children in the Greater Boston area. Massachusetts has the fastest growing rate for homelessness in the nation, the work being done by Housing Families is extremely important to help combat this epidemic. We are excited to support and help her reach her goal!

Thiara has pledged to raise $7,500 for Team Housing Families. The funds raised will directly sustain HFI’s programs: eviction prevention, tutoring, counseling, emergency and permanent shelter. Please click here to donate!

So it’s safe to say that not only is she fabulous, but she has a heart of gold as well. We interviewed Thiara about her inspiration and the ups and downs of training, and we’re excited to share her insight with you.

{And of course it wouldn’t be in true Thiara fashion without mention of Beyonce ;)…}

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What excites you the most about the HFI mission and representing us at the Boston Marathon?

I am happy to be fulfilling a long term goal to run the Marathon while helping HFI. In 2008, I started volunteering with kids at a shelter in Cambridge and got to see first-hand the devastating effects of homelessness in children and their mothers. Housing Families is doing such important work in a sector of our society that is so prominent yet so overlooked. Because the Boston Marathon is such an epic event in our city, this is not only an amazing opportunity to raise funds, but also awareness for this cause. HFI is a vital tool for families, I am so honored to do my part in becoming a small part of the solution.

What have you been doing for training? How has the winter weather impacted your training (if at all)?

I’ve been doing between 3 to 4 runs per week and trying to also fit in 2 days of cross and strength training. I’ve been trying to do my long runs on the course, it’s very motivating to see the other runners out there! Last week, I met two older gentlemen with many Marathons under their belt. They were nice enough to take a picture of me in front of the Johnny Kelley statue, but more importantly, they also gave me some invaluable advice as a first time marathoner (brisk walk up those hills and save your energy!) As far as winter, it hasn’t been too bad this year…. I did long run this past Sunday on the treadmill because it was -30 degrees out…. Many episodes of Lost, lots of water and gu. It was like a Boston Marathon training milestone, which oddly, made me kind of proud.

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What does the Boston Marathon mean to you?

I was 11 years old when I moved to Framingham from Brazil, the Boston Marathon was the first big event I remember attending in America. It was pure magic. Cheering on the runners became tradition for my family, we moved to Mile 3 of the course in Ashland when I was in high school. We make signs for the runners every year! I currently live less than a mile from Heartbreak Hill in Newton, I don’t stray too far from the course, the fact that I have an opportunity to run this year is so exciting, I am so proud, excited/ terrified!

When and why did you start running? What’s your favorite running route.

I started running about 7 years ago as a way to get healthy, it completely changed me. It was cool to realize that, with some work and persistence, I could pack on the miles. Running is more than a sport and has given me a sense of pride and achievement, but it also challenges and humbles me all the time. I love to run around the Charles River, it’s nice and flat :).

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What is on your playlist?

First and foremost, I punctuate every half hour with Beyonce’s “Formation” . Some of my other favorites that I rely on to give me a boost are; Outkast’s “B.O.B”, Jay Z’s “ Can’t Knock the Hustle”, The Roots’ “ Here I come”, Beastie Boys’ “ Body Movin’” and Rage Against the Machine’s “Renegades of Funk”.


We’re so proud of Thiara and all of the hard work she’s putting in to realize her goal. It’s fun to be along for the ride so to speak {without the sore legs} as she trains and prepares for the marathon and we couldn’t be more excited. We’re thrilled to support Thiara, and Housing Families, in their incredible endeavor and we hope you will too!

To support Thiara’s cause and Housing Families Boston click here.

Thiara and the KMID team all thank you for your support and continuous generosity. Marathon Monday here we come!

Kate

Friends of KMID :: Michael Ellis Studios

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Artwork can make or break a room design. Early in my career I would leave the artwork selection up to the home owners. I saw it as a way for them to add their own touch to a space. What I quickly learned is that with a little direction as to what that artwork should be it can really be the icing on the cake in any scheme. The beauty of artwork is that it truly does not need to break the bank. Yes, maybe you should splurge on a piece that hits you in the heart but you don’t have to sacrifice good art if you’re on a budget.

There are, however, countless “art sources” out there so it can be quite intimating getting started. That’s what I’m here for!

Today I would like to share the work of Michael Ellis Studios with you. We recently found Michael’s work through his Etsy shop and instantly knew his botanical prints were a perfect fit for our master bedroom project in Arlington, Massachusetts. We needed something neutral but with some nice rich coloring. Botanicals are also a nice floral nod to a woman’s taste while not being overly feminine…a perfect fit in a master when we need to balance a more masculine approach.

Check out some of my favorites from his shop:

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lobster || butterfly || bug

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camera || heavens || chair

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 L || G || H

Design is Everywhere. Be Inspired.

Kate