What’s Happening At KMID

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!

Kate

Friends of KMID :: Office Kitchen & Spinneybeck

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If you’ve been reading along, you may already know that KMID moved offices in November. Our previous office in Central Square was KMID’s home for over 10 years so it was certainly bitter sweet to say goodbye, spread our wings and move on to a new space.

I had been casually looking at larger office spaces for months, but nothing had felt quite right. Luckily I was in no real rush but when I entered the Highland office, I knew it was it. My eyes ignored the beat up/unfinished floors, unpainted walls and tiny bathroom, and just saw an empty shell with light flooding through the windows.

I plan on revealing a full before and after once everything is finished, but will be showing you bits and pieces of our renovation over the next few months. Today’s order of business: the kitchen!

The mere thought of having a designated kitchen space, after years of washing dishes in the bathroom, was such an upgrade! I wanted to keep things clean, modern and sharp here. Ikea’s look and feel {and price point} were a perfect fit throughout this office. We installed Ikea built-ins for the cabinets in a sleek, shiny grey finish. For easy maintenance, we ended up going with a classic calacatta Caesarstone countertop. It mimics carrera marble in its coloring and tones, but without the special care. It’s been holding up beautifully and I’m so happy with the results.

One of the elements that we wanted to have a little fun with were the cabinet pulls in the kitchen. For these, we used one of our favorite trusty sources: Spinneybeck.

Spinneybeck specializes in high end leather products- including wall coverings, rugs, and drawer pulls. Take a peak at some of their work…

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I’ve used their leather pulls in multiple projects now and they’re fabulous. They’re sturdy, handsome, and only get better with use. I went with a fun coral to add a pop of color and tie into the other colors throughout our space. Check them out in our space below!

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We’re going to be adding a Caesarstone shelf above the sink here for some extra storage. I also love our vintage “Ring the bell win a prize” sign that we picked up from Ramble Market in Waltham. It adds that KMID element and balances out all of the modern elements in the kitchen- I can’t wait to hang it up!

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Design is everywhere. Be Inspired.

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

Chairish “Design Insider Guide” Update!

Chairish_BlogImage Those of you following along on the blog may have seen that our “Design Insider Guide” with Chairish was published yesterday! Also, if you’re signed up for the Chairish newsletter, you may have stumbled upon us in your inbox {wink}. I’m happy to say quite a few of the pieces have already been sold since then so hurry on over and take a peak before they’re gone!

Before our collection was launched, I sat down with Chairish to answer a few questions about what makes KMID tick. While some of my answers made it onto the post, I wanted to share the full interview and give you the inside scoop on some of my inspirations and favorite spots around town. Enjoy!


1. What do you love about designing with vintage decor?
I always express to my clients that my goal is to design a space that speaks to their personal aesthetic. Each piece should feel collected over time rather than a total overhaul from a hired designer. Using vintage décor is key to curating a space that feels authentic.

 2. What are you most inspired by right now? (i.e. color palettes, materials, designers)
I’m feeling a “back to basics” movement happening around me. Clients want spaces that function properly and designs that work with their daily lives. It sounds simple but stripping design down to the basics helps me to take a step back and really design spaces with a purpose that reflects the personality and lifestyle of our clients. This challenge is what gets me up in the morning and ready to create spaces for people to live their lives in comfortably.

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3. What is your golden design rule?
There are no rules.

 4. Trend you hope never makes a comeback?
By nature I don’t tend to like trends. I don’t know why but they have always seemed too mainstream for me. By the time they become a “trend”, they have been used too much and there isn’t anything interesting left. Chevron and animal prints are probably the two that stand out to me. I’m just not a fan.

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5. What’s your dream project?
I would absolutely love to design a boutique hotel. The idea of designing individual rooms that can all live on their own but be part of a larger collection would be such a fun challenge. Plus the risks you can take on a project like this would really get the creative juices flowing!

 6. Space you can’t get out of your mind?
I just finished designing my oldest daughter’s bedroom and I love it. She was ready for a “big girl room” when her little sister arrived in September. I wanted her room to work for her now but also grow with her. She has an antique Victorian pine bed that works perfectly with the antique dresser I inherited from my great grandparents. We freshened things up with a modern rug, ivory and orange floral curtains and a dusty pink wall color ties it all together. We salvaged the glass and brass antique chandelier from the dining room of our home during renovation and it casts the softest light when we cuddle up for books at bedtime.

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7. What is your favorite neighborhood restaurant (and what do you like to order there)?
We’re fortunate enough to live in a place where there are countless options…Highland Kitchen {right near our new office}, Cuchi Cuchi {tapas AND a fabulous interior} or Giulia’s near Harvard Square {for date night} are all favorites. We’re also lucky to have Rudy’s Cafe right down the road for when I need a Mexican fix and their fish tacos and Horny Toad margarita fit the bill every time.

 8. Who is your go-to florist?
Krissy Price of Boston Pollen has the most amazing way of creating magic with her floral arrangements.  I love collaborating with her for my photoshoots because her textural approach is a perfect match for my interiors. Not to mention her flower crowns that are irresistible! I’ve been known to rock one of those when hosting my annual holiday party {wink}.

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9. Where is your best local perch for people watching?
I grew up in Holliston so every year for the Boston Marathon my family makes it a point to be home to cheer on the runners. The sheer number of people running always amazes me! Not to mention how many are running for a loved one or a special charity. This year will be particularly special because our senior designer, Thiara Borges, will be running to support Housing Families, Inc. So inspiring!

10. Vice you will never give up?
Brimfield for sure! It’s like a magnet pulling me to Western Massachusetts three times a year. Even if I don’t need a thing I always leave there with something I just have to have. I’m addicted! Antique collecting at this show has become my secret weapon when designing for my clients. It helps me to ensure the “collected” look I long for when putting the finishing touches on a space.


You can check out the full collection here and read more about the pieces in yesterday’s blog post- make sure to let me know what you think!

Design is everywhere. Be Inspired!

Kate

Before & After :: Cape Cod Summer Home

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Winter is officially here in New England and there is a chill in the air that has me {already} dreaming of warmer days. Luckily in my business I have the chance to do just that…vicariously that is. Every January it surprises me to think that it’s time to start thinking about summer homes. We seem to have two deadlines in this business…Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July. All our summer home clients want their homes fluffed and ready for the vacation season and July 4th weekend seems to be the kickoff. Guess what…that’s only 6 months away…the perfect lead-time to do the job just right. So time is ticking! Let’s start thinking about getting your homes beach ready shall we…


On that note, I thought it might be fun to share some before and after shots from a project we worked on last spring. This client purchased a home on Cape Cod {in January of 2015}, and came to KMID to furnish it so that they could be in by June {yikes!}. They wanted young, fresh, contemporary and family friendly without being overly “beachy”.

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The living room is right when you walk in, and needed to be welcoming and multifunctional. This is a room that everyone is going to hang out in and congregate, so we wanted it to be colorful, inviting and fun. This American Leather sectional helps to divide the space from the adjoining kitchen and is extremely comfortable and practical. Paired with this large, round coffee table from Gabby Home, this makes the perfect space to relax and watch TV, or play boardgames. We mixed in a lot of fun pieces as well, like this accent chair from Lee industries {top image}, sconce from Pigeontoe Ceramics on Etsy, and what became known as the “tooth” side table from Pfeifer Studio.

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This bedroom is fun, young and most importantly, super comfortable. This Lee industries bed really grounds the space and brings in this beautiful turquoise color that we love {and that continues to pop up throughout the home}. The room is fairly small, so this sweet little bench from Four Hands was the perfect solution for the foot of the bed. I also love the combination of these Anthropologie nightstands paired with these silver Arteriors table lamps. The nightstands add much needed storage without being too clunky or weighing down the space. We wanted all of the rooms in this home to feel clean, fresh and bright, so we kept the art to a minimum in this space, adding two fun Norquay Co. paddles over the headboard.

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We sure wouldn’t mind being a guest in this adorable guest room! Again, this room is fairly small so we had to use the space wisely and really create an oasis for visitors. Using light and airy colors, and making the bed the focus helped to keep the feeling soft and inviting. Of course, the bed was of the utmost importance. We worked with Kenneth Raye Workshops to make this simple and classic painted bed that we then dressed up with beautiful bedding by Les Indiennes. One of my favorite things in this room is this “Cyanotype Whale” by Longstreet Gallery which we chose to offset by placing it around a corner. This allowed us to balance the window placement in the room and help us really balance the headboard wall while adding visual interest to the space.

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Our clients wanted this room to function as both a study and a guest bedroom. To accomplish this we found this great sleeper sofa from American Leather. This bright yellow lacquered dresser from Anthropologie adds a pop of color to the room and provides great storage. We added this kitchy lamp from Dot + Bo to add additional interest to this little vignette.

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The “media room” functions as a bonus living room in this home. It’s great because unlike the living room, it’s slightly removed from the kitchen and the rest of the house, making it more private and ideal for movie watching. We provided lots of seating with this Wesley Hall sofa in a textural brown and two Kristen Drohan Collection swivel chairs in a deep plum color. The leather ottoman from Jamie Young functions as a place to rest your feat, or an extra seat if needed. We love everything from Natural Curiosities and these “Harvey Seeweed” pieces were perfect for the room and the beachside location.

MediaRoom_Before MediaRoom_After  This portion of the media room leads out to the pool, so this West Elm storage cabinet is not only beautiful but also a functional spot to store rolled up beach towels. The Eliza Gran pompom pillow and mirrors from Roost Co. are a fun and playful elements that make the room sing.
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I love this Etsy print paired with this console from Anthropologie. Our friends at Art Applications helped us to customize the darker details on this piece, and the print serves as a breath of fresh air.


Summer/vacation homes are some of our favorite projects and we have so much fun creating a relaxing and functional oasis for you and your family . Keep an eye out in the coming weeks as I’ll be sharing some of our other vacation homes {something for you to look at as the snow starts to fall}!

For more photos from this project shot by Sarah Winchester check out Cape Cod Summer Home on the Portfolio section of our website or check out our Pinterest page.

Kate