TGIF!  We are pushing to finish strong for 2017 by finalizing the last few installations of the year and have been busy shopping for our client’s great rooms and kitchens. Here are a few of the items we have purchased for these beautiful rooms…

 

These beautiful spalted wood bowls by Hudson Grace.

 

Group these in 3’s or use them singularly. Any way you choose, they are great statement pieces.

 

This tall Sloane Glass Vase by Ralph Lauren is a classic and looks stunning with tall branches, flowers, or any kind of greenery.

We are hosting Thanksgiving this year.   I love this holiday because it is about all the right things–being grateful for everything and everyone you have in your life.  I think if you just take a little bit of time to do a few extra touches on your dinner, it makes it a very special occasion for your guests.
Here are a few details for our turkey day this year–
1.  I am doing a pie bar for our self-serve dessert bar.  I just ordered this sign from Etsy and I want to have a lot of pies staggered at different heights on cake plates with tons of gorgeous pumpkins to fill below.

 

2.  I love setting the table along with planning the flowers with my daughter Andie.  Here is my design inspiration for our table this year–brass with black and of course greenery…
Image via Pinterest saved by the glitzypear.blogspot.com.

 

3.  Here is a menu that I am downloading from Etsy to place at every place setting…

 

3.  And of course, I really love party favors. No party is complete without a favor.  Which one of these do you like best?

 

Image via Pinterest by www.lilluna.com.

 

Image via Pinterest in article from Style and the Bride.

Or my last idea for a favor would be a great big caramel apple at each place setting!

Anyhoo, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I wish you a day filled with a lot of gratitude and surrounded by those you love with lots of laughter and good food, of course.  Oh, and maybe a magic wand to clean it all up!  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Looking for some modern fresh ideas to dress up your front porch this holiday season?  Well I have just the inspiration for you!  Check out these creative and simple ways to get your entryway ready to welcome your holiday guests!

 

I’ve been seeing a lot of layered door mats these days and love the way Studio McGee layered theirs!  (Image via Pinterest by Studio Mcgee)

 

How cool is this really simple wreath?  (Image via Pinterest on Domino)
Photography by AndersonandGrant.com.

 

You know I’m a sucker for white!  Image via Pinterest by the Faux Martha.

 

Love the pale colors of this wreath. (Image via Pinterest saved from FreshFarmhouse.tumblir.com.

 

I think this eucalyptus and wooden bead icicle garland is gorgeous!!! (Image via PInterest by oleanderandpalm.com).

 

Hope these images give you the ideas you needed to get started on your own front porch!  It’s never too early!

  1.  Yay…it’s Friday!  I’m actually in LA right now at the Baldwin Design Council and am having so much fun.  Baldwin Hardware named 27 architects and designers to serve on its advisory board to share ideas and help shape the future of design.  I’m feeling so honored to have been invited to participate on it for a two year term with such talented people.  We’ve had all kinds of strategy sessions to discuss industry trends as well as the Baldwin products and overall Baldwin brand.

 

2.  We put the finishing touches on our client’s living room this week, as well as another client’s master bedroom.  Things are really starting to come together!

 

 

3.  If you are in the area and are in need of an art update, the Simon Breitbard Fine Arts Annual Trunk Show is November 15th-16th.  There will be a highly edited assortment of over 1000 works from emerging to more established artists.  This year’s charitable recipient will be the American Red Cross in honor of the California Wildlife Relief Fund.

4.  A quick thanks to Dering Hall for including me on their Featured Design Pro Page for the next two weeks!
5.  Did you know it’s the start of the Williams Sonoma Home Friends and Family sale?  Great time to start stocking up on Christmas gifts!!!
Enjoy your weekend!!!
I always look forward to reading Oprah’s favorite list every year.  Wouldn’t it be great fun to behind the scenes and see the entire process and the number of products they must review?   I scoured her list and narrowed it down to a few of my favorites from her list!  Check them out…
1.  I think this looks like a beautiful book.  “Organized into ten chapters―each one representing a powerful step in Oprah’s own spiritual journey and introduced with an intimate, personal essay by Oprah herself―the Wisdom of Sundays features selections from the most meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today’s most-admired thought-leaders.”  Definitely picking up one of these for myself when I buy it as a gift!
2.  Love these tear-away track pants in navy by Tory Burch.
3.  And yes, believe it or not, this is a TV!!!!
I know! It looks like art, but it turns into a TV when you power it on!

4.  For the spice lover in your life…

The Good Hurt Set!

 

5.  I can’t wait to try this because herbs are always dying on me!

6.  Chai tea is my go to tea of choice…

Love the beautiful packaging!

 

7.  Everyone should have a Sonicare toothbrush and especially one that is pink!

8.  I LOVE truffle salt and sometimes think I should start traveling with it!

9.  Yum

Kerber’s Farm Classic Apple Pie

 

10.  I have been using Magnolia Company for years as a sympathy present, however, I love the idea of purchasing these beautiful plants for the gardener in your life.  Or as a symbol of friendship…

 

This should be a good start for you to get going on that Christmas list!  Have fun!

 

 

 

It’s the end of the week and boy am I ready for the weekend!  Here’s what we’ve been up to…

  1.  We have several clients bathrooms that are close to being completed and we are so excited with the progress. Here is a little sneak peak of a couple of them!

 

 

This is the shower that will be to the left of the vanity above.  Isn’t this tile cool?

 

2.  This is one of my favorite coffee table books that we recently used in an installation.  It’s beautiful.

 

3.  I’ve been baking a lot of pumpkin bread lately, but my favorite pumpkin recipe are these cupcakes with maple frosting by Ina!  You MUST make these this fall!

 

4.  Loving this dress for fall…

 

5.  I have this idea as a great gift to give to my family over the holidays (hopefully, they are not reading this!)  Wouldn’t it be fun to learn more about your ancestry?  I can’t wait to try it!

 

That’s it for now!  Don’t forget to start working on your holiday checklists if you have some downtime this weekend…you’ll be glad you did!

The holidays are going to be here before you know it and so will your guests!  Do you have everything you need to make their stay enjoyable?

 

Here are a few of my favorite things I love to keep in a guest room to make them feel welcome and a little bit pampered…

 

Cora Carafe by CB2–great to keep on the bedside table for those late night sips!

 

A cozy fur throw looks and feels luxurious.

 

A little tube of hand cream during the cold months is always a treat!

 

A fresh stack of new towels is always appreciated by guests.

 

And you must never forget to put a beautiful candle in the guest room!

 

These are just a few of the basics to help you get started.  Other things I love to add are local specialties.  For example, an artisan chocolate shop near you might offer a small box of beautiful chocolates that you could place on a nightstand.  You could print off a list of the activities you have planned and another list with your home wifi and contact numbers to share is also always appreciated.  Magazines and your favorite reads are a treat to have in a guest room too.  Gosh…I could go on and on about this subject!  Most importantly, getting prepped early will help you enjoy your friends and family all the more!

 

 

 

 

Looking for a little Halloween inspiration?  Look no further cause I’ve been pinning away on my Halloween Ideas Pinterest Board!  I’m always amazed at the creative ideas people come up with, like this simple clear balloon below covered with black tulle.  So cool!

 

Image via PInterest by Poppytalk!

 

Image via Pinterest from a Town and Country Magazine article.

 

Image via PInterest saved by Yen Taylor

 

Hope these ideas help you have a ghoulishly fun Halloween!!!  Be sure to check out the rest over on Pinterest!

Hi Everyone!  Another busy week here at KMI.  Lot’s of shopping to do for several upcoming client installations.  We’re sourcing for master bedrooms, family rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and teen girls’ and boys’ rooms.   It’s starting to feel like Christmas around here with all of the packages coming in!

  1.  Here are a few of the items we’ve picked up for the installs–

 

Hudson Grace Flat Edge Marble Paddle

 

Love these geode coasters from Anthropologie!

–We also loved these ore edged bowls from Anthropologie for one of our client’s kitchen!

 

2.   We are working on these beautiful brass cabinets for the top cabinets in our clients very modern kitchen.  It is going to be exquisite.

Inspiration image.

 

3.  We just had some gorgeous plaster fixtures installed this week from Aspara in our clients’ foyer going up the staircase and in the entry.  They are truly works of art!

4.  Just installed these beautiful pieces of Sara Paloma pottery for an installation…

 

5.  And believe it or not, we actually just ordered our Christmas cards for the season – both personal and business.  I can’t believe it is literally around the corner!  I am trying to get a lot done before Halloween because it seems that once that hits, it feels like a runaway freight train.  Check out Artifact Uprising for great modern cards…

 

Enjoy the rest of your week!

 

A big thank you to @UniqueHomesMagazine for posting this great article on how we connect with our clients and how our design process works!

 

I am devastated by the fires that have swept through Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.  It truly is going to take all of our help to rebuild these families’ homes, schools and places of business.  I wanted to share some of links I have received and ideas about ways to donate or pitch in.  In the face of this tragedy, we all need to come together to support those whose lives have been forever changed.

Image by Noah Berger

 

  1.  https://sf.curbed.com/2017/10/10/16453310/northern-california-wildfire-victims-volunteer-help

2.  To see places you can volunteer:  https://cvnl.org/volunteerism/

3.  One thing I hadn’t thought of were the animals that are all having to be evacuated.  My neighbor has been working with a group that has moved hundreds of horses and said they are taking donations for feed, etc. at Western Ranch Supply Inc., 707-448-6568, 103 Aegean Way, Vacaville, CA  95687  www.westernranch.com

4.  http://www.7×7.com/how-to-help-north-bay-fires-2494885475.html

5.  http://time.com/money/4978071/napa-fire-donations-help-victims/

6.  And of course, the Red Cross is always accepting donations.  http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Helps-as-Fires-Burn-Out-of-Control-in-California