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  1. styling: white shoes

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    Arielle Asks: Hi Mr. Kate (or should I say Mrs. Kate:) I am contemplating buying a pair of white snake print heeled ankle boots but the thing that keeps holding me back from purchasing it is the fact that I don’t know how to style them. You advice is VERY MUCH needed. Thanks;)

    My  Answer: Hi Arielle! Great question! I love white shoes. Unfortunetely, I don’t have any white, snake print boots like yours but I put these two outfits together around my white, heeled pumps which I think would also work perfectly with your boots.

    The best thing about white shoes is that the color matches with anything and everything so all you have to figure out is what outfit silhouette works best with your style of shoes. I styled outfit #1 with business, evening, etc. in mind and outfit #2 with day time for funky days or datenight sass!

    Outfit #1… old lady chic…

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    Outfit #2… daytime sass…

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    Bigi Saber Necklace. Various Colors.

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  2. decorate with: french linens

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    This type of European linen or ‘grain sack’ cloth with the stripes in red or blue was originally made by farm families to distinquish their grain sacks from each other. They each had their own stripe pattern in red or blue woven into the linen cloth. Lately, the striped cloth has become ubiquitous in interior design and I love using it to infuse a rustic elegance to any space. I personally have these French linen throw pillows and dishtowels. I think this style looks good interior or exterior in a variety of ways!

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    My dish towels and throw pillows above, and here’s some inspiration photos below…

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    • Rustic bundles of goodness! See how each stripe is subtly different?

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    • Reupholster an old settee with french linen!

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    • Reupolster some chairs with french linens!

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    • DIY your own french grain sack stripe on a table top using paint!
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    • Lovely french linen cushions

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    • French linene even makes a beautiful bedspread!

    My picks for shoppable french linens…

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    Mr. Kate Gems:

    1. Blue Stripe European Sham
    2.  French Linens Bed Skirt
    3. Vintage red stripe Tea Towels
  3. OMG We Bought A House! Episode 13: Out Of The Closet!

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    Joey and I feel very at home in our new house however, my shoes, are feeling left out! Today’s episode is all about giving our clothes and shoes a worthy situation and thankfully, Kathryn, from Closet Factory has come to help us get a custom closet! I have more than… uh.. 100 pairs of shoes. EEEEK.  I’m not ashamed!  So, when Kathryn told me they could all fit on a custom shelf, I could hardly contain my excitement.

    Tip: Measure your shoe length and width and times it by how many pairs of shoes you own to know how much room you’ll need to house them all… hint, you may need to give some away… I know, it’s so sad!

    See all of the OMG We Bought A House series here!

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    The BEFORE of the phone nook that we plan to break into to extend our closet 2 more feet. We will keep the archway and put a mirror on the wall or something cool…

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    The closet BEFORE – has racks and shelves that just aren’t maximizing the space….

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    Joey’s closet door… we plan to put a wall between to the two doors to get more surface area for storage.

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    Don’t take my shoes!

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    Comment and let us know what you think! xx

  4. OOTD: summer wings

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    Fly away on a Summer breeze… with a backpack! I always love an ironic, fun or quirky accessory and this backpack wings my heart! What makes this backpack especially more special is that there are exchangeable wings in different colors that just snap on and off.

    A winged backpack goes well with anything really, but today I paired it with a neon dress and green shoes…because, #whynot!? ”I’m like a bird, I wanta fly awwwwayyyy…”

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    Alicorn Horn Necklace. Various Colors.

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    Midi Saber Necklace. Various Colors.

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  5. up-cycled jewelry displays

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    text Colby Asks: Hi Kate!! Thanks to you I am now a major jewelry person like yourself. I was wondering if you could share any tips you have on storing/displaying your jewelry collection. Thanks for your help!!

    My Answer: Hi Colby, welcome to the dark side ;) jk jk! I totally understand the love of jewelry and also the challenge of trying to keep it all organized. Because of that, I’ve done a bunch of DIYs in the past on how to store or display your shiny goodies. Currently I’m using this vintage tennis racket (a thrift store find) to hang and display some jewelry from our new RAWR jewelry collection – see more pics below.

    I dedicated this post to jewelry displays that upcycle old/vintage items to use for jewelry organizing… Hope you get some ideas for your personal collection! xx

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    Here are some past DIY jewelry storage and organizing posts I’ve done:

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    • This vintage tennis racket works great as a way to organize a few necklaces, bracelets and ear cuffs.

    Some more upcycled jewelry display ideas…

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    • An old rake hung over a door is perfect for necklace storage.
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    • A metal spring frame from an old bef hung on the wall to organize all kinds of stuff!
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    • Table legs from the hardware store screwed into wood bases and topped with cute drawer pulls make for easy bracelet storage. A floor mirror with chicken wire is a giant grid to store all your jewelry – see a similar how-to I did with picture frames here: DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer
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    • An old washboard with little hooks screwed in makes an adorable, shabby chic organizer
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    • More great ideas: An old post with hooks, old bike seats as necklace stands and clip boards hung on the wall!
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    • A vintage cupcake tin for your smaller items like earrings and rings and the back of a cane chair painted a fun color makes for another great hanging organzier.

    Hope you got some ideas! Good luck! xx

  6. DIY winky shoes

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    You know when your shoes look up at you and silently say “Damn girl (or guy), you look good (wink)!”? Well, inspired by those moments here are some DIY Wink Shoes with an (optional) glitter eye…this is a great way to update last Summer’s old flats.

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    With a couple of paint strokes and some glitter, you’ll have some flirtatious feet! If winky shoes just aren’t your thing, take a look at these ‘DIY Upcycled Sneakers‘!

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    Do It!:

    1. Cut two half oval shapes out of the sides of two pieces of tape and fit them together creating and almond eye shape on the top of your shoes where you want the open eye. Use a small circle of tape in the center as the pupil.
    2. Paint a layer of Mod Podge over the open eye area between the tape and sprinkle glitter to stick to the wet glue. Tip: this step is optional, if you don’t want to use glitter use your paint color in the eye space instead of mod podge and glitter.
    3. Let the glitter Mod Podge dry and then seal in the glitter with another coat over top – it will dry clear!
    4. Use your acrylic paint to draw your lash line – basically an S shape with lashes coming off – you may want to do two coats of paint.
    5. Let dry and woah, those winks were made for walkin’!

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    What do you think? Please comment and let me know if you do this project! If you post your photo #mrkate! xx

  7. DIY decorative letters

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    I teamed up with Duck brand duct tape to create today’s DIY Decorative Letter!  These letters are great on a book shelf, mantle, counter or kid’s room. Watch the video above for the full tutorial. I spelled out Kate, because, that’s my name, but there’s obviously inumerable options of words to spell with these colorful decorative letters. The Duck Fabric is cool because it is basically fabric with sticky backs to the end result looks like a fabric covered letter in a chic, matte finish.

    Here are some styling ideas for your decorative letters…

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    • On a mantle!

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    • Giant letters that spell out something basic and motivating like EAT!

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    Do It!:

    1. Cover the front of your paper mache letter with Duck Tape fabric.
    2. Cut in between the spaces of your letter so you can fold the excess fabric around to the underside of the letter.
    3. Accent the perimeter of your letter with a complimentary Duck fabric tape.
    4. Accent with a mini roll of tape as well – optional
    5. (optional tassel) Cut our a strip of fabric Duck Tape and fold it in half length wise and cut three long strips to braid leaving about a 1/2 inch uncut at the top. Tape off your braid at the bottom.
    6. Cut another strip of duck tape around 12 inches and fold it in half on itself so it’s 6 inches.
    7. Cut little strips along the strip, again not all the way through, leaving about 1/2 inch.
    8. Roll it around the base of the braided strip and tape it to secure it, creating a tassel!
    9. Tape your tassle to your decorative letter.

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  8. OOTD: is that a shirt or a dress?

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    Happy 4th of July! I’m celebrating by prancing around my backyard in this lace and chambray, babydoll dress that may or may not be a shirt. Tomato, tomaato, shirt, dress – whatever floats your buttcheeks, I like to say! These Prada shoes are sooo gorgeous with their mini gold studs – a generous birthday gift from Joey. Further accessorizing with jewelry from the new RAWR collection and my favorite matte pink lipstick by Lime Crime.

    P.S – We’re doing an Independance Day weekend promotion on the Mr. Kate shop so head over there for more info and express your independance with some accessory shopping! xx

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    Saber Ring. Various Colors.

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    Web Ring. Various Colors.

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  9. a BeautyMarks wedding

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    Sooo, apparently fairies exist and they like to wear Mr. Kate BeautyMarks on their wedding day! Alright, alright, Camille and Olivier aren’t elves or fairies (although they could totally play some in movies) but they did for reals get married and when the bride, Camille sent me her wedding photos I knew I HAD to post these photos because they are truly magical and I’m so honored she and her fairies-in-waiting rocked my designs!

    Photographer Andréanne Lupien took all these amazing wedding photos. She did a phenomenal job documenting this gorgeous, woodsy event – check out her page for other magical moments.

    Here’s to you Camille and Olivier!

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    BeautyMarks "The New Makeup"

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    Thanks again Camille for sharing your pictures, you looked absolutely stunning and sparkling! xx

  10. OMG We Bought A House! Episode 12: Anniversary Al Fresco!

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    It’s our 7 year anniversary (woah) and we decided the best way to celebrate would be in our own backyard!  But where to eat? Under the pergola, of course, which I have been itching to get spruced! All it took was some elbow grease aka a power washer and pretty decor by way of an outdoor rug, potted plants, outdoor curtainsa table and chairs, globe string lightshurricane lanterns, Buddha fountain, homemade sangria (recipe below) and a DIY outdoor fabric table runner to make our own little outdoor sanctuary! What do you think?

    See all of the OMG We Bought A House series here!

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    Red Clove Summer Sangria 

    Prep it:

    • roughly cut fresh fruit and berries (oranges, limes, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and peaches!)
    • 1 bottle of dry red wine
    • 1/4 cup brandy
    • 1/4 cup tripple sec
    • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
    • a sploosh of sparkling water – to taste
    • agave syrup – to taste
    • cloves – a sprinkle of cloves

    DO IT!:

    1. Add all your ingredients to a decanter or pitcher and let sit for an hour or so to really let those juices mix and mingle.
    2. Serve!

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    Our director and videographer Brad Etter, working hard to get the perrrrfect shot!

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    All finished!  And now, it’s time to eat! Love you Joey!

    Please comment and let us know what you think and if you have any questions! xo

  11. decorate with: text art

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    Lately, I’ve been consumed with writing the Mr. Kate book which has made me feel artistic through the written word. That idea motivated me to look up some decorating inspiration involving text as art. I love the idea of using text, in various ways, as art for your wall. These ideas are very approachable for the DIYer who wants to create personal art for their walls but is hesitant about their painting skills.

    The inspiration photos below involve text as art in various ways:

    1. You can use actual book pages, cut up and made into collages
    2. You can paint the book pages
    3. You can put text directly on a canvas, your wall or mirrors using paint, decals, wire or thread

    Want to decorate with text outdoors?  Check out my ‘Ecological Graffiti‘ post.

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    I hope these give you some ideas to involve text as art in your interior spaces!

  12. roundup: jewelry close ups

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    Releasing a new collection is always so exciting for me! Since I design and make all of the original jewelry waxes by hand, it really feels like I’m sharing my art with all of you and it’s always so fun to see what pieces people respond to. Since I have a personal connection with each one of these pieces, I thought I’d do a little photo tour to introduce you to each of the pieces from the new RAWR Summer collection, up close and personal!

    RAWR is inspired by the beast within…

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    Lagoon Earpiece

    An edgy-glam take on a creature from the ocean deep. I’ve always been fascinated with mermaids and this earpiece is the closest I can get to feeling like a sea nymph. Styling Tip: This earpiece is reversible! Wear it with the fin down on your left ear or rotate it with the fin up on your right ear.

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    Alicorn Horn Neclace

    An Alicorn is a winged unicorn. I’ve always loved these mythical animals and this pendant is inspired by their horns, set with crystals and on a vintage-y chain.  Styling Tip: This extra long necklace is great for layering, you can also wear it tied up higher as a statment chest piece like how I styled it on model Lily in our lookbook for the collection.FinxCuff-MKW803-WEBFinx Cuff

    It’s a cat, it’s a fox… it’s a Finx! This magical creature is basically my spirit animal and looks good in any gold color with crystal eyes! Styling Tip: A statement cuff, perfect for adding an edge to any outfit. Wear one on each arm for double the impact… Finx power!FangChainEarrings-MKE369-WEB

    Fang Chain Earrings

    Delicately dangerous, these mixed-metal chain earrings feature swingy box chain with a tiny fang pendant. I also love how the bar and chain go through your ear for a balanced look – see Lily the model wearing them here! Styling Tip: Great solo, yet simple enough to wear in combination with a stack of ear cuffs.

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    Shorti Saber Necklace

    Delicate yet edgy, just like you! This pendant with one jagged edge and one smooth is like a fierce yin yang. Looks amazing layered with the Midi Saber and Bigi Saber necklaces. Styling Tip: Wear solo as a dangerously delicate accent or pile it on with longer necklaces like the Midi Saber and Bigi Saber Necklaces! See me wearing them all in this Instagram pic.

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    Silver and black Beauty Marks!  My hand drawn Mr. Kate BeautyMarks “The New Makeup” have been so a huge hit with you all in gold and now they’re available in silver and black!

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    Fang and Lapis Bracelet

    One of the oldest stones to be used for jewelry, Lapis Lazuli is a stone of friendship and truth–a perfect pairing with the golden fang charm. The deep ultramarine blue with white and gold veins is phenomenal next to the gold charm. PixieRing-MKF366-WEB

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    Make no mistake, pixies are not fairies! This delicate ring may look tiny and cute but it sure packs a punch of ferociousness with the tiny pointed fang accent. Styling Tip: Wear these stacked high on your finger like how I styled them in the lookbook picture.SaberCrownRing-MKF370-WEB

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    Delicate and smooth meets edgy and jagged, the Saber design is like a fierce yin yang. Styling Tip: Wear it with the Saber Ring for a full finger ring look!SaberEarrings-MKE374-WEB

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    I wanted to design the tiniest and most delicate (non-piercing-required) ear cuff so here it is! You can wear stacks of these all over your ear to get that edgy-glam look without the pain! VesperEarCuff-MKE375

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    Take a bite! Named after Vesper Bats, this ear cuff looks like their tiny (but deadly!) fangs. Looks amazing paired with the Tiny ear cuff.WebRing-MKF372-WEB

    Web Ring

    I love a statement ring and this one is lightweight yet packs a punch of gold. I designed it to have negative space and be reminicent of a spider web.

    I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of my newest jewelry collection. What’s your favorite piece? See more and SHOP all these pieces here! xo

  13. OOTD: RAWRing and balloons

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    Sooo thrilled that you all love the new RAWR Summer jewelry collection that we released on Sunday including BeautyMarks in black and silver! I wore this outfit decked out in new Summer jewels to shoot the narration for our lookbook video (see below). My sister totally spoiled me this past birthday with these Louboutin Nymphette black ribbon meets clear plastic heeled beauties…truly a stunning pair of shoes don’t you think? This dress I found at a thrift store here in LA and actually styled it on model Lily in the RAWR lookbook…it’s a little bit tighter on me ;). Finally, I finished the outfit off with a giant bundle of balloons because #whynot!?

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  14. RAWR Summer Collection Release

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    RAWR! Summer is officially here and so is a brand new jewelry collection and new colors of the bestselling Mr. Kate BeautyMarks! I called the collection RAWR because all of the pieces are subtly inspired by animals, both mythical and real and will give you a delicate edge for a fierce Summer! We shot an incredible lookbook with photography by Kat Borchart, hair and makeup by Christina Guerra, modeled by the totally fierce Lily Moffett and styled by meeee. Enjoy the images below and see the entire lookbook in giant images here and of course shop the new collection here!

    Some of my favorite pieces include the Alicorn Horn Necklace – inspired by a winged unicorn horn, the Lagoon Earpiece – an ocean inspired fin statement piece, the Finx cuff – a mix between a cat and a fox and the very stackable Tiny Ear Cuff and Pixie Rings. Jewelry available in white, yellow and rose gold with prices ranging from $12 – $59 – Shop here!

    Along with the Summer jewelry collection we’re releasing  the Mr. Kate BeautyMarks “The New Makeup” in black and silver! See Lily rocking some black BeautyMarks in the lookbook images below…

    This is the lookbook video along with some commentary from me about how I designed the collection and some of my favorite pieces. I styled our model, Lily, in vintage party dresses and DIY crowns and of course, stacks of jewelry from the RAWR collection!

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    How dreamy are these pictures and how cute is Eddie the horse!? Shop the collection here! I hope you love the collection and these lookbook images as much as I do. Please comment below and let me know what you think! Happy Summer!

  15. decorating large spaces

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    Lanie Dupuy asks: hello! I have a loft condo, that i am trying to figure out the best and cheapest way to cover it and give me optional privacy  I currently have blankets draped across the railing.  I also just installed a curtain wire system from Ikea and have curtains half way across…any suggestions? Thanks!

    Shana asksHey Kate! I was wondering if you could help me.. I just bought my first home, a loft in the middle of East London. It’s beautiful and big, with oodles of space, but that’s kind of the problem.. There’s too much space. It’s so big and open that I’m not sure at all how to organize it to make the best use of the space. I’d be forever grateful if you could help- thanks! Xx

    My Answer: Hi Lanie and Shana! Sometimes decorating a large space can seem just as difficult as decorating a small space.  A huge room can seem unfinished  and not very homey if it’s not decorated correctly.  Sometimes space planning is all the room needs and other times the right lighting or decor can do the trick.  Here’s a collection of large rooms that are successfully decorated. I’ll break them down and hopefully those of you having trouble with your large spaces can solve your interior decorating delima!

    If large spaces are the opposite of your problem, check out my ‘Organizing and Decorating Small Spaces‘ post.

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    • I love what Scandinavian Designs did with this large room.  Having a large space doesn’t mean you have to fill the entire wall with artwork, they kept their decor simple with a cohesive color palette.  The statement lighting and black and white photos on the wall are really all this person used to fill the room and it looks purposeful and homey.

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    • I love the idea of painting the illusion of wainscoting in a large room. Notice the pink paint only on the bottom half of the wall creates another horizontal line for the eye to see which makes the space seem less cavernous. Another important design tip from this room is using area rugs to designate the different conversation areas and create a cozy vibe with throw blankets and upholstered furniture.

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    • This room is a great example of space planning. The dining table is positioned randomly but the pendant lamp suspended above justifies its placement. The bookshelf lining the back wall was an excellent use of space.  It really utilizes the tall ceilings and allows for quirky pops of color and artwork that are repeated throughout the rest of the room. If you don’t have the budget for a built in like this, try stacking bookshelves on top of one another for a similar effect in a room with tall ceilings.

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    • Don’t have a giant piece of art to cover a large wall? Do like treddi and make a collage of frames around larger pieces. Lighting also does wonder within large spaces to guide the eye to patches of design. Notice how the lights above the art create a mood in that large space.

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    • Floating shelves work well on a giant swath of wall for an eclectic look. Add visual interest with accessories on the shelves and colorful artwork in between.

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    • Painting one wall a dark or bright color is another great way to fill space and anchor an area of a giant room. The area rug also helps bring weight to the floor in front of the charcoal wall.

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    • Don’t want to paint your walls? Then give a giant canvas a nice color wash to add that spark into your room. I also love the mix of furniture styles in this space!

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    • Statement lighting substantiates a giant ceiling and looks great over the dining area.

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    • Now lets move on to good room dividers.  The top left picture is an innovative way to DIY a shelving system AND divide a room.  The right picture is a more permanent divider but is really clean and chic.

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    • Another room using a book shelf as a divider.

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    • I love the mid century design of the shelving Remodelista used as a room divider here.

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    • If shelving as a room divider isn’t your thing, installing sliding doors or windows is another unique and chic option.

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    • Another example of a window used as a divider.

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    • Another dividing option, painting the separate spaces different colors like this designer did…super funky!

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    • I love Tuteate.com’s DIY room divider using rope and wood!  Ingenious and nautical.

    I hope this post helped!  Happy (large room) decorating! Enjoy it! xx

  16. OOTD: two buns are better than one

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    Two buns are better than one! That’s what I say on days when my hair is not worth doing anything to except twist into two horns on my head…because, #whynot!? I also always appreciate the opportunity to bare my ears and wear copious stacks of earrings. This babydoll dress is perfect for summer, it’s almost ass cheek baring but that’s what panties are for! Hope you’re all having a great week!

    In other news, we’re almost done with the first draft of the Mr. Kate book (yayayayay) and after we turn it in, Joey and I are heading to a tropical paradise. Stay tuned for more deets!

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    Shop the Look!

    Every Rose Has Its Thorn Earrings. Rose or Antiqued Gold.

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  17. roundup: deck-spiration

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    Ah Summer, how I love thee!  The warm weather is offically here which means we should all get our exterior-design on! Whether it’s for entertaining friends, family, or ourselves, a nice deck, patio, balcony, or yard can really make our Summers that much better!  We don’t all live on the beach, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy whatever outdoor space we have available!  

    Here’s some decorating inspiration and tips for your outdoor spaces…I’m calling it “deck-spiration”!

    If you’re designing an exterior you may also want to check out my ‘Decorating Balconies‘ post for tips on how to decorate small balconies!

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    • #1 Potted plants!  With a well thought out potted plant scheme you can transform your deck or patio into a tropical oasis or lush English garden. There are so many options when it comes to plants that flourish in pots so my advice is to analyze the sun exposure in your outdoor space and then bring that information to your local nursery to find out what plants will work best.

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    • #2 BBQ’s and Grills are a must for Summer food prep!  These pictures have some clever ways to incorporate a grill into your outdoor design. Whether it’s a built-in or a tiny portable table grill, there are a ton of options!

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    • #3 Entertaining having a place to sit and eat your yummy Summer food is part of a well designed outdoor space. Don’t forget about the dishes! Sturdy ceramic or even plastic ware will make your outdoor table settings more festive and durable.

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    • Don’t have a deck or patio? Make yourself a picnic using throw rugs, pillows, lanterns and trays! See more in Roundup: Dreamy Picnics

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    1.  Lantana‘s are beautiful outdoor flowers that thrive in the summer heat!
    2. Ikea’s LILLÖN grill is an awesome design!
    3. Westelm makes beautiful, sturdy dishes that would be great for outdoor entertaining!

    Images via: lizmarieblog, 4betterhomeGretchen PettisbhgetsyindulgyMarisa Doanshelternessbloglovinbella-illusione.tumblrshop.bazaart.mebhgAjarreddoorhome.blogspotCarina Freyebay.co.uktheredhouse.tumblrtopdreamerfeedlyblog.nisiesenchantedsouthernpiphi.tumblrSaVanna Schmidtindulgycrateandbarrel, decoist, pinterestlover.lythefoundblog.squarespaceweddingwirerealsimpledustjacket-attic.comremodelaholic.comonekingslane.com

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