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INTERIORS | THE KATIE KIME BLOG
Guest House Style

Guest House Style

A flood happened in the fall and now I get to reimagine this space in a new way. I am excited to see how it turns out but until then here is a look back at what our little 2 bedroom one bath garage guest house looked like.

Design Chat with Shannon Eddings

Design Chat with Shannon Eddings

Austin interior designer Shannon Eddings’s style feels both vintage and current at the same time. She knows how to put together a perfect gallery wall (we are swooning over the nautical themed masterpiece she created at the historic Carr Mansion in Galveston, Texas), she made us laugh during her appearance on an episode of HGTV House Hunters, and her East Austin home is filled with cleverly styled vignettes and downright good design moments around every corner. It’s where we caught up with her on a recent fall afternoon to find out about her favorite KK Paperie print (Seeing Spots or Xs), where she gathers inspiration for her whimsical work, and how she juggles a busy career (and three even busier kiddos).

 How do you keep your life organized?

I use notebooks for taking notes during client meetings, sketching, and general to-do lists. I use spreadsheets for tracking purchases and project management— I do swear by Google shared calendars and sheets. But for the most part, I stay pretty old school when it comes to organization and stick to paper. I have found that getting on my phone for notes and organization can be distracting as so much information is coming in and can be overwhelming. My notebook is easier to keep my lists and thoughts straight.

You were an art history major in college and have a great collections of books around your home. What’s currently inspiring you?

The last book I read was Imperfect Courage by Jessica Honneger. I finished it feeling really inspired to take risks. I recently revisited The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway. His romantic imagery cannot be beat. Magazine wise I have been feeling very inspired by Elle Décor, especially when I can get my hands on the UK edition, and of course, Domino, always. Recently I have been stuck on two art books, one of Matisse’s work one of Cy Twombly’s.

What are your favorite design accounts to follow on Instagram?

I love following Chairish, Pierce and Ward, and I am really into the Accidentally Wes Anderson account.

What were the last great spaces you visited?

Last year we stayed at The Marlton Hotel in New York, and I am still dreaming about that place. I am really into spaces with a sense of history. In Austin, I really enjoy restaurants like Mattie’s and Rosewood, and The Contemporary at Laguna Gloria is an all time favorite. And anything in Santa Fe!

What’s currently happening in design right now that you are loving?

I love rattan and woven textures. I am always into Turkish and Moroccan rugs. Hand-glazed tiles are a new love, murals, and velvet. For colors, I am loving a monochromatic look in a moody color, like green velvet curtains on an olive green wall.

Everything You Need to Know about the ACL Platinum Lounge

Everything You Need to Know about the ACL Platinum Lounge

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about October. For starters, football season is in full swing and triple digit temps have begun to make way for cooler weather. Not to mention there’s a limitless amount of pumpkin spiced items to indulge your cravings. But at our homebase in Austin, October means one thing—the epic Austin City Limits Music Festival. For two weekends nearly half a million music lovers convene on our beloved Zilker Park to see their favorite musical acts from around the world.

Through our Katie Kime x ACL Platinum Lounge we get to introduce this crowd to some of our favorite products of the season alongside refreshing cocktails and plenty of southern hospitality by creating a KK world for VIP guests to hang and get some rest from the heat. Sitting at the drawing board to imagine what each year’s lounges will look like has been one of my favorite creative exercises over the last two years.

What do we have in store for this year? Well, you’ll just have to wait to find out, but be sure you’re following us here for all of our sneak peeks and first reveals. In the meantime, join us for a stroll down memory lane as we look at our past ACL Platinum Lounge experiences. Plus, we’ve added a playlist with some of our favorite ACL 2018 artists. Use it to get ready for the festival or to curb the fomo if you won’t be making it this year.

pretty + playful: a chic Austin play house

pretty + playful: a chic Austin play house


Who would think such a “tiny” project could be such fun! The Chandlees wanted the colors in Emmy’s playhouse to really pop…so the walls stayed white and all the bright color was added to the furniture and trim. Patterned wallpaper on the ceiling, contrast pillows with an eclectic rug and there you have it…a space to call her own. I love how this pattern-filled playhouse turned out!

The KK Cottage – A look inside the offices of Katie Kime

The KK Cottage – A look inside the offices of Katie Kime

It has been a long road to here from a tiny warehouse in northeast Austin to our inspiring, bold and colorful headquarters. It has always been my dream to have a space where our team can create, collaborate, or frankly be alone if needed, and a place we can bring clients and other creatives to show the endless possibilities that exist in Katie Kime prints.  Our offices were recently featured on A Beautiful Mess, one of our favorite blogs, which was a dream come true in itself so we are excited to share the space with you.

CAMELS AND TASSELS

I WANTED TO MAKE AN ARTISTIC IMPACT. 

As you enter through our signature coral colored door you find your eyes drawn to my first art installation at the cottage. We had a team of interns glueing on thousands of neon pink and chartruese tassels all the way up the wall. It makes a big statement and all of our visitors love the unique touch.

Katie Kime Offices

Katie Kime Offices

Katie Kime Offices

A living room with navy and whites is the perfect place to relax, have team meetings, or host a gathering. Complete it with a bar and you have the right mix of work and play.

The kitchen is our favorite spot. When you enter through the back door you are treated with all things happy. Bright bold yellow windows, cottage striped wallpaper on the ceilings and the cabinets are a cool grey. Pink chairs accent the white dining table.

Off the kitchen is my office and creative space. It is a cool pink with navy zebra peel & stick  wallpaper at the entrance. Our classic birdcage chair in oysters accents the space well and brings all of the colors together.

One of the reasons we decided on this space was that we wanted a room that we could bring designers and clients to and show them all of the possibliites that exist at Katie Kime and that you can be bold and it is wonderful.

The main offices are a bright white with black trim around the windows. This bright and airy look keeps the place warm and happy. The walls are covered with creative boards, inspiring words, and photographs of previous work. We wanted a fresh, creative, and inspiring place for the team to work.

Welcome to our offices. Thanks for having a look around.

The Best Way to Cozy up Your Space This Fall: Throw Blankets

The Best Way to Cozy up Your Space This Fall: Throw Blankets

 

With fall slowly but surely making its appearance here in Austin, we couldn’t be more excited to finally bring the warm, cozy feeling of the season into our homes. One of the best ways to make your home feel cozier and more relaxing this season is by changing or adding throw blankets to your living spaces. It’s the simplest way to up your home decor and make it feel just right for the season. Keep reading for our best tips in your search and styling of the perfect throws for your home!

Color

USE THROWS TO ADD A POP OF COLOR TO YOUR SPACES

This is your time to be bold with color! Don’t be afraid to add fun and different colors to your existing decor. It also doesn’t necessarily have to be the “typical fall colors” either. Blues, oranges, purples and pinks are our go to’s this year.

Orange throw blankets on the couches to add pops of color. 

Texture

PICK THROWS THAT BOTH LOOK AND FEEL COZY

While we love throws to look amazingly comfy and soft resting on the edge of the couch or the end of the bed, the feeling of the blanket itself is everything. I mean they aren’t just for looks during these months! This fall incorporating cozy textures like fleece, wool, faux fur, cashmere and cable knits is of utmost importance. And don’t be afraid to mix and match textures either!

Wool blankets for added texture and warmth.

Added Details

FIND A THROW BLANKET WITH THAT EXTRA SOMETHING SPECIAL

You know we love fun details over here at Katie Kime, especially a good tassel. Or many good tassels. Look for throws with tassels or fringe or prints or all of the above in order to add a playful touch to your space. This season isn’t a boring one, so allow your decor to make you happy and content in addition to just warm and cozy!

 

A few bright, orange tassels to add unexpected details to your room. 

Fringe and a Katie Kime print on this throw to liven up a living room.

The More the Merrier

ADD DIFFERENT AND MULTIPLE THROWS IN YOUR SPACES

Tis the season to layer up. You can never had too many throw blankets right?! It makes the room feel warmer and friendlier. Plus you want your guests to have a blanket to cuddle up with as well! But you don’t have to layer every single throw you have on your couches and chairs. A cute and practical idea is to snag a basket that matches your decor and place it by the fireplace, a chair or the edge of a couch. Fill it up with all your extra throw blankets, so the options are endless for you, your family and all your friends.

Happy fall and happy decorating your home in the coziest way possible for the season!