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There so many things I love about Austin, but one of my favorite things Austin has to offer is the amazing street art. People come from all over to see the creative wall art done by talented local artists. I’ve been wanting to do a mural tour for years now – and when I saw my friend and fellow creative Carrie Colbert’s Austin Mural Tour I was so inspired!
Carrie Colbert of carriecolbert.com is an inspiring women who started the “More Color, Please” movement, a movement focused on adding color back into every aspect of life.
After 17 years working in the energy industry, Carrie left the corporate world behind to embrace her creative side. In addition to being an author, investor in numerous female-founded businesses, and a champion for multiple philanthropic causes, Carrie also is a proud mom to her daughter Elle.
Wall 2: Colorful Stripes House at 508 Tequila Bar Location: 508 E. 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701 Carrie’s Note: Colorful stripes and tequila? A winning combination! Stop by this laid back tequila bar for a drink and photos.
Wall 3: Blue and White Diagonal Stripes Location: 1500 W. North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756 Carries Note: Wall is very tall and design wraps around the building. You’ll find these fun stripes on the north and west sides of the building.
Wall 4: Purple Stripes at Parts & Labour Location: 1704 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 Carries Note: Note: Sadly, this business has now been demolished for a new development. Nevertheless, we had to include it, as it was a favorite of ours from the Austin wall scene.
Since its re-development, you will still find amazing wall art in this location. We stopped by to see the new art work that has since be created. The wall has many different sections with different color stories throughout
Wall 5: Yum, Fresh mural at Steel City Pops Location: 3001 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 Carries Note: Particularly during the hot summer months, you’ll find a snack at Steel City Pops especially refreshing! Wall faces south, so it’s often in sun, but that only enhances the summery feel of the location.
As I look back at my past travels to places such as Morocco, Portugal and Paris and prepare for my travels ahead, I wanted to share a few of my very favorite travel must-haves that I never leave home without. I’ve spent a lot of time living out of a suitcase, and these are the pieces I always come back to.
For me, travel is all about comfort with a bit of flair. For the plane, I always pack a cozy cardigan and recently I’ve loved the functional simplicity of our monogrammed oxfords.
A comfortable (but cute) pair of walking shoes is a must. I’m partial to my classic New Balance 574’s. And to top it off, a statement handbag and my favorite pajamas make me feel at home wherever I am.
I love our Casablanca caftan because it’s so versatile. It can go from beach to bar. So whether you find yourself at the ocean, getting a drink at the resort or pool-side, it’s the perfect summer cover-up.
To dress for the nightlife, it’s all about comfort and color for me. I love comfortable and low maintenance pieces that make a statement.
This new year I’ve had the women in my life on my mind more than usual. I think it’s because the older you get the clearer the real friendships become. Life and geographical location, sometimes trials, other times career paths have a way of separating true friends from social acquaintances. I’ve never been more grateful for those in my life that fall in the former. This Valentine’s day I decided I would extend the celebration of love beyond my husband and kids and send arrangements to some of my Austin girlfriends with handwritten notes. Of course my friend and co-owner of The Little Posey, Bonni Taylor was my go-to to make it happen. Check out the arrangements we chose and garner some inspiration. Even with your own store-bought blooms a little love can go a long way.
Flower Selections fit for a Valentine
My favorite flowers are ones with full beautiful leaves, like hydrangea or peonies. Sometimes an all white flower bunch can make a statement, but here we chose bold colors for our bouquet. Pinks, peaches, and green are a Valentine’s dream.
Bonni brought some gorgeous garden roses, hyacinth, posey, and fern.
Paper and Prints
After we expertly put the bunches together, I used some leftover wrapping paper I had to wrap the flowers and tied it with some black & white ribbon. You can use any paper really it just needs to be about 12″x16″.
Having a laugh
The best part of doing a shoot like this are having a few laughs with my friends and maybe learning a thing or two.
Our Valentine Bouquet Reveal
I can’t wait to deliver these to my other girlfriends. They are such a big part of my life and these are the perfect little something to tell them just that.
There’s nothing we love more than getting pictures from our happy customers in their happy spaces! Our removable wallpaper is the perfect way to add a pop of color in any room. Here’s a look at four of our favorite ‘One of a Kime Spaces’ this month!
Award-winning Interior Designer, Courtnay Tartt Elias of Houston, Texas brightened up her Galveston vacation home with our Spring Pineapples Wallpaper. We love the way she used accents of gold to tie together the pink and green color scheme.
This happy space we are loving is from one of our favorite interior design firms. Boutique full service interior design firm, Baudit Interior Design, from Toronto, Canada specializes in residential and corporate spaces. Baudit used one of our classic wallpapers, Seeing Spots Wallpaper, to liven up a plain white wall in one of their customers bedrooms.
I spoke with Erika McCarthy who told me a little more about this colorful space.
The project was completed in the fall of 2017, it was a new custom home located in Oakville, Ontario (west of Toronto), and we looked after the full interiors scope – all finishes, millwork design, lighting layouts and specification, furniture, etc… all of it. The home is very modern but has a warm aesthetic and is very comfortable and welcoming. The finishes throughout the home are very neutral, all white walls, warm wood tones, and some beautiful deep blue tones in furnishings. This bedroom was for a young girl, and while we wanted to continue the clean look from rest of the home in to the two kids bedrooms, it was important that these spaces be fun and youthful yet sophisticated. I wanted this space to be fun for the age this special girls is now, but be able to grow with her and not date itself. A rich saturated pink was selected for the the headboard accented by gold studs. I’ve always loved the Seeing Spots pattern and this was the perfect application for it! The white backing was the perfect match to the wall colour throughout the home, it blended seamlessly and the spots created just the right amount of impact on this feature wall.
– Erika McCarthy
Banana Leaves Wallpaper has always been a favorite among the Katie Kime Team, so when we saw the way it transformed this tiny office space, I knew I had to catch up with the Interior Designer who created this magical space. Lover of all this bright and cheery, Lisa Ball Williams gave us some insight on her background and her love for the Katie Kime Banana Leaves Wallpaper.
First, I asked Lisa to tell me a little about herself and her background with interior design
I’ve been designing and renovating houses for 20 years. I love a renovation project and have done 6 renovations on my own family homes, all of them varying in scale. 3 were in Oxford, MS where we lived as a family for 23 years. We moved to Birmingham in 2015 and have done 3 houses in 4 years. We love it! Still working on the 3rd one in here. Luckily most of our renovated houses have sold to family or friends, so I still get to spend time in them after moving on to the next house that is calling us for some love and beauty treatments! …and the next! Each house has been perfect for a particular stage of life for us. I keep saying I could do a book on our life events based on what house we lived in!
In my design work, I use individuality, creativity and color so that “no home will look exactly like yours” – my own homes have each had a different flair, but much of the same furniture, family heirlooms and art which is how I work with clients both local and long distance. I could go on and on, but I know you just needed a little info and will have to hone this down as it is. Like most designers, I could talk about it forever.
– Lisa Ball Williams
I asked Lisa to tell me about her office space and why she chose the Banana Leaves Wallpaper.
Last year in Birmingham, AL, this office was carved out of an attic space at the end of a sunny hall. The house needed a spot to sit and pay bills, work from home, etc within earshot of the upstairs playroom and children’s bedrooms. Since the 8×11 space was in between interior walls, there was no way to put in a window….I had been adoring the Katie Kime banana leaf paper on Instagram and website, so I immediately knew it was the perfect way to bring the outside into this windowless space. The wallpaper combined with green cabinetry and turquoise accents provides instant happy energy! I feel like the office is ageless -great now for adults and will be a wonderful homework area or computer station later for older kids.
– Lisa Ball Williams
Lastly, we are loving this beautiful bright office space! This is the office at Mirror Mirror Salon located right here in Austin, Texas. Owner and Stylist, Martha Lynn Kale, used our clean, chic Arrows Wallpaper to make her office space bright and girly.
The new coral take on our watermarks pattern is my absolute favorite! It’s such a fun way to take on the classic pink+red theme of the holiday. I chose the 3D monogram for my name as a modern, fun way to make it personalized.
Back in 2017, we interviewed three inspiring women making waves in their world and photographed in their unique oxford style. You can customize yours here. Jessie Johnson is marketing and event director at Waterloo Records.
I am passionate about…So many things! My kids are my number one passion, second comes music, then getting to do anything outdoors. I am constantly trying to smush all those things together.
My personal style is… I hope to dress in a way that makes me feel artistic. Patti Smith is a huge style icon for me so black and white are always the central scheme, usually with black jeans. I add jewelry or the color red according to how “dressy” I want to feel. Red is the most attention-getting color!
My three favorite places in Austin are…all outdoorsy! Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, Barton Springs Pool, and Scottish Woods Trail!
The best advice I’ve ever received is…Never lose the ability to laugh at yourself. It’s the act of letting yourself off the hook for being human. And if you can find humor in your own dumb mistakes, you’re going to have a greater ability to forgive others. That’s HUGE. My beloved Grandmother taught me that.
My role models are…My husband who is incredibly kind and patient, my 11-year-old son who is such a dreamer (my six-year-old is still pretty wild) and my grandmother who was so funny and participated in dance parties with me and my kids well into her 90s.
The woman I aspire to be is…Kind, creative, patient and peaceful.