Thursday, February 28, 2013

100!

In case you hadn't noticed, I have been trying to up the ante with the blog posts. By posting every day this month, I have reached 100 posts! (and it's about time!)

In challenging myself to post every day, I have learned that not only can I do it, but that I am getting more excited to share new things with my readers with each post. Thank you all for following along, and if you like what you read, don't hesitate to share, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc., for more.

I have also been working with a brilliant graphic-designer friend, Denise, on updating some things around here. Here is what we have come up with on the logo:



What do you think? Do you like it? I love it! The shape nods at one of my favorite eras (the 1920's), and the sketched quality of the lines nods at sketching designs. 

So have you enjoyed reading through the updates each week, or do you find yourself falling behind? Do you like the new logo? I am excited to read the reviews and see what everyone thinks. It is quite the labor of love here.

Looking forward to what is next to come. Happy following along ;)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DBK Q & A :: Cleaning Up

A client of mine asked me a few weeks back what cleaning products I use to keep my space looking clean and fresh after the design work is done.



So here is my cleaning routine:

Once a week, I vacuum all surfaces (my vac has the option to stop the roller so as not to damage hard floors), using the crevice tool to get the edge of the molding and floor where dust and dirt want to hide. Then I use a Swiffer (with the wet cloth) to go over the entry, kitchen and bathroom floors, just to pick up that extra layer of grime.

On my kitchen and bathroom countertops, I use Clorox wipes. They are a quick way to wipe up the surface, while killing any bacteria--I use them daily in the kitchen to keep it clean.

For mirrors and glass surfaces, I'm a little lax, but when I see the toothpaste splatters on the mirror, I simply use windex or other glass cleaner and wipe with a paper towel. I'm also a little lax with dusting, but when I find the time I stick to pledge on a dust cloth to wipe down wood surfaces.

Hope that helps to keep your space neat and clean! What products do you find exceptionally useful?

Happy cleaning!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Atomic Starburst

Yesterday was a long day. After being out of the house for 12 hours (all of which was spent on my feet), I came home to unload groceries, clean out the fridge, and make dinner. Only I was so exhausted that when I knelt down to put away the food and deal with the fridge, it felt so great to not be standing, and I decided to just lie down. On the floor of the kitchen.

Does your mind ever just wander from one thing to the next? Well...



While lying on the kitchen floor, I noticed how great the flat surface felt on my back. I felt my back relaxing into the floor and stretched into it. Then I noticed the lighting fixture above me. I have noticed it before, obviously, but never from this angle.

The light looks like a big starburst. A six pointed star with long skinny points. An atomic starburst. With rays shooting out from the center. Look at the way the light is projected onto the ceiling from the slits in the side. I wish my phone was in my hand so I could snap a picture. Oh well, I will worry about that later. The light on the ceiling looks like an extension of the rays etched into the glass. It really is a beautiful fixture.


Look at the other fixtures in the kitchen. They are positioned in such a strange way, it makes no sense. It is not logical as a ceiling plan. They seem to form a constellation -the handle on the big (or little I suppose) dipper. Very weird indeed. I guess the layout does have a purpose: task lighting above the sink, and general lighting in the middle of the kitchen and the dining space. It is still strange placement considering that these three lights are the only hard-wired fixtures in the unit -- other than the bathroom that is.


I roll over and see the cookbooks on the shelf. French, Spanish, Thai, 30-minute meals, 5 Ingredient fix. When was the last time I used these. I have been using the gluten and dairy free cookbooks, which mostly live on the counter as they are used daily. Oh food!

I'm starving! God, having a sensitivities to food sucks. If I could eat anything, I would have probably ate already. I need to get up and make dinner...


I peeled myself off the floor, and threw together a salad of mixed greens, grilled chicken, and homemade croutons (with gluten free bread of course).

Ahh, now I feel better. I should snap a picture of that mid-century atomic light fixture.

Happy ramblings!

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Oscars

So...did you watch last night? Do you care?

Well I know it is rather insignificant in the realm of what matters in the world, but it was fun to see what the ladies were wearing! No offense to the gentlemen, they are just less glittery..but still very handsome ;)

Here is my short list of what I really liked (in no particular order):

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu 

Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Haute Couture:

Such a glamorous night, and now I have quite the list of movies to catch up on as well.

After staying up so late to watch that event, it is going to be quite the day. Happy Monday!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Guest Suites

Over the past year or so (probably two), I have had the luxury of being able to travel to some fun places, and stay in some pretty nice hotels. I wanted to share some of those luxurious places with you, and then pose a few related questions.

The first trip P and I ever went on was a road trip to Boston for a Mariners game (don't forget, I'm a Seattle girl) and a one-night stay at Le Meridien Hotel in Cambridge. The location was great, as was the room.

Clockwise from top left: Exterior facade, bathroom, guest suite, lobby sitting area.

A few months later, I went to Nashville for work. We stayed at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville. It had a modern, yet traditional, feel and was quite comfortable.

Clockwise from top left: lobby, guest suite, guest suite looking at view, bathroom.

After these couple of trips, we took a break from hotels and decided to camp, which we love. But the next hotel we stayed in was in Montreal over this past New Year's. We stayed in the ultra modern Hotel ZERO 1.
Clockwise from left: Lobby, bathroom, closet & mini bar area, sitting area, guest suite.

We also had a good friend share her visit to Arkansas for this post. She loved the Capital Hotel in Little Rock, and it wasn't just because of the toffe they left on her pillows.

Clockwise from left: Guest suite, high ceilings in lobby durring holidays, bathroom, toffees, view down into lobby sitting area.

What do you look for when you are choosing a hotel? Do you enjoy the comfort of the spaces and the beds, or are you more concerned with price? Do you appreciate the design details in the lobby and the rooms, pick up on the lighting details, etc.? Or is that just a weird designer thing? What is your favorite thing about a hotel getaway?

However you enjoy it, happy vacationing!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

For the Love of a Building

The Empire State Building that is.

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Built between 1929 and 1931, the Empire State Building is one of New York City's iconic structures.

If you are a tourist, heading to the isle of Manhattan, you probably have it on your "must see" list. On a rainy day like today, you may not venture to the top for lack of a view, but there are certainly other reasons to venture in.

The building has a rich history detailed in beautiful art-deco details.

Clockwise from top left: elevator doors, interior light fixture, herringbone marble floor detail, and exterior facade.

And it is overall just a nice place to see first hand. Almost five years ago now, I went with my parents to see it, and check out the top.

Clockwise from left (all on the observation deck): me, my mom giving me a smooch, and my mom and Mr. Jay smooching. (Love these!!)

As you can see, we had a really great time!

Is there a particular building or skyline you love? Let me know, maybe I will check it out and report back.

Happy touring!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Big News

Since I graduated last May, I have been looking for a job in the interior design industry.

While I have been doing my own thing with consultations and the blog, I was in need of something to pay the bills. Don't worry, the blog is not going anywhere! 

I am pleased to announce that I have been hired! At a local boutique linens store. At fig, I will be helping customers with room to grow. I am so excited to be getting familiar with these lux linens, and can't wait to offer some show and tell with some of the goodies!

Happily Hired :)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Shut the Front Door!

Seriously, go outside, shut the front door, and take a good long look at it. Now, want to spruce it up? Tuesday we discussed the details of your front porch, stoop, etc., today, let's focus in on that door.

Orange is an energetic color that brings feelings of excitement, energy and warmth.

Most people these days are going with a neutral, black white or red. BUT there are so many options out there that can really draw someone in to look at the charm and character of your home. It will also add great curb appeal, so what have you got to lose?

This tint of blue/green embodies feelings of tranquillity and peace.

Colors have a psychology linked to them: how they make people feel. But those feelings can also be influenced by personal experience. If your favorite memory was from walking through a field of sunflowers, you are bound to be fond of yellow.

Used in small doses, yellow can be incorporated to draw attention and create focus.

Think about how your door looks, and what message the color is sending. Do you want to paint it yet?

Psychology aside, your front door is the perfect place to use a bold -- and possibly scary -- color, giving you a bold focal point.

Purple sends a message of royalty and wisdom.
So for those of you now planning to paint this weekend, happy painting ;)


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Basket Case

Last week I expressed my love of Mason jars, this week it is baskets.

I love baskets, they are such a lovely way to organize. They provide a textural element to the space, as well as the elements of nature and warmth.

I use baskets in our small apartment to organize miscellaneous odds and ends in our media console, entry area and pantry.

We have these Pjas Baskets from IKEA in our pantry/entry area.

I use large baskets for the laundry instead of using a bin. I have a basket in the office for a garbage.

This 'Large Curved Basket' from West Elm would make a great laundry basket.

And possibly one of my favorite uses for baskets: P's mom has hung them on the wall, decoratively in the bathroom, and in the kitchen; she hangs the bread basket on a small wall to add visual interest when not in use.


What do you think? Are you crazy about baskets?

Happy organizing!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Perfectly Picked :: Facade Details

The facade of your home is the first thing that people notice when they pull into your driveway. It is your curb appeal, and it is part of your home that you should be able to enjoy, even if it is just to give you a smile as you walk across the threshold.

Here is a front facade that is modern, simplistic, and lovely:


If you have a front porch you could use the items from this collage to spruce it up, and enjoy that extra living space.

A. Outdoor Rug by World Market; B. Garden Stool by ShadesOfLight.com; C.  Metal Praque Table by Mothology; D. Strathwood Griffen All Weather Wicker Chair; E. David Trubridge Rocking Chair; F. Vang Lounge Chair; G. Outdoor Rug on One Kings Lane.

If you just have a front walkway, steps or stoop, add some fun planters like these to spruce it up! (Hopefully we can plant some gorgeous flowers in them soon for spring!)

L-R: Three Drop Planter by farrahsit on Etsy; Yasari Planter by Emily Joubert; Bull Planter by Anthropology.

Hope you enjoy these tips for a perfectly picked facade.

Happy detailing!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Knit City

Tonight I will be knitting with some of my gal pals, so I thought I would share some knitting with y'all.

Remember that snow storm we had in the northeast a few weekends ago? I was finally able to block some of my projects and officially finish them! (Blocking is the process of wetting the knit fabric, and then stretching it to the full size of pattern, pinning it, and letting it dry in shape.)

Lazy Katy and Stella blocking.

A look at the lace edge of Lazy Katy.

I also finished my bulky sweater, and I am wearing it today! (Don't have a finished picture to show you, but follow along on Instagram, and you may just get one tonight.)

I just love the color and texture of this sweater!

Now I am working on finishing a pattern I started more than two years ago that I would love to actually be able to wear at some point.

This Yarn...
...for this pattern.

Happy Knitting to all you knitters, and happy Presidents' Day to the rest :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

S.S. Consultation

A few weeks back one of my good friends (S) asked me to bring my colors with me when I came to visit her.

S and her hubby (also S) bought a new house last year, and they have slowly been making improvements. She wanted to discuss the color in the living room, and bedroom. I also suggested that they paint the hallway to make the spaces flow seamlessly and brick on the fireplace until they are ready to redo it completely. (Once they see how great it looks with a little paint, maybe they may not want to replace it at all.)

S told me she liked was the warm grey modern feel of restoration hardware.



We looked through the gray and blue sections and narrowed it down to the above color strips.

Here is what we came up with for the colors:


The colors are as follows: living room is Smoke Embers #1466, fireplace and hallway are Light Pewter #1464, and the master bedroom is Oystershell #864.

Can't wait to show you their before and afters.

Happy painting!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Weekend Reads

Here are a list of excellent reads to check out during your down-time this weekend. Just don't fall so hard for one of these guys that you forget about us! ;)


Making it Lovely is a blog by Nicole Balch
Nicole talks about decorating her home, fashion and just trying to make life more lovely overall. (How great is that?!)


Manhattan Nest by Daniel
Daniel uses the blog to talk about his efforts in 'nesting' his Manhattan apartment with boyfriend and pups. He is a thrifty DIYer that loves to decorate his Manhattan nest.


The Brick House is a blog that I can't seem to find the author of.
With that being said, they share some lovely images on their site of a myriad home spaces!


7th House on The Left by Greg & Ashley Brown
Greg and Ashley talk about their home and all that comes along with making it their own. Through renovations, and other projects they showcase their beautiful home.

Check 'em out, and enjoy! But don't forget about DBK!

Happy Reading!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Love for the Mason jar

Yes, I know it is unusual, but I really do love me a Mason jar. And when you think about it, what is not to love?! They are so versatile; you can you use them for so much more than their intended purpose of canning (or jarring rather).

Here are just a few uses to do with my Mason jars:

A vase for your flowers.

Water glass.

Bathroom organizers.

Herb garden via Not Just a Housewife.

Lights via Three Little Black Birds.
What is your favorite way to use a Mason jar? Happy Jarring!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sweeten Your Valentine's Dinner

Are you the type to celebrate Valentine's Day? We don't look at it as a big gift-giving holiday, we use it as a reminder to spend some quality time together. 

Here are some last-minute ways to help you add some pizzaz to your Valentine's dinner:

Serve sparkling water in champagne flutes. It will add a romantic flare without worrying about a headache at work tomorrow!


Use faux flowers (with wired stems) to wrap around your napkins.


Cut out a banner of mini hearts from folded paper to hang above your table.

Pinterest is a great resource for DIY crafts
And as a final touch use a good old fashioned home-made valentine to make a place card holder for your sweetie.

And if you are one of those who boycots the holiday, use it as an excuse to buy yourself flowers and chocolates and have some girlfriends over!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Inspired Colors

A color scheme inspired from our post-snow storm walk.

Winter Sunset

Happy Scheming!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Perfectly Picked :: Accent Pillows

Last week we discussed picking a coffee table, this week we will discuss further accessorizing your living space with some accent pillows.

When picking accent pillows there are only a few things to keep in mind:

1. Your color scheme.
2. Your desired comfort level.

Here are some examples:

1. If you are working with a specific color scheme in mind, stick to it. Bring the paint chips that match your scheme with you when you are shopping. That way when you are picking out pillows, you will have a guideline for the right colors.

Our living room accent colors.

Two of our living room pillows (can you see the purple, teal and orange represented?)

2. The importance of comfort and how you use the space will dictate the number of pillows you use and the fill they have. The pillow insert is important!! If you invest in a good insert that is really cozy, you can use it for quite a while and just change the cover.

Here is a good example of some pillows at one of my client's homes:

We started out with a neutral color scheme and blue accents...

...we then switched to a mostly neutral scheme, focusing on pattern mixing.

So you can see, your accent pillows really are the most obvious accessory in your living space. Not only that, but because they are the most obvious, they are the easiest way to transform your space. 

You can change in sweater pillows in the winter, bright pops in the spring, etc., and constantly change the look and feel of your space.

Happy picking!