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Karrie’s House in HGTV Mag!

UM – you GUYS! Look what just hit the streets! …well, the official newsstand date is Tuesday, August 6th… but Karrie & I both picked ours up at the grocery store checkout, and we’ve been getting all kinds of fun messages from friends who have gotten theirs in the mail. The fun, day-long shoot HGTV did of Karrie’s kitchen is finally splashed across the glossy pages of HGTV Magazine’s September 2019 Issue.

 

Hollar!

AND the adjacent breakfast nook is on the table of contents page!

We got to work with photographer Lisa Romerein who was THE most amazing photographer, and bad a$$ stylist extraordinaire Liz Strong – the acronym “BFD” scarcely does her talent justice.

Basically **any** spread in any magazine you see – Coastal Living, Better Homes & Gardens, etc – read the credits and Liz is usually the one who styled the photo shoot. Interior Design is one thing, but styling is a really unique niche – and takes serious talent. Building materials are one thing, then finishes, then furnishings and accessories… but styling is like the cherry on top – the final layer that really makes everything come to life.

I met Liz haphazardly when I replied to a Craigslist ad she had posted for a Lee Industries settee that I was about to shamefully low ball for my dining room. We got to chatting over email, and I quickly discovered that she’s a stylist and works with tons of national magazines (what are the chances?)  She asked if I had any work I thought was magazine-worthy and I promptly sent her Karrie & Tim’s freshly finished digs (we had JUST completed their renovation)… and you know the rest. Liz is one of the most laid-back and coolest chicks you’ll ever meet and so fun to work with. Karrie and I both have girl crushes on her… I even ran into her on the street in Harbour Island last year (Bahamas) – we passed in golf carts when I was on the way to a rehearsal dinner, and she was on the way to – you guessed it – a Coastal Living shoot. Anyway – Liz brought her own amazing gaggle of photo shoot props to the house that day, but also sent me on a Crate & Barrel run for… you know… just a few things:

If you’ve watched any of my Insta stories prepping for photo shoots – or any other designers’ – you know they are WERK… in the form of weeks of prep, car loads of accessories, usually hundreds of dolla dolla bills at the florist, and then lots of agonizing over things like scooching this vase 3 centimeters to the right, etc etc. We spent a super fun day with Liz & Lisa shooting JUST Karrie’s kitchen and nook (still totally need to shoot the rest of the house) – here are some behind the scenes snaps:

And here she blows in glossy print!! Run out to the groc and getcherself one!

Um… the most hilarious part of the article is this quote from Karrie.  BAAHAHHAHAHAHA – they don’t even know how right they got it:

She’s not kidding.

Special thanks to my home skillet Nick Gonzalez and San Diego Custom Cabinets, who built ALL of the cabinetry in the house! At the time of this reno, I had just gone solo with my own Interior Design biz but was also working for Nick, designing custom kitchens, baths, closets – all things cabinetry. He was the best, and I learned an ENCYCLOPEDIA’S WORTH of cabinet knowledge from him – which is, to this day, a pimp tool to have in my arsenal as a designer. Nick isn’t only a great friend and trusted mentor, but his WHOLE TEAM is amazing. They also made the gorgeous built-ins in my current office in Crested Butte and are the ones I trust to do all my SoCal projects. Best in the biz!

If you weren’t a Covet Living reader back in 2015-2016, we blogged through the entire renovation – here are the throwback links to the project!! And the hashtag on insta is #casacovetliving if you want to peruse more pics there!

1 – Casa Covet Living: Karrie & Tim’s Gut Rehab – December 17, 2015

2 – Casa Covet Living: Brainstorming a New Layout – December 30, 2015

3 – Casa Covet Living: Kitchen Finishes – January 23, 2016

4 – Casa Covet Living: The Close Overtime Thriller of the Kitchen Island – January 27, 2016

5 – Casa Covet Living: People, We Have Liftoff – January 31, 2016

6 – Casa Covet Living: Plumbing & Lighting & Tile, Oh My! – February 24, 2016

7 – Casa Covet Living: Wanna Help Us Choose Lighting? – February 25, 2016

8 – Casa Covet Living: World War III of the Master Bath – April 17, 2016

9 – Casa Covet Living: She’s All Done, Folks! – June 20, 2016

10 – Casa Covet Living: Guest Room Plan – June 26, 2016

xoxo!!!

Steph & Karrie

 

 

 

 

Casa Covet Living: Guest Room Plan

Happy Monday!  Hope you guys had a great weekend.  Karrie and I spent much of ours spitballing between San Diego & LA about how to decorate the new casa.  First order of biz was to get girlfriend a bed, since no one’s had a great time sleeping on a mattress on the floor since frat parties ca. 1998 at IU, when they were too hopped up on jungle juice to know the difference.  We did end up pulling the trigger on one, but I’ll save it for a post on the master bedroom later this week when we get it all dialed in.  But for now, I can show you the guest room (!)  Which was easy because *COUGH* since it’s (( air quotes )) “mine,” I got to pick out whatever I wanted.  AKA, Karrie’s words were, “just pick out what you normally would and do your Beautiful Mind thing,” so the only client I had to run it by was Sir Licks-a-lot (Gus).  Here’s what’s gonna go down in the front guest room at Casa Covet Living:

Guest Room, Casa Covet Living Interiors

a) Paint Color: Dunn Edwards, Icy Lavender DE5924.  This came out slightly more pigmented / more purple than we wanted, so we decided to tone the rest of the room down with a lot of neutral layers.

Wall Color, Casa Covet Living | Icy Lavender, Dunn Edwards

b) Bamboo Pendant Light: Sinnerlig, Isle Crawford for Ikea.  THIS IS UNDER $60 PEOPLE!!!  And freaking fabulous in person.  I carried it on my head like it was a 200 lb fruit basket through the sea that is Ikea a month ago when I saw it, having no idea where it would go.  If I were you, I might buy 2 and hang ’em over my dining room table.  Like – go now.

isle crawford ikea | casa covet living

c) Drapery Panel Fabric: Shibori Angle Grey by Michelle Mathis.  This chick has a TON of great patterns you should check out.  Think Amber Interiors / global style, but for closer to $20/yard.

shibori grey, michelle mathis spoonflower | covet living interiors

d) Wall Sconces: Midcentury, Lumfardo Luread “F” Sconces, 1st Dibs.  These are amazing, but too $$.  But will source lookalikes on Etsy… or just wait to snap these up on eBay.

lured sconces | casa covet living

e) Artwork: source unknown.  But every time I look at this, I get transported to a peaceful place.  On a remote lake somewhere.  In the summertime.  At dusk.  Where else would anyone ever wanna be?

art - so peaceful | casa covet living

f) Upholstered Bed: Target Parkside Button Tufted Bed.  Frankly, I have no idea if Target’s beds are gonna sh*t the bed or not in terms of quality, but I figure if Emily Henderson can do it, we can give it a whirl.  They have SURPRISINGLY bomb silhouettes… post on that later.

target parkside bed | casa covet living

g) Nightstands: Restoration Hardware Martens Round Side Tables.  Love these for their spare, rustic quality & patina.  Also always good to introduce another round shape in a space where there aren’t many.

RH Marten's Round Side Table | Covet Living

h) Euro Sham Fabric: Seema Krish “Gramercy in Metropolitan Grey”, through Nicky Rising.  Part global & part Granny.  Love the detail in all of Seema’s patterns.

seema krish gramercy grey | casa covet living

i) Throw: Estrato Oversized Bed Throw / Coverlet.  All I ever wanted was a pom pom coverlet to take naps under.

estrato bed throw

j) Rug: Antique, via Aja Rugs in La Jolla.  I’ve had this pinned for awhile but just had to email them for pricing this weekend.  These shopowners are great to work with, but this thing is a stunner, so cross your fingers this isn’t four trillion dollars.

aja antique rug | casa covet living

xoxo!

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