Not your grandmother's plaster

There’s nothing new about this ancient medium. In fact; plaster is about as old as civilization. It’s graced the ceilings of cathedrals and pyramids of Egypt. It has the look and feel of cement or stone, but is relatively lightweight. In the mid-century, it replaced what is now dry wall in almost every home in America. In interior decor, it’s given us some of our favorite lamps from the 1930-1950s and even became a popular material for furniture in the 80s. This might be one of the most versatile materials out there.

Home of Robert Adam via pinterest

Home of Robert Adam via pinterest



Lately, I’ve noticed this material used in a fresh, modern way that gives it it’s own place in todays era.

A shadowbox of antique plaster intaglios gets an unexpected twist with a camouflage backdrop.

Artwork that becomes 3-dimensional with various plaster techniques.

A modern twist on taxidermy and a wall sculpture that looks like it was built into the wall

A minimalist plaster coffee table that still manages to steal the show in this room of color

Plaster topiaries that give you the sculptural look of plants but with none of the responsibility.

So many fun and interesting finds. I’m off to start hoarding all the plaster!

Until next time…

XO

-Katie

Turquoised floors

A look back at that time we turquoised a cement floor. I love thinking outside of the box and getting resourceful when it comes to limitations. In this case, it was a blank, commercial booth space in need of some character.

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It almost has an acid wash-denim look that made it feel like a well-loved rug. All of the defects and cracks in the floor transformed into rock-like veins. A lot of layering and mixing went into the process.

I would love to incorporate this into another design in the future!

XO

-Katie

Lose the mantle

I’m noticing a trend in sleek, modern fireplaces that I am really digging. These showstopping hearths take centerstage in the room and feature bold, 3d tiles, graphic papers and natural finishes. What do they all have in common? They’ve ditched the mantle. That’s right! Lose that dust-catching shelf and keep it simple.

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I’m currently working on a fireplace makeover for a project in Huntersville North Carolina. Here are some of the materials that have caught my eye…

A bold, 3D tile in white

A bold, 3D tile in white

Textured wood tiles in gray

Textured wood tiles in gray

A large-scale, black and white paper

A large-scale, black and white paper

Mosaic wood tiles

Mosaic wood tiles

When it comes to fireplace surfaces, you don’t have to settle with brick. Try something unexpected, and lose the mantle. I promise it will quickly become your favorite part of the room!

XO

-Katie

Asymmetric lighting

An electrician's nightmare, but I am loving this idea of random, unconventional lighting. I would love to design a room using these Aarhus Oil Factory sconces in an unexpected, asymmetric configuration.

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Here are some light fixtures I would love to see worked into an unexpected, lighting configuration…

sconces by Palle Suenson

sconces by Palle Suenson

Laviva home sconces

Laviva home sconces

Bentu terrazzo wall light

Bentu terrazzo wall light

Until next time…

XO,

Katie

Eclectic Master Bedroom

One of the things I enjoy doing most is working on 3D renderings of my designs. It’s a creative outlet and also helps me to work on space planning. It’s also a great way for clients to visualize design concepts as I walk them through a virtual rendering of their exact floor plan. Countless hours go into getting the rendering just right, but it’s totally worth it!

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This midcentury-inspired master bedroom is complete with a wine cooler and coffee station for cozy nights by the fireplace!

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Contact me today to get started creating your very own dream space!

Colorado Lounge

Lately, I’ve felt so inspired by Colorado Lounges and bars. Specifically, the Ramble Hotel. Inspired by 17th century French salons, It fulfills a craving I’ve been having for something different. A break away from the trends of minimalism and clean lines and a chance to appreciate the richness of jewel tones and leather you can almost smell through the photo. The juncstaposition of just the right amount of sparkle from the chandeliers balanced by the craftsman-style wood. A pop of richly colored velvet you want to reach out and touch. A bold black and white pattern. A vintage rug that doesn’t apologize for having a previous life. It’s so refreshing, and I’m all in.

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Images via  The Venue Report

Images via The Venue Report

This hotel ended up being the perfect source of inspiration for a client in Charlotte, North Carolina. This particular client has a large, new construction so I knew it needed bigger, bolder furnishings and richer textiles. I’m looking forward to using these elements to help define spaces within an an open concept where every room runs into the next.

A little peek at what’s to come in this fun project…

I will be bringing more textures into the living room with a graphic black and white rug for contrast.

Living room Mood board, copyright Hausmatter

Living room Mood board, copyright Hausmatter

In the kitchen, I’ll be incorporating earthy terra cotta and caramel tones that will be represented in leather upholstery, custom woodwork and ceramic lighting. I’ll balance them with some jewel toned blues.

Kitchen Mood Board, copyright Hausmatter

Kitchen Mood Board, copyright Hausmatter

Andy and I are excited to visit the Ramble hotel in 2020! I feel so inspired by this beautiful hotel.

XO,

-Katie