LATE SUMMER HAZE

CONFESSION:  OK, it's pretty obvious by now that I'm a terrible blogger.  I don't post nearly enough --partially because I speak my mind more often on Instagram (follow me @katlawton), and partially because it just takes a lot of energy to write these things.  And let's be honest, Pinterest and IG have made it super easy to share photos, inspiration and thoughts so quickly.  So I guess I drag my feet when it comes to these things, but recognize the value of posting here.  It's pretty eye-opening to hear so many clients referencing thoughts I've shared here in my journal.  I call it a journal rather than a blog, because I don't write often enough to justify calling it an actual blog.  But when I do write, I share things that I've been stewing over in my mind for a while.  Things that have been inspiring me, things that are happening in my life, or things that drive me nuts in the design community.  It's a place where I've found my voice, where I can be the genuine me without all the fake facades social media masks over, and where I can be a little vulnerable. So I guess writing here seems more personal, more fitting, and more real.  So, that's why I call it a journal.

With all that aired out, let's also stop and talk about the title of this post, "Late Summer Haze." Yup, it's October 5th today and I'm still talking about summer???  Well, that's because I started this post on July 25th and never finished it.  Ugh! There are too many good things here not to share. So who cares, I'm sharing them anyway... fall leaves in my front green yard (thank you honey @Max Leinbach) and all. 

 First things first, this artwork collection called "Over In Love" by Caroline Walls is absolutely stunning!  I love the nude pink (my mentor and dear friend, Dixie Stark calls is "Titty Pink" --she's def going to die because I'm telling you that).  It's definitely my summer color right now. Here's a quote from the artist:  "I hope these paintings evoke a certain mood around femininity and love in all its forms – the good, the bad, ad the ugly!  Ultimately the sentiment I would like to evoke is one of celebration and empowerment.”   I'm no feminist but I love that! 

First things first, this artwork collection called "Over In Love" by Caroline Walls is absolutely stunning!  I love the nude pink (my mentor and dear friend, Dixie Stark calls is "Titty Pink" --she's def going to die because I'm telling you that).  It's definitely my summer color right now. Here's a quote from the artist: "I hope these paintings evoke a certain mood around femininity and love in all its forms – the good, the bad, ad the ugly!  Ultimately the sentiment I would like to evoke is one of celebration and empowerment.”  I'm no feminist but I love that! 

 If you didn't know by now, I'm a complete nut for vintage Murano Italian glass! It's a thing of the past (a good thing) and extremely glamorous. I've always been a lover of the Petal leaf chandelier from the 1970's. 

If you didn't know by now, I'm a complete nut for vintage Murano Italian glass! It's a thing of the past (a good thing) and extremely glamorous. I've always been a lover of the Petal leaf chandelier from the 1970's. 

 If I had to pick between herringbone hardwood floors and chevron floors (pictured above), I'd always pick the herringbone.  They're timeless and a little more chameleon as far as aesthetic goes.  At-least that has been my perspective for years, up until I ran across a gorgeous historic condo in the heart of France on AirBNB that had them! Guess they're not so trendy after all. 

If I had to pick between herringbone hardwood floors and chevron floors (pictured above), I'd always pick the herringbone.  They're timeless and a little more chameleon as far as aesthetic goes.  At-least that has been my perspective for years, up until I ran across a gorgeous historic condo in the heart of France on AirBNB that had them! Guess they're not so trendy after all. 

 I love simple architecture, especially old ones. Throw some solid landscape in the mix and I'm sold. 

I love simple architecture, especially old ones. Throw some solid landscape in the mix and I'm sold. 

 ATTENTION: Calling all clients who love and NEED a little spooled chair in their lives!!!!!!!!!! I mean, come on... this chair is so stink'n lovely. 

ATTENTION: Calling all clients who love and NEED a little spooled chair in their lives!!!!!!!!!! I mean, come on... this chair is so stink'n lovely. 

 Here are those stunning, old chevron floors that I was talking about! The classical millwork paired with simple furniture and slab face cabinetry is pure perfection.  (Interior by Lieu Dit)

Here are those stunning, old chevron floors that I was talking about! The classical millwork paired with simple furniture and slab face cabinetry is pure perfection.  (Interior by Lieu Dit)

 I almost didn't share this vintage Knoll coffee table by Gae Aulenti on here. Why??? Because I wanted to hoard this concept all to myself.  (As if no one else has ever used it before.) Sharing how AMAZING it is on this post will only call attention to it. Talk about coveting!  

I almost didn't share this vintage Knoll coffee table by Gae Aulenti on here. Why??? Because I wanted to hoard this concept all to myself.  (As if no one else has ever used it before.) Sharing how AMAZING it is on this post will only call attention to it. Talk about coveting!  

 Everyone needs an old rug in their home, everyone.  Make it a titty pink geometric one while your'e at it. 

Everyone needs an old rug in their home, everyone.  Make it a titty pink geometric one while your'e at it. 

 When I'm not shopping vintage lighting, Visual Comfort is my go to line. It's truly a staple in the design world. 

When I'm not shopping vintage lighting, Visual Comfort is my go to line. It's truly a staple in the design world. 

 Stop, just stop!  These black and white floral prints by Esther Clark make my heart sing! They're fem, affordable and pretty perfect. 

Stop, just stop!  These black and white floral prints by Esther Clark make my heart sing! They're fem, affordable and pretty perfect. 

 I've said it before and I'll say it again, simple is always beautiful. i'm obsessed with These ceramic vases by Lilith Rocket.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, simple is always beautiful. i'm obsessed with These ceramic vases by Lilith Rocket.

 I'm a jewelry connoisseur. Tourmalated quartz earrings. That's all you need to know. 

I'm a jewelry connoisseur. Tourmalated quartz earrings. That's all you need to know. 

 I love simple, contemporary details mixed with classical roots. A slab splash with a mitered stone shelf, are details that make me love what i do.  After all, beauty is found in the details. (designer on this is unknown)

I love simple, contemporary details mixed with classical roots. A slab splash with a mitered stone shelf, are details that make me love what i do.  After all, beauty is found in the details. (designer on this is unknown)

 The Beetle Chair has me wanting to place it in every color on every project right now! It was designed by Enrico Fratesi. Google the process sketches sometime... super neat. 

The Beetle Chair has me wanting to place it in every color on every project right now! It was designed by Enrico Fratesi. Google the process sketches sometime... super neat. 

 This is a Benson Cobb piece and I love how wispy and simple it is. 

This is a Benson Cobb piece and I love how wispy and simple it is. 

 If you know me, then you know I absolutely love vintage camping stuff and server ware. I have a small collection of vintage thermoses, metal flashlights, old canteens, and Russel Wright Steubenville dinnerware collection. On the horizon is a black and white collection of metal splatter ware. Pictured above is not an old set, but a new ceramic set from Urban Outfitters. It's pretty dang cute! 

If you know me, then you know I absolutely love vintage camping stuff and server ware. I have a small collection of vintage thermoses, metal flashlights, old canteens, and Russel Wright Steubenville dinnerware collection. On the horizon is a black and white collection of metal splatter ware. Pictured above is not an old set, but a new ceramic set from Urban Outfitters. It's pretty dang cute! 

 You'll rarely find me in a skirt anymore, but a stripe on the other hand... ALWAYS. I have striped bedding, a striped shower curtain, striped tops coming out of my ears, striped dish towels, socks and even my dog's collar has stripes. They're classic, tailored and graphic.  when in doubt, always choose a stripe. 

You'll rarely find me in a skirt anymore, but a stripe on the other hand... ALWAYS. I have striped bedding, a striped shower curtain, striped tops coming out of my ears, striped dish towels, socks and even my dog's collar has stripes. They're classic, tailored and graphic.  when in doubt, always choose a stripe. 

 Remember earlier when I said I like to vent on here about things that are driving me nuts in the design community? Well this is one of them. Chopped pillows or not? Some designers say they absolutely HATE them, while others swear by them. Such a silly thing to even be of topic, right? Again, it's all about them details. Here are my 2 cents:  It's more luxurious to use a down insert than a standard poly fill (not that down inserts really even cost that much). Have you ever tried chopping a poly fill pillow? Well you can't, because it doesn't stay in place.  I'm a firm believer in a subtle chop. Not like a oh hey, my pillow now has upright Alaskan Malamute dog ears, but like in a Golden Retriever floppy ear kind of way.  They're there but in a more subdue way.  I love dogs, so I use them in my quirky analogies OK?  So if you have down inserts, don't forget to pinch the top and sides in, then flatten the face!  Maybe I should do a video tutorial on this at some point...

Remember earlier when I said I like to vent on here about things that are driving me nuts in the design community? Well this is one of them. Chopped pillows or not? Some designers say they absolutely HATE them, while others swear by them. Such a silly thing to even be of topic, right? Again, it's all about them details. Here are my 2 cents:  It's more luxurious to use a down insert than a standard poly fill (not that down inserts really even cost that much). Have you ever tried chopping a poly fill pillow? Well you can't, because it doesn't stay in place.  I'm a firm believer in a subtle chop. Not like a oh hey, my pillow now has upright Alaskan Malamute dog ears, but like in a Golden Retriever floppy ear kind of way.  They're there but in a more subdue way.  I love dogs, so I use them in my quirky analogies OK?  So if you have down inserts, don't forget to pinch the top and sides in, then flatten the face!  Maybe I should do a video tutorial on this at some point...

 My last rant of the day... Periodically, I'll run across a client who says they want a timeless kitchen or bathroom, but they'll say they don't want the typical subway tile. Of course there are a million different design solutions aside for subway tile (take this pitted, more organic handmade subway tile above for example, or pattern play of the shower below), but let's pause for a second and talk about how timeless subway tile really is!   Yes, it's on trend right now, but that's only because classicism is on trend!  AND THANK GOD FOR THAT!   I'm talking, white cabinets, marble this - marble that, white millwork and subway tile. Those are all timeless, classic materials. They will NEVER go out of style, even if that means they're on trend right now. 

My last rant of the day... Periodically, I'll run across a client who says they want a timeless kitchen or bathroom, but they'll say they don't want the typical subway tile. Of course there are a million different design solutions aside for subway tile (take this pitted, more organic handmade subway tile above for example, or pattern play of the shower below), but let's pause for a second and talk about how timeless subway tile really is!   Yes, it's on trend right now, but that's only because classicism is on trend!  AND THANK GOD FOR THAT!   I'm talking, white cabinets, marble this - marble that, white millwork and subway tile. Those are all timeless, classic materials. They will NEVER go out of style, even if that means they're on trend right now. 

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Alright, that's a wrap for now. Back to work I go!

X Kat