The fabulous and stylish, Uno Cosa tagged me to reveal five of my guilty pleasures. I absolutely adore her so I had to oblige.
However, I should note that it's hard for me to feel guilty about ANY pleasures. I am incredibly self-indulgent and love instant gratification. You might call it a personality flaw but I live by a "do what you want" philosophy and it's gotten me this far. On to the list!
1. Fur, Leather and Other Dead Things
I actually probably feel the most guilty about this one. I know it's cruel and morbid - but I think it's really beautiful.
2. Coffee and Wine
Two of the biggest reasons why I'm not ready to have a baby yet.
3. But I'm Baby Crazy
I secretly love pretending like my nephews are my own and it melts my heart when I see Jeremy holding them.
4. Road Trips
We have the best time on the road together.
5. Mary-Kate Olsen
She loves fur too. I visit this blog daily. Enough said.
Bonus. Jeremy's Guilty Pleasure: Hospitals
After we dealt with the trauma of Jeremy getting appendicitis on our honeymoon Jeremy revealed that he actually liked being in the hospital. I think his favorite was the little jello cups. My guilty pleasure - watching him high on morphine.
What are your guilty pleasures? I want to open this up for discussion in the comments.
The fabulous and stylish, Uno Cosa tagged me to reveal five of my guilty pleasures. I absolutely adore her so I had to oblige.
The Cure this week is all about the Landing Strip and the filtering of objects as they come into your home. It can sometimes be a trial and error process to find the exact set up that stops all your clutter at the door and keeps the inside of your home free from the travels of the outside world.
• Declutter your front entrance, and create a healthy front door filter.
• Cancel unused subscriptions and get yourself off junk mail lists!
We're now starting to seriously declutter. You've been slowly putting things into your Outbox for a couple weeks, but this is the time to start making decisions. As you go through your entrance area this week, keep these three things in mind:
1. Do I use it?
2. Do I love it?
3. Does my home need it?
So I've given some thought to what happens when we come into our home. I should warn you - this post isn't going to be pretty - it's going to dig into some organizational issues that need to be addressed.
Here is an overview of our kitchen / entry way. The back door is off to the left (you can see the door mat there).
It was so hard for me to not art direct this shot to make it picture perfect - but I want to give you an honest view of where our things end up as we walk in the door. My things, rather, because Jeremy puts all of his things away in their appropriate places and that's just not going to work for me. I've got my purse, camera, phone, COAT, all over the counter, breakfast nook table and on the floor just inside our master bedroom.
As we walk through the back door here is what we see:
So basically you walk through the door and to the front is a pantry area. To the right is the kitchen. To the left is another breezeway / hole to the basement (creepy, huh?) and then a door to our master bedroom. We have a door that would close off the entrance to the basement area (and another door that closes from the master bedroom to block that off from the basement area as well) - we just haven't gotten around to hanging it.
A really simple solution would be to hang a coat rack on the chalkboard wall - but I think this would distract from the overall look of the kitchen.
So I'm interested in tackling a more complicated solution.
Converting our current pantry area (we use it for household storage) into a mini mud room. We could move a lot of the stuff from the pantry to the basement and under the sink. With some IKEA storage solutions and a little bit of paint I think we could do it.
This definitely isn't going to get done by the end of the Fall Cure (as far as I know) but drawing up some plans are a good start.
Here is a good example of what a small closet-type mud room can look like:
Wouldn't it be nice to be greeted with the perfect place to gather all your things?
Until we dive into this project I might come up with some small solutions - like a bin in the master bedroom to throw my things in. Or putting up some hooks for my keys (which I'm constantly losing).
Do you guys have any recommendations or ideas? Please share.
I have been waiting SO LONG to show you guys the most recent invites I designed for bride and groom, Anna & Tom.
Anna came to me with a vision of apothecary inspired wedding invitations. She is also currently a medical student and was inspired by a vintage pharmaceutical labels. I was beyond excited for the opportunity to design her invitations - the direction was right up my alley. She was currently using marigold and brown as her color palette and her husband-to-be really loved the idea of letter pressed invitations. So those were the parameters I was working within.
Along with using vintage prescription labels for inspiration I thumbed through an old medical book for additional imagery. I came across a vintage line drawing of veins and thought it was perfect. When I gave Anna a first edit of the design she loved it as well - she especially liked that the veins also translated as branches, as her fiance proposed to her under a tree.
Overall, I wanted to pair organic imagery with refined and ornate elements; to balance the flourishy script typeface with a straight forward serif; to make the marigold pop by coupling it with a sophisticated grey.
I especially wanted to treat the RSVP like a prescription note from a doctor. Anna & Tom really enjoyed the space for a note and wound up hanging on to the returned RSVPs.
I pour my heart into every invitation design I do. I design from a very emotional place and put everything I've got into it. I hope it shows.
Congrats to Anna & Tom!
And if you are interested in invitations designs (wedding, birthday, birth announcements, etc.) contact me at JeremyandKathleen(at)gmail(dot)com for details.
My worst habit, by far, is biting my nails.
You know who inspired me to quit? Britney Spears. Remember when she started on her downward spiral (bless her heart) a few years ago and was walking into public bathrooms without shoes on? Well, the paparazzi also zoomed in on her chewed up nails.
Ever since then I've had to get weekly manicures to kick the habit. And I've fallen off the wagon a couple of times: like when work was extra stressful, when Jeremy got appendicitis on our honeymoon, and when on vacation.
It's become expensive to maintain so I've decided to learn how to give myself a real manicure. Not too shabby and I'm sure practice will make perfect.
What are your bad habits?
image via ontd
I stumbled across this picture the other day and have been obsessed with it ever since. It makes me want to buy an airbrush and experiment with fun makeup applications.
What's everyone up to this weekend?
Jeremy and I are going to be zombies in a huge Halloween Parade (participating in a float I helped design!)
We'll also probably go rock climbing.
Other than that we don't have much planned. Maybe we'll carve pumpkins and watch some scary movies. Maybe we'll fire up the chiminea and make mudslides. Oh, and sleeping in sounds nice.
I know, I know. Outfits belong over there and everything else belongs here. But this is a blog that centers around design and life and I think it is fair to have a conversation about designing an outfit.
These are some of the top viewed outfits on my flickr page.
A lot like interior design or graphic design when I think about an outfit I think about the following:
Tone and feel - what is the message I want to convey? professional or whimsy? sweet or tough?
Composition and Proportions - baggy vs. tight, chunky top with short shorts?
Color - pop of color? monochromatic? offensive clashing shades of green?
Pattern and Texture - plaid on plaid? yes, please!
Accessories - accessories can supplement an outfit or be the statement
Hair and Makeup - like accessories, it can make a statement or they can let the outfit do the talking
Outfits from this week. Feminine tops paired with ties and menswear inspired trousers.
I don't think I have the best style or sometimes I take risks and don't always make the right choices. But I do have a point of view - I'm making a statement about who I am and what I'm about - even if just for a day. The way I dress affects the way I carry myself - the same way the interior design of a room can affect my attitude.
I also married a very stylish and creative man who doesn't take himself, or what he wears, too seriously. He inspires me daily.
And like interior or graphic design my inspiration comes from many different sources. I'll name a few:
Flickr's Wardrobe Remix
Jane Aldridge at Sea of Shoes (and her mom)
Rachel Zoe and her team
I've had a craving for soup lately but I'm not entirely impressed with a bunch of canned veggie soups out there. A lot of times they have MSG, too much sodium or carrots (sick!) in them.
So I got it in my mind to make my own. I've never made soup and was feeling kind of intimidated - thinking of it as something that only someone competing on Top Chef can make. To motivate myself I bought a lot of soupy ingredients like lots of vegetables, vegetable stock, dry split peas, cans of beans and figured out of all of that I can get it together and make some soup.
I began researching recipes but a lot of them called for specific ingredients I didn't have. So I decided to wing it.
The result was surprisingly delicious.
Kathleen's Corn Soup
6 ears of corn
4-6 large cloves of garlic
1 yellow squash
A bunch of green onions
1 box of Swanson veggie stock (4 cups)
4 tablespoons of butter
1/2 teaspoon of red curry powder
Salt and pepper
First, Jeremy finely diced the onions (they made both of us cry) and I sauteed them in the butter for about 5-6 minutes. I cut all the corn kernels off the cob and threw those in with the onions (for another 5 or 6 minutes). Meanwhile, I started heating the vegetable stock in a large pot and threw the leftover corn cobs in to simmer. After a few minutes I threw the green onions in the large pot. I removed the corn cobs with tongs. Then I tossed the onion/corn mixture in the large pot with the veggie stock. I diced the squash and zucchini and sauteed those in the pan I used for the onions and corn (it was still coated with leftover butter). I let those cook for a minute or two and threw them in the soup mixture. I threw the garlic, red curry powder and salt and pepper in the soup and mixed it all up. I then let it simmer on LOW for about 20 minutes.
It was quite simple to make and turned out delicious. I browned a couple pieces of bread to serve with it.
Soup will definitely become a staple in our diets this winter. And I'm excited to try out new recipes.
So, I really love Halloween. We spent almost the entire first half of October on vacation - so we're a little late on getting our home Halloween-ified.
Aside from food and drink, this ampersand is the only thing we bought while on vacation. We scored it for $2 at an amazing modern furniture store in Halifax called Attica.
For Halloween season 2009 we are:
• Participating in a huge Halloween parade (designing the float and costumes has been a blast so far)
• Seeing Paranormal Activity (I'm SO SCARED already!)
• Watching scary movies and scary movie clips at home (we Netflixed the Exorcism of Emily Rose)
• Hopefully carving a pumpkin or two
• Handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. My parents always have the scariest house on the street so we usually help them out.
Do you have any Halloween traditions?
It's been a crazy-busy week at work and home. Getting back into the swing of things has been hard but good.
I only took two Polaroids on our vacation and they're my favorite pics from the whole trip.
This weekend we're:
• Finding something to throw away - I've decided to keep ol' Ruby.
• Going rock climbing (twice!)
• Catching up with my family
• Seeing Where The Wild Things Are
• Sushi birthday dinner for Hallie!
What's everyone else up to? Any fun plans?
The Fall Cure Assignment #1: Create Your Vision
The first week of the Fall Home Cure is about putting aside the "I wishes, I wants and the Maybe Somedays." Finding a concrete vision for the direction you'd like to take your spaces and making them reflect you and your family isn't easy.
Along with the Green Cure I'm participating in Apartment Therapy's Fall Cure. Assignment #1 is pretty much how this entire blog got started.
So I'm going to gather some of my favorite inspiration images and reflect on exactly what it is that I want to see and feel in our home.
clean, airy, pops of color
I think we've done a pretty good job of creating the kitchen we want. General things I see are purses, sunglasses, keys, etc., piling up on the counters. The kitchen counter has become a surface I unload on as I come home from work.
Possible Solution: Create a mudroom out of the pantry
(more on that later)
Master Bedroom Inspiration
cozy, layers, multiple (yet cohesive) prints, restricted (grey and white) color palette with pops of color (mustard/gold)
Our Master Bedroom
I feel pretty good about our master bedroom. Some specific things I would like to do are:
• clean the rugs and secure them to each other (right now it's two side-by-side and they shift around)
• come up with a more streamlined and organized jewelry solution.
• Clothes and various objects pile up on my dresser. I need a basket to hold things until I can put them away
• Possibly add a couple decorative throws to the bed, get some nice sheets, add more layers and texture
(this light has been changed out for this one:)
(note our cat ON TOP of the closet door)
So, the hallway is accomplished. We could possibly hang more art, but for the most part it's done.
Living Room Inspiration
cozy, lived in, layered rugs, variety of mismatched throw pillows
Our Living Room
• The angle you never see is where our TV sets. I would like to hang some oversized artwork. About a year ago I mocked up a print on wood:
I'm imagining something like this that is 48" x 48" hanging behind our TV and behind our couch (between the two sets of windows).
• Like our master bedroom, I would like a large basket for various throw blankets, shoes, etc.
• I would love an arc lamp to be suspended over the sofa
Dining Room Inspiration
frames, bold and unique centerpiece on table
centerpiece, credenza, pop of color
Our Dining Room
• Still on the hunt for a credenza
• I would like to get a really great "standard" centerpiece down.
I don't have any inspiration shots but it's pretty much where we want it. Things I'd like to do:
• Get a new shower curtain
• When we grouted the tile (with black grout) it stained the white parts of the tile. There are no chemicals that will bring the grout out (or at least no chemicals I'm willing to handle). I would like to hire someone to sand/buff the tile to make it look shiny and new and unstained. I'm just not sure who to ask.
photo collage, bold color
Our office chalkboard wall also doubled as our wedding guest book. It's not my intention to leave it up forever, but I'm not really sure when to erase. Maybe on our one year anniversary...
Office to do:
• It's become a dumping ground for random things. We need to clean it out.
• There is a bookshelf that can be emptied off. Contents can go in closets.
• Clean out closets
• Paint or wallpaper
• Create mood board area
Guest Bedroom Inspiration
clean, airy, light colors
Our Guest Bedroom
For the Guest Bedroom breakdown go here.
This room is going to slant a little more feminine and a little more shabby-chic then the rest of our home due to the quilts and the wrought iron bed. The to-do is at the entire post about the Guest Bedroom. I'm working on it!
So that's the breakdown! Doing this post makes me realize that I've executed my vision so far. I've just lost a little bit of momentum and need to get back on the ball.
J & K started this blog project to document the remodel of their 1929 historical home in the heart of Oklahoma City. It has now turned into a documentation of life, food, fashion, freelance, inspiration, design, adventures and details around the J & K house.
Kathleen works as an award-winning brand consultant and designer specializing in small business branding at Braid Creative & Consulting. Jeremy is a software engineer and is the left-brain to Kathleen’s right.
You can contact Kathleen at
jeremyandkathleen (at) gmail (dot) com.
All photos and graphics by Kathleen unless otherwise stated. Feel free to use them with permission or credit.
Anatomy of an Outfit
Sometimes I like to get dressed and take pictures of myself. For all of my outfit posts click here.
Freelance Matters: A series about how I tackle freelance issues such as estimating, billing, to-do lists and how to fire a client.
Trekking to Everest
In October 2010 Jeremy and I trekked through the Himalayas to Mt. Everest Base Camp. It completely changed my life. Read about the entire adventure, day-by-day, here.
Braid is a creative & consulting business I own with my sister. We do branding and business visioning for creative entrepreneurs. On the Braid blog I share branding adventures, how-to articles and advice on the creative process. If you need a little brand therapy of your own visit Braid or subscribe to the Braid blog RSS feed here.
What We Eat
We like to eat really good food - at least 3 times a day. Sometimes I blog about it - click here for recipes and yummy ideas.
J & K: Blog Archive
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- Five Guilty Pleasures
- Dance Party
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- Wedding Invitation: Vintage Apothecary
- The Life Aquatic
- A Bad Habit
- Designing an Outfit
- How do you make soup?
- Halloween Time!
- Disposable Cameras Are Retro
- The Fall Cure Assignment #1: Create Your Vision
- Oh, Canada!
- The Green Cure: Assignment #1
- Goodbye New York, Hello Boston
- Grilled cheese & soup
- Coney Island: Home Is Where the Heart Is
- New England Cruise: New York City
- Apartment Therapy: The Fall Cure
- And we're back!
- Good Reads
- Inspiration: Rachel Zoe's Bed
- Window Shopping: Ikat Pile Rug
- Around OKC: 23rd & Broadway
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- Life as an Artistpreneur
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- Yellow Brick Home
- The Creatives Project
- Silly Grrl
- Photographers Skeen
- The Clothes Make the Girl
- Bringing Design Home
- Pip & Estella
- A Practical Wedding
- Kind of a Sideshow
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- Experiment in Poverty
- The Jealous Curator
- Making it Lovely
- Dressing on the Side
- The Oklahoman
- Young House Love
- Oh So Beautiful Paper
- A Cup of Jo
- Brooklyn Limestone
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