Friday, September 28, 2012


It's no secret that I love IKEA, the mere thought of this place exhausts mortal shoppers. Every time I visit, I go through the showroom and revel at what they've done with the teeny-tiny "Living in 300 SF" spaces. Somehow, they manage to make me feel like abandoning my spacious home for a more simple flat in fabulous Paris or London. Who wouldn't? Below are some amazing spaces that might make you feel the same longing for a Littler-Life.

Always make sure each piece is multiuse.

 Use larger patterns and graphics on fabrics, furniture or walls. Think Grand. 

 A generously scaled sofa, mirror, chair, rug, or piece of furniture will trick the eye.

 Add a wall of mirrors. Immediately the space will seem exponentially larger 

Paint it a dark glossy color or cover the walls in a deep, sumptuous velvet, felt, or wool makings sure to add many different sources of light to create a soft atmosphere.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Polka dots are high fashion this season, here's how you can you incorporate these dotted duds into your home decor in a mature, chic way. 

Stick to neutral, monochromatic accents on bedding, pillows, upholstery, and wall coverings.

Sunday, September 23, 2012


Is your dining room yearning for something new? Here is an inexpensive update for your tired chandelier or pendant. Add a $20 medallion from your local hardware store and spice it up with a little metallic paint.

Friday, September 14, 2012


I posted last weekend some great metallic tablescapes from a few stores around town, I now challenge you to an easy DIY this weekend!


I have a few examples that I was able to pull off in less than an hour and less than $10.00 with a some squashes that I got at the grocery store for around $2.00 each, leftover floral pics from last year, and metallic spray paint that I already had lying around... Hello, I'm crafty, my drawers are pouring with this stuff. I did this really fast so I expect more outta' you! I can't wait to see what you all can do in a whole weekend.

1. 2. 3. Wipe those squashes clean, spray 'em with paint, then set them out on your table with whatever trays, candles, floral and curious you've got around the house.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Another exciting day in design for Samantha Kate Interiors as I finished up this e-Design dining room for an out of town client who comes from a family that has collected antique furniture for generations. They obviously wanted to keep the antiques and incorporate them into their new home, but didn't know how. With glamorous accents, bold colors, a crystal chandelier, and glittering gold highlights, we came up with this glittering-emerald creation.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Amazing desk accessory! World Market's got nothin on Iomi. This is the cutest thing I've ever seen, I can see it now in my eclecticly-global home office. $158.00, 3 LB, hand-poured.

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Happy Monday all, I hope you had a great weekend! I spent mine shopping at the Dallas Market with my Mum, you won't believe the amazing things we found. I now want to open my own home decor store, garden shop and bridal salon. I dont know how that can all work together, but if any of you figure it out, please fill me in.

The recurring theme of the weekend was FALL, but not the usual burnt oranges and browns. Neutrals are a thing of the past, think silver, gold, and mercury glass people!

Have a look at these great table-scapes from various shops an try your hand at this fresh Fall look.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


They say in life everything is black & white, if that's true, then the same applies to interior design. Take a peek at these bedrooms from fellow Dallas designer and D Magazine Art Director, Jamie Laubhan-Oliver.

Jamie is a religious estate sale hunter with an aversion to color, but if you don't know how to hunt or don't have the time, try recreating this B&W look on your own as I have. Better yet, ask about Samantha Kate Design's "eDesign" service.

Pendant $800 Z Gallerie, Giraffe Bust $79 World Market, Mirror $220 World Market, Mirrored Chest $600 Z Gallerie, Lamp $60 Ikea, Frame $20 World Market, Basket Pair $13 Ikea, Bowl $25 Ikea, Tray + Stand $208 West Elm, Pillow Set $50 Etsy-Nakeddecor

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


The beautiful colors and handmade goods of Mexico enchant you on vacation and compulsiveness kicks in...
But summer is over and that darn buyers remorse has taken over, what does one do with these eclectic curios? You might feel like hiding them in the closet until your next FIESTA or selling them at your next garage sale... NOT SO FAST! Take a look at these great ideas.


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