COULD AMAZON BE THE NEW IKEA? CELEBRITY INTERIOR DESIGNER SHARES HER TOP PICKS FROM THE RETAILER’S AFFORDABLE FURNITURE BRAND

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  • LA-based Katherine Carter, who collaborated with Lauren Conrad to design her California home, describes Amazon's Rivet collection as 'transitional modern'
  • Her favorite pieces include a velvet chair, an industrial-style floor lamp, a patterned wool rug and a rotating gold metal mirror

It may not be as well-known as the likes of IKEA, West Elm and Target, but Amazon's Rivet furniture range has been quietly making a name for itself since it launched last year.  

The Rivet brand, which is available exclusively on Amazon, features affordable and versatile pieces that are ideal for smaller spaces.

LA-based interior designer Katherine Carter, who collaborated with Lauren Conrad to design the reality star's California home, describes the collection as 'transitional modern'.

 Celebrity style: LA-based interior designer Katherine Carter , who collaborated with Lauren Conrad to design her California home, describes the Rivet collection as 'transitional modern'

Celebrity style: LA-based interior designer Katherine Carter , who collaborated with Lauren Conrad to design her California home, describes the Rivet collection as 'transitional modern'

She adds: 'In my opinion Amazon's Rivet collection has done a fabulous job at curating great pieces that are not only unique, but work with many people's style aesthetics across the board.

'I would say the selection and quality seems more exciting and high end then other affordable brands such as IKEA.'

Below, the designer reveals some her favorite pieces. 

Geometric Shape Ceramic Table Lamp, $79.99

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Katherine says: 'I love the unique transition of what appears to be hand-painted pattern on the base combined with the timeless brass finish.' 

Mudcloth-Inspired Pillow, $39.99

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Katherine says: 'This is an unbeatable price for mudcloth pillows.'

Clover Modern Velvet Chair, $549

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Katherine says: 'There are gorgeous colors and design in this piece. I love the brass detailing hugging the upholstery trim.' 

Rotating Metal Mirror, $54.99

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Katherine says: 'The 3D effect of this mirror is so unique and exciting. It doubles as an art piece.'  

Global Hexagonal Dining Table, $899

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Katherine says: 'The sophisticated take on the recycled wood design makes this a one of a kind choice for dining.' 

Glam Upholstered Bench, $224 (10% off)

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Katherine says: 'I love the size of this bench along with the neutral upholstery and modern/transitional design element.'  

Industrial Studio Tripod Floor Lamp, $299

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Katherine says: 'This is quirky yet highly functional use of light and a great space filler for designing awkward corner areas.'  

Deer Head Ceramic Lamp, $89.99

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Katherine says: 'Playful and chic.' 

Patterned Wool Rug, $199

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Katherine says: 'I love the 100% wool quality of this rug along with the great color options to choose from.'   

King Gold Metal Bed, $699

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Katherine says: 'A great blend of modern meets traditional.' 

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EXCLUSIVE Inside Lauren Conrad's Elegant, Light-Filled Home in the Pacific Palisades

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s we neared the top of the winding, picturesque road to shoot Lauren Conrad’s house in the hills, the first thought to strike us was the breathtaking views over the Pacific Palisades. The air is definitely different up there. It’s fresh, clean, and slightly salty thanks to that ocean breeze direct from the shores of Malibu. When she needs to seek sanctuary from her very public life, this idyllic setting is the perfect retreat, an oasis of sorts, for the television personality, designer, and author to share with her husband, William Tell. “I think when you’re in L.A., it’s nice to sort of step away to a place that’s a little quieter at the end of the day,” she told MyDomaine. “So that was a major draw for us.”

Naturally, the born-and-raised California girl’s home is a master class in swoon-worthy, texture-rich bohemia, with that timeless glamor we’ve all come to know and love from her. In collaboration with interior designer Katherine Carter, Conrad struck a stylish balance between her West Coast sensibility and that traditional, almost colonial aesthetic for a clean and polished look with major Cali-cool vibes.

Aesthetics aside, the home’s abundance of natural light (which pours in from every angle) is what really had us swooning. Conrad made sure to maximize this design feature by keeping the palette neutral, only mixing in soft, washed-out colors to keep the overall feeling fresh and airy. “I like my living space to feel clean but welcoming,” she said. “I feel like your home should be a representation of your style so, I like to include personal items throughout.” Ahead, Conrad shares her favorite room in the house, the danger of baking at home, her morning routine, and career advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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A Martha Stewart of the millennial generation, Conrad had to have a stylish yet practical space to entertain (and bake!). So as soon as she moved in, she completely redid the kitchen, which included repainting the cabinets, adding white subway tile, and installing Mystery White marble countertops. “Mystery White is much more stain-resistant stone than Carrera, and I’m a hurricane in the kitchen, so it’s a must,“ she said.

For someone who loves to entertain, the La Cornue range was essential, as was the giant island. “When you have people over, everyone just ends up in the kitchen … so I thought that [this space] was great not only for entertaining but also for food preparation,” she said. “It’s so great to spread everything out. It’s a nice way to prepare a meal. I really love how open and spacious it is—and the storage in this kitchen is incredible.”

For this reason, the kitchen is one of Conrad’s favorite rooms in the house. Her morning routine starts here, with a hot green tea or coffee with agave, cinnamon, and almond milk, but it’s also where she loves to bake. “I love baking,” she said. “I try to only do it when we have a special occasion, and it can be served to guests because it can be dangerous having too many sweets in the house.”

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Open shelving was another important design feature for Conrad. After tearing out the old closed cabinet in the kitchen, she replaced it with natural timber shelves against the subway tiles. “It’s just easy for me,” she said. “I can grab things as I need.” This fashion-and-function fusion can be seen throughout the entire house. Any renovations were practical choices (such as in the bathroom) while keeping the home’s architectural features firmly intact.

“I definitely like cleaner-looking spaces, but I think you have to work within the bones of the house,” she said. “My last place wasn’t Spanish style at all, so I think it’s about making a place your own without changing it too much. I think when you try to completely change a space to be something it’s not, it doesn’t look as natural; it looks look a little awkward. So I wanted to work with what was here and customize it.”

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Conrad’s love for open shelves extends into the dining room, where she displays her vintage bottles and antique teacup collection. “I’m not sure how my husband let me keep it there,” she said. “I just sort of unpacked it there and then didn’t say anything, and he was really cool about it.” Of the room overall, the length of the dining table is perhaps most impressive. The modern hostess loves to have friends over, and in fact, the whole house has been designed around this passion. “I love that it’s a great space to entertain both inside and out,” she said. “I feel like a lot of thought went into the layout of this home.”

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While the entire home has that Cali-cool edge, the living room is where this aesthetic really ramps up. Wanting the home to “feel very calm,” Conrad stuck to a neutral palette, incorporating midcentury-modern pieces and vintage chairs she found on Chairish. “I had them all reupholstered in neutral fabrics, but I found some great shapes,” she said. “The house has a lot of open space and natural light. I wanted to bring in a variety of white and washed-out colors to keep the overall feeling very light and airy.”

But the overarching goal of the living room design was to create a space where Conrad could really unwind and disconnect with her husband. “I love our living room because there are no electronics in there—just books, instruments, and a Victrola,” she said. “When we are in the living room, we aren’t watching television or glued to our phones. We are talking or playing board games in front of the fire.”

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Since this place is different from their last in both scale and style, most of the couple’s furniture was purchased recently, except for one. “One of my favorite pieces is my brass-and-glass coffee table that I’ve dragged through several homes now,” she said. The designer utilizes this space to display all of her favorite coffee table books and crystals.

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When she’s not unplugged in the living room, Conrad is cozying up in the TV room on the large white sectional, which was the first thing she ordered for the house. Because the couple couldn’t find one they both agreed on, they decided to have it custom-built from a photo Conrad found online. “The only way that my husband agreed to a white couch was if we had it upholstered in sunbrella fabric,” she adds. “Looking back, it was probably a good call.”

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While Conrad’s office headquarters are in L.A., she frequently works from home and designed a small office to ensure personal and professional don’t mix, at least not too much. She’s still learning how to separate the two—and delegate. “One of the biggest things that I’ve learned is how to delegate but not lose control,” she said. “It’s a very careful balance of you wanting to be involved in everything but knowing that you also can’t do everything. You have to learn to hire people you trust. I think being able to assemble a team is very difficult and something I’ve had to learn how to do.”

Conrad knows the importance of balance. Running a hugely successful online free-trade shop, Little Market, on top of her fashion label for Kohl’s, she recognizes how easy it is to burn the candle at both ends very quickly. “I think that I tend to over-commit myself,” she said. “It’s something that I’ve learned and I’m getting better about. I just take on a lot. Then when it comes time to execute it all, I’m exhausted and I haven’t slept, and you know, life’s all about balance. You want to make sure you’re leaving time for your personal life and to enjoy the things you do.”

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Despite a very public profile and heavy workload, Conrad is incredibly private, and she definitely believes in balance. “Just know your boundaries. Like you can say, Listen, I would love to take on this project, or I would love to get involved with this, but I just simply don’t have the time right now. And that time includes scheduled time for yourself.” While the latter sounds good in theory, it’s not always achievable in real life, right? Well, Conrad makes sure it is.

“I think the best way that I’ve found is just to make sure that I block out days for myself,” she said. “So whether it’s a day every other week where I just block it out and don’t schedule anything, I think that that’s okay. I think a lot of people, especially people who work really hard, feel guilty about taking a day off and doing absolutely nothing. That’s really difficult for people to do, but I think it’s important.

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To ensure the pendulum swings evenly in both camps, Conrad doesn’t stick to a traditional schedule. “I tend to work weekends, which is really nice because then if I want to take a day off, it can be a Tuesday, and things tend to not be as crowded,” she said. This interchangeable agenda also helps with her stress levels, not that this is something she experiences that often. “I don’t stress too much,” she said. “I definitely get stressed when I have a lot going on, but I always know that passes. I’ve gotten a lot better at (managing) it.”

Conrad’s even keel has a lot do with the old adage: “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” This passion for her work is also the impetus behind her confident persona. “I think confidence comes along with feeling really passionate about something,” she explains. “If you really love something, then it’s a lot easier to feel confident in it. I think people tend to feel married to the first career decision they’ve made and they feel stuck with it, and I think it’s okay to say, You know what? That’s not for me—I’m going to try something else.Careers can be long, and you want to make sure you’re in love with what you do at least some days. Make sure you’re doing something you feel really passionate about, and you will feel confident because I think when you’re passionate, you tend to work a lot harder for something.”

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With such an impressive career and thriving design business, Conrad sure has her work cut out for her, but she keeps a level head, thanks in part to her haven in the hills. “What’s nice about this home is that it’s very private,” she told MyDomaine. “It’s kind of removed, you know. It feels like a getaway, but it’s home. So I just wanted it to feel like a very relaxing space.” We think she nailed it.

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Designing Your Entryway

Featured on the Zoe Report Katherine Carter shares her tips on designing your entryway.

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The Perfect Gallery Wall

Featured on the Zoe Report Katherine Carter shares her tips on designing the perfect gallery wall.

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Copy Cat Chic

ROOM REDO | AIRY NEUTRAL LIVING ROOM

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   FUR PILLOWS   (EA) $57 |   MIRROR   $50 |   GEO PILLOW   (2) $47 |   SIDE TABLE   $98 |   COFFEE TABLE   $180 |   PLANTERS   (EA) $45 |   LOUNGE CHAIRS   (EA) $190 |   OTTOMAN   $599 |   WICKER CHAIR   $330 OR   THIS ONE   $299 |   SOFA   $970 |   RUG   $214 OR   THIS ONE   $280  This gorgeous, vote-winning living space is brought to you by designer Katherine Carter. Featuring chic neutral pieces that tie in beautifully with the room’s architecture, this spot looks absolutely perfect for both relaxing and entertaining. Leather, fur, and fabric mix to create a cozy atmosphere, while the four different seating options provide plenty of room for guests. I’m envisioning a rousing game night in this place — anyone else?

FUR PILLOWS (EA) $57 | MIRROR $50 | GEO PILLOW (2) $47 | SIDE TABLE $98 | COFFEE TABLE $180 | PLANTERS (EA) $45 | LOUNGE CHAIRS (EA) $190 | OTTOMAN $599 | WICKER CHAIR $330 OR THIS ONE $299 | SOFA $970 | RUG $214 OR THIS ONE $280

This gorgeous, vote-winning living space is brought to you by designer Katherine Carter. Featuring chic neutral pieces that tie in beautifully with the room’s architecture, this spot looks absolutely perfect for both relaxing and entertaining. Leather, fur, and fabric mix to create a cozy atmosphere, while the four different seating options provide plenty of room for guests. I’m envisioning a rousing game night in this place — anyone else?

Sitting With…Katherine Carter

By, France & Son

Born in London, designer Katherine Carter has now made Venice Beach in Los Angeles her base. Believing that exceptional design is timeless, unique, charming, luxurious, functional, and comfortable she works hard to make sure each project speaks the client’s language and embodies these principles of good design. Having dual citizenship and being well-traveled Katherine brings a worldly outlook and broad spectrum knowledge of different design cultures to all of her residential and commercial projects. Katherine recently sat down to answer some questions for us.

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Katherine Carter

Were you always interested in design?

Yes, I always had a flair and eye for transforming spaces since I was young. I was constantly rearranging my own room as a little girl and asking my parents if I could switch out wallpaper and color palettes. Mainly with pinks and purples back then. Ha!

What inspires you the most?

Travel, culture, art and fashion inspire my designs the most. These go hand in hand with design and when I’m able to explore the world is when I’m at my most creative and passionate about the work I do.

How much has travel influenced your design aesthetic?

As mentioned above. It has a lot.

 

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Katherine Carter

What decade do you think had (or has) the best interior design style?

Honestly, I can’t answer this by choosing a particular decade of interior design style. I appreciate Tudor and Georgian just as much as Modern and Minimalism.

Who’s your favorite historical designer?

Since I started my career by making furniture for clients I would have to say Charles and Ray Eames; they were husband and wife American designers who made significant historical contributions to the development of modern architecture and furniture. Among their most well-known designs is the Eames lounge chair. They also worked in the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and film.

What’s your favorite recent design trend?

Wallpaper! There are so many amazing wallpapers out there now. They can really transform a room and are so versatile when designing a home.

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Katherine Carter

What’s your least favorite recent design trend?

Shabby Chic! I used to be a fan but really don’t like the look any more.

What city do you find most inspiring for design?

Another tough one to answer. I would have to say my home town London. This city is filled with rich history; there’s also something about the dreary rain that brings the creativity out of a person.

What’s been your favorite project that you’ve worked on so far?

I would have to say my client in Hancock Park. I actually designed her home twice. Honestly if the client gives you a clean canvas to work with and says go for it that’s the best. This client was willing to take risks and push the boundaries which I love!

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Katherine Carter

What is your dream project?

Designing boutique hotels around the world.

What’s your favorite room of the home?

The bedroom! Mainly because in my mind this should be treated as a retreat from the “real world”; a place where you can go and truly relax in comfort.

What’s the best compliment you’ve received about your work?

Simply put “I love it” and “Thank you.” Hearing these words is a reward in itself.

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Katherine Carter

What do you think is the most versatile color palette?

Black and white.

What’s the best starting point when designing a room?

The bones of the home and room itself. I always say start with the color of the walls and floors then move onto choosing larger furniture items and rugs. The rest follows after these items are chosen.

What do you think the future of design looks like? I

feel the same way about design as I do fashion. With social media at the forefront and so many amazing creatives out there we are only moving into a world where more talented people are being noticed, which in turn inspires and motivates others to follow suite. Excited to see what the future design in all facets will hold!

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Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Katherine! We look forward to seeing more of your work.

6 Decor Trends That Will Turn Your Bedroom Into A Sanctuary

By, Allie Flinn 

 

It’s a fact: We spend about a third of every day in bed. While we wish this was because we were getting a solid eight hours of shut-eye, the reality is we spend a lot of that time scrolling Instagram under the covers. Regardless, your bedroom is where you unwind and where you start your day. As such, your decor is pretty important. To help you transform your boudoir into a beautiful, relaxing sanctuary, we enlisted the help of some top interior designers. Fair warning: You may never want to leave your room again.

 

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Katherine Carter

Gorgeous Decor Trends To Try Now

Headboards "A headboard makes a bed look finished and it's a great way to add a color or pattern to your room if you have plain walls," says interior designer Sasha Bikoff. "You can get good deals at flea markets or online auction sites and then reupholster with whatever fabric you want."

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Katherine Carter

Minimalism Clean lines, blonde wood and black metal accents are all in for 2017, says interior designer Katherine Carter. "Keep walls neutral," she recommends, "preferably Gallery White, and implement pops of color with art and accessories." Oh, and rein in your throw-pillow obsession if you're going for this look. But that doesn't mean things should feel sterile; it's all about balance. "Allow room in your budget for investment pieces, since everything counts in a minimalist design," she adds.

Statement Wallpaper "This project in the Hamptons uses wallpaper I made from photos I took," says Sasha. "It helps make the whole room feel surrounded by nature." If you want to do something similar, sites like Murals Your Way allow you to upload your own image and turn it into wallpaper. "The right imagery can really make a space feel serene and unique," she adds.

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Katherine Carter

Brass Accents "Brass is still going strong this year, and for good reason—it's elegant and timeless," says Katherine. To pull off this trend without veering into tacky territory, she recommends sticking with accent pieces and light fixtures.

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Katherine Carter

Symmetry "Not only is this design strategy pleasing to the eye, it is, by definition, balanced," says Katherine. "I believe a symmetrically designed bedroom lends itself to balance and harmony. We do spend a third of our lives in bed, after all!" Bedroom Decor Trends Botanicals Sonder Living Designed With Tracey Boyd Botanical Prints Bring in some greenery—minus the commitment of an actual living thing—with unexpected botanical prints. "It's a great way to make the room feel fresh and keep flowers in your space year-round," say the experts at Sonder Living. MOST WATCHED How Eye Shadow Is Made Zoeasis Olivia Culpo Go Inside Our Stylish 2018 Zoeasis Soirée 1000 Wine Slushie Cocktail Recipe The Only Cocktail Recipe You’ll Need This Summer

Botanical Prints Bring in some greenery—minus the commitment of an actual living thing—with unexpected botanical prints. "It's a great way to make the room feel fresh and keep flowers in your space year-round," say the experts at Sonder Living.

CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR

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Written by Kelli Lamb

HOME TOURS / NOVEMBER 4, 2016

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When Designer Katherine Carter first met her new clients, they’d just purchased a new build in Los Angeles. The home was a totally blank canvas, but had an elegant, modern flair to it. Reaching out to Homepolish was a no brainer, as they make working with a designer easier than pie — and ease is totally necessary when you’re dealing with a completely empty home! Per the clients’ request, Katherine worked hard to bring bold patterns and textures to the space, while keeping the sophistication in tact. In the dining room, wallpaper from Walnut Wallpaper — an LA staple! — set the scene. A large HD Buttercup chandelier is above the table, bringing that classic Hollywood vibe front and center. In the sitting room, Katherine brought in custom chairs, covered in a luxe chevron print. Walnut Wallpaper is in the living room as well; a beautiful muted grasscloth with a hint of shimmer. And who could overlook the beautiful MGBW cocktail table? Custom was key for the couple — as houndstooth roman shades, crafted just for this space, offer a bit of privacy in the kitchen. So many patterns and textures can get to be overwhelming, but it’s Katherine’s speciality. She stuck with the classics and used materials like velvet to add a bit of richness, while gold amps up the glam factor without feeling gaudy. With so much beauty around every corner, this was a special project for Katherine. “My favorite moments were seeing the rooms transform after the gorgeous wallpapers were installed. [I loved] truly transforming each room and giving them each an identity,” she says.

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Katherine Carter

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Katherine Carter

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LAUREN CONRAD’S HOME TOUR

By, Lark and Linen

NOVEMBER 1, 2016

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I’m not the least bit ashamed to admit that the Lauren Conrad girl crush is real. It began circa 2004 and has grown strong throughout the years. So when I heard her California-based home tour would be featured on My Domaine, I literally dropped what I was doing and rushed straight over. To nobodies surprise, I’m sure, her place is amazing. Slightly feminine, but totally on trend, and just reaffirms why I’ve always been on #TeamLC all this time.

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Designers Gather Round in Los Angeles

Written by, Homepolish

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From Beverly Hills to Santa Monica, Los Angeles-based designers were busy gathering around tables, whether it was a swanky dinner party or a DWR tutorial.

When we rounded up our designer events for the month, we noticed that Los Angeles is where we want to be! Designers Katherine Carter, Orlando Soria, and Kerry Vasquez spearheaded two events centered around dining tables. Katherine took on a modern tablescape tutorial at DWR Santa Monica, and Orlando and Kerry participated in the Grey Goose vodka Boulangerie Bleue dining experience in Beverly Hills. Read below for more about each event.

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A TUTORIAL AT DWR

Homepolish designer Katherine Carter has completed some stunning projects in her years with Homepolish. From a total redesign of a LA Tudor Revival to a commercial projects such as the Gem Tech Offices in Venice Beach, she’s shown that she has a knack with working with a variety of styles and project scopes. But when an opportunity came up at Design Within Reach Santa Monica, we couldn’t help but volunteer her for a project with a much smaller scope.

Katherine led a tutorial open to the public on how to set a modern dining table. Though it might not be an entire bathroom or redesign of a 100 year-old home, the table is an essential part of the home from an aesthetic and functional standpoint. To see more of Katherine’s tips on the matter, check out her full table setting guide.

The Keys to Modern Table Setting Success

 Written by, Katherine Carter  

 

The presentation of your dining table can be just as important as the food that goes on it. Homepolish's Katherine Carter gives her advice for setting that beautiful modern table of your dreams.

Unlike traditional table settings which can feel cluttered and overwhelming, a modern table setting should extend further into the elements of design. Some may find modern table settings to be minimal in appearance, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s easy. In order to do this correctly, each piece counts, so invest in timeless pieces that you love! Every element implemented not only complements the whole, but also needs to stand out individually as a statement.

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THE PLACEMAT

Firstly, I suggest using a textured modern placemat. I really like the modern look, feel, and durability of the brand Chilewich. The product appeals to the modern design lover, and it comes in an array of different patterns and color options. The placemat is essential, playing the part of the frame around your plates and flatware.

DINNERWARE

Simplicity is the key when choosing dinnerware. I like using simple yet effective white dinnerware with a possible gold lining or very muted pattern. Most recently, I’ve been using a Carrara marble plate set, which is simultaneously minimal yet has a beautiful natural element.

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FLATWARE

When choosing flatware, it’s worth investing in pieces that are timeless yet neutral for your modern table setting. I use the matte black flatware set by Vera Wang. Again, each piece should make a stylish impact on your modern table.

LINENS

Serviettes (aka napkins) can be used to really make the table pop with color along with tying in all the other elements. You can also introduce texture in the fabric such as a houndstooth or herringbone pattern. Incorporating exciting textiles in your serviette choices will really add an element of unexpected design to your modern table setting. And while you’re at it, have some fun folding the napkins into different shapes!

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GLASSWARE

I suggest using stemless wine glasses as they are a perfect way to keep it modern and casual, staying away from the traditional stemmed wine glass look. Plus, when your guests get a little rambunctious, you don’t have to worry about glasses easily tipping over.

FINAL TOUCHES

Finally, you are ready to accessorize! But just remember to keep everything in that same minimal vein. Traditionally, flowers in a vase are used for dressing the table, but with modern table setting I find that potted cacti or succulents really pull the whole look together. (Think Palm Springs.)

Remember… less is more when creating a modern table setting. The quality of the pieces you invest in over the quantity will have your guests drooling over your setting just as much as the meal itself.

 

Soft & Luxurious Los Angeles Home Tour

By: Gabrielle Hurwitz

Los Angeles as known as the City of Angels, and this home's interior design by Homepolish's Katherine Carter is totally heavenly. With soft layered textures, creamy hues and plush furniture, the bedroom evokes a fluffy, white cloud. Combine that with the eclectic travel-inspired décor of the living room and the relaxing ease of the outdoor spaces, and the finished home is an absolute dream.

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A BRENTWOOD, CA HOME WITH CHARACTER

Copy: Kelli Ryder

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Today, were visiting the laid-back (yet overwhelmingly luxurious) home of Angel and Tom, a pair of entrepreneurs living in Brentwood, CA. As owners of Nadeau Furnitureand the popular Los Angeles ramen restaurant Tatsu, the couple has a strong sense of style… but not a ton of spare time. Naturally, they turned to Katherine Carter Design, for help. 

We were so in love with this space, we just had to chat with Katherine Carter, the designer who brought the space to life. “They wanted a place that truly felt like home, and wanted to incorporate a lot of family photos from their travels throughout the home.” Katherine says. She continues, “I did just that and they were thrilled with the results!”

Using quality silk rugs, down bedding, fresh paint, and style-conscious furniture, Katherine brought comfort into every corner. She also never let her discerning eye falter. “I chose pieces that wouldn’t feel dated and they could appreciate for years to come!”

While we’re loving the layered living room, and are impressed by the fact she made even a game room seem chic… what really caught our eye was the serene master bedroom. “Angel and Tom wanted a soft, luxurious, airy feel in their master bedroom,” Katherine says. “I pulled inspiration from their world travels and incorporated pieces that would complement their eclectic taste. I wanted to make the room a place that was functional yet felt like they were on vacation even when they were at home.”

For us? It’s a vacation just looking at the pictures. We love all of the carefully placed details and the seemingly contrasting aesthetics that merge together famously. To recreate a similar look in your home, follow Katherine’s tips below-

KATHERINE’S TOP 5 DESIGN TIPS:
1. Do your research and get a feel for the kind of style aesthetic you like. You don’t have to copy or do what others do. This is your home and you can have it anyway you wish! Pull inspiration from a favorite place you’ve traveled. You’ll know it’s right when it’s not only visually stimulating, but a feeling you get deep in your gut!

2. Don’t be afraid of color and patterns! Even the most neutral spaces can benefit from a burst of contrast- it will add dimension to an otherwise flat space. 

3. Invest in high quality pieces that you can have with you forever. Think of your home decor as an investment!

4. You don’t have to stick to one specific style. Feel free to mix it up! In this case, I fused contemporary with French.

5. If you have a garden or pool area, adding plants and creating succulent arrangements can be an effective way to change the look and feel. Have fun when choosing pots or hanging planters, and choose color and textures that complement one another.