New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

Every year I write a blog post about new years resolutions. I find that it helps to look back and see what I have accomplished. Interestingly, I didn't do one for 2018 even though I feel like it was an eventful and productive year.  So I figured it was time to make some goals.  For 2019 I have a few - not too many but a few. - Do more cooking and meal planning. I'm hoping that the addition of an instapot to my meal repertoire will help in this regard. I may also need to create some sort of... Read more

Get the Look: Sunny Balanced Dining Room

Get the Look: Sunny Balanced Dining Room

Hi, Kate Cabiltes here! This dining room by west coast design firm Studio Life-Style is an entertainment space that truly has zen vibes. With warm, neutral colors and clean lines, the whole space gives off a calming effect worthy of being the backdrop for many a laid-back dinner party. I love all the natural sunlight coming through and having a mirror in the dining space is genius – it not only brightens it but gives the illusion of being more spacious. I also am impressed with the idea of elevating (literally) fiddle leaf fig plants by putting them in raised... Read more

Designing at Atlanta Mid Century Modern

Designing at Atlanta Mid Century Modern

As many of you know we just recently moved to the Buckhead section of Atlanta and are in the process of renovating a mid-century modern house.  As an interior designer, I always love a good project! If you've been following me on IG you've gotten a piecemeal smattering of photos of the existing house, plans for what I am going to do etc. I thought I'd take some time today to give you a more holistic view of the existing conditions.  Here is the plan as it is now. And some photos of the existing. As you can see the... Read more

Get the Look: Modern Luminous Living Room

Get the Look:  Modern Luminous Living Room

Hey there, it’s Kate Cabiltes! To know Athena Calderone of Eyeswoon is to love her style. When I saw a prompt from My Domaine recently to follow along to get a glimpse into the new Brooklyn home of Calderone, I already was expecting to be blown away – and of course I was. My favorite space in her abode is this living room! Already made of good bones and with ample amounts of natural light coming in, this room is decked out in unique modern pieces, my favorite being the gorgeous vintage pouf of a Mario Bellini sofa. While Athena’s signature... Read more

My houses through the years

My houses through the years

Now that we are moving yet again, I thought it would be fun to take a look at all of the places we have lived over the past 14 years.  It's fun to see how our style has evolved and what pieces have stayed with us through all of our moves. Scott and I lived in Boston when we got married and shortly thereafter bought our coop in Prospect Heights Brooklyn.  It was a tight space but we enjoyed it and created a lot storage in the 600 square feet we had. Then we moved to LA. We rented for... Read more

Jess's Holiday Gift Guide

Jess's Holiday Gift Guide

Yes, yet another gift guide. Just what you needed right? Well, I'm not even going to attempt to give you a gift guide for your kids, husbands, mothers-in-law etc. Sure, I could curate a bunch of stuff that looks pretty together and that fits age and gender wise for your loved ones - stuff that you would want them to want. But let's be real for a second here.  My kids don't want hand carved wooden toys and yes, they enjoy clothes, but by that I mean, princess dresses with actual pictures of the princesses on the front and sweats and tees... Read more

JESS’ PICKS: NOVEMBER

JESS’ PICKS:  NOVEMBER

Ack! Here I thought I had a nice leisurely month ahead of me and didn’t have to come up with a new list of Jess’s Picks for quite a while, and now we are getting toward the end of November.  What happened? I feel like I say this every month. Starting to sound like a broken record! That said, lots going on over at the Nest. Our offices have moved and we are settling into our new space nicely (this time a real office in a real office building not inside my house!).  We’ve closed on our new Mid-century house... Read more

Design Schizophrenia and Bridging Cultures

Design Schizophrenia and Bridging Cultures

Sometimes I think I'm a bit of a schizophrenic when it comes to design. I appreciate a good farm house kitchen but also love the sleek lines of modern Italian design.  As a designer and person who puts myself out there on social media, people are always trying to fit me into a mold.  They think that because my my hardware is inherently high end that my personal style must be similarly as luxe.  Because I have a tattoo that I must only socialize with the liberal hipster elite of the town we currently live in. The truth is, I've... Read more

Tharon Anderson: Hardware Installation to Perfection

Tharon Anderson:  Hardware Installation to Perfection

Design Crush, Tharon Anderson, is a designer who always gets the details right.    She is meticulous and thoughtful in all her design decisions . . . and it shows.  Tharon is a master at making hardware installation look effortless.  Unfortunately, it's not!!  We've seen even seasoned designers make hardware installation decisions that look like mistakes.   We recently spoke with Tharon to find out her process for getting even the challenging installations to look flawless.  "Correctly installing hardware, particularly jewelry hardware, is not easy.  Many installers will automatically center the hole on the cabinet face which isn't always the best location," states... Read more

Get the Look: A Summer Day Cafe

Get the Look:  A Summer Day Cafe

Hey, Kate Cabiltes here! New restaurant A Summer Day Café in Tribeca is about as close as you can get to the Amalfi Coast without a passport. Lined with floor to ceiling windows, this bright and airy café is timeless and elegant. I caught a glimpse of it first on social media and immediately was drawn to the chic black and white striped upholstered banquettes, the greenery throughout, and the various unique light fixtures. You could easily draw from several accents here to channel Italy in your own space. Here’s how to get the look in your space… Black &... Read more