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Duluth Gets You Going with a “Kick In The Pants” Contest

Oh my goodness, so lately my plate has been extra full as I prepare for the Crossfit Regionals competition while also continuing to move forward with client projects.  Of course, that means my own projects have been slowed do to an extra packed schedule!  When you have so much on your agenda (like we all do) its easy to lose motivation.  For example, I have a number of projects around the house that would take less than an hour to complete, but because I don’t generally have an hour of free time, these projects don’t get started, much less finished.  But if I would just put in 20 minutes here and 20 minutes there, I could be much more efficient with my time.

Well, sometimes all it takes is a little urging from an outside source to kick things into gear….and I happened to receive that much needing prompting from Duluth Trading Company this week!  Duluth is a work wear clothing company that specializes in all attire made for getting work done while looking your best!  Duluth is launching a “Kick in the Pants” program aimed at inspiring you to finally finish that project that’s been on your to-do list for way to long.  These guys not only wanted to help me kick start my project with $100, they wanted to help me do it in style!  Duluth sent me their adorable Ripstop Dress to keep me working not only comfortably, but stylishly!  This super cute dress allows me to go from the workshop to client meetings with ease.

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I think a thin leather belt and some strappy sandals will make for an adorable and quite comfortable outfit!

Duluth also wants to give you a “Kick in the Pants!”  Read all about the contest below and  click here to enter!

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As far as that project that I’m going to take on….it gets started today!


Part Designer, Part Athlete

Hey Friends!  Excuse me while I diverge from the purpose of this blog for a bit.

This weekend was super fun and exciting for me!  You may have picked up that I am an avid crossfitter and that working out/competing is one of my favorite things to do.  Well, this weekend I had a chance to be a part of something very special.  There is a new sport coming to town and the league is called the NPFL (National Professional Fitness League).  This league will give amazing athletes the opportunity to make a living while inspiring others with their hard work and determination.  The matches will include 11 races and will consist of all sorts of movements, from olympic lifts to gymnastic-y feats, to all around athletic activities!  Each team will consist of  4 men and 4 women working together to complete the races.  Talk about fun!!!!

This weekend 1 of 4 combines to try out for this league was held in Dallas.  The first day was all about individual performance as you tried to show off your strengths and skill sets.  The last day, we were put into teams to run through a match (all 11 races).  I can’t tell you how much fun I had and how wonderful it was to compete alongside amazing athletes.  After the weekend was complete, 18 women and 24 men were selected to move on to the second round of tryouts, which will be in Las Vegas this June.  I am so very happy to say that I made the cut!!!! Yay!!!!  Here are some pics and fun videos from this weekend if you’re interested!


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We’ll be back to design stuff tomorrow! ;)


DIY Moroccan Inspired Coffee Table

Hey Friends!  Happy hump day!  Today I wanted to talk a little more about that coffee table you saw in the Brisco’s living room yesterday….


I needed an oversized table- like one of those you would gawk over in Restoration Hardware….but I didn’t need the $1000+ price tag. Not only did I want the piece to be oversized…but I wanted it to have some character and personality!



That’s when I decided to take this…..


do a little modifying….



….and came out with this…..


I love the texture and scale of the piece for this space!  And for under $300, the cost was pretty perfect too. ;)



‘Til tomorrow!


Brisco Living Room

Hello Friends!  Well, I finally got around to sorting out all the pictures from my design binge a few weeks ago! I started working with Brenda over a year ago when they started building this house from the ground up.  I was excited to help with the project from the very beginning- picking flooring and finishes. Brenda and her family love beautiful, layered design, but with grandkids visiting all the time, the comfort level had to be there as well!  In my opinion, a whole lot more goes in to making a room comfortable than having a few cushy chairs. Comfort is conveyed with inviting colors, soft surfaces, living plants, fresh flowers, and personal accessories.  All these things help a home to feel cared for and call for guests to enjoy the space in more than just a visual way.  Are you ready to take a look?!

Here we go…..



Read more about the one of a kind sunset artwork here!



This deconstructed Restoration Hardware couch (below) makes me weak in the knees. L-O-V-E it.


Of course since the living and dining room were adjoining rooms, I needed to make sure their designs meshed and complimented each other.  I love the glimpses you get through the door way.


I. love. fiddle. leaf. figs.  I could put them in every room.  I love how sculptural they are and how a green plant brings literal life into a space.


Bookcases are the fastest way to bring personality into a space.  Filling the shelves with personal mementos, interesting shapes, and unique pieces instantly take a room from boring to completely intriguing.




Here are a few pics of the coffee table.  I’ll share more about this piece tomorrow!!






The layered colors, patterns, and textures in this space make it one of my all time favorites!! I hope you enjoyed it as well! ‘Til tomorrow!



Moulding Masterpiece

We’re back in the Dynamic Dining Room today. I wanted to do a little close up of the the mantle area above the fireplace.

I have been wanting to do a wall of molding for a while and I thought that the area above this fireplace was a perfect place to do it.  In the beginning I actually had this featured panel full of a few more colors including: color, wood tones, white, and gold.


After thinking through the design a little more I decided that I wanted the feature to be brighter and lighter, so I eliminated the wood tones and coral, left the gold, and added more white.  This creates  a beautiful texture, but isn’t so imposing.






On top of the beautiful textured panel, I hung a breathtaking, saturated picture of a horse.  I think horses are beautiful creatures, but I chose to highlight one in this space because the first time Ms. Brenda saw her husband, he was on a horse. Plus, they are big fans of the giant majestic animals.


The rich, saturated colors of this photo grabbed my attention the moment I saw it.  Luckily, Brenda was taken by it as well, so we ordered it from and got it framed.  I love, love it.

I’m thinking I’ll definitely use this stacked moulding look again.  It’s so striking and interesting to me. I hope you agree! ;)

Have a lovely weekend friends!


Hello, I'm Kara! I'm an interior designer, window display artist, & set decorator. I share all my creations and tips for beautifying your own surroundings right here! Thanks for stopping by!

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