Showing posts with label Kitty Nix. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kitty Nix. Show all posts

Friday, October 3

Ask Allie: Kitty Nix's Living Room Makeover!

A few months ago I created a design board for my friend Kitty Nix. I am so excited to show you what she did with her living room. As a reminder, here was the post and here are a few pictures of the room before. You can see that she had the dark blue accent wall in the background, the tv on the side, the couch near the window and a chair in the corner. 

Here is the design board I created for the room. The theme I was going for was beachy and bright. I loved the idea of incorporating turquoise into the space. My biggest recommendation was the set up of the room. You can see in the full post that I suggested she move the couch in front of the fireplace and to move the television over the mantle. 

And here is what Kitty did with the space! Ah-mazing right? I love that she added yellow to the scheme which makes it a bright but elegant space. So let's break it down. First, she had the walls painted a pretty shade of greige - somewhere between grey and beige that her friend Heather helped her pick out and it is C2 Artisian-473P. You can see that the left the moldings white which makes them stand out. And of course, the tv made it's way over the fireplace courtesy of her husband Brad. 

Kitty found the grey credenza behind the couch on Joss & Main. I love how it mimics the white molding on the wall. The lamps are repurposed and are perfect for this table because they don't block the view of the tv. The yellow poufs are perfect for her three kids to lounge on and came from Amazon

I take credit for hunting down this grey velvet chair and fending off other buyers at Homegoods last week. Did you know they will actually hold items for you without purchasing them if you beg long enough? And it was only $249 which is a steal for the quality. You can see in the second picture that it has a nice slope and the scale is perfect for that corner. 

This is one of my favorite parts of the room. All of these paintings were created by Kitty's grandmother or her father. They are gorgeous and have obvious sentimental value which is priceless. Kitty's friend Mary suggested the layout and I really love it. 

Last weekend, Kitty went to her friend Kim's house for her 40th birthday party and saw this great teal planter. Apparently she thought it was a party favor and brought it home. It's perfect even if stolen. 

Here's a view of the bay window and the sitting area. It's a great place for games and the chairs are easily moved when she has company and needs more seating. Some of the pieces in the room have been handed down for more than 4 generations making it a beautiful and meaningful room. The rug came from Overstock and has both blue and grey tones to it. 

So there ya go! I love it and am so proud of her for doing it and for spending less than $1,500 total. It just goes to show that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a great look and the feeling of a whole new room. 


Design Concept - Designing On The Side
Throw Pillows - Target
Dining Rug - Target
Pot - Stolen from Kim's house. There is a warrant out. 
Grey Chair  - Home Goods
Living Rug - Overstock
Sofa Table - Joss & Main
Yellow Poufs & Teal Blanket - Amazon
Paint - C2

Wednesday, March 19

Ask Allie….Kitty Nix Living Room

For my second installment of Ask Allie, I am working on designing my friend Kitty's living room. Kitty Nix and I have been friends for almost 8 years since our little girls were in ballet together (have to share this ridiculously cute picture of them before I get started designing). I mean……..

Anyway, Kitty has a beautiful house near us and she is looking to give her living room a makeover. First things first, here is how it looks now. 

So because I know Kitty like a sister, I know that there is nothing going in this room that isn't reasonable and practical. I also know that we have a mutual love of water. She and her husband have a house on a river on the Virginia side of the Chesapeake Bay and it is the place they go to relax and forget about life for a while (name that tune!). She told me she wants this living room to invoke the same feeling that the river house gives her - light, bright, airy and relaxing. Knowing that, and working with the existing rug which she just purchased (number 11 below), here is what I came up with. 

Here's the skinny:

1. Right now the room is two very different shades - one wall is a dark blue with white framing. The other walls are a taupe color. I suggest repainting the whole room in this shade. It's Benjamin Moore's Muslin (1037). I think this sets a very nice base color that will set off the white in the room - including the fireplace. 

2. This picture is of an inspiration room from that captures the look and feel I am going for with the room. I found this very similar chair on Overstock on sale for $559. It is a neutral so if/when she gets tired of the blues (more on that next) she can switch the accent color without having to redo the whole room.  

3. Like the KKG girl I am, I am always attracted to the colors of the sea and the sky (gag!). But this blue pillow is my idea of what the ocean looks like. Not the Jersey Shore ocean, but the ocean in the Bahamas. You know what I mean. Anyway, I found these on Etsy

4. As you can see in the pic, there are moldings on the walls behind the fireplace. My first thought was to take these off, but actually, I decided they should stay. And they should be painted white. It adds interest to the room and keeps it looking unique. 

5. Even though this room is technically a living room, it is used as their family room. Which means, it is where the big tv lives. My inclination would be to hang the tv over the fireplace, but that would make it the focal point of the room, and Kitty told me she doesn't want that. So I am suggesting purchasing an armoire like this one from Wayfair to hide the tv and all the components. 

A note about Wayfair - that I learned the hard way - they keep their prices low(er) because they don't actually take the items off the truck for you. So I ordered a sofa and the truck driver said "here ya go" and opened the back of the truck. I apparently didn't read the fine print. I slipped him a $20 and he did help me get it in the front door- but beware. 

I am anticipating that the one I picked out may not be wide enough for their current tv but there are plenty of options including this one which is wider and would still work with the beachy but elegant decor. 

6. This is an inspiration room I found online at Sarah Richardson Design. Sarah might be one of my favorite designers. Not only is she a fellow Canadian (I know…I am one confusing mutt) but her aesthetic is just perfect. Simple and clean but not stuffy or too modern. LOVE her and love this room especially because it is of her cottage - which is very common thing to have in Canada. I have fond memories of my friends Jen and Janice and their cottages north of Toronto. This is obviously a fancier version of most but I could live in that room forever. 

7. A few years ago, Kitty purchased a used piano. She isn't in love with it anymore and is thinking of replacing it. But before she does, I would try painting it to look like this one. I found this tutorial on a blog called Rage Against The Minivan which had me at hello. And by tutorial, I mean, she'll tell you why and how she had someone else paint it. Worth a shot on an old clunker no? 

8. I truly believe you can never have enough throws in a room. Who doesn't love to snuggle up with one? Here's one from Pier 1 that is chenille and only $39.95! 

9. Creating the feeling of a relaxed beach house does not mean having oars hanging on the wall or lobster traps as side tables. But you can throw in a few elements that remind you of the best house you've ever rented at the Shore. Here's a cool seagrass ottoman from Pottery Barn that is only $299. I could see two of these in the room making one "table" but also a comfy place to put up your feet.   

Do not be afraid to NOT match. I hate matchy matchy in fact. Mix textiles and colors. A cool grey chair with brass nail heads and a seagrass ottoman may seem like strange bed fellows (which is a strange term no?) but they will look great together. Play around, see what you like and if you hate it, ship it back baby!

10. Ohhhh kay, so this represents my biggest challenge for this room. Kitty loves a swivel chair. I don't really know why - maybe it is because she needs to see what is happening everywhere at every moment or because she was born a 85 year old grandma in the making, but she will not be denied. So here is a blue swivel chair that I THINK could work in this room. No promises but I'd try it. This one is from Land of Nod and sells for $799.  

11. Here is Kitty's current rug. Because the furniture pieces I am suggesting are not patterned, this rug will end up being a focal point and a good one. No need to replace this!

12. Last but not least…the sofa!  Kitty wants seating for 6 in this room and to do that, and still have it be a really usable everyday space for her family of 5, I think a sectional is the best bet.  I picked this picture because of the pillows and the ocean view (which I accidentally cropped out of this picture) but in reality I think something like the one below would work best. It's from Pottery Barn and it's on the expensive side at $2800 BUT when it comes to something like a sofa, DO NOT be cheap. You absolutely get what you pay for.  So splurge on it - and make sure it is comfortable. It comes in 56 (count them!) colors some of which are available for quick ship (3 weeks) which would make my impatient inner self very happy. 

In terms of how the room should be laid out, this is the way to go.The only change to this picture is that I would move the blue chair in the picture below to the other side of the fireplace and put the tv/armoire in its place. The trick though is to move the furniture around until you are happy with it. You just don't know until you try it.  If you are in a bad mood, you could always make your husband change it again and again just for fun. (Not nice!)

Obviously, you can layer in lots of accents - candles, vases, lamps, etc. I love this slightly shabby look from House Beautiful. I am also kind of digging the upside down artichoke lamp.

So that's it! Hopefully Kitty...and you!…like it.  

Need design advice? Want me to create a board for your room? Email me a picture of your room at