Monday, December 31, 2007


I wish you all the Happiest of New Years!

I wanted to thank you all for visiting my blog this past year! It has been such a fun way for me to connect with all of you that love design like I do. I love getting to know everyone and your individual aesthetic, interests, likes and dislikes. You all inspire me and make my days richer and more fun. Thanks again to you all! dog is the biggest ham ever. Believe it or not, he would not get out of the shot til I took his picture. So here is he. Cooper. He survived eating a one pound box of See's candy on Christmas night, and a trip to the vet the next day for emptying out and observation. I figured I owed him:

Saturday, December 29, 2007


Phew! Finally a day to myself, and what do I want to do? SHOP! I have been wanting to visit a wonderful new shop run by a couple of the best (in my humble opinion) designers in Sacramento. (And they really are a couple.)

Linda and Tim Arbogast , the husband and wife team that formed Arbogast Design Group in Sacramento, California have just opened jettmodern.

Jettmodern is a fantastic, wonderful "modern" boutique that specializes in: chic gifts, home furnishings, tchotchke, vintage upholstery and found objects. When they first opened, people were thinking of "modern" in terms of midcentury "dwr" terms. However, Linda and Tim are setting their own standards of what is modern, and thankfully so! Take a look at the definition on their wall above.

Here are some pictures of the shop for you to drool over:

This found awning is fantastic, and they have arranged it over a great mirror and French commode.

I love this combination of vintage baker's rack and birdcage with these green silk armless chairs. Don't miss the wonderful "crown" chandelier!

A close-up of the white lamp from the previous picture. The shop is located in an historical building in "Old Sacramento". (Those bricks are over 150 years old.)

The way Linda and Tim have selected items for the shop reflects their obvious design talent. I love this red Chinoiserie cabinet with the art and finds arranged on the wall. I know you all have a thing about antlers, but I am still enamoured!

Another shot of the area showing a collection of vintage glove forms. Great Faux Bois table too!

Great Jonathan Adler sideboard! Custom upholstery available. Loving the starburst mirror here. Oh! And they have put together these mini-planters inside escargot shells. Brilliant!

You will also find Dwell and John Robshaw bedding and pillows here, as well as Jonathan Adler and many other favorite designers of mine.

Just some more of the wonderful stuff to be found here. I love the limed wood candle holders, mercury glass spheres, and...and...oh there is something everywhere I turn!

I also have to say that I had a great time talking with Linda when I went in today. She was warm and gracious and very fun to talk to. Needless to say, we were definitely on the same design wavelength.

I have been waiting AGES for a shop like this to open in Sacramento, and all I can say is: IT'S ABOUT TIME! Thank you soooo much Linda and Tim!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Merry Christmas To All, and To All a Good Night!

I thought I would share a few pictures of our house at Christmas. I am sorry not to have had time before, but we were installing doors and moving furniture up until the last minute before our annual Christmas Eve party! Here are a few pictures of how I did the house:

Our Fireplace Mantel in the Living Room. I like to use citrus and the kids love to make pomanders (oranges with cloves stuck in to create a pattern). They make the house smell wonderful!

Our Christmas Tree with many years of collected ornaments, many of them very old from my Mother's family.

Christmas morning: the tree next to the craftsman stairway of our 1911 house.

We are still working on the house, and until we repair the fireplace, candles it is! It is a tradition to use the stockings knitted by my Mother-in-Law. They do hold alot of goodies from Santa!

This Lotte Sievers-Hahn creche has been with me since I was a little girl. My mother collected the pieces over the years, carved by a single family in Germany. They are still available through the German Christmas Gifts website.

The Dining Room Citrus Pyramid centerpiece.

My Family Room coffee table with my new Jonathan Adler tray!

And the citrus cloche idea, I borrowed from Halcyon of Decor Journal blog! It is a wonderful idea, don't you think?!

Here is one of the little tables I bought at the Antique Faire on the landing to our basement. I think I might have a zinc top made for it. I bought some antique letters drenched in glitter, strung them on a ribbon and hung them from hat rack that had been passed down to me. That is a West Elm red lacquer nesting table with an Asian wire lantern on top. There is an American Indian rug I got from a visit to my Mother in New Mexico, an ironstone bowl of pine cones, and a vintage collection of miniature Christmas trees on the shelf.

This is the tree that I put in our basement room. I put toy ornaments, carved red beads, and Scandinavian straw ornaments on this one.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Cooper!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Now that the square footage of our house has increased, the furniture I have somehow has been swallowed up into the void. So what else could I do but go shopping for a few more things at the Sacramento Antique Faire (which takes place every second Sunday of the month.) I wanted to share this very beautiful White Christmas-y space I found:

Everything was white and silver

Angels and sleds

Silvered candlesticks and alabaster vases

Ornaments and candy jars

I will post my finds for you soon!

Friday, December 14, 2007


Just a little virtual Christmas gift for Courtney over at Style Court blog.

Bali Cotton Pillow by Thomaspaul

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


I have been pretty good this year...... well except for the screaming match I had with my contractor in September.( I may have gotten a little out of hand there, but it was certainly well deserved!) So I was wondering, if you decide to drop by my house, I would really find a good place for these chairs. You can find them at C Bell Furnishing for only $1000 for a set of four! (That is about as good a price as it gets for a chair!) I thought you would appreciate the color.


Your faithful friend, Katie

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


'Tis the season for seeing red just about everywhere. Here are a few luscious reds that brightened my day. Hope you enjoy!

This chair is perfect for the hippest of Santa's! Image from the House and Garden blog. High Point, NC tour.

And now for Mrs. Claus' chair. Another H&G blog image.

Let's not forget those elves. I can see these in their "cool" pad at the North Pole. (H&G Blog)

And looking forward to a few presents from St. Nick himself? Courtney at Style Court could show those wrapping elves a thing or two with her beautiful gift wrapping. Check out more of her ideas on Style Court blog!

Courtney also had this Ruthie Sommers chair on her blog recently. I have always loved this chair. So you all know what you can get me for Christmas! Well....maybe if everyone chipped in a little? One can always dream.

The dresser via This is Glamourous blog looks like it belongs in the castle of a Sugar Plum Fairy. A beautiful confection!

May your days be Merry and Bright with these wall lanterns from Ruthie Sommers, Chapman Radcliff through 1st dibs.

I love the Holiday Season. I hope you are all planning to enjoy it in all of your own wonderful ways. I would love to hear about how you all spend your holiday season!