Thursday, March 31, 2011

JAX loves...


"A chair is to have no backside. It should be beautiful from all sides and angles."

+ Hans Wegner

To CELEBRATE the 60th anniversary of
Hans Wegner's iconic design, the WISHBONE CHAIR
has been given a new VIBRANT & BOLD makeover. 


NOW available in 12 bold COLORS at Room & Board...





Bye YA'LL!
Katie Nelson

Sunday, March 27, 2011

SPRING Fever...

 "Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
 + Robin Williams


And OH how you will want to have a PARTY in these
outdoor living SPACES!

I have recently been on QUEST for IDEAS  to incorporate into 
a picture PERFECT outdoor living room at my home....


After viewing several properties with GREAT
examples of OUTDOOR living spaces ...

 it  reminded me of the SERENITY, seclusion, and VALUE that
that these outdoor ROOMS add to a home.

(Remember the porch in: Welcome Home...?? )


Put on your FLIP FLOPS, light your GRILLS
and make yourself a GLASS of lemonade
because these ideas for outdoor  rooms
are sure to get your brain thinking SPRING!


Trina Turk fabrics make this daybed CABANA bright, colorful, and FUN!

I recently added a daybed to my OUTDOOR space and it
 BEATS a hammock any day!


Outdoor DINING...YES Please!

Designer Jean Larette chose bright YELLOW patio chairs and a concrete table for this lovely DINING spot! 


Outdoor DRAPERY and an All weather RUG make this a
secluded DINING room!

Check out the lantern LIGHT Fixture!


More outdoor DRAPERY in this LAVISHLY serene living room!

 Love, LOVE, love!


Tents, lanterns, chandeliers, and STRIPES! 

oh MY!

(If you can't find me...I'll be here!)


decks/patios - white sofa outdoor rug blue green metallic beige pillows blue gray ottomans nailhead trim branch chairs  Elsa Soyars  chic pastel

A Chic WHITE patio mixed with rustic accents! 

Perfect for an ELEGANT get together!

Designed by, Elsa Soyars


decks/patios - zinc dining table iron range hood forged iron straps slate tiles floor  Erica Georges Dines Photography via Atlanta Home Mag!

SLATE tiled floors, an outdoor KITCHEN,
ZINC range hood, and wicker chairs...

ALL mixed with a


decks/patios - yellow lime green garden stools outdoor sofas blue cushions red hurricane lanterns fire pit  David Tsay Photography.  Colorful

Last but not least...


The oversized Umbrella, modern FIRE PIT,
and garden stools make this
a VERSATILE and COLORFUL entertaining area!


WELCOME spring by ADDING some of
 these ideas to YOUR outdoor Space!


Lanterns + Lighting, COLOR, Fire Pits + WATER features, 
 Patios + Decks, and outdoor DRAPERY!

Bye YA'LL!
Katie Nelson


(1) via House Beautiful + photographer: Reed Davis (2) via House Beautiful + Designer, Jean Larette + photographer: Reed Davis (3) via (4) via 
(5) via (6) via decorpad + Designer, Elsa Soyars
(7)via Atlanta Home Mag + photograper, Erica Georges Dines (8) via decorpad + photographer, David Tsay

Thursday, March 17, 2011

CHEERS to St. Paddy's Day...

"Never iron a four-leaf clover, because 
you don’t want to press your luck."


To help infuse your IRISH festivities with a little more fun...

Try this REFRESHING, thirst-quenching GREEN TEA MOJITO recipe!

Whether you will be PARADING or chasing LEPRECHAUNS to celebrate,  
 this concoction is sure to make you feel
like you have the LUCK of the Irish!

Green Tea Mojito 
  makes one drink

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
4 large mint leaves 
2 teaspoons sugar
approx. 1/2 cup brewed green tea, chilled
1 ounce white rum

Muddle the lime juice, mint, and sugar together in a Collins glass until the leaves bruise lightly and the flavors release.

Add ice until glass is about 3/4 full and then pour in rum and green tea.

Stir thoroughly.  



Bye YA'LL!
Katie Nelson

(1) via (2) recipe via

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Spring Break-down on RESORTS...

"A vacation is having nothing to do
and all day to do it in."
+ Robert Orben

I am writing this post from our very cold neighbor to the north,
a.k.a. CANADA. 

It is a "nice" 36 degrees here in Calgary today with
SNOW on the ground.  BRrRr! 

...TOO cold for this southern GAL!

This chilly WEATHER has me dreaming of a spring break GETAWAY!

Here's the breakdown on LUXURY resort HOT SPOTS around the WORLD...

Oh to be in a BUNGALOW on a warm, tropical BEACH ...


Little Palm Island RESORT

A private island resort located off the coast of
 Key West, FLORIDA
...ONLY accessible by BOAT or SEAPLANE...ahhh!


Burj Al Arab Hotel and Resorts

Situated off the coastline of Dubai, this LUXURY hotel
and resort features a  Rolls-Royce fleet and on
call butlers at YOUR service! 

This is my kind of PLACE!


Huka Lodge, New Zealand
A New Zealand LUXURY riverside retreat where guests
nestle into private huts
to enjoy food, FISHING, and the great OUTDOORS.


Turtle Island, Fiji

TURTLE ISLAND is an exotic island of FIJI, 
in the Caribbean, that has 14 secluded HUTS 
with private BEACHES.

Hotel Le Toiny, St. Barts

  EXCLUSIVE, private, BUNGALOW suites make
Hotel Le Toiny the grand escape.


Fregate Island, Seychelles

Primarily known as a privately owned, secluded RESORT
 in the Seychelles, Fregate is operated as a LUXURY eco-resort.


North Island, Seychelles

A private island with four SANDY beaches, 
private plunge pools,
and BEAUTIFUL views of the tropical ocean.


Now off to continue dreaming of a tropical GETAWAY..

Happy Spring Break vacationing!

Bye YA'LL!
Katie Nelson


Monday, March 7, 2011

MARDI GRAS madness...

Laissez le bon temps rouler!

("Let the good times roll!")



FAT TUESDAY is almost here!

So get your beads and MASKS ready and your plastic babies hidden because it is right around the corner, literally!

Whether you will be celebrating Fat Tuesday in NEW ORLEANS or throwing beads in your own back are sure to get into the MARDI GRAS spirit with these purple, green, and gold interiors!


girl's rooms - purple walls white sunburst mirror linen wingback bed headboard nailhead trim purple lamp purple pillows green silk pillows ivory nightstand purple drapes green ribbon trim bamboo roman shades white green purple striped curvy chair ottoman

BEAUTIFUL girls room by designer, Phoebe Howard.

Not sure what's my favorite...the white sunburst mirror
or the green pillows!


living rooms - Aluminum Wine Table Purple walls fireplace purple ottoman aluminum wine table glass floor lamp gray tufted sofa  Purple Living

Purple RAIN???

Purple living ROOM!

living room is the perfect example of
GOLD and silver accessories mixed tastefully!


Purple walls and GOLD drapery give this sitting room a FAR EAST Moroccan LOOK!


living rooms - purple green rustic wood iron console table purple abstract art cream chair green lattice silk throw pillow small round white accent table espresso stained wood floors wall paneling crown molding living room

My FAVORITE mix of colors...
PURPLE and Green!  ELEGANT to the MAX!


bedrooms - green wallpaper headboard bed rug green fuchsia chair white nightstands bench  Beautiful. From Firmdale Hotels.  Green wallpaper,

Even HOTELS are breaking out the MARDI GRAS color palette...

This Firmdale hotel suite is oh so SHEEK with VIBRANT
purple and GREEN accents!


bedrooms - white mirrored floor screen white wingback bed French brass round nightstand white purple floral bedding green velvet pillows purple bolster pillow wood parquet floors

A SUBTLE mix of the purple, green and GOLD color palette...

I could definitely catch some ZzZz's in this room after the CARNIVAL celebrations!


BRIGHT and cheery BEDROOM with classy touches!


living rooms - Meurice 2 Tier Table Zebra Rug purple circles floor screen green garden stool navy blue white cowhide zebra rug gold faux bamboo tables blue accent chair sisal rug French windows white walls paint color living room

MY FAVORITE designer, Jonathan ADLER, mixed with my FAVORITE color combo...

You can not help but to SMILE when you take a peek in a JONATHAN ADLER room with all of the FUN accessories!


Throwing a FAT TUESDAY party at home???

Try this Oh so....delicious CAJUN Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya RECIPE from Coastal Living!

(send some my way too!)

Shrimp-and-Sausage Jambalaya

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings


  • 2  tablespoons  vegetable oil
  • 1  pound  andouille or other spicy smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1  large onion, diced
  • 1  bell pepper, diced
  • 3  celery ribs, chopped
  • 4  garlic cloves, minced
  • 2  bay leaves
  • 1  teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 1  teaspoon  dried oregano
  • 2  teaspoons  Creole seasoning
  • 1  (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, with juice
  • 4  cups  chicken broth
  • 2  cups  uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1  pound  shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4  green onions, chopped


1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sausage, and cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon; set aside.
2. Add onion and next 7 ingredients to hot drippings in Dutch oven; sauté 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in reserved sausage, tomatoes, broth, and rice. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, 25 minutes or until rice is tender.
3. Stir in shrimp; cover and cook 5 minutes or until done. Sprinkle each serving with green onions.


My final TRIBUTE to FAT Tuesday...

now off to BED!! ZzZz!


 Bye YA'LL! Katie Nelson


(1)(2)(4)(5)(6)(8) via decorpad (3) via elle decor (7) via eliza blog

(8) via coastal living (9) via the paris apartment