Today we are welcoming Kara Whitten to the blog to share her amazing space with us!
“We moved into this house about a year ago. We were looking for a larger space for our family and to run my business, Kailo Chic, out of. I love how this house is so open, and I love the backyard. Since we back up to a green space, it feels quite secluded even though we are right outside the city. My favorite feature though, has to be the two-story open living room and how the kitchen opens into this space. It is great for entertaining! A favorite piece of mine is the bar stools that I made from $2 thrifted luggage racks. I couldn’t find counter level stools that I liked, so I decided to try making my own. I think it is my most commented on DIY project.
“I have to say that my current favorite feature (and this changes quite often) are the new built-ins my husband and I added to our formal living room. We have several other built-ins around the house, but they are all functional to store our business items. This one is purely aesthetic and I can use it to display all my little treasures and pieces of collected eye candy. I also love my kitchen! We renovated the kitchen as soon as we moved in. It was dark and red and not my style at all. There also used to be a center island that took up space and was awkward to move around. The new layout lets so many more cooks in the kitchen so to speak and is a great open congregating space when we have parties. The white cabinets and light gray walls of the kitchen really add to the open feeling as well.
“One of the best thrifted scores I made was the buffet/console table I have in the dining room. I have plans to update it with some paint and stain, but for now, I am loving it just the way it is. And at $36 dollars, it was quite the deal!
“The bright pink crepe paper flowers that I made for my daughter’s birthday are also on my list of favorite DIY pieces. They are so bright and vibrant and large scale that they add a little fun to my fireplace mantel.
“The backyard has been updated to include a garden, playscape for the kids, and a fenced off courtyard/lounge to relax in. We still have many more things that we want to do in the future like retile the fireplace surround, update the master bathroom, and landscape the yard, but for now I am happy with what we have been able to accomplish in such a short time especially while running our own business and having two young kids!”
Thanks so much for sharing your home with us, Kara! You can find more of Kara on her shop and on Instagram. xo.
Credits // Author and Photography: Kara Whitten.
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Hi love your backsplash where’s it from ?
What is the name/company of the kitchen backsplash- herringbone tile?
Gorgeous!! Where is your backsplash from? Is it mother of pearl?
LOVE the kitchen backsplash. Can you tell me the name and place you got it from? We are out shopping for backsplash
I love the kitchen backsplash as well. Can you tell me where it is from?
Hello-Love the kitchen backsplash. Can you tell me the name of tile and where you purchased. TY
Are the bookcases custom or did you purchase them and install?
Hi Kara, I was wondering if the ceilings you painted were popcorn ceilings or smooth? We recently just bought a new house and it’s popcorn ceilings everywhere! I LOVE colored ceilings so was wondering if yours were, too? Your house is absolutely stunning!
I am blushing! So glad you liked it!
Hahaha! I think it is because I like too many different design styles. It is hard for me to have my whole house coordinate. I just want to try everything!
Thanks! They are from IKEA.
Not weird! It is crushed granite. Also called decomposed granite.
Hi Nady! The tae and chairs are from IKEA.
The table is from IKEA!
I love how moody and bright her color scheme is!
Love all those turquoise touches!!!
I have some in my home too… this is the last coming, diy office chair, turquoise of course ; )
Nice home, I like her shelves and lighting the most.
Love love love every detail in this place!!! Serious decorating envy settling in right about now…
<3 Haley @ www.beautyinthischaos.com
The pops of teal throughout the house are so dreamy!
I definitely need to get me a similarly gorgeous office gallery wall! Amazing! xx