Do you ever feel like you are looking at our Instagram feed (or website) and wish you could shop all the products you saw featured? Maybe you don’t live in Southern California so you can’t visit our brick+mortar shop kate lester HOME. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
I am SO EXCITED to announce that we have launched katelesterhome.com! This is our brand-spanking-new online store so now everyone can shop the Kate Lesterlook from the comfort of their own home. This has been such a labor of love and amazingly fun process. Endless hours of scouring flea markets and gift shows, and meeting with local artisans and vendors who’s products we were dying to showcase have turned into a real thing and I am so thrilled. I hope you love everything we have curated as much as we do.
So get online RIGHT NOW and place your orders, and make sure you are following @katelesterHOME on Instagram for the latest updates on what’s new, what’s on the way, and what’s on sale! xo k.
Anyone else been nine months pregnant and finishing up a new construction design project? It’s SO fun. That’s where I was about three years ago when we finished this bad boy. I can’t even begin to tell you how freaked out everyone would get when I was walking on planks or adjusting light fixtures THAT pregnant. I think the contractor just didn’t want me giving birth at his job site, and frankly I don’t blame him. (But how GREAT of a story would that have been?!) Read on to see how I survived, gave birth at a regular hospital, and how some of my favorite spaces really came together in this gorgeous home.
Did I mention this house has a bright blue kitchen? Oh, yea, that is full-on blue. It’s actually a custom color we developed with the cabinet manufacturer during the design+build process. How much do you have to trust your designer to let her sell you on a blue kitchen? Quite a bit, which is why I would like to take this moment to say we have the best clients… ever. Simple white subway tile reflects the natural light perfectly, and allows the paint color be the standout here.
To bring in some warmth and softness we outfitted the island with a butcher block top and apron front sink. These small details pop when set against the deep blue, and create a unique space that is just as functional as it is beautiful.
I would absolutely eat pastries here every morning if this was my home. I also feel like I don’t see enough butcher block top islands. Maybe I need to make that a thing. It’s really chic.
So when we first got these plans in hand, this was a closet. Yes, a closet. Now it is the most fab teeny tiny powder room with funky patterned wallpaper and a vintage-inspired library light.
Because upstairs had enough blue to go around, downstairs we shifted gears and brought in a pop of the unexpected with this classic black and white palette. Would you be surprised if I said this is still one of our most re-pinned and re-grammed images? This is further proof to me that black and white are always a good idea, especially when paired together, in a guest bathroom.
There are like a million more images of this home, so be sure to check out our portfolio page to see the rest. Can’t wait to hear if this home inspired you to go big in your kitchen as well!
This house is truly an oldie but a goodie. Would you believe me if I told you we completed it almost FIVE years ago? How fresh and fab is it still, AMIRITE?! This is why I pretty much come to blows with anyone who says white is boring. White is NEVER boring. It is the Jennifer Anniston of interior design color schemes. It’s classic, cool, and in a league of it’s own. Read on to see how we helped transform a little dilapidated beach cottage into this coastal, casual and cool modern farmhouse.
Our team was so killer for this project. When you get to work with people who respect and appreciate good design, it is a gift. Denton Developments and Richard Haynes Real Estate are those people. They even kept their annoyance with me and their eye rolling at my weird ideas to a minimum. Basically they are saints.
This house was mint green and had walls everywhere when I first walked it. We opened up the floor plan, added more square footage on the first floor and a completely brand new second story. By the time we were finished, it was goodbye sad, dark house, and hello fresh new farmhouse. We used simple subway tile with a contrast grout to add interest in the kitchen and the leftover reclaimed wood from the floor to panel the hood, because it was just too gorgeous to go to waste. It’s probably my most favorite feature of this kitchen, but then, so are the all-white cabinets and simple paneled island, so I pretty much love it all.
The breakfast nook was such an integral part of the overall design concept. Our clients wanted a place where eating, cooking, homework and family time could all happen at once, without any walls. It feels so open and airy, and it totally works. Plus I found more reclaimed wood and we paneled the back of the hutch to tie in the hood. It adds a texture you don’t often see in a kitchen area, and is pretty unique.
This bathroom is like the perfect white and stone sanctuary. Can we talk about that tub? It’s calling my name as we speak. Polished nickel accents keep it from feeling too casual, and the oversized art adds a bit of the unexpected. A word of advice, don’t be afraid to put art in the bathroom. Hang it, lean it, just get it in there!
Be sure to check out our portfolio page to see the rest of the images of this completed project. All photos by the uber-talented Amy Bartlam.