Who I am: Katrina

About me: I am a stay at home mom, former interior designer/buyer…, I love making something from nothing and making things look beautiful. 

My design style: I would describe my design style as Boho eclectiv. I love light bright rooms with soft colors and rooms with lots of drama. A mix of modern and old world design, rich fabrics, and a bit of quirky charm is my calling card. I am loving grey with a splash of yellow and aqua right now, but I am always ready for the next best thing. I love a traditional chair in a fun modern fabric, or a modern white sofa surrounded by worn linens and floral prints.

About my blog: I hope to share ideas, projects and links to great design that is simple and easy on the wallet as well as inspirational rooms that really push my design scale up a notch.


20 Responses to “About”

  1. angela utberg April 15, 2009 at 6:41 am #

    Hey there,

    I love your blog… found you on my favorite desire to inspire.

    I will be starting one soon. I am an American from NY
    moved to North Carolina (my favorite place for great interior shopping) I am currently living in Sweden with my husband who is Swedish.

    I studied as a French major at the Sorbonne in Paris.
    The French did not go as well as the development and refinement for the appreciation of French interior style.

    Living in Europe has its style challenges. For the most part with respect to set design. I like you have collected many movies, as well as view many shows because of the beauty of the sets. I believe inspiration is everywhere.
    I just wanted to say love your style and your blog.

    I will be sending word out about my blog soon and yours will be on my top ten list of must sees.

    Thank you for your inspiration and your creativity

    Looking forward to being Partners in Creativity

    Angela Utberg

    • designfabulous April 15, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

      I am a North Carolina girl myself. I hope you really like NC, I know I did. My favorite place to shop too. I ask myself a lot how they got all the great shopping. Good luck with your blog and let me know as soon as you have it up. I look forward to it.

  2. Daria M April 19, 2009 at 7:14 pm #


    I just wanted to drop a line to let you know I absolutely love your blog.
    I am an architect (just graduated) from Romania and I came across your page looking for inspiration for my new little home which is being built at the moment and which I have to start decorating soon.
    I was amazed by how much of my own personal taste is in everything I saw here, from the style of the interiors to the colors (I’m hugely into grey, black and white right now) and even to the little bit of architecture you featured (I would soooo design myself a Cullens’ style house if I could afford it).
    Anyway, I will keep coming back often for inspiration and useful advice for my home, so thank you for the ideas and I wish you all the best!

    Daria Mircea

    • designfabulous April 19, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I work really hard on my blog and am always so thrilled to hear from people that enjoy it. I am glad I can help inspire you as you decorate your new home. Drop me a line anytime. Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. Ben Dial June 5, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    Thanks for the comment on our blog site, we love the new outdoor fabrics from Schumacher too.
    Your site is very impressive. Keep up the great work! I am sure that ours paths will cross in Richmond in the future
    Ben Dial

  4. Courtney June 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    LOVE your blog. Just spent hours at work on it. Thanks for the distraction!

  5. Catherine Shields July 13, 2009 at 7:57 am #

    Hi Katrina,
    Loved your blog, too! I have a fashion background also and love the cross pollination. Thanks for finding me so I could find your blog…

  6. Mikelle Auman-Williams August 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    I love your blog! I was sad to read your last post. Perhaps to make even more fun, you should ask us (you readers) to attempt the same challenge! And/or give us advice for are particular rooms and how-tos for what you are doing to yours.

    Keep it up!


  7. Natalie Shugart - Burns September 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    I love your blog so much! My husband and I stumbled upon it one night and I can’t get enough of it ! I am a music educator but I am thinking about going back to school in january for interior design, because it has become such a passion of mine! Thanks for inspiring me!

  8. bonnie oliver October 6, 2009 at 1:58 am #

    I would like to visit your store on wednesday could i have your address

    thank you

  9. needspark October 20, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

    Katrina, I am so glad to have stumbled upon your blog! I too am in Richmond, Virginia and haven’t seen many home design bloggers from Richmond. I just added you to my reader and can’t wait to follow your lovely blog. Ada-Marie

  10. Marie Burgos November 4, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    Hi Katrina,

    Love your blog, your comments and images and all those fabulous ideas!
    I am myself an interior designer and Feng Shui expert. My website is http://www.manobluedesign.com
    and my blog is link is: http://www.manobluedesign.com/manoblueblog/

    I write about Interior design, decorating and Feng Shui. I have more than 400 subscribers, 3200 twitter followers and 500 FB friends.
    I would love them to see what you do and also increase my number of readers. Would you like us to link our blogs?
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon,



  11. Katie (katrina) Hanchinamani November 6, 2009 at 8:51 pm #

    LOVE Your blog! Do you have your own store? I found your blog from LiviaConcept! WE have the same style and i love your new rug! Have a great day!

  12. Ali Levin December 4, 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    My name is Ali and I work for Robert and Cortney Novogratz at Sixx Design. Robert and Cortney read many design blogs and really like yours! A little bit about Sixx Design…Robert and Cortney create sumptuous, well-designed spaces from wrecks and empty lots, crafting distinctive architectural details throughout. Sixx Design recently completed their first non-residential project, Bungalow, a 24 room hotel on the Jersey Shore. Additionally, Sixx Design just came out with their first book, Downtown Chic. We would love to send you a complimentary copy of the book for your review if you are interested. They are really trying to promote their book and would love it if you would be interested in posting about it on your blog! Stay on the lookout for Cortney and Robert, as they (in addition to their seven children) will be on a reality tv show on Bravo called Nine by Design that is slated to air in April. I look forward to hearing from you and would love to send you a copy of the book for review on your blog. (Also, you can check out their website to view some of their projects at sixxdesign.com).
    Ali Levin
    P.S. The book is a great gift idea for the holidays!

    • Sylvie November 2, 2010 at 3:32 am #

      I am french so excuse my english. But do you know where we can buy all those beautiful curtain sunblock that we see in all the bedrooms.I love their show and i will receive the book soon by mail. thanks so much for the info.Aurevoir!!!

  13. Lesli Garrison February 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    Delighted to have found your blog-great news about Max and Co-one of my favorites.

  14. Javier April 21, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    Hello I´m a Spanish artist and designer I make my last sculpture wih recicled wire you can see it in http://www.esculturasestudionap.blogspot.com, I wish you like it and put an article in your fantastic blog.
    A lot of greattings
    Javier Requejo

  15. Meghan Phillips September 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    Hi Katrina,

    I’m working on two style/design books to be published in October by The Vendome Press. Here’s some more information about each:

    Peter Pennoyer Architects: Apartments, Townhouses, Country Houses by Anne Walker:
    For over 20 years, Peter Pennoyer Architects has designined elegant, classically based homes in both urban and country settings influenced by what Pennoyer calls “classicism with a twist.” The firm’s projects, distinguished by an inventive spirit and a thorough grasp of architectural history, are impressively diverse–ranging from a triplex on New York’s Fifth Avenue, to a Virginia farmhouse, to a house on the coast of Maine, to a ranch in New Mexico. This book explores–though lavish photography–20 of the firm’s projects. Here’s a link to an online PDF: http://issuu.com/vendomepress/docs/ppa_proof/1?viewMode=presentation

    The Irish Country House by Desmond FitzGerald, Knight of Glin, and James Peill
    A land of legend and lore, Ireland is also home to some of the most breathtaking residences in the world, ten of which are explored in The Irish Country House. The book tours these historical homes and castles, all of which are still owned and lived in by the original families. From cabinets filled with monogrammed china to cabbage-rose slip-covered sofas nestled beneath tall Gothic windows, to lavish living rooms and bedrooms, each home reflects the multi-generations of the families who have lived there. Here’s a link to an online PDF: http://issuu.com/vendomepress/docs/ich_proof/15?viewMode=presentation

    Please let me know if you’re interested in receiving a copy of either of these books to consider for review in “Design Fabulous.” I’m also happy to send you digital files of photos from these books.

    Best wishes,


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    Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your content seem to
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    • designfabulous August 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

      Thanks for the heads up. I will try to work on that.

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