Friday Favorites

One of my favorite things about friendship is sharing--swapping recipes, telling each other about a good sale, even sharing product reviews. I like to think that those of you who take the time to visit this blog are a part of a community and that makes us friends! So as friends of mine, I'd like to begin sharing with you some of the things I love as a design[...]

Time to Hit Refresh!

It's that time again--when we say good-bye to one year and embrace the new.  We begin to take stock of 2017, the good and the bad, learning from mistakes and celebrating the wonderful changes. Come January 1st, a lot of us will be pressing the "refresh" button on our lives--but what about pressing refresh on our homes? After all, it is the place where all th[...]

​Cozy Contemporary

When a client comes to me and presents their dream home, I love to see that dream through...especially if there's a bit of a challenge. And, this next home, definitely had its challenges! We needed to take a significant space with cool colors, such as gray and dark wood, and warm the whole look up. This couple wanted a house that was modern and cohesive, yet[...]

Traditional with a Coastal Flair

When the builders of this San Diego home reached out to us for design help with the bones of this house, we had no idea we would see it through from the ground all the way up! But, as we picked out flooring and paint colors, the buyers loved our choices so much, they wanted us to keep going with the design process--which, of course, we were happy to do! Havi[...]

Three Ways to Use Garland

  Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year--the 2017 holidays are barreling toward us! Of course, that means getting our homes ready for delicious turkey dinners and cheery yule tidings. Maybe it's little too early for a Christmas tree (or is it?), but we can still bring a little holiday cheer in this November by starting with a bit of garland. Mix it wit[...]

A Motorhome Makeover

At Kathy Ann Abell Interiors, we are in the business of making houses into homes. But, we also know that the term "home" can be relative. Sometimes it can mean a loved-one, the town where we grew up, or it can have a steering wheel and four tires. Well, after designing their Tahoe, San Diego, and Arizona homes, these clients decided their home-on-wheels need[...]

Ahh...Light and Airy

As newlyweds, first-time homeowners, and soon-to-be parents, this young couple was ready to create a forever home for their future family. Of course, that's what we love to do most! When we came in, this coastal home felt closed in and dark. Aiming for light and airy, we began with Dunn Edwards paint in the color Whisper to open up the space and neutral tone[...]

Dining Rooms to Inspire

Every client is different, but there is one thing they all have in common--the want for a place where family, friends, and guests can come together. If you think about the times where your family is gathered, it probably involves good conversation, boisterous laughter, and the clanking of forks on plates filled with delicious food. This where the dining room[...]

Cozy Up Your Home for Fall

Can you feel it in the air? The mornings are a little cooler and the evenings are a bit more chilly. in San Diego, the middle of the day is still upwards of 77 degrees, but fall is still approaching! The leaves are beginning to shift color, which means it's time to start cozying up homes for fall. After all, with the holidays barreling towards us [...]

The Plant Guide

Plants go with everything. It's one of the reasons that my team and I love to put them in just about every house we design. They bring life to a room and an organic ambiance. Plants are also a bit of a touchy subject, since, you know, not everyone can keep them alive. If you're glaring at your not-so-green-thumb right now, well, don't worry, we've created a [...]