Catherine recommends homeowners decorating their first space take it slow. "I know people are eager to be done," she says, but don't rush into filling every nook and cranny right away. Instead, take the time to hit antique stores and consignment shops to find the perfect pieces for your new home. Catherine found the $25 rattan coffee table base in her living room at Atlanta's Scott's Antique Market and had a piece of glass cut to fit.
Catherine uses Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper in black on cream in her home's only bathroom to give it real impact. "Since it was our only bathroom," says Catherine, she decided to "make it fun." Even the ceiling is wallpapered for maximum effect.
The striking queen-sized bed in Catherine's master has a sculptural quality. In a smaller home, there wasn't a lot of room for furniture in the master but Catherine rightly notes that "you don't need that much furniture in the bedroom." The simple blinds keep the space from feeling claustrophobic and allow for privacy while still letting light in.
Catherine characterizes her style as transitional and is a big fan of rattan as in this retro dining set she found for her dining room. Catherine recommends blending vintage pieces with classic, traditional ones for the perfect mix. "It makes the room feel like it has depth," she says.
"A lot of people my age are scared of antiques" says Catherine. But, "antiques don't "have to feel old ladyish" if they are mixed, like this nailhead console, with funkier elements like the vintage metal artwork on the wall and the retro chairs flanking the console. Catherine recommends investing in a few timeless pieces that you will want to move from house to house, "pieces that will work in any home."
The Moroccan ottoman and smaller, lightweight chairs and tables allow Catherine to move elements around for entertaining. Keeping her design open and furniture adaptable means "you can squeeze a lot of people in there," she says of this living room.
Cuisinart's Griddler comes with two reversible cooking plates, with a grill on one side and griddle on the other. While the multifunctional appliance is compact and great for small spaces, the lid folds down to make the cooking surface area 200 square inches.