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It's Personal
Suggested reading
What's Hot/ What's Not?
Need to Know
Featured Project


  Just Saying




It's Personal
Celebrate Valentine's Day with this special treat.

Brownie Tart 

Courtesy of Ina Garten

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
3 1/4 cups (20 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
3 extra-large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (4 ounces) chopped walnuts
2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream

Grease and flour a 9-inch tart pan with removable sides. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a bowl set over simmering water. Add 2 cups of the chocolate chips, remove from the heat, and stir until the chocolate melts. Set aside to cool completely.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, coffee, and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cooled chocolate. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, 1 cup of the chocolate chips, and the walnuts. Fold the flour mixture into the batter until just combined. Pour into the pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the center is puffed (the top may crack). The inside will still be very soft. Cool to room temperature before removing the sides of the tart pan.
Melt the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips with the heavy c ream and drizzle on the tart.

Suggested Reading


"Living with less isn't about the number of things you get rid of it's about living with enough to be content and getting rid of the rest.  The rest is just clutter, unnecessary, energy-draining clutter."

Here is a list of 200 Things to Throw Away.   

1.  Old product boxes (Apple products, TV, etc.)
2.  Hangers from the dry cleaners
3.  Plastic hangers from the store
4.  Expired make up
5.  Half-finished projects...you know the one!
6.  Magazines (Try a  free month of online magazines and see how you like those!)
7.  Old emery boards (buy a  nice glass one and be done with those scratchy things!)
8.  Old paint (Visit  Earth911.com to find a place to dispose of it safely)
9.  Ugly undergarments you hate to wear (You have those "just in case" pairs too, right?)
10.  Bills, taxes, paperwork over 7 years old.



All professional photography for Kat Nelson Designs by Lisa Konz Photography.



What inspires you about your Home?

2016 is off to a fantastic start for us at Kat Nelson Designs.  We celebrated our 10 year anniversary working in a business that allows us to be creative and inspired daily.  We are so grateful to all of our clients for giving us the privilege of helping transform their houses into the homes they envision.
Kat Nelson Designs received the coveted "Best of Houzz 2016" design award and customer service awards.  Houzz is the leading website for designers and homeowners looking for inspiration.  This exceptional award was both a thrill and an honor for which we are exceptionally grateful.  We have just begun our relationship with HOUZZ and wow..it took off.  Please go find us and follow us on HOUZZ. 
On a personal note, our life changed drastically when both daughters left for college.  As official "empty-nesters", our needs have cha nged.  I'm organizing and purging to "right size" our own home in the near future.  I've been reading "The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo and "Love the Home you Have" by Melissa Michaels.  Both are designed to inspire us to purge what is unnecessary clutter in our lives and be less managers of things and create a purposeful home.  Creating an intentional home by decluttering, purging and organizing frees us to entertain, serve others, have more quiet time or whatever allows you to be creative and lead a fulfilling life. Consider what you want your home's purpose to be.   
Don't get me wrong, there is this "intersection of the beautiful and the chaotic" that makes me most happy.  It means my house was a welcoming atmosphere for the beautiful mess of my girls coming home or friends stopping in.  That well-lived home is what most of us achieve.
So join me in "blessing your home".  That is what I call having to do chores.  I tell myself I'm doing "House Blessings".  Let's face it; if we have any type of home...we are blessed.  So turn some music on and pick one small area and "bless it" and create order.  As Melissa Michaels encourages us, "continue to look for the blessings you have in your home right now...even the undone, the waiting and the apparent setbacks."  And I promise you assigning time to "Bless your house" feels a lot better than doing chores.  It changes your perspective. 
  I'm getting much inspiration for my future home and its purpose and how I want it to feel and speak to my family and others that visit. 

Forever grateful,
Kat Nelson and team

What's Hot?
An organized and functional kitchen pantry

  What's Not??

Need To Know 

Pantone releases their 2016 Color of the Year and for the first time ever... it's a duo!

Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016.
Pantone released this statement regarding their choices. 

 "As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace."

How do you incorporate what colors are on trend with your home?  We are pleased to have been ahead of the curve and the announcement of the 2016 colors of the year.  
We placed this rug and used this color scheme in a downtown Atlanta penthouse before Pantone released their top picks. Can't wait for the future reveal....



We won Best of Houzz 2016 for our commitment to service and design.  We couldn't be more honored!

 A "Best Of Houzz 2016" badge appears on winners' profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners' work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. 

Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews. This award is given to less than 3% of their pros...quite an honor for us!

visit our profile page ( http://www.houzz.com/pro/katnelsondesigns

Featured Projects  
by Kat Nelson Designs

If updating your home is a part of your 2016 New Years resolution, call us for a consultation. Your house is a reflection of you, be sure you are reflecting what you want to be.


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