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Just Saying
It's Personal
What's Hot/ Not?
Need to Know
Featured Project



Just Saying...



It's Personal

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups (5 1/2 ounces) walnuts, chopped medium-fine
Maple Buttercream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two standard 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners. Into a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until combined. With the mixer still on medium speed, add the fl our mixture in two parts, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour. Stir in walnuts with a wooden spoon.
Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until cupcakes are golden and a cake tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer the pans to a wire rack to cool slightly. Invert cupcakes onto the rack; then reinvert and let them cool completely, top sides up. Frost tops with Maple Buttercream and garnish with candied walnuts, if using. Cupcakes can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Maple Buttercream

3 large egg yolks
1 cup pure maple syrup, best quality
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces


In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes; set aside. In a small saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the maple syrup to a boil, and cook until it registers 240 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
With the mixer running, slowly pour syrup down the side of the bowl in a slow, steady str eam, until completely incorporated, about 1 minute. Continue beating until bowl is just slightly warm to the touch, 4 to 5 minutes. Add butter, one piece at a time, until thoroughly incorporated and the frosting is fluffy, about 4 minutes more.

Time To Get ready For Fall Color! 


Call Kat Nelson Designs to set up installation of your Fall planters!

Suggested Reading


Susan Sands grew up in a tiny town in North Louisiana and graduated with a degree in education from Northwestern State University. She and her husband Doug, an Alpharetta dentist, live in John's Creek with their three nearly grown children.

AGAIN, ALABAMA is a Southern small-town coming home story filled with fun, nutty family, and lots of heart and humor. Grey and Cammie show us that it's never too late for second chances and healing old wounds.

full of Southern charm a
nd beauty pageants, coiffed hair and pecan pie competitions. The story keeps the reader turning pages." ~Library Journal

Kat Nelson is a personal friend of the author and is proudly offering this recommendation. 

All professional photography for Kat Nelson Designs by Lisa Konz Photography.
There is no season in all the year so beautiful, so radiant with glory, as the early Autumn.
-The Northern Advocate 

  It's that wonderful time of the year when the heat of Summer has finally cooled down and windows can be left open to let in the cool breeze.  High school football games, seasonal decor, and fall plantings take center stage as we head back outdoors to enjoy the weather. ( Take a look at our "Need To Know" section to see how moving the outdoors indoors is still a major design trend). 

  We've had a great Summer but we are excited by the opportunities that the change in seasons brings. Home design has never been more exciting.  Lighter and brighter are the buzzwords for color.  Soothing paint shades are meant to be the backdrop and let the design, textiles and decor take center-stage. The idea of clean lines and de-cluttering replaces the old adage that more somehow meant better.  Today it's about quality not quantity.  It's about having things in our home that we love, things that mean something to us, evoke emotion or recall memories. 

Remember we are here to help you with any of your home design or renovation needs.      

Forever Grateful,

Kat Nelson and team

What's Hot?
a well edited room
design by Kat Nelson Designs

  What's Not??
too much....everything.


Need to Know

H ome trends are changing fast these days!

I've compiled some of the top trends that my team and I are noticing in home design.

The idea of bringing the beauty of the outdoors into the indoor design is continuing.  People are removing blinds, shutters, and heavy window treatments and replacing with light panels that can be pushed aside to visualize more of the beauty of the outdoors.  The panels can then be pulled across the window when privacy is wanted.   

Outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, water features and outdoor TV spaces are still very much in demand with homeowners.  It's easy to see why when the weather cools and the heat of the summer has passed. 
Smart Tech nology ha s made c ontrolling a home's security, thermostats, surround sound all from a personal cell phones a reality.  Homeowners love the ease and convenience.
Coffered ceilings,beamed ceilings, butt board or tongue and groove walls are still transforming rooms from typical to show-stoppers. Homeowners are either staining the wood or painting thewood based on person al preference.   

In contemporary and traditional homes it is less about the curl and swirl and more about simpler lines.  The idea of less is more is taking off and homeowners are de-cluttering everything from closets to  bookshelves. 
Exterior and Interior paints are lighter and more subtle which allows the details of the home's furnishings and textiles to take center stage.
Serious thought is going into how cabinets and closets function and what needs they will fill in the homeowners daily life.

The museum-like living room that was to be seen and not entered is a thing of the past. Clients want rooms that are functional and better desig ned.  H ome offices or conversation areas are taking over rooms previously not used. 
Fabulous lighting is replacing the standard "builder grade" lighting installed with the home. Statement pieces combined with exquisite lighting is seen as the "jewelry" of the home    

Featured Projects
The kitchen has always been the room in the house where families congregate. The current design trend for kitchens is to lighten and brighten by bringing back shades of white and grays and lighter wood tones.  
Kat Nelson Designs has been involved in some kitchen renovations lately.  From complete tear-outs to major face-lifts....
Take a look at what we've been cooking up! 

Kitch en Renovation 1
Full tear out with new design including an island and wall of pantry space.


Kitchen Renovation 2
New cabinets, re-designed space, revised island, new coffee bar included



Kitchen Renovation 3
Face lifted cabinets, granite,  hardware, lighting barstools and newly installed service area on unused wall to extend entertaining.


Kitchen Renovation 4
Cabinet facelift, newly structured island, barstools, paint and those lights!!! 



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