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




Just Saying



It's Personal


Prep  10 mins
Cook  40 mins
Total  50 mins
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (about 1/2 medium sized onion)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1-28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1-32. oz. box of vegetable broth (chicken works too)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 9-ounce package refrigerated tortellini
  • 2 cups packed fresh spinach
  • 1 Baguette
  • Butter
  • Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
1.   Heat a large, heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Heat vegetable oil and add diced onion. Saute until onions are soft.
2.  Crumble Italian Sausage and garlic with the onion. Cook until sausage is no longer pink.
3.  Stir in crushed tomatoes, vegetable (or chicken) broth, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cover. Let soup simmer for 20-30 minutes.
4.  Add tortellini and spinach and simmer for about ten minutes, until pasta is tender.
5.   Serve with shredded Parmesan.

For the Crostini:
Slice baguette into ½ inch thick slices.  Butter one side and place butte side down in a hot skillet until golden brown.  Flip bread over and sprinkle with parmesan while the other side gets golden brown.  Transfer to a plate and cover loosely with foil until chees has not completely melted. 
Bon Appetit!!

Guess what we are up to?? 

This is an exciting time of year! We are so excited to participate in this much anticipated event hosted by the Roswell Woman's Club.  
We are involved in the only historic home on the tour.  The Goulding Place is a  16-acre estate - with a residence built in 1857!  The home was built by the inventor of the sewing machine and h as been renovated over the last few years. This historic home features five bedrooms and five bathrooms and nearly 7,000 square feet.  This home embraces it's historic roots but has been updated with a bevy of modern conveniences.
Get your tickets early.  This is only one day.  See you there!

Business Spotlight 


I'm a busy girl and so are you.  It's about time that you made an appointment that allows you to sit back and relax.  My favorite aesthetician has just joined the group at Ageless Remedies Alpharetta.  
But you know what's even better??  ...A gift certificate that encourages you to stop and make that appointment to indulge in a relaxing gift for your health and well being.  Call Sonya and mention Kat Nelson Designs and soon Sonya will be your favorite aesthetician too! 

All Kat Nelson Designs professional photography by Lisa Konz photography.

Congratulations! Kat Nelson Designs Inc. has been named Best Interior Design Services in North Atlanta 2017!

K at Nelsons Designs wants to send a big thank you to our clients from the past, present and future!  This is an incredible honor and we know that without your trust in us this would not be possible.  
We have dedicated ourselves to creating environments that focus not only on the aesthetics of a space, but it's functionality as well.  Understanding that a home should reflect the personality of those dwelling within guides us in each new project we take on.  Our goal is always geared towards giving our clients a personal space to live their best life. We couldn't be more thankful.

And let's not forget... It's Fall Y'all!!!

Forever grateful,
Kat Nelson Designs


What's Hot?

Investing in your home's curb appeal!
What's Not?
Wait! Is that a house in there?

Need to Know

What's Outside is Important too!!

As a design firm hired mostly for inside projects, we cannot forget that guests' first impression of your home is more  than  just interior design.  The condition and look of your front lawn sets the tone for the look of the house.  Curb appeal is an important component of selling a house, but should always be a priority for home owners welcoming guests.

Does your front door  serve as a warm, inviting area for guests or an abandoned space adorned with cobwebs and dirt?  The front door area is a place to expose guests to not just the quality of your decor, but the level of care you provide the house.  Be sure to clean your front entrance, update pots with seasonal plants, stain or paint the front door a color that reflects your personality.  Stained glass doors with stained glass sidelights are a thing of the past, (sorry, I know this may touch a few nerves...but you want truth, right?), and we are now using the sidelight space to install double doors.  Does your door mat need replacing?  I love playful mats, but serious and pretty may be a  little more a ppropriate for your style.  Finally, examine your outdoor lighting.  Is it still builder grade scroll lighting?  There are so many beautiful cleaned lined lanterns available for a fresh new look.  
A bit of maintenance and care goes a long way.  Clean the gutters, pressure wash the house, sidewalk and driveway.  Fresh p inestraw tells guests that your home is loved and cared for.      
Let's talk shutters.  Typically, they no longer serve a function and are just decorative.  Are yours crooked or dull?  Try a  fresh coat of paint to enhance the look.   Do they need to be upgraded to wood (or high end composite) vs vinyl or style changed to board and batten?  Shutters can be a huge area of improvement to the exterior of your house.
Is your home's trim still painted builder white? There are so many shades of white available to you, but often times there is very little thought when it comes to choosing white paint.  If your home is brick, looking at the grout is a good starting point.  For those who have always wanted a   white house, there are several options to paint brick white.  Investigate wisely.  This is a big commitment but pays off well if done correctly.
Hiring an experienced design firm to help with selecting paint colors is a wise investment.   Designers are always aware of the latest trends and are constantly evolving their ideas.   The  days of painting your trim dark are long gone and unless you're in a lake or mountain house, it is probably time to lighten up.  
We are so passionate about using your time to extend your living to the outdoors.  Whether it's a low country boil on the back patio (see last newsletter), a romantic dinner al fresco with a loved one, or a cup of coffee on a screened porch, outside living expands the living spaces of your home and allows you to enjoy nature while remaining cozy and comfortable.  Kat Nelson Designs is here to assist you with all your home needs and is not just  limited to the indoors.

Featured Project

This is a client that is not afraid to color outside the lines. They loves color, texture, eclectic art and accessories and we were happy to provide!  We have worked with this client before but this time we took on the main level, which was renovated in most areas by the late Jim Bonem.   What a creative craftsman he was.  His talents will be greatly  missed. 
This home is on the beautiful Lake Windward in Alpharetta. The views of the lake from their home are incredible.   Greeting you in the foyer is a beautiful artistic brass table with three linen stools to soften the space.  A waiting chair in the corner surrounded by framed Intaglios is just the place to sit and wait.  The foyer is your guests first impression of your home, not including the outside curb appeal (we touch on this subject in our "Need To Know" section of the newsletter).  It's so important that your foyer sets the tone of your home.  
The dining room was a complete redo.  We waited and waited for those acrylic chandeliers...but it was so worth it.  It's probably difficult to see the walls but the y are covered in a natural graphic grass wallpaper, layered with a beautiful  antiqued mirror and art work.  Gorgeous velvets of blue and gold make you  want to linger through dinner here.

The family room is used by all family slipcovering made sense.  The entire fireplace wall was renovated.  This family loves a good fireplace, snuggling and Georgia football.  We increased the firebox, created a limestone mantle, designed a custom fireplace screen, replaced the existing bookshelves and gave them rich antique reclaimed custom wood bookcases enhanced by original abstract artwork.  As this client loves art, it was easy to persuade them to do the graphic original sketches flanked by antique mirrors on the back
and whimsical.  The room is layered in aqua, chocolate, linen and terracotta making a cozy pallet for this family.  

The keeping room of the kitchen was not being utilized by the human family  members.  Their sweet dogs crates and dog beds were housed here.  After a bit of convincing, we all agreed this room should be used more by the dog loving human members of the family.  The keeping room is right off the kitchen with incredible views of the lake.  There was a cut out where an unused desk was housed.  We repurposed that with an in-home bar that can be hidden by a sliding barn door....upholstered in velvet with a nail head treatment barn door!  The swivel chairs are slipcovered for easy cleaning.  Scoot over to our website to see more images of this project.

The client was very pleased with the way everything turned out and clearly so were we!  So much fun!!



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