New Instagram

After going back and forth for weeks, I finally opened an Instagram account for Kristin Pearce Designs.  I have been constantly worried about over posting about my business on my regular Instagram account so now I can post about all the things I am currently selling and the people that want to see that content can follow me there.  If this experiment doesn’t work out..I can always go back-this is what I keep telling myself.

I have a crazy love affair with Instagram.  It is the first thing I look at on my phone when I wake up in the morning and catch myself looking at it many times throughout the day.  I find it so inspiring to see all the design accounts, fashion and of course, what my friends are up to. Not to mention all the celebrities I follow..it is such amazing access into people’s lives.

So, if you want to see what is going on in Kristin Pearce Designs, please follow my new instagram page:


The plan is to keep it up to date with all my new things and focusing on best sellers.
@kristinpearcedesigns

XOXO, KP

Shows of Interest

It seems impossible to keep up with all the new shows these days on tv.  Between network shows, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, not to mention HBO and Showtime, there are just too many to keep up with.  One new one that I am seriously enjoying is A Million Little Things on ABC. I have been catching up through Hulu and it is so great.

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Synopsis:  It has been said that friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things.  That is certainly true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances.  Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life.  After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing that can save them from themselves.

Housewives…

I watch a bunch of Bravo’s Housewives throughout the year.  Right now, New Jersey is done and they are showing the Reunion. I missed all of last year because I lost interest but this year it was so great.  It is funny to see Margaret Josephs on this show.  I had her MacBeth Collection line for a few years before they closed up shop.  She was always at the trade shows, exactly like she is on the show.

Beverly Hills just started and I am loving Denise Richards on here..she is so real and down to earth for a Hollywood Mom.  My other favorite is Teddi Mellencamp.  Dorit is just a little too much for me but Kyle and Lisa Vanderpump are always favorites.  This show is always amazing.

New York is about to start.  This is my favorite one.  I LOVE that Tinsley is still on and has managed to stay alive with these crazy girls.  The trailer for the upcoming season looks so great..take a peek here.

In a few months, Orange County will start..that is always fun.  I really can’t stand the OG of the OC Vicki Gunvalson and I really miss Heather Dubrow and Meghan King Edmonds. 

The Crown 
Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown series 3 (Netflix)
No specific release date for The Crown Season 3 but it should be sometime in the next few months.  I am on such a London high from my trip and re-watched both Season 1 + 2 before I left along with The King’s Speech and The Queen.  Never too much royal entertainment.


This picture released the day before we got there was unbelievable-Kate and Prince Louis in the park..omg.  I would have died if I saw her out like this!

Homeland

Dying for the last season of Homeland to start..seemingly in June.  I love this show so much.  I have watched it so many times and own all the seasons on iTunes.  Once Rupert Friend left the show, I wondered if it would be as good..but it held up.  I will be super sad when this show is over for good, Season 8 is the last season.

Anything I should be watching???

XOXO, KP

2019 Golden Globes Red Carpet

What is a more fun way to start 2019 than a huge awards show?  I have been on vacation for 2 weeks and was so sad to get back to work tomorrow..realizing that the Golden Globes were on tonight really made my day!!!

Here was some of my favorites of the red carpet….


My favorite first, Charlize Theron in Dior-WOW

Julia Roberts in Stella McCartney
Co-Host Sandra Oh in Atelier Versace


Keri Russell in Monique Lhuillier


Kaley Coco in Monique Lhuillier


Constance Wa in Vera Wang

Emmy Rossum in Monique Lhuillier


Emily Blunt in Alexander McQueen


Lili Reinhart in Khyeli Couture


Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad


Elisabeth Moss in Dior Haute Couture


Soirse Ronan in Gucci


Rachel Weisz in Celine



and Lady Gaga in Valentino – amazing

These awards didn’t really go the way I was expecting (poor Bradley Cooper) but I watched on a delay and was able to fast forward through some of the slower parts.  On to the Oscars!!

XOXO, KP

GOOP Timeline

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s website/newsletter GOOP has hit its 10 year anniversary.  They sent out a GOOP timeline from its inception and it accurately shows how GOOP has evolved with the “laugh at our self” attitude that you wouldn’t be aware of if you are a Gwyneth hater or have never listened to an interview of GP.  Imagine knowing that you are putting yourself out there and there are legions of people that just hate you for trying to do a good thing. It’s always boggled my mind.  As you may know if you follow me on any platform, I was able to meet Gwyneth in person last December and it was a true highlight.  She was lovely in person and her little pop up operation was run with a tight grip, no room for error.  It was impressive.  Click here for the timeline link.
If you don’t like Gwyneth and think you may be converted, try these links:
Gwyneth on Howard Stern in 2015 click here.
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Gwyneth on Howard Stern May 2018 click here.
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Gwyneth’s first podcast with Oprah click here.
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I kind of dare anyone to listed to all three and not walk away from them at least not hating her and most likely having an appreciation of her and her accomplishments.
LOVING GP,
XOXO KP

The Ultimate Andy Cohen Experience

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled up to North Carolina to see Meg and the girls for her birthday.  Going to Statesville is one of my favorite destinations.  Meg’s family’s home is so fun, a large farm with all the trimmings.  Every morning a big breakfast is being prepared, there are always people in and out, lots of cousins running around, big comfortable guest rooms and excellent hosts that enjoy early evening chats in their formal living room.  When I arrived, I was so excited to see everyone, the girls seemed taller even though I saw them a month ago.
Friday was Meg’s actual birthday.  After lunch in Statesville, we headed to Cornelius to her brother’s house on the lake.  
We hung out there and got ready for our big night out in Charlotte.  We had VIP tickets to AC2-the Andy Cohen/Anderson Cooper show. We got the tickets in January and I have been dying for this day and my chance to actually meet Andy Cohen.  I had bought a black jump suit a month ago (Andy loves jump suits).  In anticipation of meeting them, I ordered books for Meg and I to get signed by both Andy and Anderson, we brought them with us, hopeful.
When we picked up our tickets and VIP lanyard, they told us they would come get us after the show. We got to our seats (2nd row on the right-so awesome) and just were dying that we were there.  
We started making friends and taking turns going back out to the bar for drinks.  Finally the show started and the two of them were so funny.  In between filmed videos, they talked about each other and their banter back and forth is so entertaining.  My favorite part is Andy (with love) mocking Anderson for being a Vanderbilt.  He kept teasing about how his childhood must have been.  It cracked me up.
Towards the end, they opened it up for Q & A and people scrambled to get in line to ask questions.   Some were so funny and it became very apparent that Anderson was very aware that 80% of the audience was there to see Andy and 20% to see him. He laughed about it and was a very good sport.  In our row alone, 6 of us were there because of Andy and one lone girl was a news junkie and OBSESSED with Anderson Cooper.
Then it ended and because we are rule followers and didn’t know better, we sat still waiting to be collected for the VIP Meet and Greet.  Other people were more dialed in and they know to head to one side and wait for the door to open.  We finally figured it out and got in line where we made more friends…
The line snaked up some stairs and ended up on the back of the stage where the line formed to get to the step and repeat where the boys were.  It was all very organized but sort of slow.
Meg kept asking me what I was going to say and seriously I was stressed out thinking about it.  You could see they really were good at moving the people along so you don’t really have time to have a conversation because honestly I could talk to Andy Cohen for hours about all the Housewives and Southern Charm and all my commentary about the shows.  Guess what, it went by in a flash.  I asked him if he helped the Housewives with their tagline and he said sometimes. I told him that he needs to help Tinsley with hers, she has had two bad ones and he totally agreed. 
 By the time I got those words out, both he and Anderson had signed my books and I was scooted along.
I went with KP since everyone mis-spells my name.
I told them it was Meg’s birthday and they signed her books and she got a great picture as well.
Look at Andy laughing!  So darn cute.
So that was that…
We spent the night at the lake and hung out the next day.  At one point after Kelly’s tennis match #11, we got her and Robb to go out with us for a late lunch.  That was the highlight!
The next day was Sunday, Father’s Day.  Meg’s Dad was at baseball games so the girls all went out to brunch.  It was so fun and a great way to round out our weekend.
As always, I had a blast and can’t wait to go back.
Thank you Bob, Pam, Kelly, Robb and of course birthday girl Meg!
Xoxo, KP

That Summer

“That Summer” has come out in select theaters and is available On Demand.  Narrated by Peter Beard, it shows the behind the scenes footage of the Beales and Grey Gardens.  There is lots of footage of Lee Radziwill and some voice over commentary by her as well.  If you liked Grey Gardens or are a fan of anything Kennedy, this is very entertaining.
This movie has the most on screen time of Lee that I have ever seen.  Her voice, so wispy and she is so patient with her family members who are living in dreadful circumstances smack in the middle of East Hampton.  A bit of the film deals with Ari Onassis and Jackie stepping in to help fund the renovation of their falling apart home.  The film also demonstrated just how big a part Lee had in Grey Gardens (the film) becoming a reality.  She is really the star of this film…amazing!
You can watch the trailer here.
Happy Memorial Day!
Xoxo kp

Finally, wallpaper!

My kitchen is in a holding pattern right now.  The walls are perfect and smooth and ready for the cabinets to be installed.  The cabinets, which have been ready since October, are being painted right now.  I guess it makes sense for them not to be painted before so they aren’t sitting in a warehouse..I didn’t ask any questions about that.  They are calling me next week to schedule the install.  That could mean next week or in a few weeks.  Just because I am ready doesn’t necessarily mean that they are ready for me!
Once the cabinets are installed, I can finally finish choosing all the extras and one of the most exciting extras is wallpaper!  My cabinets are going all the way up to the ceiling so there is just right around both doors of my kitchen exposed.  So, I think I can choose even a busy print since it’s such a small amount of space.  My kitchen will be all white but there will be a touch of blue thrown in, so the wallpaper I am looking for is blue and white..here are some pics so far.
Brunschwig and Fils

Katie Kime
Meg Braff
Thanks to Paige Minear for posting about this one!
Serena & Lily
Thibaut
Serena & Lily
Quadrille
Cole & Son
If you know of a good wallpaper for this project, I am up for suggestions.  This weekend I am moving some things in my apartment into a storage unit.  I went back and forth about this forever but now am so glad I am doing it.  Should be interesting!
Obsessed with my kitchen walls,
Xoxo kp

It’s Always Back to Ikea

By the time I am done with my condo, it’s going to look fantastic..when they will be is another story.  My kitchen is 65% finished, just waiting for the cabinet install.  I picked out which countertop (and by picked out, I mean I love my friend Cia’s and am doing what she did) but have to wait until the cabinets are in to measure.  I am crossing fingers that I can make it with one slab.  The appliances are on hold-waiting to be delivered and then there are tons of decisions to be made.  At this point, I am waiting until the cabinets are in before making any more decisions (hardware, backsplash, lighting, etc). 

My bedroom is what I am focusing on at the moment.  I have a long wall and need storage for clothes and a place for my tv.  My budget really doesn’t leave room for a custom built-in..enter Ikea.  My house is a complete 50/50 mixture of Ikea and antique pine furniture, which I like.  I think in my mind, as I have gotten older, I feel the need to break away from Ikea but to tell you the truth, Ikea is popular for a reason.  Not only are most things there affordable, but if you are careful in what you choose, they are very well made.

The term “Ikea Hack” is a favorite.  This is where I found the solution for my bedroom. Now, I just need a handyman who can help build it.  My Dad lives 6 hours away and would be able to do it super easy, but he just left town and is not likely to re-appear until Christmas and that is too long!  When looking for a bookshelf/entertainment unit online, I stumbled on the Ikea Pax Wardrobe Hacks. 

This one I love!

As you can see, they have a lot of flexibility.  Many of them are sitting on top of frames made by a handyman and also extra molding to make them seamless and look custom.
Then this one popped up. This is exactly what I want.  I am so excited. I might add the mirrors on the squares like one of the pictures above (2nd one down).  This would add so much extra storage to my life and look great in my bedroom.  My Mom is making my panels with the fabric she has had forever..I need to measure so she can get going.  There is some furniture that needs to move around and I need someone who can lift some heavy pieces to help me.  There are storage containers with all my kitchen stuff everywhere, so I have to wait.
It’s all I ever do these days..wait and wait and wait!
Waiting patiently,
Xoxo kp

New Kitchen: New Chocolate Chip Cookies

Over the holidays, I ran into so many friends and all of them asked me about my kitchen.  Well, not much has happened since the end of November but tomorrow, someone is finally coming to pick up where they left off.  The floors where my old cabinets were need to be filled in and the walls need to be put up, they are all exposed.  I think my timing was just not great and people got busy but hopefully, I will get back on track.  Once the walls and floors are done, they can install the cabinets-which have been done for months.  Not having a kitchen for this long has been a challenge and I think of how fun it will be to walk in my new, white pretty kitchen sometime soon and get a Diet Coke with the amazing ice from my ice machine.  That sounds like heaven to me.
On the cooking front, I am also equally excited to get back to baking.  I used to be an awesome baker but my confidence wavered with the last two oven I had, they were never right and things kept burning. So frustrating.  The very first thing I will make when I have a new kitchen is these chocolate chip cookies.  This picture popped up in Instagram from Williams-Sonoma and it stopped me in my tracks.  I am a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies!  If someone wants to try this recipe out first and let me know, I can’t wait to hear!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/4 cups (6 1/2 oz./200 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz./125 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz./105 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
6 Tbs. (3 oz./90 g) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups (15 oz./470 g) semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix on low speed until blended. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix just until incorporated. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the chocolate chips.
Using a small ice cream scoop or heaping tablespoon, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the dough mounds 2 inches (5 cm) apart.
Bake the cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until the bottoms and edges are lightly browned and the tops feel firm when lightly touched, 10-13 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 30 cookies.
Happy Baking!
XOXO, KP