How To Style Series: Throw Blankets

The throw blanket is a great way to add texture and color to your home design!

You can go for a structured look with a neatly folded throw blanket or casually drape a throw over the edge of a sofa for a more laid back approach.

Here’s a short video on how to style your throw like a pro:

A few important tips to remember:

  1. The throw blanket is mostly decorative. If you are struggling to figure out how to implement it into your home design, you may consider leaving it out. It’s not a necessary element, like most home decor, it’s optional.
  2. The simplest way to store a throw is to roll it up and put it in a basket with other throws or pillows. Store the basket next to the sofa or couch or on a bookcase.
  3. Have fun and experiment with your throw in different locations and different styles in your living space. This is your space and the final result should be pleasing and inviting to you and yours.

Happy styling!





How To Style Series: The Nightstand

Your nightstand is the possibly the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning and the last thing before you go to sleep at night. And yet, very often, it’s the area of our home that lacks any style. It’s an afterthought at best.


When we take the time to actually style our nightstands with a few things that we love, it makes it nice to walk into the room at night and nice to wake up to. Style isn’t for others to look at and/or admire, it’s for us to feel more at home in our homes. When we are surrounded by objects (many or few) that we love and inspire us, that reflect our personalities, we feel ‘at home.’

When we feel refreshed and inspired at home we are able to recharge and regain the energy we need to go out and do what we’re supposed to do in the world.

Here’s a quick video on how to style a nightstand:


Here are the simple steps to a fabulous nightstand:

  1. Add lighting (a medium sized lamp of your choice)
  2. Add art or a mirror (leaning against the wall or hanging on the wall, your choice)
  3. Add a small stack of books
  4. Add in flowers or greenery
  5. Bring in personal touches (favorite collectibles or photos)
  6. Don’t overcrowd the space, leave plenty of room to charge your phone, etc.
  7. Use different textures and heights to create interest
  8. Style in odd numbers (three or five items)

Take a look at your nightstand, does it reflect you and your personal style? I hope these simple steps will motivate you to style your home in a way that refreshes and inspires you.


Happy styling,


How to style your nightstand pic



Is Upholstering Furniture An Option?

We see lots of people on HGTV and DIY shows talking about upholstering old furniture, but is it really an option worth considering?

Here’s four things to think about before you jump in:

Consider the cost

Upholstering furniture is not cheap. I’ll just put that on the table. If you’re thinking you’ll save money by upholstering an old chair vs buying a new one, in most cases you would be mistaken. Of course, it depends on the style of chair and the part of the country you live in etc., I’m sure I pay less where I am in West Texas than someone in Dallas or New York. Remember you’ll be paying for labor on top of the fabric of your choice. Two way to lower your costs are: 1. Getting your furniture free (on the side of the road/ friends giving it away) or at a fraction of the cost via estate sales and garage sales and 2. Shopping discount fabrics or buying vintage fabrics at estate sales.

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We found this old chair at an estate sale for ten bucks. She reeked of cat pee and was threadbare, but she was a super stylish mid century piece that was comfortable and a rocker! I just had to take her home.

Don’t think about the cost

If you find a piece of furniture that you absolutely love, with “good bones”, it would be worth the expense to have a chair or piece of furniture that you love to look at and love to have in your home. It’s rare to find a piece that, for lack of a better term, you connect with. So when the magic happens, lol I would encourage you to run with it. Sell or trade whatever you have to, to make that new piece happen. It’s a rare treat to find a piece of furniture in the size and shape you want AND be able to choose the fabric that you want.

Plan your new piece carefully

Buy knickknacks or a plant on a whim but whatever you do, don’t jump into upholstering furniture on a whim. Poor, hasty decisions will end up costing you an arm and a leg. Take your time figuring out where your piece of furniture will go. Get large samples of a few fabrics to see how they will feel next to your other furniture, curtains and rugs. If you’re someone who has trouble making decisions, set a deadline for yourself on the fabric choice. If you’re someone who makes hasty decisions, make yourself take at least three days to think about it more thoroughly.

Get recommendations

Most importantly, get recommendations  and look at examples of finished work. Upholsterers are not created equally and you likely will get what you pay for. Don’t think you can go the cheap route and end up with a great result. There are many examples of upholstery jobs gone wrong. Make sure you go with experience and be clear on any special instructions.

IMG_0169.JPGHaving said all that, “rescuing” beat up and rejected old furniture and giving it new life is something I really enjoy doing! It’s an expensive “habit” but a worthy investment when you follow the tips above.

Have you restored or upholstered an old piece of furniture? If yes, I would love to see your before and afters! Feel free to post your pics on my Facebook page: Catrina at Home. 







Size Matters! Let’s talk area rugs.

I love area rugs.

The end.

Seriously. I love what an area rug can do for a room. Should so much power be given to one object? Too late, it’s already done.

What does an area rug bring to your home? I’m so glad you asked.

  1. Noise reduction. If your flooring is tile or wood, a large rug will absorb the noise and greatly decrease the echo.
  2. Warmth. Nothing says warm and cozy like a plush rug underfoot.
  3. Artistic expression. Stay with me on this one… Many times we play it safe with our large furniture pieces, sticking to basic browns and no-nonsense neutrals. Your area rug is where you can play a little bit. Maybe introduce a few colors in your color scheme that otherwise would get relegated to small accessories. Try it!
  4. Defined areas. With the rise in open concept layouts, it’s easy to lose clear definition of where one room begins and one room ends. Believe it or not, this is pretty important, psychologically speaking. Our brains don’t want to have to work harder to have to figure these things out, it actually causes stress when the lines are blurred, so to speak. An area rug says- this is the living room, this is the dining room and this is the bedroom. And this is a good thing.
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Two common pitfalls when buying an area rug:

  1. You think your rug has to match or even coordinate with your couch. This is false. Your couch is likely a neutral (Black, gray, white, beige, tan or brown) and does not contribute to your color scheme. Think of your sofa as a backdrop or a blank canvas for your accessories (pillows and throws). Refer to number three, above.
  2. You buy a rug that is too small. As a general rule, (and rules are made to be broken, so take it or leave it) the front legs of all your living room furniture should be on the couch by a least 5-8 inches. Most folks buy a 5×7 rug when they should be buying an 8×10 rug. Is it more expensive? Yes. But this is one item you don’t want to chintz on. It’s worth it to save up for it, buy used or check out discount websites like

An area rug can bring so much to a home, if you don’t enjoy yours I hope you will do something about it! Life is too short to hate your rugs. :-)




Three Gorgeous Folded Dinner Napkins

The cloth dinner napkin has become not only a necessity on a finely dressed table but a serious contender for top billing as the most eye catching feature. And with its rise in popularity comes the quest for the hostess to find an interesting folding technique.

Only problem is, most folds are overly complicated and more importantly, take up a ton of your precious time. Here are three quick and easy folds for your Christmas/holiday dinner taught in simple, easy-to-follow steps.


If you’re looking to add in a little more creativity to your place setting, here’s some inspiration for the “pocket square” fold.

CatrinaAtHome Pocket square fold picks

Create your own picks for the pocket square fold.

Pocket fold napkin by CatrinaAtHome

Ruscus branches for the pocket square fold.

CatrinaAtHome Pocket square fold

Ribbon background for the pocket square fold.

CatrinaAtHome Pocket square fold

Velvet and frosted berries for the pocket square fold.

CatrinaAtHome Pocket square fold

Simple eucalyptus leaves for the pocket square fold.

CatrinaAtHome Pocket square fold

Red velvet leaf and greenery for the pocket square fold.

CatrinaAtHome Pocket square fold

Gingham check and frosted berry pick for the pocket square fold.

Of course, these folded napkins can be made with any napkin you choose! Just coordinate your napkins with your dinner ware and have fun!

If you use one of these folded napkin designs, I would love it if you sent me a photo of your place setting.

Merry Christmas!



Three Quick and Easy Napkin Folds.


My blue bedroom

So… I’m thinking of going BOLD for my bedroom reno project. Like– really bold. eeek!

Our Craftsman bungalow was built in 1908 and she came into our hands seven years ago, in 2010. We’ve been working on her off and on (in-between renovating other turn-of-the-century homes) ever since. Every square inch of her needed renovation. And I mean every. square. inch. We’re alllllmost done with the dining room and the back bathroom and I’m not sure if I’m going to start on the kitchen (again) or the master bath.

So basically our bedroom is still in the dream stage, lol because it’s likely going to be a while before I can work on her. But dreaming is fun!

So I want to go deep midnight blue, floor to ceiling, for the bedroom.


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I haven’t told my husband yet, he might want to kill me. lol I wanted to do this in the dining room but I chickened out. Granted, there were a lot more issues to deal with there, being the pass-through room sandwiched between the (whitish) living room and the (whitish) kitchen, but still, I bailed on it. And it would’ve looked awesome too because of the conferred ceiling in there. sigh…

Here’s another great pic of a blue room.

Primitive Classic Navy Blue Room – home of Melissa and Keye Lee

Stunning, right?

The photos above were a little difficult to find! Most navy/dark blue rooms have white ceilings and trim, like this photo..

Blue Living Room With White Ceiling

Contemporary Living Room by Toronto Photographers Lisa Petrole Photography

The is a lovely room but I don’t want that, the contrast is too high and the space becomes very defined with your eye drawn to the lines. Meh.. I want the baseboards, walls, window and ceiling to be the same blue. White trim screams “traditional” and my style is more eclectic.

Check out this Caribbean blue library found on Housebeautiful. It’s a different shade, but Wow!

Caribbean Blue Library

There’s just something about blue. So inviting and strong.

And while we’re talking about blue… that is what we’re talking about, right? What do you think about this GORGEOUS sideboard/dresser?

Solid blue sideboard:dresser

No photo credit again. What’s up with people “pinning” photos with no link? grrr :(

I just want to SAS (sit and stare). Don’t mind me, I’ll be right here for the next 30 minutes. Lol Beautiful design, beautiful color.

Anyhow, back to my blue room. :-)

Holy smokes. our ceilings are only 9.5′ tall but I would love this detail in our room! Now my husband is really going to kill me. LOL Can I at least die in my blue room?

Navy Blue walls:ceiling:trim

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The deeper the blue, the better, floor to ceiling for a killer, classic look.

My bedroom reno may be a year or so away but you better believe I’m going to begin the search for the perfect navy blue ASAP.  :-)

What color is your bedroom? Are you happy with it? Do you plan to change it? What’s your dream color scheme? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Blessings on your home,