Blue and White Monday with Kathleen DiPaolo

A couple of weeks ago,

Kathleen DiPaolo

was here providing insight into

Purposeful Design

.  One of the projects she mentioned was perfect for Blue and White Monday, so I asked her to come right back and share it.  Kathleen designed these interiors with what she calls an "East Coast sensibility," and I can see that. However, I grew up in Texas, and my house, and many of the houses I visited, looked very similar. English and American antiques, botanicals, and blue and white is a well-loved, charming combination. I'm happy Kathleen was able to share this lovely house with us.

Thank you so much for featuring one of my projects on Blue and White Monday! This client lives in Newport Beach, California, but has an East Coast sensibility.

Mrs. Client grew up surrounded by blue and white.

Her mother collected several blue and white patterns of Royal Copenhagen and her father always said, “I love any color, as long as it is blue!”

Mr. and Mrs. Client started collecting Chinese export and added other blue and white as they traveled.

A trip to Turkey opened their eyes to gorgeous Turkish platters.

Trips to England motivated my clients to buy English Transferware.

Their living room is one of my favorite places.

It opens to a gorgeous brick courtyard and it makes the space feel bigger.

The Chinese garden stools are constantly moved for extra seating during the holidays.

The big bowl on the sofa table is always filled with something- a white orchid, a mini Christmas Tree or a topiary.

The dining room also has some of their blue and white.

It opens to the living room so the blue and white help tie the rooms together!

As you peek through the open double doors you look through the Butler’s Pantry to the kitchen.

The kitchen had no doors on the back wall, so we added beautiful beveled glass so that even more blue and white could be displayed.

This is a little vignette from the kitchen.

I selected this contemporary landscape painting to be paired with the antique and blue and white so it didn’t feel too stuffy.

I also placed a blue finial on the lamp to add some fun!

While I rummaged through the boxes that had been in storage, I found a collection of stone eggs that they had found on their travels to China and Africa.

I made many finials from the eggs so that the clients can have a memory of their travels every time they turn on a lamp


Another little vignette.

This is the den where all of the football games are watched.

I was so happy to find this Cowtan and Tout pillow fabric to ties everything together.

I even managed to sneak a little blue and white into the master bathroom!

Do you see the little soap dish?

Lastly, is an Instagram shot of the master bedroom.

Who cares if the tulips block a little TV, right?!

Thanks again, Jennifer!!

I love all of your blue and white posts!

xoxo, Kathleen

A huge thank you to Kathleen for sharing her gorgeous work here -- TWICE!

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that Kathleen was a very busy lady with exciting things in the works.  She's recently developed an incredible system called

Return on Interiors

 which guides homeowners through remodeling and design projects.  Oh my goodness, to have had this resource for past projects would have been a game changer.  I would have been the one in control instead of the contractor. Even after all of my One Room Challenge projects, I still have things to do around here, and I will definitely be implementing Kathleen's system.

If you're an interior designer, you may also want to take a look at

Return on Interiors

. Comprehensive project management templates that you can use with all of your clients are available with your branding.  It's an incredibly thorough organizational system that would take years to develop all ready to go.  

And, while Kathleen's been developing

Return on Interiors

, she's stayed very busy creating beautiful interiors for her clients.  You can see more of her work at


Interior Designer Kathleen DiPaolo's House Tour

Kathleen is one of my sweetest, friendliest, most encouraging customers.  She's also an amazing interior designer based in California.  She's purchased prints and stationery.  I've gotten to know her through Etsy, blogging, (she has an incredible blog called Pacific Family Homes) and through Pinterest.  She sent me a customer photo a week or so ago, and I asked her to send me any other photos she had on hand and convenient.  I told her I wanted to use the customer photo in a feature of her work.  What she did was send these fantastic photos of her house and provide a narrative.  I am so grateful, and excited to share her gorgeous, colorful Chinoiserie filled house!  Enjoy!

This is my living room. I have a vintage bamboo lamps on the right and left. The one on the left was in my living room as a child:-) The other is an Etsy purchase- vintage 60s made in Italy. I wish you could see the gigantic coffee table with my china man in the center. Very cute guy!  The elephant pillows (short lumbars on the sofa) and the yellow tiger pillows were from a trip to Thailand where I visited the Jim Thompson stores and outlets. I collect impressionist paintings and am always searching the consignments stores and Etsy for some finds. I just add them to the walls!  The mantel is a beam from a Wisconsin barn.

This is my gigantic dining room. Haha!! I love the bamboo sea grass wallpaper and my crazy capiz ball I found in a shell store, where it wasn’t for sale:) The China man has come along with me for a long ride. It has been in my office and three homes. The screen on the left actually used to me in my office and then was my headboard in my last house. The dining table and chairs are very, very old.

This is my master. Love my China Seas wallpaper and green pagoda bookcase.
This is the other view of my bedroom. My headboard, skirt and window treatments are also made of fabric I LUGGED back from Thailand after a visit to the Jim Thompson outlet. Sooo funny losing circulation in all my fingers:)

This is my son Christopher’s room. He loves his hanging bed and the hang out space underneath. It needs a new comforter but that is another day!

Short break from Kathleen's tour.  I told her I would take the photo above and the next two from her blog.  She recently featured them in a post about HGTV coming to her house for filming of a new series called ChildStyle with Rebecca Woolf.  They used this room that Kathleen designed for her daughter.

Her daughter's name is Posy, and she must be jumping up and down excited that her room will be on HGTV.  Kathleen's post about the crew filming at her house is very interesting.  See it here.  Now, back to Kathleen.

This is my son Christopher’s room. He loves his hanging bed and the hang out space underneath. It needs a new comforter but that is another day!

This is my boys’ bathroom. These are used nautical maps that I bought for nothing and had my wallpaper guy put them up.

Here is my bath. I still have plans, but I had the vanity made and had mirror put in the doors to invite more light in there. Help! Light, please come in and make my bathroom feel larger!! Haha!

The elephant (Pink Pagoda print) keeps the little Chinese men around the mirror company!!  I got those hand towels in Thailand where I last rode an elephant. Haha:-).  It's my ode to the elephant!

The two images above are of Kathleen's bathroom in her last house.  It was featured in this month's Better Homes and Gardens.  You can read about it in her post here.

Kathleen is very, very busy.  She's working on multiple houses now and already has a fantastic portfolio.
Be sure to check out her website, Pacific Family Homes.  Thanks so much, Kathleen, for sharing your beautiful house!