I realized something important the other day.  In the busyness of this ‘the microwave generation’ I’ve been forgetting to carry out some of the traditions that have been passed down to me from my grandmothers.  Both of my grandmothers were very elegant.  One was quite wealthy (Milldred) , one was very middle class (Dorothy), but both of them had a true elegance about them.  One of the things I will always remember about my Grandma Dorothy Ludeman is that every evening, even when it was just for her and my grampa only, she served dinner on fine china. My Grama and Grampa Ludeman lived in a little studio apartment above our garage for many years while I was growing up. Although the accommodations were very simple and rather rustic, my grandmother decorated it beautifully with items that had been in her family for generations… even many that had come over from Germany with her when she was a child.

This last Christmas I had the opportunity to host a small luncheon for some special business colleagues of mine.  I really enjoyed it.  I got out my mother’s china and her special red wine classes that we had at every Holiday dinner while I was growing up.  I created a simple favor out the of wood boxes that had our company logo on it.

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Although the meal was simple, I realized a special feeling came over me when I brought out that china.  I realized I missed the elegance my grandmothers had–that kind of Jackie O. elegance–and that I wanted to cultivate it more in myself and my home.

I’m grateful for the simple beauties in life that bring me so much joy.  I would rather have a few truly beautiful, meaningful things than an entire auditorium of expensive, hallow items that have no meaning.

2015 will be devoted to cultivating more elegance in my life.  I’m excited to share these thoughts with you in Lifestyle by Katherine.

Wishing you all a truly Happy New Year,

Katherine 🙂









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Wedding Inspiration

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The time has come…something I’ve always dreamed about.  My daughter Holly is getting married!  How can this be?  It’s a strange, yet very happy feeling! Her finance’ Zach is a jewel, they are truly in love, and it’s a joyous thing to be a part of. 🙂

Although I’ve had plenty of wedding receptions at my house, I’ve never been in charge of actually planning one. So I thought it would be fun to document my progress and insights via my Blog. So here we go…The Tale of a Mother/Wedding Planner. 😉

First of all, I must admit to one thing.  I am not really ‘in charge’ of this wedding…Holly is, and that’s a very important thing to understand.  When I first realized she was getting married, I knew there was going to need to to be a ‘point person’ for the entire wedding…the person the responsibility of getting everything done truly falls upon…the CEO of the entire process if you will.  It’s the same with any event, church, or company…someone ultimately has to be in charge, or there is disorder, confusion and the possibility of things falling through the cracks.

I asked Holly straight up,” Do you want to be the ‘point person’ of this event, or do you want me to be?”  I knew different girls would have different answers to this question.  Some would want to be in charge and delegate, while others would like their mothers to take charge and simply feed them their likes, dislikes, etc.  I thought Holly would probably like to be the ‘point person’, and delegate to me, and that’s exactly what she chose.

With that out of the way, we could proceed!  And I knew one very, important thing… if something did not get done for the wedding, I needed to LET GO. This wedding was not about me, and showing the world what an amazing event I could pull off.  It was about Holly and Zach, their love for each other, their vision, needs and preferences, and Holly’s desire to plan her dream wedding.  I needed to sit back, be willing to take direction, and enjoy the process.  What I also realized is… that is kind of a nice place to be!

Holly began by making her list of all the tasks she needed to take care of, and began tackling them one at a time, bit by bit, in conjunction with Zach and his family, as well.  It’s been a joy to watch her move forward!

I have been delegated the Food, the Cake, the Decor of the Reception, and the Flowers, so these are the main things I will be blogging about.  When I say delegated, I mean, asked to be in charge of, with Holly’s suggestions of course.  It’s been a great process of working together~ and I’m truly enjoying it!

So let’s talk COLORS!  I love colors, as you well know…and of course they were one of my first questions for Holly. 🙂  Well, here ya go…light aqua, orange, and white and burlap backgrounds.  Rustic, old fashioned feel. More pictures to follow!

So, tune in, if you’d like, to see how this story unfolds!  26 Days To Go!

Katherine 🙂

What Inspires You?

I just love this color scheme!  Thinking it may be fun to design a room around this photo.  I notice I always seem to design around something that truly catches my eye… and makes me feel fabulous.  It can be almost anything…a magazine cover, a purse, a piece of furniture, a piece of artwork, an item from HomeGoods haha.  It just makes me STOP for a minute…and just look…look very closely. And the wheels begin turning. What things have inspired your decorating in the past?  I’d love to hear!

Have a wonderful day,

Katherine 🙂