House Crashing & Table Setting

Two weekends ago we stopped in Atlanta on our way to Savannah (sounds like the lyrics to a country song) to house crash Jeremy and Katie Bower’s lovely home. And while we were there we whipped up a little decorating movie for all you lemme-see-you-in-3D peeps. Hope you enjoy the tour (and that you check out our table-setting video at the end of this post)!

First we have this adorable mini mud room that Katie whipped up with an ottoman and a few coat hooks. And since we’re no stranger to this method, Burger felt right at home and made himself comfortable from the moment her scampered in the door.


Beyond the entryway is the posh and elegant dining room full of soft blue accents, white china, and beachy accessories. Katie is a blackbelt sale shopper so everything I swooned over ended up being “oh this old thing, it was $1 at Goodwill” or “TJ Maxx, three bucks.” Talk about having some serious decor envy.


I also fell hard for this chic little hutch next to the door that leads to the kitchen, but I couldn’t linger on it too long before the kitchen beyond beckoned me in…


… yeah, this kitch’ has some serious drawing power. The amazing thing is that Jeremy and Katie ripped down walls, learned how to run their own electrical, installed stock cabinetry, and even laid their own floors to turn this formerly closed off kitchen into an open and expansive masterpiece. Everything from the range hood (we actually have the same exact one!) to the backsplash was put in with their own four hands, and we must admit that we found ourselves gaping at their handiwork at every turn.


And no detail is too small for Katie. From the white china that she artfully arranged in her doorless hutch to the white dishtowel that she hand sewed (she added the pom poms!), not a smidge of style was sacrificed even though her accessories never broke the bank.


Thanks to tearing down a wall, the kitchen opens up to an inviting little den with a fireplace that they tiled themselves and a coffee table Katie found on Craigslist and completely reinvented (the power of white paint is a beautiful thing).


Katie also has a soft spot when it comes to clean white accessories, and everything from the Goodwill candlesticks to the DIY art made us feel right at home. And you know I was all over her adorable ceramic bird, right? I’m nothing if not consistent, and my penchant for white ceramic animals knows no bounds. The fact that this little guy was a cheep- er, cheap score (another Goodwill find) made me green with ceramic animal envy.


Katie and Jeremy also widened the passageway between the den and their living room so the entire first floor feels open and airy. And is that a white ceramic horse head that you see on the coffee table? The same one we have on our TV stand in the den? Yesireebob. Gotta love an equine bust from Tarjay.


We also love the fresh pops of green throughout the space (in fact, one of those lovely pillows on Katie’s couch was actually a Pottery Barn placemat that she ripped apart and stuffed with batting).  She’s lucky enough to live near a Pottery Barn outlet, so everything from the couch to those awesome white ottomans was snagged on the cheap (yeah, the whole trip was punctuated by envious gasps).


And just in case it’s not painfully clear that Katie and Jeremy could easily flip houses for a living, here’s a bathroom that Katie recently renovated for under 500 beans (yup, she worked a wet saw and installed her own molding with only a wee bit of husbandly assistance).


You might have seen mention of Katie’s dressing room a few days ago when we crashed her closet. It turns out that while most people have a hanging bar and half a dresser of storage space, she has an entire third bedroom with a wall of wardrobes for clothing/jewelry/shoe storage- and the other side of the room serves as the most charming bonus space for settling down with a good book or sleeping an extra guest.


In another stroke of bathroom brilliance, Katie and Jeremy completely transformed their upstairs guest bath with some moody khaki paint and an amazing wood frame that they mounted around the room’s original mirror for an updated and customized effect that’s so ooh la la. They even distressed each piece of wood with nails, chains, and a hammer before staining and installing ’em.


And last but not least is their peaceful master suite, which actually bears a bit of a resemblance to ours. In fact we featured Katie’s bedroom pics as a Reader Redesign last year after she sent pics our way to say that she modeled her curtained wall after our very own master bedroom.


And now we’ll leave you with our little table setting video extravaganza. At first we debated what to tape, but we both loved the idea of doing something in stages right in front of the camera in real time. Sure it took a while to sift through Katie’s extensive servingware and accessory collection to create five different table settings and put ’em together on film (it took us about 20 takes total), but we’re oh so proud of our little film-fest and we hope you enjoy our step by step table sprucing tutorial.

It bears mentioning that some of the settings are a bit more robust than others (we didn’t add the leaf to Katie’s table, so feel free to adapt some of our ideas on a bigger surface or remove a few elements to create more space for platters of food). Oh and there are a few other things that you may notice. Here’s what to look out for:

  • We’re both incredibly weird and nervous in the beginning.
  • We get progressively loopier, as if we’re downing champagne off camera (we weren’t).
  • I confuse apple trees with cherry trees.
  • Katie squeezes in some of her signature potty humor.
  • Lots of talking with our hands (our moms are Italian).
  • I mispronounce faux-bois like foi-gras. Twice.
  • Katie saying “pull” the southern way when she’s making ribbon curls.

Thanks so much for devoting eleven minutes of your life to viewing our little flick! Here’s a slightly lower quality one that might be easier to play on your computer if the one above is jumpy. I’d love to know which setting was your favorite. And if I’m louder/nerdier/shorter/scowlier/more awkward than you may have thought. Oh and a big thank you goes out to the Katie (and her main man Jeremy) for letting us take photos of their casa and helping us set the table a bunch of times. Be sure to check out her take on everything over on Bower Power– you know she’ll tell you if we showed up with bad breath…

Itching for more table setting ideas? Here are seven other festive options and a holiday table setting post for your viewing pleasure.


  1. says

    Looks nice. Sounds silly but I never read your blog with an American accent (I’m British) so it was so funny to hear how American you both sound.

  2. says

    Katie’s house is beautiful. I’ve been checking out her blog since you first added the post about visiting her. I love how everything just flows together and is so timeless and elegant.

  3. says

    LOVE Katie’s home. I read her blog, but I’ve never seen a room by room tour like this. Just gorgeous! I’m storing away lots of ideas. ;)

  4. says

    I’m in love! This house is absolutely fabulous and I’m so jealous! I would love to have such light, airy rooms and furniture. I love some of my own pieces of furniture, but love the accents and things that I would be able to add to my house. But… and that’s a big but… I have a gigantic dog that would demolish some of the fun accents (white horse head being one!) with his tail. I’m keeping these all in mind (and your house pics too!) for future uses…. you know, when I don’t have a horse in my house and a baby that’s due any day! :)

  5. Ranee says

    I loved the video, very inspiring! Katie’s house is beautiful and between the two of you I have a lot of new ideas for my own house transformation! Thank you!

  6. says

    It looks like you both had a blast. I read All Bower Power and love Katie’s home.

    The video was great, my favorite part is how you both just “appear” next to the table.

    Love the first table setting.

  7. says

    Love the kitchen! The video was very fun, and I especially love the first 2 table settings. I think it was great to show several different ways to dress up a table. Can’t wait for a possible book case segment! (And where did that gorgeous white china cabinet come from?!)

  8. Lucy says

    Sherry –
    You and Katie did a fantastic job! I love how you share design elements in a simple way so that us “design-challenged” people can follow your directions! You always come up with ideas that I would never think of – keep up the great work! ~Lucy

  9. Sami Jenkins says

    Any chance Katie has a source list for her house? Like the rug in the kitchen? And a list of paint colors?

    I’ve been looking for a few good lamps — any chance you would do a post on lighting?


    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey Sami,

      So glad you’re loving Katie’s house. Hopefully she’ll drop in with paint color info and answer your rug question (of course you can pop over to her blog and check things out/ask any questions you may have over there too!). As for lamps, our favorite sources are Walmart (really! they have a great collection and they’re cheap cheap cheap), Target, Overstock, Crate & Barrel, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and ZGallerie. Happy hunting…


  10. Jan says

    Fantastic posting! LOVE their home — and their wonderful DIY style ….. this house should be in a magazine! So many many great ideas! Many thanks for sharing! :)

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage (who has been voting for your own project every day!)

  11. says

    Hands down, the best house you’ve featured! I loved so many details that I just kept staring at all the pictures. However, I would LOVE it if you could find out where she purchased the trellis runner in her kitchen. I have been looking for that exact one for months, and I’ve had no luck!

  12. says

    Hi there! I live in Atlanta, and I was wondering where in Savannah you were able to bring Burger? We are looking to vacation close to home, but don’t want to leave our dogs. Thanks!

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey Barbara,

      We stayed at the Comfort Suites which was right by the Four Points Hotel so it was in a great location (and we just paid a $50 pet fee for our entire stay). We booked on Expedia to save a few pennies as well! Hope it helps. Happy travels!


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