Katy Napotnik

Jan 112014

Anyone else enjoying a rainy Saturday? Sometimes, rainy days are kind of nice. A perfect day to be an introvert and snuggle on the sofa…. and scheme about some fun new projects in the house! While I’m scheming I thought I’d share something I did last week.

I got the painting urge on Thursday. Oh that painting urge. Oh that darn leftover paint! These are far from ‘finished’ photos. I snapped them on my phone, but I thought I’d share anyway. Hopefully soon, I’ll put the finishing touches on the space and the sun will come out so I can take some proper pictures.


This is the upstairs hallway. The photo on the left is right after we moved in, with the ‘original’ green. The photo on the right was from Thursday. It’s the second time I painted this wall (the first time it was red). You might recognize the yellow from our bathrooms. I’d kinda given up on this little space. It was blah. Boring. Small. I didn’t know what to do to make it any better.

Duh, paint it black! When it doubt…. a black wall is always a good idea. And since I had the painting urge and that leftover paint, this was perfect.


It literally took 20 minutes (maybe less) to paint this baby. Part of Gabe’s nap time. So fast. Definitely fast enough for me to paint it and get the hallway back in order before Tristan can home. It’s always a good idea to have the place relatively back in order when I impulsively decide to paint something!

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Gabe gives it a thumbs up. There are a couple things left to do. I decided to hang a curtain inside the window frame (on a tension rod- I like being able to see all the window trim) so I need to take down the curtain bracket hook things (and probably touch up the paint). I plan to hang a clock above the mirror and that painting below the mirror. I’m not sure about keeping the bench there. I like it in front of the black wall (and I could set plants on it) but there’s not a lot of space up there as it is, and the bench isn’t really necessary. I should also probably touch up the trim paint, but let’s be honest, I’m not sure if that’ll happen!

I love the contrast of the black wall. I like looking out of our bedroom and seeing it. The little things that make me smile. A black wall.

Have you painted anything recently? Anything you’ve done in your home and you wondered why you didn’t do it sooner?


 January 11, 2014  Posted by at 17:26 our home 7 Responses »
Jan 092014

Gosh! 4 months. That went quickly. Let’s see if I remember how to do this….


Life got busy (doesn’t it always) and, to be completely honest, I gave up a little on blogging. I enjoyed it. But I felt a lot of pressure (self inflicted) to have perfect projects, perfect photos, perfect home tours… perfect. Oh dear. Not what this is all about. And definitely not what life is all about! I wanted to get back into it, but I just wasn’t going for it. Then the other day, December 27th to be exact, I got on Facebook. At the the top of my news feed I saw a post from Young House Love. It was a link to their most recent post. A reader redesign post. It took a second for me to realize that the photo I was looking at was one I took. Gabe’s room. I freaked out. I’d submitted Gabe’s room as a reader redesign months ago. I kinda thought it was a long shot. After all, they’re YHL and I’m sure they get hundred of submissions. Well, what a sweet late Christmas gift to see Gabe’s room on their site… and to read what they thought of it. Someone pinch me!

I won’t lie- I guess that was the nudge I needed. I love being crafty. I love decorating and making our house a home. I love doing it and sharing it with others. Not in a braggy, “look what I did and look how great my house and life is” kind of way, but in a way to (hopefully) inspire and share with others. I love being a stay at home Mom. It’s challenging and fun. Making the house pretty is definitely far down on the list of priorities of what’s truly important, but it’s fun and something I really enjoy! And it’s also fun to share ideas with others, especially ideas that pretty much everyone can do, regardless of budget. (I know I love seeing what other people do with their homes.)

The ‘nudge’ came at just the right time. As Gabe would say, “Mommy has a BABY in she’s tummy!” I sure do. We’re thrilled. But for the past 10 weeks, this sweet baby has made me a bit sick. I’m so happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The all day sickness is lifting and only occasionally do I feel gross. My energy started coming back just in time for Christmas! We’d been in survival mode for those 10(ish) weeks and I’m so grateful we’re moving beyond that.

I don’t know exactly what the blog is going to look like. I don’t know exactly how often I’ll be posting. It’ll be a collection of round up and inspiration posts, diy projects, our home (which happens to be a rental), how we’re preparing for baby 2, life with a (just turned) 4 year old, and who knows what else. When I started the blog I read a lot about the ‘blog business’. What to do and what not to do. And pretty much everything I just said was in the ‘what not to do’ category (you need to have a specific posting schedule, you need to have a target audience and a specific niche….). Maybe it’ll turn into that, but for now I’m just going to go with it! So, that’s where things are over here. I hope you’ll follow along! And share things with me, too!


 January 9, 2014  Posted by at 09:10 life, misc. 1 Response »
Sep 062013

Happy Friday! Thanks for stopping by. Blogging has taken a back seat lately, as I’m sure you can tell. I do want to get back into it, but there are only so many hours in the day! I originally said I wanted to post 3 times a week. That clearly hasn’t happened. And I just don’t know if that’s even a realistic goal for me right now. I have a new part time job (doing some food photography- so fun) so as I settle into that position, hopefully things will get to a new normal around here. I’m also working on stocking up on some inventory for the Etsy shop (have you seen the new color cowls?!) and another local shop that I sell in, The Lady Jane! Life has been busy and fun. A blessing!


I was sitting on the sofa this morning, sipping my coffee, and staring at our wall of art. Looking at this wall makes me smile. There are a couple paintings with special sentimental value. The floral painting was done by my grandmother. She was so talented. And the silhouette art was done by my sweet sister in law. It’s Gabe about a year ago and was such a thoughtful gift.


I filled this wall with art to hide the breaker box, which is behind the riceland bag and the floral painting. But I love all the frames grouped closely together, taking up most of the wall. They also help hide/disguise the TV a bit. I don’t love having the TV in the living room, but we really enjoy watching a movie or show some evenings. We don’t have cable, but we do have a Roku device with Netflix!



This silhouette is one of my favorite pieces of art in our home. Kelli, my sister in law, is so talented. She took a photograph of Gabe standing in front of a bright window, then painted his silhouette on the canvas. Free hand. The detail and accuracy is pretty incredible. She even added some depth and ‘antiquing’ to the white part of the canvas. I love it.


(Above- a silhouette of her oldest daughter)

She sells these custom silhouettes in her Etsy shop! You can even see the original photograph and the accuracy of her painting. What a sweet way to mark the beginning of the school year- with a silhouette painting of your child(ren)!

Through the month of September, you can get 10% off your custom silhouette painting using coupon code FALLFACES10!



 September 6, 2013  Posted by at 11:45 our home 5 Responses »
Aug 282013

I’m excited to share a few new items that are in the Etsy shop today!


These handmade cowls (in tan, cream and gray… more colors coming soon)! They’re cozy and comfy and perfect for the upcoming cooler weather- a great staple piece for your wardrobe.

(above photo: tan cowl)


They’re carefully crocheted by yours truly (that would be me). Head over to the Etsy shop to see more pictures and order yours today. Keep them in mind when you start your Christmas shopping.. they make great gifts!

What would be your color of choice for a cowl? Do share! Comment below!

(above photo: cream cowl)


(above photo: gray cowl)

 August 28, 2013  Posted by at 14:42 madebyRICE 2 Responses »
Aug 092013


Have you been to the Etsy shop yet? I’ve been so excited and encouraged with the kind words about the rings and how they’re selling already. While I was making the first several orders, I decided to slip a fourth ring into each set of 3. And that’s when I got the idea to offer a fourth ring to the next four orders (to minimum orders of a set of 3).

Head over to the Etsy shop, madebyRICE, to order your handmade rings and get a fourth ring as a gift! When four orders have been placed, the listing will expire. But don’t worry, you can still order a regular set of 3… and that’s still a sweet gift (for yourself or a friend)!

Here’s the direct link to the listing that included the gift! Just click [here].

 August 9, 2013  Posted by at 08:26 madebyRICE No Responses »
Aug 082013

Hi, friends! You probably think I’ve disappeared. Well, I guess I did for a little while. But now I’m back! And to break the silence this time, I want to share something new for RICE!



RINGS! They’re handmade by me. Tarnish resistant. And nickel free.


And for all of you who aren’t local, they’re now on Etsy!


The rings are simple and versatile and can be worn many different ways.

They make sweet gifts for a friend… or yourself!

I’m working on  more jewelry designs and they’ll also be available on Etsy.

Be sure to check out the Etsy shop, madebyRICE!

 August 8, 2013  Posted by at 08:33 madebyRICE 1 Response »
Jul 122013

A little roundup to start your weekend….



Love this studio/workspace. Clean. Bright. Simple.


BLT chopped salad with corn, feta and avocado.  I have to make this soon. Yum.



I’m really liking this kitchen. Everything about it.



Tea lights and driftwood. A charming combination. And a definite diy project.


Can you tell I’m hungry? Another recipe. This looks so good.

Have a great weekend! See you back here on Monday!

 July 12, 2013  Posted by at 16:21 in the kitchen, inspiration No Responses »
Jul 112013

Where have I been? Clearly not writing blog posts. I jumped into this blog thing without a real thorough plan. So here is my plan. Short and sweet. I will post here on RICE 3 times a week. I’m guessing it’ll be on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.


So enough shop talk. What have I been up to? Well, I painted the front door black. My love of black paint continues. And I couldn’t be happier with the front door! (I used premixed black paint from Home Depot. Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Flat Acrylic Latex General Purpose paint. It can be used inside and outside and has been holding up great!)


It surely looks a lot better than it did when we moved in!


Shortly after we moved in, we gave the door a little TLC. Fixed the screen. Painted the screen door teal. Didn’t like it. Painted it orange. Liked it for a little while. We’ve also painted the porch floor a warm tan/brown and the porch posts are no longer red, they’re a nice crisp white. A little paint went a long way in upping the curb appeal to our little home!

Have you painted your front door recently? What color? Do you have a favorite front door color?

 July 11, 2013  Posted by at 09:14 before and after, our home 3 Responses »
Jun 212013

How is it Friday already? Anyone else think this week has flown by? Our anniversary festivities last week were so fun. I can’t wait to share some pictures. I’m not really a girly girl, but I have to say, getting hair and makeup done and wearing a gorgeous gown was quite fun. Not to mention getting a two night getaway and spending the whole day with my guy. Pretty sweet! Bonus points- Gabe came home mostly potty trained. Nothing like 5 days with Bada and Boom (aka my parents), some ‘frinkles’ (sprinkles) for motivation and special books and toys. Mom could make money with Bada’s Summer Potty Training Camp. We’d had so little success at home with potty training. She has the magic touch. Thanks Mom!


I have a list of projects to share. I go through phases where the inspiration, creativity and productivity is flowing. And then other times when it’s seriously lacking. I’m happy to say I’m in a creative, inspired phase. And it feels good! Maybe that’s one of the reasons the week seems to have flown by. The project today isn’t a completely original idea. And I definitely didn’t do the brunt of the work. Let’s give credit where credit is due- a huge THANK YOU, Poppytalk! But it’s simple and something you can do too.

If you follow me on Pinterest (which you totally should) you might remember seeing this pin. Printable botanical art from Poppytalk. So charming. I frequently find printables, but rarely print them. Something about these made me go for it. I didn’t have any card stock, so I used regular printer paper. I was hesitant, because I thought it’d look cheap- like I printed something on cheap paper with a cheap printer (which is exactly what I was doing). But after printing the first one, I was sold. They look great (even on cheap paper with a cheap printer that was low on colored ink)! (You can tell my ink was running low… the leaves turn a bit blue at the bottom.) If you want to get all fancy, they’d look even better if they were printed somewhere with a high quality printer and paper.


I had clipboards from the dollar store (so they were $1/each). They had black plastic clips on the sides on the metal clip part, but they pop off easily. (So if you find clipboards at the dollar store and don’t like the black plastic on the metal, try to pop it off). I thought about painting the clipboards, but I like them just the way they are.



I hung the art over Gabe’s little table in the dining room. The blank wall needed something and this was perfect!



I love the way it turned out. Cozy and inviting. A little bit of color in that corner. But it goes with the theme of my dining room. Well, can a theme be ‘plants’? Because that’s my theme. Can’t wait to share the dining room makeover soon!



I put little roles of tape (couldn’t find my double sided tape anywhere) on the backs of each corner, to hold them down and keep the pages from curling up. I used small copper nails to hang the clipboards on the wall.




And if I ever get tired of the art, I can easily switch it out. Although, I don’t see that happening anytime soon. I really like them. The only change I might make is to print them out on better paper, depending on how they hold up.

So, since I had all the supplies, this little art grouping cost me $0! Can’t beat that. I’m so happy with how it turned out. Thanks again Poppytalk. Head over here to print your own!


 June 21, 2013  Posted by at 12:26 diy, our home 2 Responses »
Jun 112013


Tristan and I celebrate our 5th anniversary on Friday. 5 years! That’s hard to believe. But at the same time, it’s not. It’s weird to think about life before Tristan (even before Gabe). But has it really been 5 whole years since that evening in June? We have some really fun festivities this week, that just happen to line up perfectly with our anniversary. I’ll share more later (including lots of pictures) but we are going to be part of a photo shoot… as the bride and groom! And it’s complete with hair and makeup artists, a designer gown, flowers, a beautiful venue, amazing photographers… even a horse. I’m so excited. This week is a bit crazy, but I wanted to say hi! I thought today I’d share some photographs from our wedding. June 14 2008. Our photographer was Shay Cochrane (all the wedding photographs in this post were taken by her). She’s phenomenal. (I’ve taken one of her photography workshops and it was so great!) Here’s a little peak at our wedding… (a few days shy of) 5 years ago…

























Do I look like a baby? There’s good reason. I had just turned 20 the month before! (Tristan was 22.) My dress was from JCrew. I never went dress shopping. I saw this one online, loved how simple it was, ordered it in 2 sizes, returned the one that was too big, and then had some slight alterations on the one that fit. My bridesmaids dresses were from Anthropologie. And most of the details (well, all of them actually) were adventures in diy. The flowers. The programs. The signs. The cupcake stand. Even 200 some cupcakes were made by my brother in law and his (now) wife! It was such fun. And it was all pre-Pinterest! Oh, how I’m sure Pinterest has changed the wedding industry.


And this is us now. 5 years later. We both have considerably less hair. Oh, how I love him! For better or worse. In sickness and in health. For richer or poorer. To love and to cherish. Oh, how I cherish him!

I’m hoping to be back one more time later this week. I have a couple projects to share! But until then, I hope you have a wonderful week!


 June 11, 2013  Posted by at 10:16 life No Responses »