Seeing Things in Black And White: Tour Kourtney Kardashian’s Home
Never one to shy away from the limelight, Kourtney Kardashian knows how to make a statement, and her home is no exception. With a dramatic black and white color palette, lots of bright colors and gold accents, this all-glam home is exactly what we were hoping for from one of our favorite drama mamas.
In a formal dining room turned music room, Kourtney showcases the antique grand piano her mother passed down to her. The black and white chairs were also from her parents’ home. She just had them redone to fit into the chic decor. We love how she incorporated black and white stripes on the ceiling and down the walls. Part of the charm of this room is how kid-friendly it feels, from the bold color accents like the hot pink chaise Kourtney snagged from Khloe to the big abstract painting and the black and white teepee. Also, did anyone notice the tiny pink piano? Too perfect!
While we can’t make your mom give you her piano, we can tell you where to get some of the other cool pieces. This uni pendant ($1400) makes a statement above while the black and white pouf ($150) maintains the glam at floor level. Do you have little ones running around? Charm them with this striped teepee ($160).
The living room showcases a more boho than Wonderland vibe. Kourtney wanted a relaxing space where the family could hang out and watch movies. The sleek metal chairs evoke classic ’60s style, while the ultra-modern sofa balances the room. A generous heap of throw pillows and faux fur blankets makes this room completely chic while still cozy and completely family friendly.
If you want the exact look and are willing to drop the big bucks, pick up a pair of Lawson Fenning chairs ($4,300) and treat yourself to a faux fur throw from West Elm ($120). For sheer dark gray chevron curtains ($40), Urban Outfitters had got you covered.
This sophisticated breakfast room shows off a black glass table and funky chairs which were originally from Kourtney’s father. The sleek black and gold chandelier serves as a focal point and pulls all of the colors together while the chevron blinds are the same curtains that are used in the family room creating a sense of pattern continuity.
Kourtney based her whole kitchen decor around those gorgeous gold pendant lights. She decided to go with taupe cabinets and all gold hardware. The area above the cabinets can be a hard place to decorate, especially if you don’t own a huge collection of decorative dishes, but we like how Kourtney uses patterned wallpaper and a few metallic pieces to draw the eye upward, while keeping it from feeling cluttered. The gilt gold framed mirror hung at an angle above the stove adds drama and reflects the chic Tom Dixon pendants.
Instead of redoing your whole kitchen, just lighten it up with gold pendant lights ($385) and some easy to install gold hardware knobs ($12). If you are as in love with that checkered teapot as we are, you can get the exact same one from Mackenzie-Childs ($100).
Kourtney certainly knows how to rock the black and white patterns! The horizontal stripes on the wall make the room appear larger, the checkered coffee table was a vintage find and the chevron rug somehow manages not to overwhelm the room. Kourtney told her decorator she wanted the room to have an Alice In Wonderland sort of charm with lots of bright colors to keep things whimsical.
While nothing takes the place of a vintage steal, you can get a similar checkered coffee table ($246) with little stools that pull out for extra seating. Hang multiple globe pendant lights ($100) from your ceiling to make the room look taller, set up a pair of stylish black wingback chairs ($650) and then start painting some stripes!
Only Kourtney Kardashian can put a neon sign above her bed and totally pull it off! The combination of patterns, textures and shapes create a chic retreat in the glamorous master bedroom. The wallpaper creates a sense of luxury and provides the backdrop for the bronze, platinum and black color palette.
With the kids’ rooms, Kourtney opted to fly solo and decorated the rooms without any help from her decorator. Penelope’s feminine pink room turned into her favorite room in the house with the boho feel and pretty colorful accents like that teal bead chandelier. She wanted the playroom to be more of a mess where the kids could do whatever they wanted. The wall is painted with chalkboard paint and there are surf boards mounted on the ceiling, while the black and white striped rug is still very Kourtney, but fun enough for the kids.
Depending on what room you’re putting it in, you could go very casual or very sleek with this bead chandelier ($270) or even try making your own! Rugs from Ikea like this Broken Stripe Rug ($250) are perfect for kids rooms because they take wear and tear well and are fun and colorful. Kourtney talks about how important it is to have organization for all the toys and we love her LEGO storage compartments ($8).
Kourtney refinished her dad’s old desk for the library. All the books used to belong to her parents as well. She took all the dust covers off of them and rearranged them by color. She claims it took forever but is obsessed with the look achieved. The funky geometric chairs were vintage finds from an ’80s Mercedes dealership and the modern zebra rug pulls the black-and-white theme through from the rest of the house.
What do you think of Kourtney’s “Alice In Wonderland” vibe? Are you inspired to go bold with that bright color you’ve been debating? Talk to us in the comments below!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com