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What's Up? Magazine's Best of Annapolis 2018
Thank you to all who voted! Karen Renee Interior Design won What’s Up? Magazine’s Best of Annapolis Best Interior Design 2018! We love our clients and are so thankful for the support in our community.
(In photo at Best of Annapolis’ nautical-themed party, left to right: Stephanie, Amy, Lisa, Karen, Ozzie)
Project Spotlight: Woodlands at Plum Creek
These single-family homes in Crownsville, Maryland, boast beautiful plans and ample room for even those downsizing (as in this case). With over 3,203 square feet plus the finished lower level which includes five bedrooms, designer Karen Osborne’s goal was for this Nantucket Craftsman design to have a setting that evoked a casual elegance with very natural and woodsy materials. The color scheme of the rooms was minimalistic, utilizing wood with metal, and beautiful shades of grey, white, and brown.
The stand-out room, the sunroom (pictured in photo), with its bright, airy windows and light, was painted in McCormick’s Techile (0533), which complemented the detail in the ceiling as well as the contrasting layering of the rugs, for a beautifully understated, neutral finish.
Builder and Fine Design Awards 1st Place in Design Excellence!
Congratulations to Stephanie Simmons, whose waterfront project, “Eastern Shore Retreat,” was awarded first place for Design Excellence in the Annapolis Home Magazine Builder & Fine Design Awards. The awards ceremony took place on November 1 at The Gibson Island Club on Gibson Island and was an assemblage of highly talented designers and firms across the Annapolis area. We are honored to have Stephanie as a Senior Designer in our firm!
What A Summer!
This May, we were honored to receive multiple awards at the MAX Awards for three of our model home projects. Chosen for our distinction in “Outstanding Merchandising,” the MBIA based their selection on our work of the following design projects:
- The Adam, Marenberg Enterprises, in the Columbia Run community in Oxon Hill, Maryland (pictured above)
- The Madison, Koch Homes, in the Pondview community in Millersville, Maryland
- The Dover, Koch Homes, in the Blue Heron community in Riva, Maryland
Not to be forgotten, we were also thrilled to win Best of Severna Park 2018 for Interior Design. Ever grateful for the accolades, we look forward to continuing to set a high standard of design and beauty for each of our clients.
Meet our Award Winning Designer Stephanie Simmons
Congratulations to our very own Stephanie Simmons, who was chosen as Home & Design Magazine’s 100 Top Designers of 2018!
Stephanie has been with KRI since 2011 and has developed a diverse range of talents suited for both small-scale and larger residential projects and needs. With over 20 years of experience and degrees in textile marketing and interior design, Stephanie’s aptitude in designing exquisitely personalized homes for her clients makes her one of Karen Renee Interior’s most popular designers. She especially enjoys the challenge of designing for historic and waterfront properties.
To learn more about her portfolio or how you can partner with Stephanie for your next project, please contact her.
Design Trends on the Up and Up from the Highpoint Spring Furniture Market
- Muted beauty: popular colors include blushes and greys – light grey and dark grey are smart choices for furniture finishes as well
- Metallic shine: Use gold finishes in lighting and furniture, rose gold accents in pillows and lamps, and combine gold and silver for a varied look
- Little embellishments everywhere! Pom pom detailing on pillows, tassel fringe or chain lighting, bohemian macramé hangings
- Have you heard of jungalow? Well, now you have! Combine a jungle feel with a comfort-drive bungalow vibe for a bohemian-inspired setting, with bold, colorful prints and organic textures in both textile and furniture
- A smattering of other trends includes acrylic furniture, faux fur sheepskin for chairs and sofas, Greek key design on furniture and lighting, and chunky quartz jewelry-inspired light fixtures
Project Spotlight: Lake Norman Model Home
Our highlight this time around features a versatile model home designed for the 55+ set, and located by Lake Norman in the Charlotte area of North Carolina. The home itself provided single-family, one-level living but with a bonus suite upstairs that could be purposed for in-laws, guests, or a personal retreat. The casual design throughout conveyed a tranquil feel, with an intent of providing inhabitants with a contemporary country lake house vibe.
As lifestyle experts we sought to showcase and merchandise for a wide breadth of potential buyers with an array of tastes and interests. Known for its fishing, we used Lake Norman’s famous hallmark within the rooms without being conspicuous while appealing to current trends, and displayed other items relating to travel, the outdoors, and cook-outs with friends and family. Our goal was for potential homeowners to see, “I could live here. This is home.”
In the main photo above, we used a main color scheme of terracotta and aqua, playing the colors off of each other for a fresh, exciting look. We also used a natural grass cloth on the ceiling in the dining room to define the area in the otherwise open expanse of space. Throughout the rest of the home, we added complementary and unique accessories to really set off the colors and individual rooms, including fur-lined pillows in the master bedroom and wood-inspired laundry room wallpaper—replete with real oars bound with rope hung on the walls—as accent pieces.
A Place to Gather: Eastern Shore Living
Festive family get-togethers at home on the water – it’s what we all dream about, right? Well, designer Stephanie Simmons recently had the opportunity to make this dream a reality for a client on the Eastern Shore. Working on a 1936 house with a recent addition nearly doubling the living space, Stephanie worked from scratch, going room by room, to create an elegant yet relaxed respite for weekends away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Using a master plan, Stephanie’s designs included, in the foyer, new black-and-white marble flooring honed to look appropriate to the age of the house, as well completely new updates to the kitchen. A large area that included a dining room with a great room and gathering area beyond, the kitchen touted white cabinets with granite and touches of grey and black. A backsplash of crackled tone-on-tone subway tile above the stovetop added emphasis, and was topped with a coffered ceiling. And if you’ve ever wondered if mixing finishes is OK, let us tell you: it is. We used polished nickel as well as lighting in weathered brass to complete the look. A custom-made table was devised from wood from the property, and side chairs came from Switzerland and were reupholstered for an individualized look.
Natural fabrics, linens, and textures were utilized throughout, and while grey is the fashionable “neutral” right now, we accompanied it up with hints of coral, blush, and red in certain areas, and used water tones of blue and aqua in others. The outcome had a continuous flow while not using the same colors all over, making the end result a sophisticated, welcoming home away from home.
A Fresh Start in Annapolis
Annapolis Home Magazine recently featured Karen Renee designer Stephanie Simmons and her take on a custom waterfront Mill Creek home sitting on a quarter-acre in Annapolis. Stephanie played to a more “transitional” – between traditional and modern – feel throughout the home, utilizing soft tones of blues and greys offset by white trim throughout to provide a serene respite.
The outcome was nothing short of spectacular, leaving the homeowners a comfortable and tranquil space all their own. For more details on the article and Stephanie’s installations, please click here.
Power to The Powder Room
The powder room received its name from Victorian women who discreetly excused themselves to use these half-baths to powder their noses and freshen up. Today, we discard the notion that these rooms must be used modestly and embrace the opportunity to create an area with bold character and style.
Just how can you incorporate flair and drama into a petite space? Whether using small touches or daring design, we encourage you to try some of the tips below:
- Make it yours: Transform the space using patterned wallpaper, interesting light fixtures, tile that shines, beautiful shades of paint, mirrors, motional waterfalls, or even a specialty textured wall.
- Pay special attention to the seasons: Add seasonal hand towels or soaps that complement the time of year. For example, fall is here, so add some cream and brown colors, with deliciously scented soaps of apple pie or spiced chai.
- Windows: If you have a window in your powder room, add in a window treatment to reflect your personal taste.
Bonus Tips from our Designers:
Esther Lazo, Interior Design Assistant
"I love the feeling and seeing fresh-cut flowers in the powder room; it adds a natural element to the space and looks beautiful.”
Stephanie Simmons, Senior Interior Designer
“I enjoy designing Powder Rooms and adding dramatic wallpaper on the walls and/or ceiling, distinctive mirrors and flanking wall sconces on each side of the vanity with a marble top and floor, and adding Voluspa candles."
Marina Hatzidakis, Director of Marketing
“You can make your small powder room look bigger by adding a larger mirror to the area. If you wish to have darker walls, you can add more lighting to brighten up the space. Leaving your guests with a signature scent used in soaps and lotions is important and memorable according to Mary Herman from The Pearl Spa, and she recommends the spa’s signature scent: Icelandic Moonflower, by Red Flower.
Create a room that resembles a place you love to visit. For example, after traveling to Europe, you might want to add a design that incorporates the luxuries and whimsical natural elements of the Mediterranean. This could be done by adding natural elements to your space, such as a flat white stone tile, and rocky undermount-style sink, deep-sea blue walls, with pictures that have depth to create a larger scenic space.”
For help on your next powder room project, please contact us.
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