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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.
Stephanie Simmons attended the Fall High Point Furniture Market and brought back exciting news on what's trending there. Here are some of the trends that she saw...
· A variety of blues -- colors like peacock, pale blue, and richer shades of blue -- still play as smart design colors
· Grey and blush continue to be popular
· Finishes using copper metal, aged brass, or aged pewter
· Incorporating stone and geometric finishes on cocktail tables as well as using geometric hardware to accentuate pieces
· Lighting up a room with mid-century-inspired lighting or French-glass containers rimmed with gold and used as pendant lighting
Cailyn’s Promise: A Special Trip to Uganda
This July, Karen journeyed to Uganda to see the promise of a special little girl finally come to fruition. Cailyn Nelson, the precious daughter of family friends of Karen, passed away in 2012 from an incurable brain cancer, DIPG. Her beautiful and joyful soul touched the lives of everyone she met—and is what spurred Karen to begin a charitable project in her name: “Cailyn’s Promise.”
Karen began fundraising for Okoa Refuge, a nonprofit based out of Jacksonville, Florida, that rescues and provides care for abandoned and orphaned children in Masaka, Uganda. The fundraising’s purpose was to build a clinic to deliver affordable healthcare to the village there as well as surrounding areas that wouldn’t otherwise have access to medical services. On July 21st, four and 1/2 years after her project began, Karen traveled with a team of doctors to help in the grand opening of the Okoa Refuge Medical Clinic - House of Joy—where individuals and families now have access to general medical care (soon to include dentistry) with a plan to expand to include maternity and labor and delivery care in the next year.
The naming of the House of Joy reflects the joy and strength that Cailyn brought to those around her. How her heart called her to take care of those she knew and those she had just met, and to make a choice every day to better the lives of those around her. Karen feels so fortunate and humbled to have been involved in this project and in honoring Cailyn, helping to carry forward Cailyn’s mother Crystal’s message that “strength through grace brings joy” and that the clinic, House of Joy, and all of us can continue to carry on Cailyn’s life and legacy though strength, grace, and joy.
To learn more about the Okoa Refuge or to make a charitable contribution, please click here.
“There is no footprint too small to leave an imprint on this world.”
In loving memory of Cailyn Nelson
Project Spotlight: Pondview
A shared community built by Koch Homes and Ryan Homes, Pondview is located in Millersville, and consists of townhomes, villas, and single-family homes. Our highlight this time around focuses on a single-family home we recently installed in June, the Madison – a four-bedroom, 2.5-bath house with 2,686-square-feet.
We focused on providing creative lifestyle examples, utilizing merchandising and artistic license to: showcase different ways homeowners could potentially use the rooms. Inspired by client preferences that were tailored to the home, we sought out crisp colors for each room to impart a specific feeling.
The game room is a bright mix of red and black to lend an energetic vibe to a fun poker theme displayed through “dice” martinis, embellished pillows on the sectional sofa and modern-style chairs, and card deck wall hangings. With a more subdued, calm effect, the master bedroom revealed a tray ceiling with color accents in navy, greys, and whites that continued and flowed throughout the room—in the bed coverings, lamps, pillows, and other instances. The child’s bedroom was purposed for a boy in a nautical flair: we were tasked by the client with representing Annapolis and water and this room was the perfect installation for it. We used wooden planks on the wall, as well as a dresser, decorations, and a bedside table, each with a maritime feel.
Who says your home office has to look like a typical office? This home contained a space open to the foyer that others could easily walk by and appreciate its chic beauty. Dark woods were complemented here by greys, off-white, and light teal. Also nearby was the sunroom, where we set our sights on a casual, outdoorsy feel with natural-looking wood, a comfortable wicker sofa, and clean geometric patterns that used multiple hues of blue.
Designer: Karen Osborne
To hear more about Karen’s work or to join forces on a project, please contact us.
Designer Highlight: Sunroom
We can’t let the sun go down without mentioning this one! Stephanie Simmons, Senior Interior Designer with Karen Renee, recently completed work on a fantastic sunroom. This elegant sunroom was the perfect epicenter for relaxing and entertaining — its black-and-white honed marble in a checkerboard pattern was a stark contrast to the coral and grey used throughout. These delicate tones were found in the floral prints used on linen side window panels framing a beautiful waterfront property, as well as the shaped chairs upholstered in grey velvet, a Sunbrella coral welt, and Moorish accent tables in coral.
Designer: Stephanie Simmons, Allied ASID
To hear how you can partner with Stephanie on your next project, please contact us.
Project Spotlight: Timber Creek
Situated on Riva Road in Annapolis, Timber Creek is a new community built by highly regarded Koch Homes. Karen Renee Interior Design was brought in to design, furnish and merchandise the model home, taking the opportunity to use several unique applications throughout. We used wood installations in the Family Room, applying an Armstrong product in the tray ceiling to pull the grey color from the fabrics onto the ceiling. The outcome was a pulled together look and ultimately created a "fifth wall". Another example of this was designed for the Breakfast Area where we created a rectangular-shaped designated space above the dining table with molding on the ceiling and installed a small patterned wallpaper inside. We also used lucite counter stools at the island to impart a trendy, modern vibe in the kitchen, which already has an airy, streamlined feel from the cool color palette of aqua, greys and whites complementing the beautiful white shaker-style kitchen cabinets. We switched things up on the second floor, punching up the Guest Room with bold hues of coral for excitement and variety, and the Owner's Suite held tones of soft blues on the custom shams and pillows - lending a sense of serenity to this safe haven of comfort. In the lower-level Rec Room, we used the same corals and blues to tie into the overall feeling of the home, but included fun game items like a pool table and Scrabble for the purpose of entertainment for all age groups.
KRI Celebrates 25 Years!
The Holiday Season Is Upon Us!
During this holiday season, our thoughts turn to appreciation for our clients, reps, vendors and local fabrication/installation services. We are grateful for your business and your services and we have enjoyed being in partnership with you! Enjoy the holidays and best wishes for an amazing upcoming year!
What's Trending at the Fall Highpoint Furniture Market?
Here's what we found on our Market trip:
Furniture with brushed brass, copper, burnished gold and weathered mineral accents; Petrified wood tables and table tops; Tables and chairs made of acrylic as well as on parts of other furniture such as legs on ottomans and benches; Fine grasscloth applied to furniture. The prominant colors were: Gray, Neutrals, Prussian Blue, Pale Icy Blues, Blush, Salmon, Corals, Clay and Emerald Green. Mid century influences in furniture and lighting; Natural woods; Bunching cocktail tables of varying heights; Contrast welt, tapes at base of upholstered pieces and contrast fabrics done in a subtle textural way on chairs; Textures, fabrics and wallcoverings under glass on cocktail tables and credenzas; extra large knobs on furniture; chairs and chests painted in colorful lacquered finishes and artwork in acrylic boxes as frames.
The Real Deal in Annapolis Real Estate: Karen Renee Interior Design