Karen Renee Interior Design, Inc.
Our goal is to enrich your lifestyle through interior design. When you walk into your home it should be an extension of who you are. A home that you feel relaxed and comfortable in is a place you will feel in balance.
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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.
Podickery Point Residence
Facing the water on Podickery Point in Annapolis, this eclectic living room incorporates golds and blues, utilizing medallion fabric from Harlequin and a variety of textures and patterns to coordinate. Heavy emphasis is placed on the water location by using coastal photography from two local artists and a subtle wave pattern throughout the accents. With the focal point placed on the cocktail table, a piece that combined fossilized wood and metal, the room is a chic and relaxing space easily used for entertaining friends and family. The clients are very pleased and feels the project captures their style and requests perfectly.
St. Margaret's Residence
Part of a first-floor design for clients on Mill Creek in the St. Margaret’s area of Annapolis, this dining room favors transitional design with clean geometric shapes. This is evident in the chandelier, dining room table apron design, and the drapery’s Greek key border. The walls contain subtle coordinating patterns in a neutral grass cloth, while the dining chairs are upholstered in a deep blue with complementary nail head trim. A popular room for family gatherings, this dining room flows beautifully with the rest of the client’s home.
North Carolina Model Home Projects
Our team recently returned from North Carolina, having worked on two separate models for different communities. In Cary, North Carolina, The O’Kelly model is located in the Courtyard at O’Kelly Chapel community and features the open and bright “Portico”-style home with a bonus suite. Colors highlighted were blues, aquas, with pops of yellow, and possessed metal finishes in silver. We installed a beautiful round table in the dining room, the perfect piece to juxtaposition the square space. Though materials and furnishings were within budget, we added in wonderful contemporary additions throughout to give the home a versatile look and feel.
The Marvin, aptly located in affluent Marvin, North Carolina, is an elegant courtyard home in the style of “Promenade,” and boasts a bonus suite on the second level. We used a variety of navy and teal tones, with finishes in gold to complement. For this home’s living room, we featured upholstery in beautiful solid hues as well as small stripes to tie in multiple colors. We also combined dark woods with medium tones so existing furniture in diverse tastes could be easily incorporated for potential downsizing. The end result was eclectic and fresh, yet personalized.
Our clients were thrilled with the results, as were we: after receiving fabulous feedback from potential and existing homeowners, we had several seek us out for further work!
To speak with us about your next design project, please contact us.