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Interior Designer, Diana Tran, Joins KRI Team!

3/21/2018

Please join us in welcoming our newest designer, Diana Tran!   She comes to us with a wide range of talents and experiences across different industries.  Diana is a graduate of University of Maryland and Howard Community College with degrees in Political Science/Conflict Management and Interior Design.  Her expertise includes custom interior designs for both commercial and residential clients, as well as home staging and event styling.

Diana's passion lays in delivering beautiful and functional designs while optimizing your needs and budget.  Whether you are refreshing a residential room or designing an entire corporate suite, Diana will use her ...

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A Place to Gather: Eastern Shore Living

3/21/2018

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 ...

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Project Spotlight: Lake Norman Model Home

3/21/2018

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 ...

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What's Trending?

11/19/2017

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

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Power to The Powder Room

11/19/2017

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 ...
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A Fresh Start in Annapolis

11/19/2017

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.

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Designer Highlight: Sunroom

8/18/2017

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 ...

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Project Spotlight: Pondview

8/18/2017

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 ...

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Cailyn’s Promise: A Special Trip to Uganda

8/18/2017

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 ...

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