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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...
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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 ...

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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 ...

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What's Trending?


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


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


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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