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Fresh Kitchen Trends

10/14/2019

If you ask friends and family which room they spend the most amount of time in, they’ll most likely say the kitchen. A place of necessity, but also a place for gathering and comfort, it’s no wonder the kitchen is the place to be… and we’ve compiled a list of currently popular styles and applications to consider:

  • Cabinet colors, especially dark or colored cabinets with lots of blues
  • Quartz countertops and farmhouse-style sinks are both still prevalent
  • Retro appliances with pops of color or using contrasting colors in upper and lower cabinets
  • Backsplashes, using larger slabs of ...
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Thank You for Voting!

10/14/2019

We won and celebrated 1920's style at What's Up? Magazine's Best of Party!  We are so pleased to have been voted the winner for “Best Of Interior Design Services” by our supporters in What’s Up? Magazine’s Best of Annapolis & Best of West County. Thanks to everyone who voted!  We couldn’t do this without our wonderful clients.

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Project Spotlight: Two Rivers

10/14/2019

Located in Odenton, Maryland, the Woodlands in Two Rivers are an enclave of homes boasting wooded views, a variety of resort-style amenities, and close proximity to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore for commuters. It is here that designer Stephanie Simmons completed a recent project – a modern take on a beautiful design for a client transitioning to a new chapter in her life. The new construction offered a wonderfully blank slate and, in the living room pictured here, Stephanie incorporated neutral tones throughout using the window treatments, area rug, and pillows, for a light, airy feel. Pops of color were implemented ...

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Lisa Smith joins KRI!

8/14/2019

Lisa Smith comes to Karen Renee Interior Design with 15 years’ experience in Interior Design and credits her success to passion, determination, and education. Lisa has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Towson University, an Associate’s Degree in Interior Design from AACC, and has completed Master Classes from George Washington University. Her focus over the years has been model home merchandising and also has extensive experience in residential interiors and commercial spaces.  

With a natural eye for color, patterns, and textures, Lisa is known for her ability to combine various fabrics, often presenting the unexpected. It’s ...

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MBIA’s MAX Awards: We Won!

7/19/2019

We’re excited to announce Karen Renee Interior Design won the distinction of two awards in outstanding merchandising at the MBIA’s MAX Awards!  Our projects, Woodlands at Plum Creek, in Crownsville, and Oxford Apartments, in Oxon Hill, were recognized for exemplary interior merchandising.  We couldn’t be more thrilled for the distinction in this category and industry. 

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Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

7/19/2019

In 1973, supporters of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in New York City sought a way to raise money for local children in after-school and enrichment programs. Enter the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. Done annually, interior designers take a Manhattan Georgian mansion home and thoughtfully reinvent its rooms, displaying a cornucopia of inspiring artwork, furnishings, and technology. Favorites from our visit? A wall treatment and staircase mural done by Richard Rabel as well as an invitingly tranquil living room, by Robert Passal and Danial Kahan, inspired by Parisian salons and incorporating hidden speakers within its ceilings, so as ...

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May Day in Annapolis

7/18/2019

An eclectic showcase of local personalities presented their take on May Day on the historic streets of Annapolis!  This year’s beautiful bouquets represented the city in diverse samplings – each felt like an extension of an already unique and beautiful locale and only worked to further enhance the special nature of a stroll through the streets of downtown Annapolis.  Didn’t make it this year?  There’s always next year!

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Designer Wanted!

2/18/2019

Creative and highly motivated Senior Interior Designer sought by Karen Renee Interior Design, a highly established and award winning interior design firm. A minimum of five years residential experience and a degree in Interior Design are required. This is an incredible opportunity for someone seeking a rewarding career and an environment that includes wonderful natural light to work in, a cooperative team mentality, support staff, a full sample library and direct furniture manufacturer accounts.  Model Home Merchandising and Commercial experience is a plus.

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Pantone's Color of the Year 2019

2/4/2019

We’re excited to announce PANTONE’s color of the year is Living Coral (16-1546). Consider using this warm tone with bright flashes of color in your sofa pillows, decorative trim or on a powder room wall (as a few examples) for an inviting, appealing color. PANTONE’s Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman, says, “With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive note.”

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DIY: Powder Room Masterpiece

2/4/2019

Looking to spice up your powder room’s blank walls with a clever spin on a gallery display? Take frames in a variety of sizes and profiles, paint them a beautiful contrasting color to offset the tone of your walls, and make your own masterpiece. We implemented this look in the guest bathroom of a recent project, “Woodlands at Plum Creek,” using Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Farmhouse White on frames found in an antique store. The frames were hung in an interesting pattern to give a visual effect without being too busy. For an added touch, you ...

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Oh, What a Night!

2/4/2019

Annapolis Home Magazine’s hosted their Builder & Fine Design Awards launch party on January 24, where we celebrated our designer Stephanie Simmons. Stephanie won first place in Design Excellence for her project, “Eastern Shore Retreat.” It’s always a good time when we’re together, especially when celebrating such an occasion!  Pictured Left to Right:  Cathy Lindquist, Stephanie Simmons and Karen Osborne at the Awards Dinner at the Gibson Island Club on November 1st.

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Project Spotlight: Woodlands at Plum Creek

11/24/2018

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 ...

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What's Up? Magazine's Best of Annapolis 2018

11/24/2018

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)

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Builder and Fine Design Awards 1st Place in Design Excellence!

11/23/2018

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! 

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