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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 accolades, we look forward to continuing to set a high standard of design and beauty for each of our clients.
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 how you can partner with Stephanie for your next project, please contact her.
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 trends includes acrylic furniture, faux fur sheepskin for chairs and sofas, Greek key design on furniture and lighting, and chunky quartz jewelry-inspired light fixtures
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 used Lake Norman’s famous hallmark within the rooms without being conspicuous while appealing to current trends, and displayed other items relating to travel, the outdoors, and cook-outs with friends and family. Our goal was for potential homeowners to see, “I could live here. This is home.”
In the main photo above, we used a main color scheme of terracotta and aqua, playing the colors off of each other for a fresh, exciting look. We also used a natural grass cloth on the ceiling in the dining room to define the area in the otherwise open expanse of space. Throughout the rest of the home, we added complementary and unique accessories to really set off the colors and individual rooms, including fur-lined pillows in the master bedroom and wood-inspired laundry room wallpaper—replete with real oars bound with rope hung on the walls—as accent pieces.
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 the house, as well completely new updates to the kitchen. A large area that included a dining room with a great room and gathering area beyond, the kitchen touted white cabinets with granite and touches of grey and black. A backsplash of crackled tone-on-tone subway tile above the stovetop added emphasis, and was topped with a coffered ceiling. And if you’ve ever wondered if mixing finishes is OK, let us tell you: it is. We used polished nickel as well as lighting in weathered brass to complete the look. A custom-made table was devised from wood from the property, and side chairs came from Switzerland and were reupholstered for an individualized look.
Natural fabrics, linens, and textures were utilized throughout, and while grey is the fashionable “neutral” right now, we accompanied it up with hints of coral, blush, and red in certain areas, and used water tones of blue and aqua in others. The outcome had a continuous flow while not using the same colors all over, making the end result a sophisticated, welcoming home away from home.
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.
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