Project Spotlight: Woodlands at Plum Creek


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


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!


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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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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