Lake Harriet Interior Design and Home Renovation Project
Matt and Maile had been looking for the right house for a long time. Maile was pregnant with their first child and they were eager to prepare a home before their daughter’s arrival.
Featured Designer- Jennifer Hortsman
- White House/Black Market for work related clothing
- Patina for anything funky gift related
- Moss Envy for eco-home items
- Peapods for eco-baby chic items
- Sparks in Bryn Mawr Neighborhood for date night
- Hazellewood in Excelsior for their fantastic popovers
- The Bad Waitress for brunch on a sleepy Sunday morning
- Bacio for my favorite salad and wine combo
- Barbette for their French fries
- Artist- I would be a tie between Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.
- Interior designers- Katie Ridder, Celerie Kemble, Kelly Wearstler and Jeffery Alan Marks.
With winter right around the corner, wouldn’t it be great to have a place for the kids to hang out, a room out of sight of everyday living. Basements and converted attics make great spaces for these rooms. Even beyond everyday family time, game rooms make a great addition to entertaining spaces. If an attic or basement is out of question, a spacious area or unused formal dining room work great as well.
A game room can be many things, while it doesn’t have to include a pool or ping pong table, if you have the room why not? It can be as simple as a game table and four chairs, having a great place to play games or cards. I recommend a pedestal table with four upholstered game chairs, this will allow more space and comfort for each player.
Originally a protection from intruding elements, wainscoting now serves strictly decorative purposes. Wainscotings main purpose was to cover the lower part of the walls, in houses constructed with poor or non-existent damp proofing. Believed to originate in medieval Poland, this term was used to describe the high quality oak boards that were produced there and transported to homes throughout Europe.
Traditionally constructed from tongue and groove boards, wainscoting today can be made of various materials. Ornate wainscoting is associated particularly with seventeenth and eighteenth century interior design, mainly in Victorian homes.
Today, it can be found in various home styles from arts and crafts, turn of the century Queen Anne’s, and simplified into more contemporary homes. Wainscoting gives a custom and luxurious look although it was originally something of necessity.
When specifying wainscoting in a room, it is important to remember the rule of thirds. Simply meaning, don’t place the top of the wainscoting equally centered between the floor and the ceiling. You should image the wall divided equally into three parts, typically it is placed on the lower third portion of the wall. Sometimes in larger settings the wainscoting takes up two-thirds of the wall space, as shown below.
The Perfect Master Suite
A master suite is a luxury, an escape from the stresses of everyday life and a private place to call your own. While many may take their master suite for granted, other have been longing for a space to call their own. Regardless of the size, there are a few key things to consider when designing this space.
It’s in the details
Details are what give a master bedroom character. This can range from architectural details to artwork. Be sure to have a focal point as well, it can be a large four poster bed, a fireplace or even a gallery wall made up of your favorite art. All these pieces make your master suite unique and truly you!
More than just a place to sleep
Add a sitting area into a master bedroom if possible. This allows a place to read and relax that is quite and tucked away from the rest of the house. It could be a lounge chair with an ottoman, a window seat or even a sofa. All of these pieces add an extra bit of relaxation to the space.
A luxurious bathroom
Keep it casual
Master Bedrooms are a place to relax, don’t make it fussy. People are often discouraged when looking through home design magazines, sure the rooms are beautiful but they don’t fit in the everyday lifestyle of most people. It should reign true to your lifestyle. If you are a casual person, keep your home casual. It will feel forced otherwise, and truly be harder to live in. Your home should be a reflection of your family and your day to day living. Keeping this in mind, casual does not equal messy. These are some causal, well designed bedrooms!
Trends in Shower Design
Originally bathrooms served strictly functional purposes in our homes. Today, they are equally as beautiful as they are functional. Every design detail involved in bathroom design plays an important role in the overall space. Today we are discussing trends in shower design.
The use of marble in showers has and will always be a luxury, giving the shower a spa like feel. From slabs to mosaics, the style keeps coming back year after year. Marble is an excellent stone for many reasons, one being its ability to fit in stylistically anywhere from a traditional to a modern design.
With thousands of options on the market, how do you choose just one?
Rain head showers have been popular in the market the past few years. This Kohler HydroRail featuring a Katalyst rain head and shift hand shower, transform the standard single outlet shower into a spa-worthy shower.
This show stopping classic art deco inspired faucet from Kohler is great for any bathroom. When paired with Rite-Temp pressure balancing valve, your shower maintains your desired water temperature during pressure fluctuations. No more cold showers!
Select a neutral tile in an unexpected shape. These arabesque tiles are an updated ode to old world style while remaining fresh and current. They give the shower interest but maintain a light, clean and airy feel.
Featured Designer- Renae Keller
The Featured Designer of July is Renae Keller of Renae Keller Interior Design. Renae is a ASID Certified designer who has been designing beautiful interiors since 1996. Renae is not tied to one specific design style. She believes in collaborating with her clients to paint their story and make the space come alive. Creating beautiful, livable spaces! Renae’s design philosophy… burn the candles, use the china.
Share your background
– Graduated from Mankato State University with a BS in Interior Design in 1996
– Worked at Gunkelmans Interior Design from 1997-2005
– Worked at Engler Skogmo Interior Design from 2005-2010
– Created Renae Keller Interior Design in 2010
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why
-I would live in the Midwest to be close to family and friends. Plus, I hear the people are nice. I would have my favorite spots however, to visit!
Describe your dream home in five words
– Well-appointed, textural, functional, warm and inviting
What are your hobbies
– Gardening, cooking [when I have the time], and spending time with family/friends
Five things you can’t live without
-The color orange
What are your favorite local shops and restaurants
-Porter Creek and Chianti Grill- restaurants
-Zachary Ltd. so inspiring!!!
Describe one of your favorite projects
– I was involved in a 1974 Master Bathroom remodel and updated for a lovely couple. It was a local project and the client was very involved with the project and trusted her team that worked on the project. It was a joy to work on this project because it was functional, yet beautiful. I felt many times throughout the project I was killing two birds with one stone [where there was function and we made it beautiful]. It had wonderful details that the client really cared about and went the extra mile to achieve. The overall aesthetic was serene and peaceful, just what a Master Bathroom should be. What a great way to feel at the start and end of your day!
Who are your favorite artists and furniture designers
-Furniture: Susan Kasler or Alexa Hampton
-Fabric: Celerie Kemble or Raoul
What is your favorite room in your home, why?
– My entry way. It is functional and the most “new” with a fresh coat of Tiffany Blue paint and a Georgia Peach Mirror! I found it for $8 at an estate sale by a wonderful friend of mine.
No room would be complete without…
-A little tailored trim on the pillow or sofa, and of course, a bit of orange…
Do you have “go to” paint colors, which ones are they
-Benjamin Moore: Sailcloth, White Dove and Silver Marlin
Red, White and Blue
With summer officially upon us, many will be heading to the cabin for Memorial Day. We thought we would share some classic, cozy cabins and headline some unique features they showcase.
Mismatched cabinet fronts
These give a collected look, and are reminiscent of the cabins of the yesteryear’s. Today, the cabinets only give the illusion of being collected and pieced together over time. Not looking to complete an entire kitchen remodel? A simple way to achieve this look is by introducing a vintage hutch or sideboard, which will give a similar feel.
Rock faced edge counter tops
This raw edge profile plays up the collected look of the mismatched cabinets giving the kitchen an earthy, rustic style.
What a luxury this is, who doesn’t love an outdoor shower. Outdoor showers have been gaining popularity in cabins and vacation homes. It is a unique and functional feature, whether coming in off of the boat or giving the kids a quick rinse after playing at the beach. Outdoor showers truly make life a bit easier.
Log sided exterior
Nothing says cabin more than a traditional log sided exterior. Log sided exteriors are very versatile, they can be original on a 1920’s charming cabin or be incorporated on a larger scale, new construction. While there are many siding options to choose from, these logs add charm and finish off the cabin design.
Have a safe and fun filled weekend!