Friday, July 17, 2015

Design Bits and Pieces

Well I've committed the cardinal sin of blogging... taking a long unexcused break for no reason whatsoever. So, if your reading this thanks for hanging in there with me:).

I've been up to my eyeballs in projects--- so I thought I'd share what I've been up to and divulge a few secrets along the way. 

First let's talk about paint panic... can you relate?

I'm working on a new TOTAL renovation in Bryn Mawr and whenever I work on a total reno that doesn't have a full design plan in place ahead of time I always get that panic, frantic call. "My builder/contractor needs paint colors for the entire house by tomorrow and there are like over 25 rooms in this house!!"

Sneak peek: New ceiling treatment and millwork are happening

Now I always try to avoid this by planning ahead but it's not always possible. Either because I'm brought into the process late or the client understandably doesn't want to make a million decisions all at once like flooring, tile, cabinetry, wallpaper, fixtures, carpet, furniture, etc. you get my drift. Way too overwhelming and I get that!

So after I talk them off the ledge we go room by room and select colors from what we know is going in the room. That could be back splash, counter, bedding, furniture or whatever we have on hand. If we know nothing and trust me this happens... we go neutral. Paint is the cheapest thing to change so let's not panic... am I right?

You can read more about how to select paint here.

Another fun total renovation I'm working on is happening at the beach.

And since we are on the subject of paint. PAINT can cure all ugly!

This is where we started with the reno. It's not finished but I want to demonstrate the power of paint!

Dated 1970's panel entry, vinyl flooring which you can't see

Entry in Progress

Paint color decorators white Benjamin Moore, natural, cypress wood flooring

In progress as you can tell! And yes, I swear this is the same space!

Dated 70's dark panel, faux stone fireplace

In progress
Paint color decorators white Benjamin Moore, cypress flooring

(notice I didnt remove remotes, etc. keeping it real here until a real pro takes pictures which I am not!)

New little side table is on its way...

 This home is a temporary space so we're keeping the budget in check until they find a permanent space. So we kept a lot of their own furniture like this coffee table and wine rack but....

I'll share a little secret with you. If you are looking for a great beach house slip-covered white sofa try the Willow sofa by Crate and Barrel. 

Sleek with modern arms, comfortable and reasonably priced but best of all comes in one week! VERY important if you'd like to enjoy your beach house for the season. Custom sofas which I normally spec out can take 8 to 12 weeks. And this sofa? .... won't fade in direct sunlight. A HUGE issue with beach house installations.

Another hint? I LOVE using swivel chairs especially in vacation homes where you have several focal points in a space. In this room you can swivel to see the water and sunset... swivel to talk to your friends and family watching TV to see the weather for the week and swivel to tell your mom, dad, or host in the kitchen what you'd like for dinner or what cocktail you'd like to enjoy!

These Lee Industries chairs are comfortable and small in scale great for a living space that was built with a room designed in the 70's.
You can check out the specs here.

Here's another space where I used these chairs. 
Here is where we started

It's a very awkard small entry hall/living room space with a fireplace in the back corner of the room. Most definitely need to swivel to enjoy the roaring fire in winter!

Here is where we are now...

The Lee chairs are covered in a much more aggressive Quadrille fabric! We are waiting on a pretty gray indoor/outdoor rug and other design elements for this space.

That's all for now. Will share more pictures as we finish all three spaces!
Thanks for reading!! XOXO

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week Six - The Reveal!

I made it! Whew. Thanks to Linda at Calling it Home for lighting the fire I needed to put this room to bed (so to speak).

The mission for the room? To make it fun, colorful and a happy place for an 11 year old girl to wake up in!

Fyi - this post will feature mostly the images from my daughter's new space. All links to products and fabrics are at the end of the post.



Let's not forget the closet... 


One thing I've learned because I've done a lot of teen/young adult rooms (after doing their parent's spaces) is that when you do it 100% of the way down to the last little detail and take in their input (my daughter chose the wallpaper and it snowballed from there...)
they really tend to keep the space clean and neat. I have walked into spaces I've done 2 years later and the parents will tell me this. Once it's neat and clean and pretty they want it to stay that way!! BONUS!!!  

Thanks to my friend Joanne Posse who took these amazing photos! I just love her and her work!! You can check out her photography here.

And a huge thank you to the One Room Challenge
 sponsors for making this room look beautiful!
Loom Décor
Linen fabric for headboard
Fabric and custom fabrication for the draperies and color block bed skirt
Artwork above desk and above two night stands
 Mark and Graham
Striped bed sheets, monogrammed pillow cases
monogrammed paperweight


Now, it's a MUST for you to check out the rooms from these very talented ladies. Everyone worked so hard and did an unbelievable job! Thanks ladies for all of your support!! xo


Stephanie Kraus Design's Sources
Imperial Trellis Wallpaper  Schumacher
Wall paint custom by Benjamin Moore
 Headboard custom design by SKD. Fabric by Loom Décor
Bedding and Shams  Pottery Barn Teen
Striped monogrammed pillowcases  Mark and Graham
Color block bed skirt custom made by Loom Décor
Draperies  custom made by Loom Décor. Fabric Loom Décor
Drapery trim  M and J Trimming
Drapery hardware  had forever:)
Desk  Wayfair
Amethyst Mirror - Bungalow 5
Monogrammed magenta paper weight Mark and Graham
Nightstands - had forever:) Paint - Pilgrim Haze by Benjamin Moore
Brass Sconces  Visual Comfort
Pink abstract on large wall  Wendover Art - trade only
Lucite Bench - trade item Alan Campbell fabric (trade only)

FABRIC SEALED BY Fiber Seal - Let them know Stephanie Kraus Designs sent you!
French desk chair - daughter's own
Fabric on French chair and long bed pillow  Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Thanks to these local businesses:
Monograms by Tibbar Tibbar
Blue Desk Lamp - Robert Abbey  The Blue Octagon
Sunburst brass mirror above bed  The Blue Octagon
White elephant The Blue Octagon
Dana Gibson white and gold trash container The Blue Octagon
Other accessories - my daughter's

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One Room Callenge: Week Five

Just a couple of images from week five.  Getting down to the wire and here's what happened this week...

Draperies installed
Draperies Loom Décor
Trim M and J Trimmimgs

Accessories were purchased

Mark and Grahm

Finish this week....

Install sconces

Hang art


Install mirror

Bungalow 5

Style bed 

Custom headboard
fabric Loom Decor

  check out what everyone else is up to
And don't forget to checkout the linking participants tomorrow!!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week Four

Coming down the stretch and moving right along.
This week I'm sending out my daughter's lucite bench

to be recovered in this Alan Campbell fabric.
I'm deciding between two fabrics for her desk
This one by Caitlin Wilson
This one from ROMO

Thoughts, suggestions?
I LOVE everything from ROMO but that grey background in CW's fabric is just killing me.
And my sconces will be coming any day for above my daughter's headboard so she can do some late night studying...
I fell in love with these sconces when I used them about a year ago for a client here.

That's it for now...
 Thanks for popping in again this week!
But before you leave check out what everyone else is up to
And don't forget to checkout the linking participants tomorrow!!
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