Highpoint Highlights – Part I “Three Hour [factory] Tour”

411 on High Point

I had never been to this place designers have flocked to for decades, until 2 years ago.  I always asked myself, why would a designer want to go to a place like this?  In the time it takes me to finish this sentence, I will state three reasons:

  1. You can see, touch, and feel [imperative for a designer!] product
  2. It is inspiring and motivates you
  3. You learn so much about the new product coming out and get a chance to get to foster relationships with your vendors and what they stand for [customer service, attention to detail, and quality of product].

There are many different markets around the country that I have on my list to visit [find another word…].  Looking forward to scheduling the time to visit [find another word] and find the perfect resources for my clients.

Part 1 – Furniture Factory Tour

You guessed it, we couldn’t wait to see who was behind making our upholstery [we felt as if we knew them after speaking to them so much!], where our favorite furniture was made [USA], and how it was made.

After arriving in Highpoint NC, we drove an hour and 1/2 to visit our beloved upholstery line.  In order to believe in and stand behind the product, we have to continually see new product and sit in pieces that we continuously sell.  We ask ourselves, how things sit so we can guide our client’s in selecting the appropriate pieces for their space.  As designers, we don’t just throw any old fabric on any old piece of furniture.  There is a purpose for it all.

Here are some snap shots and musings of what we took in that day.


The back of a tufted dining room chair prior to putting the back on it.

A hostess chair in a leopard print fabric, receiving some self welt.

A classic English roll arm sofa with a tight back cushion. Take a look at all of that fabric in the background [pure heaven]!

Wow! An ornate banquette for a lucky table to nestle into. I can only imagine where these pieces land when they find their home!

She’s a beauty…..classy and clean.


Color of the Month – September

Color of the Month

Kelly Green 2037-30, Benjamin Moore Paints


We are back to our busy schedules with fall approaching and kids (finally) back in school!  I will truly miss this beautiful summer; bright bold flowers, warm days and lush green grass, which is why my color of the month is Kelly Green.

IMG_3599 This a great start of fall color to add to your wardrobe, it is both fun and bold.



Exteriors are often a overlooked choice to make a statement. However look how drawn you are to this sign and door, maybe if you are ready for a easy change, paint your front door Kelly Green.



At the Francis King Showroom in International Market Square, they have these fantastic antique doors on display. Couldn’t you just imagine these doors walking into your dining room!



Kelly Green and Gold is always the perfect pairing. It just screams that you are fun and like the finer things in life!


Glass Table

Or add a simple splash with an acrylic top side table and Kelly Green base!



A perfect pop of color from a pillow helps any neutral furniture piece that need some spice.


Let me be honest, I just love Green!

Hope you enjoyed my Color of the Month! Stay tuned for November…….


RKID on the Road – “Those Beets….”

RKID on the Road


When visiting a family cabin in Hayward Wis this labor day, I stumbled upon a precious “little shack” that had all that I wanted…..beets and ground cherries.



Fresh produce, vibrant colors, cool mornings, and warm afternoons……Oh the simple things in life.



As much as I hate to see flip flops and cruising on the lake go; I am ready for ankle boots, cowl neck sweaters and ample harvests of fruits and veggies!




This was so quaint, they had such a sophisticated purchasing system….on your honor….


I had such a craving for these beets to be tossed in balsamic and feta cheese….had to get them!




We filled our baggies with our favorite ground cherries (and those beets of course)!


I love the signs that they hang out on the front of the shed to let passer-byers know what was available.  I wish that I would have seen the the Happy chickens = happy eggs sign up.  I love it!  It is true!

Happy beginning of fall!  Enjoy this glorious season.  A personal favorite…..


Color of the Month – August

Color of the Month


Watermelon Dot



The end of another great summer is near and I want to make this month’s color Watermelon! The perfect fruit to serve on a beautiful hot summer day.


This color is a rich pinky red and is a great tone to use as a seasonal accent around the house.

Watermelon Candle

A simple glass candle around the home can help you add new colors for the changing seasons. “Burn the candles, use the china”, right!






Vases are a great addition to your table top because not only do you add color but you can bring in the outdoors with some fresh cut flowers.

Betty Dangers Patio

Betty Dangers Patio

Betty Dangers Patio

Minneapolis’ Betty Danger’s Country Club was part of this month’s color inspiration. The patio has great pops of pinks, greens and yellows. So preppy and fun!


This a fun wood piece that you can make with supplies from the hardware store, and hang up during the summer months! A fun project for you and the kids.

Frontier Rug

Here is a perfect rug for a girls room or home office.


Gingham is a hot preppy fabric that will be all the rage this year.

Acid Palm Watermelon

Jonathan Adler always knows how to bring a flair of fun with his design, this fabric would make gorgeous statement pillows.

Hope you enjoy the remainder of August and stay tuned for September’s Color of the Month.


ASID MN Showcase House


It is an exciting time at Renae Keller Interior Design! The ASID MN Showcase House invited me to participate with designing the Foyer, Stairway, Upstairs Hall and Laundry Room. This project is a beautiful Coastal Inspired project located in Minneapolis, MN.

It has truly been an honor to work with the family and see the home come to life! To learn more about the family and Faith’s Lodge please visit the ASID Showcase House Main Page.

The Showcase House family's Non-Profit.

The Showcase House family’s Non-Profit.

Here is a peak into my spaces…..

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This event runs from September 18th – October 11th 2015.

To get a special tour by myself, Renae Keller, I will be the Designer of the Day on:
September 19th (1-4pm), October 5th (Culinary Event Evening) and October 7th (1-4pm).

Hope to see you there!


July’s Color of the Month

Color of the Month


Navy Dot



We are in full summer swing and nothing screams July more than Navy! We introduce this favorite summer month with Independence Day and if we are lucky get some great days in on one of Minnesota’s many lakes.

The Marion Handbag

I am in love with this Tory Burch handbag! The perfect addition to a wardrobe and can be used year round.



If you haven’t noticed by now, the nautical theme has taken over and who doesn’t love a Navy White Stripe for a summer look.

There are a lot of great showrooms in International Market Square have shown love to Navy schemes, which my clients absolutely adore and so do I!

IMG_3027 IMG_3024This sofa has such a wonderful Grecian look, I can imagine this piece spice up a four season porch.

IMG_3028This sofa has a delicate floral Navy and White pattern, quite the statement piece.



IMG_3015Or in a formal living room, Navy is the prefect way to dress up any neutral toned furniture piece.



IMG_3022Tables and chests are also falling in lust with Navy. The lacquered chest at the top is accented with gold hardware. The side table is a metal Navy with mercury glass mirror top, both of these pieces are great statements to any space.


This woven rope table is from the Tapis Showroom, dyed is a lovely indigo blue and could easily transport between patio to living room.


Tapis Showroom also offers other great Navy items,  from furniture to accessories!







IMG_3019This lamp catches my eye every time I pass by the Francis King Showroom. Such a stunning light to really add interested in the most unexpected way.



IMG_1222Here is another great accessory pieces found in the Francis King and Zachary LTD showrooms.





You can find navy in bluer tones all the way to a rich deep indigo.


Hope you can find some great Navy items for you home or wardrobe.

Stay tuned for August’s Color of the Month!



Color of the Month – June

Color of the Month

Yellow Dot


We are ending June and the color of the month that speaks to this first summer month is YELLOW! Hello sunshine, flowers, bumble bees and all things that scream summer!





Patio season is officially here and at Betty Danger’s Country Club in Minneapolis, you can see a posh wallcovering that demands your attention.


The accent of white allows this wall to pop and brighten the patio dining experience.




Nothing better than a perky yellow bench with crisp white geometric pattern, I saw this on my way to get coffee creamer at Target.






If you want to just add a little pop of yellow, try a pattern you like with a yellow trim detail. Just a little can go a long way!



Or a nice large scale pattern with a little yellow detail would be a good window treatment option.



These rain boot book ends are such a fun addition to any space, very playful!



Wedding season has also arrive and delicate yellow dress is a good way to stand out in the crowd.



Here are a couple more yellow pieces that are a little more of a mustard tone.






Hope you enjoyed my color of the month and stay tuned for

July’s color!



RKID on the Road

RKID on the Road




A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to find a great treasure in Iowa, right before my self-inflicted surgery….that’s right I have been in a very fashionable ‘Jimmy Choo’ boot…





…Back to my Iowan treasure, Antique Archaeology in Le Claire, IA! You may recognize the name from American Pickers on the History Channel.



My children, Charlotte and William, shared in my excitement at Antique Archeology….





We found a couple more unique bikes.










A Cinderella Pale Blue Vespa with contrasting black leather seat and creamy beige hand grips. This item is from Mike’s collection, our great American Picker, and unfortunately not for sale!

Here are some other great finds….



Here is a layered display with a textured back wall that would be wonderful backdrop for a ever popular design trend, vista wall. This wall could also help highlight a personal collection display you have….or would like to start!








These items are a great twist for the nautical design trend!





This antique register would look amazing on a library shelf.






For the Motorcycle lovers, a retro club shirt. I love the black wire framed fan, royal blue trunk and speakers surrounding the shirt, the perfect accessories to pull into a industrial style space!







Then of course there were a few more pieces that could work in an Art Nouveau space. Oh la la…





I can’t wait to return to the Antique Archaeology shop in Le Claire, IA. In the mean time I suggest visiting their online store, www.antiquearchaeology.com, and let me know what you think!

Stay tuned for my June color of the month blog….




This month I was re-introduced to a lovely design known as Chinoiserie. A classic decorative style that was first popular in the 18th century.


 I picked out a fabulous wallcovering at the F.Schumacher showroom in International Market Square. The Chiang Mai Dragon comes in a variety of options, all rich in color and detail. Here are two colorways I love…



This color is Alabaster and is the original color scheme for the 1930’s Chiang Mai Dragon print.



F. Schumacher, CHIANG MAI DRAGON in Aquamarine.

F. Schumacher, CHIANG MAI DRAGON in Aquamarine.

A couple things make this particular wallcovering special, unique and a high price item. Here are reasons (beside appearance) I appreciate Chiang Mai Dragon pattern –

  • Originally done by hand with wooden blocks.
  • The dragon done by the 1930’s American movement have a mix of a 4 and 5 claw legs. Traditionally 5 claw dragons were reserved only for the Imperial families, thus this error shows that this is an American pattern.
  • Each roll is a unique work of art, all hand screened done by an individual inker and all inkers at the F. Schumacer mill working on this pattern have a Masters in Fine Arts!


Other items I saw while shopping in IMS that caught my eye in my Chinoiserie craze….

F. Schumacher, CHINOIS, Color - Peony

F. Schumacher, CHINOIS, Color – Peony

Such whimsy and what a beautiful color!


Reverse on the style with a periwinkle background color.


And I saw this fantastic piece in Kravet, found behind their front desk, what a statement piece.

Check back in a couple weeks for my June Color of the Month!


Color of the Month

Color of the Month


Blush Dot 2


Spring is here! As a designer I am inspired everyday by what surrounds me. That is why the Blush topped the list of May’s color of the month.





Walking into my office, I am greeted by beautiful flowers touched with a hints of blush.





If allergies are a problem, look for a faux bundle to add on your desk.



Here are a few fabrics that can freshen up your palette.


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A sophisticated girls room!


Lavender and Blush make a great team, found in the Schumacher showroom.







You can add a little touch of Blush to your outfit with some accessories…

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A great statement necklace.

A pin for a spring jacket, Blush and Plum




Another great way to go is to add decor accessories.




Stay tuned to see June’s color…..