05/7/15

Color of the Month

Color of the Month

 

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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.

 

 

 

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

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

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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.

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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

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Another great way to go is to add decor accessories.

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Stay tuned to see June’s color…..

 

 

04/10/15

Color of the Month

Color of the Month

Citron Dot

The color of the month is “Citron”, one of the best colors to show off your Spring fever!  This color named after the citrus fruit, and rightfully so, is the perfect mix of yellow and green and can pop any space.  The beauty of this color is its intensity.

 

Here is a great combination of a grey/citron stripe upholstered chair paired with wood grain pillows.

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Another unique pairing of patterns.  The White/Citron Chevron accented with the floral pillow really caught my eye.  Wouldn’t you want to sit down here with a good book!

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Need to spice up your entry or dining area, try finding a pair or vases to incorporate onto your furniture piece.
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See these inspirational pallets that have really grown my obsession with incorporating this refreshing color into my world.

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Citron compliments with whites, grays, light Blues to deep Navy Blues.

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This a great little vase was a Target find this past winter, the reverse Ombre of Citron and White is simply divine.

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A fun pattern lampshade.

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This has endless possibilities.

Citron Vase - Zackary

 

 

I can’t wait to share next month’s color……..

05/19/14

My trip to Kohler

Last week I traveled with a group of designers to Kohler, Wisc., to learn about Kohler’s products, brands and technology. We were fortunate enough to stay in stunning and historic Riverbend (www.riverbendkohler.com).

My experience there was nothing short of spectacular. As a tactically motivated designer, I place a lot of value in being able to test-drive products before putting them in my clients’ homes. I want to know firsthand how the faucet handles feel when you turn them, or how the artist crafts each unique piece of tile. And Kohler is such a top-notch company with exquisite, cutting-edge products, it would be difficult to leave uninspired.

My favorite moment of the trip was meeting the designers of the Kallista pieces. (Kallista is one of the companies owned by Kohler.) The engineering of Kallista products is astounding…can’t wait to put some of them in my clients’ homes!

Some of the gorgeous Kallista designs:

Kallista vanity, lights and faucet.

Bill Sofield for Kallista vanity design, lights and faucet

 

Kallista faucet and vanity

Barbara Barry Tuxedo Collection for Kallista faucet, lights, mirror and vanity

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Michael S. Smith for Kallista “For Country” collection faucet

Ann Sacks Tile….gorgeous!

Ann Sacks tile (owned by Kohler)

 

Ann Sacks tile (owned by Kohler)

Ann Sacks tile (owned by Kohler)

Ann Sacks tile (owned by Kohler)

Don’t forget about the Riverbed Mansion and croquet field on the Kohler complex! Luxury!!

Riverbed mansion at the Kohler complex

A mansion built in 1923 for Walter J. Kohler

Riverbed mansion at the Kohler complex

Riverbend’s rear terrace

Croquet field at Kohler complex

Croquet anyone?

04/16/14

My feature on House of Turquoise

Those of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter already know I was featured on the House of Turquoise blog for my most recent project in Rochester. This is exciting for two reasons: 1) Erin at House of Turquoise has more than 55,000 Likes on Facebook, which means awesome exposure for RKID, and 2) I’m so proud of this project because it stretched me out of my comfort zone a bit, and I’m always thankful for opportunities to grow professionally.

You can see Erin’s post about this project here.

And here are the photos from the project she featured in the post. What do you think?!

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12/2/13

My 15 minutes of fame (okay, a minute and 40 seconds, but still…)

If you follow me on social media (and you should!), you already know I was on WCCO last week sharing tips for holiday decorating and host/hostess gift-giving. I shared photos on social media but wanted to also share with you what the experience was like. Being a TV newbie, it was all incredibly fascinating.

I woke up that morning excited to get the day rolling, both literally and figuratively. My general M.O. is to panic for several days prior but then be filled with calm the day of a big event, and this was no different. I began by meeting with my PR gal Madeline Johnson at Tapis Decor to review what I was going to say and do. Next came introductions to both Bob the camera man and Natalie, the woman who interviewed me. We had a brief chat about what they wanted to get on camera and what they were hoping to achieve with this segment, then the camera began rolling. It all happened so fast–clearly this was not their first rodeo! Natalie was wonderful in helping me explain what I had created for the camera, and she kept asking questions to continue the conversation seamlessly. I’m so pleased with the end result, I wouldn’t change a thing (except for all the awkward “umm”s!).

Watch the segments here:

Holiday Decorating

Host/Hostess Gift-Giving

Gettin' miked.

Gettin’ miked.

Why do I look like I'm about to tip over here? Am I shaking water out of my ear?

Why do I look like I’m about to tip over here? Am I shaking water out of my ear?

Rolling!

Rolling!

Can we talk about how great Natalie's dress-and-boots combo is in this picture?

Can we talk about how great Natalie’s dress-and-boots combo is in this picture?

Adding wintery touches to things you already have make decorating painless and pretty.

Adding wintery touches to things you already have make decorating painless and pretty.

Pretty winter pillows and throw.

Pretty winter pillows and throw.

07/18/13

Hello from up north!

I’m happy to say this week’s blog post comes to you from the beautiful lakes of Crosslake, Minnesota. Could we have asked for better lake weather? No, we could not…it’s simply perfect up here this week. It’s a Berge (my side of the family) getaway, so we six Kellers are joined by my brother, his wife and three kids, as well as my parents, who will be here any minute. These Minnesota summers at the lake are why we put up with the atrocities Mother Nature bestows upon us every winter, right? Here’s a taste of the fun we’re having!

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05/31/13

RKID has a new look!

Friends, I’m so excited to announce my new website has launched! I love the look–it feels soooo Renae. I worked with the oh-so-talented Kim Kalina of Green Olive Design to create my new site…didn’t she do an amazing job? She totally captured the personal and professional feel I’m going for. Love it!

I hope you take some time to check it out and tell me what you think. And as always, call me if you need design help with your space!

xoxo,

Renae

RKID home page

 

Lots of new portfolio pics to share, too!

RKID portfolio page

 

My press and philanthropic info…

RKID press

10/1/12

How Quaint vintage shop in Shakopee

My friend Katherine and I took a break from work last week to devote a day to vintage and fall clothes shopping. Fun, right?! We discovered this adorable little shop in Shakopee called How Quaint. We had so much fun! I took a few pics of my favorite finds.

 

Mosaic glass vase. And hydrangeas. Who doesn’t love dried hydrangeas in the fall?

Gorgeous autumn ensemble. Adore the robin’s egg blue color with the pumpkins.

An old fashioned cake mixer just like my grandma used to have!

These intricate corbels used to display just about anything. I love the rustic finish they portray.

I might paint my entryway this exact color — Tiffany Blue!

Vintage light fixture.

Umm…I like orange more than most people, and this is even a little much for me!

This display got me excited for Halloween…and lamenting the fact that I’ll have to dig through all my decorations to find the Halloween goods, which will almost certainly be at the bottom of any given pile. sigh

Love this creative idea for wall decor.

Remember my consoles blog post? This elegant piece would fit in nicely.

If you get a chance, stop by the store! They have a huge display of outdoor items as well, so if you’re into all things vintage, you can’t go wrong. They’re open one weekend a month–the next dates are October 18 – 21. I hope you have as much fun as I did!

xoxo,

Renae

 

06/3/12

My trip to the Big Apple for Blogfest 2012!

As some of you already know, I spent the week before last in the Big Apple at Blogfest 2012. Hosted by Kravet, this event was designed to bring those of us with an interior design blog to NYC to learn about what’s available in our industry and boost our social media skills. But really, the bottom line is that it was a great excuse for my friend Katherine and me to travel together to NYC!

I debated the best way to tell the story of our adventure and ultimately decided it was best to let the pictures do the talking. So here it is…our NYC adventure as told through photos. (Two thoughts regarding the length of this post: 1) my apologies, and 2) brace yourself.)

Thanks to my hubby, Kath and I were treated to a pre-NYC mani-pedi at Ambiance Spa & Salon. While we didn’t leave for NYC until Sunday, and our nails were beautified on Saturday, we agreed this treat was unofficially the start of our vacation. Or, at least, it was the point at which we “checked out” from all things not related to our trip.

 

 

For starters, I’m a terrible car passenger. Like, really terrible. I appear excited for the taxi line in the first picture, but I’m actually busy estimating 1) how many times I’ll puke, and 2) will the free ziploc baggies I snagged from the airport security line work in my carsick moment of crisis. Thankfully I never actually caved in to that evil motion-sickness demon, but believe me when I tell you every journey in a taxi was suspenseful one.

 

We arrived a day before Blogfest 2012 began, so we had some time to stroll the streets of NYC before getting down to business. We ate a quick dinner on our way to what we were told was Soho, only to learn we were actually headed toward Central Park, only to not make it there because our feet hurt so badly. Our biggest fail of the trip by far: Poor shoe choices.

A huge win, however, was getting free wine at a hotel we weren’t even staying at, not to mention full access to the hotel’s veranda. It’s amazing how quickly our feet stopped hurting once we had that first glass of wine in our hands.

 

Kath and I awoke slooooooowly the next morning…can you imagine our sheer delight at not having to tend to four children at the crack of dawn? We sipped coffee, read our magazines, and enjoyed what some find hard to hear in NYC: silence. When we were good and ready (and not a moment earlier), we headed out to SoHo for a nice lunch and a stroll through the famous neighborhood. With cute shops and quaint boutiques, it did not disappoint.

 

 

Our first official stop on the Blogfest 2012 trail was the Kips Bay Decorator Showroom, where we saw several designers’ talents on display. Above is just a taste of some of their beautiful work.

The real treat of the evening, however, was getting to meet Thom Filicia! He has a fabulous fabric line that seamlessly illustrates his flawless ability to create the most exquisite color combos and organic patterns. You might know him best as the designer guy from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on Bravo a few years back. Here we are (with our new friend Kate!) at Savant. Let me tell you, this man’s genuine kindness and down-to-earth demeanor was refreshing and unexpected. A total class act!

The next morning we had to be up and at ’em to start our day at the Hearst Tower. We had the privilege of hearing several excellent speakers, including the editors in chief of House Beautiful and Veranda magazines. Pictured here are Editor in Chief Newell Turner, as well as designers Michael Herold, Jill Goldberg, and Jon Call.

 

 

Our next stop was the Elle Decor Modern Life concept house hosted by the magazine’s editor in chief Michael Boodro. Above are photos a few of the unique rooms at the concept house, as well as photos of me with Katherine from Houzz, and me with the other Katherine from RKID. :) Houzz is a really inspiring website with lots of style and design ideas, and Katherine represented the company well. She was stylish, easy-going and inspiring as well!

  

Next up was a trip to the D&D Building, where designers are made to feel like a kid in a candy shop. Fabrics and colors and fixtures abound, and needless to say it was my own little slice of designer heaven. Above I’m pictured with Cary Kravet, one of the sibling owners of Kravet fabrics. The magenta fabric above has one of my client’s names written all over it, and then below those two photos is a picture of Alexa Hampton, quite possibly the coolest lady of all time. She has a furniture line at Hickory Chair, a fabric line at Kravet, and is one of the most sought-after interior designers today. Yet hearing her talk, you feel as though you’ve just sat down for a glass of wine with an old friend.

On Wednesday, the final day of Blogfest 2012, we began the morning with a tour of Kravet learning about the day-to-day operations of how the company works. Of all the Blogfest events during our trip, this one was by far my favorite. Seeing how the fabric designs are conceptualized, how the colors are altered for various colorways, how the pictures and shapes are actually imprinted on the fabric…so, so fascinating.

After the Kravet experience, we were off to the Museum of the City of New York, where we listened to John Turner from Benjamin Moore tell us about the color trends of 2013. Anyone who knows me at all knows how quickly my heart beats for color! Believe it or not, Facebook and Twitter are actually determining 2013’s hues of blue. Crazy, huh? Above I’m pictured with my new friend Kate O’Hara from Martha O’Hara Interiors. Quite honestly, she was our best find of the trip.

Finally, we closed the trip with the closest we could come to New York pizza. With our limited time on our own, we didn’t get as close to real (greasy) New York pizza as we would have liked to, but this pizza was delish, so no complaints here!

Had this experience only been a nice little vacay from the fam, I would have been pleased. But it turns out it was so much more. It stirred in me my passion for what I do, and reminded me that every time I set out to design a space, I’m doing the thing that makes my heart the happiest. Lucky, lucky girl.

xoxo,

Renae

05/28/12

You found me!

I’m thrilled you’ve found me at my new blog location! Thank you for continuing to read my musings about life as an interior designer.

Remember, you can still get to my blog from my website by clicking on the “BLOG” tab at the top of the page. But if you have subscribed to my blog through a feed/RSS reader (like Google Reader, for example), you’ll need to change the subscribing address to renaekeller.com/blog.

Happy reading!

xoxo,

Renae