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Design Dictionary from A-Z with Renae Keller

A is for air  [air] noun  a well designed house must be allowed to breath. Drawing fresh air in wherever possible. As important as the design of the windows themselves. B is for bead trim [beed] [trim] noun a globular accent that borders around mirror and frames creating an element of elegance and intricacy. C is…

From ‘South Minneapolis Tudor’ to ‘Dream House’: A Case Study

A journey that started out with just picking out paint has turned into a 10 year journey to transform this turn of the century Tudor into a dream house that is built around function and family. The textured walls and dark stairways are a distant memory (Maybe just for me, I wasn’t living there). This classic Tudor has…

5 Ways to mix prints like a Pro

5 Ways to mix prints like a Pro Have you ever wondered how interior designers take a room from typical to curated looking? A lot of it has to do with creating contrast in the home. Here are a few tips for pattern mixing. A skill that requires time to perfect. Choose a print to lead…

Serene Space

Sometimes we create a home around everyone else’s needs and forget our own. Being selfless is part of being a Mother, a Father or even a Partner. It is important to look at what matters to us most and how it will make other people feel. For one of my clients having a place to…

Why I decided to Re-Brand

Why did I decide to Rebrand? After 21 years of experience as an interior designer I have to admit I wanted to throw a party! This party is for all the people in my life that have become part of the success of this business and all the new ones I hope to work with.…

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: You can see, touch,…

Chinoiserie

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…

Color of the Month

    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,…

Color of the Month

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…

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…

We Made It…finally!

  I’m sure you are thinking that as an interior designer, building a home would be a breeze, right? I have to say, 80% of the choices were instant for me, but the other 20% was a struggle, and they seemed to vary over the finishes and placement of whatever I was struggling with vs.…

Highlights of 2017

I love the holiday season, things seem to slow down and speed up all at the same time. After Thanksgiving it is hard to stop the process of reflection as we near the most sentimental part of this time of year, Christmas and New Years. Looking back on 2017 we have had some major milestones…

What is Transitional Style?

A question I get asked frequently from clients is “What is transitional style? I hear it used casually when talking about seemingly traditional interiors but they are also kind of contemporary”. That is exactly it! I will explain what transitional means to RKID and how it is used- and how you could be using it.…

Being Thankful: 10 Things We Are Thankful For This Season

Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to reflect on all the things that fill us with gratitude. I am always thankful for my families understanding that sometimes work follows me home. But for this list I want to focus on what I am thankful for in the Design industry. Hopefully this list not only kick starts your…

Designer Profile: Aerin Lauder

As a designer we have to constantly be on top of current trends but also understand tradition. A designer that pulls off the mix is Aerin Lauder. She is one of those people that does it all. Granddaughter to the esteemed Estée Lauder, Aerin makes a name for herself in her own right. She serves…

How to Style Your Bookshelf

Bookshelves are little windows into understanding who the book owner truly is. Whether it be a bookshelf for one or a family of ten; It’s a place to express your individual preferences and interests in life. Some people stock their shelves with The Times Best Seller List and others relish the past by buying the…

Rebranding with Amber Hurdle

This past week I was featured on a podcast with ‘Bombshell Business’ hosted by business coach, Amber Hurdle. She runs a business think tank out of Nashville, TN and works with clients all over the world. Collaborating with Amber Hurdle was one of those experiences that I would recommend for any business, small or Fortune 100.…

How to Choose Wall Art and Hang it

When selecting art for your home or office there a few considerations to keep in mind. Color, content, and texture are some of them but what about if your not even sure about what colors belong in the the space. Framing is necessary and can often intimidate a buyer (black frame-white mat vs. gold frame- off white mat?!).…

A Day In the Life of an Interior Designer

Being an Interior Designer sounds like a glamorous job, right?.  I get to pick out glorious color palettes, shop all day for the perfect rug, and have an occasional long lunch with a wonderful client. Well, it also includes chasing down fabrics that meet specifications for use (like a sofa that is used by the whole family, including…

Fall Home Design Trends

Our Three Favorite Fall Trends at RKID Home design trends are little different than the ones you see at the mall. They need to reflect the times but also need to reflect timelessness. Its not like your changing your sofa out every 4 months (although wouldn’t that be great)! Here are our top three trends that…

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Renae Keller is an award-winning, ASID certified interior designer in Minneapolis-St. Paul, specializing in new construction and large remodels. Trusted by homebuilders, architects and homebuers alike, Renae is known for creating an overall design vision that blends functionality and aesthetics, while keeping the details intertwined, and her customer's style in clear focus.

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