One of the best parts of my job is creating—and maximizing—the fine details in every space I design. A room is not truly beautiful—or truly finished—until together we’ve captured just the right amount of detailing for the space. What can I say, I’m a detail-oriented gal…well, when designing, anyway. My husband might tell a different story at home!

Nothing satisfies me more than a contrasting welt in a stunning oxblood red. Or the perfect vintage knobs on a bathroom vanity. Or the surprise of opening your pantry door enjoying a funky wall covering behind your box of penne pasta. Or covering your “Plans and Projects” wall in a magnetic linen wallpaper for easy display (check out the one at Lori Weitzner Design, Inc.; These details are the period at the end of a sentence; they are my ta-da!

Here are more examples of the fine details that can transform a room from blah to beautiful. Which of these are in your home?

• Experimenting with tile design, pattern and details in a tub and shower enclosure
• Adding decorative tape onto the leading edge of a drapery panel
• Giving Fido his own hook in the mudroom for a leash, sweater and winter booties
• Mixing Grandma’s dinner plates with your new salad plates at your Thanksgiving table setting
• When purchasing bathroom accessories, not buying everything to match (yes, Mom, I’m talking to you!)
• Lining the back panels of your built-ins with a fabulous wallpaper

Of course, as in all aspects of life, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing in design as well. Too many details in a space make them less special, less important. But capture the right amount of detail in a space and you’ve brought your room to life. Or, in other words, you’ve given your room a “ta-da!”

Happy designing,


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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 homebuyers 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.