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Karastan Premier Designer Project: Chicago Retreat

We love it when Karastan Premier Designers share with us images from some of their gorgeous interiors. So when M. Grace Sielaff, Karastan Premier Designer and managing principal of M. Grace Designs, Inc. out of Chicago, sent us photos from one of her latest projects, we just knew we had to share it with our Live Beautifully readers!

Read on for our Q&A with Grace about this beautiful Chicago retreat, complete with Karastan’s luxury wool carpet.

Karastan: Where was this project?

Grace:  Chicago, IL

Karastan: What were you hired to do?

Grace: Our client is from Denver, Colorado. We were hired to design their two-bedroom unit condo in River North, Chicago. It is our client’s second home. They wanted a second home so they can visit their parents on the weekends.

Karastan: Sounds great! What was the look the client wanted? How were you able to translate their vision?

Grace: Our client wanted a transitional with a minimalist modern living space. From the client’s perspective, they wanted to leave it all to me to come up with ideas. So we created this space with touches of their favorite color and then translated their ideal look within the allocated budget.

Karastan: What was your approach to this project?

Grace: I listened to their needs, and then presented the ideas, color palette, and furnishings one room at a time. I’m passionate about the outcome because the client was so easy to work with.

Karastan: Why did you decide to use a Karastan carpet?

Grace: I’ve incorporated Karastan’s Woolston Plaid in Castle Wall because of its nice transitional modern look. It has a bold yet subtle pattern, and it’s the first thing you notice when you walk into the room.

Karastan: Why did you decide to cut and bind the rug as opposed to going wall to wall?

Grace: Our client wanted area rugs in all the room.

Karastan:  Tell us about this room – what’s the focal point? What look did you achieve?

Grace: We achieved a dramatic, minimal yet subtle living environment. The focal point is in the living room. Everything’s anchored with the space, including the art, the loveseat and the area rug.

Karastan: What was the client’s response to the bedroom?

Grace: The bedroom was a haven to them. They feel like it’s a home away from home. We ended up with a successful project because they were just a remarkable couple to work with.

Thanks, Grace for sharing your beautiful work with us, too!

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About M. Grace Sielaff:

Grace, a Karastan Premier Designer, is a recognized expert in color and is the recipient of the ASID Design Excellence Award from the American Society of Interior Designers, (ASID). Grace’s interiors have been published and featured in: Luxury Home Quarterly, Design Bureau Magazine, CS Interiors,The MTV Production, HGTV- Home & Garden Television, Chicago Luxury Home and Condo, StyleChicago, Garden Design magazine, Spectacular HOMES, Chicago Tribune, and DreamHome at Design Center Merchandise Mart. For additional information about Grace, visit her website here!

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Premier Designers at the Design Bloggers Conference

This week, at the 2016 Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta, we launched our Premier Designers program to hundreds of interior designers, members of the American Society of Interior Designers, and design bloggers. It was an absolute #woollove fest at the Karastan booth, where our Lady Baa Baa sheep greeted conference participants on our 100% New Zealand Wool Woolston Plaid carpet in Worldly Gray.

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Interior Design bloggers were also invited to join Premier Designers, Karastan’s exclusive group of interior designers who earn rewards for their design services. Interior Designers who join Premier Designers while at the booth were automatically entered into a contest where they could win their choice of Karastan carpet or rug up to 8’x10’.

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Premier Designers are featured on the Karastan website, and can earn rewards including features on Karastan’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and profiles on Live Beautifully, Karastan’s interior design blog. The highest earning Premier Designer will get national recognition in Elle Décor magazine.

There were plenty of Instagrammable moments at our booth, as conference attendees took selfies with our Karastan sheep to enter our Instagram contest. To enter the contest, all Karastan sheep selfies on Instagram must include the hashtags: #Karastan #livebeautifully and #woollove. The contest winner will be chosen on Thursday, March 10, 2016 and will receive a $250 Visa gift card.

Here are some fun photos from the Karastan booth!

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