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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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Interior Designer Spotlight: M. Grace Sielaff’s Luxury Great Room

Chicago based interior designer M. Grace Sielaff of M. Grace Designs, Inc. is a visionary. She’s an award winning Interior Designer, a member of Karastan Premier Designers, and was named one of the Best 15 Interior Designers in Chicago in 2014. Recently, we sat down with Grace to discuss a custom design project for a client in Oak Brook, IL. In the following interview, Grace shares with us some of her inspiration and process when it comes to approaching this interior design project.

 

Live Beautifully: Grace, this room is gorgeous! How did you approach this project and what did your client want from this room?

Grace Sielaff: This great room provided us with plentiful daylight and open space. Our client wanted a minimal space to entertain guests, as well as a sectional seating facing the fireplace. So, we used neutral colors with a punch of luxurious yellow, and texture throughout the space to add warmth and love.

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Live Beautifully: What was your inspiration for the interior design?

Grace Sielaff: We came up with a color scheme that the client absolutely loves, which radiates with both happiness and warmth!

 

Live Beautifully: Did you pick one element and then design the room around that piece, such as the existing fireplace? What was your design process?

Grace Sielaff: We knew we were keeping the fireplace but first we determined paint selection. From there, we came up with the overall color scheme. After that, we presented our client with a color concept and incorporated all other materials.

Live Beautifully: Why did you select our Exotics Majestic Leopard carpet, which you had cut and bound to fit this space?

Grace Sielaff: The Majestic Leopard carpet was ideal for this traditional space. It provides warmth, texture, and anchors the space with a significant wow factor!

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Live Beautifully: We love the artwork in this room, can you tell us more about it?

Grace Sielaff: The art is from Gallerique and is an oil on canvas painting by Ted Stanuga called “Torso.”

 

Live Beautifully: How long does a project like this usually take?

Grace Sielaff: This particular project took 4-6 months because everything had to be custom made.

 

Live Beautifully: Thanks for sharing this beautiful room with us! The photography really captures the warmth and light in the room.

Grace Sielaff: Absolutely! Chris Bradley Photography did a great job photographing this space.