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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!

Follow Grace on social media using the links below, and visit her Premier Designer profile on the Designer Match section of Karastan’s website.

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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.

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Instagram #DesignerTakeover

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This is M. Grace Sielaff, the founder of @mgracedesigns. On September 26-27, Grace took over the Karastan Instagram account for a #DesignerTakeover for the entire weekend! In case you missed it, we pulled together all of Grace’s images and commentary for this blog post on Live Beautifully. If you haven’t already, make sure you start following us on Instagram @karastancarpet and let us know what you think of Grace’s images!

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“I’m super excited to be taking over the Karastan Instagram account for the weekend. Get ready for some design inspiration, a behind-the-scenes look at my life as an interior designer, and the reasons why I love @karastancarpet!

Help me kickoff #NationalKarastanMonth by visiting this link. You can download the Karastan rebate coupon and get up to $1,000 back on your purchase of beautiful and luxurious @KarastanCarpet!”

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“Here’s a look at my little project from today—a vintage-inspired glass table all set for dinner. Loving the Woolston Plaid area rug. Makes it a classic statement.” Photo by @mgracedesigns. #DesignerTakeover #National KarastanMonth

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“Sneak peek of a fun decor project I’m working on for tonight!”

Photo by M. Grace Sielaff of @mgracedesigns. #DesignerTakeover #NationalKarastanMonth

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“This is what I call understated luxury. It’s Karastan’s Violetta pattern, made of 100% New Zealand wool and is the perfect choice when looking for soft neutrals. Right now during #NationalKarastanMonth, you can get up to $1,000 off Karastan carpets.”

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“As an interior designer, much of my inspiration comes from my travels. I spotted this gorgeous architectural detail in Orvieto, Italy. The sophisticated structure and gray color reminded me of the textured Karastan wool #carpet, Woolcraft Nouveau in Metro Gray.”

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“In the showroom with some of my favorite Karastan styles today! From top to bottom: Patola in Denim Wash; Woolcraft Nouveau in Windsor Tan; Astor Row in Fleece; Woolspun in Silver Sage. Let me know in the comments which of these textures/colors you like the best!”

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“I’m often designing and decorating in very unique spaces. I love that I can get custom cut-and-bound Karastan carpets as rugs.”

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“I’m always looking for color and pattern #inspiration. Would love to see this one as an area rug! I took this photo during my trip to Barcelona. Have you ever found decor inspiration in an expected place? Where?”

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“Thanks for joining me for the @KarastanCarpet #DesignerTakeover! Remember to look for inspiration in unexpected places. It makes a difference to find the right, high-quality decor items that reflect your style and your lifestyle.

This is Grace, signing off! You can keep up with my life and #interiordesign projects at @mgracedesigns. Don’t forget to take advantage of #NationalKarastanMonth, the lowest prices of the season on luxury #carpet.”

 

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Trends to Watch: Paisley

Among the most exciting trends going on right now are bold large prints, from globally inspired textiles to delicate botanicals, and paisley. Here’s my season’s inspirational pick for the month of May, the Karastan Emerson beige paisley rug. Paisley is the timeless print that never goes out of style.

This organic teardrop shape is rich in color, yet neutral, and functions as a strong accent when combined with vibrant hues such as bright red or pink.

It is the newest and finest example of American innovation and ingenuity in area rugs from Karastan. Crafted from Everstrand Fiber, these rugs are extremely soft and luxurious, yet heavy and durable. Everstrand Fiber has been developed by Mohawk industries as a Premium recycled Polyester fiber, made in United States.

This whole palette is all about eye popping and total pattern gorgeousness, and it’s truly a sight to behold.

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The Emerson Beige area rug is part of Karastan’s Pacifica Collection, which features casual, laid-back and sophisticated designs combined with modern color.  To learn more about our Emerson Beige area rug, visit the Karastan website.

What do you think about paisley as a trend to watch? Let us know in the comments!