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Highlights from Spring 2017 One Room Challenge

We love working with the talented bloggers and interior designers selected to participate in the One Room Challenge, a bi-annual event where bloggers makeover a room in just six weeks! For some, that would seem like an enormously daunting task to accomplish in such a short amount of time. As a sponsor of the Spring One Room Challenge, we worked with six talented bloggers, providing them with everything from wall-to-wall broadloom carpet to custom bound area rugs.

 

Here are some of the highlights of the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge:

Christine Dovey

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Christine Dovey, an interior designer and blogger in Toronto, Canada, renovated her entire basement. With her unique style, she converted the entire area into multiple sections, including a whimsical play area for her children. The main part of her basement featured Karastan’s Antelope animal print carpet from our new Savanna Scenes Collection. Visit her website to see amazing before/after pictures!

 

Erin Hatzis – Suburban Bees

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Erin, one of the two Suburban Bees, had the toughest client to work with this One Room Challenge: her 9 year old daughter. Her tween bedroom and bathroom makeover was a huge success, and included Karastan’s Fassi area rug underneath the bed. What a perfect way to wake up in the morning! Visit her website to see the completed room.

 

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips – The English Room

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We’ve worked with Holly, interior designer for The English Room, on a number of One Room Challenges and she has the most eclectic style. We love everything about this bedroom makeover: from the soft, pink ceilings to the bold wallpaper and artwork. Our new Snow Leopard carpet from our Savanna Scenes collection compliments every single element in this room. Check out the incredible after photos on her website!

 

Kristin Cadwallader – Bliss At Home

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Our animal prints were a big hit among the One Room Challenge bloggers this spring, and Kristin Cadwallader of Bliss At Home requested our Ashen Antelope carpet for use as a stair runner in her entry way makeover. This 1942 Connecticut colonial has such character, and the stair runner is a beautiful contrast to the soft, grey walls that greet you when you enter Kristin’s stunning home. To see Kristin’s beautiful entry way and living room makeover, visit her website.

 

Katy Lyle – A Touch of Teal

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Finally, Katy from A Touch of Teal, spent her six weeks redoing her modern rustic kitchen. The neutral kitchen, with pops of teal color (naturally!) throughout the room, features Karastan’s Tybee area rug in silver. The gorgeous rug compliments the teal of the kitchen chairs beautifully! Visit Katy’s blog to see the kitchen!

 

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Shabu Cheetah at The Pink Clutch Blog

Paige Minear, the brilliant interior designer behind The Pink Clutch blog, had one of the most colorful room transformation in Spring 2016 The One Room Challenge™. It was no easy task to transform an already beautiful wood paneled den and we were astonished by what Paige was able to accomplish in six weeks!

Paige opted to use Karastan’s Shabu Cheetah carpet from our now discontinued Exotics Collection, and if was a choice that truly pulled this colorful room together. The attention to detail was remarkable, Paige put thought into every single piece – from the pink cushioned stools to the Limoges bowls from her own collection.

We were fortunate to sit down and chat with Paige about her The One Room Challenge™ room transformation. Read on!

 

Karastan: Tell us about your blog, the Pink Clutch. What type of blog is it, what do you primarily write about, is this also your profession or a hobby?

 

Paige: The Pink Clutch is a design blog with posts five days a week on a number of design topics.  My goal is to provide inspiration to my readers on the many aspects of design. I write about designers, design trends, travel, food and drink, fashion and our home.  In the past two years the blog has transitioned into a brand and become a full time profession.  I am blessed and incredibly lucky to make a living doing something I love.

 

Karastan: Is this your first time participating in the One Room Challenge? If no, please tell us about your previous room makeover.

 

Paige: This was not my first The One Room Challenge™ but my sixth.  The first four were as a linking participant and I transformed our Guest Suite, Porch, Master Bathroom and Laundry Room.  I was incredibly lucky to be chosen as an invited participant for the last round and I transformed our Kitchen and Breakfast room and now once again our Den.  Each time I take on the project I think it will be a smooth ride and it always comes with hurdles and struggles but is so worth it in the end.

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Karastan: Why did you choose to makeover this particular room in the home?

 

Paige: Our Den was the last room on the main floor to be transformed.  I loved the space but the wood judges paneling kept the space dated in its 1982 glory.  For 12 years we enjoyed the space as it was but I was ready for white walls and a massive change.  My husband was the one to fall in love with the space when we bought the home and I was sure he would expect it to remain wood for the duration.  I was thrilled when he suggested we paint it and I jumped at the chance before he could change his mind.

 

Karastan: What was your inspiration/approach to this project?

 

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Paige: I knew I wanted a white room, which is very outside my comfort zone, with tons of color.  I have always wanted a green velvet sofa so that was a must have, along with using some of the furniture from our original den.  There is no need to completely replace every single item in a new room, especially when a lot of the pieces still work.  We completely reworked the space for more seating and to create a U shape which would be more conducive to conversations.

 

Karastan: Did you think you would be able to complete your vision in only 6 weeks?

 

Paige: When I started I didn’t have any concerns, but about week 3 I began to panic and then at week 4.5 I was truly stressed I would not finish.  There is nothing like doing something in the public eye to add many layers of stress to an already stressful situation.  I was truly panicked for about a week I would not pull it off.

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Karastan: What were some of your project concerns?

 

Paige: The biggest challenge for me was the paint.  After the second painter quit I truly began to panic.  I could not reveal a white lacquered den without the white lacquer.  I reached out to every single designer I knew and asked for their painters and I was truly lucky to not only get one that would fit me in but turned out to be better than any painter I had found on my own.  He was incredible and finished the job in half the time with a better result than had been previously promised.  My next challenge was wallpaper.  When we worked on our kitchen the wallpaper was a disaster and I was very worried about wallpapering another space.  It turned out to be the easiest contractor I used and I think he was in the house for maybe a total of two hours.

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Karastan: Tell us  – why did you select a Karastan product for this room?

 

Paige: I love Karastan rugs and it was an honor to be able to work with Karastan for The One Room Challenge™.  I love animal prints and the Shabu Cheetah carpet was an obvious choice for me.  When I learned that the pattern I chose was being discontinued I was even more excited knowing I would be one of the last to use it.  I could not be happier with the contrast it provides.

 

Karastan: What’s your favorite thing about the Karastan product you selected?

 

Paige: The pattern is by far my favorite thing about my Karastan carpet.  The Shabu Cheetah is just the balance of neutral I was looking for to balance a room I knew would scream color.  I have always felt an animal print was a perfect neutral and this carpet might be my new favorite thing.

 

Karastan: What were the features important to you when selecting a Karastan carpet/rug for this room makeover?

 

Paige: We are a family of six with two dogs so I was drawn to the durability and stain resistance of the Karastan products.  I want to make sure any rug or piece of furniture we invest in will stand the test of time and family.  So far I have been thrilled with the stain resistance.  I was the first to spill a drink and it cleaned up beautifully.  I could not be happier.

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Karastan: How do you feel about the final result? We loved your reveal, were you happy with it too? How would you describe your room makeover stylistically?

 

Paige: We LOVE the space.  The bright color of the walls greets me every single morning with a smile.  I am thrilled with the change it has given our main floor and the larger feel and seating area it has given us for entertaining.  We love it so much and I still have to pinch myself every day when I see it that it is truly ours.  Oh, and that I really did finish the space.  I was truly very concerned.

 

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All photos courtesy of Paige Minear and The Pink Clutch Blog, photos taken by Christina Wedge.

To see Paige’s room transformation, from start to finish, check out these blog posts on The Pink Clutch.

Week 1: Before

Week 2: The Plan and Fabric

Week 3: Paint, Art and Accessories

Week 4: Lighting, Drapery and Fabric

Week 5: Paint, Wallpaper and the Finish Line

Final Reveal

 

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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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It’s Not the House, But What’s Inside

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Karastan considers the New American Home (NAH) as one of the company’s most important projects of the year. It is a tremendous opportunity to show builders how Karastan can support them with a complete selection of flooring choices, in any project from large to small.

Each year, the NAH is built to showcase the latest technology in the home building industry. Over the years, the end result is a “one of a kind” custom home that provides the spaces and the price points to showcase such advanced products.

For 2015, the NAH featured a four-bedroom, 5,891-square-foot desert contemporary home in the Sky Terrace community on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Built and designed by Blue Heron, the show home presented a collection of takeaway ideas for every price point that can be rolled into mass production quickly and efficiently.

The home demonstrates how the most cutting-edge building technology, products and materials can be integrated into a production community. The home is designed and built to exceed Emerald status, the highest level of certification from the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard.

Features in the NAH included photovoltaic panels, open spray-foam insulation, a weather-sensitive irrigation system that automatically adjusts usage relative to the immediate climate, high-efficiency water heaters, hydronic air handlers, intelligent fireplaces, balanced daylighting and low-maintenance building materials.

The many renowned suppliers for the home are a representation of the best of the best in their industries. This year, Karastan was selected to provide both luxury carpeting and rugs to outfit the NAH. Karastan’s Vienne, Chic Vibe, New Direction, Libertine and Woven Grassland carpets were all featured in the home. Karastan carpets are known for their artistry, innovation and craftsmanship with styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, which made them a perfect fit in such a unique environment.

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Karastan also took this unique opportunity to host product demonstrations exclusively for Modenus and Las Vegas BlogTour.

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BlogTour invites the world’s most influential design and lifestyle bloggers to national and international destinations where they immerse themselves in trade shows, showrooms, design events, and local culture. The bloggers then share with their audiences across their social platforms their newfound knowledge and up close and personal encounters.

The group graciously agreed to tour the home and to see for themselves why Karastan carpet fits the bill for a home replete with the best furnishings, products and design elements in the world.

And, of course the house was AMAZING. Based on the bit of reading I had done prior to my visit to the 2015 New American Home in Las Vegas, I was anticipating a house that was elegant, functional, efficient and green.

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It was definitely all that I anticipated – and so much more. From the moment we pulled up to the home located on the earthy and peaceful outskirts of Las Vegas, it was apparent that this home intentionally blended in with its natural surroundings. The southern girl in me couldn’t help but smile as I imagined what a cactus would look like in my flowerbeds!

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Walking through each room in the home was truly an experience. With the latest concepts in architecture flowing throughout the home, and stunning design on the inside and out and everywhere in between, it had all of the elements of the perfect show home.

What I didn’t count on as I was walking from room to room for the first time, was watching this house come to life before my very eyes. You know the saying, ‘it’s not the house, but what’s inside’? For a few brief minutes, this beautiful home with all of its impressive design elements and innovative features still felt empty.

But, then Blogtour Vegas arrived! This fabulous group of design bloggers accompanied by the Modenus team entered the home with a determined sense of exploration! One by one as they entered the home, you could feel the buzz of energy and excitement as they began taking pictures and discussing the design details of the home.

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This talented group of lively individuals made this house a home in a matter of minutes! It was only then that I could truly appreciate all the 2015 New American Home has to offer.

Take a moment to explore the New American Home through the eyes and personal experiences of some of these talented bloggers. Click on the links below!

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