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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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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.