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{DESIGNER PROFILE} KELSEY FEATURES A BEAUTIFUL INTERIOR REFRESH VS. REMODEL

Meet our Designer Kelsey Gray! Kelsey has been with Interior Impressions for 3 years.  We are thrilled to feature Kelsey and one of her current projects in this month’s blog! Kelsey, where did you grow up? I was born in St Paul and grew up in Arden Hills How many siblings do you have? I have one older sister, Jena Are you married or single?  Children? I am single and no children. What inspired you to pursue a career as an Interior Designer? I've always been interested in interior design. I was always rearranging my bedroom growing up. My parents are both in creative fields, so it's always been a part of my life. I didn't really have an “ah ha” moment. I believe it was just sewn into me from the beginning! What makes you unique or in other words how do you stand out in a room full of interior designers? Most people don't fall into one design style. They like a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Often it's when they've gotten frustrated trying to mix styles on their own that they seek our help as designers. I can't even count how many times I've told clients that they are not alone! There is a fine line between hodgepodge and eclectic. I'm here to keep you on the eclectic side of that line! Anyone can go into a furniture store and buy a matching room set. That's no fun! Who wants to live in a furniture showroom? I ask lots of questions to get to the root of what my clients want both functionally and aesthetically. From there, I put a mix together that tells their story.  I resonate [...]

{PROJECT REVEAL: MN MEETS NORTH CAROLINA TRADITION}

I recently had the pleasure of working with an absolutely delightful family that had moved to MN from the Raleigh, NC area due to a job transfer to 3M. They bought a lovely home in the Powers Lake neighborhood of Woodbury. Their new home had great structure and personality, but it was ready for some updates and needed a touch of this family's vibrant personality!  They really like color, which made me very excited because so many clients are terrified of color and tend to stick to all neutrals. Even better, Shannon LOVES pink (insert my squeal with delight!!) I knew we were going to have a lot of fun with this project! One of the biggest challenges for this remodel was this large two story great room that featured a fireplace wall with a drab outdated tile surround and cabinetry that was screaming "update me please!" We also had the challenge of incorporating the client’s existing furniture which was a very pretty, but fairly bold denim blue color. I wanted to add color and vibrancy into the entire room without looking too crazy! Before:  Two Story Great Room  After:  Two Story Great Room FIREPLACE WALL As you can see in the before photos, this wall was begging to be updated! The tile surround was drab and the cabinetry needed some love.  The paint colors were a little dark and heavy. We began by updating the cabinetry. Woodworking by Chuck began by creating custom cabinetry to provide a seemless and more stable built-in television area. Then we had Chuck add a bar/entertaining area to the left of the fireplace. We added a built-in beverage center, custom wine rack and new quartz countertop.  It is now a beautiful [...]