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{PROJECT REVEAL} TOWNHOUSE TURNAROUND – COMFY TO CHIC!

We are excited to feature our designer Brittany Meidinger’s townhouse transformation in this month’s blog! Here's what Brittany had to share about this project: This latest project was done for my client, Becky, who recently moved into this townhome. Her goal was to make it more unique to her taste by incorporating shades of gray, glam and vintage pieces. She wanted to create a feminine space that is both comfortable for her and her dogs as well as a great spot for entertaining. Becky was a dream to work with! She rarely questioned my ideas or direction. Becky and I developed a great friendship as we created a space unique to her. I really do get the most joy from meeting and working with my clients. Becky was no exception! We decided the design direction would be an eclectic mix of vintage, rustic & glam. Although we did this project all at one time, we wanted it to feel as though it was collected over time. Becky had several existing vintage pieces we incorporated in the new design. I love the challenge of working with items that a client loves and has meaning to them! Living Room Before: Living Room After: Lighter & Brighter Living Room The first thing we did was re-paint the yellow walls! We gave the entire room a refresh just by adding a soft warm gray paint color to the walls (Requisite Gray, Sherwin Williams). This gave us a beautiful neutral space to work our magic in!   We replaced the carpet with dark hardwood flooring. This opens up the space and provides a beautiful rich warm tone to the room. Now it was time to dress our [...]

{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 [...]

{DESIGNER PROFILE} BRITTANY’S SIMPLE KITCHEN TRANSFORMATION

We’ve spent a lot of time showcasing projects Amy has been working on.  We decided it's time you meet some of our other designers and feature their amazing projects too.  We LOVE our designers at Interior Impressions!   We wouldn’t be here without this amazing team! Today we are featuring Brittany Meidinger and her tips for creating a simple yet amazing kitchen transformation. Brittany, where did you grow up? I grew up in Moose Lake, MN.  It’s a small town near Duluth. Are you married or single?  Children? I am not married and do not have kiddos. What inspired you to pursue a career as an Interior Designer? It was always my dream growing up to do Interior Design. I loved going to model homes as a kid. I was always curious to see what my friend's houses looked like (and then would re-arrange their living rooms or decor). When I was probably 11 or 12 I watched the TV series "Trading Spaces" and realized that design/decorating was an actual career! I decided to pursue my dream job and have been working with Interior Impressions ever since. I've been with Interior Impressions for 5 years!  I am very grateful for the opportunities Amy has given me...and to be working with such an awesome team! :)  What is your favorite design style?  This is a tough one, but my personal design style is probably along the lines of what the Kardashian's homes look like - a bit dramatic, black and white, antique mirrors, fun wallpapers, but I also love antiques and bold pops of color. The great part about being an Interior Designer is that I get to work with everyone's style and taste. I love doing shabby chic cottage looks, rustic/vintage/glam design, modern farmhouse, or [...]

{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 [...]

{PROJECT REVEAL} BUILDER “NICE” TO FAMILY “FABULOUS”

This remodeling project is one of my favorites of all of the home transformations I've completed so far! It's not just because the transformation was so dramatic or because I had the opportunity to redesign almost every room in the entire house (every designers dream).  This was a favorite because this family has been so much fun to work with on top of everything else! Michelle and Joe came to me looking to update a model home that was just 5 years old.  It was a lovely home, but didn't have the finishes or the fresh, modern look that exemplified their styles.  I was a little intimidated at first because Michelle is a high-powered executive project manager and she likes to get things done fast and efficiently!  My first project with them was a whirlwind deck makeover which was a surprise Father's Day gift for her husband. She asked me if I could pull off having a pergola built, purchase all new furniture for the deck and have it all completed and in place while they were on vacation for a week.  She wanted to surprise him when they arrived back home!  We started planning only a few weeks before they left for vacation.  I was thinking "Please Lord...help me pull this off or I don't think she'll want me to do the inside of the house!"  It was quite an adventure.  I felt like I was trying to pull off an HGTV makeover without any crew-members to help!  In the end it all came together beautifully.  It was one of the biggest adrenaline rushes I've had in this business.  At the end of this whirlwind deck transformation, the most important detail was that I [...]