before and after

Before and After-- A Teenage Boy's Bedroom

Here I go again with another before and after ... no matter how hard I try to blog about all these awesome decorating ideas I have in my head I just never get around to writing about them... someday. 

So I hope you enjoy these little before and after updates! Here's a quick refresh of a teenage boy's room.

I have a client who I adore working with and when she asked me to refresh her son's room I was pretty excited. I'm rarely asked to do a guy's room...I think boys are typically too sloppy or just don't care even the slightest about their surroundings. 

I can relate I have a few of those living in my house:)

Anyway -- here is the before of this teen's

 room. Classic boy.

Here is the after

So... what did we do? We repainted the whole room london fog by Benjamin Moore and added a wall of Thibaut wallpaper to add a little texture/industrial feel to the space. I actually wanted to purchase the faux wood stick on pieces from West Elm but they don't sell them any longer. I know where to source them but frankly I was going to get the same look with this wallpaper -- and it was much easier to apply:) ha!

We took down the loft bed and created a custom navy headboard with a gray linen welt (that fit perfectly) to coordinate with this fabulous West Elm bedding and custom pillows. 

We also placed the bed close to the wall so we could leave some open space in the middle of the room for his friends to hang out on the floor and play xbox.

We removed the posters and sporadic artwork and added a few new fresh art pieces to give it a bit of a coastal feel. We added under the bed storage for his collections, a new desk with hutch and black floating shelves ----which for some reason I did not take pictures of:(

We combined both gray walls and wallpaper with the current beige carpet (which will be changed out at a later date) and beige/white washed modern furniture. The overall feel of the room is kind of beachy/"west-elmy" I purchased a lot of items excluding the furniture from them... we have to get our inspiration from somewhere, right?

We didn't spend a whole lot of money yet created a fresh new look for this young teen!

Before

After

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Beach House Before and After Part 1

I know it's fall and winter is upon us but I thought I would share a project I worked on this summer. It was a beach house built in the early 70's and I don't think much changed in this house until my clients and current owners purchased the home last year. 

So, a little background on this house-- the owners hired me for a temporary fix. Yep. Temporary.

Just to get it up and running and functional for a season or two because they weren't sure if they were going to sell it or tear it down and build new.  So as you can imagine it was a VERY tight budget knowing it may not be there next year.

And NO new kitchen, NO new bathrooms, NO new window treatments or major renovations of any kind were done and happy to say it turned out so pretty they may keep it longer than expected.

AND I think it's a great example of how you don't have to tear these old houses down just spruce them up a bit and they can be so charming! One more interesting fact is the owner grew up coming here as a boy. He knew the family and knew that the house was filled with love and special memories and he wanted to re-create that same feeling for his family.

Without further ado, I'll share the before pictures of the entry as my clients found it

Entry Before



Entry Now


The wall-to-wall carpet was removed. New cypress flooring was bleached to keep it from yellowing and then installed. The dark wood paneling was kept just painted decorators white  and all of the trim was painted super white by Benjamin Moore. The red console is from Host Interiors Ardmore, PA and is by Mitchell Gold  and Bob Williams. I love this console for tight spaces and trust me it's a great red.


 The owners weren't sure what to do with the iron railing but I wanted to keep it as is. I love the lines of this railing. They just don't make'em like this anymore.  Look how fresh and clean the space looks now.

At the end of the entry we had this BEFORE



AFTER



This was sort of an awkward space because to the left of this bench is the entrance to a bedroom. But we added a bench and a few custom pillows. 

In every project I  try to use fabrics and pieces that I've never seen/used before and that have personal meaning to my clients.  I usually get tired of seeing the same fabrics and furniture pieces used over again and I don't want my clients house to feel like a furniture showroom, RH or PB or whatever their favorite furniture/accessory store may be. It has less meaning and it would feel like they've seen this before... right? 

In addition, I always try to include something custom and original in every room to make it special and specific to each homeowner. So as an ode to the owner who is an avid fisherman and boater we added the red Manuel Canovas calypso pillow in red and the navy and white "flagish" looking pillow on the bench. Just enough (I hope) without being too "theme-y"

I also added a large mirror to open the hallway and reflect light from the new door the client added. You can also see the modern flush mount lighting we added in the reflection of this mirror. The new design of this space turned this dark entry into a light-filled fabulous space. 

The goal was to turn this 70's house into a clean, modern fresh space with clean lines yet keeping it a bit traditional in line with the client's taste. 

Stay tuned each week as I share the before and after's of this fun, yet budget-minded beach abode!

oh and if you want more mind-blowing before and afters on the web check out Calling it Home's One Room Challenge here. This is where talented designers transform one room in six weeks. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

A Teen Room Mini-Makeover and tips on how to get the look!

Hello again! I know it's been awhile. I've been designing and installing the first floor of a n old farmhouse in Bluebell over the past year or so. 
It's turning out beautifully and will share professional pictures with you once it's complete. But here's a sneak peek... with  really lame iphone pictures.


original stone wall


Thibaut wall-coverings, draperies and chair pads.





Since the designing and installing of an entire first floor can take a while I'm usually asked to spruce up the children's spaces at the same time. Typically it's their daughter's room so that's what I'm going to share with you today from this home... so fun!! 
And I'll include some tips on how to do it yourself!

Here are some before pictures.

I don't have any before, before pictures showing the furniture before it was painted this pretty shade of gray and turquoise.








How did we start the project? 

With a jumping off wallpaper. This stylish young girl fell in love with this wallpaper from Osborne and Little. And I always love a bold wallpaper so it was a go!



Now we have a color scheme.

 We kept all of the furniture and bedding (just cleaned it up a bit)  And remarkably the background of the wallpaper matched the color of the walls perfectly so no need to paint (that never happens). 

I would have liked to have placed the wallpaper on the ceiling instead of an accent wall but as you can see the room has the original beams and we loved the rustic touch it adds to the space.

Now we just did a little sprucing up to her space since we are using most of the budget to renovate and decorate the first floor.

I always like to include at least one custom piece in a room and in this case it was these beautiful cornices designed by me and beautifully executed by my work room.


I've also found teens just love the iconic ghost chair and no matter how hard i try to persuade them to go in a different direction they always stand firm in their conviction so I customize the chairs for them.


So now we have two originally totally custom pieces designed specifically for this young girl.

Here is how the rest of the space is coming along...

Bedding by PB teen and pom-pom throw from West Elm.








Pink lamp, leopard print pillow and multi-colored plate all from Dana Gibson.

And the art... I just love the modern art mixed in with these traditional pieces!!



Still waiting on..

This custom chair from Society Social in pink with white welt

Bookshelves, accessories, new hardware, new rug? and a bathroom redo!
P.S. If you want to see more of what I'm up to follow me on instagram.  I don't have much time to blog these days! I share what I can on insta from clients who give me permission ... not all clients allow sharing and i respect everyone's wishes!

P.S.S. Want to see more behind the scenes makeovers? Head over to the One Room Challenge from Calling it Home.... I'm not participating but I am following along for sure!!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Before and After Villanova Residence

Villanova Residence

Before and After

Here is a project that was finished awhile ago but we just got around to photographing. 

I absolutely adore working with this family and I'm so appreciative that they allowed me this opportunity and they trusted my vision!

The first room I helped transform was their cozy family room den

Here is the BEFORE

AFTER

Family Den

A study in neutrals...

Beautiful new built-ins were added to give height and dimension and architectural interest to the room. We also added brass library sconces from Visual Comfort and roman shades with simple greek key trim.

I love the warmth of the worn leather sofa from Restoration Hardware and the coolness of the dark gray walls. It's truly one of my favorite combinations.

We chose chelsea gray walls paired with lots of white for high contrast and to add depth and light to the space.

We also mixed metals and textures in styling the bookshelves... brass, mercury glass, lacquer, driftwood and creamy white objects.

It's all in the details...

We added a pair of mirrors flanking the bar area to make the space feel larger and reflect light from the large picture window.

The bar cabinetry was painted high-gloss white and the hardware was upgraded to a brass faucet and marble counter tops and back splash were added.

did u spy camera? need to photoshop these pics ha!

Loved keeping this space neutral. I think most people like my colorful designs but I do love designing neutral spaces too!

Moving right along ...scenes from  the "before" Dining Room 

Dining Room NOW! WOW!

We kept the window treatments and most of my client's beautiful furniture so we jazzed up the space with green grass cloth from Phillip Jeffries, new host chairs with pillow fabric from Aerin Lauder's line for Lee Jofa  and colorful modern art. The grasscloth has now become the star of the show!!

We also upgraded the lighting with classic yet modern fixtures from Visual Comfort and leopard lamps from Dana Gibson.

Table by oopmh sits next to window seat

And let's not forget this lovely little powder with Scalamandre and a striped roman...

SORRY no before

ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY THE MOST FABULOUS

JOANNE POSSE

!!! 

XOXOX

Gardner/Fox was contractor used for family den.

That's all for now!! Thanks for Reading!! xoxo

One Room Challenge: Week Six - The Reveal!

I made it! Whew. Thanks to Linda at

Calling it Home

for lighting the fire I needed to put this room to bed (so to speak).

The mission for the room?

To make it fun, colorful and a happy place for an 11 year old girl to wake up in!

Fyi - this post will feature mostly the images from my daughter's new space. All links to products and fabrics are at the end of the post.

Let's not forget the closet...

One thing I've learned because I've done a lot of teen/young adult rooms (after doing their parent's spaces) is that when you do it 100% of the way down to the last little detail and take in their input (my daughter chose the wallpaper and it snowballed from there...)

they really tend to keep the space clean and neat. I have walked into spaces I've done 2 years later and the parents will tell me this. Once it's neat and clean and pretty they want it to stay that way!! BONUS!!!  

Thanks to my friend 

Joanne Posse

who took these amazing photos! I just love her and her work!! You can check out her photography 

here

.

And a huge thank you to the 

One Room Challenge

 sponsors for making this room look beautiful!

Loom Décor

Linen fabric for headboard

Fabric and custom fabrication for the draperies and color block bed skirt

Minted

Artwork above desk and above two night stands

Mark and Graham

Striped bed sheets, monogrammed pillow cases

monogrammed paperweight

Wayfair

Desk

SEE BELOW FOR DIRECT LINKS

Now, it's a MUST for you to check out the rooms from these very talented ladies. Everyone worked so hard and did an unbelievable job! Thanks ladies for all of your support!! xo

Jana Bek

Autumn Clemons

Coco+Kelley

The English Room

Vanessa Francis

Greige Design

Hi Sugarplum

I Heart Organizing

Jenna Sue Design

Stephanie Kraus

The Pursuit of Style

Julia Ryan

Savvy Home

Simple Details

Simply Grove

6th Street Design

Jill Sorensen

Swoon Worthy

Waiting on Martha

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Stephanie Kraus Design's

Sources

Imperial Trellis Wallpaper  

Schumacher

Wall paint custom by Benjamin Moore

 Headboard custom design by SKD. Fabric by

Loom Décor

Bedding and Shams 

Pottery Barn Teen

Striped monogrammed pillowcases 

Mark and Graham

Color block bed skirt custom made by

Loom Décor

Draperies  custom made by

Loom Décor

. Fabric

Loom Décor

Drapery trim  M and J Trimming

Drapery hardware  had forever:)

Desk 

Wayfair

Amethyst Mirror -

Bungalow 5

Monogrammed magenta paper weight

Mark and Graham

Nightstands - had forever:) Paint - Pilgrim Haze by Benjamin Moore

Nightstand hardware

and

Closet hardware

Anthropologie

Brass Sconces 

Visual Comfort

Nightstand

and

desk art

Minted

Pink abstract on large wall  Wendover Art - trade only

Lucite Bench - trade item

Alan Campbell fabric

 (trade only)

FABRIC SEALED BY

Fiber Seal

- Let them know Stephanie Kraus Designs sent you!

http://fiberseal.com/

French desk chair - daughter's own

Fabric on French chair and long bed pillow 

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Thanks to these local businesses:

Monograms by

Tibbar Tibbar

Blue Desk Lamp - Robert Abbey 

The Blue Octagon

Sunburst brass mirror above bed 

The Blue Octagon

White elephant

The Blue Octagon

Dana Gibson white and gold trash container

The Blue Octagon

Other accessories - my daughter's

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Teen Girl's room ... A Before and After

I had the pleasure of surprising the teenage daughter of one of my favorite clients with a bedroom makeover.
It was going to be a surprise and had to be completed in less than six weeks so no custom furniture or draperies were possible and the budget was going to be tight bc as we know teen girls like to change their mind on a whim!

So here are the pics. Next time I'll discuss how I went about the design and some tips on how to get a similar look on your own!

The Before
(It was Big Brother's room)






The After




























  







Stay tuned for more details in the next post!
To purchase a ghost chair with monogram please contact me at kraussteph@yahoo.com!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo


For the love of floor lamps

 (and another mini before and after)
 
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Yep, another mini before and after.
 
Please someone tell me to
 
PUT THE SPRAY PAINT CAN DOWN NOW!!
Step away slowly.
Before someone gets hurt.

amazon
 
I'm becoming an addict. But c'mon tell me this lamp doesn't look better than it did before????
 
For some reason I totally forgot to take a real before picture of this floor lamp which I am sooo guilty of doing on several projects (I'm getting better). So I found this picture of the lamp from like 5 years ago. I purchased it from a store called Scallywags that went out of business like 8 years ago and I paid a pretty penny. Trust me on this.
 
Here's what the floor lamp looked like before...

 
 
Now here's the after:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Kind of amazing, right? Doesn't even look like the same lamp, right?
 
I'm also going to divulge two (2) other trade secrets demonstrated in the above photo.
 
1. A touch of black in every room is a must. A black lampshade with gold lining makes a simple floor lamp look elegant and rich-looking.
 
2. Also, if you have light colored furniture like my blue and white wide-striped slipper chairs from Lee Industries... place a textured throw on them to keep sticky, grimy hands away from them! ha - so there you have it.
 
My plan is to purchase this lamp here to replace the other one...
 
Arteriors floor lamp in gold leaf
Love it, right?----
 
But until I do ---this works don't ya think?
 
 
 Do you likey? yes, no? or
should I just bite the bullet and get the Arteriors lamp for that spot now?
 
P.S. If you want to pin one of my images just hover over it -- I just added a pin button
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AND I'm sharing this post with Kim from Savvy Southern Style!!
 
PLEASE Go check out her blog. Kim has been so supportive of me being a new blogger and all!!
 
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Awesome blog you can check it out here! Thanks Marty!!
 
AND 
 
Of course here at Funky Junk Interiors
 
 
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Thanks for reading xoxo!
 
 
 
 
 

Stripe it Rich!

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There's nothing richer than a good classic stripe!

Let's Freshen up a Sentimental Favorite

Client T (for thoughful) has a dining set that was given to her by her mother. It has sentimental meaning to her and she wants to keep it. I love that about her. Not just because I believe in using what you have, but I think it's so important to have pieces in your house that have special meaning to you.

wall color is revere pewter by BM
lighting is clients own from Pottery Barn


She could easily have gone out and bought a brand new dining room grouping but chose to keep her mom's pieces.  So, we're just going to freshen them up a bit with these: 

  
Navy and white here






We are in the beginning stages of this design but I thought I'd show you the steps as we move along.  

Remember the before?

Let's call this the "in progress":

The china closet needs to be restyled and so on. But, this client could almost stop here -- looks fresher right? She spent less than $100 on the fabric. 

Stay tuned for more. Oh, and don't forget to look around your room is there something special to you? Thousands of dollars in designer fabrics, wallpaper, etc. mean nothing if your room doesn't hold meaning to you! 

 

OK found some fun stuff in NYC

Room Service
Seriously, who is going to let me order these chairs for them? Crazy you say. Crazy like a fox. Let's pair it with a white lacquer table in the kitchen shall we?

You can buy them here if interested.

How about this guy?
I would pop out the great state of PA in a colored denim that is pulled from the room. Red perhaps? Wouldn't it be great if you used your own son/daughter's jeans for this project? Way to recycle.

Onto the random thought of the day....must see TV


So last week I mentioned this concealer and since then I have run into several peeps who also use this product. Yeah! I love positive reinforcement.

Do you remember that I tried to explain the correct way to use it or how to "correctly contour"  under the eyes, on the forehead etc.? 

Well, I did a horrible job -- not my expertise by any stretch. 

But,  I found someone who can help us. 

Have you ever wondered how the celebrities get that flawless skin look? --- well here is the secret and it doesn't take that long once you master the technique. 





You may have to modify a bit depending on your skin tone but you can get the general idea.

And I know she's a bit west coast and I'm not trying to stir up any Tupac vs. Biggie bad memories here but they can be a bit more bold with their makeup on that coast because they are in the sun everyday.

I would use whatever bronzer/concealer you have on hand or if you need to buy new I would highly recommend this duo. It's better for our east coast faces.

You can buy it here.

I hope you found it interesting ... so go play with it! What are you waiting for?

If you are looking to freshen up a room in your house for Spring contact me at kraussteph@yahoo.com.