thibaut

Tweaking a client's space

I have this awesome new client whose style is what I would call sophisticated cottage. She called me in to help her tweak her space and "finish" the room.
 
Easy job for me... she has great taste.
 
So I'm going to show you where we started and where we are now.
 
Warning: not a dramatic transformation since where we started was pretty fab.
 
Here's where we started
 
 
Here's a peek at where we are now
 
 
Host chairs - Restoration Hardware
Light- Horchow
Monogram - Tibbar Tibbar Wayne, PA
Topiary - trade item
 
 
We replaced the heavy, wrought iron light fixture with a pretty chandelier from Horchow. We removed the piano and bird print from the back wall and are commissioning a new piece of art for that space. We replaced the white queen ann chairs with square cane back chairs for a more formal feel and added host chairs with monogrammed slip covers.
 
Here's where we started with the china cabinet
 
 
Where we are now
 
 
 
 
Square back cane chairs - Restoration Hardware
Clients own pottery and coral from Pottery Barn
 
 
This was a simple fix. All we did was streamline her collection of plates and pitchers and made the vignette symmetrical and added the pretty, modern geometric Thibaut wallpaper to the back of the cabinet. All we need to do now is change out the hardware for a more sleek look.
 
Here's where we started on the other side of the room
 

 
Here's where we are now
 
Table lamps - Lighting by Design
Mirror and box - Home Goods
 
We removed the white chest and mirrored frames and replaced them with a more modern chest and an on-trend round mirror. This really added a lot of warmth and texture to the room:)
 
We still have some more updates to make so stay tuned and
thanks for reading!!! xoxo
 

The secrets to making teenage girl's happy!

Well if I knew what made teenage girls happy I'd bottle that right up, sell it, make millions and buy a villa in St. Barth's.
 
 I can however, attempt to make a teenage girl happy by zhushing up her room a bit:)

 
 
In addition to divulging some of my sources,  I thought it would be fun to discuss how I go about designing a space and use this room as an example... 
 
 
If you want to see the before and after pictures of this room first you can go here.


 
When starting a design plan, I usually begin with an inspiration piece usually it's a fabric, sometimes its a rug or even a piece of art. That inspiration piece comes from the client.  In this case I used the clients pinterest board and found this image.
 
pillows by Caitlin Wilson
 
I also found lots of animal prints and ghost chairs. We have one very stylish teenager here!
 
Now I didn't use any of the above fabrics in the room but I let them be my guide in creating a color scheme. In this case turquoise, pink and grey. I also wanted the room to feel fresh, young, crisp and not too trendy and well-edited.
 
 Okay, moving on, I remembered this fun little rug from Dash and Albert that I've always wanted to use. It reminds me of ice cream ---  I think it's the name - the Neapolitan.
 

 
I also found this colorful print by Britt Bass
 
 
With these pieces in place the other elements just fell into place.
 
I definitely wanted to include an animal print but I didn't want it to be overpowering and I wanted to keep with our turquoise, grey and pink color scheme --- luck would have it she had pinned this on her board as well.
 
 
 
I think she was dreaming of built-ins but if I forgot to mention there was a VERY limited budget for this room (meaning nothing custom) which I was totally on board with because what if our client changes her mind next week, right? And to boot this room redo was accomplished in less than four weeks as a surprise for this lucky gal!
 
So instead of papering her whole room in this Thibaut wall covering we chose a focal wall where her bed would sit and we then painted the rest of the room in a coordinating color... silver drops by Behr. Her dad in fact lovingly painted the room for her!
 

In addition to the "pretty" I equally take into consideration the function of the space.
 
This room was going to be used for 1) getting serious about homework and 2) getting serious about hitting the town with friends:)
Hence the desk/vanity situation I have going on.
 
 
 
Here is where she can sit and do her homework and with the large mirror above can blow dry her hair, apply makeup and primp!
 
I absolutely love this desk by Pottery Barn and the large mirror above was found at Home Goods.
 
 
 
All the accessories on the desk are from the Container Store. The silver lamp was from the Land of Nod and the large turquoise flower art also another Home Goods find.
 
 
The draperies are from Pottery Barn Teen with black out lining.  I know first hand that teenagers like to sleep in so this was chosen on purpose. The bedding is also from Pottery Barn.
 
The quilt, and black chevron tray? Home Goods. I like to always have a touch of black in every room!
 


 
 
 
Headboard from Ballard Designs $199, lamps from Home Goods and vintage bedside table from Vintage Home in Paoli, PA.
 
The toughest part of the room for me was choosing the art. Art as we all know is personal to everyone but I didn't over think it too much and went with fun pieces!
 
 
The colorful macaroons came from the
Paper Source just a sheet of wrapping paper that I framed.
 
 
 
The grey piece came from Home Goods and the ice cream print came from the Land of Nod.
 
Now I did lie a teensy bit and did customize a few things. Her euro shams were monogrammed at Tibbar Tibbar in Wayne PA.
 
 
And wanna know the secret to making your bed pillows look lush and full? Use two pillow inserts!! Honestly, it's life changing.
 
And the turquoise pillows found on the bed and ghost chair are this custom fabric avail to the trade .
 
Robert Allen's spaced out
 
 
There you have it!
 
Here's the before
 
 
And the After
 
 
 
 
 
 
Are you still reading this?
My gosh good for you! This was a LONG one...
 
Thanks for hanging in there!! xoxo
 
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Design Bits and Pieces

Here's a list of things I'm loving in no particular order.
You'll have to let me know what you think.
 
First up...
This chair.
I need this is my life or you do.
So fun!
 
 
I have a thing for pineapples.
 
For all you lovers of purple
This bedding from Jill Sorensen
 
 
Available here.
 I adore all of her bedding and have used it several times over.
 
Here's one client space where I used the greek key bedding.
 
 
 
You can read more about this bedroom here.
 
 
This fabric (chiang mai dragon) in jade.
 
New from Schumacher.
 
I could build an entire room around this fabric.
 


 
 
You can check out Schumacher's latest collection here.
 
Speaking of room building....
 
I am using this fabric from Thibaut's new Enchantment collection as the jumping off point for an entire first floor of a new client's home.
 
 
It has the most vivid blue and orange combo. Love it!
 
 
 
Here are more scenes from Enchantment...
 
 
 
 
 
 
To check out Thibaut's new collection go here.
Warning: you may want to redo your entire house after viewing this collection!
 
Speaking of... I am installing a room tomorrow built around this piece of art.
 
Britt Bass
 
Here are some of her friends waiting patiently to be hung along side her...
 
 
 
Follow me on instagram at stephaniekrausdesigns for up to the minute news on my install tomorrow!
 
Oh and can't forget about these fabulous pillows that will make an appearance.
 
Fabric is spaced out by Robert Allen available to the trade
 
 
 
And a BIG SHOUT OUT to Main line Today for featuring Stephanie Kraus Designs in the June issue!
 
 
 
You can pick it up at your local main line market (or not).
 
Great article on the Jersey shore too:)
Thanks Tara Behan!!
 
 
 
Thanks for reading!! XOXO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wonderful, marvelous wallpaper and other good stuff!


I have two wallpaper installs I just had to share.


The first one I wrote about here.
It's for a teen girl's room we are redesigning.
The paper is so very chic and should grow with this young and stylish gal over the years...
 



The second is
another one of my all-time favorite wallpapers
"Vases" from Clarence house.
 
 

This iconic wallpaper will be beautifying a hallway in a charming english-style stone home. Couldn't be a better fit!

You can read more on how to pick the perfect wallpaper here.

 
In other news...
For all you fashionistas DVF launched a fabric and trim line for Kravet. Check it.
 
 
Thoughts?

I'm getting ready to spend the day at a client's house styling her bookshelves and coffee table --- you know the fun part of the job! 
 
A room is never truly finished until its styled:) Which reminds me of a post I wrote a while back on how to style a coffee table. You can read it here.
 
And I was thrilled to find this little cheat sheet on Erin Gates Elements of Style blog to add to my ever-growing list of favorite coffee table books. 
 
Books are essential to styling any room!
 To see Erin's picks up close and personal you can go here.
 
 
 
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My living room ... ready for Spring!

Here are some shots of my living room taken by Andrew Lam photography!
 
I am thrilled and soooo humbled that Main Line Today  Magazine chose my firm to be featured in an upcoming article titled Designing Minds in the June issue. Be on the lookout people!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





 




 
 
SO FUN!!!!
 
In other news ...
just purchased this desk from pottery barn for a teen girl's room that I will be making over.
 
potterybarn



The room has to be finished by graduation - yikes ... game on!!
 
We are banishing all the "little girl" items from her room. This desk will be a great jumping off point. Sophisticated and stylish!!
 
Possibly combined with this wallpaper
 
 Thibaut
 
 
And this gray bedding
 
 
 
With pops of blush pink everywhere or turquoise.... what's your vote?????
For more follow me here on Instagram:)
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Sharing at Savvy Southern Style!!
 
Thanks for reading!! xoxo
 

Client installs and a fab collab!


Look who's collaborating to bring us this fabulousness...




Thibaut and Oomph. Yep. In all its resort collection goodness:)
 
You can read more about it on Oomph's blog and Quintessence.
 
More Resort collection from Thibaut - soooo fresh!
 
 
 
Love this lantern from oomph!

 
So I've been a busy gal lately...
 

Look at this deliciousness of a dining room client install happening today.






I die.

Meanwhile on the other side of town ...
 a kitchen install is in progress.



This was our inspiration


Will share more deets and and pics later.


Working with a fab new photog named Andrew Lam. Super cool guy and beyond talented.

See my problem is unless my finished designs are photographed perfectly in just the right light I really don't like to publish ... now Andrew is going to help me that hang up!! Check that off the list.
 
So take a sneak peek at his "test shots" done at my home.









 
 
He's gonna kill it.
 
Will definitely share more of his artsy take on home design at a later date:)
 
Do you need help freshening up your home? contact me at kraussteph@yahoo.com!
 
oh ... feel free to pin that dining room paper by hovering over it! I'm going too!!
 
Thanks for reading! xoxo
 
linking up with Savvy Southern Style!

Eight secrets to choosing the perfect wallpaper

Who isn't loving wallpaper these days?

I'm using it in practically every project I'm working on. I'm talking fun, fabulous, wonderful wallpaper people!

Don't know where to begin on picking the perfect wallpaper?
Here's my top eight tips...


 #1
First of all put aside any concerns you have about wallpaper removal. Today's wallpapers are much easier to remove than those from the "olden days".


 #2
Who's installing your wallpaper? You'll need to know this so you can get an accurate number of rolls you'll need. This will help determine your budget. Wallpaper can be $$$. Why waste time falling in love with a wallpaper that's too pricey?

#3
Know your colorway. You'll need to take into consideration the adjacent rooms so you know what color wallpaper will work with your existing rooms and color scheme.

#4
Get lots of samples! Don't be afraid ... go on get plenty and live with them for a few days. You'll need to look at how the light changes the look of the wallpaper throughout the day. If your papering the dining room you'll especially want to take note of the light at dinner time.


#5
Where are you going to put the wallpaper? Kids room, bathroom, mudroom? You may want to consider a vinyl wallpaper for these rooms for durability.
 
#6
Do you want pattern, texture, geometric? Peruse home décor magazines and pinterest for inspiration so you can narrow down the look that you want.

#7
Still not sure? Consider vertical stripes to raise the height of your ceiling. Want to add texture? Consider a pretty grasscloth.
House feel a little stodgy or too traditional? How about a funky, modern geometric. Want to infuse lots of pattern and color? Try a floral, vine or bird pattern. Also, larger patterns will make the most impact in a larger room.

#8
Still afraid to commit? How about buying your favorite wallpaper and backing a bookcase? Or frame it and put it on your wall. That's a great way to dabble in wallpaper without a full on commitment.

Here are some of my faves...


For your little girl who has a passion for horsin' around
source


For a bedroom
Madeline Weinreb
Katie Ridder
 


For a guy's room or a powder room with high-gloss white trim
Hicks


For a faux library look

source?


For an Entry


 
Imperial trellis - Schumacher


Anna Spiro

 
 
 
Studio Printworks




Meg Braff Interiors

designer Suellen Gregory

For your dressing room


source
Tanzania Thibaut

For a Dining Room

Phillip Jeffries emerald grasscloth

de Gournay via pinterest

This would look great in a dining room too!

A Fancy Bedroom

 Gracie Wallpaper
A REALLY fancy Laundry Room

 
 de Gourney via pinterest

 
So which pattern is your favorite?
 
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