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  • Kansas City & Rocky Mountain Design and Lifestyle

    Welcome to rak'designs. rak' designs is my brain child for interiors, life and love! I have been in the interior design industry now for over 10 years and truly love creating eclectic designs that give way to amazing experiences. I feel very grateful to have gathered many awards and publications in my career thus far and am very excited for what is in store for the future! Cheers!

Love It – High Style Farm House

Love It – High Style Farm House

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Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

Not sure if it holds true for every girl out there but I will admit to loving the escape from the city and weekly rat race to flee to a more serene environment. I am thinking 100+ wooded acres – quant lil cabin – wood burning fireplace -  gorgeous lake – early morning coffee –  wrapped up in a chunky knit throw - cobblestone patio! Pretty perfect in my eyes, but even though you might be on a farm or a couple hundred miles outside of a city doesn’t mean it can’t have serious style!

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Enjoy!
K

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In the Kitchen – Summerlini Cocktail

 

In the Kitchen – Summerlini Cocktail

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Summerlini Cocktail
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You don’t need a special occasion to enjoy a nice summer cocktail, my excuse is generally visiting with friends and family or relaxing on a Saturday morning! With peaches being in season we can barley keep enough in our house because they are so good! We love the Bader Family Farm located in Campbell Missouri (their peaches are to die for!). My latest obsession combines a fresh fruit homemade popsicle and a spin on the classic belini!

Please Note: I use the 4 oz Zoku Round Pop Mold. They work great!

POPSICLE INGREDIENTS

2 Fresh Peaches – Bader Family Farms

1 Cup of Organic Peach Nectar – Bionaturae

Peel skin off peaches and cut peach off core – Slice fruit into small cubes – Pour nectar and fruit into plastic container and place in freezer – Only keep peach mixture in freezer to allow for it to set up enough that your fruit won’t sink into the bottom of the popsicle mold – Once the mixture is set up pour into your pop molds and allow the popsicles to fully freeze through!

COCKTAIL INGREDIENTS

1 Bottle Pineo Grigio Bubbly – Barefoot Wines

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Summerlini Cocktail
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Summerlini Cocktail
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Once Popsicles are ready to be enjoyed place them in your desired glass of choice and pour champagne in glass over popsicle until full!

Enjoy!

K

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Design Thoughts – What is Boho?

Design Thoughts – What is Boho?

Over the past few months I have had so many people ask me what boho is? An attitude, style, look, etc? My answer…All of the above.

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Kristin Rieke Interior Designer
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BOHO CHIC : a style of fashion drawing on various bohemian and hippie influences

The best way for me to describe it is to think of Nicole Richie + Anthropologie! Both are huge loves of mine! When I walk into an Anthro store it invokes a certain environment (a very eclectic and laid back atmosphere) and whenever I see photos of Nicole Richie or her clothing and jewelry line House of Harlow she always looks so calm and at peace with herself, her style and her fashion! Both the Anthro and Nicole are very true to their own individual identities with NO desire to conform to societies standards! What’s not to love right?

Cheers to all you Boho loving beauties!

K

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Design Must Haves – Exotic Inspired Accents

Design Must Haves – Exotic Inspired Accents

Yes I still see the occasional leopard print cushions here and there, but in the right application and as the right accent piece it can be quite adorable! I have rounded out my favorite items that have a few stripes and Rawwr from first glance! Remember…I said “ACCENT” piece!

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Enjoy!

K

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Love It – Black Metallic Interior Accents

Love It – Black Metallic Interior Accents

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Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

Sometimes you get tired of the same schemes, neutral this, accent of color here AND then you cross over! You want to try out the dark side, a metallic lamp, iron side tables, beaded throw pillows etc. So the next time you feel adventurous or want to turn your average “Man Cave” into a sophisticated scene ( I am thinking an abode that Harvey Spector might occupy) take a few hints from the items I have gathered!

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Enjoy!

K

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Featured – Style Me Pretty

Featured – Style Me Pretty

Has anyone ever met that person that seems to wear a lot of hats? Sometimes I feel like I am one of those people. I am most recognized for my interior design work but I have a hard time stopping myself from divulging in other creative tasks as well. Within the last year I was commissioned to create a set of custom wedding signage for a soon to be bride on the east coast. There is a certain satisfaction that comes from designing and crafting something with your hands! The signage was all hand painted on reclaimed wood planks.

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Custom Wedding Signage

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Custom Wedding Signage

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Custom Wedding Signage

So I was delighted to hear that this brides wedding was recently featured on one of my favorite wedding blogs “Style Me Pretty”. Not only did the signs turn out great and make the feature but every other vendor that had a hand in the affair did a rock star job! Very honored to be in such good company!

Enjoy!

K

 

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In the Kitchen – Summer Shandy Cocktail

In the Kitchen – Summer Shandy Cocktail

The weather this summer has been full of surprises, some mornings I wake up and think it’s fall, but then it never fails we will get a scorcher of a heat wave. One of my families new go to cocktail for the hot summer days is a Summer Shandy! With the recipe found in Cooking Light Magazine we were confident it would be tasty!

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Summer Shandy Cocktail

When we made our batch we couldn’t help but support our locals: Schlafly Brewery out of St. Louis, MO (beer), Bekemeiers Fruit Bitters in Neosha, MO (honey), & see my notes below for more information on brands we prefer!

Happy Sipping!

K

Ingredients

3 tablespoons water

1 1/2 tablespoons honey (Bekemeiers)

4.5 ounces vodka (Grey Goose)

1/4 cup fresh orange juice (Simply Orange)

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Ice

1 (12-ounce) hefeweizen beer (Schlafly Brewery)

 

Preparation

Combine water and honey, stirring well. Pour honey mixture, vodka, orange juice, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake vigorously.

Strain into a small pitcher; add beer. Serve over ice; garnish each drink with an orange slice, if desired.

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Design Thoughts – Trust Your Instinct

Design Thoughts – Trust Your Instinct

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Interior Designer – Kristin Rieke

How many times do you buy something out of peer pressure or guilt? With the influences of friends and family, social media and the ever changing trends many of us get wrapped up in what we think we should do or have instead of what we want to do!

Exhibit A: You want to revamp your living room. Your monthly Pottery Barn, West Elm, Wisteria, etc arrive and you don’t like a thing in any of them! My advice DON’T BUY ANYTHING! Just because they show these hot new items on trend doesn’t mean they need to become a part of your home nor do you need to feel weird that you don’t like anything! Retailers don’t like to admit sometimes they completely miss the mark because so much of what they do and produce is decided on so far in advance of when you actually get your catalog in the mail!

So what do you do?… Keep looking, you will know when you find something you love and want in your home! Whether it is a vase, lamp or sofa when you spot it that inner voice inside of you will say WOW! I don’t know what it is about that piece but it is awesome! Then going a step further, the ticket to this is figuring out why you like certain things and it will allow you to source products you gravitate towards more easily!

How great are those decorative balls and tray? Roost Co. is always SPOT ON!

Cheers!

K

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Design Must Haves- Feminine Bathroom Accents

Design Must Haves - Feminine Bathroom Accents

LADIES, our bathroom is sometimes the forgotten piece of the puzzle. Throughout your life most females spend on average 3,276 hours in the bathroom prepping for their days/evenings!!! Holy cow that’s a lot! So if we spend so much time in there we should enjoy being in that space right? I have provided a mix of items you can use to spruce up your prep space. Bathroom accents don’t have to be extravagant, they can be as small as pretty packaged soaps, a unique frame, or fun towels and linens just to add a bit of your personality your space!

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Cheers!

K

 

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Love It – Interior Decor Products that Give Back

Love It – Interior Decor Products that Give Back

We all have experienced those times when we not only find something we like because its cute but then we find out by purchasing it the company gives a percentage of profits back to a good foundation, charity or community. For instance the “FEED” product line at Whole Foods Markets always get me, who doesn’t want one of those adorable burlap totes?

I have grabbed a few of my favorite products and sources for snatching up great finds at reasonable prices that “give back”

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Cheers

K

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Featured – Kansas City Homes & Gardens Magazine

Kristin Rieke Interior Design

 

Featured – Kansas City Homes & Gardens Magazine

Not everyone gets to attend the design markets, but they definitely pack a punch on our industry. Most recently the High Point Market unveiled so many new colors, textures and brand new furniture pieces. I was honored to be able to showcase one of my favorite pieces this spring with Kansas City Homes and Gardens Magazine from such a unique company Stray Dog Designs. The “Willow Chandelier” truly is a showstopper, packed with a variety of color options, awesome texture and a one of a kind look!

Thanks again to KCH&G I always love gracing your pages!

K

 

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In the Kitchen – Garden Fresh Bruschetta

In the Kitchen – Garden Fresh Bruschetta

Hopefully you caught this weeks Must Haves, I gathered my favorite seasonal finds as Harvest season is soon approaching! But lets talk about what’s happening now..TOMATOES! Hopefully everyone is enjoying a great crop of this years home grown tomatoes! To kick off the fresh food season we made up our “go to” summer appetizer Garden Fresh Bruschetta. If you have never made bruschetta it is super easy to mix up a batch and is always a great item to take along to a summer BBQ!

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cut into 1-inch slices (I like serving it with fresh bread if you are in a time crunch try Stacy’s Snacks)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 small tomatoes, seeded and chopped (from the garden if possible)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped (from the garden if possible)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Place bread on an ungreased baking sheet; brush with 1/4 cup oil. Bake at 325° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the vinegar and remaining oil. Stir in the tomatoes, onion, basil, salt and pepper. Spoon about 1 tablespoon onto each slice of bread.
  3. Serve immediately. Yield: 12 servings.

Enjoy!

K

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Intro to Antiquing – Tips & Tricks

Intro to Antiquing – Tips & Tricks

I am sure many of you are envious of those friends that always find the perfect vintage goodies for their homes! I don’t blame you! Bringing antiques into your home is the quickest way to achieve an authentic looking space. Each piece tells its own story but once you bring it home it becomes part of your story!

So if you have difficulties finding that “vintage junkie” bone in your bodies, then I am going to break it down for you.

Buy what you love not what is on trend

Just because all your favorite bloggers are buying up milk cans and mason jars doesn’t mean you need to buy them. Most people surprise themselves when they begin to scour estate sales because certain pieces will jump out at them and bring back memories from their families adventures and past relatives. Those are the items you want, something that not only tells a story of its own but also relates to you personally.

Don’t pay outrageous prices

I grew up knowing the phrase if the store has the word “antique” in its name then most items are going to be pricey. I am not saying this is true but I will say some stores are pricier than others. Search around your city and look through a few antique stores.

-Price Check: Find similar items that all might have (coffee cans, milk crates, brass candlesticks, etc) and compare prices.

-Individual Booths: Some stores may offer private booths to individual sellers and they will post sales in their booths sporadically.

-Barter: Occasionally you can get away with bartering with an antique store/dealer. This especially holds true if you are buying more than a couple items.

-Go to the source: If pacing through antique stores and flea markets isn’t your thing, you might want to try estate sales and auctions. My personal favorite are estate auctions, you feel like you really worked for and earned the items you find at an auction. I guess the thrill of bidding on items with the auctioneer is pretty awesome too!

 

Invent a new purpose for something

Just because you find an item and it was known for one purpose doesn’t mean you can’t change it and still appreciate it for what it once was. For instance I have seen clients take vintage minnow buckets and turn them into pendant lights. It is actually a very sustainable act because you have then doubled the life of that bucket by giving it a whole new life and meaning v.s. using new resources and going out to purchase a new pendant light.

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Design Favorites – Harvest Must Haves

Design Favorites – Harvest Must Haves

With gardening in full swing and harvest season just around the corner I gathered a few of my favorite must haves for the season!

Make this an opportunity to not only feed on everything fresh from nature but also find space in your homes to pull out the bright greens & vibrant hues seen in many vegetables or the bolder oranges & rust colors that “Harvest” is known for!

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Enjoy!

K

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Featured Interiors – Vail Valley Home Magazine

FEATURED INTERIORS – VAIL VALLEY HOME MAGAZINE

It’s always a great day when we are featured for interiors work and content. As most of you know design is something I hold very near and dear to my heart and feel blessed to have found my passion of creating early in life.  Recently Vail Valley Home Magazine asked me to contribute to their issue highlighting the latest in kitchen design trends and children’s nursery designs.

So I have recapped my thoughts on each:

 -Nursery designs are my favorite and I love how most clients are steering away from the classic baby themes and going for more subtle timeless looks that blend well with their existing interiors! How cute are these furry friends, they make great accents in children’s rooms!

-In the kitchen we used to want all of our fixed finishes to be different (paint, cabinet finish, hardware, counters, plumbing fixtures, etc) and contrast one another. Now most want a clean look with all finishes being consistent and within the same tonal range. One of my favorite products are the “Grove Brickworks” tile by Waterworks, they have interesting sizing available and offer tons of texture in many color ways.

Cheers!

K

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Created – Nursery Interior Design Ideas

Created – Nursery Interior Design Ideas

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By: Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

Today’s post features a nursery interior design even I would like to have! The storage and functionality of the space are great! Place your bundle of joy down for a nap close the doors and any mess left at the changing table area can be cleaned up with out disturbing their sleep! As they grow a custom built in bookcase with be able to house many books for bedtime stories!

Tomorrows products feature various options that keep the excitement going!

Enjoy!
K

 

 

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Fashion Fix: Bringing your favorite fashion and interiors into your home

Fashion Fix: Bringing your favorite fashion and interiors into your home

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By: Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

 

Yes…Black Moto Chic. Personally this is one of my favorites! Although I don’t drive motorcycles…but I like four wheelers! Same thing! Anyways, I would describe this style has an eclectic blend of textures with many colors. If you had to put me in a suit all made of the same material I would not be a happy girl!

Translation to Interiors: Same Thing! Why buy an ALL IN ONE Bedding Set. This girl likes to mix and match.. Kind of like bikinis its not popular if your top pattern matches your bottom!

Enjoy!

K

Credits:

Tassel, Cabinet, Pillow, Table, Chair, Lamp, Log holder, Clock , Interiors, Clothing

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Made – Great Room Interior Design Ideas

Made – Great Room Interior Design Ideas

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By: Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

This room is so large and there is so much that I have to fit in it! Pick and choose your favorites or choose all of them! These selections are a bit eclectic, by keeping the tones within the same range it allowed me to place with layering textures!

Enjoy!

K

Credits:

Sofa, Coffee Table, Side Table, Lamp, Daybed, Bench, Chairs, Ottomans , Nesting Tables, Console Table, Lamp Pair, Floor Lamp, Rug

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Created – Great Room Interior Design Layout

Created – Great Room Interior Design Layout

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By: Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

Today’s layout has a lot to get excited about a double daybed by the fireplace layered with smaller occasional ottomans in front of expansive picture windows!

I can imagine countless dinner parties unwinding in this room with the ladies gathering near to the fire and the gentlemen off to the side enjoying the view. That’s the best part about this room, it can accommodate many people without it feeling too large or overcrowded!

You guessed it “Get the Look” on tomorrows made post!

Enjoy!

K

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Inspired – Great Room Interior Design Ideas

Inspired – Great Room Interior Design Ideas

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By: Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

Sometimes larger rooms like your great/living rooms are hard to imagine how much furniture you want or can fit in it. This weeks series features an oversized great room with plenty of room for entertaining! Watch how I turn a few inspiration images into a floor plan you can use for your home!

One thing I always like to recommend is don’t get caught up on not having  enough circulation space. You want your space to feel cozy and inviting! I always like tossing in ottomans in front of fireplaces and benches in front of large picture windows! Until tomorrow!

Enjoy!

K

Credits: Boots, Living Room, Candle, Log Holder

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Fashion Fix: Bringing fashion and interiors together for your home

Fashion Fix: Bringing fashion and interiors together for your home

Rak’designs: Design and Lifestyle

By: Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

Next in this series, I have a very soft sophisticated look. A mix of cream and warm brown tones.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the product I purpose for you on the “Get the Look” page!  I personally love the photo frames, they blend the entire palette so nicely.

Enjoy,

K

Credits:

Frames, Throw, Umbrella Holder, Ottoman, Bench, Wishbone, Basket, Clothing, Home

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Made – Entry Design for your Home

Made - Entry Design for your Home

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By: Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

After some fabulous inspiration and space planning layouts it’s time to take these looks home!

Today’s post features so many great pieces and will hopefully serve as a helpful guide to designing your space!

Enjoy!

K

 

Credits:

Entry 1:  Table, Chandelier, Sconce, Chaise, Accent Pillow, Table, Vases

Entry 2:  Lamps, Console, Poufs

Entry 3: Desk, Chair, Side Table, Lamps

 

 

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Inspired Entry – Interior Design Inspiration for your Home

Inspired Entry – Interior Design Inspiration for your Home

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By: Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

 

Have you ever pondered what to do with your entry space? You place a coat rack in the corner that looks lost…and then the day to day stuff ends up getting piled by the front door. Check out these three inspiring entry spaces, tomorrow I will show you 3 coordinating layouts to capture this design in your home!

Enjoy!

K

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