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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 – 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”

One, Two, Three

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!

One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight

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

Rak’designs

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

Rak’designs

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

Rak’designs

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

Rak’designs

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

Rak’designs

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

Rak’designs

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

Day of 1 of 3

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

Credits:

One, Two, Three

 

 

 

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Fashion Fix: Bringing fashion favorites into your home interiors

Fashion Fix: Bringing fashion favorites into your home

Rak’designs: Design and Lifestyle

By: Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

Most people do not have a problem selecting clothing they like, but a lot of you struggle with taking that style and personalizing your home. Todays feature showcasing a crisp white and grey palette with a complimentary interior with the same vibe.

Enjoy,

K

Credits:

Pillow, Throw, Bowl, Lamp, Art, Tile, Clothing,Candle Holders, Home

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Nursery Design-Interior Design

Nursery Design

Kristin Rieke

Revealed all the goods you need to create this space in your own home! Complete with the some of my favorite light fixtures from Stray Dog Designs, a giant giraffe from Restoration Hardware and many other great items! What mom wouldn’t enjoy spending time in this space with her new little tid bit?

For more information on this space you can visit the inspiration board or drawings!

Interior-Designer-Kristin-Rieke

Enjoy!
-k-

Credits:

1. Ruffle Curtains by: Urban Outfitters, 2. Crib by: XO In My Room , 3. Bedding by: Land of Nod, 4. Chandelier by: Stray Dog Designs, 5. Sconce by: Stray Dog Designs, 6. Owl Art Print by: Geraldine Adams, 7. Bird Art Print by: Geraldine Adams, 8. Chest by: Guildmasters, 9. Bookcase by: Dovetail Furniture, 10. White Shag Rug by: Surya, 11. Pillow by: Alexandra Ferguson, 12. Throw by: Happy Habitat, 13. Chair by: Dovetail Furniture, 14. Side Table by: Dovetail Furniture, 15. Pouf by: Surya, 16. Moses Basket by: Serena and Lily, 17. Giraffe by: Restoration Hardware, 18. Rug by: Surya

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Nursery Design-Interior Design

Nursery Design

Kristin Rieke

From the this inspiration post comes the drawings to coordinate with this sweet nursery. Allowing for plenty of room to move around in the room offers double french doors, 2 large windows for plenty of natural light not to mention AMAZING LIGHT FIXTURES! Stop by tomorrow to see what I outfitted this quaint little space with and all the details on where you can purchase them so you can achieve this look!

Designer-Kristin-Rieke

Enjoy!

-k-

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Nursery Design-Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

Nursery Design and Inspiration

Kristin Rieke

Who doesn’t love an adorable nursery design outfitted for a little girl! Coming this week we are featuring just that!

Below is the inspiration board for the design to come later in the week!

 

Designer: Kristin Rieke

Enjoy!

-k-

 

Credits:

1.Room Design by: A Beautiful Mess, 2.Maternity Shot by: Kelly Hicks Design 3.Onsie By: Bonnie Baby  4.Booties By: Brika 5.Pillow By: Motif Pillows

 

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Bedroom Design-Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

-Bedroom Furniture and Accessories-

Kristin Rieke

Awww! In this bedroom I would like one of everything please! A simple but classy upholstered bed, complimented by clean linens with a few pops of color here and there! The overall feel for this bedroom is neutral but I let the accessories, fabrics and accents hold the color! Please note the credits below for your sourcing desire!

Bedroom Drawings & Inspiration Board!

Enjoy!

-k-

Bedroom Furniture and Interiors

 

Credits:

1. Lamp: Arteriors, 2. Nightstand: West Elm, 3. Art Series: Leftbank Art, 4. Bed: Room and Board, 5. Bench: Arteriors , 6. Pelt: Auskin, 7. Nightstand: Vanguard Furniture, 8. Vase: Anthropologie, 9. Chandelier: Currey and Co, 10. Mirror: Room and Board, 11. Arm Chair: Anthropologie, 12. Floor Lamp: Arteriors, 13. Subway Tile: Arizona Tile, 14: Wall Sconce: Hubbarton Forge, 15. Floor and Wall Tile: Arizona Tile, 16. Faucet: Brizo, 17. Reclaimed Wood Floor: Reclaimed Designworks , 18. Dresser: Vanguard Furniture, 19. Dresser Lamps: Anthropologie, 20. Art Series: Leftbank Art, 21. Paint Colors: Sherwin Williams, 22. Bedding: Eastern Accents, 23. Velvet Throw Pillows: Eastern Accents, 24. Wall Sconces: Hubbarton Forge

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Bedroom Design-Interior Design

-Bedroom Interior Drawings-

Kristin Rieke

A light filled window nook, reclaimed wood flooring and plenty of space to move around in! This plan was designed for those that enjoy the little things a bedroom can offer: rest and relaxation! Remember the good stuff will follow this week and there is so many great fabrics and textiles included I can’t wait to show them off to you!

Inspiration Board

Enjoy!

-k-

Bedroom Interior Design By: Kristin Rieke

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Bedroom Design-Interior Design

-Bedroom Inspiration-

Kristin Rieke

For most women their bedroom is considered their safe haven! You want to create a mood in your space that is relaxing and makes you feel at ease. No matter what kind of day you battle you always know that you enjoy being there! The inspiration board below is just a teaser for the coming design this week! I want you to feel the space before you see it!

Enjoy!

-k-

Designer Kristin Rieke

Credits:

1. Bedroom: Elle Decor,2. Horse Art: Robert Dutesco, 3. Cotton Image: Carolina Wandering, 4. Yarns: Chelsea Yarns

 

 

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