karen paul interiors

(949) 228-1857

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interior designer/specifier. Originally from the Washington, D. C. area and have now transplanted to Newport Beach, Ca. Past experience working with embassies, the IMF, World Bank and The Brookings Institution. Extensive experience with members of Congress, Judges, Lobbyists. Now semi-retired. Most recent project is the renovation of a three-stack condominium building in Newport Beach.
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270 cagney lane, #113
newport beach, CA 92663 
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Good advice Ramona. Didn't know that! Thanks.
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Stefanie, I agree it is not a statement piece. You mentioned it so I took a look to see what the measurements are and to determine if it would work...and it does. I love the acrylic and glass coffee table best of all, however, it is expensive. The measurements you require for your table limit you. Most wider tables are also too long, and most of the rectangles are too narrow as I am certain you have discovered. The 28" width on the EA is a reasonable width.
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Perhaps if you are really loving the acrylic table we find something else for under the window. They both are expensive, so if we can cut the price on one we can justify the other? Thoughts?
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Wendy
That is, exactly, what I am doing too. Saving month to month for what I want. If it takes forever to get the right piece, then so be it. I'm not compromising after the decision has been made.
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Stefanie, I wanted to clip an article for you. I want you to understand what I know about acrylic (lucite) furniture. I am ASSUMING that your coffee table is a high quality material because of the price point. I know Linda is not keen on lucite because she feels it looks cheap. However, there are very different qualities at many different price points. I think you already know that. Additionally, the cleaning of acrylic/lucite is very important to understand for excellent maintenance without damage. So copy this and hold onto it. I will reiterate that under no circumstances do you use Windex...ever! :)

"Of course, there is acrylic and then there is acrylic. Some of these prices may seem absurdly high, but compare them in person to the cheaper stuff and you'll be able to tell the difference. Expensive acrylic can be thick and luxurious, crystal-like, seamless; cheap acrylic has a noticeably more plastic look and feel. But that's not to say it can't still do the trick and look great in the context of your interior.

Caring for acrylic is harder than you might think. According to designer Patricia Gray: "Clean lucite with hot soapy water using a soft cloth. The type of polishing cloth you use will make a difference. The ideal cloth is nonabrasive, absorbent, and lint free. To eliminate any chance of scratching lucite , use only disposable cloths. Reusable cloths can retain abrasive particles, but you won't know for sure until the damage is done. Do not use sprays such as Windex or Fantastic on lucite."
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(100" - 40" = 60" - 15" to 18" clearance = 42" to 45" for coffee table
September 8, 2014 at 8:36AM   
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82" from sectional to window wall.
42" from end of sectional to end of rug.
44" from rug end to window wall.
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(100" - 40" = 60" - 15" to 18" clearance = 42" to 45" for coffee table
September 8, 2014 at 8:36AM   
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82" from sectional to window wall.
42" from end of sectional to end of rug.
44" from rug end to window wall.
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(100" - 40" = 60" - 15" to 18" clearance = 42" to 45" for coffee table
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82" from sectional to window wall.
42" from end of sectional to end of rug.
44" from rug end to window wall.
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Stefanie, you didn't like the new arrangement because? It obviously did not fit into your vision of more white. You have really done a stellar job, you know? Just placing the orchids so they make sense requires an eye. I am so very proud of you. I'm having "MOM" feelings. Actually you're young enough to be a granddaughter, but we don't need to go there, huh?
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tiparks, if she adds two more branches of the darker and it doesn't gel, then we go back to .the one color.
on Sunday at 5:59PM   
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OK, we go back to the single color. It's softer, better and doesn't feel contrived. tiparks, I'm agreeing with you. Thanks for your input!
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Also, it's getting too full. Like the last go round before the darker orchids. Stefanie, you are so quick. It would have taken me days to figure out where every single orchid would have to go. LOL
on Sunday at 6:03PM   
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OK, so we are done with the GD floral? Hoooooray! OK, so what's next Missy?
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Ramona
l like the version with the five likes at 17 hours ago, but that will change as people check in. The darker ones are going to find a home somewhere else. Maybe on the great wall next to some darker object you will buy a long way down the road. I'm not ready to reveal my creation; however it is going to fill the bill. I am now in love with these lighter petals; however, they won't work with the one I am creating at the moment. I am overwhelmed with work really early in the semester.
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the burled bowl is now on sale again
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82" from sectional to window wall.
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82" from sectional to window wall.
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44" from rug end to window wall.
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Karen is a witty artisitic soul who truly and passionately loves what she does, this shows in her ability to apply design concepts while simultaneously adjustin...
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After my parents died, I stored mom and dad's furniture in my one bedroom condo in Newport. Their belongings were hard to part with. During this time I was wa...
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I worked with Karen for several years and have learned so much about the design process. She designed my dining room chairs from scratch and redesigned my sof...
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