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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newport beach, CA US 
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270 cagney lane, #113
newport beach, CA 92663 
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Stefanie, if you don't want to do any sort of pattern, then I would suggest you go with the same color rug in the living room as you have in the dining room. So your best bet would be the wool sisal in the same color. There's absolutely nothing wrong with using the same color in a second room. In fact, this is a much better choice than attempting off whites/creams under your sofa that has a gray undertone. All these off-white/beiges will simply not be enough contrast to carry both your sofas and wall color.
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Anything almost white would work (such as your shag) but not the true off whites and creams. That's my opinion of course. And if you are going with white-off white for your windows, it might be nice to have a little color on the floor that contrasts with the sofa?
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Stefanie
I have a ton of RH samples or at least at one point I did so will have to see how many I still have for color comparison. My DR chairs are sand but that won't work for the sofa and the rug is linen so I have some pieces to reference. If you saw the DR then you know I take awhile on the rug. I do have to be careful not to clash with the furniture and I agree with Karen that if I go light on the window treatment, would be nice to add a bit of depth to the rug however I may end up darker for light control. Since the window treatment will be carried throughout the kitchen as well, need to ponder that.

Yes, lighter is more difficult to keep clean but even with my two dogs, don't seem to have much trouble with any of my carpet/rugs. Call me crazy but I'm not too worried. It could be they are on my furniture too much!! I will just keep browsing and not make any decision on pattern or no pattern until the shade samples arrive and I pick the best one. I won't rule anything out, Wendy. I know you are pulling for the washed Persian. I fought against my DR mirror for awhile and now I love it so stranger things have happened. :)
20 hours ago     
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I love the washed Persian, too! Prefer roller shades over Romans! The ease of rollers is a plus. Romans can get lopsided and tangled.
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The room itself, not including the kitchen area, is 19'-11" x 20'-2".
June 17, 2014 at 10:38am   
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For "accents I want whites, cream, maybe mint, coral, pink or purple. "
June 21, 2014 at 7:54am   
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   Comment   July 12, 2014
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Thomas, you are so right about everyone laying claim to a specific chair. No one ever traded or moved from their permanent position at the table. Didn't matter whether it was dinner or just having a snack alone. It was always same place, same chair. Interesting how that works. :)
July 12, 2014 at 6:31am     
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Jason Chuck
Love the mismatched dining room chairs look, else matched seats and different colours are also good:
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redfarmor
I have an antique round oak pedestal table and mixed pressed back chairs in the same wood color. The table was my grandmother's and each chair has a story. Love them even if they may not be "correct".
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The room itself, not including the kitchen area, is 19'-11" x 20'-2".
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The room itself, not including the kitchen area, is 19'-11" x 20'-2".
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For "accents I want whites, cream, maybe mint, coral, pink or purple. "
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Julie, you are so correct in your assessment of many people in the Trade who have wonderful expertise. Judy experienced that with both her designer and his contractor and his/her (won't make that mistake again) trades people. It's really all about networking and beginning with someone you absolutely know is top notch. Everything else falls into place most (not all) of the time.
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We are artisan quality finishers whose business is mainly designer driven. Their vision and staying the course until the project is finished will save money and prevent disappoint at the end of a project.
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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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Karen kindly helped me finish the design in my living room and her advice was perfect.
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