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Making a Home for Underprivileged Girls with Room Service Atlanta

 We are blessed to do what we love for a living. We work hard everyday but  some projects bring a new level of happiness to our lives.


This Spring we tackled another Room Service Atlanta project at the United Methodist Children’s Home. The feeling of accomplishment and humbleness we sense at the end of these projects never ceases to amaze us.


 We are excited to share that the project has been installed and the room is complete!

We are thankful for the love and support of our families, friends, vendors, and business associates. Without you and your donations this transformation wouldn’t be possible.

On Monday morning we loaded up our cars and headed to the Children’s Home. We couldn’t wait to get started!

Talk about a treasure trove! Unloading our cars and unpacking our goodies was like Christmas morning! It was navy and emerald HEAVEN!


Of course every install starts with a good clean so the whole apartment got a tough scrub down (and you thought being a designer was all about the glamour!) Thankfully the entire space was primed and painted prior to our arrival by our friends at Verge & Associates who donated an entire crew and paint products to transform our space!


Look at those muscles!


After the apartment was clean it was time to get down to business. A big thank you to our hard-working installers Chris and Brad from Hangman Installations and Bruce from Bruce Marko Home Improvements who donated their time Monday. They did a tremendous job  installing this chevron rug donated by Flor, hanging window treatments and art and installing new light fixtures. 


Then comes the fun stuff! You can see the bright yellow industrial chairs from World Market and our repurposed wicker table that was painted by Joan Borawski from Joan of Art.


After a long (and only slightly sweaty) day it was time to step back and enjoy the beauty.

The bedroom and bathroom was painted Bedford Grey by Glidden (who donated the paint!).  We added a custom sink skirt to freshen it up. All of the fabrics were donated by Atlanta based Lewis and Sheron Textiles.  The window treatments, euro bed pillows and sink skirt were fabricated by the super talented Sue Cruickshank from SJC designs.

We repurposed an antique mirror and asked Joan Borawski to work her magic and give it some jazz! (Yes, the mirror is hanging upside down – it is hiding a gaping hole that was created when we removed the ugly medicine cabinet).


This sweet little nook is the perfect reading spot for studying or relaxing. We recovered a vintage chair Joann found (for $35 at a flea market) in a preppy navy and green combination. Leather Creations was gracious enough to make our upholstery dreams come to life!

The spool table was a HomeGoods find that we had repainted with fun stripes. The vintage lamp was donated by our friend Kemp Hickey who can be found at Scott’s Antique Market the second Saturday of every month.

Missing from the corner? Artwork from Steve Penley which is on the way! WOW!!!!

Doesn’t this spot look cozy?


Since there wasn’t enough room to squeeze a sofa and a bed in the room we opted for a daybed to serve both functions. We loaded it up with comfy pillows from Elaine Smith, Homegoods and SJC Designs. The charming swimsuit prints were donated by Wendover Art. They were the inspiration for our playful room!


We fell in love with the “crab trap” light fixture donated by Currey & Co. It really is the cherry on top of this brand new space!


This dainty wicker table (we picked up for FREE at the UMCH flea market shop) makes for a cheery dining/homework space once it was painted Sherwin Williams Dill (SW6438). We hung vintage postcards on a distressed frame backed with chicken wire (thank you TJ Maxx) to add a personal touch. The fun colors matched our decor and added a little nautical jazz. The placemats (under the lantern) are made from reclaimed sailcloth from the philanthropic minded MK Coastal. The yellow stripe matched the chairs perfectly (ok sometimes you just get lucky!)


This precious little whale has a lighthearted quote and we hit the jackpot when we found this driftwood pendant (donated by Currey & Co.)


At the end of the day we could not be more thrilled to leave this gorgeous room in the hands of a young girl. We hope her new apartment inspires her as much as this project has inspired us!

We wish her a fortunate and blessed life!


May 15, 2013   8 Comments

What are FLOR Tiles?

FLOR is an innovative system of carpet squares that you assemble to create custom rugs, runners or wall to wall designs of any shape or size.

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The beautiful thing about FLOR is that the squares connect securely together with FLORdots – no nails, padding or glue.  They can be easily replaced, allowing flexibility and portability along with beauty and remarkable performance.

The creative options are what I also love.  You can create solids, vintage looks, stripes, sisals, graphics, wool and even purchase area rugs created by FLOR.  There is a look for every room.


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Home Office

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It is clearly a no-brainer when our clients tell us they would like something beautiful but are wary of expensive carpets because of kids, dogs, and everyday living.  That’s where FLOR is our lifesaver.  I can’t even count how many projects we have used it in.  Here are just a few:

The “lasting greatness” style in red was used at the United Methodist Children’s Home for Room Service Atlanta.  To read more about this project click HERE!

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We used a whimsical, color block for this commercial space.  It happens to be the “brand” colors for this client.


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And here, a dining room of all places, where lots of spills could happen, we used a solid texture which worked wonderfully for a family with 2 young children.   The other advantage to FLOR is if a really “beyond the normal” mess occurs, we suggest purchasing a few “extra” tiles so they can be swapped out!

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Not only is FLOR attractive and functional, the company is very environmentally friendly.  They have a return and recycle program where you can send back your tiles once they have lived their useful life.  This is how it works:  You package up the squares, call FLOR and they will mail you a pre-paid UPS label based on the weight of your package.  The carpet portion is sent to be made into recycled nylon fibers and the backing is shredded into small pellets to create post consumer recycled GlasBac Re backing.

Not only do they care about the environment, they also participate in Carpet for a Cause where they involve themselves in multiple projects to help others.  For one week in November, they are donating one FLOR square for every order placed to donate FLOR rugs to more than 30 classrooms across the country with more donations in the works.

Do you have a favorite charity, organization or school you think could benefit from a FLOR rug donation?  Click for the Carpet for a Cause submission form to be considered!


December 1, 2014   No Comments

Kandrac & Kole Rewind 2013

2013 was a blessed year for Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc.  I looked back thru my iPhoto and realized what a truly adventurous, exciting, scary and happy year it was!

Here’s a re-cap of 2013, a month by month highlight reel of one of our best years yet!


We kicked off 2013 with exciting news as we rebranded and introduced our new logo, website and blog. Thanks to Shari Miller with Little Blue Deer Design, the response was amazing!



You can’t succeed if you don’t keep learning so in February we attended Design Camp Atlanta hosted by our talented friends Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis.  This two day event at the Fox Theatre was packed full of inspiration, learning, networking and catching up with designer friends from around the country. One of the highlights was meeting Barry Dixon who was one of the keynote speakers.


We also began work on one of our most favorite projects to date – a rebuild/redesign of a historic commercial office space.



Photography by Emily Followill 


March was busy too as we worked tirelessly for one our favorite charity projects, Room Service Atlanta. This was our second go-round with the United Methodist Children’s Home and this time we were fortunate enough to design a studio apartment for a young adult woman. We were inspired by a set of vintage bathing suit prints from Wendover Art and the rest is navy and emerald history!



In April I was selected as one of nine Style Spotters for High Point Market. Our team traveled to High Point, N.C. and scoured the market for the latest and greatest in design trends. We shared our finds on Pinterest and participated in a fierce competition for the best board. We broke the record for the most re-pins in Stylespotter history!



You can see the fruits of our labor on Pinterest HERE.


We bit the bullet in May and moved our office of three years from a historic 2nd floor walkup in Acworth to a new, charming house in Kennesaw.  We’ve got plenty of space now with 3 offices, 2 workrooms, 1 conference room, 2 kitchens, 2 bathrooms and a storage room!  Please come visit any time!



Intern Tracy joined our team in June to spend the summer learning and working. We put her to good use since June was the month that we filmed our first HGTV pilot! We still can’t share many details because the show hasn’t aired yet but we will say that we had a whole lot of fun making over a master bedroom and bathroom in gray and green!


I headed to Guatemala with my daughter Riley and designer friends Pamela Copeman and Melinda Headrick for my semi-annual trip working with Catalyst Resources International building homes for the poor.



Summertime was in full swing in July and our team was jet setting across the country for their vacations and travels. Along the way I stopped in Memphis for the Brizo Blogger 19 reunion and to tour the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. What an honor to experience first hand the impressive partnership between St. Jude’s and Brizo and to know that one of our favorite vendors is supporting such a worthy cause!



My friend Rebecca Reynolds with a young patient on our visit to St. Jude’s. Photo courtesy of Brizo and St. Jude’s.


The Southern C  conference came to Athens, GA in August so of course we had to attend! We met and mingled with some fun new friends (like this impressive young man named Aidan Hornaday – check out his website) and got some great business advice from a wide range of speakers!




September was memorable because we were FINALLY published in our first national magazine, Southern Lady.  What a long awaited thrill! Our four page spread included several of our favorite spaces and shared some of our tips for creating “Friendly Spaces.”

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Of course our design work never ends. We had a year of GREAT clients and fun, creative projects like these.

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In October it was time to travel to High Point Market again, this time as sponsored bloggers. We were sponsored by two companies, Tomlinson and W. Schilling and got a priviledged behind the scenes look at their product lines.


October was also the month that we were nominated by lighting company Lamps Plus as one of 25 Best Home Blogs of 2013!

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We installed another project that was a complete rebuild/redesign that we are very proud of!


Photography by Emily Followill.


In November, we were proud to send our Jr. Designer Lauren to Maine for the first ever Thos. Moser designer apprenticeship program. She spent 3 days at the workshop building her very own chair and learning about this all-american furniture company. Visiting a factory is the #1 way to really appreciate a manufacturer!


Always on the hunt to learn more, we signed up to attend the first ever U.S. Business of Design seminar hosted by the Canadian superstar business woman/designer extraordinaire  Kimberly Seldon. We took 2 days away from the office to focus on all the things we do right running Kandrac & Kole and to brainstorm on the many ways we can continue to improve our operations.


Because the adventures of Kelly and Joann never cease, what do we do when the year is almost up and we are exhausted? We say YES to yet another HGTV pilot show! This one was produced by a New York based production company and should air in the next few months (so sorry – mums the word until then).  This time, we designed an entire house and it was a transformation you’ve got to see with your own eyes!



We ended the year wrapping up several special projects, donating our time to Operation Christmas Child, and being published AGAIN – this time in Cobb Life Magazine.




It’s been an exciting and slightly crazy year here at Kandrac & Kole and that’s just the way we like it! Thank you for always coming along for the ride. We are excited to show you what’s up our sleeve for 2014!


January 4, 2014   6 Comments

Our Top 12 Happy Images of 2013!

We started posting a “Happy Image of the Day” on our Kandrac & Kole Facebook page about 3 years ago and were surprised when we ran into colleagues, industry partners, clients and friends who told us how much they love and  look forward to our posts everyday!  We never realized how popular it has become!  Talk about pressure :)

So, in honor of these images, here are the most popular ones (by month) in 2013!!

December – a unique holiday color scheme!


November – Colorful chairs!


October – Pumpkin creativity!


September – A fresh and colorful retreat!


August – Funny, but true!!


July – Emerald green velvet sofa and great pillows!


June – shabby chic and beautifully “collected”!


May – Our United Methodist Children’s home charity project for a young girl’s efficiency apartment!


April – Eastern Accents showroom at the High Point Furniture Market!


March – Spring freshness and a gorgeous color combination!


February -Everyone loves a sliding barn door!


January – An excellent  idea for tree stumps and an amazing garden!!


We are very fortunate to have exposure to so many beautiful images and are thrilled to share them with you!!  If you don’t already, follow us on Facebook here and look forward to our  Happy Image of the Day in 2014!!


Photo credit: December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January

December 28, 2013   1 Comment

MK Coastal- Setting Sail

We are big fans of MK Coastal.  We met one of the co-owners, Megan Pesce at The Design Bloggers Conference in LA.


MK Coastal (like most businesses) was started with a bright idea and a drawing on a napkin after a family get together. Cousins Megan Pesce and Kelly Brown decided to transform their family’s love of sailing into a family business.

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We asked the MK ladies to share some details about their booming company with us.


K&K: How did you get the idea to create these amazing items from sails?

MK: Kelly’s family was given an enormous 800 pound sail while Megan happened to be visiting her in Maine.  With Kelly’s background in sailing and Megan’s in interior design we thought about the possibilities of what we could create together and MK Coastal was born. We wanted to do something beyond the ever popular sail cloth bags and came up with a few home decor items that we thought would fill a niche in the coastal home decor market.  It was also important to us to to be environmentally conscious and use all reclaimed sailcloth.  Way too many sailors have unused sails sitting in their garages or barns rotting away, and that’s where we came up with “The Story of the Sail”, which is such a fun way to own a piece of sailing history and really know where that sail was used!  How many antiques have you seen and wondered where they’ve been?


K&K: What has been the biggest reward?  What has been the biggest challenge?

MK: The biggest reward is seeing our vision come to life through the amazing seamstresses and craftsman we work with everyday!  It’s so nice to hear people’s feedback, since a large majority of our business up until this point has been custom orders.  They love our products and our story!  There are many challenges we face as business owners, one of them being the time it takes to get from idea to prototype to market.  Once we have decided to create and sell something, we want it to be done…like…yesterday!  We’ve had to practice patience much too often.


K&K: What are a couple of interesting custom items you’ve made?

MK:  We love custom projects!  I love finding antiques to repurpose and finding creative ways to add sailcloth to everyday home decor.  We made an outdoor sign for a small art gallery as well a custom burgee flag for a birthday gift, but I think my favorite idea so far was the set of placemats that spelled out a family name in nautical letters!  It was such a fun and creative project and they really loved it.


K&K:  Has a “celebrity” purchased one of your products yet?

MK: Well, one of our pillows is a celebrity of sorts!  It’s featured in the boathouse set of cbs’s NCIS: Los Angeles. But, our new tray was a must have for HGTV’s Cari Cucksey, when she recently purchased a walnut tray for her pool house.  
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K&K: Can you explain how MK Coastal gives back?
MK: MK Coastal has partnered with US Sailing and gives a portion of our profits to the US Paraylmpic Sailing team.  This organization was important to us because Kelly’s husband Tom Brown lost his leg to bone cancer as a child and has sailed in three Olympic games, most recently London Summer 2012.

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As you can tell, these are some pretty inspiring ladies who have created some must-have products! We love how great this set of sail placemats fit into our United Methodist Children’s Home room last spring!


Take a trip over to MK Coastal’s website to check out the rest of their unique collection of goods. Also click over to their blog to keep up with their latest news and inspirations.

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What I love about industry events that we attend are the wonderful relationships we make with designers all over the country.   I love the entrepreneur spirit and story behind MK Coastal and wish them all the best!!

November 11, 2013   2 Comments