Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc.

A Dwell with Dignity Reveal!

As you know we have been working on a Dwell with Dignity assignment for weeks preparing to transform a 2 bedroom apartment for a very deserving, formerly homeless, mother of two.  To learn more about this project and the background click HERE!

We spent the day preparing for our portion of the project – a shared bedroom for 2 young girls, ages 3 years and 18 months.   We were told that the girls loved reading, arts and crafts and dress up!  We were very excited to get started!!

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Here is the before:


We had a lot of work to do…..

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The beautiful bedding and decorative pillows were graciously donated by Serena and Lily and Lacefield Designs.

We had a great DIY group who transformed many of the pieces for us!  Do you remember this?


Many thanks to Dena Stormer of Hearts and Sharts for giving this old dresser new life.  (this was Kelly’s husband’s childhood dresser).


We got lucky with some great knobs from Hobby Lobby!

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Thanks to the wonderful donations of some essentials and arts and craft supplies from Lori Creed Raney of Hedgecock Creed.  If you haven’t heard about her new furniture line, click here!!

We received a monetary donation from our client Rebecca and and an amazing gift from Jeanine Harper who cleaned out her daughters old dress up trunk and donated several gorgeous, costumes, tutus and girly outfits, along with a pile of awesome books!


Here is the recipients reaction when she walked into the girl’s room:



This room was truly a labor of love.  Many thanks to Woodstock Furniture Outlet for donating the bunk beds and mattresses, Currey and Company for the table lamp and Lamps Plus  for the fun bubble chandelier!


This chic fabric for the window treatment was donated by Steve McKenzies, a wonderful lifestyle store located in the West Midtown District of Atlanta.   While you’re there, make it a point to have lunch at Miller Union, a fabulous restaurant right next to their store on Brady Avenue.

Many thanks to SJC Window Designs for fabricating the valance and for always being willing to donate her skill and time even when she is swamped!!

Our industrious and skilled installer Chris Ray of Hangman Installations helped us hang the window treatment, art, lighting and lended a hand to anyone else who needed assistance that day!

The 18 month old is still in  a crib until she is old enough to be in her own bed.  The reason the bunk beds were used was so that once the crib was removed, the two beds could be used side by side and there could be a matching set of twin beds.  In the meantime, we put a baby blanket in the crib donated by Sugarboo Designs that was so soft, I would like an adult version for myself.  The saying makes my heart melt!

“Lord, look down from heaven above and touch this special child with love.  Protect and guide this little one until each and every day is done.  Remind us often that it’s true: This little life is a gift from you.  A miracle You’ve sent our way.  Lord, bless this child today.”



One of the most special features in the room was the original art we had commissioned by one of our favorite Atlanta artists, Jason Kopydlowski of  Jay Scott Studios.


Upon viewing this piece, the girl’s  mother fell to the floor!!



Here’s more of the reveal!





To see the before and afters of the rest of the apartment and more inside information on the project click here!

All of the designers and volunteers unselfishly gave of their time and talents to create a special place.  It was a pleasure to be a part at of this project!


Pictured above:  Brian Pinion of AJW Designs, Kim Turner (co-founder of Dwell with Dignity), me - Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc., Ann Wisniewski of AJW Designs, Julie Montgomery of juliemontgomeryinteriors.com, Nancy Foster, Terri Hunt, Lathem Gordon of gordondunning.com , Dena Stormer of heartland sharts.com and Cate Dunning of gordondunning.com.


As if this wasn’t emotional enough, the recipient has written a book about her life story and we each got a signed copy.  I read it in a day and a half and was so moved by her determination and courage.  You can purchase a copy here!


Thank you Dwell with Dignity for creating this wonderful foundation and allowing us to make a difference in other’s lives!!


Their mission:  To help families escape poverty and homelessness through design; one household at a time.



Photography by Tom England Photography and Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc.

September 29, 2014   2 Comments

A Highpoint Market Preview Via Decor Mentor

Thank you to our social media friend Lisa Ferguson of Decor Mentor for putting together a fabulous Highpoint Product Preview via a global Twitter chat this week!  Lead by Lisa and a panel of design talents, a sneak peek of some of the incredible products we will see next month at the Highpoint Furniture Market was previewed on Twitter under hashtag #hpmkt.

Trends we are already seeing? Multi-functional pieces, blues in many shades, unusual art and sculptural influences, a touch of glamour, lots of texture, and more monochromatic collections.

Thanks to Lisa Ferguson, Lisa Kahn, Kati Curtis Design, James Saavedra, Pulp Design Studios, Erica Islas, Jennifer Brouwer for your curation! You can see all the hot picks on the Decor Mentor Pinterest Board HERE but the following are some of my faves:

The Jagger Chair from C.R. Laine. That is just simply COOL.

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The Madrid Hutch by Noir

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This antique double vanity with marble top by GJ Styles will be a hit I’m sure.


Thank you Jennifer Brouwer for spying this beauty from the Libby Langdon Lighting collection for Crystorama. I can’t wait to put it in an upcoming project!


Are you noticing a trend yet? Yes, NAVY will be HOT, HOT, HOT!  This is the Westbury Dressing Chest by Kindel Furniture picked by Lisa Kahn.

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We love everything our friend Stacy Kunstel creates for her company Dunes and Duchess. This Oval Captains Compass Console is one of my favorite picks.


dunes tableLisa Ferguson chose the Shangai Loft Money Chest Bar from Red Egg as one her Top Picks.

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Yes, the quatrefoil shape is still a hot trend. Chosen by Erica Islas as another Top Pick, this is the Dakota table by Decca Home.

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Did I say NAVY was HOT? This is the Mercer Sofa by Canvas Home. LOVE IT.

Mercer Sofa from Canvas Home

Beth and Carolina at Pulp Design Studios picked many items that I loved including this sophisticated Gold Cloud Bookcase from Lazy Susan.

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What’s not to love about this unique wing chair from Caracole called What’s Up Pussycat?
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This last one is for our client Janet because I know she will love this console table from Chelsea Home designed by Lisa Kahn.

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Joann and I will be heading out to Highpoint on Friday, October 17th to see these and many more new products in person.

Stay tuned for our next report!


September 19, 2014   No Comments

A Trip to Bermuda Courtesy of Lexington

At last October’s Highpoint Furniture Market Joann and I took a trip to the impressive Lexington Home Brands headquarters in High Point.  Before we took the tour, the Lexington team surprised me by announcing that I was the winner of a trip to Bermuda courtesy of Lexington! (Hey it pays off to but your business card in the gold fish bowl!)  Four days, three nights for myself and a guest at the beautiful Elbow Beach Resort in Bermuda. This was an incredible gift considering almost 50 years earlier, my parents spent their honeymoon at the exact same resort!

My husband Mike and I went to Bermuda over Labor Day Weekend. Bermuda is a tiny island that is easily navigable – just 22 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. We rented scooters and explored the island and several beautiful parks on Sunday. The views took my breath away.


The hibiscus flowers in white, pink and yellow were everywhere.


Our favorite restaurant hands down in Hamilton was the award winning La Trattoria. BEST.PIZZA.EVER.


Of course our last day was the most beautiful.


So what kind of company caters to the  design trade to such a degree that they would give away a trip like this?

Lexington Home Brands

Founded in 1903, Lexington Home Brands is one of the most respected companies in the industry, having built a reputation for design leadership and exceptional value.

We put the Twilight Bay Cocktail Table in a clients home three years ago. We STILL get calls off the web asking where this table came from.

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Last year in Highpoint, I saw the Sea Mist Writing Desk through the window of the satellite Lexington showroom and it stopped me in my tracks. The shagreen finish is stunning.

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Lexington is well known for creating some of the most sophisticated and gorgeous outdoor furniture on the market. I LOVE the Aviano Sofa.

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I am on a perpetual hunt for nesting tables. They are the perfect answer to every family room.  These Aquarius Quadrant nesting tables are some of the prettiest I’ve seen.

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So thank you Lexington Home Brands for such a special treat. See you next month in Highpoint!



September 6, 2014   No Comments

Clever Ways to Hide the Kitty Litter Box

A client recently challenged us to find a kitty litter box that could be placed in a very public place in her house and still be presentable. Once a client has a quirky request like this, I am forever on the hunt for a solution even after I’ve found one to please the client!

While on our last trip to Guatemala, Joann was reading thru the Delta Skymall magazine and actually found the perfect thing!

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But like I said, I still can’t help keeping an eye out! There’s actually some really cool options out there when you start looking!

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This snazzy one, made in France (but shipped for free to the U.S.!) is called the PooPooPeedo Cat Toilet. OMG I had to laugh.

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This is my favorite one. It comes in different sizes and colors.

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I have two cats and am admittedly way too OCD to have a kitty litter box anywhere in the main part of the house.  I have two boxes in the basement that the cats go in from the top. It keeps the litter very contained.  Not very decorative, but nobody sees them (except Mike – scooping the litter is HIS job thank God).

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So thank you Mrs. Client for challenging us with this request. It definitely makes our job interesting to say the least!


September 2, 2014   No Comments

Everything You Need to Know About Cleaning Fabrics!

When selecting upholstery for our design projects, we always keep in mind what fabric will be the best choice for our clients.  Everyone is concerned about spills, stains and cleanability.  Did you know there were special “codes” for fabrics and those codes represent how the fabric can be cleaned?


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These codes are very important because cleaning your sofa or chair with the wrong product can cause serious damage.  Most furniture fabrics now carry cleanability codes to determine the best and safest way to clean your fabrics.


Windsor Smith Fabrics for Kravet.

Code “W”

This is used on fabrics that should be cleaned with water bases products only.  The best method is to spot clean using foam from water based cleaners or non-solvent cleaners.  Apply foam with a soft brush in a circular motion and vacuum when dry.


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Code “S”

Fabrics with this code require using a water-free cleaning solvent or dry cleaning product.  Make sure your room is well ventilated.   A product I love is called Spot Shot.

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It can be found at grocery stores, Walmart and Target.


Emerald Fabric – Fabricut

Code “W-S”

These fabrics can be cleaned with either water or solvent based products.


Schumacher Fabric via Style Studio

Cleaning Code “X”

Clean only by vacuuming or light brushing with a non-metallic stiff bristle brush.  Do NOT use water or solvent based cleaners.

One of our favorite fabrics to use for busy families with kids and pets is Sunbrella.  It is no longer just used outdoors.  They have come a long way, with soft weaves and “not so bright” colors.  Here is a Sunbrella fabric used in a desk chair by Joe Ruggerio of joeruggerioathome.com


Sunbrella and other “outdoor” fabrics work well if you so happen to have that cat who loves to claw.  Click HERE for tips on how to stop a cat from clawing furniture!


Here is Sunbrella’s guide to care and cleaning of their fabrics.

And one last tip to help your fabrics last longer is to use a beautiful throw to cover up those areas you want to protect.  Here is a favorite from Doctors Foster and Smith.

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Now, for red wine and some other common stains, click HERE for tips on removing them.

Have a great “stain free” week!!


September 1, 2014   No Comments