Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc.

Help us Help a Dwell with Dignity Family

Yes, our charity work is in full swing again!  When it comes to changing lives (literally) thru the power of design, we can’t turn down an opportunity. This time we are partnering with the amazing Dallas based organization Dwell with Dignity to help them establish a provisional chapter in Atlanta.  We will be working with a talented team of designers, organizers and DIYers to completely furnish and decorate a 2 bedroom home for a single mom with 2 small girls who was recently homeless.


The mission of Dwell with Dignity is to “help families escape poverty and homelessness through design: one household at a time.”


 Watch this quick video to learn more. 

Our task is to help a young mom who has escaped a life of poverty and abuse, worked hard and saved her money so that she could give her little girls a better life. We are going to help her make her new home comfortable, happy and BEAUTIFUL.

Joann and I are specifically in charge of designing the little girls room! But boy do we need some help.

We’ve already had heart felt support from the following folks:

Woodstock Furniture Outlet: A set of bunk beds

Jay Scott Studios: An original piece of art

 Lacefield Designs: Throw pillows on the bed

Dena Stormer of Hearts and Sharts: Refinishing of a dresser donated by Kandrac & Kole

Currey & Company: Dresser lamp

Steve McKenzies: Fabric for window treatment

SJC Window Designs: Labor to make custom window treatment

Chris Ray with Hangman Installations: Time and labor to install art and window treatments

We still need the following: 

(2) sets of twin size sheets

(2) mattress covers

(2) inserts for standard pillow shams

Dress up trunk and dress up clothes for a 3 year old and 14 month old

Small table for beside bottom bunk

Small bedside lamp

Pink or purple crib blanket

Age appropriate books

Book shelf (these little girls love to read and be read to!)

Art supplies (we have artists in the making)

Small chandelier (every girl needs a little bling!)


1.   For a product donation, contact us directly at info@kandrac-kole.com

2. For a monetary donation, please give directly to Dwell with Dignity, (a 501c3 non profit organization).  Click HERE. When you are on the donation page, please make sure your donation goes to the Atlanta Chapter AND specifically to Kandrac & Kole. It should look like this:

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We are transforming this home on September 17th.  OMGGGGG that’s right around the corner!

Thank you thank you for all your love and support.


Kelly and Joann


August 12, 2014   No Comments

What Everyone Ought to Know About Currey and Company

As I was reading the Sunday Atlanta Journal Constitution, I came across an article in the business section that  intrigued me.  It said “Atlanta Company Bucks Trend, Believes in Paying for College”.   As I read on, I was amazed to find out it was one of our favorite lighting and home furnishings vendors, Currey and Company!


Brownlee Currey, who runs the company stated that CEO’s generally look at tuition programs  from an expense point of view and don’t look at all of the benefits.  Currey offers a full-ride education for all employees! Unlike many companies that tie education to job skills, Currey and Co. allows employees to study whatever they want without an agreement to remain with the company upon graduation.

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Brownlee estimates that in the last 12 years the company has spent $250,000 educating about 4 dozen workers.  That doesn’t include the salary for the company’s education coordinator, Lauren Gold.   Currey and Company is also building a classroom with 6 computers where Lauren will offer in-house training.   She teaches English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes that have benefitted Asian and Latin American employees.

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One employee, Tung Pham, the production manager at Currey and Co. said “If we didn’t have the education program I would not have my career today.”  He emigrated from Vietnam to Atlanta and started working in the packing department 10 years ago.  He now manages 25 workers and plans to use the company benefit to get a college degree in the IT field.  He stated,  “I want to learn in the future so I can give back to the company.  I see my life here.”

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Currey says “free education instills a sense of loyalty in Currey and Company employees.  People who engage in these programs tend to be the highest functioning employees, optimistic, helpful and smart people who will develop the skills to move ahead.”

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Currey plans to extend the education benefit to the company’s 750 factory workers in the Philippines!

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Currey has been very generous in donating to our Room Service Atlanta projects and our upcoming Dwell with Dignity project (more of that exciting information coming soon).  They also participate in several industry events.  Their most recent is  With it,  The 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse, Design Camp, and The Design Blogger’s Conference.

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This just confirmed to me think that giving back really is what life is all about and we would like to extend an offer to you!   For any Currey and Company lighting item purchased through Kandrac & Kole between now and October 1, 2014,  10% of the profits will go to our Guatemala fund to build another home for a family in need.

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Click here to start shopping.  Email us at info@kandrac-kole.com and tell us the item number(s) you are interested in for pricing and availability.   Items can be shipped directly to you!!


August 7, 2014   2 Comments

A Giveaway from Kandrac & Kole!

We are thrilled to offer a giveaway from Kandrac & Kole.  There are certain elements you can add to a room that can totally transform it . One of our favorites is the use of area rugs. . They add instant texture, color, and pattern to a space.   We have our usual “go-to” sources for selecting rugs for our clients and one of our favorites has invited us to share one of their rugs with a lucky reader!


Loloi is giving away a 5′ x 7’6″ rug to one of Kandrac & Kole’s blog followers!

Of course choosing which rug to give away was the hardest part! Loloi prides themselves on their ability to push the typical design boundaries to create unique and interesting rugs. They’ve also won ARTs Awards for 4 consecutive years, so you know their rugs are fabulous! AND they also guarantee that 99% of their rugs are in stock and ship within 48 hours, which is pretty impressive!

Since we had such a great time perusing their site looking for our giveaway, we thought we’d share a few of our favorites.  This colorful rug is 100% polypropylene, ideal indoor or out, easy to clean, and withstands rain or sunshine.

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We love this hand stitched  rug made of 100% cowhide.

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Here’s a 100% hand hooked wool rug that caught my eye.  It has a knobby, chunky loop texture that is easy on the feet as well as the eyes!!

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They also have introduced a  pillow line that is full of bright colors and varying sizes.  These three would be darling on a big comfy bed!

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There were so many amazing options and our decision was tough, but we saw this pretty rug in their showroom at Americasmart and fell in love! It is made from 60% wool and 40% cotton and would feel incredible to lounge on. It is from the contemporary Leyton Collection and is hand-woven in India. The simple design is amped up by the playful colors and it would add great color and texture to a room.

We are thrilled to let one winner take home a 5 x 7.6″ Leyton!

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Here’s a close up (which looks WAY better than the photo above)….

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For your chance to win this pretty rug follow this link!

Good Luck!!

July 30, 2014   1 Comment

Brizo Launches Artesso Kitchen Collection

What does one do when the famous Brizo brand comes a calling and asks you to design a kitchen for the national launch of  their latest product - The Artesso Collection?  Personally, I acted very calm, cool and collected, politely and graciously accepted the offer and then promptly hung up the phone gasping for air and sweating with nerves:)

It’s been over a year in the making, but we can finally announce that Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs was given the honor of designing a kitchen that celebrates the birth of the new Brizo Artesso collection – particularly the bridge faucet and pot filler. The Artesso collection launches today!

Inspired by detailed, early 20th century metal works, the Artesso™ suite is Brizo® brand’s newest kitchen collection. The collection, named for a variation of the Portuguese word for artisan, incorporates masculine, hand-forged design nuances with sophisticated aesthetics.

“We drew inspiration from iron-workings dating back to the early 1900s,” said Sarah Schlifke, Brizo product marketing manager. “The industrial, yet refined, design will modernize any kitchen while offering a chic and functional focal point for the counter space.”

The Artesso kitchen collection by Brizo is a full kitchen suite featuring a single-handle pull-down faucet, a two-handle bridge design, a sleek bar faucet and a matching soap dispenser. The single-handle pull-down faucet is available with optional Brizo SmartTouch® Technology, allowing users the option to activate the flow of water with a simple touch anywhere on the spout, hub or handle. This unique functionality makes it easy to turn the faucet on only when needed, helping to reduce water usage, while enabling efficiency of motion during prep work and cleanup.


The team at Brizo sent me a series of inspirational mood boards illustrating how their trend research had led them to the design of the Artesso faucet. The feel was to be industrial and chic but with a relatable vibe that included pops of color, natural wood and brushed finishes.  After a few conference calls with Brizo’s PR firm, I was given free reign to create a kitchen saluting this beautiful new faucet.

There was something about the Brizo inspiration pages and the bridge design of the Artesso faucet that instantly reminded me of summers in my grandmother’s kitchen in Westhampton, NY.

Lots of brainstorming ensued….

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Then an upscale farmhouse design was born…

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Rendering by Joan Borawski

The talented production team at Brizo then set to work building this kitchen on a set in Indianapolis. (Note to my designer friends: yes, this tested all of my Type A, control freak tendencies to not be involved with construction or stylizing).  The final result came amazingly close to my design:

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All on set photos courtesy of Brizo

The full kitchen suite will be available September 2014 in the following finish options: Polished Chrome, Brilliance®Stainless, Venetian Bronze® and Brilliance®Polished Nickel finishes.

 A huge thank you to Brizo for including Kandrac & Kole in this campaign. We are big fans of the Brizo brand and it was a thrill to be such an integral part of promoting another exceptional new product.

About the Brizo® Brand

Rooted in the fashion and design communities, Brizo is a luxury fittings brand that strives to transform minds, moods and spaces with the belief that fashion is reflected in everything it crafts, every space it inhabits and every vision it brings to life. The Brizo brand has been a primary sponsor for fashion designer Jason Wu since 2006 and has been a national sponsor of the St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway since 2010. Brizo products are available exclusively at Brizo Impressions Showrooms. Brizo is the luxury brand of faucets and related accessories within the portfolio of Delta Faucet Company, a WaterSense® manufacturing partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Visit www.brizo.com or call 877-345-BRIZO (2749) for more information and to locate a Brizo Impressions Showroom.


July 29, 2014   1 Comment

Like Father, Like Son

I attended a tribute to fathers and sons on Father’s Day Weekend to see world-renowned Georgia artists, Thomas Arvid and Steve Penley, and their sons who had a special show together at dk Gallery titled “Like Father Like Son”.  

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photo credit - Spravka Imaging

dk Gallery, owned and operated by Donna Krueger is in the heart of downtown Marietta, Georgia.  Donna Krueger’s mission is to “create and cultivate a community of art excellence”.  This show was focused on the importance of cultivating the love of art starting at a young age.


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I am a huge fan of these artists so when I heard about this show, I immediately put it on my calendar.  Even though I was leaving for a mission trip to Guatemala the next day, I did not want to miss it.  We agreed to celebrate Father’s Day on Saturday June, 14th by attending the show and then going to dinner with our daughters.

I’m embarrassed  to admit it, but I think we were the first ones there :)

The Arvid boys, 13 year old Jimmy and 11 year old Christopher were adorable and very friendly.

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I surprised my husband with 2 Father’s Day Gifts!

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This framed piece by Jimmy Arvid

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and the painted wooden fish by Christopher Arvid.

These will look awesome in his “masculine” office!

I was also thrilled to spend a few minutes talking to Thomas Arvid

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You can see his amazing artwork in the background!  His paintings of wine bottles, glasses and labels is so realistic, you can’t even believe they are paintings!  -  Check out his website here!  One of Arvid’s favorite sayings is”Life without art is like dinner without wine.”

Unfortunately I didn’t get to visit with Steve Penley and his son Lyall.  We have used Steve’s paintings in several projects and love his work.  Check out his website here.  This is one of my favorites that we used in a commercial lobby space.

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photo credit Jill Buckner Photography

Here is another favorite that was featured at dk Gallery:

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As you can see in the piece below, his son Lyall definitely got the “artistic gene”.

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I love how original art makes such a statement in a home and creates a memory.  Every time I look at the pieces I purchased for my husband it takes me back to that day at the gallery and what a memorable Father’s Day it was.   I will be keeping my eye on these young boys because they are sure to be “famous” like their fathers if it’s something they decide to pursue.


July 28, 2014   No Comments