Interior Designer Favors Tradition (with a Modern Twist)

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In her former career, Stephanie Kraus was a publisher of medical magazines. These days, she’s an interior designer—though she’s still drawn to the written word. “My favorite pet project is my blog (,” she says. “It’s another way for me to express my passion for design.” 

Personal decorating style: It starts out traditional but ends with a modern twist.

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Favorite room in her house: My living room. It’s casual, fun, fresh and clean … most of the time. I love how the color and patterns work together, and it also features a Michelle Armas original abstract.

Most prized possessions: My kids, my husband and, oh yes, my dog.

Designers who inspire her: Too many to list. But if you twisted my arm, I’d say Mary McDonald, Windsor Smith and Tobi Fairley. Locally, it would be Mona Ross Berman.

Favorite design advice: Use what you have and build from there. Great design doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. You just
need to know how to pull it all together. And don’t forget to have some fun.

Color she can’t design without: Gray. My favorites are Benjamin Moore’s classic gray, Revere pewter and Chelsea gray.

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Her definition of good taste: Keep it simple and classic.

Elements she tries to incorporate into a space: Original artwork—and something of meaning to the client. A space will never truly be finished until it includes something the owner treasures.

Favorite design trend: Brass and lacquered ceilings and walls. I love the shine and glamour they add to a space.

Biggest decorating faux pas: Too many little items scattered all over a space. Clutter is your worst enemy. 

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