Your Stuff, Refreshed: Designing Sisters Specialize In Working With What You Have

By Kim Palmer
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Meet the three sisters who have created a business out of redesigning home decor using a client’s existing furniture and artwork. The sisters sell their time, not designer furnishings.

MINNEAPOLIS

Lisa Griebel was feeling sad and overwhelmed. She’d lost four family members in just 16 months, including her mother, resulting in extended trips to Peoria, Ill., to sort through her mother’s belongings and clear out her house.

“I had to make room here, to integrate her things,” said Griebel of her own longtime home in southwest Minneapolis.

But where to start? The sheer volume of stuff seemed insurmountable. So Griebel called on her neighbor, Kathy Keehn, and Keehn’s sister, Liz Knutson, partners in One Day Design.

“I knew they were doing this [redesigning home decor using the owners’ existing furniture and artwork], and I’ve always loved Kathy’s house,” Griebel said. So she invited them over to advise her.

“She wanted a change,” said Keehn. “And with her mom’s stuff coming home, something had to give.”

After talking with Griebel about her home, what she wanted to keep and what she was ready to part with, the sisters made some recommendations. One was that she repaint the gold and cranberry-red wall colors in her living and dining rooms in a fresh, light khaki that would brighten and unify the two spaces.

“She said, ‘Do I really need to paint?’?” Knutson recalled. “I said, ‘You GET to paint.’ She had a bad year last year. She needs a new start.”

The sisters reviewed photos of Griebel’s mother’s belongings, then advised her which ones to ship to Minneapolis, including a tall antique secretary and a pair of armless chairs upholstered in celery-colored velvet. “She was going to sell the secretary,” said Knutson. “I said, ‘That’s gorgeous! You have high ceilings. You need height.’?”
Then, while Griebel was in Peoria, the sisters redesigned the main floor, moving and repurposing her furniture, artwork and accessories, and packing up the excess in boxes.

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