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getting out the markers again {a new rendering and coupon code!}


it’s that time of year again! when it’s starting to get colder. there are holiday decorations popping up and peppermint flavored things all over the place. and when my little etsy shop gets busy! like just this past weekend i had my first rendering order in a while! woot! so fun to get the markers out again!


these renderings are a customer favorite.

it’s so special to have an architectural rendering of your new home, or maybe the home you’ve moved away from. or maybe your parent’s lifetime home! no matter who i’ve given these to or made these for, everyone has LOVED them.


cause you can tell, a lot of love go into them.

and then, when you get your digital copy of YOUR home, you can print it at any size! (or as many times as you want!) how fun is that?

maybe you just bought a house recently and want to celebrate your first house together! or maybe your son or neice bought their first house and you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift.  i’ve had some people put it onto a canvas for their loved one for a gift. some people print multiple for the whole family! some people frame their vacation home rendering and have it in their full time home as a happy reminder of vacation. whatever works for you!


now is the time to order your Architectural Rendering in time for Christmas! check out my shop or click HERE.

and for all of you dear ones, as a special gift to say thanks for your support, i’m offering a discount code for 25% off all orders in my etsy shop until thanksgiving! just type FRIENDSANDFAMILY in the coupon code box to receive this offer!

love you guys!

thanks friends for all of your support and love this holiday season!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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a little press

hey! look at this Houzz article! Knight Architects is featured again!

this project was just starting construction when i first arrived back in 2009 so i can’t take any credit for any of the drawings. except that Cathy Knight let me design/draw the fireplace mantle. {mostly she suggested what i should i do and then i drew it… let’s be honest because it was my first fireplace mantle!} that and i also helped stage the pretty pictures!

i’m so proud of Knight Architects for getting a little bit of press again!  to see the full article click here.

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HOUZZ (dot com)

first of all, i’m sorry for neglecting my dear little blog. life is a bit crazy right now,  and i hope to share more with you soon!

but all right, today’s post is about Houzz dot com.

who hasn’t discovered Houzz yet?! i mean, seriously, this website is AWESOME. 🙂 i’ve been on it a lot lately for a couple of projects. a couple of kitchens, a fence project, a couple of powder rooms… and so when i need inspiration, i go here and start searching for images that inspire!

do you need help figuring out what style of kitchen you should go with? they have an article and a million links for that.

do you like vintage looking kitchens and need confidence that you can pull it off? they have an article for that too. 🙂

Yup! do you recognize that kitchen? It’s from my photoshoot adventure my  best day of work ever! Kinda exciting that my old firm is finally getting the recognition they deserve for this project! She actually received an award for “Best of Houzz 2013″ woot woot! Knight Architects has a nice little portfolio on Houzz that you should totally check out.
Or maybe you need direction for a fence or gate you want to build. There is inspiration for that.
and of course, there are a million powder room inspiration examples! it’s the designer’s dream, really, to be able to peruse such an abundant collection of inspirational photos! so, you know what i’ll be doing today…
go check Houzz out! 🙂 it’s very fun.
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sketch for tuesday {# 50}

today’s sketch comes straight to you from an architectural study…

we compared this front facade of a concrete wall. the existing house is all concrete on this elevation and windows towards the back. we are adding a little sunroom which is ALL windows except this little concrete wall which has the bathroom and bar behind it.

so which do you prefer?

a. upper windows:sketch_a

b. no upper windows:

i’d love to hear your opinion!

xo-kimberly renee

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the yellow house with the pretty windows stole my heart {architecture post}

there’s a house in Princeton that still has my heart. it’s yellow and it has pretty windows.  it has about a million other beautiful characteristics to the house… it’s way too big and grand for me and i could never live there… but it still has my heart.

i remember when i first saw this house. i actually saw it on paper during my interview for the job way back in 2009. i even got to see the original plans from 1890. it looked beautiful and my mouth watered at the idea of getting to work on such a cool house!! i couldn’t believe such an amazing opportunity was placed before me.

and then i got to! i got to work for the company and i got to work on this project! {can you tell i’m excited about it?}  i really just drew what i was told and got to tag along on site visits…so i can’t take any credit for how beautiful it finished out, but i really got to be involved in the entire project. it was the first time in my career that i was able to be that involved. to see it from start to finish and get to see the construction all the way through. it was an awesome experience and i loved taking friends and family on site visits with me. Husbuddy loved hearing all about it too. {at least he humored me}

anyway, i remember talking in the office this spring about applying for this contest. it seemed like a good idea, but it was a little bit of extra work. and did we have time? we weren’t sure. luckily we had awesome photographs, we had our favorite marketing person write up the description, and for the day time shots and a couple of close ups, i got out my handy little camera and took a couple! 🙂

well, this summer we found out that Knight Architects won the Marvin Window Contest for the yellow house with pretty windows!  Go check it out!! 🙂


this photograph was my handiwork…(i don’t think i cropped it that much tho ;)…) but i’m so proud of it for being used in the contest!

the other evening and interior photographs were done by a local professional. he takes beautiful photos.

i’d say that the little bit of extra time that it took to apply for this contest was totally worth it for Knight Architects. I’m so proud of them and I’m so happy that they won!

and for some more free marketing for KA, if you’re in the Princeton NJ area this fall, you should totally check out the Historical Society of Princeton’s House Tour. it is awesome because the general public can walk through cool old houses, this one included. don’tcha want to see more of the inside? {remember when i blogged about the house tours here and here?} you should go! 

and you know what else is cool? i have a couple of their OLD -i think original- windows in my house now. 🙂 one person’s trash, another’s treasure, right?!  {please forgive the camera phone photo, but i just wanted to show you what it looks like in my new home! i’ll take better photos soon… maybe.}

i LOVE  old windows. i LOVE that these came from my favorite project and i know the history of  them. and i was so involved in their history.

i LOVE that we moved both of them(yup, i got 2!) safely from P-town to here {and hoping that it makes it into our more permanent location in the future so we can hang them}

and i LOVE that KA won this contest and got a little credit that they totally deserved.

there ya go. a whole post about how a historic, yellow house with pretty windows stole my heart.

xo-kimberly renee


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inspiration from Edgartown

this month has been stock full of adventures. this past week we had my in-laws visiting. it was a wonderful time, lots of beach time, lots of great food and even better company. one of my favorite things we did while they were here was visit Martha’s Vineyard.

do you even know how beautiful it is there??!!

i had no idea.

drop dead gorgeous. the architecture is colonial and just breath taking. the flowers are blooming. the picket fences are perfectly white. you are on an island and it feels like a different kind of paradise. no wonder there were a million yachts in the harbor. this is where the rich and famous visit. we felt out of place and we just kept gasping and ooo-ing and awe-ing.

yup. we were those tourists that the rich and famous are embarrassed by. 😉 hee hee.

for your viewing pleasure, please enjoy this little photo-show of architectural snapshots from around Edgartown:




these pictures can not even begin to describe the beauty that we found there… but maybe it will inspire you as much as i’m inspired by them!

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