CRM Modular Homes chose Corinha to design its “Saco Bay” model home. According to CRM’s Carol O’Donnell, Corinha was selected because “the industry grapevine and people affiliated with the Rhode Island School of Design are confident in her excellent reputation, dependability and incredible talent.” She added, “Of course, I was also very excited by the fact that she had decorated the White House. Who doesn’t want to meet a designer who’s done that?”
While the model is capable of being a year-round home with use of an appropriate heating system, the application for this particular model will be as a three-season condo. “This is an interesting new concept in living,” said Corinha, founder of Corinha Design. It is precisely that intrigue that attracted her to the project.
Since the home is pre-sold and will relocate to Old Orchard Beach, Maine, Corinha’s plans reflect the style and functionality inspired by the location. “I’m designing the home with coastal elegance in mind, which requires unique considerations,”
For example, home show attendees will enjoy a driftwood tone to the hardwood floors that flow throughout the home. Plans for the kitchen include cream cabinets, glazed in Tuscan gray, and St. Cecilia granite countertops.
“The light fixtures are unique and eclectic and will help connect the look from floor to ceiling,” Corinha added. While most are coming from J&K Electric in Johnston, R.I., Corinha also has partnered with Rhode Island glass artist Tracy Glover to feature a special fixture over the sink.
Artwork showcasing Rhode Island landmarks is being supplied by Providence Picture Frame. A mix of high style furniture from Simon’s Furniture in Franklin, Mass., will round out her design.
“The overriding goal of this and of all of my designs is to provide high style, budget-friendly solutions,” said Corinha. On this project, Beth Champlin with Expressive Interiors is assisting in achieving this goal. “We collaborate beautifully.”
In addition to designing the Home Show house, Corinha will be hosting several workshops during the show. Based on her most memorable charity work — which involved a week-long sequestration decorating the White House for Christmas in 2011 — she will share, “My house to the White House.”
She also will teach some of the secrets that drive the philosophy of her business in “High-end style on a budget.” Lastly, in “Interior design 101,” Corinha will teach attendees how to prioritize, place furniture and choose colors, among other basics.
With more than 17 years’ experience as a professional interior designer, Karen Corinha has completed residential and commercial work with literally hundreds of satisfied clients from her primary market in New England, to as far away as Florida, Texas and Washington, D.C.
The Rhode Island Builders Association Home Show is the largest Home Show in southern New England. It is being held April 4-7, 2013.
For more information, visit www.CorinhaDesign.com.