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HIGH-RISE HOME

Homes come in all shapes and sizes.  From trendy "tiny" homes to urban lofts, to high-rise condos to sprawling suburban McMansions, each has its own inherent personality & character.  And while location & architecture certainly play a role, the owner's ...
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STYLING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Tis the Season!   Just before & after Thanksgiving, the rush is on to transform our homes into the holiday havens we want to share with family and friends this joyous time of year.  Needless to say, we've been busy little ...
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STAGING EARLY

So many clients wait to tackle home improvement and decorating projects until it's time to sell their home.  And, more often than not, we hear regrets about wishing they'd done it sooner so they could enjoy the changes.  It seems ...
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SMART CHOICES FROM THE START

Working with young couples as they begin their married lives together is one of the most rewarding things we do.  Not only do we have the opportunity to help them make smart choices & avoid some of the pitfalls of ...
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VERTICAL DECORATING TAKE 2

Referrals truly are the biggest compliment.  So, when our clients proudly share our decorating work with friends and neighbors and we get the opportunity to work with those folks too, it's even more special.  Last year, we posted photos of ...
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GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO… RENOVATE

They say, "Good things come to those who wait!"  You could also say, "Good things come to those who renovate."  Our clients in Park Ridge, Illinois are living proof!  This week we were able to add the final decorative touches ...
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EASILY TRANSFORM YOUR FALL DECOR

Between now and Christmas, your seasonal home decor changes probably more than any other time of year.  Other than a few things in the Spring (aka Easter) or the 4th of July, seasonal decor generally doesn't change much during the ...
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NO PROJECT TOO SMALL

Many of our decorating projects are house-sized.  Some are room-sized.  And a few projects are nothing more than one wall.  But, when it comes to helping our clients with their decorating dilemmas, no project is too big or too small ...
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VISIONARY DESIGN

Decorating inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes.  Some designs are simple and understated.  While others are massive and barely comprehendible.  While inspiration can be found almost anywhere in our day to day lives, truly visionary inspiration usually requires looking ...
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A BASEMENT FULL OF POSSIBILITIES

A newly finished basement space is full of possibilities.  And for a Palatine, IL family of four, in desperate need of more "living" space, finishing their basement was the perfect solution. We met with these clients back in March as ...
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CURB APPEAL SELLS

If you've ever looked at real estate, you've probably noticed most listing photos are interior shots of the home.  Since sale price depends largely on square footage and since most realtors pay for listing photos, you can bet the majority ...
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JUST ONE MORE THING

One thing leads to another or so they say.  I know that's true when renovating a home.  It never seems to stop where you thought it would.  Because, once you've updated one thing, it makes the older things look ten ...
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DECORATING WITH CREATURE COMFORTS

Nothing makes a house feel more like home than those little creature comforts we all enjoy.  Cozy and functional furnishings are the obvious foundation of comfort.  Stylish accessories, art and other amenities add yet another layer and give a space ...
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CHANGING LIFE’S BACKDROP

If there is one constant in life, it is everything changes.  From relationships and friendships to school &  jobs, and even to our home decor, nothing stays the same.  The catalyst for change might be a perceived need or want.  ...
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MOTHER’S DAY 2018

Mother's Day 2018 is less than two weeks away!  How will you show that special lady how much she means to you?  Our Quick Fix™ Redesign service is the perfect solution!!! Give mom a gift that truly keeps giving. For ...
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BREAKING THE RULES OF DECORATING

Do This!  Don't Do That!  For every rule that has ever been made, I think there is an almost implied challenge to try and break it.  That has never seemed more true than today in every walk of life and ...
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NOT YOUR TYPICAL SENIOR MOVE

Poet Dylan Thomas wrote Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.  I've thought of his life-affirming poem several times recently working with a couple on a move to Spring Grove, Illinois. Beginning with our original phone chat, I could tell ...
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STAGING CLOSES SALES OPENS DOORS

People uproot their lives, sell homes and move for so many different reasons.  The seasons of life pass and the pages turn.  New beginnings arrive only after one door closes and another opens.  So, when we're helping our clients stage ...
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FRESH START DECORATING

A fresh start is exciting for any family.  But, decorating an entire home right after moving is a time consuming & expensive proposition.  Getting things right, the first time around, helps save time and money. We recently worked with a ...
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CATCH ALL TO BE ALL BASEMENT

We all have those overlooked and under appreciated spaces in our homes.  Usually, they're the out-of-sight, out-of-mind rooms that could really use some attention but somehow stay on our to-do list for months or even years.  This week, we had ...
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BEST OF HOUZZ 2018

We are thrilled to be honored again the year by the folks at Houzz.com with their prestigious Best of Houzz Service Award for 2018.  Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews ...
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REFERRAL PROGRAM – NEW

We work with some of the best customers on the planet!  Many of whom are referrals from other satisfied clients.  We understand the importance of referrals to our success and have been searching for a better way to show our ...
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A NEW BEGINNING

New Years equal new beginnings.  So, it's no surprise to think of the end of one calendar year and the beginning of a new one as a chance to start with a clean slate.  Traditionally, we set goals and make ...
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FIY (FIX IT YOURSELF) DECORATING TIPS

Having visited hundreds of homes over the years, we've seen a lot of great ideas and even more decorating don'ts & near-misses.  So, if you think there's just something not quite right about your own decorating, you're definitely not alone.  As much ...
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ANY SEASON ROOM

This summer, we've had fun putting the finishing touches on a very unique indoor/outdoor space for a couple in Bull Valley, Illinois.  Our clients, who purchased the home about a year ago, weren't quite sure how they wanted to use ...
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THE COMFORT FOOD OF DECORATING

Thanks to design shows like HGTV's "Fixer Upper", the vintage, reclaimed, shabby chic trend in decorating is enjoying a long run of popularity.  Given our ever-busy lifestyles, when we do have a moment to sit down and enjoy home, it's ...
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GOOD DECORATING HITS THE SPOT

You pay a mortgage and taxes on every square inch of your home.  So, wouldn't it be a good idea to try and use all of them?  Instead, so many formal living rooms in homes are, at best, the "pretty" ...
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WAKING FROM A KIDDY COMA

I read somewhere "home is where life happens" or something to that effect.  I totally agree! While it's certainly nice to have a perfectly decorated, neat & tidy home, let's be honest.  It's almost impossible to live like that 24/7, ...
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BEAUTIFUL BEGINNINGS REDESIGN

Interior Redesign offers homeowners the opportunity for a fresh, new look in their homes using what they already own.  Surprisingly, it can usually be accomplished in a single day with amazing results. One of my favorite parts of this job ...
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BEDROOM MEETS STUDIO

Progress comes in many forms, sometimes bringing us full circle back to places we've already been.  That can happen, for example, when your adult child needs to move back home for a while.  The challenge, of course, is creating a space ...
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VERTICAL DECORATING

For most suburbanites, we are used to living in our sprawling two-story or ranch style homes.  In the BIG city however, more people and less available space requires homes to be built up, rather than out, to maximize use of ...
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DECORATING FOR FAMILY

Beautiful spaces are a dime a dozen.  Fill a space with the trendiest, most expensive decor you can find.  And while it's pretty to look at, it still isn't home.  So, what makes a house a home?  It's family. Creating ...
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IS HOME DECORATING EVER DONE?

Most of us are goal oriented in some way, whether we realize it or not.  Maybe the goal is to lose weight or get a degree.  Perhaps it's buy a new car or go on a special trip.  Dreaming, believing ...
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WHAT SHOE IS ON YOUR BEST FOOT?

Real estate staging is a tool savvy home sellers and good realtors use to market a property.  As with any marketing strategy, staging helps ensure a property is 'merchandised' to attract the largest number of prospective buyers.  In a nutshell, it's ...
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ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER

Who hasn't changed part of their home decor only to realize redoing one thing leads to another... and another?  No matter how small the change, it usually has a domino effect.  Perhaps it starts with remodeling the master bathroom.  Beautiful ...
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JOYOUS DECORATING

If you think about it, what we do decorating for others is a pretty intimate proposition.  After all, who else gets to spend their money and touch their stuff?  Having the chance to personalize the only part of the planet ...
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DECORATING FOR ALL AGES

Every decorating project is different.  While most spaces and their contents are similar, a client's age and personality always make every job unique.  Most of the spaces we style are more "adult" in nature.  But, every once in a while, ...
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DECLUTTER IN STYLE

A common theme with most clients is the need to declutter.  Whether helping stage for sale or redecorate, too much old stuff can really get in the way of a fresh, new look.  This is especially true of anyone who has ...
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RIGHT SIZING FOR SENIORS

How many times have you moved during your lifetime and why?  Maybe your parents moved when you were growing up.  Perhaps your first move came when you left home for college.  Or was your first move into an apartment with ...
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PERFECT PARTNERSHIP

Every now and then, a client like Stacey comes along.  Several years ago, we met when she hired us for a redesign in the family's former home.  Since then, our professional relationship has turned into the perfect partnership on numerous ...
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DECORATE BY NUMBER

Who hasn't tried at least one paint-by-number?  I remember trying this classic moose masterpiece when I was a kid.  Sadly, I don't think mine looked much better than this one.  In fact, I've never been very good at painting even ...
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SUPER BOWL SUPER BASEMENT

Necessity is the mother of invention.  What could be more necessary than having a super basement to host your buddies in for the Super Bowl?  With the boys coming home from school on the eve of one of the biggest ...
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COUPLES DECORATING

Decorating for couples is always a complex dance of giving one what s/he wants without alienating the other.  Invariably, you often find yourself caught between two distinctly different sets of likes and wants. As generalities go, 'male' energy in the ...
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FROM HOUSE TO HOME

Young parents have their hands full no doubt.  A toddler and three year old coupled with full time careers leaves little time for space planning and shopping for all the things that make a house a home.  We started off ...
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A HOUSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR

Decorating a new-to-you house can be a daunting project.  Sometimes it seems like almost everything needs to be changed so it will work.  You have no problem asking for moving help.  But what about asking for decorating help.  Opening that ...
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E-CONSULT CONTEST

New years are symbolic times for fresh starts and new beginnings.  Why not start the New Year with a fresh, new look for your home? Like & Share our Facebook page contest post for your chance to win one of ...
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TWELVE DAYS OF JOLLY DECOR REVISITED

A couple of years ago in December, we blogged a series called "The 12 Days of Jolly Decor".  Since we are already a third of the way into our countdown to Christmas, I thought these short tips might still come ...
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THE HO HO HOLIDAYS ARE HERE

The holidays are upon us!  No doubt, you've been busy the last week or so decking your own halls or at least planning your attack.  Family gatherings, lavish meals and festive decorations give us the warm and fuzzies this wonderful ...
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EVER CHANGING SEASONS OF DECOR

Trends and changes in personal taste influence the way we see our homes.  Even if you love what you have, eventually, things wear out or become out-dated and need to be replaced.  So, it's safe to say your home is ...
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BOHO CONDO

Decorating projects are sometimes full of strange requests.  One such request happened over the summer when long-time clients and friends asked me to help create a new look for their condo in Chicago.  When I asked what kind of personality ...
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HARVEST YOUR FALL DECOR

I'll admit I love this time of year; one of my favorite seasons for outdoor activities and indoor decorating! Crisp air, sunny days and the smell of falling leaves put me in the mood for all things Fall.  From hayrides ...
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KITCHEN REFRESH

We've been working for a few months with a client in Palatine, IL to update and refresh the family's kitchen.  Our goals were simple:  We wanted to reuse as much as possible, namely the cabinets.  More importantly, we wanted to ...
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DREAM BELIEVE ACHIEVE

Driving to a bedroom restyle yesterday, I heard an ad on the radio.  It said, in part, the most important thing you'll ever own are your dreams.  Talk about getting my attention!  I couldn't agree more.  Without dreams, nothing ever ...
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NOT SO VACANT STAGING

The housing market is more competitive than ever.  Gone are the days of simply putting a sign in the yard and listing on the MLS .  What might have sold a home not so long ago isn't the case anymore.  Armed ...
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A LABOR OF LOVE

In the United States, Labor Day and the first weekend in September marks the unofficial end of Summer.  While we're distracted with parties, cookouts and all things outdoors this weekend, we sometimes forget that Labor Day was established to honor ...
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STAGING PUTS BEST FOOT FORWARD

You know what they say about first impressions.   It's always a good idea to "put your best foot forward".  Chatting with another decorator this week, that idea came up several times.  And it got me thinking.  I always tell ...
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GOING FOR GOLD

Watching the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio is inspiring.  The hard work and determination of the athletes is nothing short of amazing.  Of course the reward is worth it!  I mean, who couldn't use a little more gold in their ...
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MIDWEST MEETS COASTAL

Living amidst the corn and soybean fields of northwest Illinois, the closest thing we have to a beach is Lake Michigan.  And while that's actually a close second to coastal living, nothing beats the real thing.  If you're land-locked like ...
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BABY SHOWER DECORATING FUN

Rock-aby baby... or something like that!  Had a lot of fun decorating for a baby shower this weekend. Simple, but elegant was the theme for this mother-to-be's celebration. We began by crafting 4 large flower arrangements as centerpieces using a ...
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TAKE OFF THAT JACKET

When have you ever heard that removing your jacket is more formal?  Like never!  Well let me tell you.... taking off a book's dust jacket is a clear exception. My client's will confirm, no doubt, that I have an aversion ...
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MID CENTURY WOW

One of the unspoken perks of decorating for clients is the opportunity to explore a multitude of styles and inspirations.  With so many to chose from, it would obviously be an expensive proposition to do them all in your own ...
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STAGING A PURPLE PASSION

You have to share the rest of the world with everyone else.  But, your home is yours alone.  So you get to decorate it the way you want, right?  Absolutely!  Until you are ready to sell that is! If you're ...
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DIY SHABBY CHIC BOOKS

 Like the shabby-chic, repurposed look? Check out this  decorating hack. I've seen vintage book sets like this online and  in stores from $15-30 per set or more. Seemed like a lot for old  books. So I bought a set I ...
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DECORATING THE NEXT CHAPTER

Sometimes life throws us a curve.  It's just that simple.  No one ever said it was going to be easy all the time.  If they did, as my mom would say, they need "a good talking to". Not long ago, ...
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UGLY BEFORE IT’S PRETTY

One of the most rewarding things about Interior Redesign is helping clients discover the hidden beauty right in front of them.  Reusing, repurposing and restyling a home doesn't always mean starting from scratch.  In fact, the biggest reward often comes ...
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DIVINELY INSPIRED DESIGN

Divine inspiration comes in many forms.  And while I like to believe there just might be Someone watching over and guiding me while I'm decorating, I've never felt a 'divine' presence more than on a recent job in Huntley, Illinois ...
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GOOD-CHEAP-FAST DECORATING

Some people are under the illusion that the more they spend the better something will be.  And while it's true you always get what you pay for, good interior decorating isn't always about how much you've spent.  I've seen some ...
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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

A well thought out and executed decorating project takes time.  And the bigger the project, the longer it takes to bring everything together.  Patience is truly a virtue when you're decorating.  Especially if you have a new-to-you home that needs ...
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STAGING WITH PURPOSE

Have you ever wondered why builders go to such great lengths to decorate model homes? After all, they aren't in the business of selling furniture, artwork or accessories.  Of course, the answer is simple!  They know all to well that ...
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EVER CHANGING DECOR

A home's decor is never really "done"! It's always transitioning whether for individual taste or depending on the needs of the family. This week we put the final touches on this family room's most recent look; a look that has ...
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BIG PICTURE SMALL DETAILS

If you want to take your interior decorating to the next level, attention to detail definitely raises the bar.  Something as simple as moving a piece of furniture, artwork or even accessories just a few inches can make a difference ...
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DIVERSITY BY DESIGN

Spring is here!  For those of us in Chicagoland, winter 2016 has been relatively mild.  But, it's safe to say we're ready for warmer weather and the transformation of Spring.  Rebirth and renewal is also underway for many of our ...
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DECORATING FOR YOU

"Be Yourself!  Everyone else is already taken!"  Easier said than done, right?  As a society of consumers, we are conditioned to want the latest and greatest.  But, who determines what that is?  Trends, for better or worse, are driven by ...
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STAGING SELLS

Are you a shopper?  I know I am!  Granted, a big part of what I do is shopping.  My clients send me out into the sea of retailers to find the perfect things for the perfect spots in their homes because ...
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ARTWORK TOO HIGH

Wanna know one of the biggest decorating mistakes we see time and time again? Artwork. Yes, it can be bad for any number of reasons.... Maybe it's dated, the wrong color, style or scale. But, the worst offender with artwork ...
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BEST OF HOUZZ 2016

Honored to be recognized by Houzz.com as an industry leader in service for the third consecutive year!  Thank you for the wonderful reviews that made this award possible! ...
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DECORATING RESOLUTIONS

The Holidays are over...  You've taken down all the finery of the Season only to be left with blah!  While it's nice to get back into the routine of everyday living, it probably feels like something is missing.  And now ...
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GROWING INTO A HOT PINK BEDROOM

Kids grow up so fast.  Tastes and personalities mature & change as they should, usually faster than we might want.  Sometimes it's hard to keep up with a child's ever-changing taste and it can get expensive, quickly.  So, it's really ...
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HOLIDAY DECORATING FAQs

What colors work best for holiday decorating? Your holiday color palette is only limited by your personal taste. While red & green or silver & gold themes are classic, you can always shake things up a bit by picking variations ...
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DREAMING OF A BLACK CHRISTMAS

This seems to be the year for non-traditional holiday decor. I thought I was on to something original until I saw an article in HGTV magazine with several punchy color combos that are hot this Season. So much for being ...
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BLUE CHRISTMAS ?

It's no secret that the color combinations most often associated with Christmas are red & green or perhaps silver & gold. But, why limit yourself? Here are a few pictures from one of this year's holiday decorating jobs in Lake ...
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REDESIGN GAVE A HOME

Some room transformations are more impressive than others.  While some only need a modest budget and improvements, others are more involved and costly. Last week, we finished a large project in Cary, IL that has been in the works since ...
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A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME

It's said that moving is the most stressful thing you'll do in life, second only to a death in the family.  While change can be frightening, sometimes life's journey takes you down a path that forces you to uproot your ...
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TEAL-ICIOUS COLOR MADE SIMPLE

Decorating around a favorite color is the best way to be sure you'll love the end result.  Of course, there is a fine line between done and overdone.  So, it's important to find balance!  A good color story for any ...
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DECORATING GOLD

While it's easy to be distracted by work, school and raising a family, paying attention to the details in your house is what makes it feel like home.  Adding in all the little things that layer warmth helps create a ...
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FALL INTO HALLOWEEN

Halloween celebrations are almost here.  And while everyone enjoys a good scare this time of year, decorating for All Hallows' Eve should be anything but frightful.  Making a few simple changes to your existing fall decor can make decorating for ...
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FALL FOR FAMILY DECOR

Fall has arrived in Illinois and much of the country.  After a busy summer of kids, vacations and travel, fall is all about bringing family and friends back together to celebrate cooler temperatures with coziness and comfort.  Why not surround ...
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NOT SO SLEEPY HOLLOW

It's funny what some people think of interior decorators without ever really having worked with one.  Maybe the presumptions come from watching too many HGTV reality shows.  Or, maybe it's a horror story told by a friend of a friend ...
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“MANSION” MAKEOVER

My favorite part of any job is the family reveal.  While I enjoy pulling everything together and searching for those perfect elements to bring a client's room(s) to life, there's nothing better than seeing the looks on faces and hearing ...
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THE COST OF ONLINE SHOPPING

I'd been searching and searching locals retailers for an upholstered wooden armchair as an accent for a decorating project that I'm pulling together. Preferring to support local home accent stores (which are disappearing at an alarming rate) and after spending ...
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FIXING UGLY

I don't believe there is anything mysterious or pretentious about interior decorating or design.   At least there shouldn't be.  Whether you have a tiny studio apartment in the city or wander for hours in your suburban McMansion, you deserve ...
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HOT COLOR COMBOS FOR 2015

Color trends are ever changing.  What is popular one day may very well be dated and tired the next.  Well...not quite that fast usually...thank goodness! Haven't you ever wondered why certain color combinations remind you of a period in time ...
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COMMAND™ HOOK WINDOW HARDWARE

If you've ever rented an apartment or condo especially in a city high rise, you know how hard it is to treat your windows.  Since most landlords frown on damage, you're usually left with the typical vertical or mini blinds ...
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A CITY ROOM WITH A VIEW

City living has its ups and downs... especially if you live on the 37th floor! Today's redesign was all about adding those finishing touches to a condo with spectuclar views of the Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park. While ...
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POWERS LAKE RENOVATION

Wouldn't it be nice to have a weekend get-away?  Even better if it were only an hour or so from home and came with its on private pier, pontoon boat and gorgeous lake views.  Well that's just what we've been ...
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LIVING ROOM GETS NEW FEATHERS

Sometimes you just know when it's time for an update.  Whether it's the fabric on a chair or the sags in a sofa cushion, you know it's time to spend a little of your well-earned money to refeather your nest ...
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WEDDING IN CRYSTAL LAKE

Another day with hit or miss weather... but nothing could dampen the spirit of a marriage celebration! Being chosen to craft florals and decorate for one of life's most memorable events is a great honor! Best wishes for a happy ...
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PAINT RESCUES DATED LAKE GENEVA FIREPLACE

You've probably heard people talk about the "elephant in the room". You know...that one thing that everyone is acutely aware of but nobody wants to talk about.  Well, in this line of work, you run into a heck of a ...
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HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY

The freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness isn't free. Thank you to all those who have defended our freedoms with their lives. Decor Designs wishes you and yours a safe and happy Memorial Day! ...
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A NEW VIEW IN GLENVIEW

Working with cherished family heirlooms and antiques can be a challenge when updating a space.  In order for both new and old to play together nicely, you have to find new pieces that complement and blend rather than fight with ...
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REDESIGN IS GREEN DESIGN FOR EARTH DAY

Today is Earth Day, a day of worldwide events designed to highlight and promote environmental protection efforts. But while you participate in your community's recycling program and perhaps you have made the switch to re-useable shopping bags, going green is more than ...
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PHOTO DECORATING CONSULTATIONS

Having a hard time coming up with ideas for your space? Need a trained eye to answer questions and help pull it all together? Able to do all the work yourself? If you answered YES to these questions then our ...
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Decor Designs joins Crystal Lake Chamber

We are happy to announce that Decor Designs is now a member of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce. We are proud to join an amazing group of local businesses that, support and provide for our community.  We look forward ...
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LETTING GO OF UGLY

Letting Go. Easier said than done, right? I don't care whether it's saying goodbye to someone or something in your life. Or simply admitting there are some things you just don't know how to or can't change. Letting go is ...
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HOMEGROWN ACCESSORIES

Treasure hunting is one of the best parts of my job!  Who else gets to go into a home and search for hidden treasures just waiting to be brought to the surface and displayed in a way that makes them ...
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HUE TINT SHADE… TALKING COLOR

Color is one of the first things you notice when you walk into a room. So is it any wonder that color, and how you use it, is one of the most important decorating decisions you'll make in your home? ...
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CHEERS TO CANDLESTICKS

Using everyday household items in new and unexpected ways is often a necessary trick of the trade for interior redesigners and decorators alike.  If  you just can't find what you have in mind or you don't have the budget or ...
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ITS YOUR LUCKY DAY

Are you ready for a fresh, new-to-you look for your space? Or perhaps it's a new outdoor room to enjoy this summer? In honor of all things Saint Pats, we're sharing a wee bit of Luck of the Irish with ...
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BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITIES MAKE BEAUTIFUL HOMES

Beautiful homes begin with beautiful communities & neighborhoods.  As part of the McHenry County Adopt A Highway program, we're proud to help (we'll call it) groom a section of Pyott Rd. in Crystal Lake. Today's warm temperatures gave us a ...
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SETTING THE STAGE

If you're selling a piece of real estate, keep in mind that buying, whether you like to believe it or not, is as much an emotional activity as a practical one.  I'm sure you've heard that people buy emotionally and ...
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ALL ABOUT YOUR SPACE

Because you know I'm all about your space, 'Bout your space, no trouble I'm all 'bout your space, 'bout your space, no trouble I'm all 'bout your space, 'bout your space, no trouble I'm all 'bout your space, 'bout your ...
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AND THE OSCAR GOES TO…?

Why don't they give out Oscars for best decorating? I mean, seriously, I should have a curio full of them by now for some of the many spectacular performances I've turned in over the years. Not just anyone can turn ...
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HOME STAGING NO MAGIC BULLET

Has anyone else noticed an uptick recently in the number of real estate listings? I guess it's no surprise that the number of inquiries I'm getting about home staging are on the rise as well. If you aren't familiar with ...
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LIVING ROOM REVAMP

There's a common problem with renovations or redecorating that take time to complete, maybe even years. Time and budget constraints prevent you from doing everything at once. We've all been there! So, you finish a project, move on to the ...
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BEST OF HOUZZ IN SERVICE 2015

For the second consecutive year, we are honored to receive the Best of Houzz in Service distinction. Thanks to each and every one of you who took the time to let us know how we are doing by writing a ...
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FRENCH COUNTRY WITH A TWIST

So many prospective clients ask me if I have a particular decorating style. To which, I reply...yours! It's really not about my decorating style or taste; but more about what will give the client the biggest bang for the budget ...
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THOSE AFTER CHRISTMAS BLUES

It's the first week of January, the holidays are thankfully over and the New Year just begun. Almost overnight in some cases, you've arrived at that moment when your beautiful Christmas tree and all the trimmings have instantly turned to ...
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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Wishing you all a prosperous, healthy and happy New Year! ...
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JOLLY DAY 12: SHARE THE LOVE

Well, here we are on the eve of another Christmas Day. Hanakkuh is over and Kwanzaa soon to begin. Over the last 11 days we've journeyed through many different ways you can add beauty, warmth and cheer to your holiday ...
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JOLLY DAY 11: THE REASON

Let's face it. As commercial as Christmas has become, it's easy to lose sight of the real Reason for the Season. Along those lines I thought it'd be nice to share some fun ideas for keeping Christ in Christmas by ...
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JOLLY DAY 10: SMELLS LIKE CHRISTMAS

Sometimes, it's not worth improving on perfection. Our friends at House Beautiful did such a great job with this post, I thought it was worth sharing. Enjoy these 6 tips for making your home smell like Christmas: HOUSE BEAUTIFUL TIPS ...
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JOLLY DAY 9: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Having taking care of all your indoor decorations, maybe we should give a little more thought to how you'll welcome your guests. We talked about the traditional wreaths on doors and windows on Day 7. But there are other opportunities ...
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JOLLY DAY 8: SPREAD THE CHEER

Christmas spirit shouldn't stop with the mantel or Christmas tree.... spread cheer with little touches throughout your home this holiday season with these simple ideas: 1- The soft glow of candles is an easy addition to any room. If you'll ...
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JOLLY DAY 7: WREATHS GALORE

Wreaths are a great decorative accent for the holidays. They come in all shapes and sizes and are made of just about any material you can imagine. We're all used to seeing wreaths on doors and perhaps over fireplaces, but ...
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JOLLY DAY 6: IT TAKES A VILLAGE

Collectibles play a big part of many holiday traditions. Ornaments, lights, nativities and decorations of all sorts are used year after year and create memories of their own. One popular collectible displayed this time of year is the Christmas village ...
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JOLLY DAY 5: FESTIVE SETTINGS

Most holiday traditions, at some point, center around sharing food and drinks with family and friends. Don't you think holiday meals tend to take on a life of their own? Everyones favorites are made and we eat ourselves sick in ...
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JOLLY DAY 4: GLAM GIFT WRAP

The holiday season wouldn't be the same without sharing gifts with the ones you love. After fighting crowds and taking all the time to find the perfect gifts, it's time to box & wrap your treasures. I think this step ...
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JOLLY DAY 3: PIECE OF CAKE CENTERPIECES

Don't think you have what it takes to pull together a beautiful centerpiece for the holidays this year? Think again! Check out this clever "cheat" I use when I craft an arrangement quickly and on a budget. I'm going to ...
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JOLLY DAY 2: MANTEL MAGIC

This special time of year, aside from the Christmas tree, perhaps nothing draws more attention than the fireplace in your home. The legends of Santa Claus and stockings "hung by the chimney with care" give an almost magical allure to ...
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JOLLY DAY 1: TREMENDOUS TREES

Since the Christmas tree is the centerpiece and focal point for parties and family gatherings, it makes sense to spend a little time making sure it shines. Here are 12 great ways to enhance your tree. 1- Use an old ...
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12 DAYS OF JOLLY DECOR

Tomorrow begins 12 DAYS OF JOLLY DECOR. Every day through Christmas Eve, we'll be sharing decorating tips to help you make the most of your holiday with friends and family on our blog. From trees to garlands, mantles to tablescapes, ...
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ALL NATURAL HOLIDAY DECOR

More than any other season of the year, the winter holidays give us a great excuse for decking the halls with all sorts of natural accessories, ones traditionally kept outdoors. I don't know about you; but I think bringing the ...
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EXTRA-ORDINARY DECORATING

The only thing separating you from that new look you've been wanting is your ability to think outside the box. No matter how many decorating classes you take, inspiring magazine photos you clip or how much you spend on new ...
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MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK

Revealing the hidden potential in a space is one of my favorite parts of being an Interior Redesigner. Doing it on a budget is even more rewarding. We recently had the opportunity to help a young family of four transform ...
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STAGING MEANS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIKING AND LOVING A HOME

Staging a house can make the difference between 'liking' and 'loving' a home to a potential buyer. And since you never get a second chance to make a first impression, as they say, why not make it one that will ...
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THREE EASY WAYS TO ADD WARMTH TO YOUR HOME WITHOUT RAISING YOUR HEATING BILL

Have you ever wondered why some rooms don't look cozy and inviting no matter how well they are decorated? I've walked into many beautiful homes that show like models but have a sterile and unwelcoming feel to them. Whether you ...
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LAYERING DECOR KNOCKS IT OUT OF THE PARK

Layering makes all the difference in creating a space that draws you in and makes you want to stay. This week we put the finishing touches on a stunning detached town home in Crystal Lake. While the home already had ...
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INSIDE THE BOX DECORATING

Thinking "outside the box" is a trademark move for creative people including interior decorators and designers. For me, it's kind of a game to see how many "I'd never have thought of that" comments I get from my choices when ...
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BY HOOK OR BY…HANDLE

So, I found these fun wrought iron and rope mirrors at my local "HomeGoods Away from Home" and knew they'd look fantabulous in one of my client's hallways. Rather than hang them from the back as they were designed, I ...
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THE BASICS OF HOME STAGING DEDUCTIONS

Real estate stagers help prepare your house for sale to attract as many potential buyers as possible. And since we are seeing an increase in the number of home sales and stagings in some Chicagoland markets, the question of deducting ...
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FALL IN LOVE WITH HARVEST INSPIRED DECOR

Here in the Chicago area, we're starting to see the first signs of leaves turning. The goldenrod is in full bloom, the thistle and grasses have gone to seed ... a sure sign that snow will be flying before we're ...
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REAL ESTATE STAGING REAL RESULTS

Prospective home buyers almost always buy emotionally first and justify logically second. Why not help them develop an emotional attachment to your property? Using some of the same techniques stores use to entice you to buy, real estate stagers help ...
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HAPPINESS BEGINS AT HOME

I know it probably sounds a little hokey. But in all seriousness, as a decorator, nothing truly makes me happier than the happiness I help create when clients fall in love with their spaces all over again! Paychecks are always ...
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BACK TO SCHOOL DECORATING SALE

Announcing our first ever BACK TO SCHOOL Sale!!! After a summer spent chasing the kids, isn't it time to pamper yourself? The kids will be starting a brand new school year soon! So, why not take advantage of the peace ...
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KISS MY BRASS

Updating hardware and fixtures in a home isn't very glamorous and is one of the most often overlooked "routine" maintenance items by homeowners. If it still works, why replace it.... right? Since I've had a number of staging consultations lately ...
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HUG-WORTHY DECORATING™

They say, "If you work at what you love, you never work a day in your life!" or something to that effect. And since I love decorating, I'd have to say that's true. Not that I don't have my fair ...
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BOHEMIAN BEDROOM

What do you do for a 14 year old young lady's bedroom when your only inspiration is a contemporary take on a quilted coverlet? Answer... Bohemian Chic! While my client initially request a "beach themed" bedroom... I chose to guide ...
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RENTAL REDESIGNED

Today's high-rise apartment project in Chicago proves that you don't have to settle for blah just because you rent rather than own your home. And since apartment living can sometimes feel "temporary", we wanted to make sure that the views ...
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INSPIRED MASTER BEDROOM

Nothing feels better than retreating to a Master Bedroom sanctuary at the end of a long day. "Sanctuary", of course, is the key word in that sentence. Unfortunately, a lot of Master Bedrooms I come across look like they are ...
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LOVE + FLOWERS = WEDDED BLISS

Decorating for a wedding is both exciting and nerve racking! It's great to be able to help a couple bring the vision of their special day to life! You hope that the results will be even better than they imagined ...
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STAGE-ORATING IN STYLE

Everyone knows that home renovation projects always evolve from beginning to end. What started as a staging project to sell this home in Orland Park turned into a full on redecorating project that far exceeded the initial budget and plans ...
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A HEALTHIER HOME BEGINS WITH NO VOCS

Got an upcoming home decorating project that requires painting? Well things have changed a lot in the paint business in the last few years and not all paints are created equal. If you are concerned about your health and the ...
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FLOWER POWER FOR GOOD DECORATING

Whether fresh or faux....florals add an organic element to all the angular man-made elements in your home. Just like other plant materials, sea shells, driftwood and such, florals help soften the edges of tables, bookcases and cabinetry and are a ...
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BANISHING YOUR BOOKCASE BLAHS

Accessorizing bookcases is always a problem it seems. Instead of being a dramatic focal point in the room, they end up looking like a catchall. Here are some helpful tips for ways I solve the bookcase blahs for my clients: ...
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HOW TO HANG ARTWORK 101

Hanging artwork at the right height and in the right location can greatly enhance the finished look of your space. So if you’re tired of guessing where to hang your art or having walls that look like Swiss cheese, try ...
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GIVING LIFE TO A LIVING ROOM

While I enjoy the challenge of redesigning a space, decorating a room from scratch can be just as challenging and rewarding. This Huntley, IL living room was one of those projects. In this new construction home, an empty canvas was ...
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NEVER TOO NICE

It always great to put the icing on the cake. And that's exactly what we did recently for a great couple in Huntley. Having lived in their suburban Chicago home longer than they originally thought and deciding to stay put ...
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BARRINGTON BEAST TURNED BEAUTY

We've all been there before, moving into a new home and inheriting the previous owner's vision, or lack of, for the space. In this past week's project, cream colored walls and dated fixtures flowed throughout. And while my wonderful client ...
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REDESIGN YOUR WAY TO A HAPPY EARTH DAY

Today we celebrate the 44th Anniversary of Earth Day. This annual event was established on April 22, 1970 to educate and inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. Did you know that, by the year 2015, it is estimated ...
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YOUR KIDS GROWTH CHART AS ART

Recording your kid's height and date on a wall or door trim can be a fun, ongoing project for the whole family. But what happens when it's time to paint or redecorate? Over the years, I have had several clients ...
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DO IT YOURSELF FLORALS

Do you enjoy craft projects? Have an eye for scale, balance and proportion? Take a look at this short video for step by step instructions to help you craft your own beautiful, one of a kind floral arrangements. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj4ZV0i8fnw I ...
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DECORATING WITH CLEAN

A well decorated home is a clean home. Nothing detracts from a beautifully decorated home more than dirty floors, dusty shelves, greasy stovetops and grimy grout. You'd think every home would be spic & span if you walk down the ...
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LAYERING FOR DRAMATIC DECORATING

Layering is one of the ways interior designers & decorators create a warm and inviting space whether with furniture or accessories. I recently added to the list of items you can layer using mirrors as an "art" wall for one ...
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RECLAIMED BEAUTY THRU REDESIGN

Redesign is all about helping reclaim the beauty in a home. I thought I'd share pics from another big decorating project this week for a very nice client in Deer Park, IL. While the home had excellent bones and very ...
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REAL ESTATE STAGING… SELLING THE DREAM

Selling real estate quickly and for maximum profit, especially in difficult markets, is as much about selling the "dream" as it is about selling the house itself. If you are selling your house, hopefully you have or are looking for ...
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FIXING UGLY…ONE ROOM AT A TIME™

In business and especially advertising circles, you often hear the expression, "What is your elevator speech?" The idea being that you should be able to quickly and effectively communicate to a total stranger what you do for work in a ...
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TWO DIMENSIONAL DECORATING

Two dimensional artwork can be predictable and stale. Not that there is anything wrong with a framed picture or art piece here and there. But don't be so repetitive by filling every space with flat, often lifeless two dimensional art ...
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ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER DECORATING

This week's big Decorating project was the culmination of almost 6 months work for one the nicest couples I've met so far. This Fox River Grove home started it's transformation last summer with a complete kitchen remodel. The couple invited ...
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CHIPPING AWAY AT PAINT CHIPS

Nothing is more frustrating than picking paint colors, especially if you aren't aware of some of the tricks that can help make it easier. One of the best tools for picking paint is a Professional Color Fan Deck from the ...
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TWELVE INEXPENSIVE DECORATING TIPS

Here are some great decorating tips to refresh your rooms without spending a lot of money: Add a two tone paint job in a room with a light and dark value from the same paint chip. Paint the darker shade ...
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SPRING DECORATING AND THE EASTER BUNNY

If you're like me... you want to hurry the change of seasons along with some springtime decor. Fresh blossoms, green grasses and other iconic symbols of rebirth after a brutal winter are just what the Doctor ordered. Few spring additions ...
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POLISH YOUR DECORATING WITH ACCESSORIES

Most spaces share the same basic characteristics... four or more walls, a floor and ceiling, and maybe windows. So why is it that those "designer" spaces you see in magazines look so different from "everyday" rooms? Paint, flooring, window coverings ...
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YOUR DECOR GOT THE BLUES?

The bitter winter weather has everyone feeling blue this time of year. Few parts of the country have been left untouched. Maybe that's part of the inspiration for almost every major retailers spring roll out. Blue! Blue! Blue! Shaking things ...
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BLACK IS “WHACK”

I think you get the idea that your home doesn’t have to be perfect but it can be better. Simply following some easy DIY decorating tips, you can create a home you love! That is where having some great decorating ...
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TOP FIVE DECORATING MISTAKES

Working with clients in every income range offers me the opportunity to see how money (or lack thereof) can affect a person's decorating choices. Most often, I find that the same decorating mistakes are made regardless of how much money ...
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REAL ESTATE STAGING… SELLING THE DREAM

Selling real estate quickly and for maximum profit, especially in difficult markets, is as much about selling the "dream" as it is about selling the house itself. If you are selling your house, hopefully you have or are looking for ...
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INTERIOR REDESIGN…FACT OR FICTION?

If you aren't familiar with Redesign, you're in for a surprise. Redesign is the decorating craze sweeping the nation. It saves you time and money and even helps save our planet! So, what is Redesign? FACT: In its simplest form, ...
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KASBAH BATHROOM REMODEL

Kitchen and bath remodels are not the easiest projects to tackle but they sure do give you a lot of bang for your buck. In most areas of the country, you can expect better than 75% return on investment in ...
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