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CREATING ADULT SPACES IN KID-FRIENDLY HOMES

Parenting… I’m guessing there’s probably nothing more satisfying or fulfilling.  Then again, there’s probably nothing quite so stressful or frustrating.  Every parent wants to create a safe and supportive environment for their children.  But, that often means sacrificing as an adult, especially with home decor.

Whether it’s child-proofed corners, washable rugs, non-breakable accessories or toys galore, most parents simply give up on having anything too “designer”.  At least they give up until the kids are teenagers or out of the house completely!  Having strictly adult spaces with kids is a challenge for any family.  So, it’s always fun for us when we have the opportunity to help clients create spaces that allow for adult activities while leaving others that are more family-oriented and kid-friendly.

We’ve recently been working with clients in McHenry, IL who wanted to create an adult space in their ground floor bonus room.  With a young son, the couple’s entire three-story town home was very kid-centric to say the least.  They envisioned at least one area in the home where they could de-stress, relax and just be without having to child-proof or sacrifice on any of the creature comforts adults enjoy.

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Their vision for the space was a media room for relaxing, taking a nap, reading a book or watching tv & movies.  With a monster 86″ flat-screen tv and killer sound system, this space would be an adult retreat from the organized chaos of family life upstairs.

Wanting several grown up elements, they asked that we incorporate a coffee/wine bar theme in the space.  Since they’d already purchased a new ultra-deep sofa, entertainment center & bookcase, we were asked to simply pull their vision together by bringing in everything else from window coverings to artwork, lighting to accessories.

After several weeks of space planning and shopping for the details, we returned to give the room the adult theme the owners so desperately wanted and deserved.

AFTER

First, we replaced the white, wood blinds with new bamboo roman shades for warmth and privacy.  Then, we added a reclaimed-wood & metal console table to serve as both wine & coffee bar. (espresso machine on order)  To it, we added wine stem storage with wine racks on the floor underneath.  Three gray, leather storage cubes were added.  They can serve as extra seating, tables and storage for unused pillows and throws.  A black, wire mesh chair in the corner offers additional seating.  A new c-table provides a place for a cup of coffee or glass of wine while snuggling on the extra-deep sofa.

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AFTER

Without a ceiling fixture, we needed to create a lighting triangle to take care of any dark corners in the room.  So, we added a beautiful floor lamp from Crate & Barrel by the sofa.  Then we placed a pewter teardrop lamp from World Market on the floor by the tv.  Finally, a glass bottle accent lamp from HomeGoods found its spot on the bookcase.

An avid audiophile, the husband wanted acoustic panels in the room to help with sound.  By some miracle, he’d already found some.  Covered with burlap, coffee bean bags, they fit perfectly into our design.  So we used 6 of them above the sofa doubling as artwork.  We added a framed burlap bulletin and chalk board to cover the unsightly electrical panel.  And we added a family photo wall and other metal bowl art from World Market to balance the space.

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Every little detail from coffee cups and spoons to serving trays and flavored syrups were added. And lastly, we poured coffee beans into the vintage sugar molds on the window sill.  Good design touches as many of the senses as possible.  So we made sure the wonderful aroma of the coffee beans filled the air as well as any neighborhood coffee house.

The end result is a room that allows for plenty of “adulting”.  Whether it’s for a cup of coffee with the morning news, a game of chess or a great movie, this space went from a sad, underutilized storage area to a media room any adult would enjoy.

The moral of this story is this.  Finding the right combination of kid-friendly spaces, family spaces and adult spaces makes any home feel more balanced.  It offers adults the opportunity to be adults in their own home while still having spaces for kids to be kids.  When everyone’s needs are met, family happiness ensues!

Happy Adult Decorating from Decor Designs.  815-245-2433

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DECOR DESIGNS CELEBRATES 15 YEARS

In February, Decor Designs, Inc. will celebrate its 15th Anniversary!   Since 2004, we’ve been invited into hundreds of homes & lives.  We’re so very thankful for the opportunities we’ve had to help with your decorating dilemmas.  We certainly hope we’ve had as much of an impact on you as you’ve had on us.

To celebrate our 15th Birthday, we’ve planned a special Rollback Rate promotion.  New clients (no matter the service) who call and reference the special Promo Code will have their billable hours adjusted to our 2004 Service Rates for the entire month of February.

For Example: 

Consultations (currently $95/hr. with a $195 minimum) will be billed at $25/hr. during the promotional period.  Interior Redesign, Decorating & Staging rates (currently $95/hr. with a 2 hour minimum of $295) will be adjusted to $40/hr. with no minimum.  (All other rates will see similar adjustments for services provided during the month of February, 2019!)

It’s been an AMAZING 15 years!  We’ve helped create a lot of pretty in our little corner of the world.  But, there are still plenty of rooms out there desperately waiting for a fresh, beautiful new look.  Together, we can make that happen!

We are so happy to celebrate this milestone and share these sharply discounted 2004 rates as a thank you for your continued support. This is a rare opportunity to take advantage of 15 years of experience at low, low Start-Up prices.  Don’t let it pass you by!  And don’t forget to share this post with family & friends in the Chicago area.  Call 815-245-2433 TODAY to start your your decorating journey with us.

Living Room After

Additional Promotional Information:

  • Clients must reference Promo Code ROLLBACK15 when booking their initial appointment to take advantage of these Rollback Rates.
  • Rollback Rates do not apply to current contracts or previous invoices. 
  • Service dates & appointments are provided on a first-come, first-served basis during normal business hours and may be limited due to availability.
  • Rollback Rates only apply to those services provided during the month of February 2019!  Effective March 1, 2019, regular rates will apply.
  • We proudly serve (and this promotion applies only to) clients within a 25 mile radius of our Crystal Lake office.
  • A 3% fee will be added to invoices for clients paying by credit card.
  • Rates for products/ services not provided in 2004 will be adjusted to reflect the rate at the time initially offered.
  • A full list of Rollback Rates is available upon request.
  • Other restrictions and exclusions may apply. Please call 815-245-2433 for details.

 

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NEW YEAR NEW DECOR

It’s hard to believe we’re ready to launch into a New Year!  It seems like only yesterday we were fretting the uncertainty of Y2K.  And yet, here we are almost 20 years later ready to do it again!

Time flies when you’re having fun!  And we’ve had a blast in 2018 helping over three dozen clients make the world and their lives happier & prettier by updating and restyling their homes and businesses.

While we all have a love-hate relationship with Resolutions, you can’t help but admit it’s a logical time of year to set goals for the next twelve months.  Or, at the very least, it’s natural to review the successes and disappointments of the past twelve.

There are the usual suspects:  Job, Health, Relationships & Weight!  But, how many times have you put decorating on your New Year’s to-do list?  If not, why not?  Planning to improve and beautify your surroundings can be just as important as working on more internal goals.  Numerous studies have shown that a person’s living and work environment can play a huge role in overall happiness.

So, as you start checking off the days on a new calendar, what are your decorating resolutions for the New Year?  Will 2019 finally be the year that you take charge of those interior decorating projects you’ve been neglecting?  Or will you finally set a new stage for your life by tackling the updates that have been nagging at you?

Time and tide wait for no man!”  So, what are you waiting on?  Add a few decorating updates to your list of resolutions this year.  And if you’d like some help staying motivated, accountable or just to make sure it gets done and done right, give us a call!  Like all our clients this and previous years, we’ll help ensure 2019 is a beautiful, happier one for you and your family.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from All of Us at Decor Designs!!!  815-245-2433

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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 personality and style can make a huge difference in the look and feel of a home.

This year, we’ve had the pleasure of working with a couple who purchased a two-bedroom condo in historic Lake Point Tower.  For those who don’t know, Lake Point Tower is the only non-public building on the East (lake) side of Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive.  Completed in 1968, it was the tallest residential building in the world until 1993.

Lake Point Tower

Obviously, this 50 year old high-rise has seen its share of interior updates.  While the home had been updated before, our clients wanted to replace the previous owner’s more traditional taste with more sleek and contemporary stylings.

The project began with construction.  First, the French doors to the guest bedroom were relocated to create more wall space in the living area.  New gray-washed hardwood floors were selected and installed throughout.  New cabinets and countertops as well as a mirrored tile backsplash were added in the kitchen.  Motorized roller shades were installed on the home’s 18 windows.  Finally, new light fixtures were installed and the home got a fresh coat of the ever-popular Sherwin Williams Anew Gray & Agreeable Gray.

Condo Living Room

Dining Room Living Room Before

Dining Room Living Room After

As a secondary residence, our clients were literally starting from scratch.  So, it took several months of shopping to find everything we needed to fill the 1500 sq. foot home.  New dining, living and bedroom furniture were purchased from Room & Board™.   Additional accent pieces were ordered from other local and online retailers including a custom tv lift cabinet to help preserve the city & lakefront views.  Multiple pieces of art, rugs, greenery and accessories were also needed to add the little details that make a house feel like home.

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom After

In order to maximize storage and sleeping space, we purchased furniture with that in mind.  The platform beds in both bedrooms feature pull out drawers at the foot of the bed for added storage.  The full size sofa and matching chair in the living room are both pull out sleepers.

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom After

The single biggest change in the home, however, is the kitchen.  Gone are the more traditional painted cabinets and marble in favor of sleek, two-tone cabinets with waterfall countertops in pure, white quartz!

Condo Kitchen

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

To quote our clients, the end result is nothing short of “amazing”.  Their newly remodeled and furnished, second home will be the perfect retreat for late nights at the office, weekend getaways to the city and more.  And who could blame them with views like this:

Dining Room with Amazing Lake View

A home’s style usually takes a nod from the location and construction of the building itself.  But, nothing stopped our happy clients from turning their new condo into a space that reflects their vision for their Chicago high-rise home!

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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 a shame to go to all the hassle and expense just to turn it to over to someone else.  Of course, not all sales are planned far in advance.  And, believe it or not, some owners move just to avoid the hassle of updating their old home.  But it still seems like there’s a better way.  If there’s even a remote possibility of moving, why not try staging early so you too can enjoy?

We’ve been working recently with a couple in Algonquin, IL who are doing just that!  Already enjoying retirement, they know that their 4 bedroom, split-level home won’t be as practical in a few years and they’ll be moving to a home that better suits their needs.

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After

The couple started consulting and working with us over two years ago as they prepared both mentally and financially for the updates they needed and wanted to make.  We started with a few smaller updates in the guest bedrooms and gave the kitchen cabinets a fresh coat of paint and new hardware.  A new deck and other exterior work was also completed.  Finally, this year, they were ready to turn their attention to the main living areas.  We helped unify all three floors with a new color palette for the first floor living room, dining room and kitchen as well as the lower level family room and finished basement.   The homeowners installed new carpet and flooring as needed.  And new light fixtures replaced dated ones in the dining room, foyer and upstairs hallway.

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Next, we turned to updating furniture and decor.  We began with the heart-heavy task of pairing down a lifetime of accumulated antiques, knick-knacks and other things that no longer fit into the new and updated look.  New living room furniture including a sofa, oversized chair and accent chair were ordered.  A large cocktail table and end tables were added to finish the seating area.  New parsons chairs replaced the original cane back chairs in the dining room.  A new rug, artwork, accessories, and window panels were also purchased.

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While most people would do all of this work only to turn around and move, this couple did it a better way.  Not only is their home updated, but it’s also pre-staged to sell.

Is it time for you to update some things in your home?  Don’t wait ’til the last minute so you can do it for someone else.  Give us a call and we can help you with staging early.  It’s a win-win!

 

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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 early homeownership.  But, by helping with the many decorating choices being made by first-time home buyers, we help save time, money and frustration.  Lending our experience to the mix, we help create the functional and beautifully decorated home of their dreams.  This past week, we added the final touches on one of these projects.

This Palatine, IL couple had recently closed on their first home together when they reached out to us in May of this year.  The ’50s ranch-style house had undergone major interior renovations prior to their purchase.  So, many of the core choices, like flooring and paint color, had already been made for us.  Along with consulting on a few additional renovations, we were asked to help the couple merge their somewhat different decorating styles and fill in the missing pieces for their new home.

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Replacing a sliding door to nowhere in the Living Room was a priority for our clients.  In its place, they wanted a contemporary fireplace.  After discussing several possibilities, we settled on a white granite, stacked stone fireplace flanked by built-in storage and floating shelves.  The homeowners added two skylights in the room to help compensate for the natural light lost by closing in the slider.

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During our initial consultation, we helped them determine priorities, discussed styles and budget, and made a list of the purchases we needed to compliment the items we’d be reusing from their previous homes.  Then, we went to work sourcing all the new furniture along with window treatments, artwork, rugs, pillows & throws, plants, books & accessories and every other minute detail necessary to style a blank-slate like this one.

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The homeowners wanted to focus their efforts on the main floor, keeping the large finished basement in mind for repurposing older pieces.  Our new furniture purchases included a sofa and matching chair, a pair of club chairs, round cocktail table, trunk style side tables, dining table and chairs, a rollaway kitchen island, nightstands for the Master Bedroom, and desks for the Office.  We also selected new lighting for the Dining Room and Master Suite hallway.

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After construction on the fireplace wall was done and all of the new furniture delivered, we arrived with our team and a moving van full of finishing touches.  Working at a feverish pace, we arranged furniture and styled the entire house in about 8 hours.

Starting a life together as a newlywed couple is full of all kinds of challenges.  Buying and decorating a new home can add even more unnecessary stress.  While it took several months to get things just right, the end result was well worth the wait.  Making smart choices already, I see many years of happiness ahead for this great couple in their beautiful new home.

Happy Decorating from Decor Designs, Inc.  815-245-2433

 

 

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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 on a renovations project we started with them over TEN months ago.

Thinking back, it’s hard to believe we met with them for the first time in November of 2017.  During their initial consultation, we learned they’d been working on updating the house for a number of years.  Being hands-on and doing much of the work themselves, the renovations had taken more time than they might’ve had they hired out.  Fortunately for us, they did “hire out” when it came time to add the finishing touches to their hard work.

Their beautiful, two-story home with Spanish-tiled, gambrel roof was built in 1924.  As anyone who’s renovated a 100 year old home will tell you; you never know what you’ll find until you dig in.  Our homeowners had already completed many of the structural renovations in the home including new electrical, plumbing, a new kitchen, master suite renovations, a finished basement and more.

Basement Before Picture

Basement Before

With most of the “behind the scenes” work complete, the couple and their three teenage kids were ready to focus on more cosmetic aspects in their home.  They wanted a more polished and sophisticated look matching their lifestyle and interests.

They wanted the newly finished basement to serve as media & game room, bar and hangout for the entire family.  So, we started by selecting a gray leather sofa & love seat from ArtVan.  To those, we added a reclaimed wood-look media console, end tables, tin-top coffee table, accent chair with matching ottoman, cellular blinds, lighting artwork and accessories.  Of course, we made sure to leave plenty of room for their foosball and air hockey tables as well.

Basement After

Basement with leather sofas and reclaimed wood tile

Basement After

Basement After

Upstairs, new floor tiles were selected to replace the damaged terra cotta in the foyer and sunroom/office.  In the foyer, we recommended a dramatic Morrocan mosaic tile.  In the sunroom (and repeated on the Living Room fireplace hearth), we suggested a gorgeous 6×24 black slate to compliment the slate tile in the remodeled kitchen.  To complicate matters, we wanted the slate laid in a herringbone pattern.  It took a little convincing.  But, eventually they agreed to the tile suggestions and did an amazing job installing it themselves.  The updated flooring looks fantastic and is very in keeping with the architecture of the home.

Foyer Before

Foyer with Morrocan mosaic tile

Foyer After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living Room Before

Having lived out its usefulness, the majority of furnishings in the Living Room needed to be replaced.  The main living space in the home was very large.  So, we created a traditional grouping around the television and fireplace with a new sofa, two matching chairs and two updated wingback chairs from Arhaus.  Behind the sofa, we still had plenty of room to reuse an up-cycled claw-foot dining table and six, new tufted parsons chairs from Pier One.  The more casual dining space is perfect for casual family meals and homework.

Living Room After

Living Room Before

Living Room After

Living Room Before

Living Room After

Along with the new living room furniture we added a new 8×10 rug, new coffee and end tables, two drink tables from Crate & Barrel, new lamps and minimal accessories while reusing the owners existing artwork and window treatments.  The end result is a space that is both elegant but casual and inviting.

In the sunroom/office (on the opposite side of the Living Room fireplace), we reused an up-cycled dining table/desk and chair.   Sue Lynk of Lynk Home Transformations in Arlington Heights helped us paint the corner china cabinet to compliment the desk and built-ins.  Other than the new slate tile, a new rug and lamp were the only items we added to the office space.

Office Before

Office with black slate tile in herringbone pattern

Office After

In the formal dining room, we reused all the existing furniture and window treatments.  A new 9×12 rug helped brighten the space.   We also added a new runner, boxwood topiaries and additional art in the room.  The homeowners had a large frame they’d found at a resale shop in the dining room.  Since we loved the idea of keeping it in the space, we encouraged them to follow through with their vision and have an antique mirror made for it.  To break up the long expanse of mirror and to keep it from looking too much like a dressing mirror, we added a dried-leaf wreath on a suction cup for added drama.

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Finally, in the master bedroom, we simply added finishing touches to the homeowner’s amazing updates.  New blackout cellulars were added along with a slipcover for the toile loveseat, an area rug and a new storage ottoman at the foot of the bed.  Artwork, accessories, lamp and the space was finished.

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom With White Fireplace

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom After

Waiting for renovations to come to an end requires a heck of a lot of patience.  Like Christmas, it seems to take forever to come around.  But, when it does, the wait is definitely worth it.  These homeowners have labored on their home for years.  We loved the opportunity to help them put the finishing touches on their hard work.  But seeing their faces and hearing the relief in their voices that it was finally done made the job and the wait worth it for us as well.

Happy Renovations from Decor Designs, Inc.  815-245-2433

 

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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.

This week, we had fun working with a couple in West Dundee on a gallery wall in their dining room.  Galleries are very popular and make for a dramatic focal point in any space.  Unlike hanging a single piece of art, however, they require a little more effort and planning and can be frustrating to get just right.

Vignette including Groot vase & Industrial Clock

Most galleries are created with framed art or family photos.  But like this one, gallery walls can be made with just about anything you can hang on a wall.  My personal favorites are ones that combine the two.

For this project, we used a group of vintage & industrial items our clients were given or had collected over the last year or more.  Many of them had a unique memory attached to them making them even more special.  From an old drink crate from back ‘home’ to a heart-shaped wine cork holder received as a wedding gift, this gallery (like most) is a visual reminder of family, friends and happy times.

Collections should have a variety of shapes and sizes for best results.  But, they should also have at least one common element to help unify the grouping.  Whether it’s a color, similar frames, a material or a repetitive shape, a common element  will make seemingly random items work together.

Creating an amazing gallery wall requires forethought and patience.  It isn’t an exact science! But, here are a few of our best tips to make it go more smoothly:

1-  Before hammering your first nail, plan your arrangement by laying out your artwork,  frames, shelves, boxes and any other items on the floor.   If you’re hanging a particularly heavy piece, you’ll want to locate studs and keep them in mind when planning your layout.  Otherwise, use a drywall anchor designed to support the weight.

2-  Larger items should be balanced by smaller ones while keeping the spacing between items fairly consistent.  As a general rule, leave more of a gap between larger items while keeping smaller ones closer together.  Play with the arrangement on the floor until you’re satisfied with the overall concept.  There aren’t any hard & fast rules so DON’T OVERTHINK IT!

Snapshot of gallery wall

3-  Once you’re happy with the arrangement, snap a photo of the completed grouping from above.  It’ll come in handy as a reference when you start moving things from the floor to the wall.

4-  Start in the center and work your way out referring to your snapshot.  The center of your main piece should be roughly 60 inches from the floor.  You may need to adjust slightly if your gallery is over a piece of furniture.

5-  Make sure you have appropriate hangers for the job.  Using two hangers per item, especially larger pieces, will keep them from shifting.  (You’ll be frustrated with your finished gallery if you’re constantly having to straighten it).  Velcro™ or Command Strips™ designed for wall surfaces can minimize holes for light-weight items.  They also work to discretely prevent shifting of pieces that just won’t seem to stay put.

6-  As you begin hanging, check for level after every piece.  If you plan to accessorize shelves, boxes or other baskets, do that temporarily as you go to ensure consistent spacing between your hangings.  Then remove these items before hammering your next piece to prevent breakage.

7-   Hanging multiples of artwork is always easier with a buddy.  Having one person hold a piece so the other can step away to get perspective and fine tune, will help avoid unnecessary holes in the wall.

8-  Once you have everything hung, you can go back and re-place accessories.

Completed gallery wall using collection of vintage and industrial items

Creating a gallery wall is essentially creating your own masterpiece using other people’s work.  Again, don’t overthink, be creative and think outside the box. The best results are usually the unpredictable ones!

Here’s to creating your own picture perfect gallery wall!  Happy Decorating from Decor Designs.  815-245-2433.

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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 beyond your everyday surroundings.

We just returned from a trip to North Carolina in search of just such visionary inspiration.  You might expect that we were headed to the “home furnishings capital of the country”, High Point, N.C.  Instead, we made a trip to Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

Biltmore House

After 123 years, Biltmore is still the largest privately owned home in the United States.  This chateau-style mansion nestled beside the French Broad River in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the visionary masterpiece of its original owner George Washington Vanderbilt II.

 

Indoor Heated Pool

Completed in 1895, after 6 years of construction, this mammoth home contains four acres of floor space and a total of 250 rooms including 35 bedrooms for family and guests, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, and three kitchens.

The home also contains many 19th-century novelties such as electricity, an indoor, heated swimming pool, electric elevators, forced-air heating, centrally controlled clocks, fire alarms and a call-bell system.  All were unheard of luxuries at the time especially when most Americans didn’t even have indoor plumbing.

 

 

Main Kitchen

If you think decorating your home is a chore, can you imagine decorating Biltmore’s 135,000 sq. feet of living space?  Instead of hiring an interior decorator, Vanderbilt (a bachelor at the time) took great pride in doing the work himself.  Along with famed Architect and designer of Biltmore, Richard Morris Hunt, the pair tackled the daunting task of sourcing, shipping and installing the vast quantities of furniture, art and accessories needed for Biltmore.

Vanderbilt went on extensive buying trips overseas as the house was being built.  He returned with thousands of furnishings for his newly built home including priceless tapestries, hundreds of rugs, artwork, prints, linens and every sort of decorative object.  Treasures in the home date from the 15th century to the late 19th century and include works by Meissen, Whistler, Renoir, Bitter and many, many more.

Edith Vanderbilt’s Bedroom

One of Vanderbilt’s most impressive acquisitions is the massive oil on canvas ‘Chariots of Aurora’ by Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini which graces the ceiling of Biltmore’s library.  The piece is known to have come from the Palazzo Pisani on the Grand Canal in Venice.  It was removed in sections, restored and installed at Biltmore.

Library featuring “The Chariot of Aurora” by Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini

George W. Vanderbilt was clearly a visionary in his own right.  He was blessed with wealth and good fortune until his untimely death at the age of 51 due to surgical complications after an appendectomy.  Vanderbilt embodies the ideal that if you dream it and believe it, you can achieve it.  Biltmore is a stunning example of one man’s dream to build one of the most impressive and well-appointed homes the world has ever seen.

 

Music Room

 

Whether decorating on a vast scale like Biltmore or something more reasonable like your own home, you CAN do it yourself!  Like Vanderbilt, you must be visionary in your own way.  Look for inspiration both near and far as you create a space that is uniquely you.  Don’t take no for an answer and stay the course.  Your own mansion awaits!

Happy Visionary Decorating from Decor Designs, Inc.  815-245-2433

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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 they were starting construction on the basement.  They envisioned a multi-purpose space including a workout room, media space and bar area.  They also wanted a new powder room and kitchenette in the basement for convenience.

After brainstorming ideas for the buildout, we waited until construction was completed.  Then, we returned in May to help with fixtures & finishes as well as to plan and furnish the newly-finished space.  The homeowners prefer a clean, simple and uncluttered look to make the space feel as large as possible.

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While a big, comfy sectional might seem perfect, we didn’t want to be limited by one.  Sectionals are fairly inflexible and limit the possibilities in a room.  (DESIGN TIP:  When planning any space, especially one that’s multi-use, you have to ensure furnishings are size and scale appropriate.)

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Instead, we designed the space so that the media area in the middle of the long rectangular space would anchor the room while leaving space for other uses.  Penny Mustard helped us with a new 75″ sofa which faces the t.v.  It is flanked by two low-back, swivel tub chairs which can easily be turned toward the sofa for conversation or the tv for movies and games.  A leather ottoman grounds the seating group.  And topped with a tray, it doubles as both cocktail table and footrest.  X-frame side tables and a matching console table from Pottery Barn provide a spot for drinks and finish the seating group.

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In front of the kitchenette, we added an espresso wood table and four stools.  Whether for board games with the kids or game night for the guys, those seated at this counter-height still have a clear view of the television.

The kitchenette was designed with upper and lower cabinets and exposed shelving for storage complete with wine/beer fridge, sink and recycling center.  We selected a mercury-glass subway tile backsplash for the entire wall to reflect light and help the small space feel larger. We added a wall-mount wine rack from wineracksamerica.com to store reds and keep the small countertop as uncluttered as possible.

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In the powder room, we used the same white cabinetry and granite countertop as in the adjacent kitchenette.  The bright white cabinet and light granite countertops make the small spaces feel larger.  Using the same finishes in both spaces provides visual continuity and prevents either space from feeling choppy and stand-alone.  The same large 12×36 wood-look floor tile also flows through both spaces.  (DESIGN TIP:  Large tiles with fewer grout lines make small spaces feel bigger.)

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In the workout area, as well as the rest of the space, we were asked to reuse as many of the homeowner’s existing art pieces as possible.  Professionally framed golf, sports and marathon prints coupled with a few new pieces add a casual, man-cave feel to the space.

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We added cellular shades to hide unsightly window wells.  Greenery and a few accessories add the final touches to a space that has added both value to the home and will serve the family with additional living space for years to come.

If you’re working on a space with overwhelming potential, give us a call.  We can help you make sense of your own basement full of possibilities.  815-245-2433

 

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