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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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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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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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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 times worse.  I’ll do “just one more thing” you keep saying.  Eventually, you end up redoing every thing in sight.  That’s what’s been happening with one of our client couples in Palatine, Illinois.

Last summer these empty nesters decided to take on some pretty major home renovations.  They started with a new deck on the back of their 1965 split-level.  Wanting to enlarge the deck, the owners extended the deck further along the back of the house.  They decided to turn a  window in the dining room into a sliding door out to the new deck.  They also replaced the existing single door in the middle of the kitchen with a smaller window.  The exterior changes now created an urgency to complete an overdue kitchen renovation.

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Rather than leave the small kitchen separated from the rest of the main living space, the owners opened the wall between the two creating a more open concept.  New, larger white cabinets and granite counters, subway tile backsplash, luxury vinyl flooring, appliances and more created a beautiful and more functional kitchen.

A new foyer light and dining room light were installed along with can lighting and a ceiling fan in the kitchen.

With the wall separating the kitchen and living room gone, the dated metal railing leading down to the front door was very obvious.  So, the homeowners decided to replaced it with a solid wood, mission-style railing.  Moving new railing into the foyer meant replacing the foyer landing tile.  A new front and storm door were added along with new black exterior shutters, matching mailbox and carriage light.

Back inside, the owners decided to continue the foyer tile in the downstairs hall as well as open up the wall dividing the staircase and finished basement.  The new warm gray paint color in the upstairs living room, kitchen and hallway now flowed all the way downstairs into the family room.

Just typing the list of changes is exhausting.  Doing most of the work themselves, you can imagine that all of these changes took more than a year to complete.

We had consulted along the way on various fixtures and finishes for the job.  With all the construction finished, it was finally our turn to add the finishing touches.  New living room and dining room furniture were added along with area rug, window treatments, lamps, greenery, artwork and accessories.

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At long last, the list of “just one more thing” had come to an end.  Or had it?  I hear talk of a new bathroom in the basement and eventually a gut remodel of the hall bath by the bedrooms.  I guess it just goes to show that interior decorating is never truly done.  It just evolves over time out of necessity or as styles change.

The transformation in this home is nothing short of amazing and I’m sure these homeowners will be enjoying their long list of “one more things” for a long time to come.

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

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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 it’s own character making each as unique as its owners.

We recently helped add creature comforts to a home in Round Lake, Illinois.  Starting last spring, we helped the new homeowners plan the space to fit their lifestyle.  Since we were planning an entirely new space, it was important to do due diligence before we started.  Taking the time to consider the space and its use always helps ensure the best end result.  And while we are often inspired by the picture perfect rooms on tv and in magazines, it’s important to keep in mind that good design means decorating for the way you live, not the way you wish you lived.

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After planning the space, we helped select new furniture to fit the plan.  We chose a new track arm sofa and matching chair along with a power leather recliner from Penny Mustard.  To that order, we added a multi-functional, lift-top coffee table and matching side table.

Incorporating a permanent, but rarely used, “formal” dining space would take up a lot of our main living area.   So, we decided to maximize the everyday seating instead.  For those occasions when our clients need a traditional dining space, we added a flip-top console table behind the sofa.  When needed, it can be brought out by the bar cabinet doubling as a dining table when our homeowners entertain.  Matching dining chairs will be stored in the basement until needed.

We also tucked wall mounted wine storage below the half wall cap between the kitchen and living space and added a new metal cabinet for barware and adult beverage storage.

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For our focal point, we chose a rustic wood and steel frame tv console with matching bookcase from Pier One.  The additional shelving proved great for storing and hiding electronics.  It also gave us a perfect spot to showcase books, accessories and other homeowner collected treasures.

Speaking of accessories, our clients had asked for a more masculine space inspired by nature.  So, with that in mind, we sourced several natural materials to bring life to the space.  A large driftwood mirror makes a strong botanical statement behind the sofa.  Carved & petrified wood bowls, driftwood garland, geode bookends, a metallic lamp, dried florals, faux succulents and a fiddle leaf fig tree all bring the outdoors inside.

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Even in the most “adult” spaces, touches of whimsy bring out the inner kid in all of us.  Since our clients family also consists of two cats and since the four-legged kids are just as important as two-legged ones, we gave a nod to them by add a cat-in-glasses pillow as well as a hand-carved and painted kitty by the front door.  I guess you could say that adds an entirely new level of creature comforts.

Creating a space filled with creature comforts requires time, planning and patience.  Our homeowners loved the reveal of their new space and the kiitties are busy exploring all the changes.  I’d say the new look fits the entire family to a T.

If you’d like help adding or updating your own creature comforts, give us a call.  And Happy Decorating from Decor Designs.  815-245-2433

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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 make improvements so this somewhat dated kitchen would feel more updated like the rest of the home.

Since we had a large unused area by the fireplace, we started by designing a larger kitchen island that would accommodate at least 3 of the existing red counter stools.  We also wanted the island to house the microwave originally over the stove.  Steve with Royal Kitchen & Bath Cabinets in Niles, IL helped us configure and order the additional cabinetry necessary for the larger island.  Since we planned to keep and paint the existing cabinetry Sherwin Williams SW 7025 Backdrop, we repeated the shaker door fronts so the style of the new cabinetry matched as much as possible.

Next, new granite was selected for the island.  Since it would’ve have been practically impossible to match the existing granite, we opted for a totally different and lighter granite that still picked up some of the same colors from the counters in the rest of the kitchen.

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The newly enlarged island begged for additional lighting.  Two large seeded-glass pendants were selected to add both light & drama to the space.   A new brushed nickel fixture was also added above the eat-in kitchen table.

The dated 4×4 sandy tile backsplash was replaced.  New, beveled subway tiles in off-white helped brighten the kitchen while complimenting the lighter island granite and contrasting with the darker cabinets.  Brushed nickel hardware was added to the painted cabinets adding bling and coordinating with the appliances and light fixtures.

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Keeping with the warm gray and white, we replaced the kitchen table and chairs to coordinate with the new look of the cabinets and island.

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The existing red stools were repurposed and provided the needed punch color in the monochromatic gray and cream kitchen.  A new sink, faucet, stove, range hood, dishwasher and microwave along with a beautiful two-toned Canadel kitchen table and chairs completed the overhaul.

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Styling with new accessories and a wreath for the double-sided fireplace helped pull it all together.

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While we saved the flooring for another day, the difference in this kitchen is night and day.  The owners are thrilled with their new kitchen and have received numerous compliments already.

With a fresh coat of paint (Benjamin Moore’s Litchfield Gray HC-78) on the walls and the painted cabinets along with a little work coordinating the rest of the look, we were able to bring this kitchen forward to a more contemporary look for a fraction of the price of replacing the entire kitchen.

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