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How Does a Room Make You Feel?

It’s no secret that around here we’re big fans of blinds, shades, and draperies (sometimes together!) to spice up a naked window. Recently, I shared with you the window fabrics of our home, ranging from casual Roman shades to long and flowing curtains. Friends have asked, “How do you decide which treatment to put into which room?“ […]

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3 Tips for Decorating Large Living Rooms

The larger a room is, the harder it is to decorate. I think it’s because larger rooms have more moving parts. When you add something, you need to make sure it’s playing well with everything else in the room. So it stands to reason that a living room is going to be more difficult to decorate […]

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Mix and Match Drapery Hardware for Every Style

Coming from a designer, this probably isn’t a surprise, but new drapes just bring out the design geek in me. I relish finding the perfect accent to my room and in making sure that all elements—down to the hardware—are in sync with my design. I even think the hardware and how it works with the […]

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How We Take the Stress Out of Hosting

With warmer weather and summer in full swing, we find ourselves attending a lot more barbecues and entertaining even more in our own home. One of the many things we love about Chicago in the summer is seeing our neighbors and friends out and about, and planning low-key meet-ups as we catch friends during walks with our dogs. […]

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7 Patio Décor Must-Have Pieces

We take our patio décor pretty seriously around here. As soon as the weather starts to cooperate, most evenings are spent outdoors eating, chatting, or just relaxing. Over the past few years, I’ve managed to come to the perfect little mix of patio must-haves that make our outdoor space just as comfy as it is […]

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The (Window) Fabrics In Our Home

As Scott and I continue renovating each of the rooms in our house—from the reading room to the dining room to the bedroom—at some point, we find ourselves debating fabric swatches when we’re considering window treatments. Our sweet spot for coverings has surprisingly been the ever-casual-but-cool Roman shade, as we now have four rooms where we’ve […]

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4 Easy Paint Techniques

Do you have a piece of furniture that you are thinking of tossing? Have you considered painting it? It’s amazing how you can transform something with paint and a little know-how. I have painted chairs, beds, chests, clocks, candlesticks, trays, baskets—you name it. Paint completely changes the look. Read on for a few techniques you can […]

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Fresh Ideas for Wide Windows

You know what gets a really bad rap, but shouldn’t? Vertical blinds! When people think of vertical blinds, they tend to think of what comes in apartments or stock builder homes. But nowadays, you can get some really amazing vertical blinds, and enhance them to be even better! If you have a really large window […]

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Color Trends & Ordering Free Swatches

Keeping up with trends can make your head spin. It’s my full-time job to focus on interior design and I find that sometimes it can be maddening. The good news is that design seems to be more and more about creating your own individual style rather than making your home look exactly like a designer’s […]