Fast + Right Can Happen in Design

Fast + Right Can Happen in Design
There really is a right way and a wrong way to get things done.  That means a proper process and it means the right product. Just after July 4th, I learned that long-time clients of mine were moving from their beautiful condo overlooking Navy Pier and other lakeshore  and downtown views in Chicago to live... Read more »

8 Reasons You Need a Professional Interior Designer

8 Reasons You Need a Professional Interior Designer
Here!  These are eight of the many reasons that you need to find and work with a Real Design Professional: 1.  You don’t know really what you need to do to get a project started, but you know it’s time to Do Something. A Professional Designer can–and will–guide you through the project from measuring the... Read more »

Summer Lovin'

Summer Lovin'
Summer, I LOVE you!  And it seems like it took forever for you to get here this time.  We endured a painfully freezing and endless winter and now our patience has been, at last, rewarded.  Yay summer!! Each season has its own personality.  Every Fall, as it starts to get cooler and darker, my husband mellows. ... Read more »
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Design Trends and Your Taste...

Design Trends and Your Taste...
OK…This is a big and wide topic! I put furnishings into a few categories, but they meld into: Modern, Traditional, “Eclectic” — or a controlled combination– & “Transitional” — not as modern, but not fussy–). There’s also Asian, Primitive, Country plus various specialized styles based on serious antiques and historical periods.  There is also the very customized (what I... Read more »

An Interior Designer for Any Budget

An Interior Designer for Any Budget
Hey Everyone:  It looks like there’s a buzz in the construction industry this spring, and I haven’t seen so many “For Sale” signs in years.  It’s fun, and exciting and I couldn’t be happier for all the wonderful showrooms, tradesmen and manufacturers that are starting to breathe comfortably again.  I’ve missed my sometimes daily connections... Read more »

The Story of My Name and Why It Matters to Me

The Story of My Name and Why It Matters to Me
Asking whose death (or loss) has influenced me creates a series of most inward seeking thoughts, stories, and ramblings, whether I’ve known, loved and admired them, or never actually met them.  But, undoubtedly, the influence that the death of my Aunt Klari (or Klara, for whom I am named) in 1945 at Auschwitz has been... Read more »
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Planning A Design Project for 2014

 Planning A Design Project for 2014
Is summer really coming?  Based on today, yes!  It is!  It’s time to look forward and check out what’s happening in the Design World for the new season. Some aspects of the construction/design/architecture industry are on an upswing again.   It seems that folks are recognizing that the projects they have been denying and avoiding are... Read more »

Location, Happy Space, Location

Location, Happy Space, Location
Blogapalooza Hour at ChiNow tonight asks us bloggers to remember and write about a favorite place we’ve lived.  Yikes!  What an unfair question for an Interior Designer. We are to supposed to choose amongst our real residences and temporary ones like hotels, dorms, etc.  What? I love so many places I’ve lived – temporary or... Read more »

It's Shape Up Time -- For Your Home

It's Shape Up Time -- For Your Home
Is your house falling apart?  Does it look uncared-for and aging?  This actually means:  “Is what’s inside your house falling apart?”  Roof and gutters are not included here.  You may not remember how old your furniture, carpet, blinds, paint job and other products are.  Unless you just furnished your place, can relate the purchases to... Read more »
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Chicago Is -- My Kind of Happiness

“Write about a guilty pleasure”– our “Blogapalooza” plot for the night.  I got a bit of a late start, and at the moment I read the assignment, “Chicago PD” started.  Chicago’s landmarks flitted over the TV screen.  And there was one of my guilty pleasures right before my eyes:  I reroute my rides downtown to... Read more »