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Interior Design and $$ in 2015

Interior Design and $$ in 2015
The cost of an Interior Designer is the #1 topic my readers search.  Here’s the 2015 version which has taken a while to put together.  The industry has changed a LOT since I started blogging 5 years ago, and I want to be informed as well as helpful! If you are considering working with any... Read more »

Cost/Value & Design/Decorating

What is the bottom line in a design (or decorating) project?  Is it simply the cost of all the items purchased?  Or perhaps that plus what you pay for “design help”? What is the value of that help?   A number of years ago a client presented me with his views on “cost and value” and,... Read more »

Why a Blog About Design?

Why a Blog About Design?
“Design Sense” had been around for a while now and I am grateful for all readers.  I’ve tackled general as well as specific topics and events related to my profession and my many surrounding interests and passions. I’d like to educate anyone interested in Design — mostly interiors, but also architecture and other design specialties.  We live in an extraordinary... Read more »
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What's an "Interior Designer"? in 2015

What's an "Interior Designer"?  in 2015
What’s an “Interior Designer ” and what’s the difference between a Decorator and a Designer?  How can you figure out “who is what”?  How can you tell? This answer should find agreement within the REAL Design community which includes related professionals such as contractors, architects, manufacturers, showrooms, et al: First, ASK and look for Professional... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Making It

Making It
“Making it” as in being successful –not as in building something–can been uncomplicated.  It’s all about fearlessness, confidence and self-confidence.  For Chicago Now’s monthly “Blogapalooza” hour, any blogger interested in writing fast can follow a chosen topic (by our gurus) as related to their Blog.  Tonight, fear or fearlessness is the topic. For some wonderful,... Read more »

On Shopping for Style & Stuff

On Shopping for Style & Stuff
There are always sales in the furnishings industry these days.  So…what if you decide to buy something new?  How do you choose?  And where will you buy from?  Frequently, not only my clients, but friends and acquaintances I hardly know ask “what’s new”? Actually, I am always cautious of what’s new.  No one buys furnishings... Read more »
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Designer: Plan It and Feel It, too

Designer: Plan It and Feel It, too
I’ve decided to stop, breathe, and slow down for the next few days. Our extended family is getting together in Chicago this weekend for a joyous event and my design clients are pressed with deadlines.  They want things completed yesterday so they can move into homes “ready to go”.  It’s been a crazy week.  Everyone... Read more »