Posts tagged "Chicago interior designers"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

On Shopping & Appreciating Design Project Pros

On Shopping & Appreciating Design Project Pros
This entry is at the behest of my co-workers, those professionals and contractors that I work with day.  It’s always in my mind and, yes, this is not the first time  in my blogging life that I have chosen this specific topic. When you decide to embark on a design/construction project, you have the ability to... Read more »
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Teamwork = Successful Design Project

Teamwork = Successful Design Project
It’s been quite a few years since I started working as a Designer and the longer I work, the more I believe this:  it’s all about the Teamwork to get the project done Right. Usually, a Client hires an Architect or a Builder/Contractor, occasionally an Interior Designer, and that person helps to find the other professionals. ... Read more »

Your D.I.Y. Project -- or Not

Your D.I.Y. Project -- or Not
DIY is everywhere.  Do It Yourself.  But will it work?  I’ve written on this topic before…  and it continues to deserve Much Attention. First, I consulted my resident architect (husband), looked at some current magazines,  looked up web sites and checked out  Phone apps to help with your Dream Home. Well, the Dream Home phone app... Read more »

Planning a Home Project? Start Here

Planning a Home Project?  Start Here
Here are a few pointers and reminders if you’re improving your office or your home.  Any of these items will make the process easier: 1.  The most important reminder:  Get some help when making costly decisions.  There are professionals all around, and there is no question that they will save you what they cost you. ... Read more »
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Interior Design, Cost/Value and Shopping

Interior Design, Cost/Value and Shopping
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 »