Posts tagged "Chicago interior designers"

"What NOT To Do" -- Explained

"What NOT To Do" -- Explained
Sadly, the Interior Design world is still changing a lot.  But, just because so much is now online plus…many, many Trade Sources will work with anyone who pays, it doesn’t mean you don’t need an Interior Designer to do the job.  With my fingers crossed, I hope this was a “Do It Yourself-er”. Okay…look at... Read more »

Beauty in Another's Eyes...Yes

Beauty in Another's Eyes...Yes
Every day I work with things that are beautiful.  Is not the job of an Interior Designer to collect and present beautiful items and ideas to clients so that their environments are beautiful?  But, realistically, the job is not just made up of the pretty things.  It’s also made up of the practical, technical things... Read more »

In Order ...and All Together

In Order ...and All Together
In 2015 I decided to get my shit together and – I think its happening! Yay!! Amongst the choices we make to spend money on this or that, or take a major vacation or choose between pizza and stir-fry, this decision I made should (hopefully) have a long-term benefit to my daily existence. Nah.. I... Read more »
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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 »

Just Do It – In My Design World

Make a commitment, don’t follow through and then what?  In daily life, people will move away from you and hesitate to hang out, since you might not show up or cancel at the last minute.  But somehow, in my professional world, it may not involve not showing up at all, but rather showing up late,... 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 »
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2015 Colors of the Year -- Yes, Again!

2015 Colors of the Year -- Yes, Again!
The Color of the Year for 2015 is, apparently, an array of choices depending on whose lead you choose to follow!  Since I have been blogging, I have written about Pantone’s choices (not predictions, they’re chosen by Pantone).  And, though 2015 is less than a month away, Pantone hasn’t presented or announced anything, yet. Paint... Read more »

DIY Projects That Make Great Sense

DIY Projects That Make Great Sense
I’ve spent blogging time discouraging readers from taking on over-reaching Do-It-Yourself projects, but there certainly are home-oriented tasks that can be perfect for a few hours, a weekend or a few weeks’ work. Some of my suggestions may seem more like “maintenance” than decorating or design and they are – but if you do these... Read more »

Design Trends and Your Taste...

Design Trends and Your Taste...
OK…This is a big, wide topic!  I posted this once before, but it’s important information if you want to assemble a successful Design Project. 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... Read more »
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Interior Design for Fall 2014: Colors & Cheer

Interior Design for Fall 2014: Colors & Cheer
Lots of new topics for met to share, but this is A-1 Awesome:  Color is truly back in the Interior Design World.  While looking at furniture at Chicago’s venerable Merchandise Mart, it has become more and more fun.  Neutrals are always safe and calm colors.  They can be interesting and very sophisticated (perhaps another blog... Read more »