Posts tagged "Claire Golan"

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 »

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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Is Your House Falling Apart?

Is Your House Falling Apart?
Is your house falling apart?  Actually, I mean:  “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 an event or did it all... Read more »

What's an "Interior Designer"?

What's an "Interior Designer"?
One of the most common questions I am asked is to explain the difference between a Decorator and a Designer. Here’s My answer, which I am positive that I would find much agreement within the REAL Design community including related professionals like contractors, architects, manufacturers, showrooms, “and more”: How can you tell?  First, ASK!!  Along... Read more »

Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago

Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago
Once again, here’s a fantastic reminder that we are in the midst of an architecturally LUSH environment. This coming weekend (Oct 15 & 16) the Chicago Architecture Foundation has set up buses and tickets to create your own FREE tours of our awesome City. In addition to their schedule and array of tours, this is... Read more »
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A Design Project in Real Time

A Design Project in Real Time
Everyone knows that the whole construction industry sucks right now.  Starting from a piece of real estate (vacant lot or completed residence) through hanging art on the walls, substantial projects “in works” are pretty hard to find.  Many qualified and talented Architects, Contractors, Interior Designers and so many categories of tradesmen and vendors would love—and... Read more »

COLORS: Fall 2011 and 2012

COLORS: Fall 2011 and 2012
This past Spring, Pantone (THE color experts/predictors for fashion, interiors and graphic design) announced that ‘Honeysuckle” would be their color for 2011.  And it’s still in the Fall palette! The other colors, per their prediction and (thus) recommendation: Bamboo:  a honey gold, Emberglow:  a pinky-orange, Phlox: reddish plum, Cedar:  light grayish green, Deep Teal: dark... Read more »

A Design Pro? Why?

A Design Pro?  Why?
EVERYONE wants to save money and do things Fast.  Well, almost everyone.  Right now, it’s all about the bargains and the speed in purchasing power.  But in most things for your home, and nearly always in Interior Design, going cheap and fast will not get you where you want to be (I have written about... Read more »
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Catalogs For Springtime

Long ago, Sears, Roebuck and Montgomery Ward must have sold furniture from their catalogs so that those living in the far-away hinterlands could furnish their Sears packaged houses (yes, they really sold houses).   Although my parents often bought much through a Designer friend, in my young years department stores (like Marshall Field’s and Carson’s) had... Read more »