Tag: design

"In" or "Out" (for now)?

"In" or "Out" (for now)?
This season has been fun for me because I have seen all sorts of colors and styles.  It’s Spring!  So, what IS the most popular color now?  It is whatever the paint companies choose.  Pantone has named “Ultra-Violet” this year!  I just looked up a Feng-Shui website and they have a whole list of them... Read more »

DIY: & Questions to Ask -- Yourself

DIY: & Questions to Ask -- Yourself
OK!  So, you’re going to save money by doing your design/decorating/remodeling project yourself.  All those ideas from a professional Designer aren’t really very important for this, plus you can get better prices on your own.  “I don’t need professional help!”  NOT.  Can you find good prices on your own?  Certainly.  If budget is the only... Read more »

What is Your Design Sense?

What is Your Design Sense?
Back to Basics! Everyone has Design advice for you, and lots people want to offer opinions — in so many areas from the structure you live in, what you put in it, pretty much anything you wear from what’s next to your skin to the small, detailed accessories.  It includes the flowers for a bouquet or your garden — and... Read more »
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Choosing Design/Construction Project Professionals

Choosing Design/Construction Project Professionals
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 »

So..What's "IN" These Days?

So..What's "IN" These Days?
What’s ‘In”?  Nearly everything.  It’s pretty hard to look at a magazine (that I trust) or look through showrooms at the Mart or take some time to peruse photos in the many unsolicited manufacturer and furniture e-mails and come up with a reponse to that query.  It really seems that for one of the only... Read more »

A Design Project: Where & How to Start

A Design Project:  Where & How to Start
WHAT OK!  You’ve pretty much decided that you need to fix up your house, or redecorate or repaint, but think that perhaps you can’t properly do this alone.  WHAT now? Get referrals – hopefully based on experience.  If you are looking for a single product type (shades or some other non-drapery window covering) or a couple... Read more »
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2016's "Color of the Year" Is -- Or Are

2016's  "Color of the Year" Is -- Or Are
Yay! It’s here for the New Year!! For the first time ever, Pantone has declared 2 colors — plural – for 2016. Pinky “Rose Quartz” looks just like it sounds, and “Serenity” is light blue with a bit of lavender and gray. It’s a huge change from the colors that I have written about in... 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 »

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 »
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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 »