Posts tagged "professional interior designer"

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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 & 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 »

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 »
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Starting a Design Project -- Properly

Starting a Design Project -- Properly
Reload!  This is important if you are entering the world of  Interior Design Projects, so yes, I am re-posting! OK… You know you can’t properly do this design project alone.  You kind of know what you will need, so what are your options? Referrals are best… and hopefully from personal experience. If you are looking... Read more »

Interior Design in 2013 -- Defined!

Interior Design in 2013 -- Defined!
Today is the first day of NeoCon, Interior Design’s Chicago-based conference.  Exhibits, meetings, showroom presentations (and parties) abound during this annual international gathering. In honor of the upcoming gathering Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a proclamation declaring “Interior Design Week” in Illinois. It would be easy for me, as a Professional Designer and ChicagoNow blogger... Read more »

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 »
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"To The Trade" Means "To The Trade"

"To The Trade" Means "To The Trade"
“To The Trade” is the term that separates the consumer from a wholesale purchase.  It defines what “kind” of sale it is.  ”To The Trade” services and products are supposed be sold and marketed only to Professional Interior Designers, some Decorators and some Architects.  (All capitalized ONLY for the purpose of making this easier to read).A... Read more »