Weekend DIY: Furniture Nails

From left to right: Restoration Hardware chair, Marco cabinet, Pottery Barn chair detail,  Visconti storage ottoman, Marco side table, Restoration Hardware chair, West Elm headboard
Furniture nails are a great way to update your old furniture pieces to make them look more sophisticated and classic.  This is a great DIY project that is inexpensive and easy to do.  Most hardware stores carry them in a variety of finishes (bronze, brushed or polished nickel).  The most popular size is 7/16″ but you... Read more »

Urban Appeal Rock-N-Roll Flavor

As a self proclaimed foodie, I am always searching for great new restaurants and Chicago is a wonderful city for just that.  I constantly look at reviews, ask friends about the places they have recently visited and am always on the hunt for the next gourmet meal.  Recently, I went to a wonderful spot called... Read more »

Sneak Peak: Modern Design, Unique Lighting

As you all know, I am a little obsessed with interior design so it is only natural that I often find myself looking at high end real estate listings in search for cool places with great design.  Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.  Many of the listings out there have cookie cutter finishes and... Read more »

Cook to Impress, Truffle + Pasta=Heaven

Cooking is one of my passions.  Unfortunately, my crazy schedule limits the tima I have to cook which is a real issue.  I often wonder what it would be like to have tons of free time to pursue every single one of my interests. Clearly, I am not the only person who struggles with this.  Between our regular jobs,... Read more »

Oh Baby! Gift Wrapping Ideas

  Baby showers are so fun. The best part is always seeing all the cute gifts for the baby and mom to be.   These days, with the popularity of registries, it is easy to select something off these helpful little lists so why not go the extra length to wrap the gift in something that is... Read more »

Design with a Spa in Mind

I recently completed a really fun project that involved transforming a tired bathroom into a modern day mini oasis. My client loved the clean and crisp feel of spas so we opted for a soothing blue, white and ivory palette using richer dark woods to add that unexpected element. Glass mosaic tile on the back... Read more »


I’m obsessed with interior design.  Not just the pillow fluffing, paint color and furniture selection part of it…that my friends is called decorating.  I’m talking about space planning, floorplans and finishes.  Creating something that is truly functional and beautiful at the same time.  The pillows, paint and furniture are the finishing touches.  Over the years... Read more »

Fall Flavors, Warm Apple Strudel

Fall is my favorite season; the crisp cool air, warm sunlight and beautiful red, orange and yellow leaves are just stunning. Fall-esque (is that even a word?! Oh well, I like it!) cooking and flavors are also so amazing! I immediately think of Thanksgiving…by far one of my favorite holidays. Here is one of my... Read more »

Baking: Pumpkin Love

Halloween is right around the corner which means it’s pumpkin season! Everywhere you go, there are pumpkins…from supermarkets to restaurants and even as decorations on sidewalks and windows. Pumpkin is such a versatile ingredient and is perfect for delicious soups, cakes, pies and even pastas. On the sweet side, most people immediately think of pumpkin... Read more »

Events: Holiday Entertaining and Design

  I recently heard about a great event designed for all those Urban Hostesses/Hosts out there!  It will be held at the Affinia Hotel here in Chicago (166 E Superior) on Wednesday, September 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is a great opportunity to meet some of the city’s top entertaining experts and even... Read more »