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My Picks: Budget-Friendly Accent Tables

Accent tables, side tables, occasional tables… whatever you want to call them, these babies are great for convenience and adding character to any room.  Whether you are looking for something modern, elegant, funky, or global, there’s a side table out there to suit your tastes and needs. Here I feature 6 fantastic accent tables that are not only easy on the eyes, but also on the wallet.

Beautiful and Budget Friendly Accent Tables | Chicago ReDesign

  1. Formosa Tray Table, CB2, $49.95 – Available in white or black. With a removable tray this modern table provides plenty of convenience and style.
  2. Martini Side Table, West Elm, $149 – Available in antique brass (shown), silver, or white. Sleek and sexy, this swanky side table would look good in any room of the house.
  3. LOVBACKEN, Ikea, $59.99 – For all you Madmen fans out there, add a mid-century vibe to your space with this great-looking side table.
  4. Priya Inlay Nesting Tables, World Market, $149.99 set of 2 – Beautiful inlay patterns and exotic materials make this set of nesting tables the perfect addition for on-trend global accents.
  5. Discus Aqua Side Table, CB2, 79.95 – A bright pop of color makes this table feel youthful and fun.
  6. Metal Accordion Side Table, urbanoutfitters.com, $78 – The unique, accordion legs and detailed feet on this table create a versatile piece that would look right at home amongst both antiques and contemporary furnishings.

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Color Inspiration: 3 Hot Color Combos

Why let just one color have all the fun? Here are three hot color combinations you can use for an instant update to your room’s decor.

1. Pink + Orange

Bold, energetic, and youthful – Pink and orange is a fun combination that will add a huge dose of personality to any room. Make the colors pop against an all-white canvas, or layer in metallics, deep wood tones, and complimentary colors like aqua, plum, and green.

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For an elegant, luxe look, use mellower versions of pink and orange (think soft blush and peachy hues) like Kelly Wearstler did in the sitting room below.

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Get the look!

Hot Color Combo: Pink + Orange | Chicago ReDesignBedding | Orange Chair | Bookcase | Sofa | Pink Pillow | Print Pillow | Mirror | Pink Chair | Shower Curtain | Lamp Shade

2. Yellow + Gray

Sophisticated and modern – The contrast between warm yellows and cool grays adds balance to a space, and can simultaneously feel timeless and contemporary. Vary the feel of your room with the tone of each color – More intense yellows and darker grays will feel very modern and hip, while mute shades of sunny yellow and softer grays will feel cheery and relaxed.

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Get the look!

Hot Color Combo: Yellow + Gray | Chicago ReDesignPillows | Square Lamp | Armchair | Pouf | Sofa | Vase | Rug | Shower Curtain | Gourd Lamp

3. Red + Aqua

Dramatic and exotic – Red and aqua (or turquoise, or light blue if you prefer) will certainly make a statement that people remember. For the walls, light taupe shades make a great backdrop for this stunning combo to shine. Add in gold and ochre hues as well as natural elements like bamboo shades or a sisal rug to bring a calming influence into the space… or play up the contrast with other pops of bold color like yellow and green.

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Get the look!

Hot Color Combo: Red + Aqua | Chicago ReDesignFrame | Vase | Bookcase | Media Console | Lamp | Drapes | Couch | Rug | Lamp Shade | Trash Can | Dining Chair

Which ones of these is your favorite combination? Have you decorated with ones of these palettes before? I’d love to hear more!

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Happy Chic Makes Me a Happy Girl

Have you checked out the new Jonathan Adler Happy Chic line at JC Penney yet? It’s incredible! If you are a big fan of JA like I am, but often find yourself sighing longingly at the out-of-reach price points, then you absolutely need to get yourself to a Penney’s asap (I know, who would’ve thought, right?). On-line, or in-store you’ll find bedding, furniture, accessories, lighting, and more all with Adler’s great modern design sensibilities and a huge dose of bright, punchy color. Fabulous!

I currently have a client that is considering this bedding for her redecorating project. I must admit, I’m uber jealous.

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How adorable is this picture frame?

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Ready to add a dose of happy to your bathroom (and can you tell that I’m obsessed with this pattern combo)?

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I’m pretty certain I NEED these glasses for my kitchen…

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I can’t get enough!! I highly recommend you head-on over to the Happy Chic site and check it out for yourself. Happy shopping!!

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Color Inspiration: Cool Coastal Palette

My twin sister is getting married on the beach in Florida in a little less than two weeks and I’m so excited for the upcoming trip. I haven’t been to the ocean in a while and it will be another couple of firsts with my daughter – first time on a plane and first time at the ocean. One of those firsts has me slightly nervous by the way (if you guessed flying with a toddler in tow, you’d be correct). But my anticipation for the trip is outweighing my trepidation at this point, and I hope that feeling lasts.

Anyway, thoughts of being on the beach had me thinking about a soothing coastal palette – calm, muted colors that look as if they have been faded by the sun and worn by the sea in hues that represent a little bit of ocean, sky, sand, and clouds

Coastal Palette Mood Board | Chicago ReDesign

Lamp | Coral | Birds | Drapes | Couch | Rug | Table | Starfish Pillow | Blue Pillow

Here’s a closer look at the paint colors I chose for this palette:

Cool Coastal Palette | Chicago ReDesign

  1. Palladian Blue HC-144
  2. November Rain 2142-60
  3. Stone Harbor 2111-50
  4. Sea Star 2123-30
  5. Horizon 1478

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Oh, and wish Erik and me luck on our first time traveling with a toddler (and tips or advice are much appreciated).

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Refresh for Less! 8 Design Ideas for Dressing Up Your Walls and Floors with Paint

I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again that one of the most budget friendly ways to update your home is with paint. You can make a huge impact in how a room feels just by changing the wall color, so imagine the effect if you jazzed things up a bit beyond just painting a solid color. Many of the projects featured here can be done in less than a day for little more than the cost of a can of paint and some quality painter’s tape. Let’s get started…

1. Horizontal Stripes

Budget room decor ideas - painted horizontal stripes | Chicago ReDesign

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Pick your poison. Multi-colored stripes of varying thicknesses for fun and whimsy (perfect for a kid’s room); thin, minimal stripes for elegance and sophistication; or neutral, tone-on-tone stripes for casual, country charm.

2. Vertical Stripes

Budget room decor ideas - painted vertical stripes | Chicago ReDesign

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Vertical stripes are a classic and timeless design element that can elevate the design of any room. To modernize this look try varying the widths of the stripes as in picture #3 above.

3. Abstract Designs

Budget room decor ideas - painted abstract designs | Chicago ReDesign

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The great thing about abstract? You can’t really mess it up. So jump in and go crazy with that painter’s tape!

4. Bold Graphic Patterns

Budget room decor ideas - painted graphic designs | Chicago ReDesign

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Whether it’s herringbone, polka-dots, or an over-sized cane detail, large graphic patterns make a big statement. Go big or go home. Right?

5. Classic Textile Patterns

Budget room decor ideas - painted textile designs | Chicago ReDesign

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Are your walls feeling a little naked? Take a cue from fashion and dress them in a classic textile pattern like argyle, houndstooth or plaid.

6. Stencils

Budget room decor ideas - painted stencil designs | Chicago ReDesign

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There are literally endless possibilities when it comes to stencils, which is why I love them. Unlike a wallpaper, you are able to select any color combination your little heart desires, making it easier to coordinate with existing furnishings. (I hope you noticed the quatrefoil stencil and barbed quatrefoil mirror from the first image – if you read my last post you know I’m diggin’ on some quatrefoils right now so I had to include this image!!)

7. Painted Wood Floors

Budget room decor ideas - painted wood floors | Chicago ReDesign

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Have your wood floors seen better days? Paint them! Painted floors are low-maintenance, and will only get better looking with time.

8. Painted Rugs

Budget room decor ideas - painted rug designs | Chicago ReDesign

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Looking for an inexpensive and low-maintenance alternative to carpeting or a rug? Paint one! Checkerboard is a popular pattern but again, the possibilities are endless.

Which of these ideas do you like? Ever take on a painting project yourself? Tell me about it!

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Design Trend: Quatrefoils

The title of my post is a bit of misnomer as quatrefoils aren’t so much a design trend, as a design staple. But I’m loving them lately so they are absolutely trending for me.

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Here’s Wikipedia’s fancy definition of a quatrefoil:

In art, architecture and traditional Christian symbolism, the quatrefoil is a type of decorative framework consisting of a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially overlapping circles of the same diameter. The word quatrefoil means “four leaves”, from Latin quattuor, four, plus folium, a leaf and applies to general four-lobed shapes in various contexts.

Now you know! This timeless and elegant design has it’s roots dating back to Medieval times and served as a staple in Gothic Architecture. You can use this classic shape in your own decor to add a touch of sophistication and elegance. Here are some great finds to get you started:

Quatrefoil patterned furniture and home decor accessories | Chicago ReDesign

Indoor/Outdoor Rug | Wallpaper | Pillows | Candle Holders | Bed Frame

Another fun fact from Wikipedia:

The barbed quatrefoil is a quatrefoil pierced at the angles by the points of an inscribed square, which gives an image akin to an heraldic rose, which is termed “barbed” due to the stylised thorns which project at the intersection of each pair of petals. The earliest example of the barbed quatrefoil appears on the south transept buttresses of 1260 in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris

Quatrefoil patterned furniture and home decor accessories | Chicago ReDesign

Mirror | Table Lamp | Pendant Lamp | 3-pc Wall Decor | Side Table

Quatrefoil patterned furniture and home decor accessories | Chicago ReDesign

Mosaic Tile | Mother-of-pearl Wall Decor | Pendant Lamp | Bedding Set | Mirrored Cabinet

What do you think? Do you love this pattern as much as I do?

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Build a Room: My Own Outdoor Oasis

side deckHave you heard the phrase “The shoemaker’s son has no shoes”? Well, in my case I often feel like “the designer’s house has no design”. Let me explain… we bought our condo two years ago, and I got pregnant 6 days after we moved in. I worked full time up until I was 9 months along, and then I decided to give it a go with my own business. So on top of being a stay-at-home mom, I was also trying to launch Chicago ReDesign. Needless to say, there was never much time (or money) for decorating my own house, so many areas still remain neglected as I (very) slowly finish each room.

One of the many spaces in our condo in need of a little decorator TLC is our side deck. Although this space isn’t huge, we spend a lot of time here during the precious summer months, relaxing and entertaining friends, so it’s become a priority in my mind.

Now it’s time to get inspired and start thinking about transforming this boring deck into an outdoor room I can be proud of.  A few caveats: Because this is a condo building, I can’t do anything to the exterior walls. And as always, I’m on a budget, which means the sort-of-too-big-for-the-space table will have to stay.

Dreamboard #1

Outdoor room decorating | Chicago ReDesign

Garland Rectangular Patio Rug – Green/Sand Floral | Norcal Pottery 10.5in Blush Terra Cotta Ribbed Egg Pot | Norcal Pottery 7 3/4in Terra Cotta Deco Pot | World Market Green Battery-Operated Lanterns | Ikea HYLLIS Shelving Unit

I like the idea of bringing fresh greens into the space to play off of the cedar-color deck and the light putty gray split-face brick. I would add two Ikea shelving units (only $14.99 a piece!) against the back wall and stack them full of inexpensive, but interesting clay pots. And to fill those pots, I was thinking hardy petunias in pink and yellow, as well as the incredibly prolific mint herb. Not only is the mint fragrant, but it’s great to be able to step off onto the deck and grab some leaves for Moroccan mint tea or even mint juleps.

Dreamboard #2

Outdoor room decorating | Chicago ReDesign

World Market Carved Wood String Lights | Ikea OSTLIG Plant Pots | Mali Geometric Patio Rug | Ikea SOCKER Hanging Planter

I also like the idea of incorporating into the space a quatrefoil pattern and the color blue, both of which are favorites of mine, and both of which happen to be trending right now. The blue and white palette is accented nicely by the earthy elements of the wood string lights and dark bronze-colored clay pots. And again, I would plant petunias, this time in blue, in the hanging and clay pots.

Both boards would cost right around $200 to implement, and I really like both for different reasons. What do you think? Which dreamboard do you prefer? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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