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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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(Re)Treat Yourself!

As the lazy days of summer come to an end, and things seem to get busier and busier, we all need a place to retreat to at the end of the day; a sanctuary where we can relax, de-stress and treat ourselves to some creature comforts. Here are a few simple ideas for creating your own at-home refuge.

If you have limited space a comfy chair, reading lamp and ottoman should do the trick. Add a soft, warm throw and a few pillows to up the cozy factor. For more privacy add a floating bookshelf or even a single curtain panel hung from the ceiling.

At-home retreat | Chicago ReDesignTassle pillow| Orange Pillow | Throw | Bookcase | Chair | Side table | Lamp | Ottoman

For a luxurious retreat mix opulent materials, interesting textures, plush fabrics, and plenty of shine. An interesting basket keeps reading materials close at hand while a laptop table provides a convenient spot to perch a glass of wine or warm mug of tea.

At-home retreat | Chicago ReDesignHandled basket | Side table | Chaise | Pillow | Throw | Lamp

If your idea of bliss is curling up with a good book while soaking up the sunshine, add a daybed underneath a window. Keep the feeling light and airy with sheers, plenty of white, and pops of bright, cheerful color.

At-home retreat | Chicago ReDesignDaybed | Pink Pillow | Petal Pillow | Side table | Curtains

Do you have a favorite spot in your home to retreat to at the end of the day? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments section below!


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Have a Seat! 5 Awesomely Affordable Dining Chairs

Let’s face it, dining room chairs are expensive. If you are the patient type you can squirrel your money away and save up for the perfect set. However, if you are like me and you want instant gratification, it means finding something affordable that is also stylish, of decent quality, and comfortable. I know, I’m needy (and cheap). Well, here are 5 awesomely affordable dining chairs that in my opinion, fill quite the tall order.

Dining Chairs

  1. TOBIAS chair, Ikea, $79.99 – Available in clear or gray, but I love the sleekness of the smoked gray… to me there is something a little more sophisticated and modern about it.
  2. Threshold Carey Collection, Target, $95.99 set of 2 – Available in a variety of colors (shown above). The cross detailing on the chair back is just different enough to be interesting, and the simplicity means the chair fits in with just about any decorating style you have.
  3. Carlisle Dining Chair, Target, $99.99 set of 2 – Available in copper, distressed metal, or red salsa. This fun and modern chair is perfect for those that like to entertain or need something kid friendly – it can be easily cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth.
  4. Scoop-Back Chair, West Elm, $198 set of 2 – Available in white, chocolate, or marbleized. I adore the marbleized pattern on this classic scoop-back chair. It elevates the design and makes it feel a little more high-end than it actually is (don’t worry, it will be our little secret)
  5. Slide Aqua Wood Chair, CB2, $129 – If you want to make a statement, this bright, bold chair is the way to go. With a modern aesthetic, this chair was designed with compact spaces and comfort in mind.


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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.

BeddingHappy Chic Bedding

How adorable is this picture frame?


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

curtainShower Curtain

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


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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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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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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10 Fabulous (and Affordable) Wallpapers to Transform Your Decor

I love wallpaper… It’s sort of an obsession of mine. I have a Pinterest page dedicated to the topic and I love window shopping the internet for new wallpaper finds. It’s a great way to update your decor and to transform the look and feel of your home. Here are ten great wallpaper options to get you inspired.

{Stress-free Options}

Removable wallpaper is the ideal product for the renter, dorm-room occupant, or general commitment-phobe who is not ready or able to make a permanent change to their home. The best part? It’s also self-sticking and adjustable during the installation process. AND (yes, there’s more) you can apply it to just about any surface for an instant update (think dressers, radiator covers, serving trays, Ikea lack tables, kitchen walls, cabinet doors, and on and on). Could you ask for anything more?

1. With a fun graphic pattern and multiple color options, this pattern would be great for a nursery or kid’s room.

removable wallpaper, nursery decor, childrens decorSunburst by Chasing Paper | $25 per 2’x4′ panel

2. This graphic chevron pattern is on trend and available in multiple color combinations.

removable wallpaper, chevron patternChevron 2.0 by Chasing Paper | $25 per 2’x4′ panel

3. The large scale peonies in this pattern add a touch of whimsy and are a great way to add subtle pattern and visual interest to a room.

removable wallpaper, flower pattern, peoniesPeonies Tempaper Wallpaper | $85 per roll

4. For a more dramatic statement try this Morocco-inspired pattern. Lush color options add to the exotic flair.

removable wallpaper, moroccon patternMarrakesh Tempaper Wallpaper | $85 per roll

{High-Impact Options}

With these high-impact designs, a little goes a long way. To keep these options budget friendly, use them in small spaces like a Powder Room, frame a large panel, or add them to the back of a bookcase.

5.  This foil-effect wallpaper would be absolutely amazing in a Powder Room. For the full impact wallpaper the ceiling too – you’ll be instantly transported to a breath-taking starry night every time you step into the room.

high-impact wallpaper from Graham and BrownStarstruck: Midnight by Graham and Brown| $160 per roll

6. If there were awards for Sexiest Wallpaper, this one would win hands down. This flocked paper feels as good as it looks, and would certainly help heat things up in the bedroom (wink wink).

Sexy bedroom wallpaper from Graham and Brown | Chicago ReDesignKinky Vintage : Naughty Noir by Graham and Brown | $155 per roll

7. When I had a client that was looking to transform her master bedroom into a quiet sanctuary, I used this paper with great results.  It paired beautifully with Benjamin Moore’s Himalayan Trek 1542 (the wallpaper color is actually more taupe than beige) and a deep chocolate brown fabric we found for a new upholstered headboard.

Solitude wallpaper. Perfect for a Master Bedroom sanctuary | Chicago ReDesign
Solitude by Graham and Brown | $60 per roll

{Paintable Options}

Paintable wallpapers are great for hiding minor wall imperfections that paint alone can’t hide, and for adding subtle texture and dimension to your walls. And because the color can be customized to match your decor, they are extremely versatile as well.

8. Why should your walls have all the fun? Use this patterned wallpaper to dress up the ceiling and elevate the design of any room.

Dress up your ceiling with this paintable wallpaper | Chicago ReDesignSmall Squares by Graham and Brown | $30 per roll

9. Add a bit of elegance to a living room or bedroom with this classic damask pattern.

Paintable damask pattern wallpaper | Chicago ReDesignMedium Damask Paintable Wallpaper | $30 per roll

10. Transform your space with this fun art deco scallop pattern. It would look especially great in a dining room or bar area (should you be so lucky to have one in your house).

archesArches Paintable Wallpaper | $30 per roll

How do you feel about wallpaper? Would you use it in your own home? I’d love to hear what you think!


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