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{Guest Post} Why You Should Change Your Window Coverings (and How)

The following is a guest post from Danielle Mcann of Melbourne Blind Company

When changing the window coverings in your home, you have the opportunity to completely change the look and feel of your home. You’ll be surprised at how quickly new blinds or curtains can change any living space, from a change of style to just a change of colour, it’s like a small scale renovation.

Before you choose your windows’ new look, there are a few things you should think about first. Whatever the reason you are deciding to update your coverings, perhaps they are outdated or broken, or maybe you just want a different style or colour, you should think about the things you dislike about your current window coverings and decide on what it is that you want. Perhaps your current curtains let in too much light, so you might want to consider changing them to thermal lined blinds, like these from the Melbourne Blind Company,  ensuring that light as well as heat and cold don’t enter the room through the window. This is also a great way of naturally controlling the temperature in your home, which helps reduce energy costs.


Perhaps you want to take advantage of natural light during the day but keep prying eyes at bay, you could try dual roller blinds which have both a sheer and block-out blind in one, giving you added versatility. They also create a more streamlined look, adding a modern touch of simplicity to any home.

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If you are busy keeping up the family home, you probably want an easy option for your kids rooms as well. Something that doesn’t dirty easily, a window covering that is functional and tough wearing perhaps? In this case, a roller blind could work well as they come in a variety of colours, allowing you to customise the look of your child’s room, separate but complimentary to the rest of your home.


There are so many options when updating your window coverings, but with a few helpful tips in mind, it should make the process a little easier. Just remember to consider style and functionality, you’ll be sure to find the right blinds for you.

Thanks for the great post Danielle!


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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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Get The Look: Blue Moroccan Bedroom

Bedroom Designed by Martin Horner | House Beautiful

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The May edition of House Beautiful featured a Michigan lake house designed by Chicago’s own Martin Horner. The color blue is prominent throughout the home, as are Eastern elements and detailed patterns. I absolutely loved this blue bedroom and wanted to steal the look for myself (which is odd because I normally don’t go for this much color and pattern). But the monochromatic palette and lush layers of pattern work to create an interesting retreat where one could escape to relax and recharge.  I think it would be like a mini-vacation to a far-off land every time you stepped into the room. Honestly, I kind of wish I could dive into this photo and hang out here for awhile.

So here is my budget-friendly take on the room above…

Get The Look: Blue Moroccan Bedroom | Chicago ReDesign

Pillow | Bolster | Wallpaper | Bed | Artwork | Box | Bowl | Lamp | Bedding | Rug | Side Table

What do you think? Do you like all the blue or is it too much for your tastes? Do you think this look would work with any other color? I’d love to hear what you have to say!


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Book Review: Alberto Pinto Orientalism

Alberto Pinto OrientalismI was rifling through some of my books the other day and I came across one of my all time favorites for design inspiration – Alberto Pinto’s Orientalism. The book is full of images of Pinto’s genius take on Eastern interior design, “inspired by the colors and textures of Morocco, Byzantium, India, and beyond.”

This book is a visual feast that nourishes the part of my soul that craves all things exotic and Eastern. Included are opulent interiors located in Europe, the Mid East, and North Africa that feature sumptuous materials, exquisitely intricate details, and rich, decadent colors, all with a modern aesthetic.

“The key to Orientalism according to Alberto Pinto is observation. For example, the gaze of Western culture which once it has discovered the Orient and has fallen under its fascination, sets about to interpret it, to play with transcultural aesthetics.”

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Beyond the photographs, a beautifully written forward provides a glimpse into Alberto Pinto’s approach to Orientalism design, and each project featured in the book is accompanied by vivid descriptions of the interiors.

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“Often Alberto Pinto’s interiors cultivate a very literary Orientalism… which teemed with innumerable references and subtle dis-synchronizations.”

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Although the price of this coffee table book has apparently gone up since I purchased it about 5 years ago, I still feel it’s worth the cost. Even after all these years I still love slowly grazing through the images, delighted by the visual journey each and every time.

**UPDATE** I finally found a site that is selling this book for it’s list price of 75 USD!! Check it out here.


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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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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.

Quatrefoil designs

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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Decorating with a Neutral Palette

Although I love color, I’ve always been drawn to rooms with neutral or subdued palettes. There is something very calm and relaxing about a neutral space, akin I think to a winter landscape after the snow. Everything seems a little more still and quiet, which is the type of sanctuary I long for after busy days in the city. However, creating a neutral palette isn’t just about throwing a bunch of beige furniture in a white room. In order to give the room depth and warmth, and to create that sense of sanctuary, the room still needs to be visually engaging. And the key to this is texture and pattern. Mixing wood grains, varied textiles, detailed furniture, stone, shell, metallics (you get the point) keeps a neutral room from being anything but boring.

Remember this mantra – texture, texture, and more texture.  With a multitude of textures, from the shell chandelier to the rustic coffee table and distressed furnishings, this room is full of warmth and interest.

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Subtle colors and patterns, soft texture and interesting accents add depth to this monochromatic white-on-white palette. For a slightly creamy off-white try Benjamin Moore Cloud White 967.

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Exquisite details, metallic accents, and Lucite chairs give this room an expensive, high-end look.

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Switch up accessories in a neutral room, like the throw, pillows, wall art, and table pieces for a new look (and new color scheme) without spending a lot of money

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A mix of eye-catching patterns and cozy textures (am I the only one that wants to snuggle up to those cable knit pillows and throw?) keeps this gray and cream bedroom from feeling sterile and cold. Wall color is BM Spanish Olive CC-606.

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And finally, some neutral decorating inspiration of my own… a mood board with a gray, cream and gold color palette and featuring plenty of texture and pattern.

decorating with neutrals, neutral palette, texture, pattern, gray cream gold paletteBM Revere Pewter HC-172 | BM Cloud White 967 | Capiz Chandelier | Jute Rug | Pouf | Kivik Sofa | Zen Embroidered Throw Pillow | Bromley Wall Mirror | Portledge Wall Mirror | Gold Ceramic Lotus Stool

I would love to hear what your thoughts are on decorating with a neutral palette. Do you prefer lots of color? What rooms do you think a neutral palette works best in?




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