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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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How to Create Warmth and Richness When Decorating With Gray

After about a decade of the brown and beige design trend, gray has officially been ushered in as the go-to neutral these days. Grays are extremely versatile shades that can compliment just about any decorating style and color palette. Grays can add depth and sophistication to a room, but many people avoid using gray for fear it will make a room feel sterile and uninviting. Fear not my friends; below are some tips you can use when working with gray to create warm, rich spaces in your own home.

  • If you are worried about selecting the right gray to coordinate with your existing furnishings, try BM HC-172 Revere Pewter or BM HC-173 Edgecomb Gray. Both are very neutral “putty” shades of gray.
Decorating with Gray | Chicago ReDesignBM HC-172 Revere Pewter | Source
  • Create a balance of cool and warm tones by pairing cool grays with energizing pops of jewel tones and warm natural elements like wood, leather, and copper. Pair warm grays with shiny silver metals and cool colors for a touch of elegance and modernity.
Decorating with Gray | Chicago ReDesignSource
Decorating with Gray | Chicago ReDesignBM HC-87 Ashley Gray | Source
  • Pair a dark gray with a softer pastel shade, white furniture, and earthly elements like wood, wicker, and sisal to create a cheery and informal space.
Decorating with Gray | Chicago ReDesignBM AF-720 Sparrow | Source
  • A dark gray ceiling and dark gray walls create a dramatic and intimate effect.  To keep the dark ceiling from being oppressive, complete the look with lighter, creamy accents and flooring.
Decorating with Gray | Chicago ReDesignSource
  • When working with gray and white opt for a creamier off-white (such as BM OC-17 White Dove). Stark white can provide too much of a contrast and might come off as a bit jarring.
  • This is true for any paint color, but ALWAYS use large scale paint swatches (2′ x 2′) that can be moved around the room before settling on a gray color. Grays can affect the mood of a room, so determine how the color changes with the light and is affected by shadowing. Click here for a great tutorial on creating large size paint color samples.
  • Use a low-sheen paint on the wall – anything shinier can look metallic and unflattering.

How do you feel about gray? Are you on board with the trend or do you still prefer beiges and browns? I’d love to hear what you think!


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Design Trend: Brass

For many the thought of brass conjures up images of the shiny, ubiquitous metal of the 80’s and 90’s. But for me it’s a reminder of my travels through India and Morocco, where brass has a rich history (and where my husband and I literally had to throw away clothes to fit all our newly purchased knick-knacks into our suitcases… but that’s a story for a future post). Whatever your thoughts about brass, it’s back, and this time around, you’re going to love it!  Here’s why –  No longer is brass the shiny, cheap looking metal of decades past. Instead, un-lacquered aged and antiqued finishes bring out brass’s warmth and richness, making it the perfect affordable accessory to any home.

brass, design trend, shopping resources, interior design, decorating, chicago redesignWorld Market Antique Green Globe with Brass Stand | Nate Berkus Brass Rivet Table Lamp | World Market Desiree Metal Bell Pendant | Ikea FAGLEBODA Brass Cabinet Handles

Use brass accessories to warm up any style interior, from modern to traditional, global or eclectic; and remember, a little goes a long way. Mix it with other metals like the similarly warm and golden hued bronze, as well as cool silver-toned nickle and stainless. Another plus, brass ages well and will develop a beautiful patina over time!

This classic metal is even showing up in collections by big name designers like Kelly Wearstler and the fantastically accessible Nate Berkus.

Kelly Wearstler Railing, brass{source}

Here are a couple of inspirational mood boards featuring brass accessories…

{Modern Global Living Room}

brass, design trend, shopping resources, interior design, decorating, chicago redesignNate Berkus Metal Vase | West Elm Bursa Wool Rug | Ikea Emmie Kvist Pillow | West Elm Martini Side Table | World Market Square Brass Embossed Chargers | Nate Berkus Geometric Toss Pillow in Gray

{Art Deco Powder Room}

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Graham & Brown Wallpaper Cinema in Charcoal/Silver | Ikea FAGLEBODA Brass Cabinet Handles | Builders Cabinet Supply Paint Grade Cabinet in Ebony Colourtone | Heritage 1 Bathroom Faucet in Antique Brass | Barclay Products Sherlene Towel Ring in Antique Brass | Xanadu Bath Towels

What are your thoughts on the brass trend – love it or leave it? Let me know what you think!


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Design Trend: Emerald Green

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Emerald Green. It’s the perfect color to refresh your decor for Spring, so I’ve put together some inspirational color palettes and some tips for using this fun, energetic jewel tone.

{Emerald + Black = Energized Romance}

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Benjamin Moore Emerald Isle 2039-20 | Graham and Brown Kinky Vintage in Naughty Noir | World Market White Oval Adella Mirror | World Market Klara Antique Candlestick Table Lamp

{Emerald + Chocolate Brown = Earthy Luxury}

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Benjamin Moore Fresh Brew 1232 | Room and Board Murphy Sofa in Emerald | Ikea Koldby Cowhide Rug | West Elm Faceted Ceramic Side Table | The Lamp Boutique Alex Ceramic Table Lamp

{Emerald + Gray = Modern Fun}

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World Market Green Grass Knitted Pouf | Ikea Jonosfar Pendant Lamp in Green | Ikea Kivik Sofa and Chaise in Dansbo Dark Gray | West Elm Origami Coffee Table | Target Room 365 Interlocking Geometric Window Panel in Green | Target Venice Area Rug in Gray | Divine Designs Mirrored 20×20 Outdoor Pillow, Green | Divine Designs Zigzag 20×20 Outdoor Pillow, Green

{Emerald + Peacock Blue = Youthful Sophistication}

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Ikea Vaster Led Pendant Lamp | CB2 Avec Peacock Apartment Sofa | World Market Green Origami Throw Pillow | Joss and Main Helena Bench | Pretty Patterns Catchall, Scalloped Arches Green

{Tips for Using Emerald Green}

  1. Emerald works best with colors of the same intensity, so stay away from tones that are too muted (like pastels).
  2. Add shine – Emerald looks great when accessorized with metallics like polished nickel, gold, and brass (a design trend of its own right now) and with mercury glass and mirror.
  3. When using Emerald on the walls, an eggshell or pearl finish usually works best. Also, try using a light gray/beige (think oatmeal) for the ceiling. White can be too stark of a contrast and the warmer shade will feel more intimate and thought-out.
  4. If using Emerald fabrics for draperies or upholstery, think of using more reflective fabrics like velvet and silks. The sheen will add depth and dimension to the material, and will highlight the jewel tone color.


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