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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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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.

Color Inspiration: Pink + OrangeSource
Color Inspiration: Pink + OrangeSource
Color Inspiration: Pink + OrangeSource
Color Inspiration: Pink + OrangeSource
Color Inspiration: Pink + OrangeSource

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.

Color Inspiration: Pink + OrangeSource

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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Color Inspiration: Yellow + GraySource
Color Inspiration: Yellow + GraySource
Color Inspiration: Yellow + GraySource

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.

Color Inspiration: Red + AquaSource
Color Inspiration: Red + AquaSource
Color Inspiration: Red + AquaSource
Color Inspiration: Red + AquaSource

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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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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Alberto Pinto OrientalismAlberto Pinto

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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Alberto Pinto OrientalismAlberto Pinto

“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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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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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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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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