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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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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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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.

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)?

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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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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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