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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.

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Color Inspiration: Pink + OrangeSource
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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.

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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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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.

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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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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

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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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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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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.

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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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