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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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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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Top Ten Budget-Friendly Home Décor Resources in Chicago

There are great furniture and decor stores throughout Chicago, but when you are looking for value and quality, a few places stand out from the crowd. The following list is my Top 10 favorite budget-friendly shopping spots in Chicago (in no particular order).

1. Nadeau

4433 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Nadeau, furniture, chicago, redesign, interior design, budget, decorating, global

Shop for: Unique hand-crafted, solid wood furniture with a global vibe

I just can’t say enough good things about this place. The furniture is unique, never mass-produced, already assembled and at prices that are surprisingly affordable. On top of all that, the staff at the store is extremely friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable without being pushy.

Tips: Check out their comprehensive photo inventory on Photobucket. If it’s in the store, it’s online. Call to get prices and dimensions and then purchase over the phone or run (seriously, don’t walk) to the store to buy in-person. Inventory moves fast here so if you see something you like, don’t hesitate. If you need items delivered, Nadeau uses a 3rd party delivery service that will deliver up to 5 pieces for $65 flat rate. I would also recommend signing up for their newsletter so you can be notified when new containers arrive.

2. Textile Discount Outlet

 2121 W 21st St, Chicago, IL 60608
Pilsen fabric store, upholstery fabrics, chicago, interior design, budget decorating, redesign

Shop for: Upholstery and craft fabrics (as well as notions, etc)

Tips: A trip to the warehouse can be very overwhelming, I won’t lie. You’ll need to get mentally prepared to deal with clutter (that is putting it VERY lightly), dust, dirt, and a bit of claustrophobia. But it’s worth it. So grab a bottle of water and a snack and get ready for an adventure. Before you go though, check the store’s hours – they are closed on Saturdays, and Friday times are seasonal. There is a small parking lot but I’ve also never had trouble finding street parking. When you get in grab a shopping cart – you’ll carry around the bolts of fabric you want until you are ready to check out and someone measures the yardage you need. And when you need to go up or down a level grab one of the friendly staff to operate the elevator for you.  Also, some bolts are stained or dirty – pull enough material out to get a good look at it.  If you are a student bring your ID to get a discount. Also, there have been Groupon deals in the past so watch out for those.

3. Target

Multiple locations

Shop for: uummmmm, everything (seriously, what can’t you get at Target?)

With featured brand shops like Boho Boutique, Nate Berkus, Threshold (featured in this month’s issue of Lonny Magazine btw), TOO by Blu Dot, and Thomas O’Brien Target is a great place to find affordable, chic furniture and accessories.

Tips: If possible check on-line reviews for major purchases like furniture, before you shop. And if you are struggling with pulling a room together, Target is a great place to find coordinated separates that will complete a room, but don’t look too matchy-matchy.

4. Found Vintage Living

1551 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Found Vintage Living, chicago, interior design, redesign, budget decorating, vintage furniture

Shop for: affordable vintage pieces and authentic home décor from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

There are tons of vintage shops in Chicago, but in my opinion this is one of the best. With a great selection of barware, decorative accessories, and top quality furniture you’ll want to return again and again.

Tips: Most of their inventory is listed on Facebook, so check out what they have before going in.

5. 1730 Outlet Company

1730 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Shop for: Discount linens, serving ware, holiday themed décor, furniture

1730 is the place to go if you are really into decorating for the holidays! They have great seasonal decor and a fairly large selection of contemporary furniture at affordable prices.

Tips: Beware the return policy, which is basically – there are no returns. Also, the parking situation is a bit tricky and the entrance is in what appears to be a loading dock area. So yes, you are in the right place.

6. Praha

2201 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
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Shop for: A mix of antiques and salvaged goods, and new pieces made in and around Prague (Praha is Czech for Prague).

Praha has been featured on Apartment Therapy’s blog and is a favorite among Yelpers.With consistently good reviews (and a brand new, larger location to house even more goodies) it’s definitely worth checking out!

Tips: Head on over to their Facebook page to see photos and prices of available pieces.


Multiple Locations

Shop for: Home improvement and remodeling furnishings (cabinetry, countertops, tile, plumbing fixtures, etc)

Unfortunately the store located in Chicago closed, but if you are doing any sort of remodeling its worth a drive to the ‘burbs to check this place out.

Tips: Check out their weekly flyers for sales and specials

8. HomeGoods

Multiple Locations

Shop for: Furniture, artwork, lighting, home decor accessories, linens, dining and entertainment items, seasonal and holiday decor, outdoor furnishings (so, everything)

HomeGoods is a great place to shop for gifts – you can find something for everyone, and for just about any occasion (birthdays, holidays, hostess gifts, etc). It’s also great for redecorating your own place with fabulous, affordable, on-trend pieces.

Tips: Check out their Pinterest page and blog for great tips, ideas, and plenty of decorating inspiration!

9. Brown Elephant

3651 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613
5404 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Brown Elephant, resale shops, chicago, interior design, redesign, budget decorating, furniture, home decorShop for: Dishes, furniture, artwork, home decor accessories

If you like to multitask and want to do some shopping while helping others at the same time, this resale shop is the way to go! The revenue generated by donations and purchases at the Brown Elephant Shops help fund services for the more than 50% of Howard Brown Health Center clients who are under or uninsured.  They also have a new focus on quality rather than quantity, so you get the best of the best without having to dig. Because let’s face it, one man’s trash might be another man’s treasure, but usually it’s just trash.

Tips: They give a 25% off coupon to anyone who donates, and you can easily fill out a tax form while you’re there. Also, check out their Facebook page for some ideas on what’s available (and a good laugh as well)

10. World Market

Multiple Locations

Shop for: furniture, home decor accessories, dining and entertainment items

World Market is another great source for unique, authentic gifts as well as affordable furnishings for yourself. For those that want to look well-traveled without ever leaving your home, this is the place for you!

Tips: If possible check on-line reviews for major purchases like furniture, before you shop. Check out their Pinterest page for gift ideas and inspiration.

What are your favorite home decor spots in Chicago?  Do you know of any hidden gems you’d like to share?


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