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Happy Home Office

I am not exactly a "whistle while you work" kind of gal, so I need to keep my office space bright and cheerful to get going in the mornings......read more

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Greek Key Glam Living Room

With it's temporary wallpaper, dhurrie rug, and fresh updates on timeless furnishings, this room proves that there is such a thing as "casual glam"......read more

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Rustic Retreat

Apply these innovative peel-and-stick wooden slats to your walls and you'll swear you've just hopped a private jet to Gstaad!...read more

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Pretty Pattern Dining Room

Loosely based on my own dining room from my former lakeside apartment in Chicago......read more

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Designing for Sensory Issues

June 14, 2017

(Clockwise, from top left): 1. Teardrops Capiz Chandelier / CB2 2. Blush Pillow / CB2 3. Woven Area Rug / World Market 4. Baies Hourglass Diffuser / Dyptique If you or more likely, your child, have sensory issues (sensitivity to light, sound, touch, etc.) you’ve no doubt done all the research and have a weighted blanket, sensory table, and fidgets galore to prove it. What you may not have considered, however, is how the very

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Tough Talk: How to Have a Difficult Conversation with your Contractor

May 13, 2017

The author’s studio. You may think that as someone who deals with contractors on an almost daily basis, I am immune to the to the kinds of situations that would necessitate a tricky conversation with a contractor.  After all, if I hire a contractor for a job, personally, there’s a good chance we’ve already worked together on another project, and there’s an even better chance–if things go well–that we’ll work together in the future. Yet, this

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Chic House Numbers

March 21, 2017

(Clockwise, from top left): 1. “Ethan” Address Plaque / Frontgate 2. Modern Ceramic House Numbers / Rejuvenation 3. “Roanoke” Address Plaque / Frontgate 4. Copper House Numbers / Rejuvenation Finding the right house numbers for your home can be tricky. You want them to stand out (“Hello, emergency responders!”) but also blend seamlessly and elegantly with the style of your home. I live in an historic preservation district filled with grand Victorian houses from the turn

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When they go low, we go high (end)

February 28, 2017

(Clockwise, from top left): 1. Montauk Black Slate / Home Depot 2. White Subway Tile / Wayfair 3. Walnut Countertops / Lumber Liquidators 4. Carrara Marble / Amazon When it comes designing a budget-friendly kitchen or bath, there are loads of articles in DIY magazines and on “design” blogs that purport to give you that “Designer Look for Less.” The advice, to paraphrase, is something like this: Take a luxe material and find cheap impersonation of it–no

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