kitchen remodel

The Barrington Renovation: Before and Afters

Ok, so I know it's been quite some time since we posted on the blog, but a lot has happened in the last couple months.  First and foremost, we moved into a new studio, right downtown Glen Ellyn!  It's a brand new world so far, with more space to organize samples and accessories, and then also room for the new employees we are hiring.  Very exciting stuff.  We also just started on several new builds and renovations, so as we…

bathroom with an antique vanity

A Vintage Powder Room

My house is slowly coming together, it's so nice to be back home after a very long renovation.  There seems to be a million small details that need to be wrapped up in the final stages, so it is such an exciting accomplishment when one room is completely finished!  It's the powder room, which happens to be the smallest room in the house, but still an accomplishment.  For such a tiny space, I have to say the powder room was…

Park and Oak tulip table

Tulip Tables

I'm realizing with this whole blogging process that I have somewhat of a history addiction and once I start researching a topic, I usually get lost in it and end up completely off the subject and then behind on deadlines.  I didn't realize that the history of tulip table would lead to hours of reading and research.  It's possible that I'm a nerd and no one else wants to hear about it, but I'm going to relay some of the…

natural fiber rugs

Natural Fiber Rugs

Although natural fiber rugs are usually neutral in color, their texture is what makes them shine.  They add a natural and organic element and can serve as the perfect foundation to any room.  Another advantage is that they are woven from plant-based fibers so there aren't as many chemicals used in production.  Their versatility and ability to complement any style of decor makes them a favorite among designers. Jute Jute is a plant grown in India and Bangladesh.  The fibers…

round mirror

Round Mirrors

I'm really loving this round mirror trend and I'll tell you why.  Round mirrors create a visually interesting vignette when paired with the square or rectangular shape of a dresser, bathroom vanity, fireplace, etc...  It provides balance and can instantly soften harsher angles.   And although it is considered a "trend" right now, round mirrors have been around for a long time and are not going away anytime soon! Here's a few examples of round mirrors in rooms: Via Jersey…

white mantel styling with layered art

Mantel Styling

The fireplace is one of the most interesting areas to work on in a house.  I think the reason is that it is usually the focal point of a room, and it makes a dramatic statement, especially when it's lit.  Living in a cold climate, it evokes feelings of warm and cozy evenings, sitting around the fire with friends, drinking big glasses of wine while it's snowing outside. There are so many different ways to style the mantel, so I…

Inset vs overlay kitchen cabinetry

Inset vs Overlay

In designing a kitchen, the final product is really the sum of all of the details.  And there are so many details.  Of course, the obvious like cabinetry color, style, counter tops, and back splash, but it goes way beyond that. One of the decisions that you need to make is whether you want inset or overlay cabinets.  I've done some exploring into this debate and I've found a lot of information that can be useful in making a decision.…

Clare Elsaesser

Favorite Artists: Clare Elsaesser

We've had a lot of clients lately that have been interested in building a collection of original art in their homes, which means a whole lot of fun for us.  I know that once I sit down at my computer and start the search, I am diving down a rabbit hole and will eventually resurface hours later, not really sure of where the time went.  During one of these quests, I stumbled upon the artist Clare Elsaesser, and she stopped…

bookshelves around a window

Bookshelves around a window

When you are looking at a space to design, sometimes you just know that it doesn't matter what furniture you put in there, it's just not going to be right and it's screaming at you for something else.   We had just that sort of predicament and Chris came up with the idea to build bookshelves around a window, which ended up solving the problem.  The bookshelves transformed the space into a cozy reading room for a family of 5. We…

Jenny Lind spool bed / spindle bed

Spool Beds

There is something about spool beds that is so compelling and interesting.  I think it's the combination of intricate craftsmanship and the sense of nostalgia that they inspire.  And that it's just good design.  They have been around for hundreds of years and they actually have an interesting history. In the 16th century, colonial woodworkers rediscovered a tool called a lathe for the spindles, which dates all the way back to ancient Egypt and Greece.  Upon rediscovering it in Europe…

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