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High Point Market

Our trip to High Point Market

Sunday morning, Christina and I both dragged ourselves out of bed at 3 am and began our adventure to High Point Market in North Carolina.  Christina is more of the morning person and decided that a 5:30 am flight is totally normal and not insane.   I have to admit I complained every day up until the flight, but we do what we have to do to make it work with our crazy schedules.  It ended up being fine, but…

Inspired by

Well this week was a doozy.  We had a large furniture delivery for a client that did not go quite as planned.  At one point, I felt like I was on some sort of hidden camera prank show that sets up an unsuspecting victim for a total breakdown.   We plan for issues with every delivery, it's just the nature of the industry, and there's nothing that we can do to prevent it.  So we brace ourselves and wait for deliveries.…

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Favorite Brass Hardware

Changing your hardware is a quick and inexpensive way to transform a space. It may seem minor but it makes a big impact. Brass is neutral and mixes well with other metals. We always recommend using a variety of metal types to add richness to a space. Brass is like copper’s favorite cousin, it has a living finish, and ages with grace over time. We love to see brass paired with organic elements like wood and natural stone. And while brass may…

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An updated porch

You might have seen on our Instagram stories this week with Christina standing on our conference room table and installing ceiling tiles in our studio.  We are fully moved in to our new studio on Main Street but we are slowly making adjustments to make the space our own.   So, any given day, you might find us standing on tables, covered in dust and installing samples of drop in ceiling tiles.  The good news is that they work and…

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Orchard Harvest

This is the time of year when we start getting excited about the much cooler, crisp weather (although it's a record breaking 92 degrees today, but it's Chicago, so it would not be surprising to see that plummet down to frosty temps by nightfall).   As the weather and leaves change, we habitually honor the Midwest tradition of putting on a plaid shirt and taking the family out to visit the orchards and pumpkin farms.   It does seem like…

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Globe Pendants

  It has been a crazy week as usual, we are wrapping up a couple projects with accessories and also beginning several new builds!   We're so happy that our clients came to us early in the process so we are able to work on the drawings with the architect and the exterior details, which is always a good time. We wanted to share with you some notes on globe pendants.   Globe pendants originate from street posts and distribute…

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Everything Plaid

  We are loving everything plaid on the blog today. There are a variety plaid patterns, each with a unique personality, it’s hard to pick a favorite.  Windowpane check, featured in this photo, is named after the pattern of panes on a window. The pattern is simple, only using a combination of 2 colors, yet it adds a great layer of depth and sophistication to the room. We can call it the airiest plaid of the plaid patterns. It is also…

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Fall Favorite Finds

Fall is in full force. This was confirmed when customers were ordering pumpkin loaves at Starbucks this morning! Season changes are so refreshing, like a new canvas. We started replacing beach towels with denim and leather in the mudroom, adding some scarves and few storage baskets to complete the transition. Wardrobe changes are underway, the search for the perfect everyday cashmere sweater, skirts with tights, and long sleeve silk blouses. Add a cozy throw with some butternut squash bisque and…

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Wallpaper Patterns

Today we are dreaming of beautiful wallpaper patterns. Whether or not to use wallpaper can be a difficult decision. You may find yourself wondering if wallpaper is in style, out of style, or if the pattern you select will go out of style. Maybe I’m the only one but these are definitely some concerns that popped into my mind when picking my first wallpaper pattern. What I learned from that experience is that wallpaper is art, and if you buy…

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Exciting new project!

Back when I joined Instagram several years ago, one of the first people I started following was Tieghan, from the food blog Half Baked Harvest.  She was posting incredible images of food that look like this:   Tieghan's photography is so inspiring, the way she captures the pure deliciousness of the food.  And over time, it seems that a whole lot of other people have been inspired as well as she has accumulated a significant following.  She has a book…