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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…

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Wilmette Renovation Kitchen – Before and After

One of our most memorable kitchen renovations was completed this year in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago.   Renovations are always a challenge because you have to be creative in overcoming a lot of obstacles and there are a lot more parameters that you need to work within.  When you see the reno shows on TV, it seems like they transform the house in a half hour, but in reality, there is so much that goes into it.  In…

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

We found some fun accessories from the Nordstrom anniversary sale that we wanted to share.   Enjoy the savings!    Cutting Board  /  2.  Rug  /  3.  Lamp  /  4.  Throw  /  5.  Candle  /  6.  Bar tools  /  7.  Rug  /  8.  Basket  /  9.  Coasters  /  10.  Kid's Blanket  /  11.  Bar cart  /  12.  Rug  /  13.  Waste basket  /  14.  Pepper Mill  /  15.  Pillow  /  16.  Pillow  /  17.  Pouf  /  18.  Picnic Basket  /…

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Barstools

We have found that in our own homes and in our client's homes,  the barstools at the kitchen island are one of the most popular destinations in the entire house.    They have become the focal point for both living and entertaining -- it's the place where the children sit early each morning slurping their cereal bowls,  or the seat for a girlfriend who stops by for that happy hour glass of Rose. We are wrapping up a lot of…