So many details…

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I hope this week makes up for it. Starting off with some gorgeous Chicago home tours that offer grand formal rooms, beautiful construction and details to architecture. The rooms have a lot of character in the moldings and pillars to the ceiling designs. Some have weathered walls, gorgeous lacquered woodpaneling (like the picture above) and lots of plush upholstery and rugs. Nothing makes a home feel homey and comfortable than plush textures like velvets, cashmere and silk. I hope you enjoy…

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Now if this isn’t a good use of space, I don’t know what is. How perfect to use a narrow area for built-ins deep enough to store books. You can have your own little library. The fixtures and that rug stand out for me…

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These are the weathered walls I spoke of. How beautiful. There are so many other alternatives to give a room color than paint and wallpaper…

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I notice the repeated use of hexagon rugs and I like it. Love these drawer handles…

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To see the rest of this home tour, click here.

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A dark ceiling works when the walls are kept light and there is a lot of natural lighting. This tour has an emphasis on art where sculptures are displayed on pedestals and one wall has only one art piece….

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Here is another home that has a lot of patterns and color but a simple black and white kitchen palette.

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This console table is slick. I can see this being an IKEA diy project for a small table using wallpaper or even snakeskin textured duct tape…

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Megan Hess penthouse and her new illustrations featuring women of color…

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am truly thankful to those of you who read my blog. I first blogged about the home of fashion illustrator Megan Hess here. The interior design in this post is of her Melbourne Austrailia penthouse which is filled with plush textures and glam details. I love it all but what I like about her work is the diversity. She currently has a limited collection of fashion illustrations featuring black women which you can see at the end of this post. As a black woman, seeing yourself reflected in art makes me happy. All of her work is truly amazing.

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Design Takeaways from recent pins…

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Nothing is better than double doors opening to something magnificent…

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You may be looking at the floor but I am looking at that velvet and gold booth. That deep peacock teal hue is so regal…

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I am one of those people that approve of painting wood trim, door, and built-ins. So naturally I would approve of a metallic gold paint for molding. If you don’t want to commit to something like this on the walls, try it on closet doors or a credenza….

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Now is the time to layer the home with cozy textures and sheepskin rugs are probably one of the most cost effective ways to do so. You can layer them on chairs, sofas, benches and rugs. However I am starting to like the skunk look. Maybe this is a diy waiting to happen. I wonder if hair chalk would work for shag rugs that aren’t going to be stepped or sat on…

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I think this marble slab wall or wallpaper in the home of Nate Berkus would be so nice if it were a bit more subtle. I really like the lighter gray veins versus darker ones….

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Beautiful floors and foyer…

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I know this isn’t an Ikea table but adding studs to a staple with sleek lines would be a cool revamp…

{Images via Cosmopolitan Home mag 2015 home of the year, Michigan. J. Peterson Homes, Visbeen Architects and Francesca Owings Interior Design. Ashely Avila photo, wallpaper, Architectural Digest}


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Tuesday’s Tips: updating a dated dining set

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There are a few things you can do to spruce up a dated hand-me-down dining room set. Taking away chairs from one side, and adding a bench or taking away the head chairs to add two newer ones can add some extra oomph. You can also add new fabric to the seats in modern patterns or trendy colors to give new life in older pieces. Lastly, accessorize and create focal points that takes away from the furniture. Creating beautiful elaborate centerpieces and place settings with runners are ideal. Browse places like Zgallerie & Pier 1 for ideas. Mix candleholders and candlesticks and vases for an interesting look. Placing the set on a really pretty rug can help as well.


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Boca do Lobo unique and modern furniture…

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I saw this on someone’s tumblr and had to find out who designs such an interesting piece. Boca do Lobo has a beautiful collection of furniture items that are sure to make a statement…

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It’s like a piece of Emerald jewelry. This sideboard is perfect in a dining room as a buffet to store china and place settings or in a living room to hide dvds etc. It’s truly a statement piece…

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This pixel inspired cabinet is so beautiful to me. The base is almost as pretty as the doors…

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Remember when I blogged about…

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…that graphic ceiling and gold chandelier here and then that abstract black and white art/vignette styling here? Well I just discovered from Simplified Bee that those two rooms were part of the San Francisco Decorators Showcase. Here are some other rooms of that home that like.

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Every. Single. Thing in this bathroom is glamorous.

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This is probably the prettiest basin and fixtures ever…

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Funky wallpaper…

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The details….like the acrylic bathtub tray…

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Love the additional seating tucked under the table…

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Cute use of space for a dog or cat…

{Photos & designers by Matthew Millman, David Duncan Livingston Photography, Cristin Bisbee Priest, Eric Rorer, Tineke Triggs & Green Couch Interior Design}


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My introduction to Arhaus…

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I meant to post about my first introduction to the Arhaus showroom a couple months ago but forgot. I was in Shaumburg, Illinois at the Woodfield Mall heading to another store when store windows captured my eye. Everything was so glamorous and dramatic. The lighting was moody and gave this deep glow everywhere. I felt like I was in furniture heaven.

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Then Jayson approached us. He was incredibly knowledgable about the products and even went as far as to rearrange some showroom pieces so I could get a better vision on what I had in mind.

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I think I even mentioned that the pieces were out of my price range and he could have easily left me alone to approach other customers, but he didn’t. Even when one rude lady interrupted us to ask him a question and even tried to take him toward the area she needed help in, he politely informed her that he would finish up with us first before helping her. I was stunned as I never get that quality of service. Unfortunately some salespeople assume what customers will spend money based on appearance and even race. I’m a designer and though I was looking for myself, I could have been shopping for a client. Often times my experience in a store determines where I spend my client’s money. In college, one of my instructors told us if we ever design or work in a showroom, to treat all people equally. You never know who is sitting on money! In his experience, the most casual dressers ended up being the ones to spend a lot. So I appreciated Jayson’s professionalism during that time.

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But the furniture….and the fabric….

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Everything there made me wish I was rich…

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You can browse digital online catalogues…
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Some of my favorite lighting by them…and a fab mirror!

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What I like about some of the pieces at Arhaus is the craftsmanship of the furniture. The distressing and carving in some of their furniture is all done by hand by Italian artisans to make each piece feel as if it has history. ย They are having an annual storewide sale 20-40% off so you may want to check them out. No this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really like what they have to offer and can’t wait to make my first purchase.

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