Coffee Tables · Design · Inspiration · Interiors · Living Room · Styling · Tips

How to Style a Coffee Table if You Have Young Children

As you might remember, a few weeks ago, I did a post on tips for styling a coffee table. Afterwards, a blogging friend who had read the post asked if I had any tips for styling a coffee table that would be child friendly. Somehow, I had forgotten to address that aspect of coffee table…… Continue reading How to Style a Coffee Table if You Have Young Children

Art · Design · DIY · Interiors · Our House · Styling · The Look for Less

The Look for Less: DIY Abstract Circle Art

Not long ago, I decided to create a gallery wall in our living room. I wanted all the art work to be black and white to create a cohesive look among a variety of pieces that I already owned. Once I started putting artwork on the wall, I realized that I needed a few more…… Continue reading The Look for Less: DIY Abstract Circle Art

Design · Design Dilemma · Foyer · Inspiration · Interiors · Tips

Design Dilemma: What to do if You Lack a Foyer

A friend was recently expressing how frustrating it is to have a house where the front door opens directly into the living room. It seems that most of the homes built in Chicago in recent years are designed that way. While these homes often have mudrooms by the back door, where people would enter the home from the…… Continue reading Design Dilemma: What to do if You Lack a Foyer

Bedrooms · Our House · Tuesday tour

Tuesday Tour: Son’s Bedroom

This week’s Tuesday Tour covers our son’s bedroom. Our 15-year-old son, a high school freshman, has had this room since he was five, and I haven’t done much to change it in that time. When I planned out this room, I sought a design scheme that wouldn’t look too juvenile and would last into our son’s teen…… Continue reading Tuesday Tour: Son’s Bedroom

Designer Spotlight · Favorites · Inspiration · Interiors

Designer Spotlight: Loi Thai

Welcome to the first installment of a new regular feature on this blog called “Designer Spotlight,” in which I showcase an interior designer whose work I admire. In today’s Designer Spotlight, I share the work of designer Loi Thai. I fortuitously stumbled upon Loi Thai’s blog, called Tone on Tone, and his beautiful Instagram account, @loithai, and fell in love with his style.…… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Loi Thai

Favorites · Inspiration · Interiors · Round Up · Weekend Links

Links for the Weekend

Happy weekend! My daughter is on spring break this week, but my son isn’t, so there will be no traveling for us this year. We’ll have to find some fun activities to do in Chicago for the week. Enjoy these finds! 1. A cheery portfolio: Braun + Adams 2. I made this recipe for lemon chicken…… Continue reading Links for the Weekend

Design · Furniture · Interiors · Round Up · Styling · Tips

Design Dilemma: How to Decorate Around a Brown Leather Sofa

I was talking to a good friend yesterday and she was telling me about a decorating dilemma that she is facing. She and her husband are in the midst of a major home renovation where they are completely updating their historic Chicago home. My friend’s husband, while they were out furniture shopping, completely fell in…… Continue reading Design Dilemma: How to Decorate Around a Brown Leather Sofa