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Another good decorating resource is the blog administered by my colleagues in the area.  You’ll find it at http://greaterchicagolanddecoratorscoalition.blogspot.com/

The Greater Chicagoland Decorators Coalition is a professional organization.  We meet regularly to discuss latest trends in our business and to receive continuing education.  This month we attend a class in window treatments.

We are part of a national organization, the Society of Decorating Professionals.  You will  hear more from me about this fine group as we near our annual conference in March.

SDP logo

SDP logo

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Decoration Nation

It’s a pleasure to be listed on Decoration Nation’s website.  Their professional listings for home design and improvement businesses throughout the country is easy to use.  Check it out: http://www.thedecorationnation.com/directory.php?parent_id=102

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Loving Frank

If you are interested in American architecture you will enjoy a novelist’s take on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright in the book Loving Frank.  I recently listened to it on cd, and for me it opened a door into Wright’s approach to and philosophy of his work.  The novel’s plot is driven by the love affair between Wright and one of his clients,  Mrs. Cheney.  I was equally taken with Wright’s observations, including “The measure of a man’s culture is the measure of his appreciation,” he said. “We are ourselves what we appreciate and no more.”

I love this Guggenheim cup and saucer.  You can buy this and more FLW-inspired designs online.

Guggenheim cappuccino cup and saucer

Guggenheim cappuccino cup and saucer

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Windows and Grommet

When I introduce myself it is not uncommon to be greeted by “I love HGTV” and I concur. Here is a helpful clip from their website.   Since window treatments can be vexing and expensive, this 3-minute video on grommet panels is fun to watch.  Granted, you see that nice installation guy appearing like magic out of the sidelines!   But the basic idea is there: installing grommet panels is an appealing, fast, and cost-effective way to solve your window problems.

grommet panels

grommet panels

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Bed In A Bag

bed in a bag

bed in a bag

It is pretty amazing what you can buy for under $100.  The linen industry is highly competitive, especially in the current economy.  With the demise of Linens ‘n Things stores (they still have an online store) it’s clear that linens have become available almost everywhere and we can find quality goods in discount stores as well as department stores.

The bed pictured is dressed in a bed in a bag, a 7-piece set that gives you all you need to make a statement in your bedroom for very little money.   As you prepare for fall and the chill sets in, why not freshen up your look by replacing those old and tired bed linens.  Need help choosing the right look and color?  Email me anytime.  I would be delighted to answer your questions and assist you in making the right decision.

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Choices, Choices

I’m always amazed at the depth and breadth of the selections at MoreHome‘s site.   This morning I clicked on “mirrors” and a list of nearly two thousand came up in their collection.  This art deco-ish piece is one of my favorites.

art deco mirror

art deco mirror

One of virtual shopping’s virtues is that is makes us more savvy as consumers.  Our ability to compare pricing and selection soars when we have multiple stores at our fingertips.  Now for the reminder: think globally and act locally.   Find what you like online, then find similar items near your home.  Remember us who are small business owners.  We need you and, I daresay, you need us.  Let’s work together.  So give yourself a treat today: WALK to your nearest shops and support your local businesses.

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Sherwin meets Allen

At the recent Neocon show I was fortunate to catch a co-presentation by Sherwin Williams and Robert Allen.  The two estimable firms, with a 200+-year design history combined, are serving up the most delicious color and fabric combinations in their new line of fabrics and coordinating paints.

Drawing on nature for inspiration is the keystone of this collection.  Download the 4 pdf’s to see the beauties the two companies have co-created.  Enjoy!

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