I think I’m going to make up a new acronym for the design world…OMGTW.  What does it mean you ask?  Oh My God That Wallpaper.

Seriously though, we have been using so many beautiful wallpapers lately that we’re excited about. A couple of posts ago, you saw the one from Serena & Lily we used in a client’s powder room.  Well, check out a sneak peek of these two bathrooms we’ve been working on.

This peacock-inspired paper from a local Chicago designer (contact us for sourcing) is out of this world…comes in a deep gray too which we loved. Paired with this acrylic faucet it’s perfection.


This paper we used in a jack & jill bathroom for our client’s two little girls has just the right amount of whimsy. We kept everything else in the space really simple so the paper is the wow factor.

OMGTW right?!

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Mix it Up: Dining Chairs

We get asked a lot to help clients with their dining rooms. Most of the time, they want help creating a space that is a little formal (enough for entertaining adults only) but approachable (like for a family dinner.) One of the ways we like to achieve this is to mix up chairs–doing different chairs at the heads and sides. Recently we worked on two different dining rooms where we took this approach.

For a client in Wilmette with two little kids, we went with affordable shaker style side chairs in black (seriously can you believe these were under $100 from Kohl’s and they’re great quality?!) and paired them with upholstered heads chairs to soften the wood chairs and live edge table.

For another client living in the city, she wanted a transitional look for her in-eat kitchen, so when we chose a more traditional rustic table and iron chandelier, we balanced things out with acrylic side chairs. The upholstered banquette in a graphic pattern continues to keep things a little more contemporary as well as the abstract piece of artwork.

Don’t be afraid to move away from all matching and try something different!

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Updated Powder Room

We LOVE doing powder rooms so were so excited when one of our favorite clients came to us and asked to help refresh hers. Our client has great taste and is an amazing partner in choosing items for her rooms so we knew this was going to be a fun one.

She wanted it to be really sophisticated and a little bit glam so here’s the design we put together for her:

And here’s the final before and after!

As with any project, there were a few changes that happened from design phase to completion. The mirror we chose ended up being out of stock so we chose an equally gorgeous one from a different vendor. And, originally we had this gray vanity from Wayfair in the design, but when it came the quality just wasn’t what we wanted or expected so arranged for its return. In its place went a warmer wood choice with some curves from Restoration Hardware.  Goes great with the Serena & Lily wallpaper.  Thrilled with how it turned out.

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