Project in Progress

SO much work going on around here right now!  We’ve been working on a big project in Evanston helping them pick all paint, wallpaper, tile for bathrooms and lighting.  It’s been fun to see it coming together for this great family.  With careers and three little girls, they were feeling overwhelmed picking everything out so we were a welcome addition to their team!

The project isn’t complete, but here are a few progress shots from different rooms.  We went for large statement David Hicks pendants over the kitchen island…


In the master bathroom, we layered different marble tile including a gorgeous mosaic on one shower wall that is a piece of art…

Master Bathroom

And in a bathroom for two of the girls, we decided to do a herringbone floor with porcelain tiles.  This is an affordable way to make a statement. It’s paired with a simple white subway tile with gray grout and a special little bit of marble bubble tile in the shower cubbies.

Girls' bathroom

And, check out this awesome office–with those original pocket doors, we knew we had to go with a dark color on the walls and decided to paint out all the moldings to really go for an old-world, moody feeling.



Joint Signature

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Powder Room Redo

A client came to us a few weeks ago asking for help with a quick update of her powder room. We LOVE designing powder rooms because you can do a lot in a little space…because you’re not in there very long, it can be a little more “out there” and interesting.

So we quickly pulled together a new look for that WC and ended up here…

Client Powder Room Update

Our client wanted a little glam and I think we achieved that!  The ceiling fixture is a great change from the overhead flushmount with built in fan.

We ended up switching out the vanity–the one in the inspiration board came damaged and so our client substituted  it with a beautiful rustic wood one from Restoration Hardware that has a phenomenal curved edge. Also, the original mirror was on sale at Anthropologie and sold out before we could grab it so ended up with a great alternative.  Here’s the before and after…

Before & After Powder Room


Our client is thrilled with how her project turned out and it was completed in just a few weeks.

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Yup, Finally a Little Inspiration

We might as well just stop apologizing for our infrequent posts. We’re lucky enough to have all the work with some great clients right now, but it’s definitely draining all the energy we used to spend writing good posts. Sometimes we’re in a blur of furniture, paint and fabrics…a good blur it is, but nonetheless a blur! Amy and I always talk about how you have to be so careful that through the overwhelming number of choices out there, you don’t just default to your safe choices; that you challenge yourself to think about new ways of doing things. So, I love it when I come across another designer’s project that does exactly that–puts a spin on things and makes it special.

This Park Estates Residence by FLO Design Studio is like the perfect intersection of gorgeous glam and family-friendly fun.

Park Estates Residence by FLO Design Studio

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The best part of the house might be the kids’ spaces though!

Park Estates Residence by FLO Design Studio

FLO Design Studio

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I imagine this little door goes to a secret closet hideaway made especially for two lucky little girls.

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Best study for kids ever?

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In this house every detail was considered. There’s not one wall (or one ceiling!) that you can point to that doesn’t have a plan or purpose and some special detail.

Tessa Signature

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