Saturday, January 21, 2012

DIY Do's

The Do-It-Yourself craze has hit an all-time high!  We now have hundreds of new TV shows and thousands of Internet sites (Pinterest being a personal favorite!) encouraging the average person to take on design challenges.   Though I am all about saving money and customizing design, two HUGE benefits of DIY design, some things just look CHEAP!  Here are some DIY Do’s that won’t cheapen the look of your home from an expert (yes, I’m an expert!).  
Turn an Armoire into a Bar!

Change up Dated Furniture (cool hardware works wonders!)


Revive that Chair - anyone can do this with a little paint, fun fabric and a staple gun!  Also, a great idea for desk or vanity chair since you can usually find a single, interesting shaped chair at re-sale shops!

Paint Tricks! - you will need a stencil for some of these



Picture Wall - Tips first!!!  All of the frames should lay inside an imaginary rectangle or square.  Unless you know what you're doing, make all frames similar (with different colored pictures) OR all the pictures black and white or sepia toned (frames can vary greatly); this will create continuity.  For a modern look keep everything black and white!  The most IMPORTANT thing is that the collage fits the scale of the wall; DON'T make it too small!

To Be Continued. . .

Marty Boyle,  Interior Designer
Chicago Interiors

Fashion Forward

In an age where notable singers are selling perfume, movie stars are selling fashion and famed socialites are selling everything in between; it makes sense that renowned fashion designers would sell interior designs.  From wallpaper to furniture, these famous fashion designers have taken their knowledge of scale, proportion and color and created some brilliant designs for your home, IF you can afford them!
                                                                        Lilly Pulitzer
                                                                      Michael Kors
                                                                  Oscar de la Renta

Jean Paul Gaultier pour Roche Bobois

                                                      Louis Vuitton and Jason Phillips

Giorgio Armani

Dolce & Gabbana's interpretation of Philippe Starck’s Mademoiselle Chair

Marty Boyle, Interior Designer
Chicago Interiors

Friday, January 20, 2012

Alternate Headboard Ideas

A headboard doesn't have to be traditional, or even necessarily a piece of furniture.  A multitude of alternate headboards have popped up and can be used anywhere from a child's room to an elegant master bedroom retreat.  With very few limitations for these creations, it is all based on imagination and ingenuity.  Enjoy!

Law Stallsmith-Jahn, Interior Designer

Elegant mantle headboard.  Make from existing mantle or a bought piece from an antique or vintage store.
Natural Branch Headboard

Painted "faux" headboard

Pillow Headboard

Antique Mantle/ Molding

Cornice with Draperies


Same Fabric as bedding applied like wallpaper

Fabric covered wood rectangles

Vintage Shutters

Contrasting Wallpaper

Wood Boards, excellent for a cottage

Corona in velvet or mohair

Wallpaper Applique

Wood boxes covered in polycarbonate sheets, twinkle lights inside.  Great "night light"

Headboard with Storage

Stencil, great for a tight space!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Beautiful Natural Elements in Design

Some of the most beautiful, simple, and elegant items for your home can be found within nature.  These items may often seamlessly juxtapose any design style or backdrop.  A few items below are some stand-outs in terms of accessories. Enjoy!

Law Stallsmith-Jahn, Interior Designer

Original Martinique Wallpaper

BluePoint Mirror - Natural Shell

Coral Sconce

Palm Tree and Roses

Casual Stencil Floral Wall Print

Faux Horn on Stand

Oblong Mother of Pearl Lamp

Birch Votive/ Tealight Holder

Birch logs instead of Books on Coffee Table

Silver Branch objet d'art

Faux Horns

Cherry blossom Wallpaper appliqué

"Four Poster Bed" with Birch

Natural Shell Lamp