Staircase Runner and Painted Banister

Going to do it. Going to go ahead and start the staircase makeover series, even though I am still in the midst of the master bedroom makeover series part 1 and part 2. Hey, some people do entire homes at the same time. Well, I basically need to tear out all the existing carpet, then reinforce some of the floor boards, cause they make way too much noise, paint the baseboards, spindles, handrails, risers, thread, stringer, newels, and then the walls. Did I mention that the walls have STRIPES! Not that easy to just paint. 
Well, before we get to paint, lets be inspired.

So, before I head out shopping, for new a new staircase runner and paint colors, I need a little inspiration. After MONTHS (yes, MONTHS) of searching I have narrowed down my favorite looks to the following. 


Master Bedroom Window Treatments By Graber

Okay, so the Master Bedroom makeover is still happening! Man, if only I had all my kids in school full time and didn't work (a job I love doing so I guess I can't complain there) BUT I have trouble finishing this master bedroom makeover. 
I am happy to report that the big purchases are officially done, the walls have been painted, the master bedroom light fixtures are installed, and now the window treatments. 
Well, I knew I wanted white roman shades, with some texture but I wasn't going to pay thousands for it. That is when I decided to design my own at zebrablinds and install them me-self. The process was super easy and I couldn't be happier. Which is what I CANNOT say for the Costco Graber Blinds I had installed in my kids rooms, but more about that next time.

Okay, so check out how easy this process was and install even easier.


Ideal Home Show Chicago

What a treat! I attended the ONLY Chicago Home Show last weekend and loved it! I had a great time scoping out vendors and catching a few celebrity experts on the main stage. 
Imagine the Chicago Auto Show but for homes. So basically, at Navy Pier there were over 100 vendors and experts to answer all your questions. From designers of Ethan Allan to Window vendors like Pella, landscape designers, and everything in-between.

I immediately arrived to the main stage for an innovative Q/A with Chip Wade of a few popular HGTV shows from The Elbow Room, Curb Appeal, and my first HGTV show I ever saw, Designed to Sell.


Top 5 Home Renovation Projects

With January coming to an end, geez it flew, I am putting down on the blog my top 5 home projects for 2016. I feel that writing them on the blog will hold me more accountable then simply writing them in my journal. I hope. 
Some of these home projects are a couple years on the list. It is amazing how much time a baby can take away from your day to day, but no more little miss thing. 

Okay, so lets get to it.


Ideal Home Show Chicago

Okay, so you know how you hear about these great home shows in cities like New York, Atlanta or L.A. and wondered if Chicago had one open to the public.
Um, well, now we do! The Ideal Home Show Chicago
This home show is not for just designers, it's for YOU! 
You can discover new trends and ideas for your home's interior AND exterior. You can speak to many home or landscape experts and get your questions answered. You can even shop and compare prices all in one place.
The Ideal Home Show Chicago is Chicago's leading home and remodeling expo and kicks off next Friday January 29th-31st at Navy Pier.
Oh, and I got 2 VIP tickets to give away.

Check out why you need to go and click below to enter the giveaway. 


Classic Vintage Transitional Living Room

A few weeks ago we did the living room re-design install day for a client. We began the process over the summer with a few design board options and narrowed it down to a classic living room using some of their vintage pieces as inspiration. The space can be a little dark so the walls felt lighter with a fresh coat of paint, and light furnishings was a must. 

Check out the before 
Now, after reviewing a few design boards, choice were narrowed down and check out the after.