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Visit Brazil in the Garden at Chicago Botanical Garden

Posted by | Design, Garden, Travel | 10 Comments

Visit Brazil in the Garden at Chicago Botanical Garden – Explore the robust colors and textures of Brazilian modern landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx.

Vibrant colors. Gorgeous tropical landscape. Brazilian designer. Beautiful artwork. Equals a glorious walk through “Brazil in the Garden” on the grounds of the pristine and expansive Chicago Botanical Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.

Visit Brazil in the Garden at Chicago Botanical Garden


We know that design comes in many formats. In this case, we are talking about modern aesthetics that Roberto Burle Marx, famed Brazilian modernist landscape architect and artist, inspired. Perhaps he is best known for his plan for the boardwalk along Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, which continues his modern design using stone pavers.… Read more

LuxeHome: Premier Interior Design Resources For Your Home

Posted by | Appliances, Design | 9 Comments

Need inspiration for your home build or remodel, then visit the Merchandise Mart – LuxeHome: Premier Interior Design Resources For Your Home

Here’s my truth. I love looking at home design. Walking through showrooms, looking at magazines and of course, my addiction to HGTV episodes. If I could redecorate every room in my home, I would do that. I think that is such a cool part of the job of an interior designer. They don’t just have one room in a house to design but have lots of clients who each have their own style that they need to consider. I am fascinated by the talent that designers have to take a blank space and create the environment that reflects someone’s personal taste.… Read more

6 Easy Fall Home Decorating Ideas

Posted by | Design, Interior Decorating | 12 Comments

We are heading into my favorite time of year. The air is cool and refreshing. The trees will soon have multi-colored leaves. And the chance to do a little home decorating is here. Since today is the first day of Fall, finding ways to change the “seasons” inside your home brings new design opportunities. We designate Springtime to cleaning out our homes, filling the rooms with colors whether pastel or bright, open and inviting. When Fall rolls around, we have a similar mentality, only the point of the transition is the opposite–we swap out our summery items for winter whites or deep colors, rich textures and cozy pieces.… Read more

Kitchen Remodel Step 2 The Details

Posted by | Design, Interior Decorating, Kitchen remodel, Remodel | 22 Comments

We have made the exciting decision to remodel our kitchen, found our talented interior designer, discussed our ideas, goals and budget and are now ready to move forward into the details of the plan. For this next step in the process, we are going to talk about the kitchen’s layout and materials in our question and answer style with interior designer, Jack Ovadia.

Inspiring Kitchen:

How is a kitchen layout determined? If we want to add an island, what kind of space do we need?


Jack:

Generally, people with smaller families have smaller kitchens. When we start looking at family environments we see pantries, higher cabinets, major cooktops equipped with ranges, extra countertop space for serving and entertaining.… Read more

How to Remodel a Kitchen

Posted by | Design, Education, Interior Decorating, Remodel | 20 Comments

Do you ever look around your house and in your head, you’re thinking about all the projects that you want to do when you have the time, money, ideas, right contractors and materials? I do this all the time! All of these different factors come into play when it comes to doing any kind of construction.

While I love to remodel rooms or spaces in my home, I have many a time taken on too much myself in the form of a DIY project. I soon learn there is a reason that people are professionally trained! I have a secret solution though in the form of an excel spreadsheet of talented professionals like electricians, plumbers and painters that I have used myself or others have referred to me.… Read more

New Modern Hotel Lands in Chicago

Posted by | Art, Design, Hotel, Tourism, Travel | 15 Comments

There is a new hotel in town. And it is different from the rest. This property is a partnership between Marriott and the Marcus Corporation. It’s called the AC Hotel. The brand is not new to the marketplace. It is actually a brand out of Spain with a strong presence in Europe with approximately 75 hotels. In the United States, this is location number 4 with many more to come in the next couple of years. 

The AC Hotel is designed to be a modern, approachable lifestyle brand with an appeal to the creativity and passions of travelers with a millennial mindset.… Read more

Mother’s Day Flowers with Bloomatini

Posted by | Design, Flowers, Holiday | 15 Comments

Mother’s Day. May 10, 2015. The most special day of the year where we honor our Mothers and thank them for all they have done for us. Finding that special gift that truly shows them how important they are to us is always the challenge. It’s one thing to give them a pasta noodle picture you put all your 5 year old heart and soul into making. But what do you do for your Mom when you are not 5 that is memorable (and that will last as long as that noodle picture)?

Since Inspiring Kitchen is all about sharing new trends and unique ideas, I am excited to introduce a new favorite find that celebrates Mother’s Day with flowers that will always stay beautiful and filled with color.… Read more

How To Choose Tile For Your Stairs

Posted by | Design, Education, Remodeling | No Comments

In my house, remodeling a space is always on my mind. That may mean a small or big project involving the floors, walls, furniture, appliances, lighting, bedding and the list goes on. I love being creative, teaching myself about new techniques, materials, illusions, colors and designs. Over the last couple of years, I have been moving from room to room updating, improving and designing new spaces.  This post is to share a quick lesson on how to choose tile for your stairs. 

The entry to my home has stairs that were tiled and then a landing that was carpeted. While the tiles made sense, the carpet definitely didn’t as it accumulated all the dirt from shoes coming in from outside.… Read more

Design Forum: Jenn-Air Appliances

Posted by | Appliances, Coffee, Cooking, Design, Home Decor, Kitchen Design, Kitchen remodel, Luxury, Remodel, Technology | 8 Comments

Designing a new kitchen or remodeling your current kitchen is such an exciting idea. The anticipation of the gorgeous kitchen you will have to make your fabulous creations, entertain your guests, and cook for your family is energizing. However, when you actually begin the appliance research phase of the project, it can be a lot more intimidating than you first anticipated. It is with that in mind that I share my recent design education with you. In Monday’s post, I talked about Induction ranges, ventilation systems and double oven displays among other tips. Today, I am sharing a few more of my favorite finds from my Jenn-Air design conference experience.… Read more

Cool Technology Design in New Chicago Restaurant

Posted by | Design, Restaurant Opening, Technology | 23 Comments

Checking out a new restaurant is a great part of my work. While I am not in the restaurant business directly, the products I work with are a necessary part of what is used to give diners a memorable experience. In this case, it is the decor that caught my attention first. Technology in almost any sense can be helpful, entertaining, a communication source, business tool and on and on. So, when I was invited to a new restaurant for their pre-opening service and saw how they used technology as a piece of art, I thought I would share it with you.… Read more