TDF Interiors Blog

Design Tricks for Easy Kitchen Updates

Kitchen updated by painting old kitchen cabinets, in Chicago North shore, Lake Forest kitchen design

The heart of our home is undoubtedly the kitchen.  It is where we cook, gather, do paperwork and homework. Many homeowners are daunted by the prospect of remodeling and modernizing their kitchen because of the inevitable downtime, during which the kitchen will not be accessible for several weeks, as well as the huge cost.  Yet it is […]

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Custom Cabinetry and Enhancing Your Fireplace: Do’s and Dont’s from a Design Pro

Living room with fireplace and built in bookcase design

At this time of year, the fireplace which is central to most homes, comes into serious focus.  We decorate it with garlands and use it to display festive ornaments and happy memories. Who can deny the importance of the fireplace to the value of many homes.  Real estate listings always include the number of fireplaces […]

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Designer Tips for a Stunning Powder Room

Wallpaper for Powder rooms, powder room designs, navy and white wallcovering

Summer is a time for entertaining and house guests.  Turn your attention to the smallest room in your home where you can make a dramatic impact without breaking the bank. With these tips you will impress your guests with your creativity and unique sense of style while also providing a haven for them to refresh.  Powder rooms allow […]

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Designer Tips on How to Choose the Right Paint Colors for Your Home

Sun mirror for fireplace, Chicago North Shore Interior Design

At the beginning of the year, we start to think about refreshing our homes. In the dark, cold days of winter, we spend more time indoors and often feel more acutely the adverse effects of a home that does not feel restful or comforting. There are many factors that go into making a home comfortable and […]

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How to Design an Odd Space – A Before and After Story…

Great room with built in cabinet redesigned by Chicago designer

Often, I am called in when clients have a strangely configured space or room that is tormenting them. It may be an oddly shaped recess or column jutting out in the wall or the way the doors break up the space.  Newer homes seem to suffer from these problems, possibly because builders do not pay […]

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Home Construction Headaches and How to Avoid Them

Tile design for kitchen backsplash

In Chicago and the Midwest the saying goes “there are only two seasons; construction and winter”.  Most homeowners plan to take on major remodeling projects during the warmer months as there is inevitably a lot of foot traffic, open doors and maybe exterior walls exposed. Having personally gone through a recent kitchen remodeling process in […]

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My Highlights from High Point Furnishings Market Spring 2017

Kelly Wearstler lamps at High Point

I am not the Designer who instantly wants to use the latest fashion style in home furnishings. Unfortunately they can soon become ubiquitous; think sunburst mirrors! High Point market is not just THE place to discover what new furniture, lighting and accessories will soon be launched. For the Designer, the showrooms are an invaluable resource to […]

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How to Plan your Outdoor Living Space – Design tips

Outdoor living with white all weather wicker

Is your Outdoor Living Space Ready for Summer? Now that we are seeing signs of Spring, it’s a good time to start reviewing the state of your outdoor space and make plans to create or enhance the living space you desire. Whether you design an entirely new space, complete with outdoor kitchen and fireplace, replace […]

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Unique and Artisanal, a new Trend in Textiles and Wallpaper

grasscloth wallpaper with ink blot design

In an age where we see so many products for the home looking predictable and recognizable, it is heartening to know that there are small artisanal boutiques making unique painterly textiles in small quantities. This is part of the “made-in-America” revival.  Are you looking for something different and fresh, a world away from time tested design motifs? […]

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Magnificent Ways with Tile: New Trends and Inspiration for your Bathroom

Award winning Contemporary Bathroom Remodel on Chicago North Shore

Attending a presentation in Chicago last week of New Ravenna tile and stone, inspired me to devote this month’s blog post to stunning new designs in tile that are so creative and artistic, I just had to share a few with you!  They reflect new trends in tile and design which I will explain here. I […]

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