How to transform old furniture from out-dated to updated!

A Chair got a facelift

 

Furniture shopping is a long, arduous process that no one is particularly fond of. It takes time and sometimes that time can be better-spent upgrading pieces you already own. For a facial lift in your own home, instead of going back to the drawing board start with something you already have and upgrade it. An old chair can easily be refinished, reupholstered, and its entire look manipulated into something modern, edgy, and quite different than its roots. See the attached pictures for proof of this beautiful transformation. We gave this old thing a metallic finish and reupholstered the seat with a bolder pattern. The chair went from a more understated posture to an eye-catching design. With the amends, we were able to move the chair around the house and into another room, knocking two birds with one stone and essentially reimagining multiple spaces. Editing and altering older furniture not only elevates individual pieces but works as a more economical, smarter renovation of your home.

Chair for reupholstery

An out-dated chair

 

A new look for a chair

An updated look, modern and perfect for the new decor.

 

 

 

Hunter Douglas window fashion

Gailani Designs is a Hunter Douglas Dealer, We carry all Hunter Douglas products. Call us for free estimate (630)420-0800.

Hunter Douglas window fashions

Fall colors! How about bringing them in your home?

Fall is a beautiful season and we are lucky to live in the Midwest, where we get to experience the transformation of colors. Follow these simple tips to incorporate some of those dynamic colors in your home without breaking the bank:

  • Ask yourself some questions to come up with a personal color guide. What are the colors that appeal to you from the fall palate? What comes to my mind from the red family are deep clay, spice, burnt orange, or habanero Chili!  How about the green family? Perhaps the color of herbs, sage, olives, or moss. Yellow has extended shades that go well with the fall palate, such as mustard, tea stain, honey, and white raisins. When it comes to the blue family, think more blues with lighter shades and yellow undertones. Please do not forget that purples can make dynamic accents, are wonderful compliments to yellows, and work beautifully well with greens. Perhaps using purples with red undertones will be your excellent choice for the fall. Whatever you decide, make sure you are thinking subdued and grayed to really get that season’s feeling in your home.
  • Once you pick the colors you want to work with, make sure they work well with your current decor! Use them as accents to your already present design and furniture: bring in new pillows, lamp shades, tassels, accessories, and so on. You aren’t redecorating the room, just dressing it appropriately for the new season!
  • Getting yourself a new rug that matches your newly accessorized room can complete your fall look and tie the room together.
  • How about playing around with your windows’ side panels or adding some sheers to keep out those dreary fall days?

I hope these tips help you welcome the new season by giving your home a face lift without overspending. Remember making a few changes will lift up your spirits, take away the boredom and drab, and add new energy to your space. And finally, make sure that your windows are well insulated with proper shades and draperies to keep the cold away and help you save more on your heating bills. Maybe you can pocket that money for your next interior design project!

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Do you want to get your home ready for the Holidays? It is not too early to start now!

It’s only September, but if you want your home ready for the holidays, the time to start thinking about window treatments is now!  Before meeting with a professional, start an idea file for yourself; gather colors you like, magazine photos, advertisements, articles, etc. into a folder. Eventually, a pattern will start to emerge in your creative thinking. This will make it easier for you to convey your tastes and your dream vision to those working with you on your window project.  Stop by at your local magazine stand, which is sure to carry some decorating and interior design magazines.  Go forth and clip away!

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It is time to redecorate your child’s room!

If you are in the Chicagoland area and want window coverings for your children’s room, be sure to contact us! We will bring the best out there for your kids’ space. Redecorating a child’s room can be challenging, but I guarantee I will find amazing ideas that will suit both their personality and your budget.  Fall is a great time to redecorate your children’s rooms, whether they are heading off to college or simply starting school back up for the year. A bedroom makeover will not only make your child feel special, but also motivate them to work hard in school. Simply, it is a recipe for academic success!

Here are some fun pictures from the web for ideas:

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Ordinary Vs. extraordinary!

How would you describe your draperies: out of the bag and ordinary or one of a kind and extraordinary?

Ask yourself that question but please do not confuse simplicity with ordinary. Simplicity can be elegant and tasteful; ordinary is what you see everywhere:  overplayed, overdone, and just not exciting.

People are different. They have different needs, lifestyles, personalities, and tastes. Home décor should reflect this, as well as the house’s own appearance and character. Let’s take window treatments for example—your curtain work has to compliment the window itself, from its shape to its glass material, and, of course, the room in general.

Often, I visit homes with store bought draperies that take away from the integrity of the room. To be quite honest, a room will look better with a naked window than a wrongly dressed one.

Custom window coverings can be simple, affordable, and expressive! Choosing the right combination of fabric and hardware really takes a room to the next level of sophistication. It can also bring comfort and satisfaction to the home owner. We want you to feel good about your personal space!

I cannot stress how important it is for you to be happy and joyful every time you come home. This is my goal as a designer: I strive to assist you in creating a uniquely beautiful home that is totally you!

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Here are some draperies and valances ideas for your enjoyment:

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Luxury and style for windows!

I would like to share the Modern Novelties collection from the Kravet Couture fabrics.

Total luxury and style for your windows.

Notice the unique fabrics with metallic threads, intricate embroideries, open cutouts, and the delicate sheers.

If you are looking for the extra ordinary, and the luxurious experience, we have it! call us (630) 420-0800.

Custom pillows can set the ambiance to any room!

Pillows

Pillows are an affordable accessory for any room. They can be functional, to make a seat more comfortable, or decorative to add an accent color, texture or just to make a statement. As far as cost, they can be inexpensive if they are ready made. Searching the stores, one can find beautiful pillows imported from India or China for as little as $25.00 a piece. Custom pillows however are a different story. Custom pillows can become very pricy based on the fabrics, trims, the type of insert, and all the bells and whistles that are added.

It might seem expensive to spend money on pillows, but the truth is, the quality, the personal touch, the creativity that goes into custom pillows is priceless. One pillow can set the entire ambiance of a room, and will bring pleasures for many years to come.

I am including pictures to give you an idea of what you can do with pillows in your space. Some are actual projects, and some are illustrations from Jackie Von Tobel book, The Design Directory of Bedding.

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Guest Rooms! What can they tell about your hospitality?

Guest Rooms

Making a room welcoming and hospitable is the goal when designing guest rooms. Whether designing a guest room in a large suburban space, or in a compact city dwelling, each has its own challenges. With careful planning and creativity, guest rooms will be an expression of the host’s style, hospitality and thoughtfulness.

Here are some tips and ideas when designing a guest room:

  • A comfortable bed is a must; consider an extra layer of down to cover the bed for extra comfort.
  •  Vary the pillows from soft to extra firm and let the guests decide what is more comfortable for them.
  • The bed sheets must be soft. Egyptian cotton with a high thread count is recommended. How about adding fresh cotton fragrance when storing the linens? But be sure to ask if your guest has any allergies.
  • Upholstered head boards, pillow shams, Euro shams, decorative pillows, bed skirts, and canopies are all items that tell so much about the host.
  • Fresh flowers are another way to tell the guest they are important, and they are very much cared about! Again, be sure your guests don’t have allergies. If they do, silk flowers of high quality can be used and will fool anyone into thinking they’re fresh.
  • Displaying family pictures, trips, or special events will evoke conversation and discussion of happy times with guests. Another good idea is to have a wall display with words of wisdom. Special quotes framed or stenciled on walls is something to consider.
  • Try putting a coffee maker or electric kettle in the room with a selection of high quality teas. Add a silver tray with fine china, various sugars, honey, and a pitcher with glasses for cold water. Guests could enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or tea early in the morning in their own bed room without disturbing the hosting family.
  • Incorporate a reading corner with a comfortable chaise or chair, a soft comfy shawl, and a stack of well read books.
  • Pay attention to details and add those extra ordinary trims, buttons, tassels, and fringes. Those details say something special about the host.

All the careful planning will bring a smile to guests’ faces, and will give them a wonderful experience they will never forget.

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Here are some pictures of details and ideas you can use for your own home!

Here is a video of a guest bed room located at a Naperville residence!

Trimmings to add a sense of drama!

Trimmings, or as the French call them “Passementerie”, is a term used for the decorative finishing added to the edges of draperies, pillows, lamp shades, bedding, and furniture. Trims such as bullion fringe, cords, tapes, gimps ….etc are usually added for drama and to provide a unique custom look, or it can be simply added for function, such as hiding an unsightly seam, or joining two different fabrics. Whether it is added for function or for a decorative purpose, trims always bring beauty and style to any room. There are thousands of choices out in the world of decorating; some are imported as well as U.S made. Some have the formal feel like the ones made out of silk. Others might be less formal that are made of cotton. A perfect match of colors can be achieved by ordering a custom dye for a custom fringe if the budget allows it. It is always a good idea to explore the different possibilities for creating that one-of-a-kind look that is expressive and reflects a personal flair.

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