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.

 

 

 

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Swags as a drapery treatment! Burr Ridge Illinois.

We installed this swag treatment for a home in Burr Ridge Illinois. The treatment consists of swags that start at the top of two arched windows, swags down with two panels underneath! The swags are held from cornice boxes that gives it a unique look. The fabrics are a combination of silk velvet and embroidered faux silk fabrics.

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What is the value of hiring a professional interior designer?

What is the value of hiring a professional interior designer?

  • Good designers are artists: A space in a home is a blank canvas for any interior designer. It stimulates an idea of what the finished room will look like. The end product is nothing less than a work of art.
  • Talent: You can’t cultivate talent. Interior designers are born with an eye for imagination and creativity. We have a vision that is deeply set within and further refined with knowledge and experience.
  • Good designers have got the eyes and the ears, too: We take the time to understand our clients’ needs, lifestyle, and taste by listening attentively and connecting fully. This allows us to transform a client’s space into an environment that is uniquely an expression of their individual personality and style.
  • Designers bring value to their clients: The talent designers inherit, the experience they acquire, the knowledge they obtain, all this leads to intangible value.
  • Designers educate their clients: There are things that work and things that don’t. Designers will use their expertise to advise their clients on what is feasible and right for a specific space. You are our customers and we give you nothing but the best service.
  • Designers bring quality: How many times have you seen a beautiful home that is furnished poorly? Furnishing a house is not just to fill in empty space. You need to create a vision that suits the building and yourself. Don’t rush to buy items just because they are on sale. Designers can help you undertake the seemingly impossible task of creating a home from a house.  Hiring a designer allows you to see the potential of your environment and to reach that potential.
  • Designers are therapists: Designers understand the impact of how an environment can affect the people living in it. Space and surrounding encourage feelings. A room can bring joy, happiness, energy, optimism, even prosperity and success. They harmony of one space can bring mental, emotional, and physical health as well.
  • Designers bring the gift of time: Instead of putting valuable time into looking for the right piece, with the possibility of making a wrong choice, designers will help lead you into the right direction using their infinite knowledge and resources.
  •  Designers will save you money: Before starting any project there has to be a set budget. A good designer will make a plan to find the best products for the client’s needs, at the most affordable prices.
  • Designers bring you a good time: A good designer will bring you a positive experience–designing a new space should be fun. The experience of transformation is unmatched. Let me take your space from blah to WOW!

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Everything in Your Room Counts!

Did you know that it is vital to consider everything when decorating a room?  Professional Interior Designers consider the ceiling, walls, floor and anything seen from adjoining rooms as part of the design. Even the view of the outdoors is taken into account in great design! Colors, furnishings, contrast, balance, and proportions are all evaluated when putting a sensational room together.

Many of us notice the collection of items in a room but we may not notice the collection of colors, textures, and shapes. Learning to see all of these key elements and how they fit together in your home is vital to creating a harmonious space.

Are the colors in your custom draperies echoed elsewhere in your room? Is your space arranged so that you pay tribute to the details in your furniture? Are all the room’s elements arranged in a way that your eye is naturally moving through the space andappreciating the beauty?

Balancing colors and shapes throughout the room is an art form that can take a room from ordinary to show stopping extraordinary! An expert eye can make a dramatic difference in a room’s appeal.

Our goal is always to help you achieve an outstanding decorated space that will make a lasting impression.

Call Susan for one hour free consultation, 630 420-0800.

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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!

Feel free to call for a free estimate (630)420-0800

Also visit our Exciting Windows website for more ideas gailaniassoc

Here are some draperies and valances ideas for your enjoyment:

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Burr Ridge Dining room

This is a client that I have been working with since 2004! This is their third house, having just moved to Burr Ridge, Illinois about 8 months ago. When I got their call, asking me to once again turn their new house into a home, we started with the dining room.

What grabbed my attention is the beautiful curved wall that separates the dining room and the breakfast nook area. That curved wall can be transformed into a sculpture! I contacted my faux artist and asked her to come up with textures for that wall to make it pop. The color scheme was inspired from the finishes in the room, such as the floors, the dining table top, and the fire place. The circle form was the geometric shape that was very apparent and repeated in the space to create a rhythm.

Since the room has two large windows that bring in ample natural light, I thought we can afford having darker rich colors. The colors we chose were warm and powerful as well as appetizing: deep warm copper and commanding powerful black, accented by scrumptious kiwi green!

For the window treatment, a special fabric was selected to emphasize the circle shape. Larry Laslo fabric “Cufflink” color copper (from Robert Allen fabrics) was the face layer and it was lined with plain black sheer. The fabric “Cufflink” is made out of cut out circles which made it very special and unique. A special pleat was created to enhance the fabric and the overall modern design. As for the hardware, we used a plain stainless steel rod with clear white glass ball for the finials.

A wall sculpture made out of hand blown glass was a perfect accessory for the southern wall adjacent to the curved wall. The curved wall was textured in a heavy luster stone finish, with vertical lines, and in a soft coppery color with multiple greens, grays, and silvers. The heavy texture makes a great compliment to the delicate, transparent glass.

A special chandelier was selected for the center. It consisted of a large black drum shade lined in Matt silver with multiple rows of white crystal balls that creates a water fall effect! What is so stunning is that when it is lit, shadows of the crystals form on the inside of the shade that are the same size and shape of the circles in the window treatment fabric!

For the dining chairs, an upscale, Italian made chair was the client’s choice. The modern design, the reflective black lacquer finish, the high back with vertical lines and luscious black and copper upholstery fabric made this dining room a truly dynamic one!

The colors are warm, rich, and bold. The circle shapes are selected to emphasize the curved wall and make it more apparent as well as creating a rhythm and enhancing the curves and the vertical lines were selected to support the beauty of the high ceiling and to create the sense of luxury, elegance, and extravagance!

I had so many complements from all the members of the family. My favorite was: “I make sure I go through the room, even if there was no reason to do so, I do it just because being in that room makes me feel very happy!”

Here is a video showing the stages of transformation of the room

And finally the room is done and here is the client testimonial


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You might have a hidden treasure right at home, and not know it!

When my client from Naperville, IL (Dupage county) called me to redo her living and dinning areas, I was excited, motivated, and pumped up with energy!

I arrived to her place, a beautiful home with large windows, lots of sun and space, we sat down to discuss her needs and her vision of what she wanted the spaces to look like when we finish the project.

She wanted roman shades with stationary side panels for the windows, fresh paint, a new sofa, a rug, the reupholstering of two chairs and accessories!

When we talked about budget, we came up with a plan! We can do it in stages, and we can save by going on a treasure hunt right at her own home! You will be surprised at how many items you can find that can be reused, refurbished, and with a magical new face lift can be transformed into a brand new piece. I was especially excited to see a curio cabinet over stuffed with items. These very special items can be used as accessories here and there, which means reduction in our unnecessary spending on decorative items. The main budget can be used on the windows and new a couch.

A collection of china cups and saucers were buried under other items and they were well hidden in the curio cabinet! A flow of ideas came to my mind: why can’t we use them as our decorative items around the two rooms? My client welcomed the idea, and I had my wonderful handyman make me tiny shelves, then paint them, hang them on the wall in a special composition to have balance, and voila! The new look was fresh, unique, and economical!

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Drapery Show!

Enjoy those unique drapery show by Susan Gailani!

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What kind of pleat style do I want for my draperies?

There are so many different styles of pleats or heading available for your draperies. Please check the slide show below and also make sure to see the video from RMCOCO.

We carry all RMCOCO fabrics, trims, and hardware call us (630) 420-0800

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Woven wood Shades

 

 

Woven wood blinds, are gaining popularity in the Chicago land area! Here are three things you should know about woven wood blinds:

  • They are woven from natural grasses, bamboo, and various reeds. That is why they are considered “green” window coverings because they are sustainable, renewable and eco-friendly window treatments.
  • They can be used in a casual setting, such as sun rooms, boat houses, and marina homes. Or if a more sophisticated setting is what the client is after, then they can be combined with other materials like silks, brushed cottons, and wool to achieve elegance, and beauty.
  • They are now available in various colors and textures to give the consumer vast assortments to choose from.

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