3.27.2015

Feature Friday // 1800 Grace Chicago

This weeks Feature Friday is a vacant unit in a gorgeous loft style building. The unit was previous listed, and a common complaint was the lack of a dining room. Remember when dining rooms were not in fashion, well, they are back and in full swing! I love that buyers and homeowners are now into formal dining rooms. Some say it has to do with the economy, less dining out and more formal invitations with friends to dine in. Some say, homeowners are returning to their creative roots and enjoy the planning and staging of hosting. Regardless, I love that dining rooms are back and here to stay. 


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3.25.2015

Vintage Mid-century Brass Coffee Table

If you've gotten to know anything about me, is that I cannot pass up a good coffee table. 
Last Spring, I had a very sweet tender client. She now lives in Puerto Rico but was currently in Illinois to get her fathers house ready for sale. They needed to basically clear out the entire home. The moment I walked in, I fell in love with her fathers coffee table. All I said was, "YOU cannot just give this away, keep it! You will regret it if you let it go." She simply looked at me and nodded. 
Of course, their property sold in record time. Not expecting to hear from them again, one day she called, "Cecilia, I am headed back to Puerto Rico and I cannot take the coffee table with me, I would like you to have it."
My heart dropped. I promised her I would take care of it and treasure it!

Mastercraft Greek Key Brass Coffee Table with Smoked Glass (1960-1969)
The Same Coffee Table Currently Being Sold on 1stdibs
Her First Day In Her New Home

Her Evolvement With Coffee Table Styling



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3.20.2015

Feature Friday // 247 Chestnut, Winnetka

This stunning one of kind English Tudor hit the market earlier last week. With amazing original details throughout and modern updates, this Winnetka property is sure to go fast (fingers crossed). Either way, these clients were amazing, did everything on our Home Staging list. Removed wallpaper in 4 rooms, painted numerous rooms and have painters touch-up almost the entire home, thye changed ceiling light fixtures throughout and packed/stored many items off site. Check out some before and after. (After Photos by Larry Melvin)

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3.19.2015

Quick and Easy Easter Decorations

Last summer we had a storage area disaster and lost our bin of Easter decorations. I didn't fret and let it all go, eventually, forgetting that it happened. UNTIL last week when I went searching for the darn bin and sadly remembered we no longer had it. I was not going spend a ton of cash buying up Easter decorations immediately. It takes a couples years to accumulate holiday decor and we were going to have to start off slow. 
However, through the years we have collected a lot of was plastic Easter eggs from all the Easter Egg hunts. Those were kept in a large garbage bag filled to the rim. I stared at them, and with a quick search on Pinterest, found a way to make them useful and didn't entail filling them with candy. 
Each Easter egg has a hole on the top and bottom and I already had hot pink wire string from a previous project 12 years ago! Yes, 12 years ago when I was a teacher, I bought this wire string for a class project and held on to it knowing one day I would use it.
Check it out!






My oldest did most of it, but apparently, he didn't think he looked cool/bad enough hanging Easter decor so he gave me his "bad-est" pose. 

3.18.2015

Reupholstering X-benches

There is this great vintage rental company called, Shadow Box Dreams. A few months ago, I attended a workshop and noticed these perfect vintage vignettes that were provided by Shadow Box. Ever since then, I have not only followed them on instagram, but I want to have an event just so I can rent from them. 
Well, they were clearing out some inventory and, I saw these x-benches for sale, $35 for the pair. Umm, yeah, I'll grab these. Now, they need some love but, I was more than willing to love them. Elaine, the owner, is so sweet to work with and even delivered them for me on a very cold night. Very cold!

These beauties are now in my hands and I have started the reupholstering process. These were beautifully and perfectly reupholstered some time ago and needed to be redone. I first removed the fabric and discovered how well kept the "insides" were. Also, it ONLY took me 3 hours per bench (insert sarcasm) to remove about 1000 staples.



Truly, there were 3 layers of staples. The first layer for the protective fabric under the chair. Then, the second layer of staples for the cording. Finally, the third layer for the actual fabric attached to the bench. Not joking, I think I removed 1000 staples. 
Now, it is time for the fun to begin. I know I want to paint the legs so I very securely covered the entire bench in plastic. I did this to make sure I can paint every thing that is wood on the bench. I do plan on replacing the polyester batting, but left it on for future measurement purposes. 



Stay tuned.