Whether you’re hosting a large family from out of town or invited a few friends over for holiday libations, you can get your home ready by adding a few simple touches to tie your home together in a festive way. Continue reading
Chicago homes are often defined by built-ins – bookcases, hutches and sideboards carefully crafted out of wood and tucked into vintage apartments and condo spaces, bungalows and even new construction homes for sale. The conundrum is how to style your mantel and still maintain storage space, especially during the holiday season.
If you don’t know what Millennial Pink is, let me catch you up. You’ve probably seen it on your Instagram feed, on walls, and even in your drinks. It’s the color that has been taking over our social world for the past couple years.
According to The Cut, it’s an ‘ironic pink, pink without the sugary prettiness. It’s a non-color that doesn’t commit, whose semi-ugliness is proof of its sophistication.’
But like just about every trend, Millennial Pink is already being overthrown by something new – and it’s called Gen Z Yellow. The bold, mustard color has been all over the spring and summer 2017 runways, and now all over social media. Continue reading
Selecting an interior designer may seem like a stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be. All that it requires is some initial research and asking a lot of great questions.
After you’ve perused Refined Haystack, reviewed designers’ websites, and taken a look at their social media channels, you should have a solid list of designers that you want to meet with to discuss the vision for your home.
Once the information gathering and appointment setting is done, it’s time to interview designers to find the very best fit for your project. Continue reading
As the leaves begin to turn and we await the arrival of sweater weather, it’s time to start thinking about fall landscaping. If you’re a home seller, this is important because attractive landscaping helps create curb appeal.
Here are some things to remember to get your terrain ready for fall and the cold months ahead. Continue reading
Just like fresh notebooks with untouched pages, brand new sneakers and a crisp breeze that blows across an otherwise smoldering hot day at Foster beach, pumpkin spice drinks are one of the first signs that autumn is on its way.
Whether you’re a fan of the spicy-squashy $6 coffee drinks or lotions or scones, or you’re not so keen on sipping it or slathering it on your body, you can still celebrate this autumnal trend right in your own home.
We’ve harvested a few favorite ways to bring pops of pumpkin spice into your living space so you can enjoy just enough of it all season (or year) long. Continue reading
Whether you’ve already signed the papers or you’re still looking around for the perfect place, it’s important to prepare yourself for your new space.
If this is your first home, you might feel a little overwhelmed with how much furniture you’ll need to fill up your new space. You probably have a lot of the smaller household items but what about the bigger ticket items like sofas, tables and beds? How do you decide which one to buy? What do you even buy first?
Going through the milestone of furnishing your first home is a big deal that comes with big purchases. So it’s important to stick to your budget and prioritize your needs. Here are the five essential pieces to start off with to build your space. Continue reading
Art is an essential component of any home, from a studio apartment to a sprawling estate. But, starting an art collection can be a perplexing, sometimes intimidating endeavor. After all, few objects are more subjective than a piece of artwork.
However, the reality is that collecting art can be a fun and affordable adventure. Here are a few ideas for anyone looking to adorn the walls of a new home, invite variety into an existing collection, or even acquire that first piece of art.
When you move into a new home, it can take awhile before it begins to feel like your own. Until you can paint the space, redo the floors or renovate your kitchen, accessorizing is an easy and inexpensive way to make your new house feel like home.
“It’s amazing how a pop of color and a few new accents can give a room a whole new feel,” said Caitie Smithe Jisa, a designer for Walter E. Smithe. “Start with a big sweep of your space and select which accessories you still love and want to keep around. Any accessories that you feel are tired, boring, or out of place should be purged.” Continue reading
Designing or remodeling your home doesn’t have to be stressful or break the bank. When you determine the true purpose of the project, set a comfortable budget range, and partner with a designer to create your desired aesthetic, the design process can be both enjoyable and gratifying. Read on for our tips to build – and stick to – an interior design budget that will allow you to create a beautiful yet functional space. Continue reading