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Professional Artwork Selection and Placement


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Furniture Selection and Best Placement

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We offer

Stunning Draperies and Blinds

to provide privacy, sun protection

or simply beautify your windows



Do you need help for your rooms? 

Hire an interior designer that specializes in consulting, planning and giving you the direction you need to get your interior design projects finished. 

Are you looking for a qualified, credentialed residential interior designer?  Have you wasted your time and money on amateurs or made mistakes with free advice from your decorator friends?

Get pure advice!
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Furniture stores offer “free design service” to convince you to buy the inventory they have on hand.  But that is not in your best interest.

You deserve the very best in customer service and should not be limited to purchase only one store's furniture or accessories. 

Our goal is to get you implementing, not just planning. A credentialed interior designer will give you real design solutions to help you finish your home in a professional and attractive manner.
We refer only the most qualified residential interior designers.

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We offer

Perfect Paint Color Selection for your walls

and the best stain colors for your floors

as well as just the right color for your woodwork



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 ELIZABETH BENNETT lizproheadshot.jpg  Design Columnist
 State-licensed Residential Interior Designer until state no longer regulates residential designers on 8/31/11
Question:  One thing I hate about my house is the natural colored oak woodwork.  I noticed it's very common in the Midwest and I was brought up in the east coast where most homes have white woodwork.   We have far too much wood in our house, with a lot of crown molding and chair rails to have it turned into white, and then there are the doors and frame...but the next house will DEFINITELY have white woodwork.  Is it worth painting our woodwork?  We plan on selling when the home market picks up again.
Answer:  Actually, I have quite a few clients that have painted their natural oak wood trim and their doors a classic white color.  They preferred the painted white woodwork over the stained wood.  If white woodwork is your preference, then I suggest you get an estimate to have it painted.  It can be painted successfully by a professional painter. In my opinion, painted white woodwork is richer and more elegant.  In the Chicago area most homes over the $1,000,000 price range have painted white woodwork.  Sotheby’s is one of the premier real estate offices for the high-end market in Chicago and has a home on the market for $8,400,000 and the woodwork is white.  So it is safe to say that white woodwork is the standard for an upscale home.Some homeowners are concerned with the upkeep of white woodwork.  If you have it painted with an enamel finish it should clean up easily.  Benjamin Moore’s Satin Impervo Paint is a good product for painting woodwork.  Murphy’s Oil Soap and water is mild enough not to remove the paint yet strong enough to remove any scuffs.  Mr. Clean magic eraser works pretty well for fingerprints around the door handles.In defense of leaving your woodwork stained, there are some people that love oak woodwork, oak doors, oak spindles and railings.  It is true that many Southwest-Side homeowners love oak.  I was told by an employee (wishing to remain anonymous) who works in the trim department at Home Depot in Orland Park that oak sells more than white painted woodwork in this area.  He calls this area “Oakville.”  So it is possible that a buyer might prefer oak.Or maybe customers are buying oak to paint it.
This brings up another commonly asked question on painting wood.  Why do kitchen and bath cabinet manufacturers offer maple, hickory or cherry cabinets in painted colors?  These are the harder woods, but if they are going to be painted why not go with more inexpensive oak or birch?If the thought of painting the “good” oak woodwork has some readers concerned, take a look at  They are an international paint company.  I attended their design professionals paint training session recently and was astounded that they suggested painting trim, doors and wood floors colors such as lavender, blue and green.  In England most residences are so very old that even floors are painted colors.  Now that is something I haven’t suggested to clients.If you go ahead with painting that woodwork, you will join the ranks of the First Family because the Obama family is now living in a home that has white painted woodwork! 
 An all oak kitchen →
homerglenbeforenorth.JPG is transformed and modernized into→ whitekitchennorthwallhomerglen.jpg 


How do we create all those beautiful, coordinated rooms?

Color theory is an important part of a professional

interior designer's business.  We've created

this chart to illustrate four color variances

that will help you understand the process.


We are proud members of the following organizations:

the world's most prestigious interior design association

The Interior Design Society
highest level of residential interior designers

the council for qualified residential interior designers
recognized by state licensing regulations

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