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Monthly Archives: December 2010

House Beautiful: The Great Lady Decorators

House Beautiful’s online magazine featured 9 quotes from decorators who were pioneers in the interior design industry. The quotes are taken form a new book by Adam Lewis call  The Great Lady Decorators.  Read below for all the quotes.

It was delightful to read about designers who had the same position decades ago

At Deb Reinhart Interior Design Group we especially like Dorthy Draper’s comment, number 9.

Function is the key consideration for architecture.

This supports the partnership between an architect and an interior designer.

  • How people live is a specialty for the interior designer.
  • How the house is built is the primary specialty of the architect.

Our team relish working with not only our clients, but the various experts who make a home unique to them

We invite you to submit to us:

I wish my home had __________ in the architectural features.

9 Timeless Design Rules

1. “Every room has a mood or personality…and it is this that one desires to develop.” —Eleanor Brown

2. “Make the husband happy, and the job is done.” —Frances Elkins

3. “Believe in optimism and plenty of white paint.” —Elsie de Wolfe

4. “If you make a compromise — selecting something cheaper than what you really like — it compromises you, because you are never really happy with the result.” —Rose Cumming

5. “There is one fundamental fact about lighting: Where there is no light, there is no beauty.” —Ruby Ross Wood

6. “You can never achieve anything in a house unless you have things that have been passed down and you find a place for them for yourself.” —Sister Parish

7. “Crossing too many t’s and dotting too many i’s make a room look overdone and tiresome. One should create something that fires the imagination without overemphasis.” —Nancy Lancaster

8. “Love is essential to the decoration of a house….A room must say, ‘My love is here,’ or ‘My love has just left,’ or ‘I’m waiting for my love to arrive.’” —Madeleine Castaing

9. “Too often when we’re buying or building a house, we do not consider each room. We are carried away by one charming feature and are blind to details that will give us trouble later on.” —Dorothy Draper

No More Avocado Appliances: Designer Tips for a Successful Kitchen or Bath Remodel

Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom is one of the most complex projects in the Interior Design profession.  The statistic above 90% or 102% rings true, IF the design composition of the remodel is congruent with the home, space and is pleasing to view.

The amount of technical detail to accomplish the remodel or design is very extensive. Note some of the decisions:

Lakeshore Drive Condo Kitchen



  • GFI outlets are regulated by local code requirements.
  • Do you have enough power for the various new appliances?
  • Lighting: task, ambiance or reflective?
  • Decorative fixtures, ceiling cans or low voltage


  • Gas or electric?
  • The appliance packages can range from a few thousand up to $70,000
  • Critical to appliance choices—include the following criteria:

How do you cook? How do you entertain? How long will you live in this space?


  • How difficult is it to move water-or drains?
  • Do you need more than 1 sink? Pot fillers over the stove?


  • Maintenance – Tile is two times as hard as wood?
  • Alternative floors cork and bamboo are gaining popularity

Which trade is scheduled first? last?

streeterville Contemporary Master Bathroom

Streeterville Contemporary Bathroom


  • Are you remodeling in the same foot print?
  • Will you be  changing the wet items, the sewage stack is a critical consideration.
  • Light your face-not the top of your head.
  • Tile can range from $4-$5 a sq foot to $500 a square foot.
  • Finish schedule for your bathroom – choose colors and textures which you will  like in 2, 4 , 6  years?

Do you remember avocado appliances?

Deb’s tips:

  • Hire a professional—in selecting these expensive and permanent choices
  • Remember-the expense is not just a bathroom or kitchen –it is a home equity purchase.
  • Save the pop ideas-or trendy looks for transitional products—towels in the bath or tea kettle in kitchen
  • Classic installation in the kitchen and bath will pay for them selves.
  • The accents can then be traditional or contemporary.

Save money, invest in a professional who can stretch your dollars-eliminate mistakes AND improve the value of your home. An interior designer is your advocate and translator to accomplish a smooth remodel.

High-Rise City Beach House Kitchen

Streeterville Contemporary Bathroom

Streeterville Contemporary Bathroom

Decorating Tips for Your Living Room (or any room!)

Real Simple has a wonderful online article of 40 Decorating Tips for Your Living Room.  We decided to feature some of these great tips and show how we have used these in some of our own projects here at Deb Reinhart Interior Design Group.

Check out the entire Real Simple article for more ideas.

Tip #13: Use a rug to draw the eye in the direction of furniture you want to highlight, like a gorgeous tufted sofa.

In this City Beach House living room the Odegard carpet was the design inspiration for the entire room.

Tip #19: Perk up a bare wall with lightweight two-dimensional tiles.

Custom glass art tiles were used in this French Estate Bedroom.

Tip #20: Use plush pieces―an oversized couch, an ottoman―to give a stately look to a space.

This Lake Shore Drive Living Room has oversized plush furniture to highlight the grandness of the room.

Tip #26: Create a cozy conversation area by grouping seating around a large window, taking advantage of light and views.

This master bedroom's seating area highlights the stunning views of Lake Michigan & Navy Pier.