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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Kitchen and Bath Remodeling – Bigger Does not Have to be Better

This vanity which includes a sink, faucet and countertop is high style-very compact solution for the smallest of  bathrooms.


In the rehabbing of our clients homes, we often utilize odd areas for powder rooms. Converting a small space under stair wells, carving out a bathroom from a closet, or creating a powder room from a former mud room is often challenging space planning for the fixtures. Once the plumbing issues are solved [waste stack and water] ,this vanity would make a design statement which is unique as it is functional. Parietal is a sink-faucet and towel rack in a mere 17″ x 10″“ size.

Color pops each model red, blue,  lime, yellow, black and white.

Easy maintenance-high style and terrific impact for the compact remodeling of a small powder room, this item is a winner for decorating.

Cottage Home: Basement Remodel: Set in Stone

One of current and favorite projects at Deb Reinhart Interior Design Group is a basement remodel of a cottage  home located in the North Chicago suburbs.

The first phase of the basement, featured on today’s blog, is a unique floor installation.

We have selected a charming pebble rock tile for half of the basement (kitchen, dining room & bathroom). The remainder of the basement is a beautiful gray epoxy concrete which can withstand the rigorous use of an active  young family.

To achieve the mix of color on the rock floor, we ordered 2 colors of river rock mounted on mesh backing which makes the installation achievable with the least amount labor.


Luckily we had plenty of help getting the job done!

The photo shown here shows our official “helpers”:)  River rock is being removed by the family children from the mesh backing and scattered into the taupe rock for the professionals to “set in stone”  the final color mix. Thanks to them for assisting us in a custom river rock basement floor!

Primary Pebble Tile

Gray Pebble Tile (Integrated into Taupe Pebble Tile)


The floor with integrated grey pebbles

Epoxy Concrete Floor












Pebble Floor Adjoining with Concrete Floors

This floor treatment allows us to meet code requirements of  ceiling height and protects the basement floor in the event of water damage.

What decorating mistakes drive you nuts: As seen on House Beautiful


What’s the decorating mistake decorators see in people’s houses that always drives them nuts?

Ten interior designers share their expert advice for what NOT to do.

Check out the entire online article here on House Beautiful.

1.  “Decorating that doesn’t match the personality and lifestyle of the people living in it. You wouldn’t wear the same clothes as your mother, and you shouldn’t decorate your home the way your mother would.” —HEIDI BONESTEEL

2. “Karate-chopped pillows. That look would never occur in pillow nature. Prominently placed family portraits. Best avoided if you’re not royal or papal. TVs that are disguised. They’ve been around for decades, so just embrace your TV. Would you buy an armoire for your stove?” —STEVEN SCLAROFF

3.  “The misuse or heavy-handed application of decorative painting. I saw a show house last weekend and it reminded me that you have to know when to stop. Brilliant painting is elegant and polished, but go too far and you end up with vulgarity when quality was the goal.” —MARY DOUGLAS DRYSDALE

4. “There’s nothing worse than bright overhead lights that make you feel like you’re onstage. Lighting shouldn’t wash down on you: It’s harsh and unflattering. I use dimmers in every part of a house, including bathrooms. And soft white bulbs in lamps. The best light comes at you from shaded lamps.” —BARCLAY BUTERA

5. “Candlesticks side by side. Candlelight, like open fires, has a certain allure — one of warmth and romance. To me, it’s most alluring when the light is spread around the room. In other words, separate the candlesticks! It’s also a more balanced aesthetic.” —ALBERT HADLEY

6. “Lamps that are completely disproportionate sizes on either ends of a sofa — that makes me crazy. Also when people hang a collection of pictures in these sort of idiosyncratic ways and it’s just a mess. Don’t try to get too creative. Keep it simple.” —DAVID KLEINBERG

7. “I’m often dumbstruck by the way people arrange their living room furniture. So much wide-open space, pieces plastered against walls, chairs too far apart. It’s simple, really: The guiding principle should be to create intimacy. How can you have a good conversation when you have to shout across the room? I imagine the sofa talking to the chairs, the chairs talking to one another.” —WHITNEY STEWART

8. “Regardless of how beautiful a room is, it’s compromised by glaring or gloomy lighting. Don’t rely on only one kind of light source. Mix a variety of overhead and floor or table lamps. And keep in mind that you’re not obliged to illuminate every corner evenly. Warm ‘pools’ of light draw people in and create intimacy.” —ALAN TANKSLEY

9. “Too many ideas — even good ones — in one place can add up to a big mess. Just pick one and go with it.” —ALESSANDRA BRANCA

10. “I hate seeing seating and furniture pushed up to the wall like you’re at a dance. I guess people are trying to make their rooms seem bigger, but if everything is too broad, too spread out, and too high, it’s impossible to feel cozy. It’s much more pleasant to break up space into smaller areas and give things a bit of air. Even in a narrow room, the sofa doesn’t have to be slammed up against the wall. Pull it out six inches.” —JACKIE TERRELL

Innovative Kitchen Design

Design by Sara Story, Photography by Eric Laigne

At Deb Reinhart Interior Design Group, we look to other designers & design magazines for inspiration.  This kitchen design by Sara Story is one of the most imaginative kitchens we have seen.

The design solution was based on the architecture of a long narrow space.  All of the appliances &  refrigerator are concealed by cabinets

Check out more of this interesting design on Decorati.

Retractable Kitchen Island – Controlled by iPhone

This kitchen island designed  by Tim Thaler who wanted more open usable space in his kitchen. The designer used Ikea boxes for the island and custom walnut front cabinets to give it a completely custom feel.  The electronics & movement of the island is are completely controlled by a iPhone.

Retractable Island: Down

In Motion

Island Fully Extended


“A hydraulic scissor lift is at bolted to the cement, and then a small frame is built on top of the scissor lift table. On top of that is a subfloor, flooring, and then the island. The cabinet doors are on the other side, and have safety push button switches that kill the electricity from the Smart Home Insteon switches, and prevent it from moving when the doors are not fully closed. This lift can easily lift over 1,500lbs, so it was an important safety feature!”

- Tim Thaler, designer

See the entire youtube video here.