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Stop Bed Mites!

Top Tips for Linen Care!

August 14, 2014
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by:
Lakesha Rose

I was recently on WGN giving tips on how to get rid of (and prevent) bed mites. (Try not to itch too much during the video.) Mattress : A mattress should be changed every five to ten years Vacuum mattress to keep out dust mites Covering your mattress and pillows in vinyl or allergy-barrier covers that zip closed will insure that mites don’t burrow in your mattress or pillows. It will keep your sheets mite-free a bit longer. Pillow: Keep pillows in vinyl or allergy-barrier covers Vacuum or wash pillows (Some experts even recommend putting the pillows in the freezer.) Bedsheets: People shed skin cells that dust mites feed on Sheets should be washed once a week even if your …  Read more

The Lip Gloss Look

Give Your Walls a Makeover with High Gloss Paint!

August 14, 2014
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by:
Susan Brunstrum

High gloss paint isn’t just for ceilings anymore. We’re seeing this lacquered look on walls in dining rooms, livings rooms, foyers and master bedrooms. Painters used to avoid high luster finishes in dark colors because it may show flaws in the wall, but they aren’t shy about it anymore. High gloss paint in darker colors or neutrals is all the rage. Why? Reflection! High gloss paint draws light further into the room and it adds another texture to a space. If you are reluctant to choose a dark color, remember that the extra light that bounces off the high gloss finish will brighten some of that darkness. Most of us are used to seeing this lustrous surface …  Read more

Showhouse Shindig

Gracious House Designer Showhouse

August 7, 2014
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by:
Susan Brunstrum

Get ready to party! Tickets are now available for the opening night reception Thursday, September 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the inaugural Gracious House Designer Showhouse in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. For details, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/o/6815552225?s=26534071  Join us and be among the first to see the transformation of this charming, three-level brick brownstone, located at 4035 N. Hermitage Ave. It will be the culmination of months of creative effort by the Sweet Peas Design team and five other Chicago area designers. We hope you’ll love our family room! There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and everyone can meet and mingle with architects, designers and other interior design aficionados. Tickets are $100 and …  Read more