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Summer in Chicago is the “sweet spot” and that’s why so many of us curse our way through the winter just to get to a Chicago summer. We have free festivals, free concerts, long standing parades and an abundance of green space to plant our perky behinds on and have a picnic with friends and family. Heck, since we live in the Midwest, there is always someone pleasant to meet. These are finds I plan to purchase …
A Must-Have for Any RoomJune 6, 2013
Texture is a must-have element that makes every room in your home more fascinating. It adds dimension, depth and character to our living spaces, transforming them from blah to ahhh! Here are some easy tips to get you started: Build layers: I like to layer a hair-on-hide area rug on top of short-pile carpeting or a sisal, or layer a plush throw on a chair or sofa. The contrast of shapes and materials adds a lot of warmth and interest. Notice in this family room I also added a faux crocodile ottoman topped with some sharp antlers for a play on textures. Remember the ceiling: People often are afraid to paint the ceiling … Read more
19th and 20th Century Treasures From Around the CountryMay 30, 2013
If you’re a veteran antique buff, you’ve probably heard of a terrific place called Kimball & Bean Architectural and Garden Antiques out in the “wilds” of Woodstock. The rest of you, take note! It’s time to get acquainted with this 1830′s farm where Beau and Nancy Kimball gather 19th and early 20th century treasures from around the country. With 10 acres of land and a big barn, they have plenty of space for a vast variety of goods, from equestrian items, door knockers and columns to lighting, planters and urns, sundials and benches, mantels and fire tools. Most of it is American-made, but if you dig, you’ll find some unusual French, English and … Read more
Crazy About Leather for Home DecorMay 23, 2013
I’m as crazy about leather for home décor as I am for my wardrobe – I just bought a beautiful spring linen jacket with leather sleeves from Vince. The same qualities that make leather so desirable for clothing and accessories make it a great choice for decorating. It’s soft and durable, looks rich and feels great. Leather provides texture and adds contrast to fabrics and metallic accents too, the way gold clasps and trim set off a fabulous leather handbag. It is a classic symbol of luxury. At Sweet Peas Design we’re finding many exciting new ways to add leather accents to your home. Instead of committing to an all-leather sofa or chair, try adding leather … Read more