I’m as much of a Scrooge as anyone when I see Christmas decorations going up before Halloween. Bah, humbug! But here’s a holiday trend that melts my heart: People are not going as hog-wild about decorating their homes for Christmas as they used to. It seems everyone I talk to is planning to simplify and de-clutter for the holidays (and I thought it was just me). My friends and clients tell me they are going to select fewer pieces with greater meaning for them and their family, and leave the rest of it in the attic or the basement. They want more time for family and friends, and I agree. When … Read more
We’re used to designing gorgeous master baths for our clients, but doggy baths? As a matter of fact, yes! (We’ll even make parrot showers.) Pet washes have been gaining traction in the laundry rooms and basements of luxury homes where owners can corral their pets after a walk or romp (or flight!) outside. They are incredibly convenient, especially for large dogs, and they save the rest of the house from muddy paws. But these spaces come in handy for many other clean-up jobs too, such as hosing off shoes and boots, golf clubs and the kids’ dirty bare feet. They’re big enough to handle car window screens and gardening tools, too. Our most … Read more
Everyone loves Chicago. Good food, good people and a million activities to explore. But what about thinking outside of the box when it comes to a night on the town? The next time you’re craving casino kicks without the Vegas vapidity and sleazy high rollers, we strongly suggest you consider Chicago, Illinois as your casino holiday destination! Chicago may seem like an unlikely town to choose for a gambling holiday destination; however, there are a host of great casinos dotted around Illinois, some of them just 30-40 minutes from downtown Chicago! The Hollywood Casino in Joliet offers a touch of tinsel-town glitz an hour from the Windy City, while Harrah’s Casino, also in … Read more
She is fun, fabulous and fierce. She is chic, intelligent and in-the-know. But most of all, the Cheeky chick is the kind of woman who embraces, admires, respects, smiles at and opens her heart to other fabulous chicks. Now THAT'S Cheeky, darling!