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Style 101: Shabby Chic

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 by

  When you live in a city with loads of young hipsters, or casually watch a lot of HGTV, you’ll likely hear a lot of “design terminology” thrown around. It can be hard to navigate for the uninitiated, so I’m going to give you a place to start this week.   One of the more

The Top 5 Colors for 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 by

  If you’re looking to refresh your place this year, I have just the thing. Every year, all the big paint manufacturers choose a few colors which they expect to be the major trends for the year, or which they hope will set the tone for current designs. Ranging from your safe neutrals to bold

I know you saw that title and cringed a bit. But listen, wallpaper is making a huge comeback. Even our friends at HGTV are talking about it. What was once an outdated, labor-intensive design element has become something you can do in a weekend. And while paint is never going out of style, there are

Whether you work in an office or from your desk at home, manage a few dozen employees or an Etsy shop, it’s vital to create a productive work space. You want to minimize distractions, but without it feeling like a prison cell. You want to encourage collaboration, but without sacrificing individual performance. There are loads

Rehab in Downtown Glen Ellyn

Friday, 13 January 2017 by

123 Remodeling’s latest rehab project takes us to Glen Ellyn where we’re taking a pair of old buildings on Main st into the 21st century. We’re delving into some historic properties, one of which will be turning 90 this year. We’ll be gutting these buildings completely and updating them from the inside out. First order

Breaking the Popcorn Ceiling

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 by

New year, new you, new ceiling. Now that the holidays are over and the chaos of decorating and entertaining has come to an end, it’s time to get back to real life and start decluttering your life for a fresh start. And honestly, nothing needs a decluttering more than your popcorn ceiling. You might call

Today I want to talk about a flooring option which you may not have given much consideration. You can use it in any room in your house to give a look of modern elegance or the feel of rustic warmth. If you haven’t looked into wood-look tile as an option for your remodeling projects, then

Fireplaces from the Inside Out

Monday, 19 December 2016 by

Snow is on the ground, the Holidays are coming, and Fireplace Season is officially upon us. Whether you’re prepping for family gatherings or a visit from Santa Claus, you want your fireplace to look its best. So let’s take a couple minutes to discuss what goes into a fireplace (yes, besides wood).      

Today, we’re doing math – I’m warning you upfront. Don’t get scared, because it’s simple math and it’s gonna make your house look great. If you’ve ever been baking and confused a teaspoon with a tablespoon, you know that a small mistake in measurements can ruin an entire recipe. The same is often true in

As I was walking to my office the other day, I saw that one of the houses I routinely pass had turned around its plastic jackolantern lights to be Thanksgiving pumpkins. And while it’s certainly clever in a pinch, I think we can all do a little better when it comes to our holiday decor.

I grew up with two brothers, so as one might expect, there was lot of sibling in-fighting. We’re all three very different people with different ways of viewing and operating in the world. But the one thing that could always unite us (besides like McDonalds) was how much we loved movies. There were few conflicts

Building Your Best Book Nook

Thursday, 10 November 2016 by

November is National Novel Writing Month, so whether you’re a budding novelist or a notorious bibliophile, here are some tips for making the best space to bask in your love of books.          

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