Color Therapy: The Evolution of Blush


It’s no secret that pink has been huge for the past several years. It surfaced as Blush and was then coined “Millennial Pink,” which is only a little cringeworthy. When blush first came onto the scene it was an accent and usually paired with grey. It was so digestible the combo quickly made its way into the big box retail scene, marketed towards young females. 

Lately we’ve seen it in interiors as an accent and we’ve seen spaces layered with so many varying shades that blush can almost be seen as a neutral. The progression in popularity of this shade has been very interesting and we are smitten — so we’re calling this article The Evolution of Blush!

blush painted walls

Image from Hotel Bienvenue Paris

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Modern Luxury Interiors Feature

claire staszak modern luxury interiors

I am thrilled to announce our most recent press feature and cover line (!) in Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago. The spring 2018 issue features a vintage Lakeshore Drive apartment that we had the pleasure of working during the second half of 2017. This stunning 4,000 sqft home had some incredible bones to work with in the front of the house, and most of the back including the (VERY BAD) kitchen and master bath needed a total overhaul. 

You can read the feature story, “Old Is New Again,” in the digital edition and print magazine. I was also very flattered and excited to see that magazine editor, Andrea Mills, listed me as a designer “to watch” in the issue! Many thanks to my clients who were very collaborative and had a wonderful vision for their home. This was a dreamy project and a dream come true to see it in the pages of a magazine.

View the full portfolio of images: Lakeshore Drive Apartment







Design Bloggers Conference: High Point Tour Announcement

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating in the DESIGN BLOGGERS CONFERENCEHIGHT POINT MARKET TOUR, this coming weekend! I’ll be traveling to High Point, North Carolina and attending the largest furniture and accessories trade show (in the world!). 

I applied for this honor before Willa was born and was chosen to attend and forecast trends with all the wonderful other participants listed below. I’m a little sad to be leaving my baby girl, but very excited to see all the latest and greatest interior design inspiration.

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Bar Styling Inspiration

bar styling inspiration

Centered by Design worked on quite a few home bars in the last year. I wanted to update this old post on home bar styling and show you some of the examples from our latest projects:

dry bar home bar styling

This space was originally a hall closet. It is adjacent to the dining room and the home owner had the fabulous idea to turn it into a bar. I loved her thought and we decided to use smoked mirror, glass shelving, a beverage fridge and custom storage cabinet to complete this gorgeous little home bar! Image part of our VINTAGE LAKESHORE PROJECT

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DESIGN SCHOOL: Katie Hackworth

I don’t know Katie Hackworth personally but I’m certain she is one badass lady. You can tell from the absolutely stellar lighting she picks for every project! You can tell a lot about a designer by their lighting choices (I think – wink, wink). In all seriousness, I’m in love with Katie’s eclectic style and originally came across her work in this Architectural Digest/Clever article featuring the coolest kitchen nook. I always love west coast vibes and Katie’s eponymous firm, Katie Hackworth Architectural Design + Interiors is located in Seattle. Originally trained as a graphic designer, Katie is a self-taught architectural and interior designer, who oversees each and every details within the homes she creates. Take a look at her amazing attention to detail in these beautiful interior shots below and enjoy her Q+A. Thanks for stopping by this edition of DESIGN SCHOOL. 

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Color Therapy: Lagoon


If you look up the most popular interior colors after neutrals, blues and greens are consistently at the top of the list. Each season we see different nuances of blues, greens and everything in between. One color we are loving right now is a deep, but less saturated teal we like to call Lagoon. Sherwin Williams calls a similar hue Oceanside, and named it color of the year for 2018. Here’s lots of inspiration for decorating with teal!

decorating with teal

Room by Leanne Ford Interiors

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PROJECT REVEAL: Bright & Airy Open Concept

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This bright airy kitchen makes me so happy! Today’s project reveal is the entire first floor — open concept living, dining, kitchen, family room and powder room of a Lincoln Park, Chicago single family home. My clients built this gorgeous home in the early 90’s and were desperate for an update that reflected their current style and lifestyle. This project took almost a year to complete from our initial meeting to the photo shoot day, and you often become friends with your clients over that time period. I just love this family and I’m thrilled I was able to deliver the bright and airy refresh they were hoping for in the beautiful architecture that was their home.

Here’s a look at the finished project. Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see a few of the before pictures too as I reference them when sharing some design tips!


The old kitchen had the dated cherry wood look but overall a really nice layout. We kept appliances in the same place but made major updates to the hood, island, built-in pantries, backsplash, countertops and lighting. The old hood and backsplash were not making use of the beautiful high ceilings and that needed to change ASAP!

artistic tile marble backsplash

We used Starmark Cabinetry which is the made in USA line of cabinets I have in my kitchen and also one of the three lines we carry at our design studio in Lakeview. My design studio partners, Studio 912 Kitchen & Bath, also created the useful sections of custom butcher block for the work space on the island and coffee bar area.

Taking the backsplash all the way up the wall and creating a custom hood made a huge visual difference in the kitchen. Taking your site line all the way up to the ceiling makes for a bright airy feeling in the kitchen, as opposed to the darker and stout before image. We used a polished marble mosaic, called Studs Calacatta Gold, by Artistic Tile that shines and shimmers in the light. It also adds wonderful texture. If you can splurge, I think the backsplash is the best place to do it, as it’s often not a huge amount of square footage.

butcher block island

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The Warwick Reno: Spring Home Tour #2 – FULL REVEAL


I am SO EXCITED to finally be writing this post! Our upstairs remodel has been in the works a long time. We started the process in the summer of 2016 (with tearing out the old linoleum floors and planning the bathroom remodel). Remember the BEFORE PHOTOS from when we first moved in? And the terrible upstairs BATHROOM?

Not anymore! So fresh and so clean.

The small bathroom was gutted, re-framed and we tried to make the most of the footprint. More details in the post.

We waited until Luke had time off last summer to really dive into the complete gut. Here was the post with our ATTIC BEDROOM DESIGN. We hoped to be done with the upstairs renovation by September of last year, but with the reality of all there was to do, we just finished in the new year. When we purchased the house, the couple we bought it from had a legal cat rescue, so no one had lived upstairs in years – just the cats! The space has come a long way! With major improvements to the plumbing, refinishing of floors, new drywall, added electrical, new baseboards, doors, door hardware and lots more! 


Master detail. I designed the floating end tables to save space and keep a light and airy feeling. Lamp by Unison Home.

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February 20, 2018 Interviews 1 Comment

I don’t remember the exact moment I discovered William McLure‘s design work and art work, but the first image posted below, with the white painted floor stopped me in my tracks! There is nothing I love more than a well-layered room, and I was likely researching white painted floors. William does both the floor and the layering so well! I think I’m drawn to his style for a few other reasons, including the depth he creates in his rooms with items you can tell are vintage or antique. Plus, he can create show stopping rooms in both neutrals and color – as you can see in all the photos below. I think that is a true sign of a talented designer. No one trick pony around here!

William is based in Birmingham, Alabama and I think you’ll love his insight and tips. Here’s the William McLure interview / Q&A:

My secret styling trick: Layering a room. Books, candles, flowers, sculpture, etc….The details that make a room personal. This is what makes a room special, unique and pulls it all together!

My childhood bedroom would have this: I was constantly nailing sheets to the ceiling to try to give the effect of a canopy over the bed!!

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Color Therapy: Vermilion

using red in interior design

Whether you know a name for every shade or call a spade a spade, color has a huge impact on us in many ways. In this new series, Color Therapy, we want to not only highlight trending colors but show how designers use them in unique and aspirational ways. As color lovers, we hope this series will encourage you to bring more color into your life so we’ve pulled together some accessories to get you started using red in interior design. You may notice a few of these items in the designs featured below!

using red in interior design


One color that is popping up in a powerful way is red, also known as vermilion (if you want to sound fancy!). Interior trends notoriously follow fashion and red was all over the Fall/Winter 2017 runways. Benjamin Moore named Caliente the color of 2018 and Charlotte Sinclair of Vogue says, “Revolutions are ignited by it, the camera loves it and people go to court over it – no other colour has the extraordinary appeal of red.” It’s a classic color rooted in human history and we’re seeing it trending in two different ways.

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