Behind the Scenes of Centered by Design’s Rebrand

May 2, 2022 Interior Design

Spring is a season of newness and the perfect time to reveal a fresh look and space for Centered by Design….

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How to Find and Vet Home Contractors

This year, why not go beyond spring cleaning and give your home a major upgrade with a spring kitchen renovation? This…

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7 Unexpected Places Interior Designers Find Inspiration (That Aren’t Pinterest or Instagram)

February 21, 2022 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

It’s hard to remember where we turned for quick interior design inspiration before Pinterest and Instagram. These two ubiquitous digital platforms…

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We Are Hiring!

January 25, 2022 Interior Design

This is an exciting role for a leader in the interior design industry to join an A-List Chicago design firm that…

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These Are the 7 Top Interior Design Trends You’ll See Everywhere in 2022

January 23, 2022 Interior Design, Trend Love

January is an exciting time to look ahead to all the possibilities for interior design trends and home renovation projects this…

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Project Reveal: Cali Girl Blue Renovation in Lakeview

A California modern home… in the heart of Chicago? This is a project we’ve been working hard on lately for a…

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Our Holiday Home Goods Drive with Schlep and Humble Design

With the end of the year fast approaching, we’ve been thinking about a meaningful way for us, as a business, to…

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WE ARE HIRING – Design Director & Office Manager Roles

November 28, 2021 Interior Design

Hello there! We have two exciting interior design job openings in Chicago for the right candidates. Please read the detailed descriptions…

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5 Stunning Fireplace Design Ideas to Cozy Up Your Home

November 16, 2021 Interior Design

Sipping on a warm drink while curled up with family around the fireplace is extra cozy, especially around the holidays. If…

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Where to Buy Wallpaper

Top Spots to Buy Wallpaper Online, According to Interior Designers

October 22, 2021 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

They say everything old is new again. That cliché holds true when it comes to a trend being revived from the…

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A Guide to the Best Vintage Home Goods Stores in Chicago and Beyond

September 19, 2021 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

Vintage home décor and furniture add so much depth and character to a home. Rather than filling up a space with…

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Nursery Glider Makeover with Calico Reupholstery

Our lives have changed immensely since my last blog post! Luke, Willa and I are now a family of four, having…

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The Warwick Reno – A Classic Black & White Bathroom with Flair

This summer, I decided it was time to finally renovate the bathroom on the main floor of our Chicago bungalow — the…

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How the Architecture of Your Home Should Inform Your Design

Your styles and tastes may change throughout your life, but the architecture of and era in which your home was built…

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How to Visualize Furniture in a Room

5 Ways to Visualize Your Design

Ready to design or re-design a space in your home, such as your kitchen, family room, or master bedroom? Let the…

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Today Show Features Willa’s Playroom!

June 1, 2021 Interior Design, Interviews

I have long LOVED the Today Show! It was a thrill to see a photo of our very own daughter’s playroom…

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5 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make with a Bathroom Reno

Thinking of doing a bathroom reno? Great idea! Not only can a bathroom reno make this essential space more functional and…

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An Interior Designer’s Guide to Nursery Design, 2 Ways

With our leader Claire expecting baby No. 2 later this year, we’re abuzz with talk about nursery decorating ideas these days….

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We Are Hiring

March 29, 2021 Interior Design

Interior Design Assistant & Marketing – Full Time Role Email Resume, Cover Letter and Portfolio: 2 years experience in the…

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Peek Inside Our New Chicago Design Studio!

February 24, 2021 Interior Design

We have some exciting news: Centered by Design is moving to a new Chicago design studio! Spring has a way of…

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7 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

February 19, 2021 Interior Design

If you’ve never worked with a professional to help you decorate your home, you may be wondering why to hire an…

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The State of Real Estate in Chicago in 2021

February 1, 2021 Interior Design, Interviews

It’s the trend we never saw coming. Due to the pandemic, real estate has experienced an unprecedented busy year, as being…

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Our Top Home Design Trends for 2021

January 5, 2021 Interior Design, Trend Love

As we close the tumultuous chapter that was 2020, it’s exciting to look ahead to a new year, full of opportunity…

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Decorating Your Home for the Holidays!

One of the most beautiful things about decorating for the holidays is all the ways you can bring the outdoors in….

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Meet Our Design Team!

November 17, 2020 Interior Design, Interviews

You know the old adage, “it takes a village”? Not only about raising children, this holds true at Centered by Design,…

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The Warwick Reno – Fall Home Tour 2020

Today I’m excited to share our fall home tour! But first, let’s talk about 2020. It goes without saying that this…

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Willa’s Playroom Reveal

Today, we’re talking all about playroom design, and I’m going to take you behind the scenes in my daughter’s special room….

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Our Greatest Hits: Wallcoverings

September 24, 2020 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

Not sure what to do with your blank walls? Wallpaper is a great place to start. It’s majorly back in style,…

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How to Update a Kitchen Without a Total Gut Rehab

September 11, 2020 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

A major kitchen renovation usually means a major investment. While a brand-new kitchen designed to fit your family’s lifestyle is a…

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Your Kitchen Renovation Questions, Answered in Our New PDF Series

At Centered by Design, we’re big believers that interior design—including all those kitchen renovation questions you might have—doesn’t have to be…

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FEATURED: Luxe Interiors + Design June 2020

When my best friend since high school asked if I would redesign her historic, North Shore home to suit her growing…

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High Impact Design Ideas for Your Kid’s Room or Playroom

Design ideas for kid’s rooms can feel limiting. I often see people gravitate towards animals, pastel colors or stereotypical motifs like…

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How to Use Wallpaper in Your Kitchen Design

Wallpaper in the kitchen? Don’t think that tile and stone are your only options. This article outlines how to use wallpaper…

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Why We’re Loving Dark & Moody Kitchens

January 19, 2020 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

Are Dark Kitchens Trending? In a word: Definitely. While white, airy kitchens have been popular for years, dark kitchens offer a…

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Designer Advice Made Simple: PDFs to Educate & Inspire

January 7, 2020 Interior Design, Styling Lessons

Hello and welcome! I am so excited to share that we’ve launched an online SHOP. This is not your typical interior…

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Creating Sacred Space at Home

December 31, 2019 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

My Thoughts on Sacred Space + Personal Sanctuary: Happy New Year friends! This year Centered by Design is not going to…

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Feature on Elle Decor Online!

August 24, 2019 Interior Design

DECORATING WITH VINTAGE: At Centered by Design, we love incorporating vintage and antique items into all our design projects. In some…

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North Shore Reveal – Elegant Tone-on-Tone Decorating

Tone-on-tone decorating may sound easy but it takes a keen eye to keep your home or rooms from looking basic and…

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Evanston Kitchen Reveal: Making the Most of a Small Footprint

Designing kitchens is one of my absolute favorite parts of the interior design process. It’s the heart of the home and…

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Our Top 9 White Paint Colors

White is white, right? WRONG! There are thousands of white paint colors. You can drive yourself mad finding the right one….

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Style Your Summer: Covered Porch Makeover!

Is your exterior ready for maximum summer enjoyment? Here in Chicago, our porch sitting days are limited! I am so excited…

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Claire Speaks on Style/Library Panel @ NYC Design Week

I’m thrilled to be attending NYC Design Week for the very first time! I will be speaking on a panel with…

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DESIGN SCHOOL: French & French Interiors

March 25, 2019 Interior Design, Interviews

Hello and welcome to our Design School series! If you are new to the blog or the series, this is where…

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Style Library Announces Partnership with Centered by Design as 2019 Brand Ambassador

Style Library Announces Partnership with Centered by Design in Chicago as 2019 Brand Ambassador   MARCH 2019 (New York, NY) –…

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Marble vs Quartz: The Great Countertop Debate

February 25, 2019 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

Should you choose marble, quartz or granite in the kitchen? The great countertop debate begins right here! Put on your scientific…

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Modern White Kitchen Reveal featured by Monogram Appliances

January 26, 2019 Before + After, Interior Design

We are lucky to have the Merchandise Mart here in Chicago and the ability to easily visit and partner with incredible…

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Getting Organized with NEAT METHOD

It’s a brand new year – happy 2019 friends! In honor of starting the year off on the right foot (and…

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Design Blog Hop Holiday Cookie Swap

December 3, 2018 DIY Projects, Interior Design

Get ready for a serious does of delicious my friends. Today I’m sharing how to make mini tea cakes for your…

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This Chic Holiday Brunch is Beautiful and Delicious

Happy Holidays friends! Christmas music starts playing in my head just looking at these gorgeous images. It was so much fun…

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“Metropolitan” Color of the Year 2019

November 22, 2018 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

Benjamin Moore, my personal go-to paint company, just announced Metropolitan AF-690 as color of the year 2019. I usually don’t pay a…

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“Think first of the walls, for they are that which make your house a home.” –  William Morris (1832 – 1896)…

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DESIGN SCHOOL: Lauren Nelson

October 28, 2018 Interior Design, Interviews

Welcome to another edition of DESIGN SCHOOL. If you are new to the blog DS is a question and answer interview…

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How to Baby Proof Your Home with Style

October 22, 2018 DIY Projects, Interior Design, Warwick

How To Baby Proof Your Home with Style Hello friends, it’s been awhile since I’ve written a personal post or house…

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CS Magazine | Modern Luxury Feature October 2018

October 4, 2018 Interior Design, Interviews

We are thrilled to announce our latest press feature in CS Magazine | Modern Luxury, Om Home, is an article chronicling…

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DESIGN SCHOOL: Josh Young Design House

September 11, 2018 Interior Design, Interviews

Happy day design lovers! I’m thrilled to have Josh Young Design House on the blog today. Josh is a recent Chicago…

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Design Chicago 2018 – Save the Date

September 5, 2018 Interior Design

SAVE THE DATE. I’m honored to be speaking at the Midwest’s largest residential design conference, Design Chicago, which takes place this…

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Starting An Art Collection: What You Should Know

Hey, hey, hey! It’s my birthday today and there’s nothing that excites me more than sharing great design inspiration and knowledge…

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DESIGN SCHOOL: Kevin O’Gara of Thou Swell

August 20, 2018 Interior Design, Interviews

DESIGN SCHOOL: INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN O’GARA Kevin O’Gara of Thou Swell blog and Kevin Francis Design hails from Atlanta but is…

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Color Therapy: We’ve Got a Crush on Powder Blue

We have seen pastels popping up in fashion and interiors in a big way over the last five years. Different shades…

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Chicago Design Alliance + St. Jude Fundraiser

Chicago Design Alliance + St. Jude Walk/Run 2018 Fundraiser This is a personal post, but also a post topic that impacts…

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Window Treatments: Roman Shades & Drapery Panels

One of my very favorite ways to transform a room is window treatments. When I started the blog back in 2015,…

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DESIGN SCHOOL: Summer Thornton Design

June 20, 2018 Interior Design, Interviews

There’s no better time than the first day of SUMMER to share my interview with Chicago designer Summer Thornton. I’m really thrilled…

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Color Therapy: Decorating with Yellow!

Decorating with Yellow: Chances are you have a specific opinion on yellow, you like it or you don’t. There are so…

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High Point Market Spring 2018: Tres Chic Cocktail Tables

It’s my last post in the High Point Market series! I participated in a wonderful sponsored blogger trip to High Point,…

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The No Makeup Home Tour

I will be the first to admit that I’m a perfectionist and that my Instagram feed is curated and planned. The…

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DESIGN SCHOOL: Lynn K. Leonidas

May 16, 2018 Interior Design, Interviews

I first came across Lynn K. Leonidas through Sunset Magazine. Lynn’s firm was hired for a complete gut renovation for the Editor-in-Chief…

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Powder Room Makeover with Ferguson Showrooms

I’m so excited to be revealing our Powder Room Makeover Challenge with Ferguson Showrooms today. This little room has gone from…

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Color Trends at High Point Market 2018

One of my favorite parts of visiting High Point Market is looking for color trends 2018 or validating what seems to…

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Spring Home Tours Update!

If you’ve been reading the blog for a little while you might remember my HOME TOUR last year. I partnered with…

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Insider’s Guide to High Point Market

An Insider’s Guide to High Point Market: My first visit to High Point Market was quite the trip! I attended a…

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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…

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Modern Luxury Interiors Feature

I am thrilled to announce our most recent press feature and cover line (!) in Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago. The spring…

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Design Bloggers Conference: High Point Tour Announcement

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating in the DESIGN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE – HIGHT POINT MARKET TOUR, this coming weekend!…

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Bar Styling Inspiration

Centered by Design worked on quite a few home bars in the last year. I wanted to update this old post…

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DESIGN SCHOOL: Katie Hackworth

March 20, 2018 Interior Design, Interviews

I don’t know Katie Hackworth personally but I’m certain she is one badass lady. You can tell from the absolutely stellar…

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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…

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PROJECT REVEAL: Bright & Airy Open Concept

This bright airy kitchen makes me so happy! Today’s project reveal is the entire first floor — open concept living, dining,…

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

February 28, 2018 Before + After, Interior Design, Warwick

I am SO EXCITED to finally be writing this post! Our upstairs remodel has been in the works a long time….

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Color Therapy: Vermilion

Whether you know a name for every shade or call a spade a spade, color has a huge impact on us…

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Kitchen Design Trends 2018

February 10, 2018 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

Before we get too far into the year, I want to share a few predictions for kitchen design trends 2018. I…

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Modern Bulletin Board DIY

February 1, 2018 DIY Projects, Interior Design

It’s hard to find a classy looking bulletin board! And it can be even more difficult to find a nice big…

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How To Pitch & Get Press For Your Interior Design Business

January 25, 2018 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

Interior design inspiration and education are my main focuses here on the blog (with some personal updates sprinkled in of course)….

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The Warwick Reno: Nursery Reveal

With only 10 days until baby girl’s due date, I’m excited to finally be revealing the before and after of our…

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DESIGN SCHOOL: Natasha Habermann Studio

January 9, 2018 Interior Design, Interviews

Hello there! We are back with a new edition of DESIGN SCHOOL, this time with a designer who comes from a…

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Year in Review: 2017 Highlights

As I write this post at more than 8 months pregnant, I can no longer balance my laptop on my stomach…

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The Best of High Point Market Fall 2017

December 21, 2017 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

I was not able to make it out to North Carolina for High Point Market this year, but luckily for all…

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The Warwick Reno: Baby Girl’s Nursery

November 30, 2017 Interior Design, Warwick

I can’t believe I’m finally writing this post. Designing the nursery has honestly been tough! I think it’s a lot of…

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Chicago Design Studio Reveal!

We are SO DANG EXCITED to announce the opening of our design studio and cabinetry showroom in the Lakeview neighborhood of…

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Studio Grand Opening + Powder Room Giveaway!

November 3, 2017 Interior Design, Yoga + Lifestyle

What started as a small sub-lease on little storefront this spring has now become an official INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO! I am…

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The Warwick Reno: Master Bedroom Design Plan

October 25, 2017 Interior Design, Warwick

It’s time for an update on #thewarwickreno and I’m very excited about how far we’ve come upstairs! We are nearing the…

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Design School: Lindsay Speace

October 12, 2017 Interior Design, Interviews

A Cape Cod native now based in Raleigh, North Carolina Interior Designer Lindsay Speace’s work originally caught my eye due to…

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CBD on Million Dollar Decorating Podcast

The interior design podcast community is growing (see my list of favorites below) and we’re honored to be featured this month…

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Before + After: Using Neutrals with Style

October 2, 2017 Before + After, Interior Design

If you are consistently drawn to decorating with neutrals and bright or bold colors are just not your thing, fear not,…

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My Favorite DARK Paint Colors

September 25, 2017 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

DARK paint colors scare a lot of people. Typical concerns you get from clients sound something like: “Will dark paint colors…

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Home Tour with Room for Tuesday Blogger Sarah Gibson

September 21, 2017 DIY Projects, Interior Design

Last winter, while traveling to an influencer event in Minneapolis I had the good fortune of meeting Sarah Gibson of Room…

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Design School: Logan Killen Interiors

September 18, 2017 Interior Design, Interviews

Thanks for tuning back in for our second Design School interview! I’m thrilled to have the New Orleans duo, Katie Logan…

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Ch-h-hanges! A New Baby & A New Design Studio

September 13, 2017 Interior Design, Warwick

I’m sharing a little secret we’ve been keeping for about 20 weeks – we’re pregnant with our first child! While it’s…

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Find Your Personal Sanctuary

September 8, 2017 Interior Design

We’ve got a VIDEO! Scroll down to watch and here’s a little backstory: You may not realize that Centered by Design…

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Design School: Studio LIFE.STYLE.

August 21, 2017 Interior Design, Interviews

Welcome to the launch of DESIGN SCHOOL. This monthly interview series is chance to get inside the minds of our favorite…

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Color and Pattern for a Family Home

July 27, 2017 Interior Design

Excited to share a recent project that involved a lot of my favorite – color and pattern! I get extra excited…

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The Warwick Reno: Master Bathroom Planning

July 16, 2017 Interior Design, Warwick

Last month I shared our plans for the new bathroom upstairs, including some before photos and the fabulous rendering Deckor helped…

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10 Best Apps for Your Interior Design Business

Everyone has a different path to walk when opening their interior design business and beginning the journey of entrepreneurship. We all…

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Lake Forest Showhouse 2017: Before and After

A big heartfelt THANK YOU to all those who came out to visit The Lake Forest Showhouse 2017. It was an…

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10K Giveaway – Join the Instagram Party

May 22, 2017 Interior Design

It was a milestone moment for CBD this month when we reached 10 thousand followers on Instagram !! If you follow along…

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Outfit to Room: May Edition

It’s always fun to see what our resident stylist, Alyssa of Cochic Styling, comes up with when she creates “the outfit” to match…

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Spring Home Tours Week Five: Meredith Rodday

May 4, 2017 Interior Design

Today I’m excited to introduce you to Meredith Rodday of View From My Heels. Meredith’s home is just outside Boston and…

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Women Who MAKE: Zoe Pawlak

Centered By Design: Women Who MAKE Interview – Artist Zoë Pawlak This month, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Canadian artist…

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The Warwick Reno: Spring Home Tour – FULL REVEAL!

April 24, 2017 Interior Design, Warwick

It’s week four of the #SpringIntoHome series – and the home tour of our Chicago bungalow renovation is up this week!…

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Spring Home Tours Week Three: Farmer’s Daughter Interiors

Alrighty! By now you know the drill, it’s Friday and that means it’s #SpringIntoHome home tour time. This week it’s my…

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Outfit to Room: April Edition

With wedding season in the Midwest quickly approaching I thought that this month’s Outfit to Room post could stand to go…

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CBD Interviewed on our first PODCAST!

Hello there friends, Excited to have made it through my very first podcast interview!! I was recently interviewed by LuAnn Nigara…

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Spring Home Tours Week Two: Bria Hammel Interiors

April 13, 2017 Interior Design

It’s week two of #SpringIntoHome and this week’s home tour is courtesy of Bria Hammel Interiors. Bria and I were first…

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The Warwick Reno Featured in The Chicago Tribune

April 9, 2017 Interior Design, Warwick

It was an exciting week at the Staszak household. Our little renovation story made it into the Chicago Tribune, and on…

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Spring Home Tour Week One: Doreen Corrigan

Today is the first of the Friday home tours this spring! It’s always thought provoking and inspiring to see how someone…

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Spring Home Tours Announcement

April 4, 2017 Interior Design

To welcome springtime this year and share our love of interior design, I’ve collaborated with fellow blogger gal pals (many of…

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Women Who MAKE: Angela Chrusciaki Blehm

April 2, 2017 Interior Design, Interviews

The wide world of Instagram led me to the work and home of artist Angela Chrusciaki Blehm. Her profile read, “Obsessed…

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Outfit to Room: March Edition

Spring has officially sprung! At least at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory it has. I took a visit there yesterday and it…

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Highlights from the Design Bloggers Conference

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You guys I cannot believe it, but this little blog WON BIG at the Design…

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The Mood Board: How to Create A Feeling

For some, creating a mood board comes naturally. You save bits and pieces of your life; a card from a friend,…

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MyDomaine Features New Work

I am very excited to share some new work with you today! A project that began last July and finished just…

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Outfit to Room: February Edition

It’s time for a monthly does of fashion with guest contributor, Alyssa Doorhy, of CoChic Styling. Alyssa and I both love…

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Design Blogger Conference Awards 2017

January 28, 2017 Interior Design

Hi friends and readers! I need your help and votes : ) I’m super stoked to be nominated in two categories…

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The Warwick Reno: KITCHEN REVEAL

Woohoo!! The big moment has finally arrived. It’s our classic black and white kitchen reveal! Remember the before photos and the DESIGN…

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Fashion and Interiors with CoChic Styling

Hey there, I’m excited to share a new monthly post concept and my latest collaborator! Alyssa Doorhy is a Chicago-based stylist…

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Save the Date: Lake Forest Show House 2017

January 13, 2017 Interior Design, Yoga + Lifestyle

I’m thrilled to be participating in the Lake Forest Show House 2017, along side Relativity Textiles! We are co-designing the back…

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Before & After: Family Room Remodel + White Washed Fireplace

January 2, 2017 Before + After, Interior Design

This dated family room got a big update! I’m excited to show you the before and after. I think there are…

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2016 Review: Popular Posts, Inspiration & What’s Your Mantra?

Happy New Year friends! I’m not one for resolutions per say, but my yearly tradition seems to center around the notion…

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New Work: Portfolio Update

December 13, 2016 Interior Design, Styling Lessons

Holy moly, it’s almost the end of the year!! Web site updates usually take a back seat around here, as just…

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The Warwick Reno: Living Room Reveal

December 6, 2016 Interior Design, Warwick

Sit back, relax and get ready for a long post folks! We are going back to the beginning at The Warwick…

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Living Room Sneak Peek & Black Friday SALE

November 23, 2016 Interior Design, Warwick

One of the best parts of being a designer is sharing the “reveal” photos. There is so much creative energy, planning,…

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The Warwick Reno: Kitchen Sneak Peek

November 18, 2016 Interior Design, Warwick

Ahh! I am so excited to share a few little peeks at our black and white kitchen renovation with you. Carolina…

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One Room Challenge, Weeks Five and Six: The Big Reveal

November 11, 2016 Before + After, Interior Design, Warwick

I finished my first One Room Challenge (and only a day late!). I jumped on this train very last minute, so…

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Shopping Vintage like a Pro

November 4, 2016 Interior Design, Tips + Resources

I’m excited to be featured on my friend Erin’s blog today! Erin is DIY maven behind Francois et Moi, and it’s…

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Women Who MAKE: Hapi Art and Pattern

November 1, 2016 Interior Design, Interviews

Today, I’m so excited to bring you into the bold and colorful world of Kristi Kohut of Hapi Art and Pattern….

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The Warwick Reno: Entryway Reveal

With the One Room Challenge in full swing, I’ve gotten a little distracted with my other posts. I realized I never…

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One Room Challenge: Week Two, Painting & The Plan

October 12, 2016 Interior Design, Warwick

Hiya! If you’re following along with The Warwick Reno, you know my husband Luke and I are slowly renovating our 1932-built…

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Women Who MAKE: Rehabitat Interiors

October 10, 2016 Interior Design, Interviews

Have you ever had a design crush? For me, it’s a situation where I look at the work of said designer/s…

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One Room Challenge: Week One, Home Office Makeover

October 7, 2016 Interior Design, Warwick

I’m ten seasons late, but I’m joining in the One Room Challenge for the first time! Have you heard of this…

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The Warwick Reno: Blue Bedroom Reveal

September 22, 2016 Before + After, Interior Design, Warwick

The very first room in the new house #thewarwickreno is DONE! I’m so happy to report that it’s the blue bedroom…

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The Warwick Reno: Mudroom Planning

I am loving how recently it seems mudrooms and laundry rooms are taking on a design life of their own. They…

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Before and After: A Charming Bedroom Makeover

September 2, 2016 Before + After, Interior Design

Hiya! Quick post today with a great before and after WOW factor. I was thrilled when the stylish and sweet Maya…

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The Warwick Reno: A Chic Entryway

One of my favorite spots to decorate in a home is the entryway. This often overlooked space has tons of potential,…

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Blue Bedroom Design Dreams

August 4, 2016 Interior Design, Warwick

Blue is most definitely my favorite color. But I’ve been slightly distressed, because as I solidified designs for the main rooms…

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Easy Bathroom Updates

July 20, 2016 Interior Design

We are currently living with some super vintage bathrooms (yet to be seen here on the blog), and I’ve been thinking…

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Looking For the Perfect Settee

My middle name as been settee this week! I’ve been looking for a streamlined settee or bench for my own living…

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Design Advice for a Kitchen Renovation

It’s been everything KITCHEN these past two weeks as we gear up for demolition! Luke and I have had a lot…

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Behind the Photo Shoot with Unison Home

Hello friends, sorry for the delay in posting! Summer has really picked up with client projects, the house renovations are underway,…

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The Warwick Renovation: Modern Romantic Design in the Living Room

June 14, 2016 Interior Design, Warwick

I’m most definitely a romantic. Actually, I think there is almost nothing I like better than LOVE, but when it comes…

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The Warwick Renovation: Wallpaper Panels in the Dining Room

I’m crazy about wallpaper! But wall-to-wall wallpapering can be a long-time style commitment (not to mention financial commitment). Often you will…

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The Warwick Renovation: Picking Greige Paint & Planning

May 31, 2016 Interior Design, Warwick

It’s been almost two months since move-in day, and for the most part the house looks totally the same. I keep…

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The Warwick Renovation: Hollywood Regency Style Dining Room

Let’s start from the beginning. If you’re new to the blog or this series, welcome (if you’re not, thanks for reading…

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Favorite Thrift & Vintage Shops in Minneapolis and Chicago

You guys! I’m excited about this post for so many reasons, but primarily because it means summer road trip season is…

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CBD on Style Me Pretty Living: Gray Living Room Decor

It’s always exciting to see your designs shared online, and my favorite part is reading the article titles and headlines the…

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April 28, 2016 Interior Design, Warwick

Hello Friends! For those of you who have been following along on Instagram or sign-up for the monthly newsletter, you might…

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Rue Magazine Feature with Relativity Textiles

April 16, 2016 Interior Design, Interviews

You may remember textile artist and wallpaper designer, Erin Chlaghmo, from my Women Who MAKE interview series, when I featured her…

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Damn Good Design Articles: Edition 3

It’s a holiday weekend, and hopefully you’ve got a little extra time with friends, family or to check up on your…

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Design*Sponge Interiors Feature: Project Coach House

It is always a thrill to have your work shown on the web, and I’m very honored that one of my…

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Creating A Home Office You’ll Love

February 22, 2016 Interior Design, Styling Lessons

*This post first appeared as a guest post on where I occasionally write interiors focused articles for their Nest column. When…

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Damn Good Design Articles: Edition 2

Two articles for price the price of one today friends! For this second edition of Damn Good Design Articles, I’ve paired…

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Damn Good Design Articles: Edition 1

Today I’m starting a new kind of post, my first “round-up” of sorts! I’m always scouring the web for all things…

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DIY Wall Art Projects with Wallpaper

January 7, 2016 DIY Projects, Interior Design

There is no denying that wallpaper is back in vogue big time. This month on #WomenWhoMake, I featured artisan textile and…

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Women Who MAKE: Relativity Textiles

January 4, 2016 Interior Design, Interviews

I’m really excited for you all to meet Erin. This woman is making it HAPPEN with her own two hands! She’s juggling…

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A Quick Look Back on 2015

It’s been quite the eventful year and my top nine posts on Instagram sums it up pretty well – design, design,…

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Decorating Inspiration: A Bohemian Hideaway

Hi Friends! It’s been over a week since my last post, so sorry! I’ve been busy with a few projects, and…

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Bohemian Style Studio Makeover

I’m excited to share a project with you today that has been in the works for several months. I teamed up…

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Create a Personal Sanctuary that Keeps your Travel Memories Alive

Using the written word to tell a compelling story is a definite art. Gifted writers seem to always find eloquent words…

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Affordable Nursery Design with Target and buybuy Baby

Alrighty! Today I’ve got a short and sweet post all about decorating an affordable nursery. I find that lots of people…

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The Ross House is featured on Design Sponge!

Today I’m really excited to share that a project I was a large part of, The Ross House, has been featured…

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Apartment Therapy Feature

Last week our apartment tour went live on Apartment Therapy! I was really impressed with how well our AT editor seemed…

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High-End Design on a Budget

July 15, 2015 Interior Design

This post first appeared on A lovely and inspiring lifestyle site based in Chicago, where I occasionally contribute design focused…

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The Art of Layering Rugs

Layering rugs isn’t exactly a new trend, but with the recent explosion of bohemian decorating options for the masses, my pinterest…

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Centered By Design is featured in Germany!

I was pleasantly surprised to get an email from German design blogger Maria Spassov a few weeks ago. Through the wonders…

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Flea Market Fabulous

Summer flea market season officially opens this weekend! Here in Chicago, it’s marked by the Randolph Street Market taking their festivities…

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My Favorite Art Resources

There comes a moment in most 20 or 30 somethings lives when you realize that you need art, you need art…

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Photoshop Tutorial: Create Your Own Color Palette

I’ve been slowing building my Photoshop skills. Digital design skills are very important for interior design work today and there are…

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Bedroom Design: Splurge or Steal?

April 13, 2015 Interior Design

I am always a fan when fashion magazines do the splurge vs. steal page layout for an outfit. It’s not always…

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Colorful Exteriors & Wanderlust

Lately I’ve been dreaming about two things, 1. My client’s homes (there are many days I wake up debating paint colors)…

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Wallpaper Resources and Trends

Wallpaper is making a huge comeback, and I mean HUGE! You can’t look at any interiors focused site today without an…

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Tips & Resources: Great Interior Design Books

I am definitely a book lover. These days with my Kindle, Iphone and Amazon it’s rare that I actually get to…

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Design Ideas for a Stylish Entryway

The entryway to our homes can often get overlooked. Like a sturdy handshake or friendly smile upon meeting someone, your entry…

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Centered By Design is featured on The Everygirl

For those of you who may not be familiar with The Everygirl, here’s a little introduction. The site is run by…

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Best of Houzz 2015 Award

January 22, 2015 Interior Design

I’m excited to share that Centered By Design received a Best of Houzz 2015 badge in the SERVICE category for our…

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Colorful & Modern Kitchen Decor Update

January 10, 2015 Interior Design

I’m working with a client who has recently moved into their first single family home and it’s three times the size…

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Perfect Palette: Color Inspiration

December 27, 2014 Interior Design, Styling Lessons

Hello there, I hope everyone had a lovely holiday celebration, and got a special gift you love! I have been inspired…

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Oak Park Living Room Transformation

December 10, 2014 Before + After, Interior Design

Woohoo! I have my first before and after project to share, and this room was a dream to decorate. This living…

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How to Refurbish a Vintage Clock

DIY Project – Repurposing a George Nelson inspired clock in six easy steps. I originally wrote this post for  they are…

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