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Oh, What a Night!

The 2017 Lake Forest Showhouse kicked off in glittering style on Friday night with a preview party that featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and a house full of beautiful rooms to explore. What’s not to like?

Back to the Nest

No one knows for sure who invented the first nesting tables, but I’d like to thank whoever it was! These mobile and versatile tables are endlessly functional, they come in varying numbers, sizes and all types of materials.

Show House Opens Saturday!

Ta-da! After weeks of preparation, the curtain will rise Saturday, April 29, on the 2017 Lake Forest Showhouse. Be sure to mark your calendars for this must-see event.

Ready, Set, Go Summer!

Longer days and warmer temperatures are calling my name. It’s time to prep the patio and porch for summer living in the great outdoors!
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April 2017 | Mastering a Show House Bedroom

My master bedroom has always been a unique and special place in my home. It is a safe haven from our chaotic, in-the-moment digital world, a place where I can nourish my soul and check in with my life, past, present and future.

The New Luxury – What's That?

What defines luxury? Well, it isn’t always about how much money we spend, it goes much deeper than that.
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Show House Headlines!

Check out the latest issue of NS! We are so thrilled that Sweet Peas Design is one of six studios featured in the magazine’s preview story on the Lake Forest Showhouse, which opens Saturday, April 29.

Woodsy & Wonderful

Burlwood is kind of gnarly on the outside, but on the inside it is so beautiful! These rare growths are coveted by furniture makers, artists and interior designers because inside, they have unusual swirling patterns and distinctive textures.

Our Pet Peeves

If you’re a foodie you shudder when a chef uses artifical vanilla. If you’re a fashion designer you cringe when someone wears an outfit that's all wrong for them. Interior designers have pet peeves too!

So Many Artists, Not Enough Space!

Metal sculptures. Colorful paintings. Glass installations. I love art in all of its forms, and I’m always excited when I’m introduced to thought-provoking artwork that connects with the inner me – I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

It Was Grand!

I’m still walking on clouds! We had such a wonderful turnout and so much fun at the Grand Opening party for our new Sweet Peas Design studio in Old Town.
From left to right, Laura Barnett, Jessica Lagrange, Joan Craig, Susan Brunstrum and Kathleen Mitchell. | Photo Courtesy of Sweet Peas Design

Designing Women

Put four interior designers in a room with 50 women (and a few men) and what do you get? A lively evening filled with advice, candor, behind-the-scenes tidbits and lots of laughter!
Pitch Perfect interior design by Sweet Peas Design

Trad-sitional Transformation

I think I just coined a new term – trad-sitional! It’s a blend of traditional and transitional furnishings that gives a formal home a more relaxed, welcoming look.

February 2017 | Urban and Suburban

Five years ago my dream of opening a second studio was born with a single word written on a piece of paper - Chicago - and now it is about to come true.
Photo Courtesy of tchevalier.com

Design Speak 101 - Lesson 3

It’s time for session three of Design Speak 101, an occasional blog-seminar in which I unravel the mysteries of interior design lingo from A to Z.