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Kylie Egge, a Harrington College of Design Interior Design college alumna and owner of Recovered Interior, is offering some great workshops here in Chicago where you can learn how to “recover” your very own furniture in a series of classes!

All you need to do is bring your own chair and fabric and Kylie will help you re-design and complete your project within the two week class. Don’t miss out – space is very limited, with only four students per class.

The next few “first sessions” of classes will be meeting on the following dates:

Saturday November 5th (9:00am-12:00pm)
Wednesday November 9th (6:00pm-9:00pm)
Saturday November 12th (9:00am-12:00pm)

Recovered Interior will provide all students with the tools and materials needed to complete the project: all you need is a chair (ottomans and benches are also acceptable) and fabric of your choice. Find out more by visiting Recovered Interior’s website, Facebook page for the Workshops or on Etsy.com!

 

Also, you are cordially invited to join the Harrington College of Design Scholarship Committee at a reception to honor its 2011 Service and Leadership Scholars and Peer Success Mentors. The reception will feature a keynote speech by Harrington alumna Jessica Henn Suh, current ASID Illinois Chapter President and Managing Director of Crusiet Corporation, followed by the presentation of awards and formal recognition of each program participant. A gallery exhibit dedicated to the Scholars and Mentors will also be on view during the event on November 11, 2011 at:

Harrington College of Design
Classroom 106 & Adjoining Gallery
5:30 PM – Hors d’oeuvres and Exhibit viewing
6:30 PM – Recognition Ceremony

Please RSVP to Renee Darosky by November 4, 2011 at rdarosky@harringtoncollege.com or by calling 312.697-8038.

Photo by Recovered Interior

 

 

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Article written by Harrington College of Design Interior Design Alumna Lisa Natale, as featured on her blogsite http://blog.cocorating.com.

Hold onto summer for as long as possible, but also get excited for fall (which is personally my favorite season. 🙂  Harrington Interior Design alumna, Lisa Natale, shares some great advice for your outdoor space below…

It’s time to spruce up your outdoor space, so it can be used to its fullest potential. With many fun outdoor events approaching I thought I would share some tips on how to get your outdoor space spruced up for all your parties!
A great way to spice up your terra cotta containers is to simply paint them. Add stripes, a bright color, or a fun usable surface like chalkboard paint will add some interest and spice to otherwise a boring container.

 

Summer is a great time to use pops of COLOR when entertaining outside. Add vibrant colors to the table with your china, floral arrangements, or linens. Have fun and keep it simple when setting your table!

Don’t forget to set the mood! Origami lanterns and Italian light bulbs add just the right amount of light and interests to an outdoor space. Also, you can create a beautiful glow and ambiance to your party by adding a bunch of battery operated candles. These candles will last a hundred times longer and will never get blown out by accident.

Pay attention to the details…add moss or rocks to the base of the plant to add texture and color.

Finally, don’t get overwhelmed with your window boxes by adding flowers that need to be taken care of daily. Low maintenance plants are the best way to go and will look great!

 

About LNM INTERIORS:
LNM INTERIORS is a full service Interior Design firm that works with clients on large to small projects. Their design services assist you from the beginning by working with your architect or contractor. LNM also enjoys smaller projects where you need services for room by room. LNM can help you with the selection of wall colors, fabrics, window treatments, furnishings, lighting, and accessories and specializes in working with the client’s personal style to make their vision come to life. Visit their site at http://www.lnminteriors.com/ to find out more.

Permalink: http://blog.cocorating.com/2011/06/27/outdoor-oasis.aspx

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Article written by Harrington College of Design Alumna Lisa Natale, as featured on her blogsite http://blog.cocorating.com.

About 99.9% of the time when I meet a client for the first time they’ll show me some of their furniture that they have no interest in anymore. Which gets me sad to see a furniture piece not being used to it’s highest potential. Why not work with your items instead of having them be an eye sore. So, here are some great tips on how to bring life back into an old piece or restore your items to fit your personal decor. Also, keep in mind if you have no time to DIY reach out to a local designer or craftsmen who can help with the restoration.

Have fun with your furniture and add some paint…its only paint! Casegoods are a great way to add color to any room!

Add a stencil to a piece of furniture to give it a custom and shabby look. (this website offers tips)

Yep, wallpaper your furniture! A roll of paper will turn your boring piece of furniture into a uniquely chic piece! Find a great wallpaper and use it as your art piece.

In thrift stores I always come across really ugly paintings, so why not turn that negative into a conversational piece. Wallpaper over that ugly thing and create a one of kind art piece.

About LNM INTERIORS:
LNM INTERIORS is a full service Interior Design firm that works with clients on large to small projects. Their design services assist you from the beginning by working with your architect or contractor. LNM also enjoys smaller projects where you need services for room by room. LNM can help you with the selection of wall colors, fabrics, window treatments, furnishings, lighting, and accessories and specializes in working with the client’s personal style to make their vision come to life. Visit their site at http://www.lnminteriors.com/ to find out more.

Permalink: http://blog.cocorating.com/2011/07/17/diy-furniture.aspx

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We recently spotted one of our current Harrington College Masters of Arts in Interior Design (MAID) students, Shelby Girard, featured in ApartmentTherapy.com! Shelby’s stunning Gold Coast loft apartment – all 375 square feet of it – was highlighted as a sophisticated and thoughtful example of DIY interior design.

Pulling her inspiration from travel, hotels, artist lofts and graphic textiles, Shelby’s loft features high ceilings, eclectic artwork and a mix of vintage and contemporary patterns, styles, antiques and new finds. In the Apartment Therapy survey, Shelby shares her best advice for other DIY interior designers:  “Mix it up, don’t try too hard to match, and water the plants!”

See a tour of her apartment, complete with house tour and the sources of her furniture in the full article here.

Does her name sound familiar? Might be because I recently featured her award winning interior design studio concept in this blog! Congrats Shelby – your place is gorgeous!
Photo courtesy ApartmentTherapy.com

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