Shelter in Place this Summer in Style with Beautiful Outdoor Living Spaces

It is finally starting to feel like Summer in Chicago, yet many of us still find ourselves at home. While Summer events might be cancelled, that doesn’t mean Summer itself is cancelled. Take advantage of this time to get your patio, backyard or balcony “decked” out for the warmer months.

If your outdoor living space could use a re-vamp, our RNDD Designer Partners are still working and taking consultations both in person and virtually. Contact one of them today to get started planning the outdoor space you’ve always dreamed of.

In the meantime, our designers are sharing some of their favorite outdoor living spaces they’ve designed to get you inspired.

Seamlessly Blending Outdoor Living with Nature 

Designed by Lynn Boutross, ASID of Blutter Shiff Design Associates, the goal for the design of this beautiful outdoor deck was to enhance the expansive views while also blending the space with the scenery. The intimate arrangement of the chairs and coffee table echo the clean lines of the wood ceiling structure, as well as the simplicity of the railing. The soft, natural texture of the porcelain tile was selected to blend with the organic materials of the furnishings and architectural elements. See more of this desert home here.

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Photographer: Jon Mancuso

Creating a Feeling of Wonderment from the Outside In

Interior designers set the mood their client seek and wish to invoke.  When the stars align, designers get to be involved from the very beginning of the programming process, and work from the outside in.  Here is a sneak peak into Staci Munic of Staci Munic Interiors personal space in Palm Springs, CA.  The small outdoor footprint of the condo tucked behind a hedge called for a perfect spot to welcome Staci and her guests home.  Meandering on the concrete pavers to the entry, or to the petite patio nestled in the corner, surrounded by mountains and lush palms, creates a welcoming, warm experience.  The design stirs curiosity in visitors encouraging a feeling of wonderment to discover what may be hidden behind the doors they are about to enter.  It also creates a sense of peace as you walk through the front gate. See more of Staci’s work here.

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The Ultimate Urban Sanctuary

This “Soulful Dwelling,” designed by Mia Rao Design (with architecture by Blender Architecture), is the perfect outdoor urban sanctuary— especially during this time of “sheltering at home.”  The exterior of this Lincoln Park home features multiple outdoor getaway spaces: dining, lounging, rooftop deck with fire pit, third floor hot tub and a separate space for sun bathing.  A different venue for every day and every mood! Carefully planned planting including trees and large pots add to the “back-to-nature” vibe. See more of this soulful dwelling here.

 

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Photographer:  Darris Harris

Live an Open-Air Lifestyle

It’s time to live outside like you mean it! This yard, designed by dSPACE Studio, promotes a gracious and open-air lifestyle perfect for entertainment and relaxation. Each of the four zones is connected by several steps which create fluid transitions. Plantings, louvered sunshades and a pergola filter sunlight and offer privacy in a dense city neighborhood. Learn more about this urban oasis here.

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Photographer: Tony Soluri

Outdoor Living You Can Utilize Year Round

CI (Centaur Interiors) was commissioned to design, renovate, and furnish a recently purchased residence. The owner was a busy working professional so their team created a custom tailored program to create a seamless process for the owner and they could control their level of project involvement. Working within a historic landmarked building also posed logistical challenges to work within the confines on both the interior & exterior.

The focal point for this project was to create a unique outdoor oasis the owner could enjoy at many times of the year. This allowed the CI team to utilize their core skills to design, build, and furnish an exterior terrace. A custom outdoor kitchen was created incorporating concealed appliances for entertaining including a five foot integrated Galley work station sink. The design features a floating steel trellis which integrates lighting, heating, water misters, and a motorized retractable awning.  Multiple flooring materials of wood, tile, and turf seamlessly integrate and also incorporate lighting features. All of these aspects including exterior grade TV’s & speakers are controlled with smart home technology which feature many user scenes for personal use & for larger scale entertaining. See more here.

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Photographer: Tony Soluri

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Photographer: Tony Soluri

Create the Summer Patio of your Dreams with Calia!

Calia Stone Boutique‘s vast variety of stones can be used for all sorts of outdoor features, such as fireplaces, outdoor bars, and planters.

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With it’s soft earth tones and dense material makeup, Limestone is considered one of the more popular stones for exterior installations.  It is sturdy, low-maintenance and can withstand abrasion over extended periods. Featured, is an image of ‘St. Clair’ Limestone. See more here.

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Granite
Granite, however, is at the top of the list for best countertops outdoors.  It can withstand wear and tear, as well as deal with hot, cold, and wet conditions. Granite has an extensive color palette, ranging from pink to dark gray. ‘Negressco’ granite with a either a polished or leathered finish is a top choice for outdoor granite. See more here.

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Lastly, Soapstones are always an ideal option for outdoor.  They are non-porous and hence able to withstand any staining or harboring of bacteria.  Easy to clean and highly heat-resistant make Soapstone a very durable option! See more here.

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How to Support River North Design Showrooms During this Time

The River North Design District (RNDD) is made up of some of the best showrooms in Chicago which boast interior design offerings accessible to both designers & consumers. Unfortunately many of our beloved showrooms were damaged and vandalized recently. Our hearts go out to them as they begin the process of not only re-opening, but rebuilding. 

The best way that we — as consumers, designers, and design partners — can help our showrooms during this time is to shop local. We encourage all of you to support our design community and when looking for new furniture, textiles, fixtures, and more to shop with our local River North showrooms first. You can find the complete list of our showroom partners here.

In the meantime, here’s just a few of the new products you can find in our showrooms this season.

Interior Steel Doors & Steel Dividing Glass Walls from Glenview Haus

Glenview Haus (520 W Erie) now offers an extensive collection of interior steel doors and steel dividing glass walls.

With narrow stile and rail profiles, these styles are geared towards all architectural home styles and customers who are interested in adding a modern twist to their residence. This line of interior steel doors would accompany any modern, industrial, transitional, or traditional single family homes in Chicago and across Illinois. Customers looking to add a timeless addition to their home will be pleased with their collection of narrow stiles and rails and thin frames. Learn more here.

New Mosaics at Renaissance Tile & Bath

Capture the essence of grandeur with these exquisite new additions to Renaissance Tile & Bath‘s exclusive Studio 400 (Manor) collection inspired by the great halls of European Manor homes. Unlike other water jet mosaics, Studio 400 (Manor) designs are created using old world hand-finishing techniques enhancing the charm and characteristics of timeless raw materials like TerraCotta, Marbles, Limestone, Onyx, Ceramics, Metals and Antiqued Mirror Glass. Ideal for any interior, and customizable to your specifications. Available at Renaissance Tile & Bath. See more here or contact the Renaissance Tile & Bath Chicago showroom at ( 312) 467-9590 555 or in person at 555 N Franklin.

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Get Inspired by The Tavel Collection from Theodore Alexander

Inspired by the “Golden Age” of French Decorative Art, the Tavel Collection from Theodore Alexander (371 W Ontario) portrays the late 18th century as seen from the perspective of King Gustav of Sweden and the craftsmen of the Provinces. Highly individualized design treatments, informal woods and casual finishes depict a tranquil elegance, eliciting an unassuming mood that blends to perfection. Designed for decorating today’s homes, the Tavel Collection’s palette of gray, soft blue, chalky white paint, along with the Avesta wood finish will harmonize in the home. View the collection here.

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Your Outdoor Getaway from Room & Board

As we’re spending more time at home, the simple joys of being on our balconies or in our backyards are being rediscovered. It’s the perfect time to turn that outdoor space into a relaxing extension of your home. Room & Board (55 E Ohio) has pulled together some of their favorite was to create a dreamy outdoor escape, big or small. See more here.

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Wake Up in a Cool Embrace with a Refreshing Top Mattress from Chicago Luxury Beds

Top mattresses are developed with the ambition to elevate your sleep comfort to a completely new dimension, thanks to the softness of the surface. It is the softness you feel closest to your body. Chicago Luxury Beds‘ (440 N Wells) are so sumptuous due to the natural padding materials of the highest quality. Natural materials of cotton, wool, and horsetail hair help you stay cool and comfortable by wicking away moisture and regulating your body temperature while you sleep. Upgrade your mattress with a luxury topper to keep you cool all summer long. View their collection here.

Hästen’s BV, BJ, and BJX Luxury Mattress Toppers
The quilting of a Hastens topper is unique in that they do not use the industries straight seams as they sew which causes sharp angles and corners that fillings cannot reach. Instead, they sew in a special diamond pattern with soft waves so that the padding reaches everywhere uniformly and follows your body’s movements creating the highest quality mattress topper. Filled with thick, soft cotton and wool, and springy horsetail hair. Traditional and iconic colors available.

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Vispring’s Heaven, Heaven Luxury, and Heaven Luxury Supreme Toppers
Handmade to order with the same skill and care as our mattresses, these toppers are hand filled with the softest natural fibers and finished with the most comfortable materials. Filled with British fleece wool and soft needled British wool, cotton, and South American horsetail hair, then edged in contrasting ticking.

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OMI’s Wooly Toppers
These certified organic wool pillow toppers add additional plush comfort to the surface of your mattress. Sculpted toppers also provide pressure point relief and increased airflow for cool sleep, while maintaining even support. Our most sumptuous certified organic wool topper materials are sourced from New Zealand, where family and commercial farmers adhere to strict standards in order to assure the certified purity of their fibers. 

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For a complete list of our River North Design District Showrooms in Chicago, visit our website here.

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How to Take Your Bedroom Design to the Next Level for a Good Nights Sleep

Good Sleep Starts with Good Design

We all know how important a good night’s sleep is to our physical and mental health. However, it’s not always easy to get as much sleep as we’d like. Work, stress, and life can get in the way.

One way to ensure you are setting yourself up for better sleep habits is by creating an environment that is designed to help you rest and relax as soon as you enter the room. When designing your bedroom, every element from the paint colors to the lighting to the curtains can affect how well you sleep.

So how do you go about creating a blissful bedroom design? We enlisted our resident sleep experts from Chicago Luxury Beds to share with us their best sleep tips for getting a good nights sleep.

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Chicago Luxury Bed’s Sleep Tips

Darkness | Light reduces melatonin production prohibiting sustained sleep
Consider the natural light and interior lighting of your bedroom and even your personal electronics usage. Even a feebly lit bedroom lamp can suppress melatonin by 50 percent which affects how easily you might fall asleep. Trigger your natural melatonin production by dimming lights early in the evening and maintaining complete darkness throughout the night with blackout curtains. Use software that gradually de-saturates blue light on your electronics.

Silence | Noise disturbances can interrupt restorative sleep
As the bedroom is designed, consider the placement of the bed in regards to street level noise, neighbors and your cohabitants. Is there a preferred wall to sleep near that will limit noises heard from the refrigerator or the neighbor’s television? Noises may disturb your sleep without you fully waking up to acknowledge them.

Temperature | 65-70 degrees keeps you cool while being cozy under the covers
Start with the right temperature setting for the evening and sleeping hours, between 65 – 70 degrees. Experiment with temperature and linen weights to find the optimal combination for a good night’s rest. Then, set your thermostat on a schedule that matches your life.⁠

Preparation | Take time every night for a bedtime ritual
A sleep routine for yourself and children is not so much what you do, but how you do it. Slow your energy and disconnect from technology at least 15 – 30 minutes before bed. This could mean relaxing with a shower, playing calm music, or reading a book. A sleep ritual should signal to your body that it is time to relax and prepare for sleep. ⁠This is not the time to consume alcohol which has superficial sedative effects but actually prevents your brain from receiving restorative sleep.

The Right Bed | Proper support and natural materials promote sleep
The right bed for your body type and sleep type will keep your spine aligned preventing the aches that disrupt your life. A bed with natural materials is breathable and keeps you cool while limiting allergens. You can view Chicago Luxury Beds’ selection here.

The Right Pillow | The support of your head is as important as your body
The right pillow compliments your bed and sleep style by continuing the alignment of your spine. Prevent neck kinks in the morning and the unsettled tossing and turning over night with a natural position head to toe. View Chicago Luxury Beds’ selection of pillows here.

Bedroom Design Inspiration

We also asked our RNDD Members to share with us their design tips for turning your bedroom design into your own beautiful and cozy getaway. These dreamy spaces are sure to leave you feeling inspired for creating your own sleep haven at home.

Layered Lighting

This master bedroom, designed by Donna Mondi Interior Design (DMID), has it all … including a cozy chaise to lounge in before bed. While natural light helps brighten the room during the day – when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, you can’t go wrong with automated drapery and shades that block out light and provide the best sleep. Layered lighting ensures additional options when you need it and a warm blanket on the chaise adds an extra layer of warmth to keep the temperature of the room just right.

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Cozy Textures Create an Inviting Space

This guest bedroom, also designed by Donna Mondi Interior Design (DMID), is so inviting with the combination of neutral colors and different textures. When you look at the plush pillows, a soft throw, along with a fluffy ostrich lamp, and a gorgeous view of the city, don’t you just want to curl up for a good night’s sleep and never get out of bed! They also carved out a cozy nook in this guest room to curl up with a good book or magazine, relax before bed, or enjoy an outside view. It’s important to take time at the end of the day to wind down and calm our minds when getting ready to sleep. Turning off phones and electronics is an important part of ensuring a sound sleep ~ and this nook helps you do just that.

Bamboo Bedding to Keep You Cool & Comfortable

Pom Pom At Home offers bamboo sheets and duvet sets, available through Casa Bella.  Bamboo is incredibly soft, naturally hypoallergenic, more breathable and more durable than traditional sheets. It’s also eco-friendly and sustainable, grown without harmful chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides.  With bamboo bed sheets, you’ll always stay cool and comfortable no matter what season it is. www.pompomathome.com

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Multi-Level Lighting

Multi-level lighting is a key element to a relaxing space. Black-out drapery and dimmable sconces in this luxe bedroom designed by Milieu, provide a dark, serine atmosphere that encourages great sleep. Get more inspiration from Milieu here.

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Flexible and Functional

Experience a luxurious environment within the comfort of your own home. eggersmann offers total flexibility to design spaces the way you desire. They make your room functional for your lifestyle. Create an accent wall with additional storage, USB plug ins, and soft lighting. Rest and refresh, your way.

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Distinguish Your Zones

This master bedroom, designed by dSPACE Studio, has a sleeping zone and sitting area separated by a double-sided fireplace. Comprised of onyx porcelain slab, black steel and oak planks, the custom fireplace floats in the center of the master bedroom. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the wooded property. Read more about the project here.

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A Minimalist Aesthetic

The sense of simplicity has been carried into the master suite of this project, also designed by dSPACE. Breathtaking city views are framed by vaults and curves. A pair of slipcovered low-slung armless chairs in white completes the scene and balances the minimalist aesthetic. Read more about the project here.

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Rest Easy With New Bedding

We could all use a little extra comfort right now. The latest bedding from Room & Board features unique patterns, new colors and soft textures so that you can rest easy and comfortably. Shop their new bedding here.

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When it Comes to Bedroom Furniture, Get the Scale Right

When you consider the fact that you spend a third of your time sleeping, you begin to realize how crucial it is to create a comfortable, calming & peaceful place for a good night’s sleep. When decorating this special place Theodore Alexander has a few additional things to consider.

Include furniture that is appropriately scaled to the size of the room. This includes the right sized bed, nightstands with storage, and a dresser to help maintain a clutter free environment. It’s also important to include a comfy, stylish chair to use as a convenient catch-all. Keep in mind you should be able to move easily throughout the room, leaving at least three feet of space between bed, walls and dresser.

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Lighting, Color & Textures

Lighting is key. A decorative ceiling with a soft light helps to add atmosphere to the room. Make sure your bedside lamps are the right height on each side of the bed for reading. Don’t forget, it’s always good to have USB Ports on top or built into your nightstands to charge your phone, tablet or other personal electronics.

Stock up on comfortable quality bedding, including extra pillows and throws to use when needed. You can never have too many soft, comfy, fuzzy throws. When choosing a wall color, make sure to choose a color in soothing, monochromatic tones which are calming and serene.

This welcoming space was designed in partnership with Theodore Alexander by Denise McGaha, featuring the Plum Bed from Alexa Hampton, the Collins Nightstands from Michael Berman and the Noland Dresser from our TA Studio Collection.

Photos by Stephen Karlisch

 

 

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RNDD Welcomes Jessica Lagrange Interiors

The River North Design District (RNDD) is proud to welcome our newest designer member, Jessica Lagrange Interiors to our River North design community.

Jessica Lagrange Interiors employs a principled way of design that leverages an interior design team masterfully uniting interior design + architecture.

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A Principled Way of Designing

Jessica Lagrange Interiors (JLI) has been synonymous with luxury interior design and architecture since its inception in 1998. Today, the firm is recognized for its portfolio of projects that embrace a wide range of periods and styles, but always reflect the wants, needs and lifestyles of its diverse clientele.

Founder and principal Jessica Lagrange is known for her vibrant and personable manner, perceptive insights and collaborative approach to design—qualities that account for the outstanding caliber and cohesive nature of the JLI team.

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The JLI Design Process

To create great spaces that are beautiful and functional, the JLI team of luxury interior designers must wear many hats during the design process. Like journalists, they question and discover relevant aspects of their clients’ lives. Like psychologists, they analyze, synthesize and advise. Like accountants, they deal with budgets and maximize resources. Like artists, they put a palette of materials to imaginative use. And as design professionals, the JLI team creates architectural plans; develops timelines; handles logistics; executes installations and solves aftershocks.

The JLI team is talented, patient, creative and astute. They know how to divide and conquer to achieve great results. It’s this commitment to superior outcomes that allows the Chicago-based interior design firm to function at a high level not just in Chicago, but also from coast-to-coast and abroad.

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Sources of Inspiration

On every project, Jessica Lagrange Interiors aims to do meaningful, creative design work. Along the way to reaching their design goals, they draw inspiration from many sources—clients’ lifestyles, the creations of a master furniture craftsman, a stunning sculpture from an up-and-coming artist. Interior design requires an intimate knowledge of many different disciplines and resources, to which their eyes are always open. In the aptly named JLI Inspiration blog, they share the products, trends, artisans, muses and merchants they encounter. Take a look and get inspired here.

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We are so excited to have Jessica Lagrange a part of the RNDD Community! To learn more about their firm and their work visit their website here.

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Innovative Design and Durability: Cambria Quartz Countertops

Cambria Joins the River North Design District

The River North Design District (RNDD) is excited to welcome our newest member to our design community: Cambria.

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Cambria quartz countertops combine innovative design and durability for a lifetime of beauty. Headquartered in Minnesota, Cambria is sold through an exclusive North American network of premium, independent retail and trade partners. Cambria is a stain resistant, nonporous, natural quartz stone surface that is harder, safer and easier to care for than other stone surfaces. Its nonabsorbent nature protects against more than just stains – it’s also extremely hygienic. Cambria’s industry-leading design palette has captured the attention of the industry and the imagination of the client. Cambria continues to push the envelope of innovation by developing additional designs to meet the demands of the most discerning designers, architects and specifiers.

Cambria formed the Design Channel in April of 2019.

The mission of the Design Channel is to ensure that Cambria is at the helm of the world for stone in Design, Craftsmanship, & Innovation.

The Design Channel will influence the A & D community to become loyal specifiers, and furthermore, will leverage the prominence and prestige of Residential Designers to influence the global market. This advocacy will be accomplished through the published work of the Residential Designer in both Shelter & National publications influencing the market, as well as through social platforms celebrating, endorsing and promoting Cambria.

The Design Channel will create a luxury experience for the Residential Designer, enabling them to specify and purchase in the way they are accustomed. We will also create a luxury experience of unparalleled service throughout the sales cycle from conception to installation, guaranteeing retention on specification, and create a seamless journey at every interactive touchpoint with Cambria.

Who’s Behind the Design Channel

The Design Channel’s initiative is to create a National Sales Team that is vested in and passionate about Design, Architecture, the A & D community, and they are ambassadors for the Trade in the Stone World. This Team understands how the A & D community transacts in business and can speak their vernacular to maintain existing relationships, as well as cultivating new relationships. Through this understanding the Design Channel will act as a support to the Community, not only for their project needs, but additionally by giving back through their volunteer efforts, trade organization and initiative participation, sponsorships, as well as being a conduit of information and a liaison of connectivity within the A & D community.

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Courtney Genovese, V.P. of Sales –  Design Channel

Picture1Courtney Genovese joined Cambria as V.P. of Sales of the Design Channel in April of 2019. Her vast industry knowledge and experience makes her the ‘taste maker’ behind the Design Channel concept, strategy, and mission. Her career has been entirely design centric and focused exclusively on the A & D community. Throughout her career she has worked for companies that are solely to the Trade, such as The Rug Company, Luxury Living Group, & Sherle Wagner. Courtney has served on the Board of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the LaCienega Design Quarter, and is also a member of the Design Leadership Network. Courtney also has taken an active role in spearheading the Paris Soiree, which takes place annually every year during Deco-Off in January in Paris and this year Cambria partnered with Jiun Ho Inc., Sandra Jordan Prime Alpaca, & Lance Woven to host the Third Annual Paris Soiree at Versailles. Courtney’s objective is to create a Trade focused company within Cambria and this year she will build a Team consisting of fourteen Sales Directors throughout the Nation who will facilitate a luxury level of white glove service and experience from concept to installation to support the A & D community. Additionally, Cambria through The Design Channel will support a plethora of other initiatives by sponsoring local Showhouses, such as Kips Bay Dallas & the Lake Forest Showhouse, supporting local organizations, such as Saving Iconic Architecture & Designs For Dignity, and creating a Trade program which will allow Designers to specify and purchase in the way in which they are accustomed.

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Favorite Design: Rose Bay, Matte

Ryan Morris, Regional Director Design Channel

Picture3Ryan Morris joined Cambria in November of 2019 as the Regional Director of The Design Channel based out of Chicago. Ryan has a background in Interior Design and Interior Architecture with a degree from University of Houston and The Interior Design Institute in San Francisco, lending him to be a true design aficionado. Ryan has a sincere passion for all things design. Starting his career as a Designer and having an extremely creative, yet analytical mind, he slowly transitioned his career to Trade Sales working for luxury manufacturers, such as House of Rohl & Materials Marketing. Ryan prides himself on being a connector in the Industry and a resource for all creatives. He currently serves his community in acting as Co-Chair for Designs For Dignity’s Associate Board, Board Member of Power House Smart, Member of River North Design District, Member of ASID Illinois Chapter, and Member of IIDA Illinois Chapter. Ryan will continue to partner with and support the A & D community throughout the Midwest in his capacity as Regional Director for the Design Channel at Cambria.

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Favorite Design: Bridport, Matte

The Design Channel Palette

Since the founding of Cambria 187 designs have launched and never has a single design been retired. The Design Channel has curated a specific palette consistent of light and dark solids, as well as bold & subtle veining, to be relevant to the residential designers we work with in reference to what they typically would specify for their clients and also to what we feel lends itself to the aesthetic of a firm’s brand. Condensing the Design Channel palette down to 43 designs from 187 makes the specification process more efficient and distinctly curated to the A & D community, as opposed to the appeal of the mass market. All of our designs come in two finishes, polished and matte, as seen below.

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This California kitchen belongs to the prominent Interior Designer, Julia Wong of Julia Wong Designs. Here Julia specified Ironsbridge for an organic, durable aesthetic. Ironsbridge has similar attributes that can be seen in limestone without the maintenance component as Cambria is extremely hard, completely non-porous, and stain resistant.

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Design: Ironsbridge, Matte

Our stones are designed with versatility in mind. Clairidge’ graceful striations of tan, walnut-brown, cream, black, and gray flow in parallel layers with dark veins that cut across the grain. This design as you see here is perfect for a feature in your minimalistic kitchen design, drawing in and connecting all of the elements in the space.

Charlestown is a part of our 2020 Design Launch, comprised of 20 new designs for our 20th anniversary. It’s smooth charcoal tonality creates the perfect canvas for the subtle grey and white veins rippling throughout this beautiful stone. This stone reflects the beauty and depth of a Soapstone, without the worry of etching and staining.

Left: Clairidge, Polished | Right: Charlestown, Matte

Also a part of our 2020 Design Launch is Bridport and it’s incredibly organic vein variation wisps across our Jumbo size slab size: 11’ x 5’.5’’ or 132’’ x 65.5’’. This installation showcases our product not only as a vanity top, but an additional application as well as large format wall cladding.

Rose Bay reflects an aesthetic commonly seen in Italian marble, such as Arabescato. This bathroom show stopper is complemented by French brass faucets and dimensional chevron subway tile.

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In addition to our residential projects an ever growing part of our business is Yacht & Aviation design. We have perfected our technology to meet the varying requirements for weight & thickness for these types of applications, manufacturing our product down to as thin as 3MM for aviation applications & 6MM for yacht design.

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Counter Surface: Ella, Polished
Floor Surface: Brittanicca, Matte

This champagne bar was designed by Kitchen Designer, Jim Dove of The Dove Design Studio, for the 2019 New York Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Myddleton is one of three of Cambria’s designs that can be backlit in either 1CM or 2CM. Additionally, Baybridge and New Brighton are our other designs that can be backlit as well taking into consideration the kelvin temperature and lumen output to prevent distorting the overall aesthetic and any hot spots. We typically recommend our Designers use Tresco Lighting.

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Design: Myddleton, Matte | Photo Credit: Nickolas Sargent

A sedate, cream background intermixed with splashes of pale blue, navy, and gray is accented with a brush of tan and taupe throughout.

Peaceful, neutral and simple, Devon is unmistakably the new black.

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2020 marks our 20th anniversary upon which we launched 20 new designs for our 20th design launch at the beginning of the year at KBIS, which is the most significant design launch in the history of Cambria!

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Please join us in welcoming Cambria to the RNDD Community!

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How to Design Your Dream Closet

We’ve all been home for over a month now, working, cleaning and doing our part to stay safe and healthy. Be honest, you’ve already done a major closet clean-out haven’t you? Or maybe you’ve started changing out your wardrobe for the upcoming warmer weather. Either way, we’ve all spent some extra time evaluating our closets and what’s working and what is not. You might need extra storage or maybe the current storage combinations are not working for you. Maybe your lighting isn’t bright enough or things seem to be constantly out of sight, or out of reach.

Now is the time to take your closet design to the next level by creating an ultra-organized yet beautiful space. From choosing the perfect lighting and accessories to planning the perfect combination of storage components, designing your dream closet can be a very rewarding project.

We checked in with some of our RNDD Showrooms and Interior Designers to get some tips on how to design a closet that is both beautiful and functional.

Short on Space? Go Vertical

It seems like we never have enough storage. With small homes and city homes especially, you have to get creative and use every inch of space you have. When it comes to the closet, the easiest way to increase your storage is by going vertical. In this attic-turned-closet designed by Dresner Design, Scott Dresner built up shelving from floor to ceiling to store items like shoes and hand bags. See more here.

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Add a Touch of Glamour to Your Closet

Elevate the glamour in your dream closet with stunning lighting from Arteriors, available through Casa Bella.  The Nessa Collection is constructed of a brass frame and is adorned with clear fluted glass rods, all individually attached, adding the design’s glam quotient.  MSRP ranges from $1975.00 – $3770.00. Learn more here.

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No Walk-In Closet? Try a Modular Storage System

Ethan is a modular storage system from Ligne Roset featuring a choice of three heights and single or double-width bays. With an enriched aesthetic, Ethan is available with a satin white or pearl gray lacquered door and brushed smoked-effect anodized aluminum frame and handles. Added to the usual interior fittings are dividing chests, jewelry chests, vertical LED lighting, hangers, anthracite leather-look fabric boxes, and new gunmetal-lacquered rectangular hanging rails. Learn more here.

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A Room for More than Just Dressing

This closet, designed by Luca Lanzetta Group/ Molteni&C, was for a special client who had some very specific requests for the perfect combination of storage, beautiful display and actual work space. It is so helpful when clients have specific wants and needs and a list of priorities for their closet from the start. This closet is the perfect combination of glass, metal, wood and eco skin leather which Molteni does best. In this way the designers at Molteni&C can make your closet feel like your favorite room in the house and a room you can actually spend time in or work in and never want to leave. Learn more here.

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Add Extra Storage with a Chest of Drawers

Whether in your bedroom or in a closet, the Bosworth Tall Chest from the TA Studio Collection at Theodore Alexander combines the beauty of Cherry Wood in an almond finish with Brushed Pyrite metal edging detail. It boasts a modern, clean aesthetic, while providing ample storage with its five soft closing drawers. The Bosworth Tall Chest is also available in a darker Ossian finish with gunmetal edging detail. Both options, as well as many other styles, are in-stock and ready to ship at your convenience. Learn more here.

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A Concealed Wardrobe that WOWS

This stunning closet exists in a 1400 sq. ft museum park condominium. Designed and engineered by Michael Miller, principal of Centaur Interiors, the goal was to maximize the space, while making it feel more of a living area, rather than just a closet by making everything concealed.  The high gloss white lacquer cabinetry is contrasted by dark cherry architectural millwork ceiling panels. Accessorized by a black glass chandelier and indirect lighting, plush seating area, and a statement piece “Prada Popcorn” by Tyler Shields. This closet is not just for storing a shoe collection, but an entire concealed wardrobe with hidden bells and whistles. When designing your closet, the best advice is to take inventory of your belongings, utilize all the space, and make sure you have some extra room for more shopping! See more here.

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Closet Design Tips from Centaur Interiors:

  1. Make room for tall boot storage.
  2. Inventory the number of handbags prior to design. Plan for “retail” storage where things are displayed, or more concealed storage.
  3. Always keep in mind reach and the height of the individuals using the closet.
  4. Plan proper lighting and protect clothing from natural light with UV film or window treatments.

Ample Storage with Luxe Details

Poliform and dSPACE Studio collaborated to reimagine an outdated master suite which resulted in custom floor-to-ceiling steel and glass doors which frame the smoked wood cabinetry in this spacious and dramatic master closet.  The clients added luxe details including LED lighting throughout, glass shelving, handbag display, an abundance of shoe shelving, and a glass-top island with technoleather that showcases jewelry and accessories perfectly. With a chic island and illuminated shelving, this Poliform dream closet resembles an upscale boutique. Learn more about Poliform’s offerings here, and read more about the design of the project here.

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Minimal Look, Maximum Function

The Orto System from Komandor is a designer walk-in wardrobe with an open feel. Its main constructional element is the aluminum profile. This walk-in wardrobe is the perfect solution for someone who appreciates the minimalistic look and original solutions. Its spacious and functional purpose is created with shelving, hanging rods and drawers, which can be arranged to suit the customers needs. The Orto system is a perfect, functional and practical solution for a corner zone as it enables easy access to every part of the walk-in. Learn more here.

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RNDD Welcomes Sarah Montgomery Design

Since our founding in 2013, The River North Design District (RNDD) has grown from just a small group of showrooms and interior designers to now over 70 members and growing! Our newest member to join RNDD is Sarah Montgomery of Sarah Montgomery Design, a Chicago based designer and stylist who creates rich interiors blending new design and vintage finds with a tailored use of color and pattern.

Sarah is also going to be one of the featured designers in our RNDD Fall Gallery Walk so stay tuned to see more work from her!

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Sarah’s dynamic style and unique approach to interiors comes from her background in textiles and her diverse career path. Sarah also brings to the table over seven years of experience in the product design and manufacturing of bedding, window treatments and soft home furnishings for high end bedding company, Eastern Accents. Over the past 10 years her range of work has also included display artist for Anthropologie, props and set designer for quirky theatre and spectacle art, and teaching artist at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.

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Photography by Margaret Rajic

To learn more about Sarah, we asked her a few questions to get to know more about her  background in the industry and what inspires her.

When did you start your firm and what do you love most about being a designer?

“I started my firm in the summer of 2017, but continued to work full time as a product designer for local, high-end bedding manufacturer, Eastern Accents until March 2019. There are so many things I love about being a designer- solving problems- in design and business, forming new relationships with clients and vendors, and just the overall challenge of being an entrepreneur.”

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Photography by Margaret Rajic

Where do you draw inspiration from?

“I have a background in textiles, so I usually start the design process thinking about how I want to incorporate color and pattern into the space.”

What are some of your favorite spaces to design?

“I love doing formal living and dining rooms. I feel like in these spaces clients are more willing to take risks aesthetically and worry a tiny bit less about durability.”

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Photography by Margaret Rajic

How are you changing the way you do business during the moment due to shelter in place?

“I’ve been trying to be as present, thoughtful and helpful as I can. I’ve started offering virtual consultations and E-Design services and I’ll donate a portion of the proceeds to the Gates Foundation, Combatting COVID-19 Fund.”

Sarah Montgomery Design is still continuing her work with full service clients to the extent that she can while remote, and she is also able to onboard new full service design clients at this time. Visit her website here to learn more about her virtual design consultations for clients in Chicago and beyond.

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Photography by Margaret Rajic

We are so excited to have Sarah Montgomery Design a part of the RNDD Community! To learn more about Sarah and her work, or to schedule a complimentary discovery call with her, visit her website here.

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Webinar Recap: Marketing Your Creative Business During Uncertain Times

On Wednesday, April 15th, The River North Design District (RNDD) held a webinar on “Marketing Your Creative Business During Uncertain Times,” led by Jill Maremont, CEO of ISc, a marketing and PR firm specializing in art & design, and Founder & Director of RNDD.

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We understand you may be dealing with sick family members, trying to homeschool while juggling saving your business as entrepreneurs.  We hope the content from this webinar gives you ideas and direction as to what to do to market your creative business during this time.

Marketing Your Business During Uncertain Times

Marketing is the oxygen of our businesses.   While we shelter in place our customers are looking for content now more than ever.  They are also looking at their homes with a critical eye.  How can we position ourselves and our brands to come out of this?

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Thank You!

Thank you to Chicago Gallery News for supporting our event today- make sure you are checking their website often for funding notices as well as virtual tours and lists of digital offerings from area spaces.  Also, thank you to Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago for supporting the event today.  If you would like more information on how to join The River North Design District or how to engage with our community, please contact Jill or Jenny.

Reference List:

Chicago Gallery News: funding notices as well as virtual tours and lists of digital offerings from area spaces.

IGTV and Facebook Live Examples:

Interview Cindy Allen (Interior Design Magazine) did with artist Windy Chien

Kelly Wearstler showing how to refresh your styling

Jonathan Adler is doing an IGTV series called An Object A Day with JA

Applications/Tools Mentioned:

Square Space

WordPress

Photoshop & Illustrator

Hootsuite

Planoly

Canva

Issuu

Art Logic Online viewing rooms

Helpful Articles & Links: 

6 Ways to Experience Design and Art From Home

Social Media Management In Times of Crisis

AD: How is Coronavirus affecting your Business

Interior Design Magazine: Designers share strategies for the new normal

AD: How design companies are handling their brand messaging right now

AD: How designers are keeping their businesses running amid an outbreak

AD: Ways for support the design community during coronavirus

How Previous Epidemics Impacted Home Design

Chicago Gallery News Note from the Publisher

Lehmann Maupin Online viewing rooms

Business of Home Podcast Episode: The design industry reacts to COVID-19

The Best Art Podcasts You Should be Listening to in 2019

COVID-19 and Freelance Artist Resources

MOMA Coloring Project

Interior Design Magazine Shares Strategies for the New Normal

Canva Creating a Brand Kit

WSJ: Emails from companies may not be calming to customers

Artist Relief

Allan McCollum’s Ongoing Collection of Reassurance | Magazine | MoMA

Luxe Gold List

Luxe RED Awards

AD Top 100

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Working From Home in Style: Home Office Design Inspiration

Now that we are all working from home, it can often be difficult to avoid distractions. Whether it’s children, the television, or the refrigerator, it can be hard to muster up the motivation to get to work. Having a dedicated work space in the home helps set aside those distractions and focus on your ever-increasing to-do list.

We’ve compiled ten home office designs and desks from our RNDD Members that are sure to boost creativity and inspire productivity. We hope they inspire you to design your own workspace at home. Whether you have an entire office to yourself, or even if all you can spare is a small corner, we’ve got inspiration for you.

A Multi-Functional Space

A working mother required a multi functional space to study, work and accommodate her two daughters reading addiction. Taking advantage of the main walls large span, the design team at Milieu created a mid-century modern library with a contemporary twist. See more here.

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Photography by Michael Kaskelion

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Photography by Michael Kaskelion

The Perfect Desk for Small Spaces

Roll is a compact and feminine desk, deigned by Mario Ferrarini for Ligne Roset, boasting both broad and fine strokes. Constructed from natural varnished walnut-veneered multi-ply, its base is in Epoxy satin black lacquered steel. A cable port at the rear allows passage for cables. See more here.

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Custom Built-Ins with a Touch of Luxury

This was a labor of love for a favorite client and mom of two grown daughters. It also happens to be the one room that interior designer, Donna Mondi of Donna Mondi Interior Design (DMID), won’t forget. DMID was given full latitude on the design and when it came to creating this home office space – they went all out on combining lush texture and bright colors to make it comfortable, cozy and functional— but with an edge. DMID partnered with Paoli Woodworking to create the built-in custom cabinetry that beautifully frames the room. To further enhance the space, the cabinetry was painted the same color as the walls in #homburggray by Sherwin Williams. This gorgeous blue-green teal shade helps give the built-ins a seamless connection to the room.

This home office space with a reading nook, built-in bookcases, and a cozy corner with a comfortable chair or chaise lounge is the perfect place to relax, read or get a little work done. See more here.

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Photography: Werner Straube

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Photography: Werner Straube

Elevate Your Home Office Style

Who said home offices have to be predictable and boring? The trendy Bloc Desk, and many more from Theodore Alexander, are in-stock and ready to ship! See more here.

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A Modern Home Office with a Hidden Entrance

This luxury office, designed by Centaur Interiors, is a space built for work and for play. The main entrance includes sliding pocket doors that blend in with the wall design. In addition, there is a hidden side entrance with illuminating shelves displaying sports memorabilia. The work area is elevated to give the illusion of floor to ceiling windows, which provides a unique architectural perspective. On the opposite side you have a seamless built in entertainment system. Whether you are on the clock or off, this home office is anything but ordinary. See more here.

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Maximize Space and Creativity

Home office doesn’t have to be boring. Komandor Chicago has perfectly fitting desks, dark chocolate bookshelves with an accent of modern and unique quilted glass. Komandor Chicago can help you maximize space and creativity. See more here.

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High Design, High Function

These flexible spaces designed by dSPACE Studio serve double duty—seamlessly integrating office space into everyday living while remaining highly functional.

This mid-century modern residence features a single-sourced walnut veneer from a supplier to Bentley Motors, used to build floating shelves and a custom desk with knife-edge pencil drawers—accented by integrated lighting. Learn more about this residence here.

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Photography by Tony Soluri

This home office, also designed by dSPACE Studio, is flooded with natural light and features sculptural walls that complement the 14-ft ceilings. The design is clean and minimal while allowing ample storage in a curved custom steel bookshelf and integrated drawers—creating an uncluttered space that sparks creativity. Read more about this home here.

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Photography by Tony Soluri

A Double Duty Home Office

When Scott Dresner of Dresner Design remodeled his Gold Coast Townhome, he decided to design a large home office on the first floor to run his business from. He wanted the office to also serve as a showroom of sorts to showcase a variety of cabinet styles he could demonstrate for clients. He incorporated file drawers made of Wenge veneer and upper cabinets designed with stainless trim and 3m acrylic inlays. A large, solid wood, white pickled oak unit houses Scott’s cabinetry samples, and the pop-art wallpaper infuses extra color and energy into the space helping to fuel Scott’s creativity on a daily basis. See more here.

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Photography by Jim Tschetter

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Photography by Jim Tschetter

Home Offices Tailored to Your Needs

Inspired by your active lifestyle, eggersmann office and study environments are focused on your individual needs. If you want that tranquil fortress of solitude, a comfy book lovers’ paradise, or a down-to-business executive suite, eggersmann listens and custom designs to your needs. Learn more here.

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A Home Office that Sparks Joy

When it comes to advice on designing a home office, Staci Munic of Staci Munic Interiors feels that it’s not just about making the space beautiful, it’s also about providing yourself with an environment that brings you a sense of calm and joy. Surround yourself with objects, photos and art that bring you happiness, evoke positive memories, and create a space where you genuinely like to be. In this elegant home office, Staci incorporated a variety of beautiful lighting , including her client’s Nana’s antique chandelier, that can be softened when you need a moment of peace, as well as beautiful and comfortable seating, that once belonged to her parents, now upholstered in a mushroom velvet,  and, of course, ample storage.

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Yamini Designs: Interior Design for the Way You Live

Yamini Designs Joins RNDD

The River North Design District (RNDD) had the pleasure of working with Yamini Designs for the first time during the 2019 RNDD Fall Gallery Walk. Owner and Principal Yamini Hingorani, and her team, created a bold and beautiful ‘60s homage to old Hollywood in the Casa Spazio showroom that captured first place for best vignette in the Gallery Walk. So we couldn’t be more excited to have Yamini Designs officially join our community as a member of RNDD.

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Interior Design for the Way You Live

Yamini Designs is a full-service interior design studio based in Evanston, IL. The firm approaches each interior design challenge with careful analysis and a problem-solving approach. The Yamini Designs team works closely with clients to meet individual design requirements, budgetary goals and schedule. Whether they are building a new home, renovating or just looking to freshen their space, Yamini Designs provides creative, thoughtful custom designs tailored to the way clients live, work and play.

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Award-Winning Designer

Yamini Hingorani is a certified interior design professional by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Throughout her 20 years of experience in hospitality and residential interior design, she has won multiple awards, including Best of Houzz and Excellence in Design from ASID.

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Services Provided

Yamini Designs provides interior design services for new construction, renovations, and space makeovers. Services include:

  • On-site consultations
  • Space planning
  • Kitchen and bath design
  • Finish, fixture and material selections
  • Furniture, art and accessory selections
  • Window treatment design and selection
  • Millwork design
  • Design management

Welcome to the River North Design District

Please join us in welcoming Yamini Designs to our Chicago interior design community. For more information on Yamini and her work, please visit www.yaminidesigns.com.

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