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Feng Shui Your Home For The New Year

The New Year brings new opportunities to revitalize your home.  We know you strive for your home to be a reflection of you but we all could use a bit more calm in the New Year. Thus, we put together a brief guide to feng shui (pronounced fung shway) your home into 2017 with harmony and style. Make your bed every morning                                                                                                                 This daily ritual will allow you to start the day with successful and bountiful energy. Clear the clutter to open the space                        …

Treasure Hunting

Over Labor Day weekend, the Gillman Group headed to Harbert, Michigan for a little rest and relaxation with dear friends.  Our friends also happen to be the most talented Chicago interior designers and enjoy antique shopping, gallery hopping, and art fairs as much as we do.  What we lovingly call “treasure hunting,” is a great way to find unique pieces to add character to your home- without necessarily spending the high prices to do so. During our trip we went to an art fair boasting beautiful antiquities and art from curators and artists throughout the US.  We fell deeply in love with Mbuti Pygmy barkcloths brought from the Ituri Forest in the Congo.  The bark of ficus trees are turned into a cloth-like fabric and then drawings are painted with plant dye as abstract expressions of the moods and features of the forest. The dimensions of each cloth vary but…

Kitchen Trends in 2016

Having the opportunity to see a variety of homes on a daily basis enables us to see the latest in design trends. Kitchens are particularly important since certain styles will date the space. As real estate brokers, we understand the need for simplicity but since we have a knack for interior design, we also appreciate timeless looks with a twist. Here are some tips to achieve a classic kitchen, keeping on trend and even adding a little character: White is not the only neutral Let’s face it, who doesn’t love an all white kitchen? The practicality of white, however, is a different story. It’s hard for whites to stay crisp and weathered looking. The beauty of pale, tonal greys is that you get the longevity and a little more character than just your average all-white kitchen. Greys and whites look beautiful together as well, so you don’t have to opt…

Vintage Restoration

Historic charm has so much to offer and it’s very difficult- and often expensive- to replicate today. We both live in Pre-War condominium buildings, so we are proponents of embracing vintage characteristics, and love the juxtaposition of using modern furnishings. A favorite element in historic properties is baseboard moldings and ceiling cove moldings. Moldings can help make a space feel more defined, important, and even regal. They offer natural artistic elements to a space that can replace actual artwork or act as a frame for art. Moldings range from the very ornate to simple floor or ceiling borders. Our client, who just purchased a Lincoln Park vintage greystone that was stripped of its original features, are doing a painstaking remodeling to restore the home with classic detailing and finishes. Another common attribute of older homes is intricate woodwork. It’s common for vintage properties to have wood inlay decorative floors, gorgeously…

Dramatic Foyers

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

When you walk into any home for the first time, you want the audience to react to the beauty of the space. This is particularly relevant when staging your home for resale, but also just for your own enjoyment.

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