Category Archives: Tips and Advice

Hello, Goodbye

Change happens.  This time, it’s a good and exciting change!  I’ve updated and changed my website, although you’ll find me at the same address: http://www.catherineschagerdesigns.com.  I’m closing down this blog site and will have the new one at the address … Continue reading

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Super Summer Fabrics

If you’ve been in Chicago for the past few weeks, it doesn’t seem like Summer will ever arrive.  Yesterday I actually saw people wearing winter coats and hats, AND IT’S THE END OF MAY!! So, while I’ve been dreaming and longing … Continue reading

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Do It Yourself Design

I was reading a major do-it-yourself magazine recently and was struck by the photo of a low-budget bathroom re-do.  While I applaud saving money (I  like to get great looks for less!) it made me sad to think that by having spent … Continue reading

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Get Them Before It’s Hot!

Believe it or not, Summer will be here very soon.  Unofficially at the end of this month.   It’s time to get some great outdoor furniture at the Merchandise Mart floor sample sale!  May 12-14, showrooms on floors 15 through 17 are open … Continue reading

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Someone You Should Know- Part 2

Last week I talked with Alan Karzen of Alan Karzen Restoration (www.karzenrestoration.com) about reupholstering.  This week we talked about refinishing your fine wood furniture. Q.  Alan, what about refinishing wood furniture?  What can a client expect? A.  With refinishing, as … Continue reading

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Someone You Should Know – Part 1

  Heeeere’s Alan!   From time to time I’d like to introduce you to some of my group of trusted professionals.  Today, I’m interviewing Alan Karzen of Alan Karzen Restoration (www.karzenrestoration.com).  Alan is in the business of restoring not only … Continue reading

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Top 5 Clues That You Need A Designer

So you think you might need a designer, but you’re not really sure.  Here are the top 5 clues that you need help: #5 .  Your kids are in college and you’re still using your college furniture! #4.  You love color, … Continue reading

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