Sneak Peek: The Lake Forest Showhouse

Next month, the 17th biannual Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens will open its doors to this year’s beautiful East Lake Forest estate builtRead More

Anatomy of a Room: Central Park Master Bedroom

  We love our client’s master bedroom retreat. Our task was to turn an empty, awkward space into a charming and peacefulRead More

Color Crush: A Dark Palette

Deep, rich colors feel right at home this time of year. Their depth creates a cozy cocoon when wrapped aroundRead More

Designing a Bathroom

A well-designed bathroom is a must in every home. Choosing the right fixtures, paint, and lighting is key to creatingRead More

Styling a Gallery Wall

A beautifully curated gallery wall immediately personalizes any space. Whether you’re combining a collection of images or highlighting a favoriteRead More

How to Style a Mantel

‘Tis the season of snowy Sundays, big cups of hot cocoa, and nestling next to a warm crackling fire. Nothing isRead More

Shop Here – Our Top 5 Favorite Local Stores

We love to shop at 2to5 Design.  Whether we’re styling a home for a photo shoot or finishing an interiorsRead More

Coffee Table Styling

In every client’s living room or family room there’s a coffee table that is in desperate need of styling. WhetherRead More

Before and After: Sister Love

Designing for my sister has many perks, none more enjoyable than being able to hang out with her on aRead More

Master Bedroom Bliss

Every master bedroom space we design is as unique as the couple inhabiting it. Some are traditional and tailored, othersRead More

Top 5 Favorite Round Mirrors

We’ve been scouring the internet for round mirrors for a client’s nursery and found some great (and affordable) options.  PerfectRead More

The Windows to your World

Nothing changes a room quite like window treatments. Of all the installs that happen during the design process, my favoriteRead More

Shelf Styling

In almost every house we design, there is a room with bookcases or shelves that need to be styled.  SometimesRead More

Anatomy of a Room: Asbury Ave. Powder Room

When I first laid eyes on this powder room, it was a sad, sad affair. Tiny, dark, dingy and outdated,Read More

Finishing Touches

  Over the next few months we’ll spend lots of time photographing finished projects for the website. It’s one ofRead More

Layer by Layer: Greenview Living Room

A room always reveals itself over time. Creating a warm space takes layers and layers of furniture and textiles andRead More

Before and After: Glencoe Traditional

Every once in a while a project comes along that is seemingly perfect.  It has warm, wonderful clients; a home withRead More

Powder Room Whimsy

Designing a powder room is blissfully stress-free — no hours spent sweating the furniture plan, no endless sourcing of textilesRead More

A Few Good Baskets

I have a thing for woven baskets. You can spot them in at least one room of every house IRead More

The One Week Restaurant Redo

How do you re-design a restaurant in one week with a limited budget?  Very strategically.  We knew with our shortRead More

The Power of Wallpaper

Wallpaper walks a fine line – too much and you’ve created a monster, not enough and you’re left wanting more.Read More

The Perfect Dining Chair

Clearly I have an obsession with Michael Thonet and bentwood chairs.  Forever a classic, they have graced many 2to5 residentialRead More

Before and After: Sheridan Rd.

It’s been written about before, the mess this house was in when we first saw it. Abandoned for over aRead More

The Notebook

  Undeniably the best love story of my generation, but not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the littleRead More

The Easy-Peasy Kitchen Makeover

The only way to describe this kitchen when we started working with our client was dated, sad and unattractive. TheRead More

The Fearless Client

I love a client that enters the relationship with no fear, no preconceived ideas about what their home should lookRead More

Ta Dah

  As my kids get older, I observe what I call the disappearing act. Everyone seems to disappear into theirRead More

Friends with Benefits

Evanston is teeming with creative types and one of my favorites is my friend Shannon. Her eye for the quirkyRead More

Top Five Favorite Grays

No, gray is not trendy. No, gray will never go out of style.  Gray rules. It’s at once neutral andRead More