PAI visits the Monogram Design Center in Chicago

Recently we got the opportunity to fly up to the Monogram Design Center in Chicago. What’s Monogram you say? It’s a brand of high-end kitchen appliances that will leave your jaw dropping at their cool features. We were lucky enough to be totally spoiled on this trip by their knowledgeable staff and amazing in-house chef. We were NOT ready to return home to our...

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Looking for a Classic Style Chair? Here are 3 of my favs and how to purchase them

So honey, remember that day the grandson of Ray and Charles Eames (sorry Eames Demetrios) told you to get out of his chair with that glass of red wine?!     Let’s go out and see what it would cost for you to buy one of these chairs (and a few other classics) for yourself! Purchasing a Classic Chair There are several different levels of these classic...

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5 Must Have Items for your College Dorm Room

So, you have a kid about to head off to college and you want to help them have a unique dorm room? Of course you do! All dorm rooms are generic and piled full of crap that they don’t know what to do with. This blog is not going to help you with organizing the crap. It is going to be about style and fun for the space. (See Container Store for baskets and such) Dream...

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Sherwin Williams Color Match for July-Popsicles are the Best

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors of summer! They are so bright and cheerful. How could you not smile if you walk into a room with this amazing collection of colors and of course Popsicles.   Sherwin Williams Color Match Tie-dyed Popsicles   On this particular blog, I am not saying, “Hey, let’s put all of these amazing colors together in one room.”...

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When Art reflects Life in Action-The Dining Room

We had the privilege of going to an art show in Austin at the Dougherty Art Museum to see the latest work by Maura Schaffer. The show was titled Ensoul. It was about the dining table in the average home and the story that it tells. I thought this was a fun and unique concept. The “Soul” of the house really is where your family and friends spend the most time...

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Designer tip: Are all WHITE paint colors created equal?! No way!

One of the most common questions that I get from people is, “What is your favorite WHITE?” I would no sooner pick a favorite child (and I have 4 to choose from)then a favorite white. All whites are not created equal. Every paint company has a “base white” color and within that base the color will either tint towards Blue, Red or Green. Now, before...

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4th of July Outdoor Furniture fun in your backyard!

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. It is full of parades, fireworks, picnics and fun! In my neighborhood we even grease up a watermelon and throw it in the lake, then see who can get it to the shoreline first. Now THAT is entertainment!! Speaking of entertainment, check out this weeks picks for great outdoor entertaining spaces. We love the vibrant colors...

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Sherwin Williams Color Match for May-The Louvre

In honor of the passing of one of my favorite architects I.M. Pei, we are highlighting the colors of the Musee du Louvre in our Sherwin Williams color match for May. Pei designed the Louvre in the early 1980s and was the focus of much controversy due to the glass and steel pyramid design. I say, forget the critics. This building is breathtaking to behold in person. Pei...

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Some of our Favorite Girl’s Bedroom Lighting

Today we’re doing a very specific lookbook of lighting for a young girl’s bedroom. There are so many fun details you can go with when designing a feminine child’s room, and one of our favorite things to play with is the lighting options. We found really eclectic pieces that have accents of flowers, butterflies, and birds that will make the space look so...

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Met Gala “Camp” in Interior Design

The Met Gala is one of the most important and iconic annual events in the fashion industry. Every year on the first Monday of May the MET hosts a lavish fundraiser filled with celebrities dressed in absolutely crazy yet gorgeous looks. There’s a different theme each year to guide the attendees, and some of the most important celebrities and fashion designers...

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Five Ways to Freshen Up Your Home For Summer

Summer is just barely around the corner, and we can definitely feel the heat coming. And with every new season, it always feels good to freshen up your home. A good spring cleaning is necessary, and a few key pieces to make your home ready for holiday. We’re discussing easy and affordable ways to make your home welcome to the barbecues, longer days, and plenty of...

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Designer Spotlight: Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto was a Finnish architect, furniture designer, and overall craftsman whose career spanned from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. He was inspired by the Central European greats such as a Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. He had an exhibit in the MOMA New York in 1938, and by then he was only the second architect to have a showcase there. This followed positive...

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