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Designer Shopping Spree – Deep in Heart of Texas

Come to the Fair! Have you ever experienced the Round Top Antiques Fair in Texas? I highly recommend it! Every year I make the trek down to this quaint town 72 miles from Austin and spend three days shopping with my best Texas friend, Melanie. We camp out in her Airstream and devote our days […]

2nd (or 3rd) Home Out-of-State? Great!

Second-home purchases in the U.S. have been booming since last year, and that has been keeping us very busy at IEG. Mortgage rates are at all-time lows and more people are working from home – so they can work anywhere, and why not in sunny Arizona or woodsy Wisconsin? Perhaps most of all, people want […]

Sharing Our Christmas Trees and Traditions With You!

Christmas trees say so much about us and our families. They may tell the story of the places we have been or the things we like to do. Sometimes they track the progression of our families from baby’s first ornament to the glittery star made in second grade and on into college and career. This […]

Covetable Master Bedrooms

I don’t know exactly how the world will change post-COVID, but I do know this: no matter what our lives look like, a master bedroom will always be a welcome respite.  Day after day, we are all balancing so many responsibilities – taking care of family, working, preparing meals, exercising and schooling at home. It’s […]

Family Friendly Transition

Among Our Goals After collaborating together nearly 20 years ago, this lovely couple contacted us to renovate their kitchen and great room. As empty nesters who love to entertain, their Itasca residence is home base for family gatherings, so one of our key aims was to make the kitchen, eating area and great room as […]

New Photos – Country Club Home

Country Club Inspiration I hope you enjoy these just-released photos of our most recent project in Lake in the Hills, Illinois! You can find all of the photos on our website: Country Club Living.  The lovely property that surrounds this country club residence was the design inspiration for this multi-phased interior update. Located at the […]

Custom Pillow Pizzazz

Custom pillows add so much pizzazz to a bedroom, don’t you think? A magical kind of design chemistry occurs when we mix fabrics and trims, shapes and sizes, colors and patterns to design one-of-a-kind pillow displays for our clients.

Bathroom Mirrors Make a Splash

Think of Mirrors as Works of Art Statement mirrors are a beautiful way to add excitement – and so much more – to a bathroom.  I often think of them as works of art that go well beyond their basic function of reflecting our image as we style our hair or compare one pair of […]

Add Warmth to Your Home With a Fireplace

Did you know that sitting by a blazing fire on a cold winter’s evening lowers your blood pressure? I discovered that healthy tidbit in this Huffington Post article by Carolyn Gregoire: EvolutionaryReasonWeLoveFireplaces.  Carolyn says the answer may lie in our evolution, dating back to  prehistoric times, when people gathered around a fire to stay warm, […]


Video Tour | A Midwest Take on Mountain Style

Principal Designer Kelly Guinaugh invites you to enjoy a virtual tour of her latest project: a 7.5-acre estate in suburban Chicago. Video and photos by Matt Warren Photography. Balancing Stone Accents with Softness Several years ago, when this Northwest suburban Chicago couple was contemplating a complete renovation and two big additions to their home, they […]