Designing Interiors, Inc. & the Cavalcade Tour of Homes 2017

We are so excited to be a part of another amazing Cavalcade Tour of Homes! This event – the largest home tour in Illinois – brings people together from all over the state to see some of the most innovative new home builds, stunning architectural features and breathtaking interior designs. Our team has been pouring over selections, developing themes, researching trends and creating captivating home designs that will inspire and delight!

Sponsored by the Northern Illinois Home Builder’s Association this tour will span 8 days in September and feature more than 20 brand new homes. Our projects consist of a Coastal Retreat with King’s Court Builders (#7), and two Spec Homes – one with Barriere Construction (#11) and another with L. Martinez Construction (#13).

Our Coastal Retreat has kept us hopping with build selections, as well as all the Interior Designs! The Spec Homes are ‘build-only,’ so we used our experience and creativity to select all the stonework, wood flooring, cabinetry, tiles, fixtures and more!

This year, the Cavalcade is working with ‘Parade Craze’, a downloadable application for your phone, that will make touring a breeze! You can purchase tickets, map out directions and access detailed information on all of the featured homes. Check out ‘Parade Craze’ here!

Oh, and did I mention that 40% of all Cavalcade Ticket Sales will go to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans and to Naperville Responds for Veterans? These organizations provide valuable resources such as housing, supportive services, job training and much more for our Vets! I am so proud to partner with these life-changing non-profits, and to be able to give back to our Veterans in any way that we can.

The tour will be open September 7th -17th, 2017:

Thursdays, September 7 and 14, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fridays, September 8 and 15, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays, September 9 and 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sundays, September 10 and 17, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

So, maybe you’re interested in buying a new home or building one? Or you might just want to spend a relaxing Saturday touring beautiful new homes and contributing to a very special cause? Either way, mark your calendars for September 7 -17th for the Cavalcade Tour of Homes 2017!

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the work we’ve been doing…



8 Simple Ways to Update Your Home!

Much like clothing fashions, your home décor can become very outdated if you don’t take some steps to refresh it every few years. When considering a change, explore current fashion trends and focus on colors, metal finishes and fabrics for a bit of inspiration!

Here are 8 simple things you can do to update the look of your home:


1. Paint over accent walls. For a cleaner, more streamlined look, choose a light, neutral paint color and paint the room one color. You will find that this will also make your rooms look larger! Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Guilford Green is a beautiful neutral.  CLICK HERE 

2. Add more lighting. The trend now is cleaner lines and simple shades, so say goodbye to your busy, beaded lamps! Add a beautiful ceiling fixture and new, sleek lamps to add dimension, light and coziness to the room! How about this ceiling fixture from Curry and Company? CLICK HERE 

3. Add new pillows. For an extra pop of color, this is the perfect ‘easy accent.’ You can change these every so often without incurring too much expense – and it will help to complete a room with newly neutralized walls!

4. Rearrange your furniture.  Create friendly conversation areas and think about the people who will be using the space. How will they interact? What will be the most comfortable for the whole family?

5. De-clutter your home. Less is more, clean and simplistic is always the way to go, so purge small chachkes, and useless knick-knacks! Go with less, but larger scale accessories – and be sure to choose items with flair, personality and color!

6. Take down your old, dreary drapes. Swags and jabots and valances need to go! Instead, use blinds and window shades like the Hunter Douglas Silhouette’s, Vignette’s or woven shades with simple side panels and multi-functioning visibility. Their quarterly rebates make it worth your while and your wallet! CLICK HERE

7. Add personal touches. How about a travel wall? Framed photo collages and artwork from various destinations will keep your memories alive, as well as engage and delight your visitors!

8. Purchase new artwork or a large mirror. There are many affordable options today when buying new artwork for your home. Choose larger pieces that pull together the colors in a room, or go with neutral tones for a cleaner, more refined look. When placing a mirror, choose a spot that will reflect sun light and open up a room! Here’s one of my favorites! CLICK HERE

So there you go…8 simple ways to refresh and revamp your space in 2015!


Have fun!