Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Alan Design Studio in The Huffington Post!

In case you missed it - We were featured in an article in Dering Hall that was picked up by HUFFPOST HOME!  Ruthie was asked to contribute a tip for kitchen lighting - Click here to read the article in full.
Photo of Lake Shore Drive Co-Op that was featured in the article

Friday, December 5, 2014

Alan Design Studio was Featured on Houzz!

We were featured in an article on Houzz this week!  Contributor Becky Harris chose to feature Alan Design Studio in her article "Yes, You Can Go Bold With Wallpaper in a Powder Room". The article discusses why a powder room is the perfect place to be unabashed when selecting wallpaper.  Harris shares some of her favorite examples, and the powder room from our Winnetka Residence was selected!

The wallpaper featured in the photo is a fantastic wallcovering from Flavor Paper.  At first glance it looks like a traditional damask pattern - however, if you look closer the design features fire hydrants, parking meters, and pigeons! This unexpected urban twist at what appears to be a classic damask design was a perfect choice for this adventurous, fun-loving family.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Before & After: Pair of 1950s Tufted Chairs

**UPDATE:  Alan Design Studio was recently featured on Apartment Therapy for the restoration of these chairs! Click here to read the entire Before & After feature. **

We recently reupholstered a pair of tufted chairs for a client who purchased them through our eBay store.  The chairs hadn't been updated in any way since they were originally made in the 1950's.  What a transformation! The result is absolutely stunning:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CS Modern Luxury Feature

Alan Design Studio was featured in CS Modern Luxury, and we couldn't be more excited!  Ruthie's work on a River North penthouse apartment was chosen for an article in the August 2014 issue.  The redesign of this unique and deeply personal penthouse was focused on creating a greater sense of harmony between the interior and the stunning 3,000 sq ft. garden designed by world-renowned landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu.{%22page%22:66,%22issue_id%22:219037}

We are so proud to have been featured in CS Modern Luxury - To read the article in its entirety click here.  We wouldn't have been able to do this without the gracious generosity of the Chicago design community.  We'd like to give a special thanks to: PRIMITIVE Modern, Aron Packer, Frank Connet, The Golden Triangle, Howard's Books, Pagoda Red, Michael Robinson (photo credit), and Olde Chicago Antiques.{%22page%22:66,%22issue_id%22:219037}

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Alan Design Studio is Featured on Houzz!

Check it out!  We're featured in an article on Houzz!  If you don't already know, Houzz is a website that connects people interested in improving their home, to design and construction professionals.  Houzz has created a network in which people can browse portfolios, and even find a local design professional using their "Find a Pro" page.  Houzz has created a community where homeowners can get inspired, browse products, and connect with a design professional to make their vision a reality.
Dining Room in River Forest Residence
Contributor Christine Tusher chose to feature Alan Design Studio in her article "Objects of Desire: 8 Gorgeous Globe Light Fixtures".  In the article, Tusher shares some of her favorite photos featuring globe light fixtures, and she chose the dining room from our River Forest Residence as one of the eight selected images.  The fixture in the photo is a vintage chandelier that Ruthie and her client purchased from an antique store in New York City.   The transparency of the fixture works well in the space because the room features a variety of bold elements.  This globe chandelier is perfect for the space, and makes a stunning addition to the room.  Ruthie adds that "when the light hits the cut edges of the glass, it creates patterned reflections on the ceiling" and adds a bit of sparkle.  We're thrilled to be featured on Houzz, and excited that others love this fixture as much as we do! 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Dering Hall - Storefront Spotlight

Dering Hall is a marketplace for the finest interior designers, architects, artisans, and design galleries to showcase their work.  Those chosen to be included in Dering Hall's professional network are amongst the top talent in the design industry.  We have enormous respect for our peers, and we are honored to be in the company of the talented design professionals involved with Dering Hall.  Another important distinction of Dering Hall is its association with established publications within the design industry.  The magazines Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Veranda use Dering Hall's network to connect readers to design professionals in their region. 

We are thrilled that Dering Hall has chosen us for a "Storefront Spotlight".  Alan Design Studio's storefront is featured on Dering Hall's homepage this Tuesday May 27th.  Take a look for yourself! We're listed in the 'Dering Hall Design Connect' section, just above the 'Daily Features' section. 

And that's not all that's new here at Alan Design Studio, we just revamped our website!  We've added information about our custom furniture -- called ADS Originals, and we've also changed the shop button.  Now it will link you directly to our online shop.  Our custom pillows and reimagined vintage furniture are now just a click away!

We're kicking off the summer with some exciting new changes.  Be sure to check us out on facebook and twitter to stay up-to-date all things ADS. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Alan Design Studio's Jody Trombley Redesigns an Old Town Bath

Jody Trombley
Bathroom After Renovation
Meet Jody!
She designed this gorgeous bathroom.

Last year, a client walked into the shop looking for some guidance for breathing new life into her recently purchased Old Town condo. She decided that she wanted to focus on renovating her bathroom – and Alan Design Studio’s Jody Trombley was just the person for the job!

We are proud to say that Alan Design Studio can deliver a design that achieves a desired look and feel of a space, on a budget.  Our client gained inspiration for her bathroom remodel from both shopping trips with Jean and Jody and reviewing tear sheets. The client fell in love with some expensive finishes, and Jean and Jody were able to draw inspiration from these more expensive items, and scale them down to a practical design without sacrificing the client's vision.

The most important goal of the redesign was to improve the room’s functionality.  Jody needed to add a shower and additional storage, as well as update the bathroom’s overall aesthetic.  Given the size of the room, Jody needed to design a shower that would make the most of the small space.  “The shower door took some thought and work with the vendor” Jody explains “I wanted the glass to sit on the outside edge of the shower curb and bench, which allowed for the maximum interior shower width”.  
"This was a bathroom of fighting for inches and taking advantage of every one".  To address the storage issue, Jody decided to take advantage of unused space below  the shower bench as a storage cubby.  For maximum mirror width, the sconces were mounted directly onto the mirror.   The lighting also needed to be addressed to flow with the bathroom’s updated design.  The unique "star" pendant fixture is a great feature item.

The color palette for the room was determined after choosing the stone for the shower and vanity counter top.  The stone selected for the bathroom is a gorgeous green granite with unique variations in coloring.  Jody selected tiles and paint for the bathroom in neutral colors that would compliment the stone, and showcase it's beauty.  They chose a classic hex tile for the floor to pay homage to the design of the historical buildings in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. 

What a transformation! Jody not only achieved the goal of improving the room’s functionality, she also made the space feel larger by updating to a calm, neutral color palette, and designing a shower enclosure that feels open and visually balanced with the rest of the room.  But don’t take our word for it, these before and after photos speak for themselves: