Why You Might Be Failing at Interior Design

Interior design looks easy, but it’s actually a lot of hard work. Walk into the most stunning room on earth and it’ll still be difficult to see how much hard work went into the design. The results look effortless. The bright splash of color on the walls,

How to Design an Awesome Room for Kids

Your kids are about to move into their room…but are you ready to design it?! Trust me when I say this…your little ones DO NOT want to stare at four beige walls all the time. Their room should be fun and colorful. You can even include your

Holiday Season Decorating Touches That Will Make Your Home Stand Out

The holiday season is a great excuse to decorate your home. Twinkling Christmas lights, statues of snowmen. Whatever your personal beliefs, there’s a way to invoke a sense of warmth and tradition into your home decorations. Some families take decorating their homes so seriously that it’s treated

6 Indoor Plants That Will Spice Up Your Living Space

Indoor plants give life to your space. Tired of looking at your drab, bland living room? Try adding a plant. They please your senses by improving the air quality and giving you something nice to look at. Don’t worry if you’re not a green thumb. Some house

Accent Walls – Good Idea?

I’ll be honest…I don’t really care for accent walls. It makes me feel like the room is incomplete, unfinished, fragmented, and just…uh uh. But, for some odd reason they’ve become insanely popular. Sometimes they look okay, but they have to be done right! It’s definitely not the

Summer to Fall Home Décor

Don’t you hate as soon as a holiday or season is barely over, the stores are already on to the next holiday/season? I can’t be the only one!  Can I just fat in peace during Thanksgiving without Christmas peaking over its shoulders? With the changing seasons and

Meaning of Colors

Aye guh, what’s your sign? There’s a lot of speculation as to whether or not astrology and horoscopes hold any truth or if it’s just generalization and human nature dressed up as truth. Either way, judging people and yourself based on astrological signs can be fun. But

#ADULTING – 6 Tips For Your Home When "They" Return to School

Hi All,It’s been awhile. Life has tackled me and has had me in a headlock for about a year now. Not a bad headlock; but kinda like when your crush is playfully giving you a noggie headlock AND he has on really good cologne.I have been working

(me whispering) "I see Dining Rooms"

Its weird. I see an outfit- I see a room. No different with pictures or scenery, and now more recently purses and shoes! So, I saw this Tori Burch Yellow Floral Handbag and these Louboutin wedges, and in my mind. I saw a Eclectic French-Modern dining room.

Our Sexiest Bedroom Yet. Before & After

Not to many things to say about this one. I take that back… I want to say; Oh my damn! I am giving you, my dear readers, the first looks at a fabulous bedroom transformation we just completed in the Far North Chicago Suburbs. Here we go….

So THIS happened. A DRAMATIC Transformation.

Meet Verda and Marty:What can I say about Verda. She’s a lot of sparkle, a lot of girly, and very stylish.Verdas sense of humor is amazing. My first meeting with her was an hour long conversation over the phone. She told me she was addicted to the

Home Tour: So NOT Southern.

I stumbled upon this amazing house tour while being held up in the Nashville airport this past weekend. First and foremost I need to thank God that our pilot had enough Spidey sense to realize that our plane was not maintenaced properly. We were litterally on the

Do or Don’t: Beds In Front of Windows

This topic is so controversial – at least in my little design world. Is it a Do or a Don’t Placing your bed in front of a window? Let me know if you are a fan of it or not.I can think of 101 reasons why we

Luxury Hotel Design Inspiration

I have been virtually living in hotels over the Summer and some of this fall please note, they were nice but hardly stylish. While I was flipping – Well clicking through Interior Design online, I came across this article and this stunning image on the Das Stue

So THIS happened. A DRAMATIC Transformation.

Verda and Marty are amazing BUT… This is how the space looked upon arrival.

#ADULTING – 6 Tips For Your Home When “They” Return to School

It’s been awhile. Life has tackled me and has had me in a head lock for about a year now. Not a bad headlock, but kinda like when your crush is playfully giving you a noggie headlock – and he happens to smell good.

Our Sexiest Bedroom Yet. Before & After

Not to many things to say about this one. I take that back… I want to say; Oh my damn! I am giving you, my dear readers, the first looks at a fabulous bedroom transformation we just completed in the Far North Chicago Suburbs. Here we go…. This all

18 Things to Make With Paint Chips!

Mind you this crafty DIY stuff is so not me – with the exception of reinventing furniture. I am usually not up for making anything except food, but I found this post at www.tipjunkie.com and thought it was adorable! Create a beautiful ombre effect using your local hardware stores free paint

Home Tour: So NOT Southern.

Folks from the south are trypically traditional. We are talking carved woods, maroon paisley, family portrait, tassles, and gingam check traditional “yawl”. Not poking fun – I love it there and miss living there, but still its hard to find something as funky and beach hip, as what I about to show you.

Happy Memorial Day & My Patio Before and After

Since Memorial Day + a Busted Patio = Redesign!

Pinteresting Ideas to Try This Weekend

I don’t know about you but the weekend is usually the time when I look around my house and want to change everything about it. But, I also look about and realize that I don’t have the cash needed to make those all those changes. However, even

(me whispering) “I see Dining Rooms”

Its weird. I see an outfit- I see a room. No different with pictures or scenery, and now more recently purses and shoes! So, I saw this Tori Burch Yellow Floral Handbag and these Louboutin wedges, and in my mind. I saw a Eclectic French-Modern dining room.

The Art of the Stack – The Art of Stacking – Lonny

The Art of the Stack Add some method to the madness of arranging your favorite books, periodicals and other objets d’art. We’ve rounded up 25 different ways you can creatively display your favorite home décor accessories to add flair to any room. The Art of the Stack –

Do or Don’t: Beds In Front of Windows

This topic is so controversial – at least in my little design world. Is it a Do or a Don’t Placing your bed in front of a window? Let me know if you are a fan of it or not.

Become A Client.

Tiffany Brooks & You and Your Decor's mission is to create stunning living environments that encompass their clients' individual needs. Tiffany and her team aim to keep the interior design process refreshing, modern and straightforward. Furnishings and textiles are an unexpected mix of modern and classic, fused

Luxury Hotel Design Inspiration

I have been virtually living in hotels over the Summer and please note, they were nice but hardly stylish. While I was flipping – Well clicking through Interior Design online, I came across this article and this stunning image on the Das Stue Hotel in Location: Berlin, Germany.  That forced me

After the Win. An Interview with Tiffany.

After weeks of designing by heart out for the network I did it! I won Season 8 HGTV Star!!! Talk about a whirlwind of emotions. Since Sunday night I have meet so many awesome people, fans, offered tons of press opportunities, and have literally watched my life

In the Mood to Revamp your Patio

I <3 a great mood board! Especially one that brings me totally outside. While I live in the Chicago Burbs, many of my clients live in an urban jungle. Their precious out door patios have to be done, and have to be done tight! One thing I

How to Layer Pattern like a Boss. In Interior Design.

Here is a handy guide I came up with on layering pattern. Its all about varying scale & color. But First finding a starting piece and some inspiration…. Want more Tips, Interior Style Solutions and a Free Paint Guide? Sign up HereYour Chicago Interior Designer & Interior

Congrats to Elaine Rosser who won the giveaway print: A Day In The Life, by Lindsay Cowles!

Congrats!

Congrats to Elaine Rosser who won the giveaway print: A Day In The Life, by Lindsay Cowles!

Lindsay Cowles. And a Giveaway.

Just for one of our lucky readers she is giving away of an 8″x10″ print matted for 11″x14″ frame. To enter: join her Facebook page, follows her on twitter, or her blog, etc. Links Listed Below. Here are a couple of pieces that you can win:

How to Layer Pattern like a Boss. In Interior Design.

Here is a handy guide I came up with on layering pattern. Its all about Varing scale & color. But First finding a starting piece and some inspiration….

How can a man drive a nice car, and have a horrible home?

Question posed to my ladies… Why is it that most, not all, but most men would spend the money necessary to drive a very nice car and resort to a busted condo or apartment?Lets explore further…. This car may cost around $48,000 new, $40,000 used. Now add

Men: Nice Cars. Bad Condo….

Question posed to my ladies… Why is it that most, not all, but most men would spend the money necessary to drive a very nice car and resort to a busted condo or apartment?
Lets explore further….

Food: Memorial Day Recipe

Happy Memorial Day All!!! It seems as if Dante and I get asked to go to BBQs just so I can bring this dish. So I wanted to share it with all of you today… 3 bacon strips, diced1 lb of ground italian sausage1/2 cup chopped green

Happy Memorial Day All!!! It seems as if Dante and I get asked to go to BBQs just so I can bring this dish. So I wanted to share it with all of you today… 3 bacon strips, diced 1 lb of ground italian sausage 1/2 cup

Instant Room. Under $3500!

Todays instant room is inspired by Mary McDonalds guest house. I have swooned over this space since I first saw it in Domino Mag. Its girly, functional, and perfect for entertaining. I estimate this room to be at least 30K. Mine, under $3500!

Instant Room Inspired By Jan Showers

Instant Room. Inspired By Mega Designer Jan Showers. I posted this room a couple of Sundays ago as inspiration to my room board this week: ^Here is my sketch^ Here is what I used: Obviously not in logical order – But anyone who has ever had a

Guest Post. Furnish Your Home with Antique Furniture.

Today we have a guest post from William Robinson is an interior design consultant who has built up a knowledge and appreciation of antiques over the years. William currently works for Loveday Antiques who specialise in modern art and antique furniture in London.

Sunday (on Monday) Inspiration. Lili Diallo – Stylist

Lili Diallo. Its crazy, I loved her styling before I even knew who she was! While thumbing through my valuable collection of Domino mags I begin to notice a trend of my pages I constantly came back to. Lily’s hand had been in the mix of several

Guest Post. Furnish Your Home with Antique Furniture.

Today we have a guest post from William Robinson is an interior design consultant who has built up a knowledge and appreciation of antiques over the years. William currently works for Loveday Antiques who specialise in modern art and antique furniture in London. Interior Design by Kathryn Ireland Antique furniture can be

MY Weekend Project. IKEA White Floors. What do you think?

Such an awesome weekend followed by a horrible week! After the high of being featured on Bring It Home Chicago all this week (If you have not seen it click below) Our basement flooded. Yep, water everywhere. Its down there ruining our carpeting and pad in our

Your in Good Company. Choose Style!

Americans Choosing Style Over Profit — Two to One  National Survey Reveals Homeowners Prioritizing Aesthetics Over Value When Remodeling and Decorating via info.houzz.com

Sunday Inspiration

Happy Mothers Day. Having a mother to laugh with, cry with, and be inspired from is a gift. Cherish every un-promised moment with her. I found this room today by Steven Gambrel.  Hubby purchased his book Time and Place for me as a Mothers Day Gift. In it I

Sunday Inspiration.

Happy Mothers Day. Having a mother to laugh with, cry with, and be inspired from is a gift. Cherish every un-promised moment with her. I found this room today by Steven Gambrel.

MY Weekend Project. IKEA White Floors. What do you think?

Such an awesome weekend followed by a horrible week! After the high of being featured on Bring It Home Chicago all this week (If you have not seen it click below) Our basement flooded.

Monday Inspiration. Ashley Stark. Rocks Her Manhattan Apartment.

The creative director Ashley Stark, of the Empire- Stark, that bears her last name, designed this fabulous apartment in Manhattan. I found these images on Elle Decor this morning. (I read these pages like others read the Tribune!) Instantly inspired, and a tad envious of the talent oozing

Sunday (on Monday) Inspiration. Lili Diallo – Stylist

Lili Diallo. Its crazy, I loved her styling before I even knew who she was! While thumbing through my valuable collection of Domino mags I begin to notice a trend of my pages I constantly came back to. Lily’s hand had been in the mix of several of these images. So, I bought her book – “DETAILS”.

See Us Today. Bring It Home Chicago.

We had a great time filming with Rochelle and her Bring it Home crew. I cant wait to see what she comes up with on today’s episode! Make Sure to watch the show this morning! Many Blessings (on this gloomy Chicago Sunday)You Chicago Interior Designer & Interior Stylist

See Us Today. Bring It Home Chicago.

We had a great time filming with Rochelle and her Bring it Home Chicago crew. I cant wait to see what she comes up with on today’s episode! Make Sure to watch the show this morning!

75% Off at The Mart. OUtdoor Furniture Sale.

SHOP THE OUTDOOR FURNITURE SAMPLE SALE MAY 9-11, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Browse Hundreds of Outdoor Furniture Products at up to 75% Off at The Design Center at The Merchandise Mart Participating Outdoor/Casual showrooms at the Design Center at The Merchandise Mart will open its doors

Instant Room. Inspired By Mega Designer Jan Showers.

I posted this room on Sunday as inspiration to an instant room board this week: The superstar…(The Paint)

Working With An Interior Designer. Questions You Really Want To Ask.

If you are reading this you are probably considering hiring an interior designer. I felt it that it was very necessary to publish this post to explain how we work with our design clients. Here I have published some of the common fears, questions and misconceptions that I have researched online and with my experience. I hopes this demystifies the question “How to Work with an Interior Designer”.

Adding to My Design Inspiration Scrapbook….Thom Filicia

I want to be BFF’s with Thom, he is so ballsy with his interiors! I have always wondered how he find clients who would let him push all of their design envelopes. Fresh from re-reading his first book, Thom Filicia Style I am again left with my

Adding to My Design Inspiration Scrapbook….Thom Filicia

I want to be BFF’s with Thom, he is so ballsy with his interiors! I have always wondered how he find clients who would let him push all of their design envelopes.

Design DONTs. Interior Design Gone Wrong

One of my favorite things to do during the week is check for Facebook posts from Beverly Hills Interior Designer and author, David Swan. I sometimes sit in a crowded room, or even worse a quiet office, trying to control my laughter at the photos and his viewers comment

Sunday Inspiration

I am in love with Navy. It is like my new black. How the color is such a masculine statement. All while the lime green leather and animal print brings back in tune with your femme side. This room is chic, and evertime I look at this room

Sunday Inspiration.

I am in love with this Navy. It is like my new black. How the color is such a masculine statement. All while the lime green leather and animal print brings back in tune with your femme side. This room is chic, and evertime I look at this room by Jn Showers, I find a new surprise.

2 Crucial tips to: Paint Your Ikea Furniture. Successfully.

PRIMER & PATIENCE
Get to know these words.
They are the keys to successfully Painting your Ikea pieces.

DIY’ing My Own Home. Inspired. See this DIY Headboard

Great morning All!
I have been neglecting my own blog lately! So many changes have been taking place in our lives it has left even me, uninspired. But I am back!
I often call myself the shoe maker with no shoes! My home is so lacking in design it makes me cringe! I am deciding to take back my home – room by room, dollar by dollar. My plan is to start with what I already own, repurpsoing almost everything! –
I am going to start my own total home makeover in my own bedroom.

Green and Yellow

When you first hear the color combo, the thought can omit a nausous feeling. But from this spaces by Kelly Wearstler the combo is kinda haute!

Off Design Topic – What Would You Do With the 640 Million?

So we are sitting around talking about the March 30th record Jackpot of $640 Million Dollars…. The cash option to that is $462 Million.  Some Quick Math: At my age (32) in my health, I am expected (God willing) to live another 35-40 years. Best case scenario before

Sluggish Today

I think this photo just about sums it up. I have felt so lazy lately. With Spring Break in full effect, all I want is a pitcher of mimosas, a novel, and then later a nap!  I snapped this photo this morning of my child in envy. Here

Sluggish Today…

Then we have the Safe Place design to look forward to. We are doing some volunteer designing and fundraising for a women’s shelter in Lake County.

Spring Fling At Randolph Street Market – Chicago Interior Style

The official start to my hunting season! Saturday, March 24 – Noon to 6:00 pm Sunday, March 25 –10:00 am to 5:00 pm From the site: The Randolph Street Market Festival is home to the world-renowned Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago and the Holiday Market. As seen in

Spring Fling At Randolph Street Market – Chicago Interior Style

The Randolph Street Market – The official start to my hunting season!
This weekend 3/24 & 3/25

Adding Glamour. Smoke and Mirrors

Mirrors are a designers best accessory.  All in one piece you can reflect light, amplify natural light, and add a ton of sparkle and dimension to a room.  Coupled with gold, and a chic chandelier, its an all in one jewelry store in your home. Interior Design

Adding Glamor. Smoke and MIRRORS

Mirrors are a designers best accessory.  All in one piece you can reflect light, amplify natural light, and add a ton of sparkle and dimension to a room.  Coupled with gold, and a chic chandelier, its an all in one jewelry store in your home.   Interior

Sunday (Dinner) Inspiration

Design by Mary McDonald This room gives me butterflies. The unfolding drama of the architecture, the unexpected use of the citron vases and the classic style of furniture. Then as a climatic as an end could be, the geometrics of the floor!   All this drama and dinner

Sunday (Dinner) Inspiration.

This room gives me butterflies.

Secrets Designers Use to Style Spaces

So, you got a brand new furniture grouping for your room, or your large key pieces in place. However it still does not feel like home. Here are some simple and affordable steps to take to inject personality in your space. I compare these last little steps

Secrets Designers use to Style Spaces.

So, you got a brand new furniture grouping for your room, or your large key pieces in place. However it still does not feel like home. Here are some simple and affordable steps to take to inject personality in your space. I compare these last little steps to icing and decorating the cake.

75% Off at The Mart. OUtdoor Furniture Sale.

SHOP THE OUTDOOR FURNITURE SAMPLE SALEMAY 9-11, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.Browse Hundreds of Outdoor Furniture Products at up to 75% Off at The Design Center at The Merchandise MartParticipating Outdoor/Casual showrooms at the Design Center at The Merchandise Mart will open its doors to the public

Sunday Inspiration

Here is a bit of design inspiration by New York Interior Designer Marshall Watson. By Marshall Watson Interiors Have a Blessed Sunday Everyone! Your Chicago Interior Designer & Interior Stylist Tiffany Brooks

Sunday Inspiration.

Here is a bit of design inspiration by New York Interior Designer Marshall Watson.

My Gift to you. An eBook. An Interior Designer’s Favorite Paint Colors & Guide.

The number one question that interiors designers get asked: “What color should I paint my home?” Here is a comprehensive guide that will help you decipher your color personality, gain access to a designer’s favorite Paint color schemes and see them in action. ALL FOR FREE!

My Gift to you. An eBook. An Interior Designer’s Favorite Paint Colors & Guide.

The number one question that interiors designers get asked: “What color should I paint my home?” Here is a comprehensive guide that will help you decipher your color personality, gain access to a designer’s favorite paint color schemes and see them in action. All complimentary! Click on

Basement Tips. With a Side of Inspiration.

With spring fast approaching, You and Your Decor and our architectural staff are getting a multitude of phone calls.  A great number of Chicago area from homeowners are looking to capitalize on that underused space in the basement. We are scheduling basement projects that range from furnishing and

FREE eBook: An Interior Designers Favorite Paint Colors & Guide

The number one question that designers get asked: What color should I paint my home? Here is a comprehensive guide that will help you decipher your color personality, gain access to a designer’s favorite color schemes and see them in action. ALL FOR FREE! Click on the

Basement Tips with a Side of Inspiration

With spring fast approaching, You and Your Decor and our architectural staff are getting a multitude of phone calls.  A great number of Chicago area from homeowners are looking to capitalize on that underused space in the basement. We are scheduling basement projects that range from furnishing and

Look For Tiffany Brooks of YAY Decor in this Article by Interior Design Pro

There is a common denominator in most homes and apartments; a space that welcomes guests and entertains the family. Whether you prefer to call it a Front Room, a Family Room – or back in the early 1900’s, a Parlor – the Living Room is generally a standard area

Look For Tiffany Brooks of YAY Decor in this Article by Interior Design Pro

There is a common denominator in most homes and apartments; a space that welcomes guests and entertains the family.

Small Space Idea. Office in a Closet

 Do you absolutely need an office in a very small space? Here are some photos of an inspiring place to house your work spot. In the closet.  Her small San Francisco home didn’t have space for a home office, so Sara Menuck converted her living room closet

Small Space Idea. Put an Office in a Closet.

Do you absolutely need an office in a very small space? Here are some photos of an inspiring place to house your work spot. In the closet.
-Your Chicago Interior Designer & Interior Stylist

A Bit of an ICON. The Pump Room

I love the 30’s to 40’s art deco era, as far as the fashion, old Paris, Art Deco lighing, Eddie Murphy in Harlem Nights…ok the last one was a stretch. But seriously the ward Swag was invented in the 40’s. You could not visit the grocery store

A Bit Of An Icon. The Pump Room. Then and Now.

I love the 30’s to 40’s art deco era, as far as the fashion, old Paris, Art Deco lighing, Eddie Murphy in Harlem Nights…ok the last one was a stretch. But seriously the ward Swag was invented in the 40’s. You could not visit the grocery store with out tassels and a cloche!

Sunday Inspiration

Here is some Sunday Inspiration by the Chicago Interiors photographer Michael Robinson.This photo is amazing because it is like an unfolding flower. At first glance its like another simple, restful space. The more you stare at it the more another pattern, texture, shape, etc. will unveil itself.

Sunday Inspiration.

This photo is amazing because it is like an unfolding flower. At first glance its like another simple, restful space. The more you stare at it the more another pattern, texture, shape, etc. will unveil itself. All this set perfectly against a white wall.

Pinterest. My New Obsession.

Great Wednesday All!Okay, so I have a new obsession-Pinterest! Pinterest is like the twitter of photos, a mood board of sorts. You pin instead of tweet. You can find images online and simply click the pin it button on your tabs, and there you go. You can

Weekend Project. Re-upholster that bench in your hallway.

Ganked these instructions straight from Young House Love, this little guide will show you how to re-uphoslter and refresh your hall bench, this weekend!

A KISS of Red

Image from Coco Cozy Happy Valentine’s Day Design Lovers!!!! Your Chicago Interior Designer & Interior Stylist Tiffany Brooks

A Kiss of RED.

A Kiss of Red

Tablescapes Part Deux. How to Put Together a Coffee Table

When I flip through my magazines either at the grocery store, or in my mailbox, I quickly scan to find the images of the living rooms. The first thing I notice after the chairs (of course) is how the coffee tables are decorated

The Ultimate Ikea Hack Helper. O’verlays

for those of us that love Ikea, but don’t want our guest to tell that we have Billy bookshelves living in every room, I found one of the best products to help with the cover up.

See This Apartment. Aerin Lauder’s Home.

Aerin Lauder of the Estée Lauder empire is living stylishly in her grandmothers home, near East hampton Village.

Monochromatic. Its More Than Meets the Eye.

I have officially fallen in love with a monochromatic scheme. In a monochromatic scheme, you actually have to think about texture, and patterns, and how they are playing with each other in the spaces.

Pinterest. My New Obsession.

Great Wednesday All! Okay, so I have a new obsession-Pinterest! Pinterest is like the twitter of photos, a mood board of sorts. You pin instead of tweet. You can find images online and simply click the pin it button on your tabs, and there you go. You

How to. Arrange a Kick Ass Tablescape.

Here is a how to- fool proof – no fail guide to arranging a tablescape that will wow everyone entering your home. So pretty, everyone will think that you hired me to do it!

Wallpaper Obsession. My Favorites Right Now.

I use wallpaper whenever I can. It is like enveloping the room in a sophisticated blanket. It also saves money on accessories because it serves as wall art.

Happy New Year to Everyone Reading These Words…With a Single Resolution.

Design By You and Your Decor I want to wish everyone reading these words,  Friends, Family, Clients – (Future, Present, and Past) a very Happy and Prosperous 2012!  New Years Eve is often a sad time for me. I get discouraged looking back on what I have

Happy New Year to Everyone Reading These Words…With a Single Resolution.

I want to wish everyone reading these words, Friends, Family, Clients – (Future, Present, and Past) a very Happy and Prosperous 2012!

Ring in the New Year….At Home.

Hubby and I hardly ever go out on New Years Eve. Since our son was born, I have become a fan of get-togethers. I have scouted a list of preparations that you can take, if you happen to be hosting this New Year’s Eve at home.

Ring in the New Year….At Home.

Hubby and I hardly ever go out on New Years Eve. Since our son was born, I have become a fan of get-togethers. I have scouted a list of preparations that you can take, if you happen to be hosting this New Year’s Eve at home. 1. Make

Getting Myself In the Holiday Spirit

This year, I am having the toughest time getting into the Holiday Mood! I have tried eggnog, Christmas Music, going to see decorations…. I even decorated a store window, especially for the holiday season. Maybe this blog post will help.   This is for those of us

A Past Client. Her Room is Still Living

A homeowner in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago, wanted GREAT design on a budget. After researching several designers online, she came across You and Your Decor. After landing on her site, the homeowner was immediately ready to start work, with a catching portfolio, and an added bonus; You and Your Decor having published her room by room design fees online.

Getting (Myself) In the Holiday Spirit. A Re-Post.

This year, I am having the toughest time getting into the Holiday Mood! I have tried eggnog, Christmas Music, going to see decorations…. I even decorated a store window, especially for the holiday season. Maybe this blog post will help.

CYBER MONDAY. Don’t Forget to shop for Yourself, and your decor!

With Cyber Monday in full Swing, I wanted to compose a list of the best deals online for you and your décor” – no pun intended! A couple of these online décor finds are from my local Chicago Design favorites such as Jayson Home and Garden and the

Hints of Gold. Guest Post. by Arcadian Lighting.

We are sharing eight interiors with just hints of gold. Golden accents add a beautiful, aristocratic touch to any home décor scheme. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Your Weekend Project. Build a Gallery Wall. How To Guide.

A gallerie wall is the perfect way to add personality to your walls and make sense of the collection of photos, art, or any other objects that you may cherish. Below, is a guide of how to put together your gallerie wall.

Room Inspiration. See This Rainbow. Color To Inspire.

I wanted to share a RAINBOW some of my favorite spaces I have tagged over time.

The Four Panel Bed. Make Over Your Bed Affordably.

The Four Panel Bed. Make Over Your Bed Affordably. Anyone who know me, knows I will follow the infamous Mary McDonald to the ends of the earth. I dig her style in design, I read her interviews, and I have her book front and center in my

Sunday Inspiration

Good Morning All, Here is a little Design Inspiration. Have a wonderful day! Design by The Coutour Rooms. What do you think, is this room the perfect balance of edgy modern, and a relaxing color scheme? Your Chicago and Milwaukee Interior Stylist, & Interior Decorator, Tiffany Brooks

Sunday Design Inspiration. See This Room.

Good Morning All,
Here is a little Design Inspiration. Have a wonderful day!

One of a Kind. Chicago Holiday Shopping Show!

The 11th annual One of a Kind Show and Sale Chicago® is Chicago’s holiday shopping show! A refreshing alternative to traditional retail, the show is the ideal place to find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list.

Dining Room Inspiration. Photo of the Day

I am stuck on dining spaces this week. Searching for ways to mix it up…

CYBER MONDAY. Don’t Forget to shop for Yourself, and your decor!

With Cyber Monday in full Swing, I wanted to compose a list of the best deals online for you and your décor” – no pun intended!

Monday Inspiration. Ashley Stark. Rocks Her Manhattan Apartment.

The creative director Ashley Stark, of the Empire- Stark, that bears her last name, designed this fabulous apartment in Manhattan. I found these images on Elle Decor this morning. (I read these pages like others read the Tribune!)

Our New Etsy Shop. YAYDecor.

Hiyah All!! We finally did it. We opened the YAY Decor Etsy shop. Well I over exaggerate when I say 'WE'….  My hubby, Dante, is the person behind it. He finally got sick and tired of me using our dining room as a landing place for things

Styling the fireplace

I made this Lookbook of nicly styled fireplaces for a client turned friend in the West Loop area of Chicago. She wants to style her fireplace but not ‘decorate it’.

Design Chicago. Martyn Lawrence Bullard Katherine Ireland. Juan Montoya.

My Highlights… Martyn Lawrence Ballard from Million Dollar Decorators called me Delicious. Yes, while signing his book Live, Love, Decorate Martyn called me DELICIOUS! During her keynote Kathryn Ireland called the Max Factor heir Shannon Factor the “B” word, and Juan Montoya said my smile was contagious. Not to mention that the Schumacher showroom had the best champagne ever. “Well when you are referencing champagne quantity does wonders for the quality.”-Tiffany Brooks

TAKE A SEAT. TAKE A STAND.

Anyone who knows me and my story knows that diabetes has impacted my family to the fullest extent. After having two organ transplants, and then a young child diagnosed, we daily pray for a cure to this exhausting, emotional disease. When I got the invite for this event, I felt compelled to pass this along….

Inspired by my Man. Menswear on the Catwalk. Menswear in Interior Design.

Seeing any man in a well tailored suit, gives out a confident disposition about its wearer. He is put together, influential, and slightly cocky. All definite turn ons. This mood is being transitioned not only into the female fashion arena, but in the home as well.

Design Chicago. Martyn Lawrence Bullard Katherine Ireland. Juan Montoya.

My Highlights… Martyn Lawrence Ballard from Million Dollar Decorators called me Delicious. Yes, while signing his book Live, Love, Decorate Martyn called me DELICIOUS! During her keynote Kathryn Ireland called the Max Factor heir Shannon Factor the “B” word, and Juan Montoya said my smile was contagious.

See it. Farrow and Ball. New Upper East Side Showroom.

OK. Talk about HAUTEness! How they got a permit to wallpaper the outside of a building is beyond me.

See it. Farrow and Ball. New Upper East Side Showroom.

OK. Talk about HAUTEness! How they got a permit to wallpaper in one of my F&B faves LOTUS  is beyond me.  If you can stop in and send me more pics of this place. (the building must be hard to miss)Oh and sources say they are hiring too…http://www.editoratlarge.com/interiordesignjobs/showroom-manager-upper-west-sideIf

Atlanta Show House by Jimmy Stanton.

Happy Friday All! I was flipping through the online version of Atlanta Homes and fell in love with this space. This house is literally at peace with itself through its color palette. I pray for such restraint when working with my clients, however God has not yet blessed me with the ability NOT to use a saturated color or wallpaper in any of my rooms that I style!

Donny Deutsch. His New York Townhome. Design Inspiration.

Reading Architectural Digest online and stumbled upon this house tour. It always amazes me to see how celebrities live. It opens the world up to really see (all previous perception aside) the real person. It is a gauge to see how deep, or how shallow, celebs really are.

Goodbye Randolph Street Market! – It was a great year.

It is with great sadness, and a heavy heart that I report this. This weekend is my official end of Summer 2011. I can tell that the season of outdoor shopping and delicious summer finds is over by the coming of this occasion.

Yellow details in covet garden’s latest issue

                                        R Happy Friday!!! I did a post on yellow design Many, many moons ago. I stumbled upon this this morning, and was reminded that whenever I have

A ModernTake on the Doily – $850 Lamp for less than $50 | Handmadeology

A Modern Take on the Doily $850 Lamp for less than $50? Yes Please! Hello Pretty people! We are so excited to share a project we did this past weekend. A few months ago, I came across a ceiling lamp, I absolutely loved. It was $850, and

Fireplace Mantels. The Old Kind. Could be Your Next Headboard.

I spotted the perfect Fireplace Mantle and Surround that would be perfect for a Queen sized headboard. Added to a room with an eclectic mix of old and new, vintage and modern.

Tory Burch. Her Stores. Inspiration to Live LUXE!

I Just read about Tory Burch and the opening of her new Manhattan Flagship store. Looking at the images I felt as if I was punched with a load of inspiration. The layers, the opulence, the LUXE

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About You and Your Decor

 You and Your Decor Specializes in interior decorating and design for boutiques, condos, lofts, and apartments. We create remarkable spaces from as far north Milwaukee spanning all the way to south Chicago, also servicing homes located in all points between.  Your home should be your haven, which

Have pets, kids and a tight budget? Easy-care resilient floors may be the choice for you

Paul Anaterhttp://www.kitchenandresidentialdesign.com So far in this flooring series, I've discussed a variety of ceramic tile, plank wood, engineered wood and laminate floors. Rounding out but by no means completing this series are linoleum and vinyl — also called resilient flooring, or sheet goods. Resilient flooring's a better

How To. Paint Furniture. Via Young House Love.

I  came across this article, while seaching for a play by play to give hubby to paint some chairs and 2 speakerboxes. (yes, I am using speakerboxes as furniture) I came across this article wrote a few years back and had to re-blog. Very informative and detailed.

How To. Paint Furniture. Via Young House Love

I came across this article, while seaching for a play by play to give hubby to paint some chairs and 2 speakerboxes. (yes, I am using speakerboxes as furniture) I came across this article wrote a few years back and had to re-blog. Very informative and detailed.

Instant Room. Plans for an Outdoor Chicago Area Rooftop/Patio Space.

Since we are finally showing signs of summer here in the midwest, I recently finished freshening up my own outdoor space. I was inspired (and hired) to add some personality to my previous clients’ outdoor patio. This is a huge 19 x18 roof top space. The client loved the idea board and let me share the 9 elements I am using to pump some personality into his outdoor space.

Celebrity House Tour. Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. Contemporary Goth.

Fresh from Architectural Digest are these stunning photos of Sharon and Ozzy's new empty nester home. Designer and close friend of Sharon's, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, lightened up the home of the vintage rocker known for his dark side.I love the flow and the color scheme Martyn used here.

Celebrity House Tour. Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. Contemporary Goth.

Fresh from Architectural Digest are these stunning photos of Sharon and Ozzy’s new empty nester home.

White Haute. An Inspired Bedroom.

ife is stressful. We all need a place to settle and exhale. I find that a monochromatic scheme in a room, is often full of one emotion or more ever calming.

Friday Eye Candy.

This foyer by Mary McDonald at the Kips bay Decorator Showhouse is Delicious and totally seductive! Happy Friday All -Your Chicago Interior Stylist and Decorator Tiffany Brooks!  

Instant Room. Inspired by designer Christina Sullivan Roughan.

I fell in love with the subtle eclecticism of this dining room and had to attempt to recreate it using mostly big box retail resources making it attainable and more affordable.

My design crush. Jan Showers. The Legend.

Jan Showers. Understated glamor.

Chair Hall of Fame. My favorite chair list.

I absolutely live for chairs. that may be an exaggeration. But finding a good one, and selecting the perfect fabrics, finishes, and placing them with their rightful owners is like a thrill here in the design office. Here are my loves that I have used and are

The 80’s called….

Okay, I absolutely love the 80’s the style, the music, the late great Gary Coleman. However, some of these things should have stayed there….Your house seriously needs a YAY make over if you still live with some of these key 80’s pieces…. Slipcovers made in plastic! This

The 80’s Called….and they want their stuff back!

Okay, I absolutely love the 80’s the style, the music, the late great Gary Coleman. However, some of these things should have stayed there….
Your house seriously needs a YAY make over if you still live with some of these key 80’s pieces….
Thanks to Ugly House photos for providing a lot of these images!

In those Bedrooms. These Will Get You In the Mood.

I love looking at designer portfolios. Oozing with inspiration. Especially if you have a non-designerish brain. The first thing I take when looking at a designers room that I am feeling, is the color palette.  When people like how a room comes together, the color scheme is

Bedrooms. These will get anyone in the MOOD.

I love looking at designer portfolios. Oozing with inspiration. Especially if you have a non-designerish brain. The first thing I take when looking at a designers room that I am feeling, is the color palette.  When people like how a room comes together, the color scheme is

In the Bedroom. Good Design Will Help Your Sex Life.

In the Bedroom. Good Design Will Help Your Sex Life. Often neglected, but undoubtedly the most important room in a house to design. I get so many calls in a week for a Living and Dining Room Consultation, Family Room, Sun Room, etcetera, etcetera…. Why are so

In the Bedroom. Good Design Will Help Your Sex Life.

Often neglected, but undoubtedly the most important room in a house to design. I get so many calls in a week for a Living and Dining Room Consultation, Family Room, Sun Room, etcetera, etcetera…. Why are so many homeowers, especially the married ones neglecting thier bedrooms?

From monograms, to art covered with text…..Accessories that SAY SOMETHING

While I never owned anything personalized, I love the idea of a monographed or personalized accessory. It adds that luxurious touch at an affordable cost. I do, on the other hand decorate with text. From Old street signs, vintage eye doctor charts and pillows.

The UN-Designed Room

I love an UN- Decorated, un-pretentious room. Rooms that are a breath of fresh air.    Those that have imperfect wood floors, old books, and game boards. These rooms tell the story of the homeowner. I call it my UN-designed look. One of more recent projects I

This genius of a sculptor, Jonathan Adler….And Barbies house.

 I had one all of us girls, (and some boys) did. Mine was the A frame yellow and orange 3 foot one. Barbie had six rooms, a balcony, kithchen, and flower boxes in the front yard. She also had a pool with a slide a shower and

DOMINO MAG. an icon resurrected.

  Good Gracious! MARCH! The last time I posted? I am sorry? You and Your Decor has been busy making this world of ours a more esthetically pleasing place to live in. We have also have totally cleaned out our design office and made it more FUNCTIONAL!

COLOR ALERT! YELLOW. canary. lemon. citrine. YELLOW. citron. flaxen. yellow. mustard. saffron. YELLOW.

I am really feeling this color right now…

The Beautiful Ones

  So in my research I am finding that yellow and other bold pieces, is the mood for interiors this spring/summer 2010. See the above home page for CB2. I was immediately inspired to do an 80's room board. This room scene reminded me of one of

Spaces Designed Professionally, Affordably.

What kind of designer are you? Are you a do it your self kind of person, or does your decor need some hand holding?  Are you tech savvy and prefer online guidance? You and Your Decor has packages to suit all design personality types and most of

AphroChic. Modern. Soulful. STYLE!

Modern, soulful, stylemaker Jeanine Hays, the Creative Director and Founder of AphroChic interior design blog and home style expert is launching her second collection – Brooklyn Renaissance. This collection available at http://www.aphrochicshop.com/Offers unique pieces including pillows, wallpaper, tabletop and bath items. Take a look at some of

Design Shopping In Chicago

Places I am going this week in Chicago…. . Number one is Christopher Guy. I did not know about Christopher, but my hubby fell in love when he sat in those mega-huge red chairs at the mart. I researched and kept tabs on this chair, and the

My Most Favorite Consoles in the WORLD! at least for now!

#10 The Grove Console Table $1799.00   Room and Board http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/product/detail.do?productGroup=20138&catalog=filter&menuCatalog=room&menuSubcategory=201144 Anything with a mid-century modern twist is a good look in my book. #9 Bulstrode Console  $179.00 Wisteria   http://www.wisteria.com/Handpainted-Balustrade-Console/productinfo/W3937/ This mid-1800s French styled piece has a very garden,  but industrial feel to what is normally a

Free Room Design. Instant Room* Under $2500!!!

Fresh off my yellow kick, I made a visit to IKEA. All of us have walked through IKEA, and marveled on how they put a room together for under a certain price. We think to ourselves, “I can afford that!”  We have taken those little 3 inch

What about Yellow?

Next to purple, yellow is the most difficult shade to use in interior design. Psychologically it is the hardest color to look at, and somehow confused the brain. It is difficult to match with the rest of the house, children cry more when they see it, and

Horrible Holiday Decorations! Tacky light Tickets Issued

Okay, so everyone who knows me, knows, the one thing about the holidays that I cannot stand is the decorating. It is so cliche. Red and green this with gold that, inflatable Santas, and candy canes everywhere, ick. So, I could in no way advise how to

DOMINO MAGAZINE-an ICON Resurrected!

Good Gracious! MARCH! The last time I posted? I am sorry? You and Your Decor has been busy making this world of ours a more esthetically pleasing place to live in. We have also have totally cleaned out our design office and made it more FUNCTIONAL! I

The Fabulous Mr. Adler

He is my hero of the day! Today I am scouting pieces for a very eclectic anything goes couple in the Evanston, IL area. I came across these pieces by this genius of a sculptor, Jonathan Adler…. Jonathan Adler-> Wow, I love designers who have a natural

Can we talk about the 6ft Rhino in the room?

OK, I am a new blogger but, I definitely have enough experience in design to know that eclectic with class is huge. With this sculpture, it would add that eclectic twist to any decor. This piece is by Lamberty in London. It is on sale for $8700.00!

Welcome to YAY! I am Tiffany. I love design and all things that encompass it. I have a design company You and Your Decor, based in the northern suburbs of Chicago.I know there is a gazillion other blogs out there about design, etc. But this one has

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