June 25th, 2009 | Published in Galleria
We are living, as Deborah Reinhart, owner of Design Odyssey, Ltd., puts it, in the RE moment.
A time for redesigning, rediscovering, recycling, renewing, renovating, retrofitting, reinventing, rebranding, rehabbing, reorienting, redefining.
I couldn’t agree more. You, too, I’m sure.
New project: The criteria for this Lake Shore Drive condo was to showcase the Indian roots of this international couple with two maturing college-age daughters
Authenticity: “Antiques were used extensively to provide comfort –visual and physical – for the family and their international guests,” Deb says.
Value/quality pieces: Furnishings that are dynamically designed — not branded with excessive costs — were chosen.
Assimilation: Middle Eeastern design concepts seamlessly co-exist with contemporary furnishings.
Starting point: “The core of this design is the owner’s passion for Odegard Rugs; all roads start from Odegard for this client,” Deb says.
- Antiques from Primitive in Chicago
- Chandelier made by a California artisan
- Tile in various rooms from Ann Sacks
- The leg [or the lack] of it defines the room
- Color is your best friend
- Design, taste, grow: Embrace new ideas. Expect to change your mind. Encourage yourself to stretch beyond comfort.
Budget-saving advice: “A lot of designer firms have ‘tiered’ design programs for clients [as does Design Odyssey]. Most have junior designers who have degrees but need experience,” Deb says. “With the evolution—our economic changes—the opportunity to hire a design firm has never been better. Hiring a firm to provide a plan is possible. Having a designer as an advocate for remodeling—definitely a plus.
“Also many online vendors will have design computer programs—House Beautiful will have a section each month showing how to put together a special room.”