Your Favorite Room By Cathy Zaeske

(312) 961-6875
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Services Provided
I provide in-home and online e-design consultations including any or all of the following initiatives: space planning, color scheme and flow, furniture placement, styling, lighting, fabrics, window treatments, floor coverings, artwork, upholstery, finishes, etc. I also design custom built-ins as well as provide personal shopper and staging services.

Areas Served
Chicagoland with a focus on the northern IL suburbs & southern Milwaukee areas and with the use of my online design services, worldwide!

Business Description
I am an Interior Decorating and Design Consultant for "real people" and it is my goal to help you create YOUR favorite room! Whether you are feeling overwhelmed in your new house and not sure where to begin, or have a tired room that needs freshening up or a wall that you just can't figure out what to do with, I can help create that vision! My approach is friendly and easy and together we will design welcoming rooms that reflect YOUR 
personality and lifestyle...
dynamic yet comfortable spaces that will soon become your favorite!

Certification and Awards
Best of Houzz 2013 and 2014
Location:
Gurnee, IL US 
Contact:
Cathy Zaeske 
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Address:
123 Circle
Gurnee, IL 60031 
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Who Says a Dining Room Has to Be a Dining Room?

Chucking the builder’s floor plan, a family reassigns rooms to work better for their needs Full Story
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Judysg, thank you for your kind words. I do long distance e-design, feel free to contact me directly if you'd like help in your own space :)
August 25, 2014 at 8:55AM     
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Well said!! I wanted to reply sooner but I was talked off the ledge by a concerned family member.
August 25, 2014 at 6:58PM     
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tholimon
I luv repurposing and thinking about new ways to use (really use) your home. What we did with a long dining/living room: Dining still with 10 chairs and china cabinet remain (of course, the table gets used most of the time for work projects), my study (cherry wood large close up cabinet, with 2 low cherry wood filing cabinets side by side that are behind a high back love sofa for sitting and conversation. The sofa faces our music room also (2 pianos). So the room separator between dining and our conversation/music area are the 2 wood filing cabinets and love sofa. The area works great and one or more parts are in use most days. It is still available for the 3 to 4 times a year I need a dining space. WIth our recently added screen/vinyl window porch, however, we rarely need anything besides our den other than ourselves.
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Angela Lowe
When we built our house it had a formal dining room that I furnished as such, however we never used it, we just walked by. Now that I have graduated from cosmetology school, I have sold the dining room furniture, and turned it into my mini salon space. It gets a lot more use now.
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Thank you. The chair was painted in a mix of gray and brown leftover paint colors I had on hand. Base was sanded and painted gray then I added a brown wash on top with a variety of sanding and wiping to achieve desired look.
August 25, 2014 at 9:05AM   
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sailhanks
Thanks for the reply Cathy. The finish looks great!
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Napa Black Writing Desk, Overstock.com
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Thrift store. This is what it looked like when I bought it :)
August 25, 2014 at 8:40AM   
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bethnapier
Well, great job! Both purchase and re-do!
August 25, 2014 at 8:44AM   
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It's not a special bracket at all. I was just fiddling around with various hooks and knobs in the store and it dawned on me I could use it to prop up this art (it's very light). I have a teeny tiny piece of velcro at the back top of the art to ensure it doesn't blow off if the front door gets slammed or whatnot.
August 24, 2014 at 3:46PM   
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Your Favorite Room By Cathy Zaeske tagged a photo with products: Griffin Reclaimed Wood & Wrought Iron Rectangular Fixed Dining Table
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Pottery Barn, GRIFFIN DINING TABLE
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If you mean the wall to wall carpet, it's nothing special. Builders grade "neutral" - plans to replace with hardwood next year. If you mean the area rugs, they were one off scores that I snagged at Tuesday Morning and Homegoods.
August 24, 2014 at 3:38PM   
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Found the lamps at Homegoods! They were the inspiration for the entire space. Shades were originally too white (so white they looked blue!) so I recovered with a gold studded softer white scarf. Platter was purchased at an artist's gallery in Maui.
August 24, 2014 at 3:36PM      Thanked by alicewilson2000
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Bottom is Ben Moore Revere Pewter and top is grasscloth wallpaper by Yangtze Landing, YAN170
August 24, 2014 at 3:33PM   
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Thank you, the transom was very important to me as it allowed more light, made the doors more prominent to relate to the adjacent windows and for aesthetic reasons from the porch perspective as well. This photo shows the transoms I included in the exterior space that the door ties into.
. Walls are 9'. I ended up getting this door and transom custom from Menards but I can't recommend them as a vendor, horrible experience.
August 24, 2014 at 3:31PM   
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dunedog
Thank you so much for the info. Love everything about the room. Hoping transom will work for me as well!
August 24, 2014 at 7:04PM   
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Source Global Blockaide from Bed Bath Beyond. These were one of the only stock options I found long enough with the curved industrial edge I was looking for, 96" - 144" Couldn't be more happy with them, happy not to have to go the more expensive custom route.
August 24, 2014 at 3:25PM      Thanked by vengleman
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Bottom is Ben Moore Revere Pewter, top is grasscloth by Yangtze Landing, YAN170
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Troy Lighting Sausalito 25-Inch Wide Silver Gold Pendant Light
August 24, 2014 at 6:15AM   
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veronica Ingalls
Hi! Great makeover! Where did you get the " fragile" area rug? I love it!
August 24, 2014 at 5:32AM   
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It was a Tuesday Morning score. It has that jute type feel. It's ironic to see two boys practicing Tae Kwon Do kicks on it :)
August 24, 2014 at 6:14AM   
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You Said It: ‘They Did Not Have a Throwaway Mentality’ and More

Houzz articles about Fred MacMurray's farm, sci-fi style, hoodoos, and 31 true remodeling tales struck a chord this week Full Story
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almostjane
Couldn't agree more, hayleydaniels! For the most part, our parents & grandparents bought the best they could afford anticipating that it would need to last a while, and when they had the cash to pay in full. Credit was for big ticket items like houses and cars. Things were replaced only when they NEEDED replacing. Not because something came along that they liked better, and certainly not because something was being touted as the newest, latest thing everyone HAD to have. People waited for what they wanted and made do with less. I hate to sound like the proverbial old lady - especially when I'm just 58 - but it seems like many 20 and 30-somethings these days think they should be getting their dream houses the very first time out!
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I'm fully on board with this comment as well. In a sense, with the recent "Great Recession" I think some young folk in my generation fall to that thinking as well. I know I do, and I search far & wide for items of longevity from yesteryear. My most recent 'forever purchase' were two solid walnut midcentury end tables. My 1940s bakelite phone fits with them perfectly. I hope to own these things until the end of a, hopefully, long life. (Hey, they've made it 50+ years so far)
I wish the mentality of quality and durability would come back. My husband and I don't rely on credit at all, we keep our nut small and live within our means, and this makes us blissfully happy. I feel bad for those 20/30 somethings you're referring to almostjane as they'll have a rude awakening in store for them when they realize they can't get something for nothing and that owning the 'newest and hottest' stuff is a pretty hollow way to live.
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Thank you. The bracket was custom fabricated by a local metal place. I think it was roughly $70 for both. No special name, just bring in this ideabook and show the worker the photo. We were told it will hold up to 7000 pounds :) Trickiest part was getting the angle right. The rope diameter is 1 ½". I went with the synthetic manilla to avoid shrinkage issues with the natural fibers. Each season the bed sinks a little bit so we prop it up on chairs, untie and then retie the knots up a few inches, then it settles again by the next year.
August 18, 2014 at 1:56PM   
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If you go to this ideabook, in the comment section, I already posted a few photos of the DIY pillow project. I believe you can find similar options on etsy.
August 18, 2014 at 1:51PM      Thanked by terryagnes
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Thanks, had it custom made.
August 17, 2014 at 8:38AM   
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I hired Cathy to help me decorate a new home: paint colors, floor stain, furniture, lighting, fabrics, window treatments, ceiling fans, and art. Cathy is a ple...
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Working with Cathy has been a great process. She was instrumental in making our basement renovation happen. A job relocation brought us to the Chicago area. But...
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Working with Cathy has been AWESOME! Our project is ongoing, and she has provided me with some wonderful insight and inspiration for redesigning several rooms i...
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Cathy is not only amazing, but has truly been a life (and major money) saver in the process of our home renovations. Completely overwhelmed by an old and outdat...
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Cathy is wonderful to work with .. she listens to what you want in your space and makes it happen. She has a great eye for color and detail. Not only does sh...
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Jeanne Marie's showroom is my all time favorite store in earth. The styling of her vast array of products from serious antiques to whimsical pieces (both big a...
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