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 
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123 Circle
Gurnee, IL 60031 
feniks51 reviewed Your Favorite Room By Cathy Zaeske
Cathy is such a pleasure to work with. She is great at visualizing and creating ideas for any space. I am glad that she is helping us make our new house into a warm home. Read More
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I found Cathy Zaeske via Houzz. I fell in love with one of her powder room designs and decided she was the one to turn our horrid powder room into our favorite room! We selected her online consultatio... Read More
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A 2-hr paint consult led me to hire Cathy to come up with a design board for my 1st floor space. She did a fabulous job and I love all her ideas. Cathy is always available for consult with new ideas... Read More
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Working long distance with Cathy on our "snowbird" home has been a complete pleasure. She managed to stay within my budget while making my home the vision I had imagined - all through the magic of In... Read More
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I was absolutely overwhelmed as to where to begin with the design of my new basement. I loved one of the rooms that Cathy designed and reached out to her for her design services. SInce I am located ... Read More
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Cathy did an amazing job designing my master bedroom. Through lots of emails, lots of listening and lots of determining my likes and dislikes (and I changed my mind about 400 times!) she put together ... Read More
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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 her design work was done largely on a r... Read More
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I played with my decks against the wall and you should be good to go with either New Lime 2025-30 or Yew Green 2025-20 .
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Cathy was amazing. She quickly found out my likes and dislikes and what I desired to change. Then she skillfully put together a fantastic plan to make the changes that I needed to update my home wh... Read More
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It's original.
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Pottery Barn, GRIFFIN DINING TABLE
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Updated racing stripe chairs!
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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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Updated racing stripe chairs!
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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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Hi everybody, wanted to show you my newly upholstered racing stripe chairs! I just LOVE the subtle texture and interest they provide, fun juxtaposition of modern approach to a traditional chair frame. The black stripe is faux ostrich and the opalescent cream is faux ostrich. I also swapped out the white lamp shades to a subtle gray animal print, couldn't resist.
September 6, 2014 at 6:32AM     
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Eve Mailly
If anyone would like a white bamboo chandelier like the one pictured above, I am selling one at a garage sale this weekend. Email me for details!
September 8, 2014 at 11:23PM   
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mom3333
33 yeqrs ago we bought a home built in 1918, and over the years traditinally named rooms got used for other things depending on our lives at the time.

The 'dining room' originally had an inherited dining room table but when the kids came along, it was their play room.
As they got older I raised basejis, and the room became the whelping room. We had added on to the house and knew the room would never be used for 'dining' so a few years ago my husband turned it into the most fabulous sewing room. He added cabinets and counters to the 10' ceiling room and made a beautiful sewing table.
I have a feeling it will remain this way until we die.
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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!
August 27, 2014 at 10:20AM   
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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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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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Bottom is Ben Moore Revere Pewter, top is grasscloth by Yangtze Landing, YAN170
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Ballard Designs, Wilton Étagère
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Hi! Great makeover! Where did you get the " fragile" area rug? I love it!
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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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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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