Your Favorite Room By Cathy Zaeske

(312) 961-6875

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
Gurnee, IL US 
Cathy Zaeske 
123 Circle
Gurnee, IL 60031 
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Kim Harvey Design, LLC
Keeping in mind the concept of proportion will help you to balance this space.
More specifically, by placing furniture items along the walls as they are now, you are actually accentuating its length.
In order to fool the eye in the opposite direction, the front door first of all needs to appear to be larger than it is in order to compete w/the floor (its dark finish against the light walls & woodwork make it look disproportionately small). This can be accomplished by adding a pair of decorative sconces much like the "multifaceted wall sconce" @ Ethan Allen (if there's sufficient space).
This type of application will serve to visually widen the space especially since the reflective surface provides a similar effect that side lights would if they were present.
Next, I would choose a beautiful area rug (maybe a 6'x9') that fits between the end of the doorway on the left (in your photo) & the beginning of the staircase.
This element will add focus to your floor (much like art does to your walls) therefore shortening the length of the hall & making it feel more like a foyer.
Finally, you can group your artwork on the staircase wall by running them in a straight horizontal configuration (with their centers @ approx. 60" off the floor) & closer together.
They are too small to be separated diagonally as they are now, & by arranging them as stated above, they will appear to be larger & fit more proportionally.
Now concerning furniture; I would place a bench of some sort underneath your artwork as recommended by others because it has a better visual weight to it than a leggy table.
Good luck!
July 10, 2014 at 6:45am        Thanked by newhomegal
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Stick to Branches for Naturally Beautiful Lighting

When you combine trees and technology, your lighting is as organic as it is versatile Full Story
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Your Favorite Room By Cathy Zaeske
I love mine! No spider issues :) It's beautiful at all the times of the day and it especially reminds me of a full moon at night.
July 9, 2014 at 4:03am     
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I like the look of the twig chandelier, but I it has to be a fire hazard just like Christmas trees are. If people took the time to pay attention to the number of families and children are killed each Christmas due to house fires caused by the Christmas tree catching on fire from the lights they wouldn't put lights on their tree. You just can't put something combustable or flamable next to a heat source, and not expect it to catch on fire! BTW, my husband has been a firefighter for 30 years so I'm very aware of the danger......
July 17, 2014 at 2:27am   
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Leah McGrew
hayleydaniels - It doesn't have to be a fire hazard. If one is careful about how far away from the heat source it can be perfectly safe. It also depends on the light source, granted there are no "cool" light bulbs, they all can get pretty hot, but a few inches in some cases are all that are needed. There are those LED "candles" that don't even get warm on the outside of the "candle".
July 17, 2014 at 3:03am   
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Reinvent It: A Houzzer Turns Thrifted Pieces Into a Swinging Daybed

Snuggle up on this delightful porch piece and you'd never guess it's made of salvaged scraps Full Story
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Peggy Tupper
The phrase "practical frugality" is used. There is nothing frugal about the daybed or the room. Don't get me wrong, the space is lovely but frugal, it is not.
July 7, 2014 at 10:08am   
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Your Favorite Room By Cathy Zaeske
Appreciate your comments Peggy and goatpro. Keep in mind that if you already had a mattress (which many people do) the price would be cut by $200! And I did NOT actually build the swing, had a carpenter do the construction and hanging. Should you yourself do the entire project start to finish, indeed the price would be quite nominal. Just saw a comparable swing for sale at Ballard for $800, plus shipping, tax and you still have to assemble and hang yourself! And it doesn't have the charm mine does if I do say so myself :)
July 7, 2014 at 11:21am     
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I believe we simply used Rustoleum 2x coverage in Heirloom White
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