Top 10 Office Chairs

Anyone who has ever worked in an office, designed an office, or sat in an office before knows this struggle. Pretty and practical do not meet in Office chairs. We have all seen the Knoll, Steelcase, an Herman Miller office chair solutions. They are some of the best office chairs on the market. Only issue is that they are not terribly attractive. We searched the market and curated a few chairs we guarantee meet all your needs. 

Baxter

 Sedia

Sedia

CB2

 Channel Suede Office Chair

Channel Suede Office Chair

 Rouka Velvet Office Chair

Rouka Velvet Office Chair

Gubi

 Beetle Meeting Chair

Beetle Meeting Chair

West Elm

Steelcase

Arper 

 Catifa

Catifa

 Kinesit

Kinesit

 BuzziFloat

BuzziFloat

Sean Dix

 Ronin Pedestal Chair

Ronin Pedestal Chair

Suite NY

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For more inspiration, take a look at our Pinterest board: Attractive and Ergonomic Chairs

Best Soft Touch Matte Finish Paint

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Benjamin Moore released a new line of paint in 2017 called Century. It is the world’s first Soft Touch Matte Finish paint with never-before-seen depth in 75 exclusive colors. We are obsessed with the level of depth in these colors and find it is very comparable to the infamously expensive Farrow & Ball line. The best part of these soft, cozy colors is that they are curated to look good all year long. See our Top 5 below!

 Q5 Obsidian

Q5 Obsidian

 R8 Acai

R8 Acai

 C9 Red Mahogony

C9 Red Mahogony

 04 Veronese Green

04 Veronese Green

Tips on Subway Tile Patterns

In the last 10 years of its rise, we have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of subway tile. Everyone loves it though - its simple, easy to clean, and inexpensive! Despite its versatility, I cringe when clients ask for the classic subway pattern. There are so many amazing ways to lay tile, why should we limit our selves to the Running Bond pattern? I say no. I say get creative. If you aren’t sure where to start, I have curated some of my favorite LUXURIOUS & MODERN ways to lay the classic tile.

Cross Hatch

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The 4-Stack Parquet

Different Scales

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Combination: Traditional + Diagonal Herringbone

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Stacked Bond

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Vertical Stacked Bond

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Top 5 Black Framed Shower Doors

Author: Sydney Piwowar

When they became a trend back in 2017, you had to pay BIG bucks for these beauties. Now that the trend has set in though, there are so many amazing vendors selling them stocked and ready for you! Here is our round up for Top 5 Black Framed Shower Doors.

For Large Showers:

For Small Showers:

For Industrialists:

For Minimalists:

For Those On A Budget:


For inspiration on matching hardware and bathroom accessories, see our blog post on Design Details: Toilet Paper Holder and The Anti-Trend: Black Hardware.



Top 5 Interior Glass Walls

We were all in shock when the trend hit in early 2017 and have been drooling over them since. Black powder coated steel framed glazed partitions. In other words, those beautiful black framed window walls that we are seeing in interior spaces. After the swoon faded, I discovered a very practical issue with these walls… Arent walls supposed to separate spaces and provide privacy? Well, not these ones. The goal of these window walls are to separate zones in space without compromising on light, still maintaining the open feel of the space. To prove it to you, I have rounded up our top 5 favorite PRACTICAL applications for these.

  1. Interstitial Spaces

 Designed by: De Rosee Sa

Designed by: De Rosee Sa

Interstitial spaces can be a pain to design. Often, they become this weird in-between space with no purpose other than to offer a transition in space. These glass walls offers a connection from the outside in, making a smoother and aesthetically pleasing transition.

2. Studio Dividers

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Anyone who has ever owned a studio apartment or condo knows the struggle of defining zones within a larger, open space. We have seen endless Ikea temporary hacks, but for those who are in it for the long run, this offers a solution that embraces your small space.

3. Quiet Zones

Since the development of open concept, our clients have come to us with lots of noise control issues. Families are finding that noise carries through the house in unwanted areas. No one wants to hear the kids playing cops and robbers while you’re trying to make a work call in our home office. These glazing walls offer create barrier between spaces, blocking some sound, and separating quiet spaces like your office.

4. Stair Railings

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It sounds contradictory to build a wall to open up the space, but this glazing wall offers a protective railing for the stairs without the cluttered, repetitive lines of balusters.

5. Messy Spaces

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There are some spaces, like mudrooms, that unfortunately receive a lot of light as they are connected to the exterior of the home, but get VERY messy. Frosted glass partitions offer a way to carry in that light without seeing the mess! This can be a great solution for spaces like kids play rooms, pantries, offices, etc.

This is a steel and glass wall we did for a modern condo in the West Loop to split the master bedroom from the main living area. We also had custom cast brass door handles made.

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Design Details: Toilet Paper Holder

Author: Sydney Piwowar

I have decided to start a series called Design Details where I touch on the details of a space. There are so many little things that effect your every day life that people don’t think about. This week topic is: Toilet Paper Holders!! Yep. That’s right. Everyone has a specific method they prefer (upright, side ways, open ended, spring bar, etc.) Who knew there were so many options?!

I have curated a list of a few of my favorites to liven up a very practical detail in design.

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Ottomans To Make you Kick Your Feet Up

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Some people have those rooms where you better not get caught with your feet on the table - we encourage COMFORT at JTD. If you can't live in your home, then your home isn't right for you. Ottomans are essential for kicking up your feet and settling in after a long day. Not only are they very practical, but can be beautiful accessories. Take a look at a few of our favorites for getting cozy this fall!

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The best part about ottomans is that in small spaces, they can double as an extra seat! Here are a few sturdy stools we love for their functionality and looks!

For more inspiration, go to our Pinterest page: Ottomans + Stools

How to Design a Wet Bar in 5 Steps

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Step 1. Pick out your storage method

Will this include open or closed storage? Will you need to store bottles? Glassware? Both? Will you be including a refrigeration system?

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Step 2: Pick out your Plumbing Fixtures

Never doubt the importance of plumbing fixtures in small spaces.. Every detail counts.

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Step 3: How to finish your backsplash/wall

Paint, wallpaper, and tile OH MY! So many options.. This is a great space to showcase a pop of color or pattern.

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Step 4: Cabinet Hardware

Cabinet hardware can be a great accessory. In this image below, the lack of hardware makes a much more powerful impact on the space.

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Step 5: Style and Accessorize

Here is your opportunity to showcase your bar tools, coasters, and beautiful glassware.

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Top 5 Trim Options that AREN'T White

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Contrast trim became famous for providing non-contractor grade options for trim. It was a missed opportunity for years to provide another aspect of color and depth to space. Rather than just picking the base grade or what ever is cheapest at Home Depot, we encourage you to put an interesting spin on a building necessity. Here are our current Top 5 Favorite Contrast Trim Colors now.

  1. Classy Black

We have all heard of the black trim trend at this point. At JTD, we appreciate the unique ways people are using black in space. Here is a great space where the designer chose to trim a unique white wallpaper with black.

 Designed By Anne Hepfer

Designed By Anne Hepfer

2. Calming Grey

Although providing a visual contrast, this soft grey brings a sense of comfort into the space.

 Photo By  Tessa Neustadt

3. Eclectic Green

We love the way this emerald toned trim compliments the original stained glass windows. This is a great way to modernize traditional spaces.

 Photo By  Homelife

Photo By Homelife

4. Pretty In Pink

If your kids are anything like I was, they constantly want to update their room. An easy, non permanent way to do that is to paint trim. No need for painting or wallpapering whole walls.

 Designed by Hedda Pier

Designed by Hedda Pier

5. Buoyant Blue

This soft, baby blue paint color was pulled to compliment the paper pattern.

 Photo By:  Shanon Montrose

Photo By: Shanon Montrose

Top Indie Wallpaper Designers

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Every once in a while we get a client that says, "oh, no way. I don't like wallpaper." Our response is, "well you obviously haven't looked at wallpaper lately because it has CHANGED!" Wallpaper these days isnt like the floral stuff your grandma used to have in her living room. Wallpaper is about adding character, drama, and texture to elevate a space. We are sharing with you another one of our top secret lists with this one - our Top Indie Wallpaper Designers. Let us know what you think of these beautiful artists. 

KATE ZAREMBA

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Relativity Textiles 

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Unexpected Wallpaper Applications

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Behind Built-Ins

This modern geometric pattern provides a sense of luxury and relaxation in this classic application.

 Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Gamble Interiors

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Gamble Interiors

Inside Kitchen Cabinets

Look how GREAT Kelly Wearstler Channels Wallpaper POPS against these crisp white cabinets.

 Photo Courtesy of Alice Home Collection

Photo Courtesy of Alice Home Collection

Inside Closets

I love the fact that no matter your closet size, you can add an element of design to a space that is primarily just functional.

 Photo Courtesy of Domino

Photo Courtesy of Domino

 Photo Courtesy of  Real Simple

Photo Courtesy of Real Simple

Stair Risers

This contrasting wallpaper mural completely changes the mood of what could have been a boring, white space. Love the sense of artistic creativity added here.

 Photo Courtesy of  Design Sponge

Photo Courtesy of Design Sponge

Stair Stringer

 Unknown Designer

Unknown Designer

Over Doors

Doors don’t need to be boring anymore. There are so many great peel and stick wallpapers out there that you can use on flat panel doors.

 Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

Upset because you don’t have flat panel doors to do this to? Don’t worry! You can totally apply this method to trimmed panels too. See below.

 Photo Courtesy of Rachel Winham Interiors

Photo Courtesy of Rachel Winham Interiors

Framed Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a work of art.. Framing your left over wallpaper or samples is a great way to showcase your favorite patterns without the permanence of pasting it to a wall.

 Photo Courtesy of Remodelista

Photo Courtesy of Remodelista

Top 5 Stylish Mirrored Medicine Cabinets

Author: Sydney Piwowar

It wasn’t until recently that companies like Restoration Hardware emerged, providing aesthetically pleasing options for a very functional piece of decor. Traditionally, stylish mirrors are just surface mount mirrors, with no storage. If you wanted something more practical, you were stuck with the same utilitarian, old fashioned mirrors we have seen since the 50’s. We have curated a list of our top 5 modern medicine cabinet options to provide both aesthetics and needed storage.

  1. Black Framed Mirror

 Photo Courtesy of Home Services Directory

Photo Courtesy of Home Services Directory

 Photo Courtesy of Felix Forest

Photo Courtesy of Felix Forest

 Photo Courtesy of Ema Peter

Photo Courtesy of Ema Peter

 Photo Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Photo Courtesy of Pottery Barn

 Photo Courtesy of Brooke Holm

Photo Courtesy of Brooke Holm

Brass Swing Arm Sconces

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Heres the truth about swing arm sconces - people are too afraid to use them. A light that attaches to the wall and sticks out far into the room can be intimidating because it is very permanent. Their placement can determine the layout of a room. With the help from your favorite designers at JTD, we are here to tell you that they are aren't scary. They take a designer with the right experience to make sure you are putting them in the right place for your space. We have curated a few of our favorite applications to prove it to you. 

1. Ambient Lighting - Long Swing Arm Sconce

2. Bed Task Lighting - Short Swing Arm Sconce

3. Direct Lighting - Short Swing Arm Sconce

4. Task Lighting - Bent Swing Arm Sconce

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Designer Unknown

5. Spot Light - Directional Swing Arm Sconce

The Anti-Trend: Black Hardware

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Everywhere you look you see it - brass hardware! It is one of the biggest trends in both the design and fashion world, we love the classic warmth it provides. At JTD, we respectfully choose not to follow the trends sometimes though. I want to introduce something we are calling the "anti-trend" - BLACK hardware. Yes, black. While its not conventional, it is the perfect alternative for an edgy flare. If you don't believe me, see below and let these amazing pieces inspire you! We have pulled together a few of our favorites and curated a images that will inspire you to choose black hardware on your next project. 

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 By Coco Kelly

By Coco Kelly

Top Indie Fabric and Textile Designers

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Im going to let you in on one of our BIGGEST trade secrets, we have a top secret list of our favorite up-and-comers. One of our responsibilities as a designer requires constant research for new furniture, fabric, and finish designers. Our knowledge of unique artisans is one of the biggest reasons why you hire us. As artists ourselves, we appreciate the creativity and hard work that many of these Indie designers put into re-defining textiles and the classic patterns. Please see our current Top Indie Fabric and Textile Designers list below.. Remember to spread the word to give these artists their much deserved credit as you won't see these designers in mainstream fabric shops. 

Imogen Heath

 Viaduct Fabric - Blue 

Viaduct Fabric - Blue 

Eskayel

 Medina - Cyrrus Woven Jacquard

Medina - Cyrrus Woven Jacquard

St. Frank

 Terracotta Classic Kuba Cloth

Terracotta Classic Kuba Cloth

Savanna Hayes

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 Vienna Fabric  in Nectar

Vienna Fabric  in Nectar

Quercus & Co. 

  No. 5 in Black Ink

 No. 5 in Black Ink

The Foundation Shop 

James Malone Fabrics

 Khafra in Bronze 

Khafra in Bronze 

  Jetavana in Peachbrown

 Jetavana in Peachbrown

Holli Zollinger 

 Geo Series

Geo Series

Caryn Cramer

 Aten Inca

Aten Inca

Funky Side Tables

Author: Sydney Piwowar

When you go out for a night on the town with your pre-planned outfit you've been waiting to wear, you never go out without jewelry. It is what completes the outfit, right? At JTD, we see side tables the same way. There is no need to wear your old jewelry to a black tie event and there is no need for lame side tables. Here are a few attractive (and practical) side tables to liven up your space

 Photo by  Lawson - Fenning

We call this one the "anywhere table" because you could literally put this in any room and it would look good. 

 Photo by  Caste Design

Photo by Caste Design

For a more classic approach, this cast bronze side table ages perfectly with a brown patina. This is a piece you will want to hand down for generations. 

 Photo by  Essential Home
 Photos by  Pinch Design

Photos by Pinch Design

For a more rustic or natural look, a pop of wood in its nearly original state brings a very raw and organic feel to the space. 

 Photos By  Baxter

Photos By Baxter

For those that need some storage to hide coasters, remotes, and all those not-so-pretty things. 

 Photo by  Mr. Brown

Photo by Mr. Brown

Black, White and Brass Cabinet Hardware

Author: Sydney Piwowar 

Sometimes when considering cabinet hardware, brass just isn't enough.. You know that phrase less is more? Sometimes more is more. Sometimes when we can't decide one, we decide both. You're probably thinking, "What the heck, you can't have multiple types of hardware on a cabinet." Well, you're right, that might look a little weird. But that doesn't mean your hardware only has to be one finish! Take a look at these amazing multi-colored cabinet hardware pieces and you'll know what I mean. They have a very classic, yet fresh approach to accessorizing cabinets. 

 

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Top 5 Media Consoles you NEED and WANT

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Now-a-days media consoles are mostly about aesthetics as most people no longer use DVDs and VHS players have gone extinct. There are still some needs for storage though as the modern family probably hides video and board games here. We have created a "Best Of" list according to 5 categories - including closed storage, open storage, bar storage, vintage charm, and funky flare. See our top 5 list below. 

Best of Closed Storage

Brooks Cradenza by Croft House

 Photo By  Croft House

Photo By Croft House

Best of Open Storage

Thea Media Console by Burke Decor

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Best of Bar Storage 

Guell Bar Cabinet by Baxter

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Photos By Baxter

Best of Vintage Charm

Porthole Console by Bobo Intriguing Objects

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Best of Funky

Plissé by Baxter

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Best Counter and Bar Stools

Author: Sydney Piwowar

The perfect bar or counter stool requires a balance of aesthetic, lumbar support, and seat comfort. We have curated a few of our favorites below that we believe contain that perfect harmony. 

1. Phase Design - The Bride's Veil Stool 

 Product of  Phase Design

Product of Phase Design

2. Gabriel Scott - Bardot Stool

 Photo by  Gabriel Scott

Photo by Gabriel Scott

3. Palecek - Pratt Stool 

 Photo by  Palecek

Photo by Palecek

4. Lawson - Fenning - Elysian Barstool

 Photo By Lawson - Fenning 

Photo By Lawson - Fenning 

5. Interlude Home - Darcy Stool

 Photo By Interlude Home

Photo By Interlude Home

A backless stool allows for cleaner, more streamlined views as you can tuck it fully under a table or counter. This is perfect for spaces where you don't want to overcrowd the room visually. Here are a couple of our favorites!

1. Interlude Home - Colton Adjustable Stool

 Photo by Interlude Home

Photo by Interlude Home

2. Mr. Brown - Lorca Counter Stool

 Photo by  Mr.Brown

Photo by Mr.Brown

3. Noir - Diora Brass Stool

 Photo By  Noir

Photo By Noir

4. Lawson Fenning - Orsini Stool

Timeless Brass Door Hardware

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Brass is all the rage now, but at JTD we dont like to get stuck in the trends! Here is our guide to the best brass door hardware for a classic, timeless look. 

1. Bonne Mazou - Goutte Ovale

 Photo By  Bonne Mazou

Photo By Bonne Mazou

2. Buster and Punch - Brass Door Lever Handle

 Photo by  Buster + Punch

3. Schoolhouse - Rome Tall Door Set

 Photo By  Schoolhouse

Photo By Schoolhouse

4. Joseph Giles - FONTEYN Solid Brass Handle

 Photo By Joseph Giles

Photo By Joseph Giles

5. Rocky Mountain Hardware - Metro Entry Set 

6. Emtek - Octagon on Circle 

 Photographer unknown. Product of Emtek 

Photographer unknown. Product of Emtek 

7. Nanz - N° 1599AB

 Photo By  Nanz

Photo By Nanz

8. Rocky Mountain Hardware - Flute Passage Set

9. Chant Hardware - Flush Pull

 Photo By  Chant Hardware

10. Rocky Mountain Hardware - Edge Passage Set