Backyard Landscaping in Evanston

We installed this backyard garden for a client in Evanston who has two dogs. We kept the plant selection dog-friendly and brought pops of color to their deck area with container gardens.

I still have many more photos to post so stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for updates! You can also fill out our Contact Us page to subscribe to our e-newsletter. Just put “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line. Our next one will be coming out in the next week or two with tips for taking care of a new landscape.

I also want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the many clients who have taken the time to review us on Yelp. I am beyond appreciative for your continued support.

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Backyard Landscaping in Chicago

Here is one of the landscapes we finished so far this summer in Chicago. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for photos of more landscaping jobs we’ve done this summer.

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We installed a flowering vine on wood lattice as a decorative privacy screen for the deck and carried this same design element over to the garage in the back.

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It isn’t too late to start planning your landscape. Call us at 773-517-1198 to schedule your free estimate!

Painting, Tile Backsplash & Light Installation: Chicago Condo near LSD

They’re here! We painted almost the entire interior of this condo just before the holidays and the results are fantastic. We are so excited to share these pictures with you. Visit our Facebook page to see all of the “before” pictures too!

In addition to painting, we also painted the upper kitchen cabinets, installed a new tile backsplash, installed new light fixtures in the living room and varnished and installed a wooden shelf in the hallway. Scroll through the pictures below for more details.

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We installed new light fixtures to replace the outdated fixtures in the living room.

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We painted the bathroom walls and ceiling the same light color to make this small bathroom feel a little bigger.

chicago condo painting chicago condo paintingWe kept the original wood finish of the lower kitchen cabinets for a trendy, modern look. We also installed the tile backsplash in the kitchen. The bright white tile against the dark granite countertops offers great contrast and really brightens up the space. We used a special cabinet paint made by Benjamin Moore to achieve a factory finished look without the use of spray paint.
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We varnished and installed an oak shelf in their hallway. The light wood was chosen to complement the light wood inset in their floor.

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Call 773-517-1198 to schedule a free painting estimate!

Painting in Chicago

We just finished painting this condo in Chicago not too long ago. The client wanted to keep most of the walls neutral but we did add an olive green accent wall in the kitchen. We think it adds just the right amount of color and interest to the kitchen while also bringing in some of the tones from the connecting living room. What do you think?

Painting December 2014

Painting December 2014

Painting December 2014

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Call 773-517-1198 to schedule your FREE painting estimate! Every painting contract comes with a free color consultation where I will help you find the colors you are looking for – to compliment the rest of your décor or advise you on what the paint will look like once it’s dry. Quite a few of my clients have found this to be very helpful.

It’s not too early to schedule a landscape design estimate either. Especially since we haven’t gotten much snow this winter, we can take a look in your yard, talk about what you’re looking for and I can put together a design that will be ready to be implemented once the warmer months arrive. If you know you want a new landscape design in the spring, I highly recommend scheduling an estimate now before things start to get busy and my schedule starts to fill up. Call 773-517-1198 or e-mail me to set up your FREE appointment!

I’m in the Winter Issue of Faerie Magazine!

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Check out the winter issue of Faerie Magazine to see an article on my Repurposed Christmas Tree Lady – a great way to reuse your Christmas tree after the holidays. It is such an honor to be featured in this beautiful magazine once again.

Don’t forget to schedule a free painting estimate and/or landscape design estimate before the busy spring season starts back up. Estimates are always free and painting contracts come with a free color consultation. It can be tricky figuring out what different shades will look like once they’re dry, but I have helped many clients find just the right hue they wanted. Call 773-517-1198 or e-mail me to set up an appointment!

[Photo taken by Jim Meacci]

Our Top Pins of 2014

1. Container gardens on my front stoop

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My most popular pin is one of my very own front porch! Container gardens are a simple way to bring beauty to almost any space. Plants are available for both sunny and shady areas, as well as all variations of maintenance requirements. Low maintenance succulents are perfect if you don’t have much time to water or often forget and they come in a variety of colors and textures. Small evergreens are perfect for the holidays and also bring fragrant

2. Repurposed Christmas tree

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Next up is a picture of a dress form I decorated with branches from my old Christmas tree. I loved the way it kept the scent of the branches in our home for weeks, and also made a unique decoration for our yard later. This is a wonderful way to go green and reuse your own Christmas tree.

Recently, this same dress form was featured in Faerie Magazine‘s winter issue! You might remember a few months ago when my Succulent Lady was also featured in this magazine. I am truly honored and so excited that they have chosen another of my creations for their beautiful and whimsical magazine.

Jim Meacci, the talented photographer who took this beautiful photo, has a show coming up this Friday, December 5th at Tamarkin Camera titled “Venice – Mostly at Night”. Visit their website for more information!

3. Succulent Lady

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Speaking of my Succulent Lady (which was featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Faerie Magazine)… that is also my 3rd most popular pin. This photo, taken by the ever-gracious Susanna Fong of Susanna Fong Photography, really captures the ethereal quality of this dress form. This project was a labor of love and I’m so thankful it lives on in these photos.

4. Backyard Moon Garden

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I installed this moon garden as part of a larger backyard landscape design much earlier in my career as a landscape designer. I feel honored and blessed that it has been one of my most popular pins on Pinterest. Moon gardens are such a romantic way to bring elegance and a little mystery to a garden.

5. Front Yard Landscape on a Budget


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I was pleasantly surprised by this last pin. Two of my favorite things about my job are (1) being able to brighten and beautify a client’s landscape within their budget and (2) bringing 4 seasons of interest to a client’s landscape. This picture exemplifies all of that. As these shrubs continue to grow, the bed will become fuller and even more eye-catching. I am proud of the way this design turned out and thankful others have noticed too!

Well, as they say – that’s all folks! Follow me on Pinterest if you’d like to see more of my pins, and don’t forget about my Facebook and Twitter accounts. 🙂

It might be too cold to get a garden installed, but it’s not too early to plan. A few of our clients have gotten a jump on their spring landscaping by scheduling their free garden estimate now. This way, we can start installation as soon as it’s warm enough.

We also offer free painting estimates! Call 773-517-1198 or email me to me to set up an appointment.

Apartment Rehab in Chicago

The owners of this apartment were getting ready to rent it out to new tenants. We helped them choose neutral colors, gave the walls a fresh coat of paint, painted the radiators from gray to white, installed new shower tile and refinished the hardwood floors. The apartment now looks clean, modern and ready for new occupants – and we stuck to their economical budget!

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Call to schedule your free painting estimate! And remember, all painting contracts come with a free color consultation.