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Reflections on 2017 and Happy New Year

Posted on December 28th, by Michael Menn in Reflection, Uncategorized. No Comments

I want to wish all my friends, colleagues and family members a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Holiday and New Year!
May 2018 be a wonderful year for everyone.

Heading into 2018, the word of the year could well be resilience! I expect to hear government agencies and officials (local, state and federal) to cite it as frequently as America rebuilds from this year’s devastating hurricanes and fires. The world is changing both environmentally and politically.

Last year was very interesting from a design and construction perspective. We are finally seeing less white – color is returning to kitchen and bathrooms! I’m looking forward to attending the International Builders and Kitchen and Bath Shows right after the first of the year. Both shows highlight new trends and products which I review to see if my clients would like and find useful. I enjoy attending the shows (which I have been for the last 30 years) because I am always looking for new ideas and ways to improve my business.

Something that has worked out extremely well this last year for us, was the implementation of new project management software (BuilderTrend). This allows complete transparency for our team as well as for our clients. This has … Read More »

Master Bathroom Renovation in Northbrook

Posted on December 21st, by Michael Menn in Bath Suite Projects. No Comments


What if you Are Tired of Your Mural, but Still Love your Decorative Finish?

Posted on November 16th, by Michael Menn in Interior Design. Comments Off on What if you Are Tired of Your Mural, but Still Love your Decorative Finish?

This month we are featuring a blog from painter Mario Guertin of Painting in Partnership, Inc. Read more on this project where they updated an older wall mural but kept the finish the client loved! 
What if you Are Tired of Your Mural, but Still Love your Decorative Finish?

A client from the North Shore of Chicago recently had a problem with the decorative finishing in her living room. The problem was two-fold: she was tired of her fifteen-year old trompe l’oeil mural, but still loved the strie texture and softly mottled glazed finish on her walls. She was also looking to change the color of the wall from a blueish green to a yellowish green. The main challenges were to make the mural completely disappear, including its painterly texture, and recreate the strie texture in the surrounding walls.

A strie finish is a traditional finish that is generally created by dragging a brush, a comb or steel wool through a glaze, thereby creating a vertical or horizontal pattern (sometime both). In this case, the strie pattern was created not by dragging a comb through a glaze, but the basecoat instead, which made for a very subtle texture. In order to prevent the finish … Read More »