Made in Chicagoland: Room Makeover Reveal

November 4, 2011 (CHICAGO)

These businesses employ local workers to make products right here in the Chicago area. And the three businesses we've introduced you to helped us with a makeover to the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, which has been helping families for a century. But there was one room in their center that needed a little TLC. So we thought, "Why not get the help of some local businesses who take pride in making products here in the Chicago area?" These are the results of our makeover.

Design Highlights:

The Van Gogh artwork "Irisis" inspired the room space -- the colors in the painting are all in the room, blues, yellows, greens

Paint color adds warmth to what was a dull, stark, almost sterile space. The paint names are Celestial and Lobelia from the Sherwin-Williams' Harmony paint line, which the company says meets green expectations, as well.

Hoohobbers provided small table and chairs for kids (adds function and fun for kids)

Baker Road Furniture provided large, enclosed shelving unit for storage space, a book shelf, and a study table for kids to do their homework while waiting to be seen. Big kudos to Baker Road Furniture owner Tom Karkos after the bookshelf arrived Wednesday but did not fit in the space due to a crooked wall when original measurements were taken. So Tom had his team remake another bookshelf to be delivered in time for the makeover less than two days later.

Richardson Seating provided chairs which were both colorful (bright orange gives pop to the room), safe (round design) and practical (made of vinyl so they can be wiped clean)

Designer's favorite part of room: New study nook which was once an unused, dark corner now has light (which she asked the building engineer to install) now there's a table, chair and a perfect spot for kids to use for homework.

Thank you to designer Cordia Forte, Baker Road Furniture, Richardson Seating, and Hoohobbers.

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