Jessica Lagrange Interiors LLC

Inspiration

On every project, we aim to do meaningful, creative design work. Along the way to reaching our goals, we draw inspiration from many sources—our clients’ lifestyles, the creations of a master furniture craftsman, a stunning sculpture from an up-and-coming artist. Interior design requires an intimate knowledge of many different disciplines and resources, to which our eyes are always open. In our aptly named Inspiration blog, we share the products, trends, artisans, muses and merchants we encounter, and hope they fill you with discovery, delight and, most significantly, knowledge to help you lead a more comfortable, aesthetically pleasing life.

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7 Sweet Little Lamps To Light Up The Long, Dark, Winter Nights

7 Sweet Little Lamps To Light Up The Long, Dark, Winter Nights

And Illuminating Advice in our Downloadable Winter Lighting Guide. We all know the saying “spring forward, fall back.” We fell back last weekend and gained a blissful extra hour in bed, but it’s a short-lived treat. Now we have to face those, long, dark, cold winter nights that creep up on us way too early and won’t let up until daylight saving time comes back in March.  Read more


The Cause For Carpets, Inspired By Our Carpet For A Cause

The Cause For Carpets, Inspired By Our Carpet For A Cause

Magic carpets are the stuff of fairy tales. But given the foundational and functional influence an area carpet can have in a home, the name fits. Area carpets can add beauty, style, warmth, comfort, luxury and noise control to a space, and are even credited with improving indoor air quality. That makes them not only utilitarian, but also downright all-powerful!  Read more


Why Hire An Interior Designer?  DIY Blunders Add Up To Big $$$

Why Hire An Interior Designer?  DIY Blunders Add Up To Big $$$

Thanks to the onslaught of free decorating advice available online and in books, magazines and stores, everyone thinks they can be their own interior designer.  How easy it’s become to complete a dream residence on your own, and dodge the interior design fees. Read more


Secret Sources That Aren’t Only To The Trade—Part II

Secret Sources That Aren’t Only To The Trade—Part II

Sharing Design Secrets:  Every luxury interior designer has their secret sources for the finer things in life, from bench made upholstery to household managers and literally everything in-between. These sources work directly for them rather than directly with clients, and in many cases are closely guarded secrets. At JLI, our interior designers scour Chicago and beyond to locate and partner with the finest sources we can find to meet our discerning luxury standards. But in our case, we believe in sharing when possible, and some of our secret sources welcome working directly with clients. So this is Part II of a series we started last year and hope to bring to you annually (this year as a downloadable list!). Read more


Move Over Marie Kondo:  3 Rules for Decluttering the JLI Way

Move Over Marie Kondo:  3 Rules for Decluttering the JLI Way

Most of us own too much stuff.  For example, the average U.S. household contains about 300,000 things, notes the Los Angeles Times.   Of course, too much stuff is only a problem if it bothers its owner, and clearly it does: 54% of Americans are overwhelmed by their personal clutter, and 78% of us have no idea what to do with it, noted a recent National Association of Professional Organizers survey.  It accumulates—in closets, basements, garages and more.  Read more


5 Ideas For Romancing The Home

5 Ideas For Romancing The Home

Romance is front and center on Valentine’s Day, and with it the passion, mystery and touch of adventure it brings. To bring the mood home, we might load up on fresh blooms, put on some bossa nova, dim the lights and voilà—the ambiance is definitely more romantic.  But why not make romance front and center in our homes all year long?  With that mission in mind, we’ve put on our “interior designer” thinking caps to come up with some chic, easy and effective ways for romancing the home year-round. Read more


8 Design-Minded Ways To Spread The Love

8 Design-Minded Ways To Spread The Love

We love to spread the love.  But candy and flowers quickly get eaten or die, so they’re way too fleeting for us.  We want our friends to feel the love for a long time, which is why we’ve been sending Valentines that are frame-worthy works of art in their own right since 2005.  And it’s why we’re giving a shout out to some gifts that are not only lasting ways to spread the love, but will bring a touch of luxury and the power of design to their recipients’ lives. Read more


For 2017: Our 17 Favorite Decorating Secrets and 1 for Good Luck

For 2017: Our 17 Favorite Decorating Secrets and 1 for Good Luck

Everyone has an opinion on holiday gifts--and we do, too. They should be interesting, inspirational and hopefully—a little useful. But wouldn't it be better if they could also bring a touch of luxury to our lives?  But finding gifts with all these qualities isn’t easy. As interior designers, we see it all and find it daunting to choose from the many wonderful artist- and artisan-made objects we come across. Read more


11 Lighting Tricks To Get You Through The Winter

11 Lighting Tricks To Get You Through The Winter

Thanks to Daylight Saving Time and the gloom it brings rooms by the afternoon, we want to stretch light to the limits at this time of the year. Our JLI Winter Lighting Guide has our favorite long-term solutions to help you compensate for inadequate lighting everywhere in your home. But as interior designers with a focus on luxury, we have a battery of fabulous lighting tricks that can work instant wonders in any space. Read more


Combat Winter Doldrums with The Right Light and Our Lighting Guide

Combat Winter Doldrums with The Right Light and Our Lighting Guide

Forget the cold!  We’re down these days because it’s dark outside by 4:30 p.m. Our sadness is no surprise—research shows that a lack of light causes depression, impairs concentration, decreases productivity and dings cheerful moods.  Fortunately, all that can change with a flick of the switch. The right kind of light does the opposite, alleviating depression and improving concentration, productivity, health and mood.  Read more


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