Jan 212013

A new year signifies new resolutions. There’s still time to set resolutions for ourselves including how to improve our home design. Interior design consultant Lyn Gottlieb from Molise PR Chicago client, Divas N’ Design, offered tips not only for 2013, but for years ahead on WGN Midday News.

Budgeting is very important and depending on what kind of updates you’re looking to do, will determine your costs and budget.

TIP: Easy, simple and most practical updates would include: Changing paint colors, throw pillows and accents. Lighter color tones in the spring/summer and darker more robust colors for fall/winter.

Enhance and refresh your current space:  The bedroom is one of the most neglected or overlooked rooms of the house.  Proper use of storage to de-clutter twice a year (spring and fall cleaning)    

TIP: For affordable and easy enhancements, think seasonally. Twice a year, change out your bedroom comforter, wall art or accent pieces to reflect spring/summer or fall/winter. Consider a consignment store for larger and better conditioned furnishings and thrift stores or Goodwill, Salvation Army for items that are less value to receive a tax write off.

When it comes to major overhauls or brand new design projects, consider your lifestyle and longevity.

TIP:  Consider factors like your children’s age and their hobbies/sports/activities; your career schedule; is this a permanent home for the long haul (more than 10 – 15 years) or a more temporary “stepping stone” home (5 – 10 years, or less). Kitchen and Bathroom remodeling typically bring up the value of a home and usually need updating every 10-12 years.

Utilize the space you have, whether it is a sprawling home in the suburbs or small, a high rise condo in downtown Chicago, or somewhere in between.  

TIP:  To create more space and less clutter, pick 3 spots in your house and invest in better storage systems.  We recommend organized bedroom closets, entry ways and kitchens.

Hiring a professional is no longer for the “elite” because in this day and age, it can pay off to hire an expert/professional to manage your home design projects, it is more cost effective than doing it yourself.

TIP:  In the long haul you can save time, money, headaches by going with an interior designer instead of trying to Do-It-Yourself!

Mar 062011
Public Relations Chicago— The Dobbins Group, a firm with offices in downtown Chicago and Lake Forest, Ill., specializing in architecture, interior design and construction, announces they will serve as Interior Architects for Evraz’s new North American Corporate Headquarters located in the AON Building at 200 East Randolph in Chicago.

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The Dobbins Group will work to create a world class office environment for the multinational steel production company by implementing carefully crafted three-dimentional folded planes that present unexpected layers of transparency and interesting experiences.  The design will take advantage of the 360-degree views from the 78th floor of the AON Building and will utilize natural light, when possible, along with integrating customized lighting solutions to illuminate the 35,000 SF space.

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 The project team is comprised of the Dobbins Group, CB Richard Ellis, and WMA Engineers.  Occupancy is planned for June 2011.
For more additional information on The Dobbins Group, call (312) 321-0400 or visit www.DobbinsGroup.com.
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About The Dobbins Group
With offices in downtown Chicago and Lake Forest, The Dobbins Group has been a stronghold in the full service design-build industry for 14 years.  Led by company president Tom Dobbins, the company has completed millions of square feet of commercial, interior, retail, industrial and medical projects for a range of client projects including Jewel-Osco, Grainger, Grand Appliance, Focus Products, Lanworth, Barilla Foods, Fenwal, Chicago Brass, Blackberry and Harley Davidson.  In 2011, they will be starting on a redesign for the Illinois State Bar Association in Chicago and RSA Medical in Naperville.

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Oct 042010

PR Chicago – DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) will celebrate the return of DINING BY DESIGN on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart by bringing together some of the most talented individuals in the world of interior design, art and architecture to design over 30 tabletop and dining environments.

DIFFA’S DINING BY DESIGN will kickoff the three day event with Cocktails by Design on Thursday, November 4. At this party, celebrated mixologist Adam Seger will be creating a signature cocktail, DIFFA Rouge. A contestant on this season of NBC’s The Apprentice, Stephanie Castagnier will attend in support of DIFFA. Stephanie founded AIDS organization Child Cause after having lost both parents to AIDS at a young age. Cocktails by Design runs from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $100.

On Saturday, November 6, guests will enjoy Table Hop & Taste featuring savory culinary treats from local restaurants including RL, Riva, Prosecco, Markethouse, City Provisions, ZED 451 and Province.  Jillian Harris from The Bachelorette and current designer on Extreme Makeover Home Edition will make a special guest appearance from noon-1:30 p.m. and showcase her own table design sponsored by architecture firm The Dobbins Group.

Table Hop & Taste is from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and $30 per ticket.

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Finally, guests at the Saturday evening Believe Tables Gala will be dining within the installations, making the event a truly unique experience for all attending. The gala starts at 8 p.m. and is for table sponsors and their invited guests, or individuals may purchase tickets for $500.

DIFFA’S DINING BY DESIGN 2010 is generously supported by The Design Center at The Merchandise Mart, Northern Trust, hum Botanical Spirits, SVEDKA and local media sponsor, CS Interiors.

DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education organizations in the U.S.  Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide more that $38 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide. DIFFA/Chicago is one of 15 chapters and community partners nationwide.

To learn more about DIFFA/Chicago and DIFFA’S DINING BY DESIGN, please visit our website at www.diffachicago.org or contact us at info@diffachicago.org or 312-644-6412.

Sep 252010

Molise PR client EnV Chicago Luxury Apartments (161 W. Kinzie St.), is River North’s anticipated new boutique building and one of the Chicago’s first LEED certified residential developments, will open its doors this September 2010.  Built by San Antonio, Texas based Lynd Development Partners to cater to the lives of the affluent and young professionals in Chicago, EnV is a modern high rise that provides an elevated level of comfort, convenience and style.

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Steps away from the most buzz-worthy restaurants, galleries and nightlife, the 29-story building features 249 apartment rentals, 27,000 square feet of retail space, and secure, private parking complete with Zip Car access. Residents arrive home to seamless glass windows that offer views of the skyline; plus private balconies, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, built in wine racks and bamboo floors.

Two amenity floors boast a rooftop pool terrace with cabanas and chaise lounges, catering kitchen, barbeque grill area, private wine lockers, 24-hour rooftop fitness center, fire pit lounge and garden, media room, dog run and more. In addition, a full service concierge is on site to guarantee express access and VIP service to the most exclusive events in town – yacht excursions, celebrity events at Enclave nightclub and more. Mobile integration with “The EnVironment” smart phone app allows tenants to view security cameras, schedule training sessions in the fitness center, pay rent, submit a work order, and more.

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EnV Luxury Apartments provides an unprecedented level of lifestyle amenities for residents including:
Private EnV Winos Meeting –Each member of the club donates one bottle of wine per month to the “wine bank,” used when hosting EnV events such as EnV Wine Social. EnV Winos club meets once a month with the occasional excursion to various local wine bars.

Café EnV – A fun and interactive event, Café EnV brings a luxurious, seated brunch experience directly to residents on the 28th floor, complete with an array and breakfast delights and morning cocktails.

Yappy Hour – A pet-friendly social hour, hosted by our preferred pet service company, My Kind of Hound! At the monthly Yappy Hour, residents discuss various pet-related topics, such as local pet-friendly events, services, pet health, adoption, activities and local pet exercise areas. EnV will schedule pet-friendly excursions to dog-beach and local dog-parks at these events as well.

BBQ & Brew – During the sunny summer months, EnV hosts a monthly pool party – firing up the grill, popping the bottles and rolling out the beach towels for long afternoons in the Midwestern sun on the rooftop pool deck. Beer, hot dogs, burgers and more gets residents in the summer spirit in no time!

Tail Gate Party – As summer ends…the party continues as EnV hosts a tailgate party before the big games in the 28th floor resident lounge. Residents can bring a friend for pizza, beer and salad and watch the game from the comfort of their own building.

Spa Parties – Mini facials, chair-massage, mani/pedis and more. At the spa parties, residents will get beauty tips, complimentary pampering, and coupons to the areas hottest salons and spas.

Cooking Classes – Working with neighborhood restaurants and fine food distributors, EnV brings guest chefs and restaurant experts to demonstrate proper cooking techniques, fun new recipes and offer food and wine pairings and tastings.

Speakeasy Casino Night –EnV will host tournament-style Blackjack with cocktail service and a Texas Hold’Em ”loser’s lounge,” at the Speakeasy Casino Night. Finalists and tournament winner are awarded handsomely!

Guests enjoyed a private VIP green carpet house warming grand opening on Friday, September 24 on the rooftop terrace of River North’s new EnV Luxury Apartments, one of the first LEED certified residential and retail buildings. The event featured a fashion show by Sofia Vintage perched atop the glowing swimming pool and overlooked the city’s glittering skyline. Residents and guests alike experienced a live art demo from contemporary artist JD Miller and viewed one-of-a-kind sculptures from artist and two-time Academy Award-winner, the late Anthony Quinn.  Svedka provided cocktail refreshments and guests dined on hors d’oeuvres provided by Catered by Design, plus special tastings from Chef Kassie Rath of Theory & Chef Ryan Poli of Perennial.

The event then “moved along” to a public celebration at EnV’s nightlife partner Enclave (220 W. Chicago Ave.) featuring a performance by Tyson Ritter, lead singer for The All American Rejects, where Tyson preformed his smash hits “Dirty Little Secret,” “Move Along” and more. View photos from the event here.

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The building’s architect is Valerio Dewalt Train Associates and the builder is McHugh Construction.

For more information about EnV including a virtual tour and photo gallery visit www.EnVChicago.com. For additional information or to schedule a viewing, call (312) 854-1700 or email info@envchicago.com.

Sep 242010

Former star of The Bachelorette Jillian Harris returns to TV on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition as a designer working to make dreams come true. She’s still following her heart for love, but this time it’s in honor of others. Jillian says the viewers who tune in remind her that “kindness, humility, compassion and love are still desperately needed on TV.

The special two-hour season premiere airs this Sunday, September 26 at 7/6c on ABC and will feature celebrity volunteers Katy Perry, Raven-Symoné, Shaquille O’Neal and the kids from ABC’s Modern Family building and designing for well-deserving students in Baltimore, Maryland- even through an epic rainstorm that threatened to throw the building plans off schedule.
“There really are no words to describe this opportunity,” says Jillian of working with ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition. “I felt extremely blessed and emotional at times – just so grateful to work with such an incredible team to produce something so profound.”
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