People are hooked on metallics. So much in fact, that quite recently some person (or people, I’ll never know) felt compelled to steal the copper drainpipes off my house. No joke. How cruel. Well, apparently, these thieves know what’s up in the design world. It’s clearly in high demand! And as these...  continue reading


Here’s What Rocks!

Don’t get us wrong, we still love the au naturel look of wood and flowers; however, the nature trend that we really dig these days (no pun intended) are the patterns materializing in rocks. They are absolutely striking, as well as tremendously interesting. Think of it as jewelry for the home! Beautiful...  continue reading

I know we're a couple weeks late in talking about this, but with the old rule being “no white before Memorial Day,” it’s finally appropriate to add white to your summer wardrobe. Following suit, it’s also entirely appropriate to add white to the interiors of your house. Besides, it’s HOT...  continue reading

 Hello folks, it's been some apologies...there's no excuse for going so long without posting...That said, we have a new, amazing blog resource here at Fredman Design Group and I wanted to introduce her here - Welcome Lauren Handzlik! Lauren hails from Wisconsin (a girl after my own heart)...  continue reading

Well hello there, it's been a while, no? Sorry about that folks. But here we are, the sun is shining and spring is finally, finally upon us. Which also means, MOTHER'S DAY is almost here and now that the Derby is done, we can focus our fancy hats elsewhere! We polled the fabulous Fredman Design Group...  continue reading


Dear Diary…

So, I often think it is hilarious that I, the Marketing Director, write this blog called "Designer Diaries" when I am not a designer. That's not to say that I don't observe our amazing design team in their natural habitat daily. I certainly do that. So, you're going to see a new series here that is called,...  continue reading

Yes, it took me a week to get this post up. Mostly because I really wanted to unveil the aforementioned surprise in a clever way. Well, that's not happening, apologies on that and for the delay of this post. I blame the lack of white chalk at most big box retailers, like Target and Walgreens. Who doesn't...  continue reading

We've missed you, have you missed us? So, yes, we've been a little busy both at our three offices and many of us at our own homes as well. Nevermind all that. Today, I want to introduce you to my kitchen project. I think I alluded to this several months ago in a post regarding my beloved kitchen table...but...  continue reading


Super Bowl Dreaming

#SuperBowl is trending on Twitter today - naturally. With all the predictions and pontifications about Sunday's big game, we got to thinking about some of our favorite spaces that we'd like to watch the game from...well, aside from the stadium itself! Here's our roundup of the Top 10 Super Bowl friendly...  continue reading



Obviously we love design. It was a lot of what was discussed at our annual company retreat yesterday here in Chicago at the East Bank Club. We started with exploring our communication styles through our DiSC workshop and then did many group activities, which you will see pictures of below. But one of...  continue reading

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