105A E. Van Buren St.
Woodstock Illinois 60098United States
Designs by Maida inspires dream home decorating ideas.
Chicago interior designer Maida Korte brings her HGTV celebrity status (appearances on "New Spaces" and "Designer's Challenge") and taste-maker style to Woodstock shop Designs by Maida. The store is a mini Merchandise Mart home-furnishings showroom displaying European antiques and hard-to-tell reproduction furniture, fine china, grand chandeliers, carved mirrors, table linens, window treatments, accent pillows and plush bedding. Maida's sumptuous fabrics, from toile to zebra print, cost $15-$200 a yard. While you may not be able to justify plopping $175 down on a sofa pillow, $40 for a tassel or a couple grand on a bombe chest, eyeing Maida's creative combinations of heirloom French and British furniture and fabrics stimulate decorating ideas for free. Exquisite dining tablescapes feature Philippe Deshoulieres Limoges porcelain, $75 a plate, as well as Portmeirion porcelain dishes and Juliska serving pieces. Affordable napkin rings ($3-$40 each), tablecloths, candlesticks make a lush design statement.