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25 Best Interior Designers in Illinois

France was recently featured as one of the 25 best interior designers in Illinois, in a round-up published on July 7th in The LuxPad.  Check out Renaissance Interior Design and other great designers from around the state, click here.

20 Hot Bathroom Trends for 2016

20 Hot Bathroom Trends for 2016

Recipient of the Best of Houzz Service Award for 2016

unnamedThe leading website Houzz has announced that Renaissance Interior Design of Chicago has been chosen to receive the highly competitive Best of Houzz 2016 Service Award.  Only the top 3% of design professionals nationwide receive such an honor.

We owe much of this success to you, our fabulous clients.

Thank you for helping us to continue to succeed and we hope to help you with your next project very soon.




Click the image below to visit my Houzz page, and to read some lovely reviews from my clients.


Renaissance was named 1 of 25 Awesome Interior Designers in Chicago

Epic Presence has selected Renaissance Interior Design of Chicago as one of their 25 “awesome interior designers of Chicago.”

Please click here to read more about this achievement.

Zillow’s Top 5 Home Design Trends of 2015

Click here to see Zillow’s top Home Design trends for the upcoming year.

Best Interior Design Posts of 2014

Design Milk’s posts of 2014.  Click here.

Benjamin Moore – Color Trends of 2015

Click here to see Benjamin Moore’s “Color Trends of 2015.”

Dear Friends and Family,

I am now allowed to divulge which chair I designed for the Palecek Chair Contest at the Arlington Design Center in Chicago, which concludes on Thursday November 20. Here is the chair that I created, Picasso’s Bookcase.  I am counting on your votes to bring me to the top. Please vote early and often and get your friends to also participate if you can. I am eternally grateful for your participation.  Click here to vote!Unknown-8Unknown-9

Palecek Chair Contest… The Designer Chairs Are Here!

Dear Friends and Clients,

Please view the wonderful finished chairs from the Palecek Chair Contest chairs, now available for voting on the Facebook page of the Arlington Design center or by clicking here. One of them has been upholstered by Renaissance. It was an honor to have been selected by Bretag Flour Source at ADC. You may want to be part of the silent auction with proceeds going to Charity.  To view all of the chairs and a short description with the inspiration for each chair, click here.Chair

Be Inspired – Palecek Chair Contest

Renaissance Interior Design of Chicago was selected among many designers to represent one of 5 showrooms at the Arlington Design Center. We are being sponsored by Bretag Floor Source in a Palecek Chair Contest. Chairs will be unveiled in November for voting and winner will be announced on November 20 at ADC. Chairs will be auctioned of to charity afterwards.  Click here for more information!

How to Combine Classical and Contemporary Interior Design: An Interview with France Lefebvre of Renaissance Interior Design of Chicago

Check out my interview, How to Combine Classical and Contemporary Interior Design on Illinois Homes, one of the top sites for Illinois real estate, including Des Plaines, IL homes for sale. Illinois Homes also services Pennsylvania real estate and Michigan homes for sale.

Featured Designer of the Month – ADC Newsletter, March 2014

France has been featured in the Arlington Design Center’s March 2014 newsletter as Designer of the Month! You can view the newsletter here in its entirety, or see a snippet below!


Which Decorating Trends Do You Love (or Loathe) for 2014?

A look at some of the 2014 trends, some you may love, and some we might live without.

Which Decorating Trends Do You Love (or Loathe) for 2014? »


Get Your Design On: Residential Trends 2014

A few great trends to keep your eye on in 2014!

Get Your Design On: Residential Trends 2014 »


10 Interior Design Trends for 2014

A new year and a fresh start means new trends for interior design.

10 Interior Design Trends for 2014 »


18 Fresh Interior Design Trends to Watch For in 2014

From Freshhome.com, a great article on what to look out for in 2014!

18 Fresh Interior Design Trends to Watch For in 2014 »




Recipe for March: Tarte aux Tomates

Enjoy this wonderful, savory pie recipe: Tarte aux tomates (Crunchy tomato pie with cheese)! Scroll down for the full recipe. If you would like to download and print the recipe for future use, just click here!



TARTE AUX TOMATES ( Crunchy tomato pie with cheese)


  • Filo dough 7 sheets
  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 1 Tbs of Dijon mustard
  • 10 oz of Mozarella or mild Cheddar (white)
  • 6 –8 oz of aged white Cheddar cheese
  • Fresh beef Tomatoes about 3-4
  • Fresh Basil and garlic


Step 1

Melt butter in the microwave until it becomes liquid. Wisk the Dijon mustard with the melted butter.

Step 2 

Use a deep 9-inch pie plate and place Filo sheets one by one in the plate after they have been buttered with a brush. Make sure they are staggered.

Step 3

Slice tomatoes ¼ inch and grate cheeses freshly. Do not use pre- shredded cheeses it will not taste the same. Mount the pie by layers by adding cheese on top of each layer of tomatoes. Add salt and pepper, fresh chopped basil, and fresh or powdered garlic on each layer.

Step 4 

Fold in the Filo dough to the center once pie has all ingredients., then add remaining dough on top of the pie to finish. Sprinkle a bit of olive oil on top. Cook in the oven at 350 F for 30- 40 minutes. It will be ready when the crust is golden brown. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

Sprinkles for the Holidays: 2012 Holiday recipe book

Download my 2012 Sprinkles for the Holidays book free! There are wonderful and delectable recipes that will make your holidays full of joy. Enjoy!


Sprinkles for the Holidays: 2013 Recipe Book

Download my 2013 Sprinkles for the Holidays recipe book! Enjoy these warm and delicious recipes to make your holidays bright!


New Ad for ADC



Welcome to the new re-designed Renaissance website. We hope that you will use this site has a source of inspiration for all your new residential design projects no matter the scope.

You will find a lot of portfolio ideas with different design styles in different locations. We also hope you will visit us monthly to look at the “What is France cooking” section where a new recipe will be featured monthly and links to other great recipes will be made available for you to see.

France, will also keep you inform about the latest design trends by sharing her opinions and published Design Industry articles that you may find useful. To all our clients we want to thank you for your trust and continued business over the years. You made this possible!


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