Cook's Tour 2014!

Posted By Julia Buckingham Edelmann | Wednesday, October 01, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Hosted by the Woman's Board of Rush University Medical Center, the Cook's Tour is an annual fundraising event that showcases homes along the North Shore of Chicago- with amazing kitchens-not gonna lie. This year, the four homes that were showcased amid the gorgeous North Shore Chicago suburbs were in Winnetka and Kenilworth. I'm pumped that this year 2 of my fave projects were featured!!

The first home was entitled "Lakefront Opulence". With this breathtaking backyard view of Lake Michigan, I would say it was rightfully named!

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Perfect for the summer months in Chicago, the backyard has everything you could ask for…firepit, outdoor bar, pool, hot tub, and of course the stunning riparian view. #LakeMichigan

Hard to believe it is Chicago! We were thankful for a sunny day for the tour and with beautiful blue skies that make us all thankful that we live here for about 6 weeks :)

. If only it would stay that way. I'd be fine with skipping a brutal snowy Chicago winter!

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You are welcomed into the home with this grand foyer. A perfect setting for one of my fave accessories from my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom, the Palma Hands from Global Views.

Such a fun, quirky display that you can use for floral arrangements, as I did for the tour! A signature feature of every space for me…Let's talk about it...

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The stunning living room of rich golds and plums is one of my favorites in the home.

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Around every corner of the home was another jaw dropping vision….the wine cellar in the basement, the enviable walk-in closet, indoor basketball court, and one of my most elaborate lighting installations of all time….3 stories of absolute goodness!

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What better way to end the day than this amazing master bathroom…deep soaking tub, luxurious amenities, elegant finishes, glamorous chandelier, and the relaxing view of the lake.

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My second project featured on the tour is what I like to call "A Little Design Bling"! It was the "Elegant Living" home on the Cook's Tour.

The homeowner loved "sparkle" which we incorporated in little touches throughout the home. Lucite, glistening fabrics, mirrored surfaces, glass beads...

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Of course you can never go wrong with Chanel….

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The master bedroom was a truly sophisticated retreat...

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Even the dark wood and masculine look of the study was given a glamorous makeover with lucite and gold glimmering fabrics.

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Their daughters darling playroom was a lil' girls Parisian getaway….

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And the basement boasted an at-home theatre, wine cellar, and beautiful bar. Perfect for entertaining!

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I was so thrilled to be involved in the Cook's Tour and the sharing with everyone of  some of my fave North Shore projects.

All proceeds of the Cook's Tour benefit Rush University Cancer Center's brain tumor program. Such a great cause!!

xx, Julia

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Blog Tour California: It's Coming!

Posted By Jill Seidner | Monday, September 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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Welcoming another Modenus adventure, this one is not just a city, but an (almost) entire state: California! As a native of Southern California, I couldn't be more thrilled to welcome a group of international bloggers and designers. As an alumni of both Blog Tour London and Blog Tour NYC, along with taking part in hosting last year's Blog Tour LA group, I am looking forward to meeting up and attending many of the events taking place here in LA in just the few days the group will be here, before they head up the coast for some amazing activities! Welcome Blog Tour California! (Blogger profiles here) For a highlight of what Modenus has planned for the roadtrip that will be Blog Tour California, you can read the latest post here. For me, I am looking forward to attending the WestEdge Design Fair for it's second annual show here in LA, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. There will also be events in LA hosted by sponsor DXV (who hosted us on Blog Tour NYC too) and Miele. The aptly named BlogToberFest will also be taking place at WestEdge to welcome the bloggers.  

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For all the latest, follow along on Twitter @Modenus with #BlogTourCali and #BlogToberFest

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Design Resource: HomeByMe

Posted By Jill Seidner | Monday, September 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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I was recently introduced to a site called Home.By.Me, a free online resource for creating 3D design where you can create your entire home in 3D and experiment with thousands of products and textures before sharing your projects with friends and experts.

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The program allows you to import plans (already drawn) or develop your own plans using the software.

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It also allows you to select furniture from top designers and manufactures, to scale in with color for a realistic look of your potential conceptual design.

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The download also offers the ability to adjust the time and date to simulate seasonal sunlight changes.

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In addition, you can export image files to share by email and social media or even view in 360 degree.

For more info, visit the site for a tour and free download.

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A Visit to Kohler

Posted By Jill Seidner | Friday, September 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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Looking forward to attending the 2014 Kohler Blogger Conference early next month in Kohler, WI. We have been invited to stay and experience The American Club, a resort owned and operated by Kohler. In addition we'll have the opportunity to experience the latest products from Kohler, including a factory tour of the Kohler Design Center. I am looking forward to connecting with several of the other bloggers that I know will be in attendance - and a first time ever visit to Wisconsin! (But first I'll be starting off with a visit to Chicago where I will meet up with Julia, our Chicago-based blogger, and a visit to her design studio!) More to come on the blog!

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Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival Recap

Posted By Jill Seidner | Sunday, September 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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Last month I attended the 4th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, a four day long event featuring different tasting events & venues. The event represents major chefs and vineyards, along with sampling unique and flavorful foods. I had the opportunity to attend a champagne and caviar event at the L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills along with two of the Lexus Grand Tasting events in downtown LA.

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The rooftop setting for the champagne and caviar event held at the L'Ermitage Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Attending the champagne and caviar event on a really gorgeous summer evening.

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Watching chefs in action, both presentation and samplings were perfection in every tasting.

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At the Lexus Grand Tasting event.

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Sashimi sampling.

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Lotsa tacos.

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Unique samplings.

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The highly anticapted Lexus Live on Grand event (recommend) featured hundreds of renowned chefs and wineries. It took place in downtown LA on a red carpet adjacent to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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The magnficient outdoor setting under the open sky and high rise buildings for Saturday night's Lexus Live on Grand event.

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Thank you Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival for the invitation.

{All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design}

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White after Labor Day?…"YES!" I say….

Posted By Julia Buckingham Edelmann | Saturday, September 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment

 Who said you can't wear white after Labor Day (other than my mother!)? Well, I've never been one to follow the "fashion" rules and I tend to make up my own design rules too. As much as I love bright colors like orange and turquoise, I equally love a nice crisp white palette. I like to use white as a statement in and of itself. When I use white, it’s usually all white.

I like white to stand on its own instead of being used as a canvas. It has so much more to say!

White is an amazing way to showcase architecture.  I use white to unify unrelated spaces and to lift and bounce light.

This image is from one of my historic restoration projects in the Wicker park neighborhood of Chicago. The addition to the back of this Victorian Italianate manse was designed to be wholeheartedly modern while the front part of the home was restored to the original architectural splendor. A true seamless blending of old and new!

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These three dimensional architectural wall panels installed in my own home in Arizona shown below is one of my favorite images ever. White can have so much dimension!

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White feels crisp, clean and eternal—especially in the bath. Many of my past client bathroom projects have been in the color "white"--whether all white, mixed with a neutral grey, or for the classic contrast of black and white.

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Using white for kitchens and dining spaces instantly brightens up the space.

White subway tiles for kitchens are one of my faves….especially in unexpected sizes or with unique textures.

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White also rocks a as pairing with one of my other can't resist elements--lucite.

It just instantly adds a glam ++ factor!

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And of course nothing gives you the the "Five-star Hotel" feeling like crisp white sheets. A white bedroom can be a most needed calming retreat.

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 Incorporated the right way, white can be the answer all year round-every day and in every way!

xx,

Julia

All images used here are from the archives of Buckingham Interiors + Design and photographed by Eric Hausman

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Thermador Chef for a Day!

Posted By Julia Buckingham Edelmann | Tuesday, September 02, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Happy September!

Can you even believe it?! I've been reflecting on my whirlwind summer, full of lots of travel and work=fun. In July, I was delighted to attend Thermador and Traditional Home's 2nd Annual "Great Kitchen Getaway" event in sunny + beachy Southern California. I was joined by  a fabulous team of designers and lifestyle bloggers from across the country; Dana Wolter, Nancy and Eric Dalton, Karen Williams, Lisa Mende, Beth Le Manach, Jennifer Markanich, Karin Edwards, Kelly Morriseau and Courtney Price. We hung out at the Thermador Experience & Design Center where we learned about this leading luxury appliance brand, talked about what's hot in kitchen design, and also got into a heated social media cooking contest……more about that later. photo 3

We toured the design center learning all about the vast array of luxury cooking and refrigeration appliances offered by this innovative brand.  Thermador has been providing "Real innovations for real cooks" for more than 75 years and continues to do so with their evolving iconic line of products. The Smithsonian Museum has Julia Childs actual kitchen on display- I've seen it and it is interesting how truly timeless the kitchen feels. Think also of the Brady Bunch- Alice cooked within a Thermador kitchen as well!

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We were then able to get the true feel of the Thermador cooking and kitchen experience (also putting to the test our cooking skills!) during an interactive cooking lunch.

To make things a little bit more interesting, we had a fun social media contest which brought out all of our competitive spirit!

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We teamed up and took to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to share all of our culinary creations cooked up using the Thermador Pro Heater.

My lovely partner-in-crime was my friend, Nancy Dalton, Owner of Baywolf Dalton out of Seattle where she and her hubby create amazing kitchens and bathrooms for their clients. Here we are looking ever so fab in our Thermador aprons cooking up a storm!

Our finished product….An herb-crusted tuna with a carrot-ginger puree. Bon appetit!!

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It looks pretty delicious if I do say so myself….unfortunately we did not have the most likes/retweets/shares to win. Sigh…next time.  We all had a riot and dined together to indulge in each others divine creations.

Some other mouth-watering plates cooked up in the Thermador kitchen included  steam-roasted asparagus with warm irvine beets (the crowd winner by a bunch), seared diver scallops, zucchini blossom succotash and grilled chicken skewers with cumin scented rice. Yum.

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 It was a great trip learning all about latest in kitchen design with fab friends and food! What else could a designer ask for?

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And, if you haven't checked out the latest Traditional Homes Great Kitchens issue here it is. A must read!

                                          Thank you for including me in the festivities Thermador, Traditional Home, BSH Group + Finn Partners!!

xx, Julia

This trip was sponsored by Thermador and Traditional Home. Photo credit: Thermador.

All written content and insight within this post are my own.

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