What makes a residential or commercial environment more warm and cozy than a shot of infused nature? I always use a bit of something woodsy and real in all of my design projects. You can bring a bit of the outside in by using branches as a centerpiece in a large vessel or by exhibiting a beautiful flower inside a small vase carved from bark. “Found” organic branches can be transformed into modern art. A wooden floor vase spied at Jayson Home and Garden can even act as a piece of natural sculpture. Just pitched that piece for a spot next to a modern white lacquered Louis II chair from sixinch. Love that juxtaposition of clean and modern with natural elements!
Last weekend, I ventured out to the DIY Trunk Show here in the windy city along with my pal, a craft aficionado. She was actually on the prowl for emerging artists for a huge craft exposition held in Chicago every year. The DIY show was filled to the gills with amazing, talented, and “crafty” exhibitors. Holiday spirit was in the air and generous smiles and huge appreciation went hand in hand with our viewing and purchasing. (Yes, I did a little tiny bit of that just to support the economy, of course!)
Just when you think that you have enough to be thankful about, you are invited to the home of a dear friend for an engaging lunch with amazing women… what a warm and cozy home so perfectly decked out for the holidays. Don’t you wish that you had a stab at that pumpkin tureen?
I recently completed one of those “dream” projects where you get to collaborate with easygoing, hip, and cool clients that shared similar design sensibilities. They also exuded qualities from which I garnered incredible knowledge. I learned so much from them… and, I hope, that I gave them something in return.
One thing that I have learned in all of my travels around the world searching for unusual and intriguing artifacts and art is that you find treasures in the most unexpected places. On a recent trek south to North Carolina I stumbled upon a mid- century oasis in Charleston, West Virginia. After doing a Google search for “mid century/vintage” in Charleston, I was amazed to see one shop cruise to the surface. We were skeptical, so I placed a call into the “alleged” mecca of fine mid century art and furnishings. The owner who was almost on his way out for the day said that he would stay open until we could stumble in. I was still skeptical! But, by now, there was no stopping me..I was headed to the Purple Moon.
Cruising through Lincoln Park today, I came across a transition of sorts. What better way to start the holiday design and home preparation frenzy than the onset of holiday decorations? Out with the corn stalks, in with the swag draping at RL’s Rugby, and a toast to the elegance of the simple statements at Tabula Tua, a premier tabletop and home furnishings store located at 1015 W. Armitage. Time to turn it up a notch for all of the family and friends getting ready to descent upon you!