Italian Gems

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jul 28, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Lighting, Shops and Showrooms

Barovier and Toso

The new Artistic Tile showroom at the Merchandise Mart is just fabulous.   What really catches my eye every time I pass by is the incredible chandelier in their front window (pictured above).  I did some research, and found out that it is made by an Italian company called Barovier and Toso.  The intriguing story of Barovier and Toso dates back to 982 AD on the island of Murano with the inception of glass blowing, and in 1450 Angelo Barovier invented “crystalline glass,” a diaphanous film of crystal.  The rich history of Barovier and Toso that dates back to the Renaissance adds to the splendor and character of these individual, hand-crafted pieces. I have been browsing through their online catalogue, and all I can say is…WOW.  Such an incredible assortment of unique, glass light fixtures and lamps.  They come in the craziest colors, too…liquid yellow, liquid green, liquid orange, red, violet….so cool.    Here are some of my favorites:

Barovier and Toso

Barovier and Toso

Barovier and Toso

Barovier and Toso

Barovier and Toso

Barovier and Toso

Barovier and Toso

Barovier and Toso

Oh my,  I am in love.

History has it’s advantages.

So much good design began so long ago..

Barovier and Toso





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Are you a “Real Housewives of New York” watcher like me?  One of my favorite parts was the redecoration (according to the listing, costing upwards of 300K) of housewife Jill’s Manhattan apartment, which was actually featured in the May 2009 issues of Traditional Home.  You can now own this piece of “Housewives” memorabilia for a cool $3.2 million!

Check it out and tell me what you think.  (I am not including the before pics…take my word for it if you didn’t see it for yourself on the show, the apartment looks FAR better post decorating overhaul)

I am a big fan of the blues and whites incorporated throughout.  The apartment is approximately 1,956 square feet, so these light colors help to brighten and open up a smaller space.  What are your thoughts?  Ready to fork over the big bucks for this place?  In case any of you are interested, here is the listing.





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Brynne

There are so many fun things in the summer issue of CS Interiors…surely to inspire many posts!  CS Interiors is the home and interiors offshoot magazine of CS (Chicago Social), the Chicago edition from the Modern Luxury publishing group.  It’s an exciting, sharp and truly fun read…and I always learn or rediscover a cool Chicago “thing.”  For example, I have had the pleasure of meeting the woman behind Bedrooms by Brynne, a “luxury boudoir design service”  and was excited to see her addition to the mag.  Bedrooms by Brynne is the brainchild of Brynne Rinderknecht, a young and crazy talented designer who specializes in, yes, the bedroom.  Before the School of the Art Institute alum launched her own company in 2007, she had been decorating over the top sets for Playboy.  Brynne decorates the bedrooms of her clients with the same flair and whimsy as she used in her Playboy days.  She does, however, still do work in set decoration as well as commercial work…which is equally as fabulous as the personal bedroom retreats she creates for her clients.  Brynne is fearless in her work and varied in her style, which makes me even more fascinated with this young, bold designing rogue.  Tell me what you think about her various work!  Also, stay tuned for more from CS Interiors!

Brynne

Brynne

Brynne

Brynne

Brynne

Brynne

Brynne

Brynne

Brynne

Brynne





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Ann Sacks

If you’re like me and read just about every new design magazine you can get your hands on each month, you’re sure to have noticed the captivating new Ann Sacks advertising campaign, featuring the wonderfully simple yet inspiring slogan “Shouldn’t All Art Be Living?”  I actually find myself flipping through the magazine just to find the Ann Sacks ad.  To me, they are like the classic Absolut ads- simple, to the point, yet brilliantly creative and inspired.  However, I sometimes get lost admiring the sheer genius of the ad itself rather than focusing on the product.  I  am itching to begin a bathroom or kitchen project right about now… Can you blame me?  Maybe you should reconsider that redo yourself?!

 

Ann Sacks

 

Ann Sacks

 

Ann Sacks

 

Ann Sacks

 

Ann Sacks

 

Ann Sacks





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Nate and Brian

Designing couples….match made in heaven?  I think so…especially when your respective areas of “design expertise” do not compete with one another.  However, the work of one cannot help but be influenced by the other, and vice versa.  Case in point: Nate Berkus and Brian Atwood.  I have always been a fan of Nate and greatly admire his work.  We actually both had design space in the same building in the River North area of Chicago (gallery filled Superior Street) a few years back, and in addition to being what seems to be effortlessly talented, Nate is also very nice, charismatic and friendly.  And then there is the endlessly talented Brian Atwood.  His shoes and handbags are to die for, and now too is his work as the Creative Director for Bally.  Upon seeing the fabulous couple together in photographs of  an intimate dinner held in honor of Brian’s new position, I began daydreaming, fantasizing about being a fly on the wall in the midst of a Nate/Brian conversation.  What tidbits of design gold would be revealed?  And would they share ideas with each other that would show up in both of their work?  I can’t help but think so….

Brian Atwood design

Brian Design

Nate Berkus design

Nate Design

Brian Atwood design

Brian design
Nate Berkus Design

Nate Design

Brian Atwood design

Brian design

Nate Berkus design

Nate design

Brian Atwood design

Brian design

Nate Berkus design

Nate design

Can’t wait to see what else this creative duo comes up with!





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Clodagh

The other day I had the pleasure of meeting the fabulous Clodagh, the Irish-born designer and now author!  Not only does Clodagh have a new book out, “Your Home, Your Sanctuary,” but she also has an amazing new line of indoor-outdoor fabrics for Perennials.  With Clodagh’s unmistakable look that blends the exotic with the familiar and Perennials’ technology and functionality, the fabric line is a celebration of harmony, pleasure and indulgence.  I will  definitely  be  suggesting some of these fabrics for the  homes of  my clients!  Here are some of my favorites.

Clodagh

Amazed in Cape Cod

Clodagh

Katanga in Seagull

Clodagh

Raffia in Chestnut

Clodagh

Kuba in Vellum

So beautiful on their own, AND so great when paired together!  These fabrics really would help you turn your home, both indoor and out, into a sanctuary. Clodaghs fabrics are represented by the David Sutherland Showroom at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago,  Ask for Bryce, the Showroom Manager :)  Tell him that we sent you!

Clodagh





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The Donald

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jul 09, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Celebs, Decorating

Trump Spa

I was describing to my assistant this morning the color scheme I had in mind for a client’s guest house, and instantly what came to mind was the Spa at the Trump International Hotel, or as I like to call it, “The Donald.” I just love the cool blues, greys and chocolate browns.  Both soothing and invigorating at the same time, this color scheme is wonderful in a spa, and I can’t wait to implement it in a home.

Trump Spa

Furthermore, browsing the Trump International Hotel website made me realize all of the various amazing designs throughout the hotel.  The Donald (well, and I’m sure his fleet of highly talented designers) really struck the perfect balance between elegance, simplicity and sophistication.

Trump Hotel

Employing purple in interiors is not for the faint of heart, but I think it works beautifully with the creams and browns both of the interiors and in the breathtaking Chicago backdrop.

Trump Hotel

Trump Hotel

Isn’t the Grand Ballroom just breathtaking? I love that it is not a “traditional ballroom” per se, but it nevertheless is absolutely stunning and grand in a sort of toned down way.

Next time you are  in Chicago, make a stop at the Trump International Hotel.  Whether you choose to stay in the hotel or not, take a look around and tell me what you think!





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I must say I am somewhat of a pack-rat when it comes to design magazines.  I have stacks and stacks of Elle Decor, Chicago Home and Garden, Traditional Home…you name it.  This collection, however, is not amassed in vain.  I frequently hark back to past articles for inspiration or reference.  I stumbled upon this article from the January 2007 issue of House and Garden magazine.  One of the cover stories, “25 Fabulous Movie Interiors, And How to Make Them Yours” caught my eye.  Even though this issue was published over two years ago, the movie interiors featured are classics.  I thought I’d show you some of my favorites!

The room below is a modern day room inspired by the interiors in the 1971 film, “A Clockwork Orange.”  (The original set is the image in the upper left corner)  Of course I had to include this one, because orange is one of my favorite colors!  This mod-70′s look becomes uber-chic with the checkerboard vinyl flooring, Beethoven shade, and orange console.  Notice the groovy wall covering in the second image!

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Clockwork Orange

Here are some of my other favorite movie interiors from the article.

25 Fabulous Movie Interiors

How great is the wall covering, the lamp, THAT COAT from “Conversation Piece?” Really though the Rothko on the wall makes it for me.

What do you think?  Do you have any favorite movie interiors that jump out at you?

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