Spanish Beauty

Posted By Julia-Chicago | May 29, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Decorating

{B Lounge}

During my search to find images of the Barcelona Chair for one of my last posts, I stumbled upon this unbelievable hotel located in the Catalan city, the Barcelo Raval Hotel.  I discovered it in Met Home’s article about the world’s wildest hotels.  I have to say, I don’t think this hotel is nearly as wild as the Ice Hotel in Sweden or the Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji.  Rather, this hotel is just sheerly beautiful.  My jaw dropped when I saw the life size horse lamp by Moooi, paired with the fuchsia velvet banquette and the black lacquered tables!  Barcelona is such a vibrant city, and this new hotel captures its exciting spirit perfectly.

{B Lounge}

{B Lounge}

{B Lounge}

{Roof Terrace}

The hotel is located in the heart of the city, and the views are exceptional!

{Roof Terrace}

{Roof Terrace}

{Roof Terrace}

{Junior Suite}

{Junior Suite}





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Casa de Gucci

Posted By Julia-Chicago | May 26, 2010 | 10 Comments | Category: Fashion

Want to live like a star? Or more particuarly, like a Gucci?  Well now you can!  For $60,000 a month that is.  The 7 bedroom, 9.5 bath Gucci family penthouse located near midtown Manhattan is currently being rented for anyone who has some pocket change jangling around.  If you’re in the market for an immense 14 room pad with 16 foot floor to ceiling windows and 10,000 square feet of living space, then this place is the one for you.  The Euro chic furniture? Nope, not included.  Guess slipping into this Gucci pad will cost you a few bucks more than slipping into these Gucci pumps.  Contact Daniela Rivoir at Brown Harris Stevens if you’re interested!  Oh and by the way, the tip off on this apartment was another Coco Perez find :) .

{Gucci sandals, $595, Saks}





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Greetings!

Posted By Julia-Chicago | May 20, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Art

{Made By Girl, $25}

There are thousands of ways to say hello in this world, and Casa Sugar is showcasing different works of art that feature just a few.  What a cheery way to greet people upon their arrival into your house or into a room.  I like them all, but I think my favorite is the first (the one above).  A bonus?  They are all very affordable!  Like $50 and under affordable….that’s a bargain I’d like to say hello to.

{William Dohman, $32}

{Julia Pott, $25}

{Paper Squid, $15}

{Hello Poster Show, $12}

{Jason Hill, $20}

{Keep Calm Gallery, $33}

{Huckleberry Bumpkin, $46}

{Persimmon and Pink’s, $13}

{Two String Lane, $16}





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Nose Bleed Section

Posted By Julia-Chicago | May 16, 2010 | 10 Comments | Category: Commercial Spaces

{Market}

With summer just around the corner (hopefully…), I am getting in the mood for some rooftop bar action.  As a city known for its abundance of skyscrapers, Chicago therefore is also home to many sky level watering holes.  With probably the most “It” rooftop bar being the relatively new Roof bar at the Wit Hotel (My oldest daughter wants to hang there with her pals for her 22nd Bday later this month), many more are cropping up all over the city, not to mention the old standbys that hopped on this trend years ago.  While today is 69 and sunny maybe I’ll have to grab myself a high altitude cocktail in honor of our city’s finest!

{Market}

{Market}

{Vertigo Sky Lounge, Dana Hotel}

{Vertigo Sky Lounge, Dana Hotel}

{Roof, The Wit Hotel}

{Roof, The Wit Hotel}

{Roof, The Wit Hotel}

{Roof, The Wit Hotel}

{Roof, The Wit}

{The Southern}

{Citizen Bar}

{Citizen Bar}

{The Terrace at Conrad Hotel}

{The Terrace at Conrad Hotel}

{The Terrace at Conrad Hotel}

{Zed 451}

{Zed 451}

{Zed 451}

{C View, Affinia Hotel}

{C View, Affinia Hotel}

{C View, Affinia Hotel}





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Outside Looking In

Posted By Julia-Chicago | May 15, 2010 | 7 Comments | Category: Fashion, Windows

{Hermes}

As fellow Material Girls, I’m going to bet that you enjoy shopping as much as I do.  Even if I’m not swiping the plastic (it’s hard to resist, I know) I always enjoy taking in the unbelievable window displays.  As a true feast for the eyes, over the top window displays in high end department stores and boutiques have pretty much become a given.  In the lucrative and cut throat world of fashion, whoever can draw in the the customer best with their eye catching window displays comes out on top.  The position, rather team, of window display designers is not all that unlike an interior designer…each has to tailor the look to reflect the consumer’s style and inspire them to think of themselves (and their space) outside of the box.  Creativity and uniqueness are key!  Even if you don’t end up with a purchase, the visual eye candy will tide you over until your next trip to Hermes, Berdorf’s or Lanvin.

{Hermes}

{Louis Vuitton}

{Louis Vuitton}

{Louis Vuitton}

{Louis Vuitton}

{Bergdorf Goodman}

{Bergdorf Goodman}

{Bergdorf Goodman}

{Bergdorf Goodman}

{Bergdorf Goodman}

{Saks}

{Saks}

{Saks}

{Saks}

{Neiman Marcus}

{Neiman Marcus}

{Neiman Marcus}

{Neiman Marcus}

{Prada}

{Lanvin}

{Lanvin}

{Lanvin}

{Lanvin}

{Gucci}

{Gucci}

{Gucci}

{Burberry}





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Two of my favorites in the design world, Eddie Ross and Debra Phillips, the owner of Geneva, IL Scentimental Gardens, come together on June 17 for an event not to be missed.  Debra Phillips is an old friend of mine, and I always enjoy browsing her unique store that includes superb antiques, furniture and garden goods.  I have picked up many items myself to use in my own home and homes of clients. And, to share a little bit of GREAT NEWS- Debra and I will become neighbors later this month when I open my Interior Design Offices and Design Showroom in the city at 1820 W. Grand Avenue,  and she opens SGGrand next door at 1822 W. Grand.  Now, I can shop her shop much more easily!

If you have not yet become acquainted with Eddie Ross, I tend to rave about him on MG!  Check out some prior Eddie posts…”Congrats to Our Main Man Eddie Ross” and “Eddie Ross Brings a Sense of Style to a Chicago Flea Market.”  His brilliant concepts for home, garden and entertainment never cease to amaze me.  In fact, he recently won the “Big Window Challenge” at Bloomingdales in NYC back in December. I’m so proud of him!  He beat out Apartment Therapy and Elle Decor in this cool challenge.  An afternoon with the two is a match made in heaven.  If you are in the Chicago area on Thursday June 17, checking out this event is definitely worth your while.  They will be discussing how to make magnificent tablesscapes and arrangements out of  that which already exists in your everyday.   Check out some of the images below for a preview of the magic transformation of a table into a work of art, courtesy of Eddie Ross.





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It Takes Two

Posted By Julia-Chicago | May 05, 2010 | 12 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath, Decorating, Furniture

{Decor Pad}

Oh the good old twin bed.  Remind you of summer camp?  Your poster covered, 7 year old bedroom you shared with your kid sister? 1950′s sitcoms where married couples slept in separate beds?  Vanquish all the above from your memory!  Twin beds are hot these days, and these pics will show you why!  They are a great guest room option and yes, still are perfect for kid’s rooms.  These twin bed abodes prove that two really can be better than one.

{Decor Pad}

{Decor Pad}

{Branca}

{Branca}

{Decor Pad}

{Decor Pad}

{Flickr}

{Flickr}

{Flickr}

{Flickr}

{Elle Decor}

{Elle Decor}

{Flickr}

{Flickr}

{Flickr}

{Decor Pad}

{Decor Pad}

{Flickr}





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It seems that everyone is going cyber these days, doesn’t it?  A few years ago, my children, Caroline, Alex and Madi would have been mortified if I had “friended” them on Facebook, but now it is almost necessary to have some sort of cyber connection- Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn- to maintain a fan base in the ever growing online population.  Magazines are running with this trend, and many of our favorite shelter mags have created Facebook pages to keep their fans (their many thousands of Facebook fans, that is) up to date with the ins and outs, happenings and events going on with the mag.  It’s a cool way to feel like a magazine insider, especially when their formal websites can seem to get a bit repetitive month after month.  I have actually been asked by the Social Media Division of Kravet to sit on a panel at the Merchandise Mart on Wednesday,  May 19 at 2:30 in the Kravet Showroom to explore how social media can be used as a marketing tool for designers. If you are in Chicago- come check it out.  Should be a lively discussion. We are hard at work here in the Buckingham ID offices completing our own Facebook page.  We should be up and running sometime this week.  Be sure to check out the Material Girls Facebook page too!

Elle Decor

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ELLE-DECOR/80643096709

Veranda

http://www.facebook.com/VERANDAMagazine

Chicago Social

http://www.facebook.com/#!/modernluxury.CS?ref=ts

Architectural Digest

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063590085#!/architecturaldigest?ref=ts

House Beautiful

http://www.facebook.com/HouseBeautiful

Chicago Home + Garden

http://www.facebook.com/chicagohomemag?ref=nf

Southern Living

http://www.facebook.com/#!/SouthernLivingMag?ref=ts

Dwell

http://www.facebook.com/#!/dwell?ref=ts

Martha Stewart Living

http://www.facebook.com/#!/MarthaStewartLiving?ref=ts

Lonny

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lonny-magazine/118245763401?ref=ts

Coastal Living

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Coastal-Living-Magazine/120871440369?ref=mf

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