Green Thumb

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jun 28, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Home Exteriors

If it takes a “green thumb” to bring life to the ordinary garden, then it takes a green arm and a leg to maintain the pristine splendor of this Lake Forest home, featured in Chicago Home + Garden.  One of the most prestigious names in Chicago landscaping was brought on board to translate the look of this French country villa onto a horticultural canvas.  Before undertaking this horticultural challenge, the homeowners had been dissatisfied with the wild, prairie look that the initial landscapers had created.  As Europeans themselves, the homeowners knew they wanted the look of more formal European gardens.  Although almost completely absent of any color other than green, the variety of plants and trimmings provide an impressive array of variation in itself.  Upon passing through its gates (or as experienced through the following photos), one feels as though they are whisked away to the south of France.





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Green Thumb

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jun 27, 2010 | No Comments | Category: Home Exteriors

If it takes a “green thumb” to bring life to the ordinary garden, then it takes a green arm and a leg to maintain the pristine splendor of this Lake Forest home, featured in Chicago Home + Garden.  One of the most prestigious names in Chicago landscaping was brought on board to translate the look of this French country villa onto a horticultural canvas.  Before undertaking this horticultural challenge, the homeowners had been dissatisfied with the wild, prairie look that the initial landscapers had created.  As Europeans themselves, the homeowners knew they wanted the look of more formal European gardens.  Although almost completely absent of any color other than green, the variety of plants and trimmings provide an impressive array of variation in itself.  Upon passing through its gates (or as experienced through the following photos), one feels as though they are whisked away to the south of France.





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Mix Master

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jun 20, 2010 | 10 Comments | Category: Decorating, Design Inspiration, Magazines

I am all about mixing old with new, classic with contemporary.  I am a big believer that a home should be an intimate reflection of the owner’s personality and really cannot be boxed into a single style.  I treat every home differently and don’t implement a “signature stamp” onto any project.  In the end, its the homeowner who has to live in it, and I want it to be something personal and beautiful that they can enjoy and take comfort in for years to come.  When you think that pieces have nothing in common remember that they have in common what is most important, the fact that you love them.  And often times, it is unexpected pairings that turn out the best.

Check out this home in Chicago Home + Garden that epitomizes my mentality of live in what you love, not what you think you should love.  I adore how this home pulls together unexpected elements literally from across the globe to create a cozy haven that is truly one-of-a-kind.





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As mentioned in an earlier post,Pantone has declared turquoise to be the color of 2010.  I am so happy about this as turquoise is a great way to brighten up virtually any room.  Both sharp and soothing at the same time, there are so many options for this wonderful hue…lucite chair? lacquered cabinets? bed frame? You name it, turquoise has got it covered! Designer Ghislaine Vinastook to the streets in search of terrific turquoise finds that make the most of this year’s winning color.  Here are her picks:

{Enamel Ceramic Bishop Stool by India Mahdavi, $2,160, Ralph Pucci}

{Frilly Polycarbonate Chair by Patricia Urquiola, $299, Kartell}

{Happy Cat Beanbag Chair, $199.99, Giggle}

{Crackled Leather Address Book, $29.95, Anthropologie}

{Moriche Island Road (Supersonic) Print by Meredith Allen, $1600, Amy Simon Fine Art}

{Foscarini Le Soleil Pendant Lamp by Vicente Garcia Jimenez, $1,551, YLighting}

{Vintage 1960′s Bisotti Ceramic Head, $1,500, End of History}





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Culti Following

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jun 12, 2010 | 4 Comments | Category: Furniture, Shops and Showrooms

I am very excited and proud that my home city, Chicago, will be home to the first and only Culti showroom in the United States.  The amazing Italian luxury brand brings together the finest in furniture, perfume, spa products, and many other luxury lifestyle items under one label.  Culti’s founder, Alessandro Agrati, has been in the interiors and design business for years and has a great passion for creating a beautiful, versatile, and personal collection of products to suit the individual who purchases them.  With that chic spirit so unique to European design, I cannot wait to browse the store for myself in search of wonderful finds and inspirational ideas.

CS Interiors puts it perfectly when they say that, “they can’t think of another luxury brand that sells everything from leather slippers (with cashmere insoles) and sleek living room tables to innovative swirl-themselves wine glasses and apothecary products.”  I would definitely have to agree!  And if you can think of any others, by all means please share!

Check out Culti’s boutique at 840 N. Michigan in Chicago.





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Wow Me Again!

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jun 11, 2010 | 1 Comment | Category: Commercial Spaces

{photo courtesy of Urban Daddy}

If you live in Chicago, you’re definitely basking in the sun these days.  After a long, hard winter, this weather is wholly deserved.  Therefore, you’ve got to take advantage to get outside and take it in while it lasts!

{photo courtesy of Urban Daddy}

As if Epic wasn’t grand enough, now Chicagoans can take in the wow factor at high altitudes!  Yes, Epic too has a rooftop bar, appropriately named Epic Sky….just the place for you to soak up the sun and and take in a few cocktails.  This trend is taking Chicago by storm as of late, as noted in my previous post on upper level outposts.  Wouldn’t it be fun to do a rooftop bar crawl?   Epic Sky definitely to be on the list! Who says you can’t have a little college aged fun as a grown up :)

Be sure to check it out at 112 W. Hubbard, Chicago (River Northe), 312-222-4940

{photo courtesy of Urban Daddy}

{photo courtesy of Urban Daddy}





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Wow….

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jun 08, 2010 | 6 Comments | Category: Commercial Spaces

(Epic Chicago}

…that’s Epic.  Yes, Epic with a capital E.  Epic is one of Chicago’s latest “it” restaurants, and not only for its delish dishes.  The big E is highly touted as one of the coolest restaurant spaces of the new year, and is featured in this month’s Chicago Magazine “Hot List: 10 Places Everyone’s Talking About and Dining at in May.”  Holding its own on this list with other hot names such as Xcoco (Rick Bayless’s new taco “joint”), M Burger (Lettuce Entertain You’s latest venture…in the form of a burgers) and Balsan (one of the highly praised restaurants in the chic, new Elysian Hotel), Epic has big shoes to fill….amongst its competition and living up to its larger than life name.

Epic is located at:

112 W. Hubbard, Chicago IL (River North), 312-222-4940

{Chicago Business Magazine}

“Industrial chic” is the style Metromix uses to describe the River North eatery.  Doesn’t this seem to be the “it” theme of restaurants these days?  Salvaged wood tables, warehouse spaces, concrete and steel…check out the pics and tell me if you think that this “Epic” space wows you over.

{Epic Chicago}

Interiors not wowing you?  Well maybe this food will lure you in instead…

{Metromix Chicago}

{Metromix Chicago}

{Epic Chicago}

{Chicago Yelp}

{Chicago Yelp}





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As promised, I am following up with the first edition of the “Strut Your Stuff” post.  Pantone featured too many fab designers for me to fit into just one post!  So here it goes for round two.  For those of you who didn’t get a chance to read the first of this two part series, click here!  The abridged version is that color magnate Pantone took a look at the shows of the hottest designers at New York fashion week, chose the signature color in their collection, and matched it up with one of their own many hues.  Shameless product placement, I know…but it is still a very cool concept!





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Bigger is Better

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jun 02, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Art, Decorating, Dining Rooms, Walls

{Buckingham ID}

Have you noticed oversized wall decor popping up all over magazines, website, magazines, designer’s projects, the blogsphere…etc?  This trend seems to indicate that larger is better at the moment, or at least the customer/client favors the big and the bold.  From paintings to mirrors to series of framed photographs and unique pieces of wall art, oversized wall decor is very chic without being too trendy.  I think this decor may stick around for a while, and even if you hop on the bandwagon now, it won’t likely be passe by this time next year.  It seems to be especially popular in the dining room.  Is there that one wall adjacent to your table that just doesn’t seem to get it right?  Try out a larger than life piece of decor…it just might be the solution to your wall problem!

{Elle Decor…Ellen Pompeo’s home!}

{CS Interiors}

{Casa Sugar}

{Blu Label Bungalow}

{Katie Did Blog}

{Angelino Interiors}

{House Beautiful}

{Elle Decor}

{Decor Pad}

{Buckingham ID}

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