Christmas List

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Nov 21, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Books

Restore. Recycle. Repurpose: Create A Beautiful Home, Randy Florke

Never too early to start your own holiday gift list or poke around for presents for friends, family coworkers…whoever!  For the design junkies in your life, home interior and design books are a tried and true option.  And there’s no shortage of them either!  I was browsing Amazon today and there are 5,847 books listed under the decorating category!  You will no doubt find one to fit your recipient’s taste (eh hem, or maybe your own :))  Here are some of the “best sellers” that might be good options…and I only got through page 3!

My Passion For Design, Barbra Streisand

Bunny Williams, Scrapbook For Living

At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past, Suzanee Rheinstein, Pieter Estersohn, Margaret Russell

Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room By Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy, Deborah Needleman, Sarah Ruffin Costello, Dara Caponigro

New York Parties: Private Views, Jamee Gregory and Eric Striffler

Downtown Chic: Designing Your Dream Home: From Wreck to Ravishing, Robert Novogratz, Cortney Novogratz, and Elizabeth Novogratz

Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors, Jonathan Adler

Perfectly Kept House is a Sign of a Misspent Life: How to Live Creatively With Collections, Clutter, Work, Kids, Pets, Art, etc…And Stop Worrying About Everything Being Perfectly in Place

by: Mary Randolph Carter

Apartment Therapy’s Big Book on Small, Cool Spaces, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

At Home With Town & Country, Sarah Medford and the Editors of Town & Country

The Color Scheme Bible: Inspirational Palettes for Designing Home Interiors, Anna Starmer

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Shiny cars, shiny mirrors, shiny windows…shiny walls?  While the aforemetioned are pretty much preferred shiny across the board, not everyone is head over heels for lacquered walls.  Personally, I think when done right they give a space an elegant sophistication with an undeniable “wow” factor upon walking into a gleaming room.  It is no doubt somewhat of a design leap of faith, but I think the following rooms featured in Elle Decor hit the mark.  Lacquered walls seem to appear frequently in libraries, dens and foyers, but these photos suggest that the finish can actually be very versatile.  What do you think?  Could you get your shine on?

Showcase in the Bay

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Nov 16, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

I love a good showcase house…showcasing the latest from various design talents is an exciting way to unite the design world.  I am also a big fan of the annual Lake Forest Show House that takes place every other year in the North Shore suburb of Lake Forest.  I am thrilled to have been asked to design a space at the Showhouse this Spring! The three week long event benefits the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago while uniting many talented Chicago designers and outfitting a stunning manor home. Stay tuned for more on this soon…. My design board is hot off the press as we speak.

I stumbled upon Elle Decor’s first San Francisco showcase house recently on Casa Sugar, and I am pretty impressed.  San Francisco has a very cool design aesthetic, and this exhibition represents San Francisco well.  It is not my 100% favorite showcase home I have seen, but it pretty amazing how much of a design transformation can take place.  The 5,000 square foot home was built in 1911 and is located in SF’s historic St. Francis Wood neighborhood.  Elle Decor called on some of the Bay Area’s hottest designers to transform the home from drab to fab!

Check out the pics below (there were 160…I had such a hard time choosing!) and stay tuned for more amazing showcase houses from around the country.

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Preppy Chic

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Nov 11, 2010 | 2 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath, Decor Accessories, Fashion

For all you prepsters out there, this one is for you. The quintessential preppy outfitters, Brooks Brothers, is taking their signature style one step further…home decor.  This makes a lot of sense now that I look at the collection, which includes bedding, bath and decorative pillows.  The classic stripes of silk ties and button downs translate nicely into home apparel, although they strike me as a little “hotelish.” The bedding is very understated (however maybe even a little bland), but I find the pillows to be somewhat fun (they are a literal translation of classic Brooks Brothers ties into pillow form).  Like the tried and true brand itself, this latest venture from Brooks Brothers is meant to be timeless, classic and conservative, not trendy and fleeting.


Running Wild

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Nov 08, 2010 | 9 Comments | Category: Decorating, Fabric, Fashion, Trends

{LaRok Luxe, Wild Thing Moto Jacket, $468 Shopbop}

Animal prints are all over the place right now!  I myself am considering investing in a faux leopard print fur jacket (too out there? I think I might have to go for it!)  I stumbled upon this feature on Elle Decor about animal print in interiors, and I must say I am a huge fan.  Bringing the outside in, I like!  Adds a little spice and whimsy to any room, especially a traditional space.  Don’t be afraid to add a touch of “wild” to your space.  Whether it be in a big (armchair, headboard) or small way (throw pillow, accent fabrics) let your wild side out!

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Body Art

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Nov 02, 2010 | 6 Comments | Category: Art

{Jeff Koons for Kiehl’s products}

Now you can have your Jeff Koons, and wear it too!  Well ok, not many of us can have a Jeff Koons of our own, but for a limited time you can buy special edition Jeff Koons Kiehl’s products, with proceeds going towards the Koon’s Family Institute, an initiative of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.  The cause hits home for Koons, whose then wife abducted his young son at an early age that resulted in years of custody battles.  How sad!  Well, at least Koons has turned his own concern towards a cause for a greater good.  I love Kiehl’s products no matter what, and certainly love them with a fun design/charitable initiative!

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