{The Painted Lady}

I featured a post a few weeks ago about Chicago Home + Garden’s latest issue, “Best of the New in 2011,” and I am so excited to say that the Grand Avenue (West Town) district of Chicago has been deemed the “Best New Design District” in the city!  Grand Avenue is not only home to my own showroom, but it also is the most up and coming area for many designers, showrooms and shops, both those new on the scene and those looking to relocate to this latest design hub.  In fact, my friends at Scentimental Gardens opened up a second shop (their first is in Geneva, IL)-SG Grand- right next to me!  We even have our very own website touting the neighborhood and alerting all to upcoming events and happenings.  Nice to have such fantastic neighbors 🙂

{West Town neighborhood with featured Grand Ave. design shops/showrooms}

{SG Grand}

{SG Grand}

Check out the magazine feature below, and feel free to stop by the Buckingham Interiors + Design showroom at 1820 W. Grand Ave. Chicago, if you’re in the neighborhood!

All locations/contact information provided at the end of the post.

{Buckingham Interiors + Design}

{Buckingham Interiors + Design}

{Post 27}

{Post 27}

{Post 27}

{Urban Remains}

{Urban Remains}

{Urban Remains}


Buckingham Interiors & Design
1820 W. Grand Ave.

European Furniture Warehouse
2145 W. Grand Ave.

Grand Street Gardens
2200 W. Grand Ave.

MCM Grand
2219 W. Grand Ave.

Modern Times
2100 W. Grand Ave.

The Painted Lady
1818 W. Grand Ave.

Post 27
1819 W. Grand Ave.

Salvage One
1840 W. Hubbard St.

SG Grand
1822 W. Grand Ave.

State Street Salvage
2248 W. Grand Ave.

Urban Remains
1819 W. Grand Ave.

1440 W. Hubbard St.

Design Inc.
1359 W. Grand Ave.

{Pantone Platinum Visa Cards}

I think all of us know how addicting swiping that plastic can be, and I hate to break it to you, but this news isn’t going to make it any easier to kick this habit….Pantone has paired with Visa to create a line of stylish credit cards in five shades chosen from Pantone’s 2011 Spring Fashion Color Report.  These candy colored cards make buying groceries and picking up the dry cleaning (or more preferably buying that adorable lamp, luscious throw blanket or glorious vase) stylish activities.

The Pantone Visa comes with no annual fee, a low introductory APR, travel insurance and more.  Furthermore, using your Pantone Visa could score you points at participating retailers, redeemable for rewards including free and discounted travel to global destinations, name brand merchandise, tickets to sports events and theatrical attractions…and many more!

What do you think of the Pantone Platinum Visa?  Are you a shade of warm beeswax, cheerful firecracker or confident regatta?

{The Neon Hive}

{The Neon Hive}

{The Neon Hive}

{Francine Turk in The Break Up}

The “Break Up” was on television the other night, and it is one of my favorite flicks not only because it is set in my beloved city of Chicago (I am partial to anything set in the Windy City) but also for its prominent exhibition of artwork by my friend, Francine Turk. Remember the lovely sketches all throughout the apartment in the Break Up, supposedly drawn by Jennifer Aniston’s character, Brooke?  Well, they are actually by Turk, a Chicago based artist.  Francine’s work is also featured in the new Vince Vaughn movie The Dilemma. I have been a big fan of Francine for quite some time, and when I opened my showroom last year I naturally had to feature her work.

{Francine Turk in the Break Up}

Her work is not only beautiful, but it is versatile as well.  From placing a large collection on a living room wall to hanging one or two in a powder room, Francine Turk’s work certainly is nothing with which to “break up.”

{Francine Turk in my Buckingham Interiors + Design showroom}

{Francine Turk in my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom}

Turk’s official website is under construction, so the following images courtesy of “So Haute.”  Also, check out the tour of her fabulous Chicago townhouse!

{The artist with one of her pieces}

Garden Fit For a Sting

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jan 15, 2011 | 9 Comments | Category: Home Exteriors, Magazines

{Margaret Russell, now editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, formerly editor-in-chief of Elle Decor}

I have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the January issue of Architectural Digest since the fall.  Why?  Because Margaret Russell, former editor-in-chief of Elle Decor, is now the head honcho at Architectural Digest.  Elle Decor has long been one of my most favored shelter mags, and although AD has been losing my interest in recent years, I think that Russell’s arrival will really breathe new life into one of the industry’s oldest publications.  Margaret Russell will be replacing AD’s longstanding editor-in-chief, Paige Rense (who held the position from 1971-2010).

I was very impressed with the January issue, particularly the feature on the unbelievable Tuscan estate of Sting and Trudie Styler.  Villa Palagio, built in the 16th century as a hunting lodge for the dukes of San Clemente, is now used by Sting as a vacation home, working vineyard, and also hosts private yoga retreats (I’m in!)

The feature focused on the fabulous gardens, designed by landscape architect Arabella Lennox-Boyd.  Arabella, you have a standing invitation to visit my garden anytime!

{Mary Jeanne Kneen, owner of Kneen and Co., hosting a party of her own…lucky guests!}

Now that the traditional party season may seem like it is over, there are certain hostesses that are still going strong.  Mary Jeanne Kneen covers all your table topping needs so that throwing the party/giving the hostess gift doesn’t have to stop now.  Not only can this hostess with the mostest throw a fab fete (as featured in Chicago Home + Garden), but as the owner of the recently founded upscale Chicago-based tabletop company Kneen and Co., she’ll help you with everything from the perfect necklace to wear to the get together, exquisite crystal with which to serve your guests, and charming stationary on which to write thank you notes.

Check out some of my favorites finds from Kneen and Co.! And I just have to ask…Are you still all ready to party?

{Fferone design champagne flute set of 2,$70}

{Lobmeyr Sputnik Crystal Sconce}

{Snowflake Linen Cocktail Napkins, $48 each}

{Mandarin Border Linen Fingertip Towel, $65}

{Fancy Monkey Fill In Invitations, The Printery, $45}

{Lobmeyr Polka Crystal Water Glass, $104}

Although Kneen and Co. markets itself as a tabletop company, check out these amazing medallions that I couldn’t help but feature

{Nymphenburg Medallion with Skull in White Glazed Porcelain with Yellow Gold Clasp, $3269}

The Hunted

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jan 07, 2011 | 3 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Walls

{This room needs to be hunted down…major hazard to design!}

Not the log cabin type?  The the image above make you cringe?  No worries!  Animal heads/accessories are back in fashion, and not just for that “rustic” second home your in-laws have in northern Wisconsin.  Restoration Hardware in particular has created a line of animal head inspired wall decor that translates country style into city chic.

Still skeptical that this look is too Daniel Boone?  Check out this living room I featured in my “Bachelor Life” post (the home of my friend, developer Daran Puffer) that exhibits just how fab this look can be.

And don’t worry, all of the Restoration Hardware items are casted in resin.

Want to make an even bigger statement?  Try this antler chandelier!


Chicago Home + Garden, January/February 2011

The Windy City has always embraced  all things design- our design community harbors both established names and welcomes new ones.  So it is only fitting that the January/February issue of Chicago Home + Garden, one of Chicago’s favorite shelter mags, features what to check out in the new year, from Interior Designers to shops and showrooms to hippest trends.

I am so excited to say that my recently opened showroom in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood is featured on the cover. This is such a great thrill, as CH+G has always been one of my staple design publications. Plus, I adore working with everyone on the CH+G team from Jan, the Editor in Chief, to Megan, Adam, Gina, Barri, Elizabeth, Mary Helen and Joanne.

This latest issue is on newsstands now- go grab a copy as you wouldn’t want to miss out. Check it out to see what both Buckingham Interiors + Design as well as other Chicago design establishments and design happenings will be noteworthy in 2011.  It is going to be a stellar year for design here in this town.

And for those of you who are not in the greater Chicago area, you can hop onto Zinio Digital Magazine instead of snagging the hard copy.  The magazine will be live on the Chicago Home + Garden website on January 10.  Stay tuned!

Get Cozy

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jan 02, 2011 | 5 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath, Decorating

{Hermes Avalon Blanket, $2,425}

Luckily Chicago was spared the wintry madness that recently sacked the East Coast, causing thousands of flight cancellations and forcing many people to just stay put.  Although the amount of precipitation that Chitown has received has been managable, I still very much enjoy the idea of curling up with a good book (or good shelter mag) in front of a fire, underneath a cozy blanket.  Throws always make great gifts-neutral yet useful.

The Hermes Avalon blanket is the epitome of elegant comfort.  However, if you don’t feel like dropping $2,425 to stay warm on your sofa then here are some other great options (many of which are now on sale).

{Chenille Heathered Strip Throw, Restoration Hardware, $59}

{Mink Faux Fur Throw, Restoration Hardware, $99}

{Cubist Chocolate Throw, Dwell Studio, $190}

{Thomas Paul Octopus Throw-Grey, Velocity, $350}

{Amenity Alpaca Afghan in Yellow, Velocity, $167-$287}

{Coyuchi Striped Wool Blanket, $125}

{Authentic Kantha Throw, Pottery Barn, $99}

{Merino Wool Grey Throw, CB2, $39.95}

{Lima Alpaca Throws, Crate & Barrel, $99-$169}

{Dimension Throw, Crate & Barrel, $69}

{Alpaca Throw Teal, Jayson Home & Garden, $250}

{Vintage Pieced Blanket, $250}

{Lambswool Throw, Design Within Reach, $150}

{Mohair Blanket, Design Within Reach, $200}