I was so honored to be selected as one of the nine designers for the coveted Merchandise Mart DreamHome exhibit, which runs from now until December 9, 2011.

My firm, Buckingham Interiors + Design, was chosen to design the foyer.  My goal was to incorporate different eras and textures- along with a visual “jolt” into the first room one sees upon entering a home. The pieces used for my space came from many of my favorite showrooms at the Mart- Holly Hunt, Bradley Hughes (the newest showroom at the Mart)  Dessin Fournir, Baker, Donghia, Boyd Lighting, Paris Ceramics, Lee Jofa, Summerhill and Richard Norton Inc. The showrooms play a huge part in this event as they graciously donate pieces to be on display for the duration of this 9th annual event showcasing design talent from the Midwest. Thank you all for being so magnanimous in letting me select and highlight your stunning pieces!

Here’s a little blurb about what inspired me to create this space…

I had so much fun working on this room, and I hope that Chicago area MGs can come out to enjoy the fantastic exhibit.  The Dream House is open Monday-Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM- 3 PM. Photography of my Foyer by Hedrich Blessing and Eric Hausman.

Want more info on the Dream Home or need directions to the Merchandise Mart, click here!

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7 Comments to 'Dreaming Big at the Merchandise Mart Dream Home'

Jessie@www.mixandchic.com 11 Jun 11 at 10:27 am

This foyer is beautifully done. I love all the different textures and shapes in this space. I also did a post about this DreamHome a few days ago on my blog and most people are intrigued by the upholstered boxy chairs. Is there a term for those chairs?


Julia-Chicago 11 Jun 11 at 4:26 pm

Thank you, Jessie!
I am looking forward to checking out your blog.
The “Giselle” chairs from Bradley Hughes cause all sorts of excitement. I just installed a pair in a family room and everyone who comes into the home just has to sit in them immediately!

julie c 12 Jun 11 at 9:01 am

congratulations julia!! everything about the room is just exquisite 🙂
can’t wait to visit the dream home!!!

ben 13 Jun 11 at 7:42 am

congratulations. great honor. i never seen these before.

Rita 13 Jun 11 at 10:10 am

Congrats julia 🙂
All Your designed stuff is really incredible.

Joanna 14 Jun 11 at 5:11 am

You such incredible talent as showcased in your designs above. And that chandelier is to-die for. Congrats!

Andy Morris 02 Jul 11 at 5:08 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! I love it!

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