Take a Tour!

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Aug 29, 2011 | 6 Comments | Category: Decorating, Designers, Magazines

I’m sure many of us have seen the marvelous photos of the 2010 San Francisco Elle Decor Showhouse.  I myself can say that I am eagerly anticipating the 2011 Showhouse!  If you want to get a more interactive experience of the 2010 home, Elle Decor offers a 360 tour that even includes links to how to buy certain pieces featured in the home.  Seems like we can never escape $$$ now can we?  Take a look for yourself…it’s very cool!

Yellow Chairs by Ironies Design

Light Fixture by Urban Electric

Art Panel Wall Treatment by Christopher Jones Marino

Sofa by Restoration Hardware

Hanging Pendant by Circa Lighting

Fabric on Bulletin Board by Sunbrella

Wall Covering by Suzanne Tucker Home

Sconces by Circa Lighting

Floor Tile by Akdo

Overhead Lighting by Circa Lighting

Sconces by Urban Electric

Curtain Fabric by Serena and Lily

Bathroom Light Fixture by Circa Lighting

Tile by Akdo

Bathroom Fixtures by Kohler

Library Accessories by Gumps

Bookcases by Kraftmaid

Picture Lights by Circa Lighting

Wall Tile by Akdo

Sink by Kohler

Cabinets by Kraftmaid

Brizo Ad Campaign

I will be getting a big slice of the Big Apple in the next few weeks!  I will be in NYC attending the BoD Conference from August 31-September 2 as mentioned in my previous post, and then I will be a guest of Brizo during their Fashion Week Events.  If you are not familiar with Brizo, it is a brand of luxury faucets that specializes in bringing together eco-friendly and elegance.  I have come across Brizo in many projects, and I must say I am a big fan of not only their aesthetics but also their ethics.

Brizo Faucet Collections

I am very much looking forward to attending this multi-day event, which includes introduction to the brand, interactive sessions with the Brizo product and design teams, and even a sneak-peek into their upcoming concept pieces!  I couldn’t be more excited about this fantastic opportunity.

Brizo Faucet Collections

But there is more…

Brizo has been a sponsor of esteemed fashion designer Jason Wu since 2006, and they are now collaborating on a new line of faucets with Wu.  Because of this partnership, part of the Brizo event experience includes attending Wu’s fashion show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week as well as a private cocktail party with Wu as the honored guest!  Ok then, I guess I could be more excited 🙂

I actually featured a post a while back about Wu’s amazing showroom.  I was so captivated by the sheer beauty of his collection and the sleek modernism that showcased it so well.

Favorites from Wu’s Pre-Fall 2011 Collection

Stay tuned for lots of feedback and hopefully lots of pretty pix from my NYC whirlwind extravaganza!

I am looking really forward to my upcoming trip to the Big Apple this next week.  Traveling for design inspiration and for the latest things that rate for all that is design.

Although it will not quite be a relaxing vacation, it will be an exciting experience nonetheless.  I will be in NYC to attend the 8th annual BoD (Business of Design) Conference from August 30- September 2.  The theme this year is “Designing Happiness”…I’m interested to see how they will bring this concept to life as it feels right for how my design firm is navigated.

The conference, with a national roll call of high- end residential Interior Designer Firms,  will be my second year of membership. The conference will feature world renowned speakers, insight into innovative business strategies, extensive networking opportunities, and much more. We have been known to have a bit of fun alongside the biz work. Staying at The Peninsula Hotel isn’t exactly torture.

The conference is designed for Interior Design Firms (from 1-20 employees) with an emphasis on attention to client satisfaction and design excellence. After 8 years, it is now attended by an elite one hundred members within the  Interior Design world in the United States and Canada.  I will be there representing my firm, Buckingham Interiors + Design.

I am thrilled to have been invited to attend an alternative addition to this conference and to join 19 of my esteemed colleagues for a luxury experience with Steve Nobel. The LEO (Luxury Experience Option) will allow me to engage and meet:

  • Thomas Jayne, Author, “The Finest Rooms in America”
  • Judith Gura, NYSID Faculty, “Designers Through the Ages – an inspiring look at design influence”
  • Newell Turner, Editor, House Beautiful
  • Michael Calman, former chief marketing officer, Bergdorf Goodman
  • Nancye Green, co-author of “Home and Interior Design Among the Affluent”
  • Alan Siegel, Esq. Attorney to many Distinguished Interior Designers

With speakers who range from graphic designers, magazine editors, economists, psychologists and to interior designers themselves, I can’t wait to attend this bound to be enlightening conference.  Also looking forward to seeing my old friends from whom I find great inspiration on a daily basis.

Heading straight from NYC to Boston to move our son into his apartment in Brookline for his next year at BU.  He will have some groovy new stuff fer sure. All in CAD 🙂

Stay tuned for feedback from the conference!

Island Paradise

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Aug 21, 2011 | 4 Comments | Category: Decorating, Kitchens

Whether you are a skilled cook or a take-out queen, the hub of the home is most definitely the kitchen.  What once was the least formal space in the house has now become one of the most skillfully decorated.  Kitchen design is very personal, but I think it is safe to say that the island is typically where all the congregating happens.  If you have a house full of kids/their friends/your friends like we do, you know that the bigger the island the better!  Check out these super size islands featured in Chicago Home + Garden.

Staying in Style in NYC

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Aug 11, 2011 | 7 Comments | Category: Celebs, Dining Rooms, Floors

{Roofdeck…what a view!}

One of my former interns, Colette, recently moved to New York…so excited for her to start her post grad life!  She is currently seeking jobs and apartments, but she stayed with her mother for the past week in one of New York’s most fabulous hotels, the Hotel Surrey.  Located in a prime Upper East Side location, both Colette and her mom absolutely raved about it.  They have done quite a bit of traveling and said this was one of their favorite hotels they have ever stayed in.  Her mom will now be making any excuse to come back to NYC to visit Colette and her sister (who also lives in the Big Apple).

I checked out the hotel for myself, as I am heading to NYC for the BOD Conference and as a guest of Brizo during Fashion Week in September,  and it looks amazing.  Loving that roofdeck.






{Bar Pleiades}

{Bar Pleiades}

{Presidential Suite}

{Presidential Suite}

{Presidential Suite Bathroom}

{Penthouse Suite}

{Penthouse Suite}

{Penthouse Suite}

{Penthouse Suite}




Tokyo at night.

A whole lot of action here.

Last nights dining experience. The New York Grill.

The 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel.  Remember the movie “Lost in Translation?”

Greetings from Tokyo!  My husband John and I just arrived via Hawaii to Japan to see our son, Alex, play with the Pacific Music Festival in Osaka and Tokyo…this is a HUGE dream come true for him and we could not be any more proud.  Add to that our 25th Wedding Anniversary and this is quite an amazing and wonderful holiday.

I have sometimes ventured into Asian influence in my design, but this trip is proving ever-more inspirational for me.  Can’t wait to bring back some great innovation and ideas.  Oh…the fashion…oh the eating….oh the shopping.

I am working on the transport of all the amazing pieces that I am finding here back to the Windy City.  Todays venture into the Tokyo Post Office was fun and fascination 🙂

I have always been able to get my fix for all things Asian-with an emphasis on Chinese treasures-  at Pagoda Red, one of my favorite shops in Chicago. Here are a sample of some of things that have caught my eye while sourcing for clients recently at home…

This first image is from a recent Pagoda Red exhibit featuring one of my favorite local photographers, Doug Fogelson. His works here are of Japan’s annual blooming of cherry blossoms. Doug has a way of allowing us to see each of his works as three dimensional and moving along with the eye.  Exquisite. I always feel lucky when I have the opportunity to install one of his pieces in a clients home.