It has truly been a whirlwind summer! It’s hard to believe it is almost August and we are on to the Las Vegas Market beginning this weekend. Attending the summer markets in Dallas and Atlanta and finally introducing my collection with Global Views to the world has been an incredible experience. It has been a year in the making and I can’t tell you my excitement to share it with y’all.

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LOVE my designer gal pals Denise McGaha and Marlaina Teich sharing a giggle at the Hampton Designer Showhouse with my Chartreuse Bella Grapes!

It is just the tip of the iceberg! The greater balance of the collection will be introduced in October at High Point Market and people will really be able to see the versatile, personal and expressive nature of the entire group.

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It is a dream come true to curate a design project of mine with my own designed accessories. I just placed my alabaster Bella grapes in a client project as well as these fabulous glass “Dew Drops” and it was so surreal!

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The items are already starting to trickle into my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom in Chicago!

A few of the early arrivers…Bubbles in Blue, The Hex Decanters and Glassware, the Pink Dew Drops and Sunset Crown, and the Chainlink Vessel!

Check out the sneak peak of the Julia Buckingham for Global Views collection here.

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If you are attending Las Vegas Market, stop by the newly expanded Global Views Showroom and say hi during our Launch Party!

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xx, Julia





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Art and design go hand in hand and I’ve been fortunate to work with many talented artists through the years, both curating pieces for my design clients and for the rotating art exhibits in my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom in Chicago.

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One of my absolute favorite installations in my Showroom still to this day is this gallery wall by Chicago-based Artist Francine Turk.

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Francine Turk breaks the rules of constraint. As artist and visionary behind Francine Turk Studio, Turk seamlessly blends thoughtful beauty with the dramatically raw and vulnerable nuances of life. Her artwork stems from a constant excavation of her truth and is revealed as a layered expression of emotion and discovery, evoking a connective and visceral response from the viewer.

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In its layered complexities and juxtapositions, she expresses this embodiment of her artwork as both delicate marks of charcoal on paper and fearless representations of what it means to be a rebel, a forger of one’s own path.

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Turk is influenced and inspired by great artists like Picasso and Matisse yet compared to contemporaries like confessional artist, Tracy Emin. She also draws inspiration from musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Jack White, who, in Turk’s eyes, have been fearless in their pursuit of personal truth. Given the complexity of influences and her own highly expressive and layered technique, she is not compelled to confine her work to a particular genre.

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Much in demand by collectors worldwide, Turk’s acclaimed works are housed in private and corporate collections across the globe. Her most well received solo exhibitions include Bad Ass (2011), A Decade of Evolution (2012) and Verite (2014). She has been part of group exhibitions alongside Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Marlene Dumas and the like.

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I recently reached out to Francine to discover she was “headquartered” in Barcelona for the month of June! I was instantly wishing I was back in Spain as well taking day trips to the countryside. We certainly share our love of travel and inspiration!

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Francine was in Spain for continued inspirations for the “Love Letter to A Matador” series. For the first time ever, Francine sent a private invitation to collectors to be a part of this journey by purchasing work created in Spain that would mark the beginnings of an upcoming solo show. A limited number of “site unseen” pieces were made available to collectors only as a presale and quickly sold out within days. It was a true exercise in gratitude to thank collectors for supporting her over the years as the pieces were made available for a fraction of the market value.

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Picasso has always been a huge influence on Francine’s work and this trip was no exception- especially his “bous” (bull) studies. She named each of the 27 sold works in Catalan. She was influenced by cubist and expressionist styles using charcoal, ink and oil sticks. The culture in Barcelona was also a huge influence on this series.  Back alleys hosted a variety of street performers, opera singers and men fighting with fire at every turn.  She created bous and matadors with undertones of romance, mystery, sex and masculinity.

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Francine stayed in the gothic quarter where graffiti was prevalent and influential. She visited a flea market acquiring ledger books, antique hand written letters and vintage postcards, which she used as the background for thank you notes to her collectors.  She enclosed this personalized note with each piece and shipped the work in drawing tubes from Barcelona.

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Follow along Francine’s entire journey on Instagram (@francineturk) and at www.francineturk.com.

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An upcoming exhibit of Francine’s work will be in the Buckingham I+D Showroom. Stay tuned!

xx,

Julia





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I’m feeling like a pretty lucky lady! 2015 has kicked off to a fabulous start.

It’s been a good kind of crazy busy with lots of design projects of both new and previous fave clients and amazing opportunities for travel as well!

My first trip of the year to Las Vegas was a double dose of fun with KBIS–The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show–and a quick lil visit to Las Vegas Market!

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I was honored to attend KBIS with Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone and quartz, to reveal their first ever designer collaboration series- known as the “Influencer Series” with my talented cohorts-Kerrie Kelly, Courtney Cachet, Kim Lewis, and Mark Williams.

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 My color was inspired by the combination of the urban sophistication of the city and my interior design work in Chicago, along with the elements of the Southwest that speak to a natural and elemental mysticism. I have a second home in Phoenix, AZ and the colors of this desert paradise are incredibly inspiring. The mineral‐rich shades found in the Camelback Mountains highlighted when the sunrises over them really served as the catalyst for Copper Mist. Copper Mist offers mineral‐rich shades that highlight the resurging popularity of copper, offering a color that provides a sophisticated, yet earthy look with strong movement.

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My daughter’s new Vizsla puppy Penelope fits right in with the copper trend!!

I was sooo excited to finally unveil ….Copper Mist!

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Power panel in progress below and check out more of our Trendspotter action at KBIS here in this video!

This year Cosentino celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Silestone. I’m so honored to be a part of this rich history.

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I was happy to have the chance to sneak over to Las Vegas Market and visit my dear friends at Global Views. My line of decorative accessories, lighting, accent furniture, pillows and rugs with Global Views launches this fall at High Point Market. I am excited beyond words for this extravaganza in October.

They sure know how to host a market party!

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The Global Views showroom looked beautiful as ever rocking this copper look paired with deep navy blues for a stunning combination.

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Copper is all the rage currently as it is a signature melding of shiny gold and silver. It is glam, regal, yet not snobby!

I loved seeing shimmering specks of copper in this gorgeous console and wall display within the Phillips Collection Showroom. Thank you for the tour Jason :)


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Between work, there was of course lots of laughs and it was so nice reconnecting with so many wonderful colleagues I am fortunate to call dear pals!

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Rose, Kelly, Joann, Laurie, Jamie, Ron, Patty, Kerrie and Blog Tour…Cheers y’all!

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Even made some new friends…”Oh hey Vanilla Ice, fancy meeting you here….”

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A city after my very own heart….we share the shoe love.

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It was a ball Vegas….until next time!!

Xx, Julia

 

 





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2015 has certainly kicked off with a bang! It has been a busy, busy few weeks. I am momentarily jetting off to warmer temps to the always exciting Las Vegas for The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS)! KBIS is an inspiring show that introduces the latest industry trends, products, and technologies. Read behind the lines here…major dose of fun, feast, finds and friends!

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Even more thrilling than the city itself, I am so excited to be reunited with my fellow Silestone by  Cosentino Trendspotters- Kerrie Kelly, Courtney Cachet, Mark Williams, and Kim Lewis– where we will be unveiling our new Silestone colors for Cosentino within the “Influencer Series.” The road has been a long and meaningful one as we launched our designs in NYC while viewing the Kips Bay Showhouse. Then, our travels to Spain for the color and product inspiration and innovation alongside the UBER talented Cosentino Product Development Group. They listened to our words and designed my countertop design just perfectly…Did you hear the word copper?!

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Cosentino has long been the global leader in natural stone and quartz, known for its innovation and vast color offering. Their products are amazing for kitchens. My latest kitchen design project features a whole lotta silestone!

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This is the first ever designer collaboration for Cosentino. This “Influencer Series” has been an exciting collaboration that has taken us across the world to Spain this past summer for inspiration and product development. We will be introducing our 5 stunning and distinct hues, all reflecting regional design trends that each of us draw inspiration from daily.

A hint at my hue–I was inspired by the mineral-rich shades and colors of the desert paradise surrounding my getaway home in Phoenix, AZ. Hope you enjoy!….unveiling will be tomorrow at KBIS!

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We will certainly be sharing that with everyone…as far as everything else that happens in Vegas…well, y’all know the saying.

xx, Julia

 





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OMG!! Last time I checked in, there was just a hint of a chill in the air and the trees still looked like summer, and then, suddenly, it’s cold, half the trees are bare already–and tomorrow’s Halloween! How can that be? What happened to October? Or, for that matter, September? Oh, wait.  That’s right.  Since my last post…

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Buckingham Interiors + Design opened a brand new showroom next door to our Design Studio on Grand Avenue, we took part in Traditional Homes‘ 2013 Showhouse out in Napa Valley and we did those things at the same time that we were designing & installing several major projects for clients here in Chicago.  All that stuff  might have had something to do with my absence around here lately.  But, still: Halloween—tomorrow ? ? ? I just hope somebody else remembered to buy candy at home.

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Speaking of sweets, though, am I the only person who looks at our way-cool Guatemalan ottomans and suddenly starts craving a snack? Say, iced donuts? With sprinkles? And, considering the season–apple cider?

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And surely, other people besides me think of Mexican sugar skulls when they see our Morticia Chair–named after the seductive, black-gowned mistress of the decaying Victorian mansion on TV’s The Addams Family. Tell me they do! They have to.

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Morticia, of course, was the original Goth chick, and her slinky getup and dead-white makeup still inspires some people’s Halloween costumes, but let’s be honest: not everybody is (0r was) into black crape and seaweedy sleeves. I don’t need to tell you who it was that always went out trick-or-treating in a sparkly pink princess dress or a fairy godmother’s cape or a ballerina’s tutu. I am convinced that Material Girls are born, not made.

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Not me. Soooo not me, not even as a kid. I wasn’t even born in 1951. But Happy Halloween, anyway, and if you haven’t yet visited the showroom yet, do stop in.

Afrodite, Goddess of Candy keeps watch over the loot.

If the team hasn’t already eaten them all, you might even get a treat or two.





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My girlzzzzz

My girlzz and me at The House of Rock in Santa Monica

I was recently asked to become a Silestone Trendspotter for 2013. As a HUGE fan of Cosentino– the manufacture of Silestone as well as its sidekicks Eco, Sensa, Prexury, Scalea and most recently Dekton (more about this fabulous product later) I was an immediate “YES!” As a Trendspotter this year I am lucky enough to be part of an interior design trio which includes Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25 hailing from Dallas and Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in Sacramento. What a treat!

Our “First Encounter of the Design Kind” was two weekends ago when we attended the fabled Los Angeles hosted Dwell on Design. Our experiences were vast and equally as inspiring….as Trendspotter’s our first order of duty was to spot and to call out our favorite trends-that is anything that I couldn’t keep my eyes off of. Suffice it to say that I had my head barely screwed on straight after our first day. Here are some of my favorite items from all over the map (quite literally)….

Modern Art is NEVER not trending!

Modern art is never NOT trending!

Artist, Staci Cross carried by Saatchi online. Colors to die for! This piece has so many things going right for it COLOR, texture and fabulous abstract design…I also noticed that the palette has a lot in common with the latest and greatest hot Silestone colors that I glimpsed while I was in Spain at the Cosentino Headquarters this spring….

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Unique volcanic glazes make up these East meets MidCentury Modern pottery pieces by Josh Herman Ceramics.

Midcentury Modern is a current design trend embodied here with this dynamic pottery and sculpture where nature and the east all combine

Imagine one-or more-of these textural Josh Herman beauties atop one of the new “Nebula Code” suede or leather finish Silestone products as a buffet or countertop? Textural and tactile, with his signature volcanic glazes and modern, natural forms, Josh Herman’s one-of-a-kind sculptures and vessels express a true collaboration between the artist and his medium. I say true that and yes please :)

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“It takes Moxie to shower out loud.” says Kohler of its latest innovation. This showerhead + wireless speaker delivers up to 7 hours of music, news and more by pairing wirelessly with your device enabled with Bluetooth technology. It never fails that I acquire a new list of design “needs” whenever I see the latest cool goodies-darn you Kohler!

Household gadgets have gone all colors of the rainbow!

Color is now officially EVERYWHERE…and just when I thought that red was the craziest color for a vacuum cleaner this lineup from Panasonic appeared around the corner. I think it is safe to say that pushing one of these babies around may make one feel a little bit better about the daily drudgery of cleaning our homes.

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Ultra-creamy paint hues which will make your walls glow + a new way to explore

Devine Color Creamy Wall Coatings claim to be more than just paint. They like to say that “it is paint illuminated!’ Their color illuminating formula is infused with premium- quality pigments that embrace light and let true, rich, radiant color shine through. Devine color is luxuriously creamy and coats walls abundantly with a soft, lush finish that is durable washable and zero VOC. Add to all of this their “Discovery Cards” that step away from the traditional fan deck to see color in a whole new light. Each card features a boutique collection of colors artistically arranged around a viewing window that makes it easy and intuitive to compare shades and discover new paint combinations. I was thrilled to find out that this is a Chicago based company. I am anxious for my very own collection of “Discovery Cards” coming my way!

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Check this out! A street football “Seat Ball”made in Guatemala

Dwell onDesign was a feast of the very trendy hand-crafted and bespoke furnishings, accessories and artifacts that brought out many first time exhibitors. While I was immediately attracted to this seat/ball/I wasn’t sure what by its use of woven materials it was an amazing surprise to actually experience sitting on this street football “Seat Ball.” The interior houses a european football and the springing, bouncing vibe when you sit down makes you laugh out loud! When I mentioned that I wanted to purchase a pair (in the multicolored variety) for my Buckingham I+D Showroom, the Fabrica owner + designer said “You what?! You will?!” Fabrica is design for HAPPY PEOPLE as they say on their website and I am very happy.

 

Table made from salvaged remains from the Golden Gate Bridge

Own a tiny piece of history from an enormous architectural feat

And last but not least I have to get in a plug for the huge trend of repurposing architectural elements into furnishings and accessories. I like to call these pieces  “modern art ” although they are made from vintage or antique remnants. Repurposing is a way to decrease the amount of salvage that is tossed into scrap yards and it allows us to remember something that may have had a very different past life. This table base was sculpted from portions of the pedestrian handrail replaced due to deterioration in 1993 from the original Golden Gate Bridge completed in 1937. Each of the pieces created by The Golden Gate Bridge Furniture Company is of limited number. Richard began his business with a 12′ long, 1000 pound handrail section! The table shown above is unusual for him as most side and coffee tables are topped with glass. The repurposed (note a trend!) top is mango wood that shows off in its graining a subtle nod to the color of the bridge element. The historical perspective and this talented man’s vision and artistic abilities really define a true American spirit.

A huge thank you and shout out to the team of completely inspirational, supportive and FUN group with whom I had the opportunity to share the week with. Trendspotting with y’all was a BLAST! xx

Nicole Janok, Sharp PR, Patty Dominguez, Cosentino NA, Yours Truly, Abbe Fenimore, Studioten25, Kerrie Kelly, KKDL at the ASID Design Awards Gala. Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

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Happy 4th of July to you all! Here is to a weekend of family, fun and fireworks!

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New Buckingham Interiors + Design logo!

As they say, change is good…  I am in the midst of a rebranding campaign (stay tuned for more deets!), and one of my primary focuses was to redo my logo.  My old “Buckingham Interiors + Design” logo with the crown, all in a minimalist all caps font in gold tones, had been in use since the genesis of my firm 6 years ago.

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{Previous Buckingham Interiors + Design logo}

While I did love this logo and it had served me well, I was ready for something different.  I decided to go in a more artistic and feminine direction.  The format of my firm name and the crown remained, but the font is more stylized and the crown is more abstract and whimsical-much like my design aesthetic.  While the hue of “Interiors + Design” remained relatively the same, the “Buckingham” and the crown went from gold to a light purple.  I must say, I am thrilled with the outcome!  I had an amazing graphic designer who took my musings and turned them into something visual and beautiful.

This new logo and theme will be seen on all of my new branding materials- from my 1stDibs page to my business cards to my showroom storefront.  I can’t wait to move full speed ahead!

 

I’m loving these Pantone colors that my graphic designer and I chose…

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Pantone Color 7447 C- one of the main colors in my new logo/branding materials

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I was having trouble finding a good photo of Pantone Warm Grey 10 U, so here is a close representation!  Plus, these Pantone mugs are pretty cool, right? I first spotted them while in Paris last year attending Maison et Objet.

Of course, it goes without saying that much of my redesign was inspired by my recent interior design projects- and others I have had my eye on as well within the interior design community. I wholeheartedly have embraced the use of soft, gem- toned hues that feel color saturated without screaming too loudly. I do also like making some bold color statements for my more daring clients. The perfect complement of colors is part of our designer’s “due diligence” after all. Take a look below at some ways that interior design permeates throughout the design world and made its way into my new branding materials!


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 {Buckingham I+D Lake Forest Historic Mediterranean Project}


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 {Buckingham I+D Winnetka Project}

 

 

 

 

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 {Buckingham I+D Winnetka Project}

 

 

 

 

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{Buckingham I+D North Shore Project}

Other inspiration…

 

 

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 {via Decorpad}

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 {via Zuniga Interiors}

 

 

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{via Luxe and Lillies}

 

 

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 {via The Blue House}

 

 





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Facade of one of my recent design projects in the heart of Lincoln Park in Chicago

If you know Chicago, then you know that its Lincoln Park neighborhood is one of the most beautiful and family friendly areas of the city.  Its streets are lined with stunning antique brownstones, lovely newly constructed row houses, and as its name suggests, a very substantial + gorgeous park or two.

One of my latest projects was for a fabulous young, active family whose taste was just as energetic.  The traditional facade opens up to interiors filled with bold hues, modern shapes and worldly elements.  Particularly when it is this “hazy shade of winter” (like it is today), a colorful home provides welcome positive energy. I get this vibe from merely hanging with these clients of mine :)

After living in the house for several years-where I had been working all along- and becoming decidedly more interested in adding color and their “personal” touches, we traded in the “traditional” wooden staircase railing for a more sleek and modern steel that outlines the modern interiors perfectly. That along with my favorite color (orange!) stair runner sealed the staircase deal.

We also gutted the kitchen to expand the space by eliminating an unused Butler’s pantry to enhance the storage space and overall functionality for a busy family with three young sons. Shopping one day for some modern goodies, I stumbled upon a dramatic mid-century textile art-piece that fit the dining room wall perfectly. Already equipped with the original modern lucite hanging accessories- this this made my client whoop with joy!  The addition of the mod yet antique Murano Chandelier (1920)..” made with a glass-forging technique developed to amplify flickering candlelight in the 17th century and produced on the island of Murano, it represents the grandeur of centuries-old craftsmanship.” Dramatic in its scale, color and delicate filigree, it complements the antique Chinese table and seating in a whimsical way adding some important design tension.

Out last design step was to create a powder room that literally “lit it up!’ Backlit art by a local artist was custom fit to illuminate this room. Colorful brick floor tiles….a-mazing, no?

As a “color-obsessed” girl myself,  I had a blast working on this project-to say the least!

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Living room filled with bold and eclectic elements-the soft and textural “Pebbles” rug is a fave. Fabrics by Romo.

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Ann Sacks tile gleaming with combination of metal and colorful glass. BluDot counter stools add a dose of color.

Can you tell that turquoise is a fave color of ours?

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Custom furniture pieces for a smaller “city” family room on top of a Jonathan Adler Lollipop rug. Orange mohair….so dreamy!

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 Crazy cool tile floor in the powder room along with modern art that makes me wanna sing!

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Lacquering an inherited vintage cabinet in a bright turquoise changed this landing forever!

I hope that you enjoyed a glimpse of one of my favorite client projects. As interior designers, we are only successful given the perfect storm of possibilities, humor, architecture, fantastic collaboration, trust and friendship with our clients- and a little love of color, texture, unique art and artifacts along the way. Cheers!





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{Monaco Blue Chairs in One of My North Shore Projects}

My apologies for my absence on Material Girls as of late!  Between holiday festivities, a gut renovation of my new home in Arizona (stay tuned for pictures!), client projects here in Chicago and throughout the country, and all of the other madness that goes along with the design bizz, I’ve been thoroughly occupied.  Can’t complain, though…busy=booming!

I was thrilled when one of my favorite vendors, Silestone, asked me to weigh in on Pantone’s color of Spring (Emerald Green) and Pantone’s color of 2013 (Monaco Blue) in conjunction with their  amazing quartz countertop surfaces (check out the feature here!).  I absolutely love the playfulness yet richness of Monaco Blue, and have used hues similar to it in many design projects.  I must admit, I am not necessarily a green person, but upon thinking about Emerald Green, I found myself intrigued by this classic hue.  I may now be a “green” convert…the latest look of my showroom is actually very green!  Guess Emerald Green is rubbing off on me :)

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{My recently “greened out” showroom}

Take a look at some of my favorite ways to incorporate Pantone’s “Happening Hues” into your decor!

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{Pantone Color of Spring 2013: Monaco Blue}

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  { Pantone Color of 2013: Emerald Green}

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{Monaco Blue Walls in my Hinsdale Design Project}

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 {Monaco Blue in Lauren Santo Domingo’s Paris Duplex via Mark D. Sikes}

 

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{Emerald Green in Lauren Santo Domingo’s Paris Duplex via Mark D. Sikes}

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{Monaco Blue Walls and Chairs via Decor Pad}

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{Emerald Green Wallpaper, Headboard and Accents via Elle Decoration}

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{Emerald Green Drapes via Splendid Sass}

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{Monaco Blue Painted Furniture via The Aestate}

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{Emerald Green Walls via HGTV Blog}

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{Monaco Blue Walls and Furniture via All Things Stylish}

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{Monaco Blue Painted Door via Create Girl}

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(Emerald Green Walls and Accents via Good Life of Design)





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My kitchen design for the CS Interiors Ritz-Carlton Residences Anniversary Home– mixing gold and silver!

Thank you to Kohler + to Albar for this dramatic impact within my kitchen space. Can’t resist a shout out to one of favorite tile resources, The Fine Line for my Missoni inspired custom backsplash-Heck ya!

We have vendor presentations at our showroom weekly and during these informative tete a tetes  we see the latest and greatest collections from some of our favorite lines-along with the new.  The other day, we had a presentation where I spotted several fabrics that mixed silver + gold….too many to be a mere coincidence.  Is this a “thing”?  If so, are you digging it?

Personally, I love it.  I am a metallics chick (what girl doesn’t like something sparkly?) and think if it is done carefully it doesn’t look disjointed but rather sophisticated and chic. Along with that is the idea that there are no longer any “rules” within design. Love this!

Let’s look at jewelry, for instance.  David Yurman has been mixing metallics for years!  Often paired with colorful gemstones, a Yurman piece is classic and lovely.

Silver  + gold David Yurman jewelry

I say same goes for interiors.  Here are a few of my favorite mixed metallic designs and spaces.

{via Lou Lou’s Decor}

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{via House Beautiful}

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