Can Do!

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Nov 09, 2011 | No Comments | Category: Commercial Spaces, Events

CB2 really has been coming up with some very innovative ideas as of late!  I recently blogged about CB2’s “Unlock Affordable Modern” event, taking place in various cities throughout the country, and now they are being do-gooders with their “Can Do” event.

From November 10-November 28, CB2 is partnering with local food banks for an in-store food drive.  Customers who donate 7 non-perishable food items in-store will receive 15% off their total purchase; online customers who donate $10 to the Share Our Strength, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger, will receive 15% off their purchase.

“Can Do” is yet another great reason to shop at CB2!


The new Restoration Hardware “Gallery” at the San Francisco Design District really caught my eye as I was doing my daily sweep of design blogs/websites this morning.  Showcasing the best of their latest collection excellently pulled together into various room scenarios, I must say that I am pretty impressed.  I particularly love the Colonnade Entry, seamlessly blending modern, rustic and traditional into one.  I also love the nicknacks throughout the Kensington living room!

What are your thoughts?  Impressed, disappointed, neutral or just over this altogether?

These past few months have been extremely chaotic over here at Buckingham Interiors + Design, but in a good way!  I have so many new clients that I absolutely love, and several commercial projects that have been extremely fun to work on (yes, albeit time-consuming).  In addition to recently completing the foyer in the Chicago Merchandise Mart’s Dream Home, I also designed the foyer in the 2011 Lake Forest Showhouse.  Located in the leafy, historic Chicago suburb that is known for its graceful estates and stunning homes, this really was a pleasure to work on.  Designed by the esteemed architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1916, the 25 room Thorndale Manor was commissioned by railroad tycoon Darius Miller, and originally sat on an astounding 19 acres.  Although the house was in much need of some TLC, it still retains its original architectural details that were so meticulously crafted by Shaw.

The Lake Forest Showhouse benefits the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, and is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 showcase homes in the nation.  Having visited many of the LF Showhouses before, trust me when I say they are definitely worth seeing.  If anything, you’ll get a little taste of what Buckingham ID has been up to these days 🙂  Going on now through May 22!

For more info, how to buy tickets, and location visit the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens website here!  Also, not only does this event benefit a worthy cause, it is also a great way to showcase this house, literally, because it is for sale!  If you are interested in spending $4.1 million, that is.  Contact Jean Anderson at Prudential Properties if you are interested.  And if any of you are the lucky new owner of Thorndale Manor, I’d be happy to lend a hand decorating the other 24 out of 25 rooms.

All interior images here are of my designed spaces throughout the Grand Foyer,  Staircase and Second Floor Hallway of the Manor Home.  All images were photographed by the amazingly talented and all around great guy,  Werner Straube, the favorite photographer of Traditional Home and Renovation Style Magazines.  I am always lucky when I get to work with Werner!

Thank you to my dear friend, Marjorie Skouras, who collaborated with me to custom design the gemstone chandelier hanging in the stairwell and whose pieces are represented in my showroom throughout the Midwest. Kudos to you for your new line represented by Currey and Company!  Thanks also to Oscar Isberian Carpets (Oscar and my husband and I grew up together- what a great claim to fame) for assisting me in my “crazy vision” to reinterpret the staircase first introduced in Lake Forest by Frances Elkins in the 40’s for one of her brothers’, famed architect- David Adler– pet projects down the road.

Many additional thanks go out to all who made this vision possible, Holly Hunt and Fromental, Bradley Hughes for their levity in allowing me to design poured lacquer consoles in my FAVORITE Ben Moore color, Nocturnal Gray, to blend with the stunning Dufour Wallpaper Screen circa 1815 from Richard Norton Inc, which was the first piece that I selected for this whole endeavor.  It was the inspiration- if you will- Farrow and Ball for their paint and wallpaper, Remains Lighting, Dessin Fournir,  Jim Thompson fabrics- thank you Tim Johnson,  and how could anyone not love the work of Todd Murphy featured on the second floor-available also through Buckingham ID, a pair of glass lamps by Swank Lighting added the finishing touch …also to the women of the Infant Welfare Board who made it extremely easy to enjoy this many months together.  Thank you for all of your hard work Lanie, Marcia, KK, Suzanne et all.

Skrebneski exhibit at my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom

…to the exhibit I am hosting at my Chicago showroom of world renowned fashion and celebrity photographer Victor Skrebneski The exhibit, Homage Magritte, featuring never before seen works,  will run through May 13, so I’d love to see ya’ll stop by to check out this iconic artist’s incredible work.

Skrebneski exhibit at my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom

Skrebneski’s love of photography began at an early age, and at the age of 70 the prolific artist is still actively practicing his craft. His broad body of work includes portraiture, fashion shots and beauty photography, all imbued with a non-traditional twist.  Some of the most famous names in fashion, film and art have been immortalized in his portraiture, and celebrated brands and magazine publications have employed Skrebneski to create works of art through editorial and advertisement photography. As a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the artist began his career as a painter and sculptor, yet a chance encounter with a friend’s discarded dark room equipment would forever change the course of his life and career.

Although Skrebneski’s early career objectives included a relocation to New York, an assignment for Marshall Field’s in Chicago called him back to the Windy City, eventually influencing him to settle permanent in the city where it all began.

Skrebneski’s work has been featured in countless museums, periodicals and books, most recently including an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and in the publication of Skrebneski: The First Fifty Years.  With no plans to slow down any time soon, the artist has embarked on a new project to create 33 portraits of Steppenwolf actors to commemorate the theater’s 25th anniversary.  The lively artist is a true inspiration both in his artistic practices and his life experience whose work is both captivating and revolutionary. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with Victor and delighted to call both him and Dennis friends of mine. What gentlemen and a whole lot of fun!  What’s next you two?  Count me in!

Skrebneski exhibit at my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom

Skrebneski exhibit at my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom

Portrait of Andy Warhol. Skrebneski Photographs.

Portrait of Audrey Hepburn. Skrebneski Photographs.

Portrait of John Malkovich. Skrebneski Photographs.

Portrait of Carolina Herrera. Skrebneski Photographs.

Portrait of Dennis Hopper. Skrebneski Photographs.

Town and Country Magazine. Skrebneski Photographs.

Chanel advertisement. Skrebneski Photographs.

Florida International Magazine

Florida International Magazine

{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.

Glamorous Elysian lobby…love the mosaic floors, oversized sculptures, but would love to see more of the light fixture of which we only get a small glimpse!

Chicago has no shortage of luxury hotels, but the addition of the Elysian Hotel really raises the bar in the Windy City.  From the moment you step out of the car in the elegant courtyard to entrance into the chic lobby and your arrival in your luxurious guest room, the Elysian will wow you.  Furthermore, its not one but two critically acclaimed restaurants, Balsan and Risa, and its “it bar” Bernard’s are only steps away from your accommodations, adding to the deluxe experience.  You may end up loving the Elysian so much that you never want to leave, and if that is the case you actually don’t have to!  Luxury condominiums are being built, but starting at $3 million might set you back a few dollars.

Can’t you just imagine yourself here?

Mere steps to Chicago’s prestigious Oak Street and Magnificent Mile shopping areas…spy Barney’s in the background?

{Buckingham Interiors + Design showroom, featured in CS Interiors}

Chicago has always held an important place in the design world, with not only the world renowned Merchandise Mart but also a plethora of international design showrooms within the Mart and around the city.  A new and exciting design trend to come to the Windy City is the combination interior designer showroom + shop.  I myself have decided to embrace this concept, with my newly opened Buckingham ID design space on Grand Avenue in the West Loop area of Chicago.  My plan is to showcase the multitude of talented local artist and artisans as well as those from across the country and globe in my space, changing it up on a regular basis.  And of course, most items are available for purchase. Right now, the space features art by local artist Marilyn Borglum, lighting by LA based Marjorie Skouras and furniture from various artisans at Outdoorz Gallery in Paris.

{feature article in CS Interiors}

My good friends from Scentimental Gardens are now my next door neighbors in this shop/showroom venture!  In fact, we bought the space together and then split it for our respective uses.  The West Loop area is the latest up and coming neighborhood in the city, so I’m excited to be on the cutting edge of this impending design boom!

Other Marjorie Skouras Pieces:

{Chandelier I used in my showroom}

Other Marilyn Borglum Pieces:

More pieces from Outdoorz Gallery:

The day has finally come when Buckingham Interiors + Design moves out of its long time North Shore home and into its new space.  The space is far from all work, no play however.  I wanted it to feel like a comfortable home in which clients are able to get a feel for the BID design experience.

With an ever expanding project list and the addition of several more (wonderful!) employees, it was time that BID moved into one of the hottest design district’s in the city- the West Town neighborhood. Naturally as a designer, this was an exhilarating new project!  We took an old industrial plant and crafted it into an urban gallery setting.  I have done several commercial spaces before, but this was the project that I really had been waiting for for years.

In addition to being the hub of our design firm, we have an ever-changing array of featured artist’s and furniture designer’s that are exclusive to Buckingham ID in Chicago.  Some of these artists’s are brought to us by the Outdoorz Gallery in Paris. We also are lucky to feature Marjorie Skouras lighting rooted in Los Angeles and Marilyn Borglum- a local amazing artistic find. And, of course there are many of my unique finds culled from all over the world to add to the mix of my classic design- meets modern world aesthetic.

Thanks to Jo and Kim at Desire to Inspire for featuring our new showroom on their blog.   Also, many thanks to my family, friends and my fantastic design team; Nancy, Paulina, Alison, Shannon, Adrienne- and our summer interns, Danielle and Madeline- and our amazing clients for being so supportive and enthusiastic.  Couldn’t have done it without all of you!

Come swing by the Buckingham Interiors + Design showroom at
1820 West Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60622.

Wow Me Again!

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jun 11, 2010 | 1 Comment | Category: Commercial Spaces

{photo courtesy of Urban Daddy}

If you live in Chicago, you’re definitely basking in the sun these days.  After a long, hard winter, this weather is wholly deserved.  Therefore, you’ve got to take advantage to get outside and take it in while it lasts!

{photo courtesy of Urban Daddy}

As if Epic wasn’t grand enough, now Chicagoans can take in the wow factor at high altitudes!  Yes, Epic too has a rooftop bar, appropriately named Epic Sky….just the place for you to soak up the sun and and take in a few cocktails.  This trend is taking Chicago by storm as of late, as noted in my previous post on upper level outposts.  Wouldn’t it be fun to do a rooftop bar crawl?   Epic Sky definitely to be on the list! Who says you can’t have a little college aged fun as a grown up 🙂

Be sure to check it out at 112 W. Hubbard, Chicago (River Northe), 312-222-4940

{photo courtesy of Urban Daddy}

{photo courtesy of Urban Daddy}


Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jun 08, 2010 | 6 Comments | Category: Commercial Spaces

(Epic Chicago}

…that’s Epic.  Yes, Epic with a capital E.  Epic is one of Chicago’s latest “it” restaurants, and not only for its delish dishes.  The big E is highly touted as one of the coolest restaurant spaces of the new year, and is featured in this month’s Chicago Magazine “Hot List: 10 Places Everyone’s Talking About and Dining at in May.”  Holding its own on this list with other hot names such as Xcoco (Rick Bayless’s new taco “joint”), M Burger (Lettuce Entertain You’s latest venture…in the form of a burgers) and Balsan (one of the highly praised restaurants in the chic, new Elysian Hotel), Epic has big shoes to fill….amongst its competition and living up to its larger than life name.

Epic is located at:

112 W. Hubbard, Chicago IL (River North), 312-222-4940

{Chicago Business Magazine}

“Industrial chic” is the style Metromix uses to describe the River North eatery.  Doesn’t this seem to be the “it” theme of restaurants these days?  Salvaged wood tables, warehouse spaces, concrete and steel…check out the pics and tell me if you think that this “Epic” space wows you over.

{Epic Chicago}

Interiors not wowing you?  Well maybe this food will lure you in instead…

{Metromix Chicago}

{Metromix Chicago}

{Epic Chicago}

{Chicago Yelp}

{Chicago Yelp}