I’m excited to announce that the two winners of  the signed copies of Nathan Turner’s fabulous new book “Nathan Turner’s American Style: Classic Design & Effortless Entertaining” are….

Michele Ranard and Tessa Bediz!

Thank you all so much for participating in this giveaway.  Be sure to check out the “Million Dollar Decorator’s” wonderful new book here on Amazon!




“Nathan Turner’s American Style: Classic Design & Effortless Entertaining”

I had such a wonderful experience as a Style Spotter at this month’s High Point Market, and one of the many highlights of my trip was connecting with the fabulous designer/entertaining extraordinaire Nathan Turner.  Of course, I was familiar with Nathan’s chic interiors and his acclaimed event planning, and I was thrilled to learn that he has a new book out!  Aptly titled “Nathan Turner’s American Style: Classic Design & Effortless Entertaining”, this new publication is sure to impress.

As if Nathan weren’t enough of a gem, he is generously giving away a couple of his new books exclusively on Material Girls!  Simply comment on this post to enter.

If you are a Chicago area reader, be sure to stop by Pottery Barn in Lincoln Park (1000 W. North Ave. at Sheffield Ave.) this Wednesday, October 24 from 6:30-8:30 to meet Nathan Turner and yours truly for a book signing of “Nathan Turner’s American Style: Classic Design & Effortless Entertaining.

Be sure to RSVP with your full name and number of attendees to chicagorsvp@potterybarn.com.


The lovely and talented Nathan Turner

Some of Nathan’s fetes…can I please be invited to the next one? 😉

Beach Party



Moroccan Dinner Party



Baby Shower


It is always an incredible honor to have your work featured in print, and I was especially surprised and excited about the feature of my own home in the recent book “Chicago Space: Inspiring Interiors” by Jan Parr and the editors of Chicago Home + Garden magazine. The foreword is by Nate Berkus, a hometown guy.  Jan is a longtime friend and colleague of mine, so the inclusion of my North Shore home was all the more special. It makes me proud to see the stunning works within that were all designed by a very talented group of Chicago based designers. We can rock design here in the Windy City!

Take a look at the piece on my own home (love their title “Electric Eclectic”!)  and definitely grab the book (available on Amazon).  “Chicago Inspiring Spaces” is at the top of my list- my favorite subject-well crafted interiors- and my favorite city-my hometown of  Chicago. I have purchased for clients and love seeing it placed on their coffee tables.

See more photos of my home and other projects on the Buckingham Interiors + Design website.

A beautiful coffee table book is like a fantastic piece of art…for the fraction of the price.  For typically under $100, you can get decor for your yes, coffee table, but also for a desk, dresser, ottoman, mantle, even stacked artfully on the floor.

I spent a few minutes the other night browsing the “Home and Garden” section on Amazon, and here are some of my latest picks.  With the holidays rapidly approaching, coffee table books never fail as a go-to gift.

I am so excited to say that I recently have been featured in a coffee table book myself, entitled “Chicago Spaces,” by the editors of Chicago Home + Garden and with a forward by Nate Berkus.  There are some truly fabulous spaces from all over Chi-City…definitely worth checking out!

If These Walls Could Talk…

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Mar 16, 2011 | 8 Comments | Category: Books, Decorating, Walls

Upon entering this Manhattan apartment, decorated by Timothy Whealon, guests are greeted by a theatrical mural of flowering vines.

Boy would they have a lot to say!  Florence de Dampierre’s aptly named new book, “Walls” takes the reader on a pictorial tour of some of the most exquisite walls throughout history that you have ever seen.  If you think walls are merely for framing artwork, hanging mirrors or supporting light fixtures, think again.  These walls certainly defy the laws of conventional decor!  Although walls are often the most underrated elements of a space (how many times have you pondered for days over that vase or rug and hastily picked a paint color out of a stack of paint chips?), this fascinating read makes abundantly clear that walls can be just as important a statement piece as any other feature of the room, if you give them the opportunity to speak up 🙂

Text and images courtesy of Architectural Digest.

{Florence de Dampierre’s “Walls”)

For this bedroom design, decorator Jean-Louis Deniot selected a warm toile de Jouy wallpaper to frame twin blue-and-white-striped beds draped with orange-trimmed canopies.

The faux pilasters and hazy landscape painted on the wood entrance walls of the 17th-century Sandemar Manor in Sweden recall the lapsed beauty of an abandoned folly.

Catherine Grenier chose a striped Osborne and Little wallpaper to enliven a room she designed in Cadiz, Spain.

France’s Château de Chantilly boasts a marvelous example of painted singerie, a fanciful style of 18th- and 19th-century French decor that incorporates playful monkey imagery.

Hydrangea-blue faux molding adds a touch of painted serenity to a bedroom in a Christian Bérard–inspired Manhattan townhouse, designed by John Barman.

The living room of Paris-based designer Jacques Garcia’s home in the Château du Champ de Bataille glows with luxurious paneling and gold-framed portraiture.

Neoclassical motifs border lavender faux marble walls at the Pavlovsk Palace, a former country residence of the Russian Imperial family.

A vibrant kaleidoscope pattern brightens a wall of Mexico’s Hacienda San Diego de Jaral de Berrio.

The Hall of Mirrors in Amalienburg, a hunting lodge in Munich, Germany’s Nymphenburg Park, is an exquisite example of the highly ornate boiserie popular in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Christmas List

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Nov 21, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Books

Restore. Recycle. Repurpose: Create A Beautiful Home, Randy Florke

Never too early to start your own holiday gift list or poke around for presents for friends, family coworkers…whoever!  For the design junkies in your life, home interior and design books are a tried and true option.  And there’s no shortage of them either!  I was browsing Amazon today and there are 5,847 books listed under the decorating category!  You will no doubt find one to fit your recipient’s taste (eh hem, or maybe your own :))  Here are some of the “best sellers” that might be good options…and I only got through page 3!

My Passion For Design, Barbra Streisand

Bunny Williams, Scrapbook For Living

At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past, Suzanee Rheinstein, Pieter Estersohn, Margaret Russell

Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room By Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy, Deborah Needleman, Sarah Ruffin Costello, Dara Caponigro

New York Parties: Private Views, Jamee Gregory and Eric Striffler

Downtown Chic: Designing Your Dream Home: From Wreck to Ravishing, Robert Novogratz, Cortney Novogratz, and Elizabeth Novogratz

Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors, Jonathan Adler

Perfectly Kept House is a Sign of a Misspent Life: How to Live Creatively With Collections, Clutter, Work, Kids, Pets, Art, etc…And Stop Worrying About Everything Being Perfectly in Place

by: Mary Randolph Carter

Apartment Therapy’s Big Book on Small, Cool Spaces, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

At Home With Town & Country, Sarah Medford and the Editors of Town & Country

The Color Scheme Bible: Inspirational Palettes for Designing Home Interiors, Anna Starmer

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{Absalom Boston House…epitome of Nantucket style}

I recently just got back from a trip to Nantucket to put the final touches on the vacation home of a client that I have been working on (from my Chicago office) for quite some time.  I have to say…I am in love.  So quaint, charming and beautiful, Nantucket really takes your breath away.  One gets the sense that not much has changed on this island in generations, taking comfort in the tradition and steadfast dedication to its way of life as a simple retreat. Furthermore, the homes in this intimate community have retained the classic look so associated with the island….shingled structures of muted grays, blues whites and soft neutrals.  While I was adding a modern spin on my client’s 1800’s classic charmer, many of the homes still retain that rustic,old world feel that so many of the beach getaways of the East Coast (Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod….) are known for.  Take a look at some of the images from Lisa McGee’s book, “A Home in Nantucket” and feel the instant comfort and ease of the Nantucket life.

Stay tuned for photos of my spin on the Nantucket home!

Chicago Crave!

Chicago Crave!

Woohoo! The 1st edition CRAVE Chicago guide has gone to-print.
CRAVE guides connect urban gals to the sassiest, gutsiest, most inspiring people they need to know in town. This is Chicago’s first edition, and it is only reproduced every two years! The first edition CRAVE Chicago guide features a great variety of renowned entrepreneurs from an orthodontist to a dry cleaner to a dance instructor, and every fabulous entrepreness inbetween! I am happy to announce that our Interior Design firm, Buckingham ID, is a part of this dynamic group.
Other cities that offer CRAVE guides can be found at Crave Headquarters and the following cities have just begun their CRAVE orientation: LA, Washington DC and New York City!


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And here’s another one…”So Chic: Glamorous Lives, Stylish Spaces,” written by Margaret Russell and the editors of Elle Decor.  I had actually been meaning to pick this one up, and checking out the virtual preview on 1STDIBS.COM reminded me once again to do so!  Just made that trip to Barnes & Noble this afternoon and picked up both books-“un” (from my previous post) and “deux!” Now just have to find some time to dig in and enjoy….Anyone finished both and have a favorite?






I haven’t heard the term “Required Reading” since I was about in the 10th grade and had to suffer through 1,000 pages of Crime and Punishment.  (Ok, I actually did enjoy the over-the-top Russian violence and romance during my  later teenage years.)  But on 1STDIBS.COM, “Required Reading” refers to that which anyone who loves fashion, design or anything beautiful must read.  Or at least check out the digital preview online.  I have been doing just that for quite some time this morning, and look at these glorious interiors I found in “Domino The Book of Decorating: A Room by Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy.”  Although I only got a six page preview, I am thinking about heading to Barnes & Noble this afternoon to check out the rest of what this book has in store…having anything to do with any of these rooms surely would make me one happy designer!