Off to High Point We Go!

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Oct 18, 2014 | No Comments | Category: Designers, Events

After a whirlwind week speaking at the Fall Market Days at the D & D Building in NYC, it’s off to High Point Market! So hard to believe that it’s already that time of year again. I’m so excited to see what’s new from some of my favorite vendors, discover new vendors, and of course reconnect with all of my fabulous designer friends from around the country!

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It’s an action packed schedule as always! I’m thrilled to be speaking at the Antique & Design Center about my design aesthetic Modernique®, blending the old with the new, revealing the delight in unexpected pairings. I’d love for all of y’all to join me! Sunday, Oct 19th at 1:45pm EST. Find out more details here.

Hoping a get a chance to sneak away and shop around the Antique & Design Center as well! That is always one of my first stops. Gotta get there before all the one-of-a-kind goodies are snatched up!

 

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Next up, I’m joined by my amazing cohorts–Designers Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage and Timothy Corrigan, and the fabulous Crystal Palecek, founder and editor of Rue Magazine.

We will be sharing our “Tales from the Trenches” –How best to navigate your business and deal with design challenges & tricky clients, as well as how to best navigate High Point Market!

Looking forward to what’s sure to be a lively discussion with this group:) Mark your calendars for Monday, Oct 20th, 9 am EST.

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So many showroom parties and people to see. Hope to see you in High Point!

Xx, Julia





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I had the extreme pleasure of speaking at the Decoration & Design Building in NYC earlier this year about my design aesthetic Modernique, and I am SO honored and thrilled to returning to the D & D next week!! This time, it’s all about FASHION and INTERIOR DESIGN. Two of my fave things.

As part of their Fall Market Days, I will be joined by amazing fashion designer Ralph Rucci and Barbara Bundy, VP Education at the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising for From the Runway to Residence, for a panel discussion exploring the intersection of fashion and interior design.  And who better to moderate than Mieke ten Have, Home Editor at Vogue magazine.

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 11.22.59 AMFashion and interior design always go hand in hand, inspiring and forming each other, and creating great synergy. Whether it is color, patterns, textures, materials…this list could go on and on…fashion and interior designers often share the same fabulous taste in style-and sometimes blurring the lines between the two!

I noticed several similarities in trends from Ralph’s latest fashion show and one of my favorite pillow vendors, Pyar & Co….

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Designer Proenza Schouler was right on target with Pyar’s new fringed pillow as well!

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I do LOVE me some Louboutin as well….These fab heels go right along with the fabric I chose to reupholster these antique french gilded chairs in my Chicago Showroom

Of course I can’t resist a pop of hot pink in any space! Do ya like the pink ottoman in a recent North Shore project of mine? Kind of crushing on those shoes too….

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Fur is a huge trend in both fashion and design….I sported some in a recent project in the entryway for some whimsy + surprise.

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And the same similar vibrant colors can often be seen both in the rooms that I design and the runway!

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And last, but certainly not least…in one of my latest projects were these ah-mazing fringed chairs from Bradley! I cannot even tell you how excited I am for my Fringe Lanvin bag this season :)

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I can’t wait to talk more fashion and interior design with my esteemed cohorts at the D & D on Thursday, Oct 16 at noon.

Space is limited and reserving a seat a huge plus. For more information, visit the D & D here. Hope to see y’all there!

Then up next, High Point Market. It’s going to be a whirlwind October fer sure.

XX, Julia

 





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 Who said you can’t wear white after Labor Day (other than my mother!)? Well, I’ve never been one to follow the “fashion” rules and I tend to make up my own design rules too. As much as I love bright colors like orange and turquoise, I equally love a nice crisp white palette. I like to use white as a statement in and of itself. When I use white, it’s usually all white.

I like white to stand on its own instead of being used as a canvas. It has so much more to say!

White is an amazing way to showcase architecture.  I use white to unify unrelated spaces and to lift and bounce light.

This image is from one of my historic restoration projects in the Wicker park neighborhood of Chicago. The addition to the back of this Victorian Italianate manse was designed to be wholeheartedly modern while the front part of the home was restored to the original architectural splendor. A true seamless blending of old and new!

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These three dimensional architectural wall panels installed in my own home in Arizona shown below is one of my favorite images ever. White can have so much dimension!

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White feels crisp, clean and eternal—especially in the bath. Many of my past client bathroom projects have been in the color “white”–whether all white, mixed with a neutral grey, or for the classic contrast of black and white.

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Using white for kitchens and dining spaces instantly brightens up the space.

White subway tiles for kitchens are one of my faves….especially in unexpected sizes or with unique textures.

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White also rocks a as pairing with one of my other can’t resist elements–lucite.

It just instantly adds a glam ++ factor!

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And of course nothing gives you the the “Five-star Hotel” feeling like crisp white sheets. A white bedroom can be a most needed calming retreat.

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 Incorporated the right way, white can be the answer all year round-every day and in every way!

xx,

Julia

All images used here are from the archives of Buckingham Interiors + Design and photographed by Eric Hausman

 





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Happy September!

Can you even believe it?! I’ve been reflecting on my whirlwind summer, full of lots of travel and work=fun. In July, I was delighted to attend Thermador and Traditional Home’s 2nd Annual “Great Kitchen Getaway” event in sunny + beachy Southern California. I was joined by  a fabulous team of designers and lifestyle bloggers from across the country; Dana Wolter, Nancy and Eric Dalton, Karen Williams, Lisa Mende, Beth Le Manach, Jennifer Markanich, Karin Edwards, Kelly Morriseau and Courtney Price. We hung out at the Thermador Experience & Design Center where we learned about this leading luxury appliance brand, talked about what’s hot in kitchen design, and also got into a heated social media cooking contest……more about that later.

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We toured the design center learning all about the vast array of luxury cooking and refrigeration appliances offered by this innovative brand.  Thermador has been providing “Real innovations for real cooks” for more than 75 years and continues to do so with their evolving iconic line of products. The Smithsonian Museum has Julia Childs actual kitchen on display- I’ve seen it and it is interesting how truly timeless the kitchen feels. Think also of the Brady Bunch- Alice cooked within a Thermador kitchen as well!

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We were then able to get the true feel of the Thermador cooking and kitchen experience (also putting to the test our cooking skills!) during an interactive cooking lunch.

To make things a little bit more interesting, we had a fun social media contest which brought out all of our competitive spirit!

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We teamed up and took to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to share all of our culinary creations cooked up using the Thermador Pro Heater.

My lovely partner-in-crime was my friend, Nancy Dalton, Owner of Baywolf Dalton out of Seattle where she and her hubby create amazing kitchens and bathrooms for their clients. Here we are looking ever so fab in our Thermador aprons cooking up a storm!

Our finished product….An herb-crusted tuna with a carrot-ginger puree. Bon appetit!!

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It looks pretty delicious if I do say so myself….unfortunately we did not have the most likes/retweets/shares to win. Sigh…next time.  We all had a riot and dined together to indulge in each others divine creations.

Some other mouth-watering plates cooked up in the Thermador kitchen included  steam-roasted asparagus with warm irvine beets (the crowd winner by a bunch), seared diver scallops, zucchini blossom succotash and grilled chicken skewers with cumin scented rice. Yum.

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 It was a great trip learning all about latest in kitchen design with fab friends and food! What else could a designer ask for?

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Hanging with Lore McKenna from BSH Group and Kelly Morriseau as we head out to one of our FABULOUS beachside dinners

And, if you haven’t checked out the latest Traditional Homes Great Kitchens issue here it is. A must read!

                                          Thank you for including me in the festivities Thermador, Traditional Home, BSH Group + Finn Partners!!

xx, Julia

This trip was sponsored by Thermador and Traditional Home. Photo credit: Thermador.

All written content and insight within this post are my own.





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For the second year in a row, I am honored to be selected- along with four amazing design colleagues from New York, Atlanta, Sacramento and Austin- as one of Silestone’s “Trendspotters”. The whole gang was blessed with the opportunity to be whisked off to Spain for an adventurous week. Nothing like being immersed in a vibrant new culture to get the creative juices flowing.

It was a week full of inspiration and some powerful trend statements- melding both past and present.

First stop was beautiful Barcelona where we spent 2 days exploring the town and taking in the sights. As is every single time that I visit this gorgeous city, I was blown away by the architecture and it’s timeless and seamless entry into the modern world. I found classic, modern- day inspiration around every corner…

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Greek Key staircases within The Hotel Catedral in Almeria, the architectural splendor of ceiling details of Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, Spanish tile mania spied within an historic building-now a cafe near the beach in Barcelona (Love the colorful mix!) and simply the breathtaking views of the city.

Architecture even came to life in the sand! Spotted this elaborate replica of La Sagrada Familia as a sand castle on the beach in Barcelona.

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My travels to Spain reinforced my love for timeless color inspiration and the influence that color- alongside neutral earthy bespoke elements- creates architecture that has been shared and that has lasted throughout the ages. The patina of ages old color still hold their treasured elements and show that color and architectural shapes in design and architecture only age more beautifully with the passing of time. We take away a sense of history when we reuse and repurpose the elements within our modern day designs.
The aged become pure examples of modern art in many cases…
Look at this castle, Alcazaba, in Almeria where after an alfresco dinner in the city square we were feted by a modern violin concerto.
The long trek upward into the castle were steps upon steps of historic, architectural splendor that felt clean, sleek and timeless.
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Between the trend and style spotting my fabulous cohorts and I had a lot of fun and giggles. We managed to take a fair amount of selflies and group shots along the way. This is one of my favorite group snapshots from the trip as the backdrop of the amazing historic architecture was simply stunning.

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The pic was caught at precisely the right moment with the natural illumination of a gorgeous sunset on the rooftop of  this Moorish castle alive with Art Nouveau influences and touches within.

Sitting halfway up a mountain overlooking Barcelona, it is now the home of El Asador de Aranda- a fabled restaurant known for its Castilian cooking. The building has a “modernist” feel throughout the interior that enhances my intrigue, obviously, with the melding of the old and the new.

(Side note–I especially love this picture because the handsome guy standing behind me is my  son, Alex, who met us with a quick flight from his hometown of Berlin. This made the trip for me all that much more special. Huge thanks to everyone for welcoming him with open arms!)

After bidding adios to Barcelona, we spent two days at the  Cosentino global headquarter’s in Macael for exploration and inspiration into our designs for the “Designer Series” of color. We were able to view the first prototypes of our new Silestone Color Series which the product development team based off of our initial creative meetings in New York City a couple of months ago.  It was exciting and rewarding to see our colorful designs coming to life. The final reveal will be in January 2015 at The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (#KBIS) in Las Vegas. Exciting stuff!

Easy to “spot” us, yes? #orangevestsderigueur

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At the end of our trip while back in Barcelona, I was filmed sharing my latest thoughts on color and design trends amidst the color and excitement of one of my fave markets in the world…La Boqueria.

I was so energized by the buzz of all of my surroundings!

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 There was inspiration in all of our travels… included one of my favorites here. Spotted this amazing sphere of light in a Spanish courtyard in Almeria.

Love Modern Art in unexpected historic locales!

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Oh… the memories of Spain collaborating with my fellow Silestone trendspotters… Miss all y’all Kim, Courtney, Kerrie, Patty and Mark! And Nicole and Lorenzo too!

See you soon!

xx, Julia

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I love, love, love COLOR–So when Peachy Magazine recently asked me to select my fave finds in home decor all focused in one color, of course my answer to was an immediate “YES!!!”

The only tough decision was just “What color to choose??” 

I went with one of my all-time faves….my birthstone and a tie to my Southwestern Arizona roots….Turquoise!

I knew right away some ah-mazing turquoise accessories to highlight from some of my best vendors that I showcase at my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom in Chicago.

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I was joined by some fabulous designer friends of mine who had some stand-out design picks of different hues!

The dynamic duo Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Schwartz of Cloth & Kind were inspired by all shade of pink–from blush to raspberry….

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And the talented Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room had some vibrant finds of my other fave color, orange!

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Thank you so much Peachy Mag for including me in this fab “Color Wheel” feature!!

Xx-Julia





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Orange certainly IS the new black! I have always had a huge crush on orange. It just makes me happy.  It instantly makes a space positive, energizing and warm. I love combining orange with grounding colors such as brown, navy and tan, or together with turquoise and purple, it forms my favorite mid-century color combination.

But orange doesn’t like to be toned down too much. It commands attention! This vibrant hue is often a recurring color in many of my design projects…

This orange shaggy lamb stool (available from my BID Showroom in a rainbow of colors) was the perfect pop within a sea of grays in this serene bedroom sitting area.

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I couldn’t resist these fab Knoll upholstered orange Milo Baughman dining chairs for my own getaway home in Arizona…

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or these stunning orange accent chairs by Bradley upholstered in one of my fave Jim Thompson fabrics in this Chi-town Ritz Carlton Mag Mile high rise!!

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Whether using orange as an accent as I did within this Nantucket third floor guest nook using antique quilts…

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or as a big WOW factor as in these orange Farrow and Ball ”Charlottes Locks” adorned walls of the Lake Forest Infant Welfare Show house I designed last year…

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You can’t go wrong with incorporating this fab color as exhibited in my fave Brunschwig & Fils fabric on my Rondelay.

And, of course at my Buckingham I+D Showroom in Chicago you can see orange waving out to you from every direction! Check it out my Rug Company pals!

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The latest item in the showroom to get an orange makeover via my go-to Orange Burst by Benjamin Moore
is this Mid-Century Modern beauty that we obviously use for BID parties and for some storage too :)

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 Grab yourselves a bouquet of some orange lilies or gerber daisies this summer and enjoy what we have going on in July! xx





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When it comes to new product development, it’s often challenging to stay on top of all the trends and know what the cool new thing will be! More and more companies now often look to creatives—Interior Designers, Architects, Product Designers, Costume Designers and Artists—to collaborate on product development.

 Silestone, by Cosentino, leader in the kitchen and bath industry, continues its Trendspotting program for a third year, and also introduces a new component to their program–Silestone Color Design. They have selected five “trendspotters” from across the country to share their design expertise and regional market insight for the development of the next color series for the Silestone natural quartz line and I am SO, SO thrilled and honored to be selected again as part of the bunch!! Going to share just what Chi-town design is all about!

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My fabulous trendspotting cohorts include NYC  designer and TV personality Courtney Cachet,  Sacramento Interior Designer and Author Kerrie Kelly, Austin-based Designer and alum of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Addition Kim Lewis and Interior Designer Extraordinaire Mark Williams hailing from Atlanta. Here we are all in the fabulous kitchen at Kip’s Bay Show House…some fun was had there with this talented crew.

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We kicked things off a few weeks ago at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in NYC where Silestone was perfectly featured in the kitchen. One of the leading experts in kitchen and bath design, Matthew Quinn, created this AH-mazing kitchen using Silestone by Cosentino “Helix” in the suede finish. Matthew is known for creating aesthetically gorgeous spaces while also creating function for his client’s lifestyles. His innovative and creative concepts highlight his keen awareness of the synergy between design and lived experience. His use below of Silestone for the pair of integrated island corner sinks was pure genius!

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Later this month, we will be traveling to Cosentino’s global headquarters in Almeria, Spain, to test our initial colors (Ah, Spain, perks of the job!) We will be working alongside the talented and creative Product and Innovation Director, Valentin Tijeras Garcia, and his team. The final hues will be tested in the marketplace, sent into production, and finally unveiled at The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in early 2015! I’m delighted and so looking forward to be traveling to Spain again this year for the 2nd time as part of Cosentino’s Trendspotting group. I cannot tell you the thrill of brainstorming and creating color materials and then actually seeing them roll off of the assembly line at the production plant!

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If it’s anything like last year, there will be work, but tons of laughs and fun!!

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Silestone and the latest product to be created by Cosentino, Dekton, are such great options for kitchens, baths-and so much more….so many colors and textures available to create different looks for both inside and outside of the home, and soon after our trendspotting trip, a few more!

Stay tuned y’all!

 





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It’s no secret that I love color. Color is a huge part of my design process as color for me is synonymous with the word emotion. No color is off limits! It can often be challenging…how do you choose the “right” color for the space?

Thanks to Traditional Home magazine, fear color no more! Please join me and my uber talented crew of fellow designers for the Traditional Home Color Master Class! We will all be sharing our tips and tricks for incorporating color into your home. Every week for 12 weeks, you will receive an email with ideas of how to decorate with color–from rich hues to soft neutrals, and even how to decorate seasonally throughout the year!

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Best of all, all the tips are FREE! They will not be published in the magazine, so be sure to sign up for the master class today!

Color me HAPPY! xx

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It’s amazing to see that what used to be a dreaded growing out phase of hair color and roots is now the “IT” trend literally EVERYWHERE! From hair and nails,   to interior design and the home accessory craze, it is all about OMBRE.

If y’all watched the Academy Award season, you couldn’t miss actor Jared Leto and his long ombre locks. Or Hollywood reality star turned fashion designer Lauren Conrad who seems to have started the trend. Or Bachelor contestest, soon-to-be The Bachelorette, Andi, who famously said “See ya!” to Juan Pablo while rocking her brunette ombre tresses.

Nail polish too–whether it be gradual variations on each nail or on each hand, or given the ombre effect with glitter–have jumped onto this trend’s bandwagon.

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Design has seen its share of ombre too. It’s so fun to search and find a plethora of projects and everyone’s individual take on this look. Here are a few of my faves.

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Ombre walls…..

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Furniture….

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and bathroom tiles!

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We currently have some cool ombre pieces in our Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom in Chicago too! On our dining table we feature these cool blue-green ombre tapered vases from Global Views

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and this fabulous Kelly Wearstler rug from The Rug Company, appropriately named…ummm.. “Ombre” d’accord!

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There are fabulous new introductions in fabric too that we are loving like this one from Beacon Hill….

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Lighting has not been spared from this trend at all.  This “Flamingo” chandelier from Currey and Company is amazing in all of it’s color washed glory!

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Even food has jumped on the ombre bandwagon. Ombre donuts? YES PLEASE!!

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Goes to show, pretty much anything can be given an ombre makeover. Looks like this trend is here to stay…at least till the next big craze- of which I have quite a few ideas!

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