Twice a year, I head to High Point Market in North Carolina along with two partners in design from my office.  High Point  is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world which attracts more than 75,000 people every six months. Anyone and everyone in the interior design, furniture and accessories world can be found at High Point Market to showcase and shop all the gorgeous new product introductions. This past April, I was delighted to discover an amazing new company, Mitchell Black, and I was even more delighted to find out they were also from Chi-town!! They were only a few blocks away from my Buckingham Interiors + Design offices in Chicago this whole time! Well, hello neighbor!!

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Mitchell Black is a lifestyle brand that celebrates the aesthetic from the past through modern living (Um, how perfect to fit my trademarked Modernique mantra??)  In 2012, Mitchell Black was created from a collection of vintage copper and silver plate etchings. These etchings have taken on a new life as a luxurious line of lifestyle products designed for those who covet exquisite trappings to accessorize their lux lives. The brand’s trademark designs are displayed throughout tabletop, wall art, stationery and fragrance product lines. Mitchell Black effortlessly amplifies the way we live, entertain and celebrate.

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As we settled back in Chicago, we quickly arranged a visit to talk business, and soon it evolved into a perfect collaboration. The custom wall art studio offered so many options for my interior design clients!

With over 200 images to choose from ranging from anything architectural, modern, sweet, sexy, masculine, romantic, or royal and over 18 designer color choices, the options are endless.

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It was hard to narrow it down, but take a look at the newly installed Mitchell Black art pieces inspiring my design team in our design studio!!

“Float” in color Midnight

Lucite frames give this broken up image a modern, edgy feel. The art is also accented my two of my other fave accessory lines Dunes and Duchess (another deal struck up at Market!!) and Global Views- which is very dear to my heart!

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“Phonograph” in Royal, Periwinkle, and Midnight

We loved the statement of the repetition of 3 in ombre colors!

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Of course I couldn’t resist the “Crown England” in Violet….My last name is Buckingham after all and purple IS our BID color!

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“Columns” in another ombre color combination: Mitchell Black, Charcoal, Moon, and Ghost

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How perfect are these Metallic Mini’s again the glimmering wallpaper?? Loving this assorted collection of crowns, keys, hilts, scissors, and chess pieces!

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I’m thrilled to showcase this ultra cool line and look forward to a long-lasting business partnership!

Can’t wait till the next High Point Market in October where I will be speaking at both The Antiques and Design Center and the High Point Theatre!

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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Lafco New York Candles at Buckingham I+D Showroom

The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year…friends, family, and an occasion to eat as much food as you want without guilt?  Love it!  With Thanksgiving being last week, the official holiday shopping season has begun!  I am thrilled to announce that my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom is now carrying all sorts of goodies that will make just the perfect gift for your chic friends, coworkers, loved ones…whoever!

I am so excited to now be a vendor of Lafco New York Candles.  They are seriously some of the best candle fragrances that I have ever come across, and one of the best parts is that they are all named after rooms or types of houses!  Perfect for the design lover, don’t you think?  Not to mention, they have been listed as one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” a number of times.  Gotta trust the O :)

We will also be carrying a variety of other gift-giving must haves!  Be sure to stop by our showroom at 1820 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago to say hello and check out our selection in person.  Don’t forget!  We’re now open on Saturdays from 10 AM- 6 PM.

Happy Festive Shopping Season to you all!

xx Julia and the B I+D Team (Colette, Brenna, Paulina, Leah, Marla, Nancy + Rebekah)

 

Vintage Fork Molds

Gold Urchin Object

 

Vintage Red Alabaster Grapes

Set of 5 Mini White Vases

Ombre Vase

Silver Nesting Bowls

Set of 3 Vintage Jacks

Turquoise Glass Vases

Green Glass Vases

Grey Glass Vases

Vintage Peruvian Mirror

Vintage Peruvian Candlesticks

Coral on Lucite Bookends

Vintage Van Briggle Pottery





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I am thrilled to announce that my Buckingham Interiors + Design showroom is now open on Saturdays from 10-5!  We are located in the bustling West Town design district- just west of the Merchandise Mart- and we would love to see some of our wonderful MGs for a gab and meet.  Our inventory is constantly being updated with the best of both modern and antique goodies (hence my registered trademark, Modern-ique®!), and we will be receiving soon many items perfect for holiday gift giving!

Our showroom is located at 1820 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago.  Take advantage of this beautiful fall weather and stop by…we’d love to see you!

xx,

Julia, Colette, Paulina, Brenna, Nancy, Marla, Leah, Linlee, Rebekah + our resident pet, Queen Victoria





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{Set of 50 Fretwork Coasters, $29 from One Kings Lane}

Now that the turkey coma is starting the wear off, the holiday spirit is really starting to set in.  While I have never been one to rush out to stores at the crack of dawn on Black Friday, the “cyber” Black Friday movement is right up my alley.  I could really do all of my holiday shopping with the click of a mouse.  Deals and steals without even leaving the settee!  Ok, I guess the turkey coma hasn’t totally worn off just yet…

Check out some of my favorite Black Friday finds from around the web…you just have saved yourself from undue stress this season.  Imagine having the shopping for all of your friends and family finished early this year?!   That spa day that you always envisioned (and rightfully so) around the middle of December may actually be possible this year :)

{Black + Blum Fruit Loop Bowl, $40 from Swirl}

{Black + Blum Loop Candlestick, $28 from Swirl}

{Menu Pourer and Stopper Set, $32 from Swirl}

{Joseph Joseph Food Preparation Set, $50 from Swirl}

{Thomas Paul Ornithology Coaster Set, $16 from Swirl}

{Thomas Paul Ornithology Tray, $26 from Swirl}

{Orange Mod Acrylic Tray, $49 from One Kings Lane}

{Holiday Lucite Tray, $69 from One Kings Lane}

{Lunares Round Bamboo Platter, $39 from One Kings Lane}

{Quilt Beaded Glass Tray, $29 from One Kings Lane}

{Artland Splash Champagne Flutes, $28 from Open Sky}

{Zodiac Mugs, $6 from West Elm}

{Square Lacquer Trays, $22-24 from West Elm}

{Honeycomb Tassel Hand Towels, $10 from West Elm}

{Shane Powers Hanging Glass Bubble Collection, $9-$24 from West Elm}

{Square Desk Clock, $10 from West Elm}

{Perpetual Calendar, $29 from West Elm}

{Scott Lifshutz Appetizer Plates, $24 from West Elm}

{Dip Dye Throw, $39 from West Elm}





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OMG Obsessed!

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Sep 08, 2011 | 4 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Gifts

Per my usual evening web browsing, I stumbled across another website outfitter of all sorts of home goods and trinkets.  This time, I came across “Shop Furbish” by way of Rue Magazine, an online shelter mag that I was featured in several months ago. Greets to my friend’s, Crystal and Anne the Editor’s of one of my fave online mag’s.

I was really taken with their lighting and furniture, however I was most impressed with their gift-worthy products that are so well priced.  I know where I will be getting all of my birthday presents and hostess gifts from now on!

{Navy and Orange Zig Zag Ottoman Tray, $95}

{Metallic Gold Zebra Jar, $16}

{Coral Double Gourde Petite Vase, $16}

{Plum and Gold Lacquer Bowl, $18}

{Blue and White Lattice Dish, $5}

{Spot Coasters, $18}

{Brass Urchin Accent, Large, $42}

{Bronze Nugget Vase, $18}

{Brown Zebra Porcelain Tray, $39}

{Decorative Coral on Lucite Base, $45}

{Faux Python Tray, Large, $65}

{Set of 3 Geo Nesting Bowls, $24}

{Jolly Roger Horn Box, $28}

{Lucite Ice Bucket, $30}

{Mr. and Mrs. Hand Towels, $30}

{Sea Urchin Vase, $16}





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Gifts (Not) By the Book

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jul 22, 2011 | 3 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Gifts

Summer= weddings, and weddings=wedding gifts.  Choosing just the right something for the occasion can be difficult, and I myself must admit that sometimes I slack a little and just go with something off the registry.  However, if you really want to win the award for “WOW” gift of the night, consider these Spisani bookends from Barneys.  I highly doubt that blender or toaster Mr. and Mrs. Smith over there are getting for the bride and groom will hold a candle to these guys! If you check out Chelsea Passage at Barneys in Chicago, say hello to my buddies that work there. Hey Michael!

They range in price from $265-$365.  Check ‘em out below!





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{Dabney Lee Personalized Large Lucite Tray, $130}

Type of tray I am getting for my friend…hope this doesn’t ruin the surprise!

A friend of mine’s birthday is coming up, and I knew exactly what to get her.  She is all about lucite, and I knew that a personalized lucite tray would make the perfect gift, especially since she just moved into a new home.  Little did I know, however, that finding a gift for my friend consequently meant that I might be finding something for me as well!  (Ok, ok, shopping for someone else has resulted on more than one occasion shopping for myself too). Has this ever happened to you????

I found the perfect tray on Layla Grace, a Pasadena based company that has literally EVERYTHING.  While I’m not super into the whole monogram thing, lots of their furniture and other accessories really struck my fancy.  Check out some of my picks that might be making their way into my clients’ homes very soon! Or…maybe mine ;)

These two items really hit the spot with my obsession with crowns!

{Tara Shaw Maison Italian Gilded Wooden Crown, $955}

{Regina Andrew Lighting Royal Crown Table Lamp, $298}

…and my love for all things orange!

{Oly Studio Abe Lounge Chair, Call to order}

{Regina Andrew Lighting Encore Gold Pendant, $473}

{Aiden Gray Furniture Side Table Galvanized, $225}


{Wangright Orange Lacquer Cocktail Table, $548}

{Greek Key Silver Leafed Pendant, $658}

{Regina Andrew Lighting Seeded Oval Glass Lamp with Rattan Shade, $173}

{Regina Andrew Lighting Artifact Wall Sconce, $223}

{Notreddame Sofa Black, $2,376}

{Prince Chair White Oak, $462}

{Carved Chair Antique Black, $495}

{Aurelia Bed Mahogany, $2,310}

{Layla Grace Walnut Leather Chair, $1,934}

{Tara Shaw Maison Wooden Plaque Fragment, $1,298}

{Tara Shaw Maison Gilded Coffee Table Chest, $1,338}

{Tara Shaw Maison Swedish Corner Cabinet, $5,743}





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Although I spotted these plates in a bridal magazine (CS Brides), I decided I liked them enough to suggest them to clients- and possibly even consider them for myself.  However, it is no doubt that they would make a great gift for a bridal shower, baby shower or a gift for any special occasion that would be appreciated for its personal touch and commemorative nature.

The My Private Sky collection from Nymphenburg consists of a set of 7 plates, each piece unique, showing the night sky at the time the purchaser was born at his or her place of birth.  Although Nymphenburg uses computer programming to determine the precise look of the night sky for the set, eat piece is meticulously hand crafted to absolute perfection.  About 500 stars, nebulas, constellations and planets are individually painted by hand for precise accuracy…what a task!

This collection is limited edition, so if you are interested in owning this one of a kind (literally!) set, act fast!  The My Private Sky collection can be purchased at Kneen and Co., a luxury tableware company in Chicago (I actually did a post on them recently).





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That’s A Wrap!

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Dec 22, 2010 | 2 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Gifts, Holiday

I was wrapping Christmas presents today, and it dawned on me…I absolutely love wrapping paper and all the accessories that accompany the gift wrapping process.  I’m pretty picky about what I choose to wrap my gifts in, and no place has a better assortment of fun and unique wrapping goods than Paper Source.  I don’t believe that holiday presents have to be covered with Christmas trees, snow men and candy canes…plenty of room to get creative using the unexpected!  With innovative touches, your gift recipient is sure to appreciate the wrapping as much as the gift itself.  From start (scissors, tape) to finish (ribbon, gift bags, tissue paper), they’ve got you covered (pun intended).

Here are several start to finish combinations for wrapping presents.  Who knows, maybe gifts wrapped like this may end up under your tree! And remember, if you are “wrapping challenged” Paper Source does provide a wrapping service :)

Very Merry and Happy Holidays to all MG readers and their special ones…..

All items available at Paper Source.

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