Morticia

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…

Napa Show House

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.

Guatemalan Ottoman

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?

Morticia Chair

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.

Halloween

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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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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Holiday tablescape inspiration via Indulgy

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I woke up the other morning and there was snow dusting my home.. Welcome to Chicago!

I have to say it did put me in the mood to do a bit of holiday thinking.  My Chicago showroom recently expanded its hours to include Saturdays to showcase our holiday goodies for weekend shoppers (come say hi at 1820 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago!), I had a meeting with my team to discuss the all important office Christmas tree that will be on display shortly, and I have been ordering entertaining goods in prep for the holiday season for clients left and right.  Part of my business for many years was holiday decorating, so I have to say this sort of stuff gets me really excited.  Take a look at some of my favorite ways to create a festive tabletop for this holiday season!

 

Breadbasket, $189 from Annieglass

Chip and Dip Server, $200 from Annieglass

Holiday Platter, $67 from Annieglass

Oval Tray, $53 from Annieglass

Holiday Tray, $84 from Annieglass

Kaleidoscope Placemats, $75 from Neiman Marcus

Matouk Table Linens, $153-$487 from Neiman Marcus

Bianca Scalloped Cake Plate, $40 from Neiman Marcus

Six Marseilles Flutes, $70 from Neiman Marcus

 Kim Seybert Baroque Beaded Table Runner, $506 from Neiman Marcus





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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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I confess…it is not over for me.  I love the heartfelt messages from my oldest brother, our daughters, and hearing that our son liked his edible fruit bouquet. I thought that he would mock but he and his roommates dug in. Healthy choice, no?.  Thank you boyfriend’s of my girlz that you provided amazing flowers and dinners and gifts:)

What better way to perpetuate and  to celebrate the holiday of love than by featuring red and pink interiors?  As seen from the photos below, red and pink can be used in virtually any space, from a small scale to a large scale.  Floors, walls, doors…you name it, red and pink have got it covered. Did I mention that my gift of choice was a bevy of Lush bath bombs? I am addicted!

Pairing red and pink with white or black are traditional combinations, but I love the unexpected color combinations- pink + gold, red + yellow, red + light blue, pink + blue, pink + yellow.

Take a look at some of my Valentine’s Day inspired picks below! I am hoping that we can keep the day going for awhile here…..

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My very own kitchen.  Images from Rue Magazine .

Photographer Werner Straube





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Photo via Freshome

A holiday that revolves around decorating?  Of course I love Christmas!  Oh yes….there is that gift giving aspect too :) The ways to trim your Christmas tree are endless.  Of course, little children love their fun, colorful ornaments, but for a more adult look monochromatic ornaments and white lights are very sophisticated.  Big tree, small tree, multiple trees, to even wild and crazy trees…got to love them all!

Check out some of my favorite Christmas tree ideas from around the blogosphere.  These trees show that there really is no right or wrong way to trim your tree!

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Santa inspired tree!  Photo via Better Homes and Gardens

Snowman inspired tree! Photo via Better Homes and Gardens





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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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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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Christmas On My Mind

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Dec 14, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Gifts, Holiday

{Ikat Bowls, Anthropologie, $14…featured these back in September of 2009!}

It’s most definitely that time of year again, but doesn’t it seem like last Christmas was just yesterday? Where did 2010 go?!  Beats me!  Anyway, Elle Decor is featuring a Best of 2010 gift guide (all under $100), all great ideas for that design junkie in your life.  But what really caught my eye were the Ikat bowls from Anthropologie, a cool find that I had previously featured (all the way back in September of last year, I guess we were ahead of the curve!).  It really was the year of Ikat, wasn’t it?

Take a look at what else you might be placing under the tree this year…

{Rwandan Baskets, Trading4Treasures, $48-90}

{Nautical Print Hammer, $26, Alice Supply Co.}

Postcards from Penguin, Penguin, $25}

{Patterned Books, Victoria and Albert Museum, $13 each $48 boxed set of 4}

{Grapefruit Muguet Scented Candle, Belle Fleur, $48}

{Postcard Holder, $48, Jayson Home and Garden}

{Cream Mugs, Ancient Industries, $22}





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…And everyone is shopping the sales!  Almost a bigger event than Christmas itself these days is the sales that start the following day.  My daughters and I will most likely be out and about looking for that extra something that just didn’t seem to make it under the Christmas tree.  Many of my favorite names in interiors will be marking down their products as well!  Here are some of my favorite markdowns.

Crate and Barrel

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Breck Table Lamp

Was: $79.95, Now: $59.95

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Leaves Mirror-Candleplate

Was: $89.95, Now: $49.95

Jayson Home & Garden

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Driftwood Vase

Was: $125, Now: $75

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Vintage Chaise

Was: $4,495. Now: $2,999

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Remington Chair

Was: $1,795. Now: $899

Design Within Reach

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American Modern Daybed

Was: $2,100. Now: $1,050

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Bottega Armchair

Was: $1,200. Now: $1,020

How did your post holiday shopping go?  Any good finds?  If so, let us other MG’s know!

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