I will admit it. I have an addiction to lighting.

Lighting is extremely important to my designs…It is quite frankly the ‘jewelry’ of the room. I LOVE a great statement lighting piece that adds a huge  ‘!!’ factor to the space. Another addiction (true confessions time) is for vintage murano glass. Put the two together, and how can one resist the beautiful, colorful, vintage pieces that Swank lighting offers??!

I am a huge fan of theirs, so when they asked me to catch up about lighting and my new endeavors, of course I said yes!

Check out the whole interview here where I discuss my inspiration for my new line of home furnishing’s with Global Views.

I always love accenting my design projects with their gorg lamps. These envy- worthy vintage lavender murano glass lamps were just placed in one of my fave recent projects.

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 We had them custom mounted on mahogany bases and they were the perfect finishing touch within this dining room project that combined all of the right measure of Modernique touches.

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In this master bedroom project, I used a pair of classic designed vintage murano lamps in creamy white filled with gold dust. Yes, GOLD dust. I was tempted to keep these for myself, I have to say!

They are absolutely stunning! Late 20th Century–a classic iconic design, a la Barovier and Toso.

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An oldie but goodie, these amazing crystal lamps flanked the console vignette of the 2011 Infant Welfare Lake Forest Showhouse.

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And last but certainly not least, I just had to have these millefiori vintage lamps in my Arizona vacation home. Pretty perfect, yes??

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Check out the interview as I dish what I can about my new home collection with Global Views, arriving Fall of 2015!

SOOO excited!

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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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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 Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to Traditional Home Magazine! It was such a surprise to be featured in their latest issue! Trad highlighted one of my dearest client’s kitchens  titled, “Stage Presence”- one that allowed me to design “outside of the box”. I am fortunate beyond measure to have amazing clients that become oh-so-much-more- than- that.  We had some serious fun along the way…so much so that project #3 has commenced in Scottsdale, Arizona :)

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My client LOVES to entertain and often has 50 people over in a heartbeat! A mother of four, she often hosts holiday open houses, school and neighborhood gatherings, and pre-prom dinners for up to 80 teenagers!! That was the driving force behind this kitchen remodel. We tweaked the original layout to enlarge and add seating to the island. The wood table originally was supposed to be attached to the island, but we made it freestanding for flexibility. Now, when she entertains, she can pull the table forward to allow room for a bartender to stand between the table and island and serve bubbly.

Cube-shaped stools upholstered in turquoise tinged ostrich leather  provide additional seating and blasts of color that repeat blue-green accents from the adjoining family room. Vintage light fixtures from the landmark Chicago Theater dating to the 1920′s add texture, warmth, and complete the “Modernique” room. If only those lights could talk…..

Kitchens are always one of my favorite projects to design. It is where we often spend most of our time, so it’s impact is crucial within a home. This Traditional Home feature took me down memory lane of some of my most memorable kitchen projects throughout the last couple of years…..Hope you enjoy!

“Urban Sophisticates”

What a view in downtown Chicago to enjoy your morning coffee!! P.S. Awesome view of Barneys ;)

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“A Wave of Modern Luxury”

This high-rise project where we combined two units into one within the Aqua Building in Chi allowed us to mimic the undulating wave detail within the exterior architecture of the building. Kitchen by O’Brien Harris.

 

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“A Charming Escape”

This historic over 200 year- old Nantucket home was ripe for a kitchen makeover. Imagine it’s beginning with a green sink-and that was just about it!

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“Young at Heart”

This Bucktown builder’s home needed some tweaking. The kitchen was designed and inspired by the couple’s love of the Northern California lifestyle. Think The Carneros Inn kinda inspiration where the outside meets the inside…

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“Modern Zig-Zag”

This residence within the Ritz Carlton in Chi combines “Mad-Men” + modern glamour. Petrified Wood island and Silestone perimeter sourced from the Cosentino Center in Chicago.

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“A Delightful Desert Escape”

Last but so very much not least, is my very own kitchen in our Phoenix, Arizona vacation home that we call “Casa Lantana”. Wearing my jeans and boots while relaxing in this-our dream getaway- is nirvana. I gather a terrific amount of inspiration and much needed rejuvenation while we soak up the sun here. Remember when I mentioned just how important a kitchen is integral as the heart of the home?

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If only it were always this clean!! I love unwinding here after a long day surrounded by my beloved hubs, our family and pals with a glass of Rombauer Chardonnay watching the sunset…

Night night to y’all and sweet dreams-don’t forget to manage your coffee makers now for the am :)

 

 

 





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High Point Market was a whirlwind week as usual!! So many amazing new innovations into the world of design and furniture. We purchased a myriad of goodies that will soon be arriving into our  Buckingham Interiors + Design showroom in Chicago!

Among those will be some ah-maazing candelabras designed by one of my favorite chic + wonderful pals, Stacy Kunstel, Proprietor of the acclaimed  Dunes and Duchess line and blogger extraordinaire- Stacystyle’s blog. We are so excited to announce that we will be the EXCLUSIVE dealer in Chicago for this fabulous line!

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The work of photographer Michael Partenio and stylist and writer Stacy Kunstel appears regularly on the covers of interior design magazines and books. When they’re not creating memorable images for clients, they’re playing the roles of Dunes and Duchess in their bohemian island getaway, where they dream up wildly romantic products for the home. Each Made-in-the-USA, hand-finished piece carries a little of their love with them to you. Ranging from candelabras, lamps, tables, and etageres, all available in custom bright fun, lacquered colors, we cannot wait for these to arrive to Chicago! Gotta. Have.

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  One trend we noticed at Spring Market was the use of agate. We’ve been carrying these amazing agate side tables by Sophia Martin Home , a new bespoke Chicago-based furniture line, for the last few months and they have been a huge hit! Sophia’s love of organic materials was the design kismet motivation behind these handcrafted tables which are made by local Chicago craftsmen and composed of Brazilian agate–each unique in size and color, interlocking layers of fine hard wood, and a variety of custom finishes. We have placed these beauties in a current raging Arizona home- uh huh.

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We were happy to see more of this beautiful stone introduced from tables to sconces this High Point Market!

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Agate top nesting tables from Global Views


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Agate Burst Sconce from Emporium Home

 One of our other purchases were these aged and gilded gorgeous angel wings atop selenite that we spotted at Tritter Feefer. Love them! Book ends…. me thinks?

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We continued to see the theme of gold and angel wings as we traveled to Natural Curiosities and admired their beautiful artwork!

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A few more of our faves: The new Giselle collection from Loloi Rugs (colors and patterns were eye-catching) ….I think we need within our showroom…., an art collection by Mitchell Black (love discovering other fellow Chicago businesses!), and the colorful gemstones adorning the chandelier collection at Ro-Sham-Beaux. Simply stunning.

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 This could go on and on and on….Around every corner we turned was another beautiful showcase of gorgeous design.  Last, but not least, we can’t forget our new boyfriend…As a chick heavy firm we welcome this dude into our lair! While he may be short-we aren’t judging! Props to a couple of my fave gals, Pam and Mary, stellar owners’ of  Tuesdays On The Boulevard. I have shared many an antique moment with these experienced and brilliant gals. Hail to the High Point Antique and Design Center! That’s my cue for my mantra #Modernique :)

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For everything else, as our shuttle driver told us as he drove us from party to party, “What happens in High Point, Stays in High Point”.

Come check out our new finds soon at our Modernique Showroom at 1822 W Grand! Please disregard any typo’s or omissions- we were delayed 16 hours leaving Greensboro…Never loved Chi so much in my life! xx

 





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What city am I in today? (Between the weather in Chicago this winter and the sunshine in Arizona, that answer is clearly obvious!) The last few months have been a whirlwind. I’m reminded every day of how lucky I am to be living my dream. Next week I have the huge honor of hosting my first seminar at the Decoration and Design building in NYC! Hosted by Kravet fabrics, and joined by my dear friend and Executive Editor of Lonny Magazine, Irene Edwards, I will be sharing my experience of building an interior design brand and my trademark design aesthetic, Modernique.

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Whether you are just beginning your interior design career or your realize that being an interior designer is your next must-do career, I hope you can join Irene and me as we share our secrets of building a successful business and brand within the exciting world of interior design.

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“Modernique” Living Room featuring Kravet Chairs! This recent project of mine is hot off the pages of the most recent Luxe Magazine! Photography by Hausman and Associates

After a quick trip to NYC, it is then off to North Carolina for High Point Furniture Market! It’s hard to believe it is that time of year again. I LOVE High Point Market. The most amazing thing about market is that you get to touch, see, hear, and visualize all the latest and greatest in interior design. It always inspires me and I bring those ideas back to share with my team and my clients.

I am thrilled to be asked to return as a host of a “Suite Spot Tour” at the Suites at Market Square! Please join me and my fellow fabulous cohorts- Crystal Palacek, Christian May, and Corey Damen Jenkins- as we share design trends and innovation as we see it. My tour is Sunday, April 6th at 2:00pm! Sign up today! A huge shout out to the International Market Centers and my pal, Gretchen Aubuchon for spearheading the fabulous festivities!

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That Sunday, I am also taking over Instagram for market! Follow me on Instagram @designonhpmkt as I takeover and snap pics of all my fab finds!

 

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Here is a sneak peak at some of my tour stops…

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Chan Geo Collection Look # 8 Chandelier, Gold

 

Ro Sham Beaux

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Fluted Table

 

 Louise Gaskill

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Mae Chandlier in gold/silver gilt with vintage blue Murano Glass

 

Tommy Mitchell

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Lucite Gilded Flower Side Table

Stray Dog Designs

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I’m counting the days till market. It is not only wonderful seeing all the beautiful introductions in the world of interior design, but also seeing old friends, making new friends, and who could forget eating your way from showroom to showroom and party to party!! Hope to see y’all there!

 

 





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Facade of one of my recent design projects in the heart of Lincoln Park in Chicago

If you know Chicago, then you know that its Lincoln Park neighborhood is one of the most beautiful and family friendly areas of the city.  Its streets are lined with stunning antique brownstones, lovely newly constructed row houses, and as its name suggests, a very substantial + gorgeous park or two.

One of my latest projects was for a fabulous young, active family whose taste was just as energetic.  The traditional facade opens up to interiors filled with bold hues, modern shapes and worldly elements.  Particularly when it is this “hazy shade of winter” (like it is today), a colorful home provides welcome positive energy. I get this vibe from merely hanging with these clients of mine :)

After living in the house for several years-where I had been working all along- and becoming decidedly more interested in adding color and their “personal” touches, we traded in the “traditional” wooden staircase railing for a more sleek and modern steel that outlines the modern interiors perfectly. That along with my favorite color (orange!) stair runner sealed the staircase deal.

We also gutted the kitchen to expand the space by eliminating an unused Butler’s pantry to enhance the storage space and overall functionality for a busy family with three young sons. Shopping one day for some modern goodies, I stumbled upon a dramatic mid-century textile art-piece that fit the dining room wall perfectly. Already equipped with the original modern lucite hanging accessories- this this made my client whoop with joy!  The addition of the mod yet antique Murano Chandelier (1920)..” made with a glass-forging technique developed to amplify flickering candlelight in the 17th century and produced on the island of Murano, it represents the grandeur of centuries-old craftsmanship.” Dramatic in its scale, color and delicate filigree, it complements the antique Chinese table and seating in a whimsical way adding some important design tension.

Out last design step was to create a powder room that literally “lit it up!’ Backlit art by a local artist was custom fit to illuminate this room. Colorful brick floor tiles….a-mazing, no?

As a “color-obsessed” girl myself,  I had a blast working on this project-to say the least!

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Living room filled with bold and eclectic elements-the soft and textural “Pebbles” rug is a fave. Fabrics by Romo.

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Ann Sacks tile gleaming with combination of metal and colorful glass. BluDot counter stools add a dose of color.

Can you tell that turquoise is a fave color of ours?

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Custom furniture pieces for a smaller “city” family room on top of a Jonathan Adler Lollipop rug. Orange mohair….so dreamy!

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 Crazy cool tile floor in the powder room along with modern art that makes me wanna sing!

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Lacquering an inherited vintage cabinet in a bright turquoise changed this landing forever!

I hope that you enjoyed a glimpse of one of my favorite client projects. As interior designers, we are only successful given the perfect storm of possibilities, humor, architecture, fantastic collaboration, trust and friendship with our clients- and a little love of color, texture, unique art and artifacts along the way. Cheers!





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Buckingham Interiors + Design DIFFA Dining by Design Space

It has been quite a whirlwind past couple of weeks for us over at Buckingham ID!  We participated in the CS Interiors Anniversary Home at The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Chicago (my firm completed the kitchen/patio), and we also just wrapped up DIFFA Dining by Design!  We partnered with one of our favorite fabric/wall covering companies, Romo, to create our Dining by Design space, and I must say that I was thrilled with the results.  Not only was this a fun way to mix and mingle amongst the Chicago design community, it was also a wonderful way to participate in a very worth cause.  DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), is such an amazing organization, and I am honored to contribute to its charitable efforts. My husband had absolutely no luck in restraining me from doing one of the things that I do best…bidding and winning some fabu silent auction items!

We used Kirkby Spectrum plaids for the chairs as well as for framed art, Romo Kingfisher Hexagon wall covering, a mid-century marvelous lighting pendant (that we fondly refer to as “the gummy fixture”) to anchor the space, oversized Richard Kooyman “food” art, and recycled glass objets d’art on stands as part of the tablescape.

I was also inspired by a current Arizona project that I am working on (will share photos with you soon!) to add unique vintage leather Western belts to the back of the chairs.  It was an unexpected touch but I am delighted by the eclectic effect.  After all, what fun is design if not unexpected?

I cannot forget to mention our centerpiece (and new BID showroom pet), Betta Fish Queen Victoria.  She is a true looker and beautifully complimented the scheme.  Nature is the greatest inspiration for design, after all.

Many thanks to H. Bloom for providing the stunning floral arrangements and to Werner Straube Photography for the fabulous photos.

Stay tuned for more Buckingham Interiors + Design news to come…never a dull moment over here at BID headquarters-we have just begun the design for our David Adler designed Lake Forest Showhouse in the “Original Party Room.” How perfect is that for me? :)

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Belt Detail from our DIFFA Dining by Design Chairs

BID girls (L-R: Paulina, Brenna and Colette) with President of Romo USA Frederic Henry at DIFFA Dining by Design Cocktail Party

BID gals (L-R: Shannon, Colette, Paulina, myself and Brenna) at the DIFFA Dining by Design Gala

Team BID (plus hubby John) acting silly at the step and repeat with the Romo girls at DIFFA Dining by Design Gala

L-R: John, Shannon, Paulina, Colette, Julia (me!), Catrina, Maria, Christi, Brenna, Heddi

Yummy signature cocktails at DIFFA Dining by Design Gala (by one of the event’s sponsors, EFFEN Vodka)

Our guest of honor at the Buckingham ID/Romo table- Betta Fish Queen Victoria!

Kehoe Designs display at DIFFA Dining by Design, always a stunner!

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I am definitely what you may call a wine aficionado. And the design possibilities when it comes to wine! Wine can actually enhance your living space. Why hide your wine when it can be out and make a statement! Check out some of my favorite wine cellars and wine storage design ideas.

Daun Curry really knows how to make wine shine. The lighting shining from behind the bottles creates a subtle, warm glow. Notice how the storage travels across the adjacent wall to continue the design and highlight the wine as a central piece of art. Who wouldn’t want to lounge at this home bar with family and friends?!

How about this space? This spiral staircase leads from the kitchen to a “hidden” wine cellar below. If you have the space (and budget!), this could easily become the family’s favorite storytelling subject.

This other example of wine storage takes advantage of the dead space under staircases. This is the perfect solution for smaller spaces and it would be a fairly inexpensive project. Love that each bottle has its own cubbie!

Now this is a hole in the wall that I could actually deal with! Again, this is a great use of otherwise dead space. Do you like how the color blends with the bricks or would you rather have a popping color to further highlight this unique wine storage option?

All you MGs KNOW that I love this one! A little mix of old and new, perfectly modern-ique(R).  Repurpose a vintage library card catalogue  unit to store your favorite bottles—and use the labels to easily find what you’re in the mood for! Use a little chalkboard paint instead of  labels and you add a sophisticated flair while creating even more usability—just erase and relabel after you drink up!

My oh my look at all that wine! Although the link doesn’t give much information on this wine wall, who doesn’t love a bit of mystery? It looks as if a the cooling unit was built into the wall with frosted glass to create glow and beautiful shadows. You would have to have quite the large stock of wine for this to work, but what a unique idea to create a magical space!

As you know, I love functionality and style. This island features convenient storage for your favorite wine! When you’re ready for a drink, it’s right where you need it! I love how you can fit up to 20 bottles of wine without taking up extra space in the room.

So many homes are cramped for space, so that little space between cabinets or in odd places around the kitchen becomes prime real estate. You will notice this dead space particularly around the fridge. If you have about 6 inches, this is the option for you. Although it doesn’t produce a lot of storage, it’s a great idea for the occasional red-wine night, or even just to store your favorite cooking wines!

And here is a wine storage area featured in one of my client’s homes. With just a little space, you can create your own wet/dry bar to create a splash in your living room. This intricate design can store a significant wine collection (and it looks pretty too!). Think of it as your own library of wine!

I like how this minimalist set-up sets the wine as a central design element in the room. The bottles are balanced on peg-like rods, easy to reach and easy to show!

This is an excellent wine storage idea for those who like to keep around a few of their favorite bottles in an elegant display. Love the modern teardrop shape  that accommodates the storage of wine necessities!

Which of these wine storage ideas would you use in your home? Do you have a large stock of wine or do you just keep a few of your favorites? I would love to hear what you’re currently doing in your home and what you would like to do in the future. Comment below!





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Whether you are craving a little bit of lighting bling or just looking for inspiration for “later” design additions, my last post highlighting some fab lighting on a current show ( popular TV and Movie set designs) got me inspired to dig a bit deeper into how lighting is showing up on the big screen. Hoping you will enjoy these 10 interesting and unique pieces found on TV and move sets. Lighting is- as most of you may be used to hearing me say- one of my favorite additions in bringing a room together. Lighting, while  functional also must be enchanting to look at in a room. It can most easily become a work of art!

1. Gossip Girl – David Weeks Aluminum Bullet Chandelier

This David Weeks Aluminum Bullet Chandelier that hangs above Lily’s desk is a uniquely clean lighting fixture that seems to float within the room. Lily’s apartment is a modern and simple place where this piece fits in perfectly.

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2. True Blood – LAMF Crystal Chandelier

The LAMF chandelier over Bill’s desk in his office is a traditional crystal chandelier encased in a black lamp shade taking something simple and traditional and elegantly recreating it into something unique and modern. I know that I shared this image last week- but just couldn’t resist adding it again :)

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3. Sex and the City 2 – Lindsey Ademan Studio Blown-Glass Chandelier

The Lindsey Ademan Studio blown glass chandelier in Carrie and Big’s hallway in Sex and the City 2 is absolutely exquisite and screams “Carrie” the instant you look at it. The look of bubbles mixed with the champagne colors is the perfect example of how attuned to “the deets”  set designers are putting together with the perfect pairings.

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4. Mirror Mirror – Laeila Chandelier
In the movie Mirror Mirror, this three meter tall chandelier creates an elegant backdrop for the queens palace. The 6,000 pieces of handblown glass leaves give it a whimsical and beautifully sparkling look that is perfect for this Snow White tale. Mystical and magical!

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5. Gilmore Girls – Richard and Emily’s House

There are a ton of great lighting fixtures at Richard and Emily’s house, but one you see quite often is the one over the dining room table. Wether they are enjoying Friday night dinners or reading the morning paper, the chandelier here becomes a regular fixture during the show’s seven seasons. It is a traditional and timeless piece.


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6. The Phantom of the Opera – Swarovski Theater Chandelier

Words can barely describe this amazing 2 ton chandelier. This piece is made of over 20,000 Swarovski crystal pieces and measures 17 feet tall and over 13 feet wide. The chandelier has it’s own part in the movie, as well as a stunt double.

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7. True Blood – Gotham Chandelier

Bill Compton has too many pieces to only list one. This amazing Gotham Chandelier is hung in his foyer, placed after he became the King of Louisiana.


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8. The O.C. – The Cohens Kitchen

In the TV show The O.C. the Cohens have an amazing chandelier that doubles as a pot and pan holder in their kitchen. This is one of the most beautiful set designs showing how a kitchen can look elegant and still be functional in an Orange County home. Looks and feels perfectly “homey” and warm.


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9. Harry Potter – Gringotts Wizarding Bank

The Chandeliers in Gringots Bank that the children visit in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 are paired with beautiful marble columns to convey an amazing reflection of wealth, whimsy and grandeur.

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10. GCB – Gigi’s Foyer

The chandelier in Gigi Stopper’s grand foyer is designed to be elegant and show stopping. The two focal points of this space are meant to be the chandelier and the staircase. Classic elegance.


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What are some of your favorite chandeliers from TV and Movie sets? How do they add to the space or reflect the characters they belong to? All MG’s prepare to comment and share!

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