{Wire deer head that was the inspiration for this post! Featured on Casa Sugar in 2009}

I was having a meeting with one of my assistant’s, Colette, the other day, and she mentioned in passing a wire deer head that she had purchased from PB Teen that the gal who had rented her apartment near Northwestern U after her was coveting. This request was ultimately denied as Colette couldn’t give it up.

We pulled up PB Teen’s website on my computer, and unfortunately they do not still have the wire deer head (aptly named Oh Deer!) that Colette purchased nearly two years ago, but they do have many interesting wire wall decorating accessories. In fact, a wire shark was installed in a young boy’s room in a clients home next week (you should see the full size surfer mural behind his bed!)

PB Teen?  Who would have thought! Although they are displayed in a very “teen” setting on PB Teen’s website (well it is a teen brand after all), given some imagination and foresight I think these wire pieces could find a place in any almost any room, dorm room,  poolhouse or  playroom- while adding a bit of my favorite whimsy.

{Wire Starfish Set, $35}

{Wire Starfish Hooks, $15}

{Wire Sea Turtles, $39-$59}

{Wire Sailfish, SALE! $29}

{Wire Jellyfish, SALE! $54}

{Wire Zodiac Signs, SALE! $8.99}

And I couldn’t help but feature these mirrors from PB Teen too…Wire and wood is always a good combination.

{Driftwood Mini Mirrors, $59}

{Driftwood Mirror, $99}

{Know Your Ropes Mirror, $99}





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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.





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The Hunted

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jan 07, 2011 | 3 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Walls

{This room needs to be hunted down…major hazard to design!}

Not the log cabin type?  The the image above make you cringe?  No worries!  Animal heads/accessories are back in fashion, and not just for that “rustic” second home your in-laws have in northern Wisconsin.  Restoration Hardware in particular has created a line of animal head inspired wall decor that translates country style into city chic.

Still skeptical that this look is too Daniel Boone?  Check out this living room I featured in my “Bachelor Life” post (the home of my friend, developer Daran Puffer) that exhibits just how fab this look can be.

And don’t worry, all of the Restoration Hardware items are casted in resin.

Want to make an even bigger statement?  Try this antler chandelier!





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Shiny cars, shiny mirrors, shiny windows…shiny walls?  While the aforemetioned are pretty much preferred shiny across the board, not everyone is head over heels for lacquered walls.  Personally, I think when done right they give a space an elegant sophistication with an undeniable “wow” factor upon walking into a gleaming room.  It is no doubt somewhat of a design leap of faith, but I think the following rooms featured in Elle Decor hit the mark.  Lacquered walls seem to appear frequently in libraries, dens and foyers, but these photos suggest that the finish can actually be very versatile.  What do you think?  Could you get your shine on?





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While perusing the cosmetic department of Bloomingdale’s SoHo the other day, a friend of mine spotted possibly the hottest, coolest most exciting pairing since Brad and Angelina: Jo Malone + Farrow & Ball.  Well…maybe not quite to that extent.  Nevertheless, I can’t stress enough how much I love the sophisticated and classic look of Farrow & Ball paint and wall coverings as well as the fresh, intoxicating, sexy scents of Jo Malone.  Both self proclaimed “British lifestyle brands,” the two joined forces to bring F&B’s signature colors to Jo Malone’s signature scents in the form of scented candles.  Don’t they compliment each other perfectly?  Both the scents and colors of these respective brands are classic, timeless and sophisticated.

Find the Farrow & Ball Jo Malone collection at Farrow & Ball showrooms as well as Jo Malone stores. (And perhaps some Bloomingdales too?)





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Bigger is Better

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jun 02, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Art, Decorating, Dining Rooms, Walls

{Buckingham ID}

Have you noticed oversized wall decor popping up all over magazines, website, magazines, designer’s projects, the blogsphere…etc?  This trend seems to indicate that larger is better at the moment, or at least the customer/client favors the big and the bold.  From paintings to mirrors to series of framed photographs and unique pieces of wall art, oversized wall decor is very chic without being too trendy.  I think this decor may stick around for a while, and even if you hop on the bandwagon now, it won’t likely be passe by this time next year.  It seems to be especially popular in the dining room.  Is there that one wall adjacent to your table that just doesn’t seem to get it right?  Try out a larger than life piece of decor…it just might be the solution to your wall problem!

{Elle Decor…Ellen Pompeo’s home!}

{CS Interiors}

{Casa Sugar}

{Blu Label Bungalow}

{Katie Did Blog}

{Angelino Interiors}

{House Beautiful}

{Elle Decor}

{Decor Pad}

{Buckingham ID}





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If you think maps are only hung on the wall of your 6th grade geography classroom, think again.  This month’s Elle Decor features a great article about using maps as inexpensive wall art, and I couldn’t agree more.  Hanging a map (or a collection of maps) on a wall or using map wallpaper in virtually any room adds a sense of sophistication and instantly makes the room feel more personal.  I would love to dedicate a wall to vintage maps of all of the various cities I’ve lived, locations of my children’s colleges, and countries of ancestral origin. I have used an historic map of all of Paris as the backdrop of an entire living room wall- and just installed a vintage 1950′s school map of the United States in a young pair of brothers playroom.  Both made a huge impact and sparked a yearning for more information- and travel :)

There are so many websites devoted to vintage maps as well as reproductions, not to mention the endless selection to be found by simply typing “maps” into the search on eBay.  Check out the gallery of Elle Decor’s map art.

Here are some great resources for map art given in the article:

Ward Maps

Natural Curiosities

Argosy Bookstore

V & J Duncan

Rand McNally

National Geographic





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Gleaming, glowing, glossy and bright… These walls are anything but understated and I’m infatuated with every inch…

Never afraid to color outside the lines, Miles Redd allows sapphire to shine

Where was this room when I wrote Purple Rain? Check out these glossy, bold boundaries… Yum!

Jonathan Berger gave this late-19th-century Brooklyn home one jaw-dropping entrance with Benjamin Moore’s Razzle Dazzle… Wowza!

Laquered loveliness… This space couldn’t be more fab if it tried.  Loving this high-gloss blue amid black, white and yellow…  Fierce.

{Images gathered from Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and Head Over Heels.}





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As you know, I’m quite partial to brights, lights and whites… of neutrals and heather grays… but must admit, these slate-inspired spaces have me going to the dark side

Mario Buatta adds depth and elegance with his brilliant selection amid feminine, delicate decor…

Loving this seamless blend of ebony walls and glistening black flooring…

Crisp white linens set off soot-like surroundings oh so beautifully in this Domino bedroom…

Drama and glamour filled walls house this chic ebony and ivory tub just right…

This sleek backdrop is the perfect compliment to Vueve Clicquot hues and rustic wood floors…

Natural elements and fresh whites pair perfectly atop pitch-black boundaries…

What do you think? Time to turn in those pale walls for a little dose of drama?

{Images gathered from Apartment Therapy, Domino, Decor Pad and Living Etc.}





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Two Windy City fashionistas gave their La Porte estate a renovating makeover and welcomed Chicago Home + Garden Magazine through their doors… So happy they did.

This glossy red entranceway has me crazy in love… Paired with black and white papered walls, it truly shines as it should.

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Love, love, loving this effortless mix of classic and modern.. of matte and gloss.. of slate and white. Lucite Louis X-esque chairs amid mirrored finishes leave this space feeling boundless and bright.

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A consistent palette enables the couple to mix, match, accessorize and expand collections at will while maintaining a sense of fluidity and balance throughout… “It’s incredible how much fun it is to play musical furniture. We like playing house.”

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The perfect mix of personality and soul… well-collected and a true reflection of the Mark Heister Designs pair. “We’re from a black-tie life in the fashion business. Every day is an event, and why not?”

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Well said!

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