It is always an incredible honor to have your work featured in print, and I was especially surprised and excited about the feature of my own home in the recent book “Chicago Space: Inspiring Interiors” by Jan Parr and the editors of Chicago Home + Garden magazine. The foreword is by Nate Berkus, a hometown guy.  Jan is a longtime friend and colleague of mine, so the inclusion of my North Shore home was all the more special. It makes me proud to see the stunning works within that were all designed by a very talented group of Chicago based designers. We can rock design here in the Windy City!

Take a look at the piece on my own home (love their title “Electric Eclectic”!)  and definitely grab the book (available on Amazon).  ”Chicago Inspiring Spaces” is at the top of my list- my favorite subject-well crafted interiors- and my favorite city-my hometown of  Chicago. I have purchased for clients and love seeing it placed on their coffee tables.

See more photos of my home and other projects on the Buckingham Interiors + Design website.





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A beautiful coffee table book is like a fantastic piece of art…for the fraction of the price.  For typically under $100, you can get decor for your yes, coffee table, but also for a desk, dresser, ottoman, mantle, even stacked artfully on the floor.

I spent a few minutes the other night browsing the “Home and Garden” section on Amazon, and here are some of my latest picks.  With the holidays rapidly approaching, coffee table books never fail as a go-to gift.

I am so excited to say that I recently have been featured in a coffee table book myself, entitled “Chicago Spaces,” by the editors of Chicago Home + Garden and with a forward by Nate Berkus.  There are some truly fabulous spaces from all over Chi-City…definitely worth checking out!





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Christmas List

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Nov 21, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Books

Restore. Recycle. Repurpose: Create A Beautiful Home, Randy Florke

Never too early to start your own holiday gift list or poke around for presents for friends, family coworkers…whoever!  For the design junkies in your life, home interior and design books are a tried and true option.  And there’s no shortage of them either!  I was browsing Amazon today and there are 5,847 books listed under the decorating category!  You will no doubt find one to fit your recipient’s taste (eh hem, or maybe your own :) )  Here are some of the “best sellers” that might be good options…and I only got through page 3!

My Passion For Design, Barbra Streisand

Bunny Williams, Scrapbook For Living

At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past, Suzanee Rheinstein, Pieter Estersohn, Margaret Russell

Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room By Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy, Deborah Needleman, Sarah Ruffin Costello, Dara Caponigro

New York Parties: Private Views, Jamee Gregory and Eric Striffler

Downtown Chic: Designing Your Dream Home: From Wreck to Ravishing, Robert Novogratz, Cortney Novogratz, and Elizabeth Novogratz

Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors, Jonathan Adler

Perfectly Kept House is a Sign of a Misspent Life: How to Live Creatively With Collections, Clutter, Work, Kids, Pets, Art, etc…And Stop Worrying About Everything Being Perfectly in Place

by: Mary Randolph Carter

Apartment Therapy’s Big Book on Small, Cool Spaces, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

At Home With Town & Country, Sarah Medford and the Editors of Town & Country

The Color Scheme Bible: Inspirational Palettes for Designing Home Interiors, Anna Starmer


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