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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The gorgeous tall ceilings and pristine white brick walls of our Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom are the perfect canvas for showcasing the talented work of Chicago artists and artists nationwide.  We’ve been proud to showcase work in the past of the talented Linc Thelen, Richard Shipps, and Lynn Basa to name a few!

 
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“Jellyfish” and “Grid Study” by Linc Thelen

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“Evolution” by Linc Thelen

We are absolutely honored to be featuring the work of the amazing artist Amy Cannady in our new Spring art exhibition!

In Amy’s artwork, tensions and serenities coexist, inviting the viewer to consider life’s mysteries and ambiguities.

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“I Stood in Awe” by Amy Cannady

Through a reduction and layering process Amy allows line and form to emerge, disappearing again into obscurity. There is a deep sense of time and space. Painting is a language, and Amy Cannady’s has been described as a form of “Glossolalia.” The viewer is invited to ponder that something has happened, is happening, or is about to happen. She intentionally seeks no control, but looks for the possibilities in the paint and the painting process.

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 “How We Do It” by Amy Cannady

The artist shares, “There will surely be different interpretations of that which is seen in my work!

I hope this acknowledges the pluralistic world we live in and that a painting may be a point for open dialogue.”

 Cannady holds a BFA from Southern Methodist University, where she also completed postgraduate studies in Art. In recent years Amy has lived and painted in Santa Fe, Florida, and the Midwest, She currently resides in Dallas, Texas, also the location of her studio. Her work is in private and corporate collections throughout The Americas and Europe. She is currently represented in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Nashville. We were fortunate to feature a collection of her paintings in collaboration with KM Fine Arts in Chicago.

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“In Full Regalia” by Amy Cannady

Can’t help but stare at this beautiful piece as I walk through the showroom…Gorgeous!

A collection of Amy’s paintings are currently on display at our Modernique showroom through Mid-June.

Be sure to stop by 1822 W. Grand and check it out, as well as much, much more…

And stay tuned for our next featured Artist!

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“The Approach to Perfection” by Amy Cannady

Looks pretty perfect to us!!

 

 





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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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Birds, like colors and shoe shapes, fall in and out of style. Flamingos were hot in the Depression and they came back in the Miami Vice era. Wood-&-copper mallard ducks flew across family room walls in the 1950s and a few years ago, we had a short, meaningless fling with owls (what was that all about?) but still, the list of birds used in decoration is pretty short. When was the last time you saw, say, a flock of crows used as a decorative motif?  It’s been a long time.

Let’s face it, certain birds are simply more popular than others.  I mean, its hard to think decoratively about birds that wreck crops or carry away cute baby bunnies for their midnight snacks! With that in mind, it shouldn’t be a surprise that, this season, peacocks, the quintessential Art Nouveau bird, are having yet another one of their many moments, the same way they did in 1966, at the beginning of the Psychedelic era.  Like the poet says “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”.

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I spotted the beautiful mounted specimens above while treasure hunting for antiques in Paris last summer and when I got back to the studio, I found an addition (one of many!) to our recently renovated conference area: this incredible PEACOCK DARK rug  by English fashion designer Matthew Williamson, whose brand is known for incredible prints.  It was gifted to BID from our good friends at The Rug Company!

The Peacock designed rug is available in a light colourway as well as this dark one.

The Peacock Rug is also available in a light colourway.

And for those who might hesitate to put such such a gorgeous piece of art on their floors, I have good news! Matthew Williamson’s new Autumn 2013 collection of fabrics and wallpapers for Osborne & Little also features one of his signature peacock designs:  “The Eden Collection  is as heavenly as its name suggests: a riot of colours and patterns reflecting the British fashion designer’s diverse influences, from exotic birds to 1970s-style animal prints” - ELLE Decoration.  This richly colored jewel toned collection (filled with lots of deep emerald, cobalt blue, plum, and gold tones) will be sure to inspire you as we enter into late Fall. It definitely inspires me!

How insane is this wallpaper?

How insane is this wallpaper? And I love how the polished chrome of the furniture echoes the metallic sheen of the paper!

For years, there was a silly prejudice about combining certain colors.  ”Blue and green must never be seen” used to be a common saying.  Didn’t those folks ever see a bed of iris? Or blue hydrangeas against bright green grass? Or–hello!–a peacock? For people not so hemmed-in by arbitrary decorating rules, peacocks have served as the direct inspiration for a lot of  to-die-for rooms.

The Peacock Room at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

The Peacock Room, now at the Smithsonian in Washington, has been all over the place, but it started out in London, as an 1870s collaboration between shipping tycoon Frederick Leyland, the English architect Thomas Jekyll (who designed the room’s walnut paneling and shelving to display Leyland’s collection of Oriental porcelain and panels of antique Spanish leather) and the American artist James Whistler (yes, that Whistler) who proceeded to gild Jekyll’s wood and completely paint over Leyland’s treasured antique leather panels. The big reveal must have been like the Victorian version of Trading Spaces–OMG!–and not in the good way, either.

Yes, the finished room was stunningly gorgeous–it is in a museum, after all!–but it wasn’t at all the what client asked for and the whole thing ended up in a nasty lawsuit. Quelle hot mess! So this room contains two important lessons for designers, one good and one bad:  1) Blue & green DO go together,  but 2) Ignore the client’s wishes at your own risk.

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Fortunately, that kind of  disaster doesn’t happen very often. In fact, here’s another interior of the same period and with the same kind of richly glowing colors (this time, in glazed tile, not painted leather) and this time, the client loved the results! The room is in the Driehaus Museum in Chicago–just off Michigan Avenue, so don’t miss it–and if you visit in the next few weeks, you can see another peacock-inspired creation in the museum’s current Tiffany exhibit:  this iridescent gold-mounted Favrile glass vase.

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OK, this beauty isn’t for sale, but these are exactly the kind of colors I’m always drawn to, so if you see the show and decide you’re wanting a swirly glass piece in those colors–one that you could actually buy, that is, not just look at–we have the little piece below  in the BID Studio. With a coat of Tiffany Blue lacquer on your walls and a few feathers in a tall nickel-plated cylinder,  you can create your very own Peacock Room!  And if you do, send us a picture!

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Last stop: a rendering of a Peacock Room (painted for the Crane Company of Chicago) that doesn’t contain a single peacock reference, only the colors of its plumage. This subliminal approach is often the most interesting, because instead of stating a theme explicitly, it lets the room’s occupants discover it on their own. Sometimes, less is more,  although, considering the level of finish in this room, “less” isn’t quite the word. Either way, it’s a knockout!

Crane Roman Peacock Bath

The takeaway lesson is simple: inspiration is everywhere.  How you use it is up to you.





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How adorable is this water coloring rendering of the Hermes La Maison home line?

I discovered the new Hermes La Maison home line when our wonderful Dedar rep came to our showroom and offices at the end of last year, sharing with us the most amazing textiles and wall coverings from this iconic brand. Now, it is not enough to swoon over their fashionable bags, scarves, throws, clothing, boots, sandals, watches (of which I am a huge fan) and baubles-more delightful goodies to ponder!

It wasn’t long after that I decided to recover an antique French chair in the Fil de Argents print (yes, I have a slight thing for chains) in the orange color way (I also have a slight orange thing, too).  This chair made its way to a recently completed Arizona design project, but my obsession with the Hermes home line had only just begun.

Not only does the Hermes La Maison collection include textiles and wall coverings, it includes furniture and rugs as well (obviously of the ultra luxurious sort).  I do not know the exact prices of all the items, but knowing the price point of Hermes,  I can only imagine how many zeroes follow that leather sofa…

Take a look at some of my favorites from the collection!

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3-seater Bench from The Pippa Collection

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Square Table from The Pippa Collection

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Occasional Table from The Pippa Collection

A bit about The Pippa Collection…

“This line of foldable and easy-to-move-around furniture was imagined by Rena Dumas and Peter Coles, in the Hermès spirit of “moving with elegance”. It combines the warmth and softness of wood (pearwood, ebonized maple or teak) with the suppleness and resilience of leather (fontanella cowhide, natural cowhide, clemence bullcalf, skipper buffalo).”

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Armchair for Reading and Resting in Fabric and Leather, from The Matieres Collection

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Fabric and Leather Sofa from The Matieres Collection

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Storage Coffer from The Matieres Collection

A bit about The Matieres Collection…

“In the Matières collection, Antonio Citterio highlighted once more the functionality of furniture, and prioritized conviviality, comfort and harmony. This collection also emphasizes the sensory of the materials: leather, fabric, wood, metal.
During his visit to the Hermès Conservatory of Creations, the designer was particularly drawn to a saddle rack whose proportions and volume inspired him for the design of his armrests. The reading chair reclines into a relaxation position.”

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2-seater Sofa from The Jean Michele Frank Collection

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Club Armchair in Sheepskin from The Jean Michele Frank Collection…swooning…..

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Folding Screen from The Jean Michele Frank Collection

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Low Soleil Table from The Jean Michele Frank Collection

A bit about The Jean Michele Frank Collection…

“Jean-Michel Frank is an iconic designer from the Art Deco movement. He was the most influentialial designer and decorator of the 1920′s and 1930′s. The lines are rigorous and emphasized, shapes are simple yet refined. The materials used are versatile, from the rawest to the most sophisticated.
Sofas are compact, well-balanced and truly simple, iconic of Frank’s style.”

 

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 Antique French Gilt Armchair that I recovered in Hermes Fil de Argent fabric!

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One of my favorite wall coverings from the collection- Les Sangles

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A panel of this wall covering within picture frame molding- genius!

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Stunning scarf-like textile, Couvertures et Tenues de Jour

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How fabulous are these drapes?

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Circuit 24 Textile

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More gorgeous drapery!

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I love the Circuit 24 pattern in the wall covering, too!

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Finish Wall Covering in Nattier Blue

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Finish Wall Covering in Kaolin

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Herringbone Wall Covering in Orange

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Herringbone Wall Covering in Nattier Blue

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Gribouill’H Wall Covering in Sage

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Gribouill’H Wall Covering in Mandarin

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Feuillage Imprime Textile in Etoupe

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Feuillage Imprime Wall Covering in Mint

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Wrapping presents in Hermes paper?  Doesn’t get more luxe than that!

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Biblioteque Wall Covering in Nattier Blue- I used this in the bathroom of my Arizona design project!

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Also love this pattern in the textile version (Biblioteque in Cognac)

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Biblioteque Textile in Indigo





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New Buckingham Interiors + Design logo!

As they say, change is good…  I am in the midst of a rebranding campaign (stay tuned for more deets!), and one of my primary focuses was to redo my logo.  My old “Buckingham Interiors + Design” logo with the crown, all in a minimalist all caps font in gold tones, had been in use since the genesis of my firm 6 years ago.

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{Previous Buckingham Interiors + Design logo}

While I did love this logo and it had served me well, I was ready for something different.  I decided to go in a more artistic and feminine direction.  The format of my firm name and the crown remained, but the font is more stylized and the crown is more abstract and whimsical-much like my design aesthetic.  While the hue of “Interiors + Design” remained relatively the same, the “Buckingham” and the crown went from gold to a light purple.  I must say, I am thrilled with the outcome!  I had an amazing graphic designer who took my musings and turned them into something visual and beautiful.

This new logo and theme will be seen on all of my new branding materials- from my 1stDibs page to my business cards to my showroom storefront.  I can’t wait to move full speed ahead!

 

I’m loving these Pantone colors that my graphic designer and I chose…

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Pantone Color 7447 C- one of the main colors in my new logo/branding materials

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I was having trouble finding a good photo of Pantone Warm Grey 10 U, so here is a close representation!  Plus, these Pantone mugs are pretty cool, right? I first spotted them while in Paris last year attending Maison et Objet.

Of course, it goes without saying that much of my redesign was inspired by my recent interior design projects- and others I have had my eye on as well within the interior design community. I wholeheartedly have embraced the use of soft, gem- toned hues that feel color saturated without screaming too loudly. I do also like making some bold color statements for my more daring clients. The perfect complement of colors is part of our designer’s “due diligence” after all. Take a look below at some ways that interior design permeates throughout the design world and made its way into my new branding materials!


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 {Buckingham I+D Lake Forest Historic Mediterranean Project}


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 {Buckingham I+D Winnetka Project}

 

 

 

 

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 {Buckingham I+D Winnetka Project}

 

 

 

 

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{Buckingham I+D North Shore Project}

Other inspiration…

 

 

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 {via Decorpad}

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 {via Zuniga Interiors}

 

 

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{via Luxe and Lillies}

 

 

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 {via The Blue House}

 

 





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I had SUCH a great time at High Point that I wanted to share my finds with all my MG’s! It was so great seeing and connecting with so many fabulous people within our national design community.  If you like any of the pieces which I “spotted”and selected to be the most interesting, on-trend and just plain fascinating, please click the photo to “like” and “repin” from my Pinterest board. Each “like” and “repin” counts as votes – and I had so much fun that I would LOVE to go back to the April 2013 High Point Market as a Style Spotter yet again- as the “spotter”with the highest number of total points will be invited back, all expenses paid. Hurry, voting ends on Friday! 

I had the pleasure of aligning with eight other talented and inspiring #hptmkt #stylespotters. Cheers to Gretchen Aubuch@fashionanddecorLisa Mende@designLHMTraci Zeller @tracizellerCassandra LaValle@casslavalleLori Dennis,
@loridennisincJason Oliver Nixon@JOliverNixonJanel Laban@AptTherapy and Stacy Naquin, @StacyNaquin!

Franciscan Armoire in savannah grey and creme finish by Peninsula Home Collection Co. I love the patina of this piece! Could work in either a traditional or mod space. Love it? Click on the image and “heart” or re-pin this.

Helloooo Caracole!! Your “The Tastemaker” table was calling my name from the minute I stepped into the showroom. The exquisite “Wedding Dress White” finish with shagreen trim and curvy legs capped in silver would be divine in many spaces- regardless of style. Removing the center leaf would create the perfect “small spaces” table. Love it? Click on the image and “heart” or re-pin this.

Crazy about the stunning bar cabinet with its “Best Seller” Status. In all of its Chelsey Gray Limed Finish- I confess that I am a sucker for gray finishes- with bifold doors, linen wrapped doors, mirrored back and all lit up with recessed cans. Perfect for any and all parties- it is a party in itself! Isn’t she gorgeous? Heart and repin it! 

Recycle and repurpose- that’s a big deal within my design business- so imagine my excitement upon finding exquisite COLORFUL glass sculptures at Julian Chichester! On a bookshelf, centerpiece of a cocktail table arranged with other antique + modern artifacts- perfection. Will look smashing on my DIFFA dining table! Add it to your Pinterest board by repining it now!

Loving these multi-colored hide pillows I spotted at Design Accents Suite at High Point! One of each, please! Love it as much as I do? Click on the image and “heart” or re-pin this.

Oh boy! Color, color, color! Spotted these Palacek Design stackable mod and mid-century reminiscent gems “Mazatlan” chairs in pink, green, orange, white + black too. Best of both worlds for indoor or outdoor use. Click on the image and “heart” or re-pin this!

Loving this coral lacquered New Traditional “Dressing Chest”- Hot + new! Show your friends you like hot + new, repin this to your Pinterest board!

STUNNING bedding vignette- I just love it all at Thibault Design. Stacy and her team welcomed us with open arms. Canopy, headboard, drapery panels, coverlet, pillows-oh my!!! All fabrics, furnishings (launched this year) + wallpaper (over 125 years in the biz) in this Historic Market Square showroom. This is one that definitely needs bookmarking on your Pinterest board.

Guess what this is called??? The “Face Desk” of course! Amazing sculpted + architecturally interesting- I can just see this in many of my client projects. But, I think one may be headed to my BI+D Showroom in Chi as well ;)  Tell me what you think by clicking on the image to “heart” or re-pin this!

Like marble? Like carved marble? Well, your perfect coffee table has been found! The “Marble Fret Cocktail Table” at Globalviews is one hunky chunk. Although it is made all of marble, in white it feels light and happy. The “Fret” is perfectly comfortable within traditional, classic and elegant settings as well as the centerpiece of a modern loft. Love it? Click on the image and “heart” or re-pin this!

The “Paulina Side-By-Side” is such a unique piece. Actually a pair of chairs that fit together perfectly to create this stunner. It is priced as a piece- but the originality of the divided center makes it über special. The bubble carved legs in light wood are feminine + sassy. Add to that that my assistant, Paulina, who is traveling with me wanted it badly- before she even saw the name! Magical. Love it? Pin it! 

Jewel tones reign throughout High Point this season. I am in heaven! At Bungalow5 there is a mirror that embraces this theme- colorful glass in amethyst, blue and amber make up their Sunburst Wall Mirror. Mirror mirror on the wall- it’s the fairest of them all! Be sure to  “heart” or re-pin this on your Pinterest board!

What a fabulous dinner party conversation starter! Just think of the fun you could have with these chalkboard backed “Percy”(square back) and “Louis” (round back) Bernhardt chairs at your next bash. I couldn’t help but to add it to my Style Spotting :)  Love it? Re-pin this!

This carpet literally almost leapt out at me while in the Loloi Showroom! The “Madeline” is full of the most energetic + vibrant colors- talk about a “wow” factor in any environment! Reminds me of one of my daughters with same name ❤ Click on the image to “heart” or re-pin this.

HALO STYLES ROCKS! Think antique, think retro, think right up my alley. This “Kitchenalia” chandelier melds a classic antique French crystal chandelier with whimsical antique kitchen utensils + pewter mugs. Form + function combined! Pinterest chandelier boards are missing this. Be one of the first to pin it to yours! 

Currey & Co has been my go-to for lighting for ages. I still adore the pieces that were originally hung in my Showroom/Offices a few years ago. So it should come as no surprise that one of their latest case pieces – the “Garbo Settee” continues this Love Fest. Currey & Co. can be found surrounded by BI+D love. Speaking of love, be sure to “heart” this on your Pinterest board to show your support!

Ooh-la-la! I would like to introduce you to “Moo-la-la the savvy + modern wing chair that I fell for hard at CR Laine today. The frame is fabu but the fabric is Eco-chic. Faux, faux, faux is the way to go here with the “vegan” fabric that is completely animal friendly. On the outside looking in it seems like a hide but after closer inspection and Holly’s blessing I learned that it was a perfect impostor. This belongs your vegan innovation  Pinterest board!

I also had the great opportunity to speak on two panels during the market. During the first I shared my expertise on trends and accessories, alongside Beth Webb, a superstar designer from Atlanta, and Dan Weiss President and CEO of Lillian August, and our fantastic moderator, Lee Hershberg, VP of Home Decor at the International Home Furnishings Center.

Above you’ll see Gretchen Aubuchon, Cassandra LaValle, Stacy Naquin and our charming moderator, Cheminne Taylor-Smith, VP of Marketing at High Point Market discussing our favorite High Point moments. All in all, High Point Market was brilliant! Again, I am so honored to have been chosen as a Style Spotter. What were your favorite pieces that I “Style Spotted” from High Point? Did you have any favorites that I missed?

Check out my Pinterest board for all the goods! Thanks again lovelies!





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Spain enchants me……On my very first trip to this captivating country,  I had the opportunity to be swept off my feet and to travel to Spain courtesy of Cosentino, the makers of Silestone, Sensa and Eco products. Cosentino’s current production capacity is 700,000 square meters of engineered stone per year, making it the largest manufacturer of engineered stone slabs in the world. The opportunity to visit their quarries and manufacturing plant and to get an all exclusive behind-the-scenes pass of everything Cosentino was the highlight of my summer.  And what a trip it was.

Starting in Barcelona, my husband  (Edels) and I met up with a group of fast paced and trend-setting  people in the design industry who were also part of this “party”. No expense was spared to provide us with an intimate glimpse into the culture and traditions of Spain. Being in the company with other like-minded design aficionados really was a treat, and in Spain we all aligned and gathered some roots.  Salutations to my friends who joined me on the trip…Patty Dominguez-Field Marketing Director for Cosentino, the leader of our group and the one who treated us all like royalty; Lisa Henry-National President of ASID , Randy Fiser-CEO of ASID  ; Shawn and Edward Alshut  -Duo architects of Studio A2 in Atlanta; Amanda Zitlin  and Terri Crittenden – both designers at the Chicago Interior Design Firm of Susan Fredman. What an amazing time we had together and experiences that I will never forget. We laughed, learned and shared much.

Along with experiencing some of the astounding sites, restaurants, shopping and nightlife to be seen in Barcelona, we were able to visit a local Silestone dealer and to gather in their exquisite showroom. We were then zoomed off  to Almeria  where we were able to visit Cosentino Headquarters. Upon our arrival to the airport, is was apparent that Cosentino had had a hand unto the design.  Cosentino is a  global leader within its field, is devoted to the responsible and innovative development of top-quality surfaces and is the world´s major producer of quartz surfaces, it is a family business consortium financed entirely with Spanish capital. I greatly admire their values and hope to aspire to them all within my own business.

A modern interior all created with Cosentino stone…

The Cosentino Headquarters certainly were a sight to see.  A very memorable part of the trip was having the opportunity to check out Cosentino’s Silestone quarries. Silestone is a naturally beautiful, durable quartz. (As you can see below!) Silestone is the world’s leading natural quartz surface and features a range of more than 65 unique colors! Silestone is the one and only worktop made of quartz with anti-bacterial protection, giving it hygienic properties that are not to be found anywhere else on the market. All in all, I love their products-having installation plotted for my new home in Arizona and my Buckingham I + D Showroom!

A Cosentino quarry- a great view of it all….

Of course, all that walking around quarries got all of our shoes a little dirty!  And check out my nail polish-quite the popular color this summer- Essie Bikini So Teeny! I just can’t resist a nod to fashion which sets off a light bulb for daily inspiration. I have been using blue quite a bit lately within my client projects. Just an FYI-this color has been sold out FOREVER- this was my swan song-best place for that bad news. Inspiration quite literally never stops!

 I am SO excited to be adding Cosentino’s Silestone in the color Lagoon in the Buckingham I+D showroom! It was such a great experience to watch the entire process- and look at the gorgeous results. We are all simply drooling over this color-simple and timeless- and my team is impatiently waiting for the BI+D installation!


While we were onsite- an interesting part of our trip was watching the manufacturing of Silestone.  Love this group pic of us respecting the process of proper and safe protocol for one of the most environmentally sound products in the world.

We had some very special group outings during the trip, including a luncheon within the private offices of the heart of the Cosentino Headquarter’s. The beautifully catered affair was an intimate glimpse of the fortitude, intelligence and elegance of the family themselves. Let it be said that our day together was regal in feel. I have had a glimpse of what it feels like to exhibit core values on every level-and their embrace of the generations of family that will carry on these values for many more years to come.

Our castle- Luncheon with Paco and his exquisite olive oil at Castillo de Canena

Oh the architecture…historic and regal.  We were received as friends and left as such!And yes, we got to sample it! YUM!

John and me during our final night in Granada..Alhambra Castle in the background. A night to treasure forever.

Thank you to the Chicago Cosentino Center for the Prexury Petrified Wood on the island and Haiku Silestone on the perimeter countertop in my designed kitchen at the CS Interiors 5th Anniversary Showcase at the Ritz-Carlton Residences (Open House October 12-13). Purchase tickets here. You will love it all as the Chicago design community has again proven what we can do!

 And a nod of gratitude to all of the Cosentino Family for the opportunity to have been invited to travel to Spain and to have been embraced as a part of their larger family. My experiences there have peaked my keen design interest to see what new and innovative products Cosentino comes up with next. I think that we all should stay tuned!

Adios amigos! xx

 





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Find Me On Social!

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Sep 21, 2012 | 5 Comments | Category: Trends, Uncategorized

Social media is becoming quite the large community and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with who is where! (Whew!) I wanted to take the time and share with you what I LOVE about being a part of such amazing and diverse social networks!

Facebook:
I love  Facebook because it allows me to share some of the most visually stunning client projects and behind-the-scene photos of the daily happenings at Buckingham I+D. It’s also a great space to share upcoming events and happenings in the design world. I love utilizing Facebook to get people’s opinions on new trends and to discuss my favorite topic- design!

Twitter:
I LOVE connecting with other professional Interior Designers, students and design enthusiasts! Twitter is a great way to share info on the go and to connect with people from literally ALL over the world. Tuesdays are my designated favorite Twitter days thanks to my favorite weekly Twitter chat, #IntDesignerChat. Last week’s post was a great example of the great conversations we have about all things design! It’s great sharing and learning from other professionals.

Pinterest: 
Now this is a social site I might spend a little too much time on! ;) Pinterest is a great tool to keep up with trends and create design story boards. I love following some of my favorite people and brands and sharing ideas! Speaking of Pinterest, you can also find me on High Point Market’s Style Spotter Pinterest page. I am so excited to be a Style Spotter at this year’s market! I will be pinning some of my favorite items I see while I’m there. Every re-pin and like counts as a vote for me!! I’d love your support! So please pin and like away!

Instagram:
Last but certainly not least, Buckingham I+D just started an Instagram account! I’m so excited to use Instagram to show those inspiring moments and objects I run into every day! Be sure to search for “buckinghamid” and follow!

What about you?
What are your favorite social media channels? I would love to connect. Leave a comment below with some of your social links and let’s start getting social together!! 





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As kids, we loved finding “secret spaces” around the home or in the backyard to call our own. Well it turns out those special spots are definitely not just for the little ones. Check out some of these very cool secret spaces for the home—and be sure to comment and let me know which ones are your favorite!!

Take this one for example: who would have thought to use steps themselves as storage?! Think of the endless options!

Last week I wrote a post about wine storage and how storage can be a part of your home’s design element and let me tell you, I found some very cool wine storage options. This secret space reminds me of a wine celler in my last post except a little more “undercover.”

Clever, clever!! You know that dead space under your cabinets that just collects dust? This is a very cool way to use that space in a bit of a mysterious way. Who would ever think to look under there? Now what would you put in these drawers?

Is this not Narnia or what?! I can just imagine how this would become a kid’s favorite space in the house. It would make for such a special reading room!

An ordinary looking dresser “magically” opens up to contain a hidden safe! My only question is: Don’t robbers usually look in drawers anyways? I wonder if this adds an extra security or if it’s just for fun!

A bookshelf that pushes back to reveil a secret room! The owner of this home has left the space unfinished for the moment, but wouldn’t that make for an awesome library or a home fitness space?

I know many people that use this little trick to their advantage already! Ordinary looking cabinets pull back to show numerous storage options. Clever and clean looking, don’t you think?

This has got to be one of my favorites and it reminds me of something I was discussing with my Facebook fans a few days ago.  Laundry rooms are a necessity, but not all of us necessarily want this space to be prominent in the home. This cabinet, turned laundry room is such a great idea to hide that little space away from the rest of the world!

Simple and clever indeed. For those of you with little ones running around, you understand the usefulness of this one!

The last one I found was another stairs option. What a great secret space, and a great way to use often-wasted space!

Which secret spaces are your favorites? Do you have any secret spaces in your home? Please comment and share your thoughts and experiences below!

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