Are you ready to par-tay?!!! If so, you must have heard about the latest trend in fine dining…mixing the table itself with a table top sport.

The fascination with “table tennis”  that blew up on the bar scene a couple years ago, beginning with the elite club, SPiN New York, has now made its way into the world of high end interiors.

These new versions are definitely more aesthetically pleasing, and most even double up as indoor/outdoor dining tables.

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This ultra-modern version from James de Wulf, made from reinforced concrete, comes in white (pictured) or light grey.  I actually just selected the light grey option for my home away from home in Arizona, that we have named Casa Lantana due to the abundance of this colorful foliage surrounding our property. Cannot wait to grab my paddle within our friendly confines! Last weekend in Phoenix we actually warmed up playing with our friends at The Yard , a local eatery repurposed from a car and motorcycle dealership, after eating way too many oysters. Crel and the hubs blew me away pretty quickly…I need some practice!

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Perfect for a pre party, dinner party, or after party! Beer pong anyone?

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Moving along to the latest in billiards, the master of making casual cool, James Persecreated this limited edition teak version, which doubles as a dining table when covered with the teak top (included).

With price tags for both options beginning at approximately $8000, they better double up as something!

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If you’d rather not bring this trend directly into your own home, you can get your Ping-Pong fix on some old school tables at local hot spots like Parsons Chicken and Fish and Ada Street.

The tables on the patio are first sign up, first serve. Sounds like the perfect end of summer activity to me!

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Enjoy these last days of summer before we all head back into the Fall grind. I am heading into a huge renovation of the space next door to our Buckingham I+ D Showroom to showcase even more design goodies for our 1stdibs presence as well as for our design clients. Also, a brand new website sharing 6 new projects will be unveiled before the end of the month. We are growing and I am so very proud and humbled. Much love to our chillens that are heading back to schools both new and comfie-and also both domestic and international.

Cheers to all!





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My girlzz and me at The House of Rock in Santa Monica

I was recently asked to become a Silestone Trendspotter for 2013. As a HUGE fan of Cosentino- the manufacture of Silestone as well as its sidekicks Eco, Sensa, Prexury, Scalea and most recently Dekton (more about this fabulous product later) I was an immediate “YES!” As a Trendspotter this year I am lucky enough to be part of an interior design trio which includes Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25 hailing from Dallas and Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in Sacramento. What a treat!

Our “First Encounter of the Design Kind” was two weekends ago when we attended the fabled Los Angeles hosted Dwell on Design. Our experiences were vast and equally as inspiring….as Trendspotter’s our first order of duty was to spot and to call out our favorite trends-that is anything that I couldn’t keep my eyes off of. Suffice it to say that I had my head barely screwed on straight after our first day. Here are some of my favorite items from all over the map (quite literally)….

Modern Art is NEVER not trending!

Modern art is never NOT trending!

Artist, Staci Cross carried by Saatchi online. Colors to die for! This piece has so many things going right for it COLOR, texture and fabulous abstract design…I also noticed that the palette has a lot in common with the latest and greatest hot Silestone colors that I glimpsed while I was in Spain at the Cosentino Headquarters this spring….

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Unique volcanic glazes make up these East meets MidCentury Modern pottery pieces by Josh Herman Ceramics.

Midcentury Modern is a current design trend embodied here with this dynamic pottery and sculpture where nature and the east all combine

Imagine one-or more-of these textural Josh Herman beauties atop one of the new “Nebula Code” suede or leather finish Silestone products as a buffet or countertop? Textural and tactile, with his signature volcanic glazes and modern, natural forms, Josh Herman’s one-of-a-kind sculptures and vessels express a true collaboration between the artist and his medium. I say true that and yes please :)

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“It takes Moxie to shower out loud.” says Kohler of its latest innovation. This showerhead + wireless speaker delivers up to 7 hours of music, news and more by pairing wirelessly with your device enabled with Bluetooth technology. It never fails that I acquire a new list of design “needs” whenever I see the latest cool goodies-darn you Kohler!

Household gadgets have gone all colors of the rainbow!

Color is now officially EVERYWHERE…and just when I thought that red was the craziest color for a vacuum cleaner this lineup from Panasonic appeared around the corner. I think it is safe to say that pushing one of these babies around may make one feel a little bit better about the daily drudgery of cleaning our homes.

Devine Color-super creamy paint

Ultra-creamy paint hues which will make your walls glow + a new way to explore

Devine Color Creamy Wall Coatings claim to be more than just paint. They like to say that “it is paint illuminated!’ Their color illuminating formula is infused with premium- quality pigments that embrace light and let true, rich, radiant color shine through. Devine color is luxuriously creamy and coats walls abundantly with a soft, lush finish that is durable washable and zero VOC. Add to all of this their “Discovery Cards” that step away from the traditional fan deck to see color in a whole new light. Each card features a boutique collection of colors artistically arranged around a viewing window that makes it easy and intuitive to compare shades and discover new paint combinations. I was thrilled to find out that this is a Chicago based company. I am anxious for my very own collection of “Discovery Cards” coming my way!

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Check this out! A street football “Seat Ball”made in Guatemala

Dwell onDesign was a feast of the very trendy hand-crafted and bespoke furnishings, accessories and artifacts that brought out many first time exhibitors. While I was immediately attracted to this seat/ball/I wasn’t sure what by its use of woven materials it was an amazing surprise to actually experience sitting on this street football “Seat Ball.” The interior houses a european football and the springing, bouncing vibe when you sit down makes you laugh out loud! When I mentioned that I wanted to purchase a pair (in the multicolored variety) for my Buckingham I+D Showroom, the Fabrica owner + designer said “You what?! You will?!” Fabrica is design for HAPPY PEOPLE as they say on their website and I am very happy.

 

Table made from salvaged remains from the Golden Gate Bridge

Own a tiny piece of history from an enormous architectural feat

And last but not least I have to get in a plug for the huge trend of repurposing architectural elements into furnishings and accessories. I like to call these pieces  ”modern art ” although they are made from vintage or antique remnants. Repurposing is a way to decrease the amount of salvage that is tossed into scrap yards and it allows us to remember something that may have had a very different past life. This table base was sculpted from portions of the pedestrian handrail replaced due to deterioration in 1993 from the original Golden Gate Bridge completed in 1937. Each of the pieces created by The Golden Gate Bridge Furniture Company is of limited number. Richard began his business with a 12′ long, 1000 pound handrail section! The table shown above is unusual for him as most side and coffee tables are topped with glass. The repurposed (note a trend!) top is mango wood that shows off in its graining a subtle nod to the color of the bridge element. The historical perspective and this talented man’s vision and artistic abilities really define a true American spirit.

A huge thank you and shout out to the team of completely inspirational, supportive and FUN group with whom I had the opportunity to share the week with. Trendspotting with y’all was a BLAST! xx

Nicole Janok, Sharp PR, Patty Dominguez, Cosentino NA, Yours Truly, Abbe Fenimore, Studioten25, Kerrie Kelly, KKDL at the ASID Design Awards Gala. Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

Nicole Janok, Sharp PR, Patty Dominguez, Cosentino NA, Yours truly, Abbe Fenimore, Studio Ten 25, Kerrie Kelly, KKDL

Happy 4th of July to you all! Here is to a weekend of family, fun and fireworks!

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{The Adamsleigh Estate in Greensboro, NC}

 I had such a wonderful time being a Style Spotter at High Point Market last fall, and was honored when I was asked to host a “Suite Spot Tour” for this market (along with other MGs Emily, Lauren and Jill). It is always a majorly fun gig to mingle with my dear friends, favorite vendors-both old and new- and of course with the “Mama” to us all, Cheminne Taylor-Smith who brings this whole world alive for us twice a year in High Point, North Carolina.

Between running around market looking for the latest and greatest pieces for my clients and showroom and prepping for my tour, I made it to the Junior League of Greensboro Showhouse.  I was invited to attend a small, private tour of the home with Traditional Home who is the sponsor of this magnificent undertaking- which was an amazing, intimate way to be able to view the stunning home. The philanthropic endeavors that this ShowHouse is sponsoring with all of the proceeds are grand and noble-to say the least. It is truly a brilliant collaboration between Trad Home and the Junior League. We are a design obsessed group and what better timing to highlight the fabulous work of some of my treasured colleagues than our annual Spring trek to market! So good to see you Beth Brenner and your warm welcome into the Showhouse was the icing on the cake. I confess to a Krispy Kreme sampling as well :)

I am currently working on the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago’s Lake Forest Showhouse for the second consecutive time, so I have the utmost respect for these designers who put their blood, sweat and tears into their spaces.  It definitely all pays off  in the end!  The house looked absolutely gorgeous.

There were so many rooms I loved, I could not just pick one favorite.  Did I mention that this 15,00 square foot, 33 room historic mansion located on 13 acres is on the market and can be yours for around $4 million?  After seeing the photos below, you might want to give your realtor a call.

Here are some of the highlights of this amazing and historic home. A fun fact is that many of the family’s own photographs are exhibited within the Showhouse to add to that historic and personal feel of the family that once spent many years within. Right up my alley!

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LIVING ROOM – MILES REDD

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BREAKFAST ROOM – JOHN LOECKE & JASON OLIVER NIXON

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INDOOR PORCH - ERIC COHLER

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SUN ROOM – BRADSHAW ORRELL INTERIORS

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GUEST ROOM – MEGAN WINTERS

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MASTER BEDROOM & BATHROOM – ROBERT BROWN

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MASTER SLEEPING PORCH – WARREN KESSLER

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MASTER SITTING ROOM – LISA KAHN

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MASTER DRESSING ROOM – LISA MENDE and TRACI ZELLER

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Lisa and Traci had this wallpaper custom made to match the elevations of the house!

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MAN’S CLOSET – LISA MENDETRACI ZELLER

And this wallpaper was also custom made to pay homage to the original homeowner’s textile business of making black socks!

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BEDROOM – KARA COX

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 BEDROOM – JACK FHILLIPS

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I hope that all of you that are enjoying the markets of High Point this season will stop by for a “Bird’s Eye View” of this labor of design love. It was truly the highlight of my time spent here. Congrats to all of the talented and lovely designer’s that created this eye candy for us all to devour!

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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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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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Josh Garrett’s work in my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom

I absolutely love the atmosphere of my office.  Not only does it serve as the working hub of my interior design business, but it also functions as a showroom and gallery space as well.  I have been an art fanatic for countless years, so bringing the best from the art world is part and parcel with my interior design work.

I am thrilled to announce that we are now exhibiting the work of local Chicago artist, Josh Garrett, at my Buckingham I+D Showroom!  Josh works primarily with metallics (copper, steel, aluminum) that have been etched, painted or treated.  The results of his painstaking creation process are truly breathtaking.

Here is a little bit of what Josh has to say about his work:

“When I started in 2005, I wanted to make art with a perfect, machine-like quality. My first pieces actually revealed a rawness that was unexpected but inspiring. The LINES series includes symmetrical designs in metallic or black paint. Some of the lines are broken, as a result of the process done by hand. Other pieces of mine include a fire treatment to create texture and abstraction. The use of fire was inspired by those unexpected qualities I discovered early on. Choosing that medium became an exciting means to create visual complexity with minimal control.”

Did I mention that Josh is also an accomplished guitarist?  What a cool dude!  To check out Josh’s work and to see what other Modernique® goodies we have in store, stop by our showroom at 1820 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago.

Take a look at some of my favorites from Josh Garrett’s collection…





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{Monaco Blue Chairs in One of My North Shore Projects}

My apologies for my absence on Material Girls as of late!  Between holiday festivities, a gut renovation of my new home in Arizona (stay tuned for pictures!), client projects here in Chicago and throughout the country, and all of the other madness that goes along with the design bizz, I’ve been thoroughly occupied.  Can’t complain, though…busy=booming!

I was thrilled when one of my favorite vendors, Silestone, asked me to weigh in on Pantone’s color of Spring (Emerald Green) and Pantone’s color of 2013 (Monaco Blue) in conjunction with their  amazing quartz countertop surfaces (check out the feature here!).  I absolutely love the playfulness yet richness of Monaco Blue, and have used hues similar to it in many design projects.  I must admit, I am not necessarily a green person, but upon thinking about Emerald Green, I found myself intrigued by this classic hue.  I may now be a “green” convert…the latest look of my showroom is actually very green!  Guess Emerald Green is rubbing off on me :)

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{My recently “greened out” showroom}

Take a look at some of my favorite ways to incorporate Pantone’s “Happening Hues” into your decor!

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{Pantone Color of Spring 2013: Monaco Blue}

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  { Pantone Color of 2013: Emerald Green}

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{Monaco Blue Walls in my Hinsdale Design Project}

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 {Monaco Blue in Lauren Santo Domingo’s Paris Duplex via Mark D. Sikes}

 

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{Emerald Green in Lauren Santo Domingo’s Paris Duplex via Mark D. Sikes}

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{Monaco Blue Walls and Chairs via Decor Pad}

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{Emerald Green Wallpaper, Headboard and Accents via Elle Decoration}

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{Emerald Green Drapes via Splendid Sass}

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{Monaco Blue Painted Furniture via The Aestate}

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{Emerald Green Walls via HGTV Blog}

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{Monaco Blue Walls and Furniture via All Things Stylish}

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{Monaco Blue Painted Door via Create Girl}

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(Emerald Green Walls and Accents via Good Life of Design)





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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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