Have you ever read the section in Us Weekly about interesting facts that you didn’t know about your favorite celebs?  I love it!  I was asked to do a similar feature in Design Dose which is is the online extension of the inspiration, advice, and scoop that Chicago Home + Garden provides every other month, only in smaller doses. Editors Jan Parr and Gina Bazer of Chicago Home + Garden share news and trends from their in-boxes, confess their latest design obsessions and dilemmas, and take you behind the scenes to exclusive design events and showrooms. The fun questions about my personal taste, interests and loves in life made me smile. Of course, my family is at the top of my list, but I do have some spare time to dabble in a few other things. Design, design, and design related that is- mostly.  I enjoy the guests that they feature from around town and have learned some new things about some of my Chicago design pals. You should all join the fun and see what the CH+G gals provide us with next!

 

Check out how I finished each of the following sentences…

 

1. If I could live in any movie or TV setting it would be Gone With the Wind. I’m intrigued by every element—the fashion, interiors, Southern hospitality, and opulence.

 

2. I eat like a pig when I go to the Twisted Spoke. The fried-egg sandwiches and banana buckwheat pancakes (washed down with a Bloody Mary) are musts. My husband, children, and I head there after participating in the fun-runs around the city—it’s a family tradition that, when combined with a run, makes me feel less guilty.

 

3. My libation of choice is Veuve Clicquot. There is always a reason to celebrate with a glass of bubbly!

 

4. The most aesthetically pleasing place I’ve visited recently was the Hermès flagship boutique in Paris. The brand is iconic and true to its history, and this is reflected in every flawless display and vignette.

 

5. The best music for a dinner party is jazz pianist Bill Evans’s 1961 album, “Sunday at the Village Vanguard.” That is, of course, if my son, Alex, isn’t in town to put on a bass recital.

 

6. My turn-to item of clothing is BIG coats that make LARGE fashion statements.

 

7. Most people don’t know that I have an obsession with laminating. Over the years, I’ve collected images and clippings from design magazines and laminated them to archive in my inspiration bin. I love the glossy finish!





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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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I had such a blast shooting a segment for Chicago Home + Garden’s “Bring It Home” series that was featured on WGN!  The host Rochelle Vayo Adkinson was such a doll-along with her assistant, Maddie Yastrow.  And, y’all know how much I love all my peeps over at CH+G Magazine.  The segment was all about how to create a functional and beautiful breakfast nook, and we featured a space in one of my North Shore projects in Evanston as inspiration.  This fun and active family has three young children, so the area had to be bright, cheery and kid friendly.  My “Modern-ique” mantra was a driving force here, as I brought in quite the mix of old + new pieces to create a feeling of layering and depth without overcrowding or cluttering the area.  Click here to watch the segment online and learn the tips and tricks to making a great breakfast nook in your home. And, not to miss the indulgence of a couple of Krispy Kremes for both of our teams. #loveagooddoughnut.

To see more photos from this particular project on the Buckingham ID website, click here!

Breakfast nook, pre curtains

Having fun at the shoot!





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I was so excited to see that Chicago Home + Garden recently featured the home of the creative director of FLOR, a modular flooring company based outside of Chicago. This home was beautifully captured and photographed by the uber talented Chicago photographer Nathan Kirkman.  Chicago Home + Garden always features fine Chicago Design-I look forward to each issue.

Not only do I love the look of Flor, but also several of my projects, my own home, and now my own dogs (as part of the set) have been featured in their campaigns.  We actually have a shoot later this week with the FLOR Photography Crew at the home of one of my clients-sans dog models. And, one of my oldest daughter’s roomies was the model in their latest catalogue.  She had a blast at the shoot with our Wheaten Terriers, Jane and Frankie, but stole the show!

FLOR is a great solution for affordable, custom sized carpeting, and the broad selection is amazing.  The look of Flor trends toward modern with basics to suit any decor style.  I have the “Fine Feathers” pattern installed inside my offices. Having worked closely with Chip and Cynthia over the years, it was so much fun to “peek” into their home. It comes as no surprise that the home of this creative director in suburban, family-friendly Elmhurst would have a very midcentury look…I love it!

The look of Flor…

What an charming 1940′s ranch home.

Dying over this orange couch.

Love the original stove and oversized chalk board…perfect for a home with creative little ones.

Fabulous onyx entry table.

Such a fun room for the little guys.

I could get some serious R&R in this patio area…

Please visit the Chicago Home + Garden site for more images of this amazing home and much more!





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{Kitchen in my recently completed Bucktown project}

Funny I stumbled across this article in Chicago Home + Garden, as I was just sporting my winter white coat today!  I did a post not too long ago entitled “White After Labor Day,” which featured the season-less elegance of monochromatic, white kitchens.  Once again, I want to emphasize that white should not be limited to spring and summer, especially when it comes to home decor.

There is something dreamy and elegant about incorporating a wintry shade of white throughout your home.  Softer than stark white yet still very neutral, winter white is extremely versatile.  I love creamy colored walls, buttery settees, even white roses will do the trick. What are some of your favorite ways to “beat the winter blah’s” with white as a design element?

{Living room in one of my North Shore projects}

Chicago Home + Garden has some great ideas of how to brighten up with your winter with  white!





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{My own foyer, included in this feature in Chicago Home + Garden}

The first space a visitor often sees into a home (as well as the homeowner)  is the foyer, and whether the space is grand with soaring ceilings or a beachy front entry, a foyer is a great place to set the tone and feel of the home.  Use this opportunity to bring in bold statement pieces, fabulous pieces of art and personal touches.  The foyer is also a a justifiable place to splurge, as this space will literally be seen every time you and your guests walk in and out of the house and it is also the first blush as to the homes vibe. Go beyond an ordinary table and average looking mirror whenever possible.

Chicago Home + Garden recently did a feature entitled “Eight Foyers to Inspire,” and I’m very excited to say that two of my own projects were featured in the piece.  You, too, can play and stage just the right amount of emotion into the first glimpse into your homes decor. Perhaps surprise a pal or two.

{Front entry into one of my projects, a lake home in Michigan, also in this feature in Chicago Home + Garden}





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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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Island Paradise

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Aug 21, 2011 | 4 Comments | Category: Decorating, Kitchens

Whether you are a skilled cook or a take-out queen, the hub of the home is most definitely the kitchen.  What once was the least formal space in the house has now become one of the most skillfully decorated.  Kitchen design is very personal, but I think it is safe to say that the island is typically where all the congregating happens.  If you have a house full of kids/their friends/your friends like we do, you know that the bigger the island the better!  Check out these super size islands featured in Chicago Home + Garden.





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Hanging Out

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jun 01, 2011 | 14 Comments | Category: Small Spaces

Who loves a fun treehouse more than a kid?  Well, adults of course!  When Teresa Surratt and David Hernandez bought a 1920s resort in the beautiful forested regions of Wisconsin, the property was naturally quite woody.  One tree, however, was particularly special.  A year and a half after the couple acquired the property, Hernandez’s father died, yet had indelibly made his mark by christening one large tree with a tire swing.  They then found out that the tree had been diagnosed with Dutch elm disease, yet instead of cutting this special tree down they decided to convert what was intact into a treehouse.  Camp Wandawega, as the resort was called, has been turned into an adult arts camp, and the construction of the treehouse was completed by collaborating artisans.

Love this idea!

Article featured in Chicago Home + Garden.





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Let’s Make a Deal!

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Apr 03, 2011 | 1 Comment | Category: Decorating, Magazines

Although a Groupon deal is only valid for a day, the featured product often deserves lasting attention.  I was pleased to see that a subscription to one of my favorite shelter mags, Chicago Home + Garden, was the deal of the deal this past Sunday.  The publication is already vastly popular, but extra press is always welcome.

With its diversity of material, broad range of featured articles and eclectic mix of home styles highlighted, this magazine appeals to a wide audience of design junkies both locally and nationally.  Having been featured in the publication several times myself, I have great respect for the quality and integrity of Chicago Home + Garden.  And above all, it really makes me proud to be practicing design in my fabulous hometown, Chicago.

Although the deal is now over, I thought I’d feature some of the best from the magazine, hopefully drawing you in despite the missed Groupon discount :)

Photos from Longman and Eagle Inn, Chicago

One of Chicago’s chicest lodging posts (doubles as a bar/restaurant downstairs!)

Featured Article, “Longman and Eagle Inn Style” Chicago Home + Garden

Photos from Winnetka home

Cool before and after article of North Shore home

Featured Article, “Trading Spaces” Chicago Home + Garden

Photos from Wicker Park Home, Chicago

Featured Article, “Making it Work” Chicago Home + Garden

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