Buckingham Interiors + Design DIFFA Dining by Design Space

It has been quite a whirlwind past couple of weeks for us over at Buckingham ID!  We participated in the CS Interiors Anniversary Home at The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Chicago (my firm completed the kitchen/patio), and we also just wrapped up DIFFA Dining by Design!  We partnered with one of our favorite fabric/wall covering companies, Romo, to create our Dining by Design space, and I must say that I was thrilled with the results.  Not only was this a fun way to mix and mingle amongst the Chicago design community, it was also a wonderful way to participate in a very worth cause.  DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), is such an amazing organization, and I am honored to contribute to its charitable efforts. My husband had absolutely no luck in restraining me from doing one of the things that I do best…bidding and winning some fabu silent auction items!

We used Kirkby Spectrum plaids for the chairs as well as for framed art, Romo Kingfisher Hexagon wall covering, a mid-century marvelous lighting pendant (that we fondly refer to as “the gummy fixture”) to anchor the space, oversized Richard Kooyman “food” art, and recycled glass objets d’art on stands as part of the tablescape.

I was also inspired by a current Arizona project that I am working on (will share photos with you soon!) to add unique vintage leather Western belts to the back of the chairs.  It was an unexpected touch but I am delighted by the eclectic effect.  After all, what fun is design if not unexpected?

I cannot forget to mention our centerpiece (and new BID showroom pet), Betta Fish Queen Victoria.  She is a true looker and beautifully complimented the scheme.  Nature is the greatest inspiration for design, after all.

Many thanks to H. Bloom for providing the stunning floral arrangements and to Werner Straube Photography for the fabulous photos.

Stay tuned for more Buckingham Interiors + Design news to come…never a dull moment over here at BID headquarters-we have just begun the design for our David Adler designed Lake Forest Showhouse in the “Original Party Room.” How perfect is that for me? :)

Buckingham Interiors + Design DIFFA Dining by Design Space

Buckingham Interiors + Design DIFFA Dining by Design Space

Buckingham Interiors + Design DIFFA Dining by Design Space

Buckingham Interiors + Design DIFFA Dining by Design Space

Buckingham Interiors + Design DIFFA Dining by Design Space

Belt Detail from our DIFFA Dining by Design Chairs

BID girls (L-R: Paulina, Brenna and Colette) with President of Romo USA Frederic Henry at DIFFA Dining by Design Cocktail Party

BID gals (L-R: Shannon, Colette, Paulina, myself and Brenna) at the DIFFA Dining by Design Gala

Team BID (plus hubby John) acting silly at the step and repeat with the Romo girls at DIFFA Dining by Design Gala

L-R: John, Shannon, Paulina, Colette, Julia (me!), Catrina, Maria, Christi, Brenna, Heddi

Yummy signature cocktails at DIFFA Dining by Design Gala (by one of the event’s sponsors, EFFEN Vodka)

Our guest of honor at the Buckingham ID/Romo table- Betta Fish Queen Victoria!

Kehoe Designs display at DIFFA Dining by Design, always a stunner!

Jonathan Adler + Kravet

Ethan Allen showing off preppy chic

Classic Charles Eames quote





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Jonathan Adler really is doing something right, because not only is he an interior designer, he also has a collection of office goods, creator of all things home decor (vases, pillows, china, candles…the list is endless), and designer of some pretty great furniture pieces, he now is the proud designer of beach totes and umbrellas.  So whether you are hitting la playa or get caught in a midsummer shower, you will be well prepared with these goods by Adler.

I have to say they are very fun, as is most everything created by Adler’s golden touch.  These items will no doubt be a big hit.  What do you think?  I’d be happy to sport one of these totes around town!

All totes are $198 and umbrellas $25.  Available at Shopbop. I just snagged one of the umbrella’s for my upcoming holiday in Tokyo.  Guess which one?





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I was browsing Paper Source the other day and came across the display of Jonathan Adler Office Collection.  In true Jonathan Adler fashion, the notepads, pens and calendars (along with a variety of other items) are bold, bright and colorful.  These well priced goodies would make a great gift for any occassion….teacher’s present, stocking stuffer, party favor…you name it!  Check out some of the hot items from the Jonathan Adler Office Collection.

{Calendar, $19.95}

{Calendar Detail}

{Multi Chevron Thermal Mug, $15.95}

{Multicolor iPhone Case, $19.95}

{Greek Key Pocket Papers, $5.95}

{Multi Chevron Memo Cube, $13.95}

{Multi Colored Highlighters, $11.95 for set of 5}

{Multicolor Laptop Sleeve, $29.95}

{Acapulco Mini Spiral Notebook, $10.95}

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