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On a recent visit to Chicago, I had the opportunity to meet up with my fellow Material Girl’s blogger Julia at her showroom and design studio. While Julia and I have met up on several occasions (both in LA and at High Point Markets) I had yet to visit her in her base city. Along with our friend Lisa Mende, we spent a morning checking out the fab Buckingham ID showroom followed by brunch at SoHo House in Chicago – and had a great time all of us together!

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The storefront view window of Buckingham ID.

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A photo of Julia and me catching up in her showroom, captured by Lisa Mende.

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Color Love: Julia loves orange and I love how this piece creates quite the statement in her showroom, against the backdrop of the white painted brick walls.

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Accesorized shelving and shaggy colorful stools define Julia’s Modernique style.

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Showroom displays include table settings and fun industrial chic stools.

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A colorful vignette.

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A crazy fun skeletal chair! (And Julia has a cute story about how when the store alarm was once set off, the police dispatched ended up wanting pictures in the chair, that of course, after all was checked out and in the clear!)

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Pattern on pattern, seating display.

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The BID headquarters office space.

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Buckingham I + D Showroom is located at 1822 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL

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After our showroom visit, we headed over to SoHo House for an all girl’s brunch! Thanks Julia for treating us!

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design





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Lots of events took place in LA this past week and I am here to share! Along with showroom parties and openings, I had the opportunity to takeover the West Hollywood Design District’s Instagram account for “A Day in the Life”. It was fun to take part and feature some of my favorite places around town. For a full recap of photos, you can view here.

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The WeHo Design District’s Instagram account, which will also be featuring other takeovers in anticipation for the upcoming DIEM event.

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The Instagram takeover began with my day of coffee and iPad…

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…to showing the newly built Restoration Hardware showroom going up on Melrose Avenue, just in time for that evening’s grand opening party.

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Which catered to a very packed crowd: Celebs, design friends, and pretty much all of West Hollywood was there!

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The next evening I attended a much more intimate party. This one at Woven Accents for the “Spark The Imagination” installation invited by my friend Ginna of 27Ground. (Pictured above with Shirley of Shivhon Rugs.)

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I also got to check out the newest, latest rug on display in the window at Woven Accents by artist Gregory Siff.

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And yet another rug on display at Woven Accents: this one designed by my good friend Christian of Maison21. From the Shapes Collection.

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Another highlight this week was attending the Fall luncheon for La Cienega Design Quarter (for a preview of what’s to come!).

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Enjoyed hanging out with Amanda Malson at the LCDQLA luncheon.

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Lastly, the week actually kicked off last weekend with the most amazing party at Snyder Diamond in celebration of their 65th Anniversary!

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Attending the Snyder Diamond anniversary party with fellow designers Delta Wright and Christian May.

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design

Thanks to West Hollywood Design District, LCDQ, Woven Accents, & Snyder Diamond for all the great events this past week!





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Looking forward to taking part in an Instagram takeover for the West Hollywood Design District this coming week, featuring a “Day in the life of”. In anticipation of the annual DIEM event taking place November 14th, I will be posting some of my favorite design finds as a supporter of the WeHo Design District.

You can follow @WehoDesignDistrict ‪#‎DIEMevent‬ on Instagram on October 22nd.





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On a recent trip to Chicago, I had the opportunity to stay at the newly opened The Langham, an exquisite luxury hotel located at 330 Wabash (home of a Mies van der Rohe designed building). I have been a fan of the architect since my days in design school. The landmark building is located in downtown Chicago adjacent to the river, 52 stories tall, and boasts over 300 guest rooms and suites. The second floor lobby (pictured above) is a testament to simple refined elegance.

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A sitting area in the lobby with floor to ceiling windows with a view toward the river and downtown buildings.

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A sculptural ceiling statement.

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The interiors of Travelle, the hotel’s restaurant, features a bar and lounge overlooking the river, and a dining room on the opposite side.

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The interiors of Travelle, a great nightlife spot, where I spent an evening hanging out with friends for drinks and food.

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The hotel room suites are contemporary, yet classic lines, of understated elegance.

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The entry features full height closets and a vanity.

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Sophisticated furnishings, neutral colors, and pattern such as the links in the carpet and bedding create a timeless look.

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I was in awe of the bar cabinet which features a tilt out for the coffee (happy to find my Nespresso addiction here!), a concealed bar fridge below, and the cabinet and drawers on the sides are stocked with all the hotel amenities you could ever want!

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The well-appointed bathroom features a wall mounted Geberit toilet, dual Kohler sinks, and Zucchetti bath fittings.

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The bathroom vanity with dual Kohler sinks and wall-mounted Zucchetti faucets.

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The walk-in shower is completely walled in minimalist stone with both rainhead and detachable shower sprays and a sleek minimal linear shower drain.

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A seperate WC features a wall-mounted toilet from Geberit. The European, contemporary design of Geberit’s wall-mounted toilet complement the Langham’s existing aesthetic. Many European luxury hotel designers have turned to Geberit for the sleek design and space-saving benefits for decades, and designers in the U.S. are beginning to follow suit.

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design

Thank you to Geberit for the opportunity to experience The Langham.

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And had a fun time hanging out at Travelle restaurant at The Langham with LA friend and actor, Declan Joyce.





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Welcoming another Modenus adventure, this one is not just a city, but an (almost) entire state: California! As a native of Southern California, I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome a group of international bloggers and designers. As an alumni of both Blog Tour London and Blog Tour NYC, along with taking part in hosting last year’s Blog Tour LA group, I am looking forward to meeting up and attending many of the events taking place here in LA in just the few days the group will be here, before they head up the coast for some amazing activities! Welcome Blog Tour California! (Blogger profiles here)

For a highlight of what Modenus has planned for the roadtrip that will be Blog Tour California, you can read the latest post here. For me, I am looking forward to attending the WestEdge Design Fair for it’s second annual show here in LA, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. There will also be events in LA hosted by sponsor DXV (who hosted us on Blog Tour NYC too) and Miele. The aptly named BlogToberFest will also be taking place at WestEdge to welcome the bloggers.

 

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For all the latest, follow along on Twitter @Modenus with #BlogTourCali and #BlogToberFest





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Looking forward to attending the 2014 Kohler Blogger Conference early next month in Kohler, WI. We have been invited to stay and experience The American Club, a resort owned and operated by Kohler. In addition we’ll have the opportunity to experience the latest products from Kohler, including a factory tour of the Kohler Design Center. I am looking forward to connecting with several of the other bloggers that I know will be in attendance – and a first time ever visit to Wisconsin! (But first I’ll be starting off with a visit to Chicago where I will meet up with Julia, our Chicago-based blogger, and a visit to her design studio!) More to come on the blog!

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Last month I attended the 4th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, a four day long event featuring different tasting events & venues. The event represents major chefs and vineyards, along with sampling unique and flavorful foods. I had the opportunity to attend a champagne and caviar event at the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills along with two of the Lexus Grand Tasting events in downtown LA.

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The rooftop setting for the champagne and caviar event held at the L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Attending the champagne and caviar event on a really gorgeous summer evening.

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Watching chefs in action, both presentation and samplings were perfection in every tasting.

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At the Lexus Grand Tasting event.

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Sashimi sampling.

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Lotsa tacos.

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Unique samplings.

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The highly anticapted Lexus Live on Grand event (recommend) featured hundreds of renowned chefs and wineries. It took place in downtown LA on a red carpet adjacent to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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The magnficient outdoor setting under the open sky and high rise buildings for Saturday night’s Lexus Live on Grand event.

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Live music featuring international musicians and a late night performance by Common.

Thank you Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival for the invitation.

{All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design}





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Back in June, I attended a breakfast event with Panasonic in conjunction with the Dwell on Design event taking place in Los Angeles. Our breakfast was hosted at the fabulous downtown LA restaurant, Faith & Flower, designed by AVRO | KO. I was taken by the interiors and photographed the space. For a full view, visit the Faith & Flower gallery website here or the designer website. Below are some of my highlights. (The food is great too, highly recommend!)

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Greeted by the exterior trellis.

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An elegant tufted banquette in the formal dining area.

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Goregous lighting, such as this chandelier, makes an eye catching statement.

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Stunning wall details.

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The overall dining room ambiance.

Many thanks to Panasonic for hosting us.

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Last week I attended the annual Dwell on Design event here in Los Angeles. The event covers many of the latest and innovative products in design, including everything from bath and kitchen design, to flooring and wall applications, to furniture and lighting, exterior and outdoor products, and even prefab houses and cool cars!

Here’s a spotlight on some of the finds featured at this year’s event:

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These cool numbers and letters are from Architectural Numbers.com (local here in LA).

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Fermob has a great line of outdoor products.

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FormDecor pretty much has the coolest stuff you’ll find in furniture rental, yes, rental!

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Modern Urban Planters carries a line of very cool corrugated steel planters for both indoor and outdoor use.

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Coolest porcelain tiles ever from Pental.

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One of the most innovative in bathroom technololgy goes to Geberit: and the ability to flush a toilet from their Sigma80 flush plate.

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Touring the prefab houses was really cool, especially this one from Altius.

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Cube Depot is really cool, these are made from shipping containers.

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Loved all the vibrant color at Sunbrella!

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TopBrewer has the coolest in coffee making technology: straight from a faucet on your countertop at the touch of an iPad / iPhone button!

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Accessories, like the graphic pillows above, and glam furniture below are from LA local ModShop.

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Furniture from ModShop.

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Panasonic had all the latest in appliances and small electronics. The coolest? A cordless home phone that turns your iPhone into a landline phone. Pretty amazing!

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Best Range Hoods showcased some pretty spectualar hoods, including one that is flush ceiling mounted for a seamless minimal design.

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D&M Flooring has some really cool flooring products – vast array of products – solid, engineered, smooth, brushed, fumed, carbonized, and hand scraped. The product above is called SQR and they are wood floor tiles.

Thank you to Geberit for inviting me to attend Dwell on Design this year.

{All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design}

For more from Dwell, view my Instagram pics here.





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For Blog Tour to happen, it takes great sponsors and Blog Tour NYC was no exception: DXV, Wilsonart, Donghia, Mr.Steam, NousDecor, and Blanco America all came together to align with Modenus. Thanks to their great support and involvement they contributed to the experience we, as bloggers, had during our trip to NYC.

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DXV provides meticulously crafted fixtures and faucets that celebrate the movement of over the past hundred years. The bathroom above, by designer Meredith Heron and created using DXV fixtures, is titled Modern Gatsby.

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The Classic Kitchen Suite above features the Orchard Sink and Victorian Faucet from DXV.

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Laminate has come along way: this amazing kitchen features Golden Romano Wilsonart® HD® High Definition® Laminate countertops with a Wilsonart® Crescent Decorative Edge (image via Pinterest).

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While at ICFF on Blog Tour NYC, we visited the Wilsonart booth where we got to see chairs on display designed by students using Wilsonart products – really cool designs!

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The designer and his chair – one very interactive piece!

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As I am very familiar with the Donghia showroom here in Los Angeles, it was neat to tour and learn about the history of Donghia as we did when we visitied the D&D Building showroom location.

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Their pieces can be defined as classic, unique, timeless. A look at their Pinterest boards, and easily inspired by the amazing collections.

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I loved these glass lamp bases I saw during our showroom visit. (And yet, I’ve seen them forever in the LA showroom, hence the definition of timeless.)

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A chic room vignette in black and white at the NYC Donghia showroom.

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Well, we actually know Mrs. Steam, and we love her, and her name is Martha. She is the one behind Mr. Steam and has been a great supporter of Blog Tour (along with hosting us on some fun events!). One of which was a visit to Aire Ancient baths for a spa day while on Blog Tour NYC.

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The interior waiting area of Aire Ancient Baths in Soho, NYC. {Check out this great post about our experience on the Mr. Steam blog.}

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BLANCO makes some pretty impressive sinks and faucets. I am a fan of their minimilist, clean lines and the hideaway sinks featured in the Crsytalline collecion. (*While meeting up with Blog Tour LA when they came to town, our local Poggenpohl showroom hosted an event with Blanco and Gaggeneau, this is a great post by Geraldine from Little Blue Bell)

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NousDECOR is a platform for creating concept boards and described as a way to “Visualize your dream interior. We’ll help you bring it to life.” As a fan of creating concept boards, I enjoyed perusing over the many the site features and looking forward to creating some of my own too!

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#BlogTourNYC: Thank you to all the sponsors!*

{*Still more coverage to come! (Events, shows, and sponsors!) …but, um, I had to make a little deadline today!}

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