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Design Dose

April 2009

8 years
ago

 

Antiques Go Young!

Do you like antiques but don’t fancy living in a period piece? Wondering how to mix antiques with modern/transitional items? To the rescue: three talented local designers we tapped to do room vignettes at the International Antiques Fair at the Merchandise Mart. We challenged Gregory Jagmin of Jagmin Interiors, Julia Edelmann of Buckingham Interiors + Design, and Hillery Estes of Estes Interiors to design a foyer, a study, and a dining room on the spot at The Fair. Starting with a base of some modern furniture and accessories culled from The Mart’s top showrooms, they shopped the Fair to create a mix that works for modern interiors. To see what they’ve come up with, visit the fair May 1–4 (preview night is tonight). And pick up a copy of our May/June issue, on newsstands now, to see a cool cottagey summer home Julia designed!

8 years
ago

 

Coverings

Coverings, the huge tile love-in held last week at McCormick Place, is like a big ol’ candy store. I’ve never used a smidge beyond white hex or subway tile in all my decorating life so a few hours of tile peeping at the show turned into a 9 to 5 adventure. Tile has looked like everything but tile for a few years now, but it’s turned from looking like leather and wood flooring into pony, plush fabric (great as hotel headboards!), faux wallpaper, even stone. I fell for the cerused look of random width planked porcelains in grays. In fact I loved grey everything this show. It felt warm, modern, cool, new… especially for the floor. Tau and Inalco presented ink-jet printing on tile that made porcelain look exactly like marble (the photo above shows Tau in a grained Zebrano wood effect). A quick digital scan of a slab of stone is the newest slight of hand in the biz!  Sparkle grout also caught my fancy—not sure where you’d use it, but a little glimmer in the grooves is way cool. As super-big as tile has been getting, ultra thin (4mm) options can be laid over old tile and floor, is less costly, and more green to ship. Micro mini tile from Frammenti (soon available at Luminaire looks like custom mosaics. Couldn’t get to Coverings? Check out The Art of Tile, a book by Jen Renzi, which includes more than 2,000 tiles and is a great resource.

8 years
ago

 

Charlotte Moss

 

We made our way to Lake Bluff last week to hear New York–based interior designer Charlotte Moss talk about her latest book, A Flair For Living, and a tour the magnificent 2009 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens. The sunny day and gentle lake breeze provided the perfect backdrop for an even more perfect day. “Observe, observe, observe,” said Moss, as she encouraged attendees to see, interpret, and recreate the beauty that surrounds them. Moss provided examples of how she does this all the time: an espaliered vine that inspires a china pattern, the remnant of an 18th-century architectural element that inspires an embroidered drapery, a sea of pansies that inspires the color scheme of a room. “Good design is not about big and it’s not about money,” she said. “It is about caring and it is about vision.” Although Moss has jetted back to New York and you’ve missed your chance to see her, you can still see the Showhouse, which is open until May 6.

8 years
ago

 

Nate Berkus… and Me

This Friday night I will be sharing a rather unattractive sofa with Nate Berkus. How could this possibly be, you ask? Berkus will be a guest on the Interview Show hosted by my husband, Mark Bazer—and the venue, the charmingly bohemian Hideout bar at 1354 W. Wabansia will also be the location for a launch party I’m having for my new children’s book called “Now Hiring: White House Dog.” Please join Nate and me as we try to give the Hideout a little makeover. With his magic touch, I predict it will look like the photo above in no time! At the show, you’ll also enjoy an interview with local author Joe Meno, live music, and comedy, all for only $5.  Show goes from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with the book release party following.

8 years
ago

 

Ottoman Empire

Post 27 is celebrating its one-year anniversary this Saturday, April 25 from 5–9 p.m. with a kick-off party for Ottomania!, a special showing of one-of-a-kind ottomans made by 12 local artists and designers. The stools will be on view and available for purchase until May 24. Post 27 owners Angela and Barkley are also announcing expanded hours—their west side store will now be open on Mondays, so you can shop for mid-century-modern trappings, artwork, and eco-aware home goods seven days a week. Shown above: chrysanthemum design by textile artist Noel Ashby; round-top ottoman made of vintage belts by Aaron Pahmier of Greensawn Furniture. Aaron is featured in the May/June issue of Chicago Home + Garden—on sale May 1.

8 years
ago

 

Bad, Bad Plates

I’m not big on tattoos. Maybe I’m kinda lame, but I just think to myself, “Ouch—now was that really worth it?” when I see them. When I see a lot of them on one person, I swear I feel a bit of physical pain myself. But tableware with tattoo designs—that I can get behind! Steven Burgert from ID e-mailed recently that California-based Ink Dish Design has paired with Hollywood tattoo artist Paul Timman to make some bad-ass plates, and Burgert is carrying them at ID. On this note, I must refer you to a fun post about the tattoos of the glitterati written by one of our contributors, Lizzie Garrett, on her blog, Design Watcher. All I can say is: Et tu, Caroline Kennedy?

8 years
ago

 

Tile Rehab

   

My patient husband decided to be green and frugal and instead of replacing tile in our bath, he dug out the old grout and regrouted. I can’t believe how new it looks—shiny and white. If you don’t have that sort of determination, call Sir Grout, a local tile care and cleaning service. This DIY project actually inspired a bathroom remodeling story for our July/August special kitchen and bath issue, so stay tuned. I’ll also be blogging more about it.

8 years
ago

 

Leather, Restored!

   

I couldn’t be more pleased with the job a local leather restorer did on this 1940s Vatne Mobler chair and ottoman my husband found years ago at a sale. It was stained (see particularly the back of chair in the before shot), worn, and a few cushions were missing. The folks at Leather Solution made new cushions that match perfectly, and beautifully restored the old leather. See more before/after examples on their web site. The whole bit cost about $800-well worth it, we thought. Thanks to Romann Custom Upholstery for recommending this place!

8 years
ago

 

Married… With Style

You’re French country, he’s leather and chrome. What’s an engaged couple to do? Call in a mediator. A style mediator. Susan Fredman’s At Home in the City is launching a bridal home collection and registry, and they’re offering professional design solutions for these and other dilemmas. The store has been expanded to accommodate an additional 500 square feet dedicated to bridal registry and 60 new place settings. Pictured here: place settings from Reed Barton and Michael Wainwright, and Kim Sebert table linens. To kick things off, the store will hold a bridal event on April 21 from 5–8 p.m., featuring a presentation by Fredman’s firm’s designers about how to merge styles. RSVP for the event at 312-587-8150 or jmaremont@susanfredman.com.

8 years
ago

 

Spring Fever at Architectural Artifacts

A lively line-up of artists and crafters will be exhibiting at Architectural Artifacts’ curated Spring Show this Sunday, April 19, from 10–5. Sixty-plus, as a matter of fact, and with all that jewelry, handmade paper, ceramics, textiles, and glassware on display it should be a cinch to find a standout Mother’s Day gift. I’m intrigued by these Olive Kraus hand-carved doorknobs set in sterling silver, and there’s nothing crunchy about the kiln-formed fused glass pieces of Sandra Schwarzbeck. (Or you could always splurge on some Fer Forgé ironwork from Stuart’s inventory-it’s all good.) Vella Café will be onsite with sammys and snacks, there’s no admission charge, and you’ll find ample free parking along Ravenswood.  

8 years
ago

 

Susanin Selections

I previewed the auction at Susanin’s that’s going on the block this Saturday morning, April 18, at 10:00, and found a lot of great stuff among the 883 lots. Love the gothic vibe of these Michael Aram aluminum and steel skeleton chairs, lot 1097 (although I wouldn’t want to curl up and watch a mini-series on one), estimated to sell for $600–$800; this hefty Indian carved wooden panel, lot 3013 (at six feet tall, it would be impressive mounted as a door, huh?), $1,000–$1,500 estimate; and, for any remodelers out there, this carved white marble fireplace surround, lot 1008, $1,000–$1,500. 

8 years
ago

 

A Peek Inside: DreamHome

A few of us here at Home + Garden attended a media preview of this year’s DreamHome at the Mart (open to the public April 17 to December 18). This year’s entries were just as polished as ever, with a bit more of a traditional bent than in past years (at least I thought so). As usual, many inspiring ideas where shared by the designers. I liked the nature-meets-sparkle ambiance in Laurel Feldman’s foyer and Mick de Giulio had the most wonderful antique tapestry-like painted wood panel framing the chandelier above the chunky table in his kitchen. Larry Boeder loves a nice desk in a living room, which I found interesting. And the lush, deep-rosy color of the wallpaper in Missie Bender’s European-inspired bedroom had us all hailing the return of mauve! Here are some other favorites from our gang.

Jan Parr: “Loved the vintagey pivoting screens in the bathroom by Christoper Michiels and the mink-like rug in the TV
 room/study by Denise Antonucci and Jerry Sanfilippo. Also the farmhouse-meets-industrial vibe of the kitchen and the grouping of Nyphenburg plates as art in Leslie Jones’ fab dining room.”

Barri Leiner: “I heart the ‘Art in Motion’ video that was created by local design collaborative Thirst to play on a loop on the TV in the family room, the rug with the constellation map design in Janet McCann’s home office, and the extra space provided by the cool undersink drawer that Mick de Giulio designed for the kitchen. Also the general idea of kitchen as dining room—love that!” 

Bradley Lincoln: “I liked the bathtub fixtures, the constellation rug in the home office, the big, round dining room table chosen by designer Leslie Jones, the engraved floating marble shelf in the kitchen with patterns inspired by Art Deco details on the exterior of the Mart, and the Ann Sacks marble-tile-covered floor in the welcome lobby.”

Tate Gunnerson: “I thought the office constellation rug was interesting and I really liked the shag-rug-style pillows on the chairs in the TV room/study.  They remind me of my favorite dish at Lula Café in Logan Square, the Pasta Yia Yia.”

And the winner is…. That constellation rug! Check it—and all the other winning designs—out for yourself when DreamHome opens this weekend.

8 years
ago

 

Orange Skin Contest

If you know your contemporary design, you might just be able to win a free piece of amazing furniture by entering Orange Skin’s upcoming design contest. Sign up for their newsletter on their Web site and you will receive a photo and some clues about a special piece—identify what it is, and, who knows? (The coat racks above are by Paola Navone—they’re not necessarily in this mysterious contest.)

8 years
ago

 

Ankasa at Crosell & Co.

Crosell & Co. is now the exclusive Chicago-area dealer of Ankasa’s couture-inspired furniture. Crosell is also carrying Ankasa’s luxe line of pillows. Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia, the husband-and-wife team behind Ankasa, designed fabrics for Oscar de la Renta, Escada, and Vera Wang before launching their own home brand.

8 years
ago

 

Work It

 

If your home office is starting to feel a little too much like your cubicle at work, perhaps it’s time to ditch the Office Max catalog and start treating the space like you would a real room in the house. A place that reflects your style—not Corporate America’s. Graphic designer Julia Archer was decorating her own workspace when she realized that it was way too difficult to find accoutrements that both looked good and functioned the way she needed them to. She thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get all these things in one place?” So she opened @WorkDesign, dedicated to “design-driven, yet affordable product solutions from desks, seating and other furnishings to lighting, shelving, paper goods, and work bags.” 7500 W. Madison St., Forest Park, 708-488-9297.

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