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Design Dose

May 2010

7 years
ago

 

House Colors: Lake Michigan in the Springtime

 

Our Classified Advertising Manager, Kelly Zech, wrote a guest blog for us today:
Dark walls can be intimidating things. But I keep bumping into some super amazing-looking rooms that have them, and now I sort of crave one of my own. My dining room is large—and would look totally classy with some dark charcoal gray. I plan on keeping the chair rail, baseboards, and ceiling crispy white. I also would love to use that color to incorporate a small bit of chalkboard wall into a yummy, herby green kitchen. If I put magnetic paint underneath that chalkboard paint, perhaps I can create a sweet cooking spice wall using magnetic spice tins?
 
These thoughts led me to create a new household color palette of charcoal, beach, and spice and inspired me to create a mood board to think it all though. I want to transition this space into cool, springy tones that bring to mind the first grill out on Lake Michigan in late May.

Photos from:
 
1. Apartment Therapy
2. Flickr: Rhapsody
3. Hotel San Jose, Austin, TX
4. Domino magazine (RIP), 11/08
5. Flickr: Littlemagpie (PAINT: Knight’s Armor; Olympic Interior Laytex Eggshell)
6. Dick Blick - Color
7. above: herbs from my garden; below: my son on the beach of Lake Michigan
8. Strange Closets Open House: Tim and Megan’s River North apartment
9. Strange Closets
10. Flickr: Bimma
 

 

7 years
ago

 

Popping Up in River North

Yesterday afternoon, I noticed a handwritten sign in the window of an empty storefront at 501 North Wells. It read: “Like it? Need it? Buy it!!!”, and listed a website for people looking to purchase goods. The place was closed, but through the window I spotted a framed Picasso poster ($150), a pair of darling upholstered armchairs, and two shapely wooden stools, along with lots of vintage-looking rugs, tables, dressers, and artwork. There were plenty of designer handbags and heels on display, too. I scribbled down the web address and, according to the shop’s blog, it’s a pop-up estate sale and will be open today (May 27). For inquiries, email poseyfisher@comcast.net. Happy hunting!

7 years
ago

 

Smallish Art

Nothing is more personal than a portrait, but not everyone can afford to hire an artist to create a rendering in oil paints of their favorite person. That’s where Smallish Art comes in. Former local marketing professional Jill Stalowicz draws mini-portraits for her clients; at 5 by 7 inches, they’re charming as anything. Just send her a photo of your subject, give her 3 to 5 weeks (and $395) and you’ll get a piece of artwork you will cherish forever. Stalowicz draws people in pencil, pets in pastels.

7 years
ago

 

Pillow Talk

Stephanie Wadell of Agnes & Hoss just informed us that she is discontinuing her retail line of silk pillows, purses, and scarves. That means 50 percent off all her gorgeous, nature-inspired pillows, from now until they are all gone.

7 years
ago

 

Urban Remains New Digs

   

Many antique and salvage dealers in town are making a big percentage of their sales via the web. But what’s sort of ironic is that the web has prompted more out-of-towners to come to Chicago to see items in person. And this whole trend caused at least one dealer, Urban Remains, to move to bigger digs. Owner Eric Nordstrom said he felt a little embarrassed bringing customers by his former cramped, crowded, and ill-lit location. So a week or so ago he took up a 3,000-square-foot space next to Post 27 at 1819 W. Grand Ave. where his inventory—including period hardware, vintage doors, medical and apothecary items, signs, and historic building terra cotta—is easier to browse. (Nordstrom is keeping his old space on Paulina as a warehouse and shipping facility for his web business.) Across the street from the new showroom is a sister store, Bldg. 51, a gallery, or sort of museum, which incorporates his personal collection of notable artifacts (some for sale, some not). He’s got pieces from the old Stock Exchange, a Frank Lloyd Wright window, ironwork from the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, a burned zinc gutter spout from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. “Every piece I’ve either salvaged myself or I know its provenance,” he says. The showroom is open on weekends and by appointment other times; the gallery is open by appointment only.

7 years
ago

 

Cheep, Cheep



The Friends of Pritzker School’s second annual birdhouse auction is coming up this weekend, May 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at artist Wesley Kimler’s Studio, 2046 W. Carroll Ave. Tickets to the event are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and include open bar and appetizers. All proceeds go toward supporting A.N. Pritzker School. More than 70 birdhouses will be auctioned off, including the ones shown above (from left to right: by Anne Benjamin, Maria Ponce, and Lynne Warren).

7 years
ago

 

Space519

I popped into the new Space519 on the fifth floor of the 900 Shops, and left craving enchiladas. The “refined general store,” as owners Lance Lawson and Jim Wetzel (former owners of the now-defunct clothing boutique Jake) describe it, currently has a fun display inspired by a recent trip they took to Santa Fe. The wares include fashion accessories (chunky, colorful bead necklaces and other Southwest-chic jewelry) and amazing black-clay skillets that Lawson uses to heat up enchiladas on the stovetop and than transfers directly to the table (one skillet per guest, presented on colorful woven mats—also available at Space519). “Whether my friends are ultra-modernists or have a big country kitchen, they love the way this cookware looks,” says Lawson.  I was certainly taken. The store also has a funky beach-living theme going right now (with fun vintage driftwood lamps, hip totes and more) and has plenty of candles, some vintage furniture and a great selection of travel books. Themes change seasonally. Refined general store, indeed.

7 years
ago

 

Entertaining Ideas

Looking for ideas to take your home out of hibernation and entertain for spring? There were tons on display at DIFFA’s annual Dining by Design event at NYC’s Pier 94 a few weeks ago. Here, guest blogger Naomi Cooper reports on what she saw. For more inspiration, mark your calendar for Dining By Design here in Chicago in November.
 

 

Architecture firm Slade added a pop of color to the simple-line style that they are known for by taping up its tables and chairs in duct tape featured in an array of colors. Not a good idea if your table is an investment piece or if your walls are covered in prints, but a perfect solution for covering up the imperfections on a great flea market find. Try out the color blocking trend by applying strips to a white Parson’s table like one sold at West Elm.
 

 

Kravet used designs from its new fabric collection to transform its table into a real gem. There were jewelry boxes covered in lush patterned textiles and each one was filled with a place setting in a bright hue. The orange-leather trimmed table with grommets, smoked glass inlaid tabletop and orchid arrangements take it guests on a journey through the silk trading routes of long ago. If you are less of a jetsetter and more of a homebody, add a frilly table skirt and some other feminine touches and guests will feel as if they are seated at a dressing rather than a dining table.
 

 

Your eco-conscious guests will sing your praises and you won’t have to worry about washing dishes when you host a party where everything from your utensils to your centerpieces are made of paper. That’s what the New York School of Interior Design did with its table. You can find disposable bamboo, plates, serving utensils, flatware and more at Bambu. Create an arrangement of paper petals. Visit Paper Source for paper flower-making kits.
 

 

Former supermodel Cindy Crawford brings her laid back entertaining style to the masses with her new line for JCPenney. The collection’s simple lines and shapes, plus a color palette of Tiffany blue, cream, and chocolate brown work for both the host and hostess.
 

 

The black and white neo-classical place settings, lamps, and gold candelabras are perfect for a Marie Antoinette–themed bridal shower. All you need are some French macaroons in pastel blues and pink and white cupcakes with iced flowers in fuchsia and turquoise. This table was by Rodarte for Knoll Luxe Fine Textiles by Bradley Stephen.

7 years
ago

 

Thursday Fun

   

Traditional or modern? Choose your event Thursday: For the former, from 5-8 p.m. Crosell & Co. will celebrate its newly designed MacKenzie-Childs. Guests can get a sneak preview of the shop before it opens to the public the following day. Spend $150 or more from the new collection any time during the opening party and/or weekend trunk show and get a MacKenzie-Childs heart plate. For the more modern-minded, I’ll be giving a short talk on outdoor entertaining at Vesta’s Fuego grill event starting at 6 p.m. Architects, landscape designers, and others interested in checking out Fuego’s new Element grill are welcome to enjoy Goose Island beer, BBQ, and demos. I hear the weather is going to cooperate! RSVP to crhornof@vestachicago.com.
 

7 years
ago

 

Hickory Chair fabric

 

When designer Thomas O’Brien was in town a couple weeks ago to speak at the Antiques Fair, Hickory Chair in the Mart held a breakfast in his honor to show off its O’Brien collection. Though not designed by the honoree, this fabric caught my eye: note how it makes the antique-style stool so very modern.

7 years
ago

 

The Great Indoors Design Seminars

The Design Centers inside Sears stores in Aurora, Schaumburg, and Vernon Hills are offering free two-hour design seminars this Saturday from 1–3 p.m. On May 22, seminars on tile and lighting will be offered.

7 years
ago

 

City Style House Tour

On Sunday, you can tour six late 19th-century and early 20th-century private homes in the Belmont Harbor neighborhood, including this 1906 greystone renovated and designed by interior designer Tom Stringer and his partner, Scott Waller. Working with Rugo/Raff Architects, the two refurbished the home from top to bottom. Tickets to the 22nd Annual City Style House Tour are $155. At least two of the homes we have seen on previous tours have landed in the pages of our magazine.

7 years
ago

 

Trays Chic

It’s coming on that time of year again, and you’re going to need wedding gifts. If the brides and grooms you know don’t have a registry or you want to go rogue, these pewter and glass trays from Pierre Deux are terrific ideas, and well priced at between $50 (8” x 12.4”) and $120 (11.6” x 23.4”). These trays will play with any type of décor, from modern to cottage to classic or glam. They’ll also make nice hostess gifts.

7 years
ago

 

Anthropologie Mariner’s Globe Pendant

I was trolling around Anthropologie’s website and found this on the sale page. Seems like a great deal—and a great deal of style—for $200 (down from $400). It’s glass and steel, 11 inches high and 8 inches in diameter.

7 years
ago

 

Grow Your Own Tomatoes

There’s still time to start some heirloom tomato plants from seed—you can’t put the plants outside until the weather is reliably warm anyway, and that’s early June. If you’re a fan of the full flavor of heirlooms, which are to store-bought tomatoes what hand-made baked goods are to a Pop-Tart, you’ll find a good seed source in Hyde Park. At the Op Shop a gallery space and community co-op in an old Hollywood Video store, the General Economy Exquisite Exchange, is selling the seeds of meaty Cherokee Purples, savory Jaune Flammes, and about ten other varieties. They’re $2 for a packet of ten seeds. You can also swap seeds here. Too impatient to start them from seed? There are seedlings of a few varieties (mostly black cherry tomatoes remained as of a few days ago) ready to plunk into the ground when it warms up. They’re $5. While in the shop, you can also pick up compost for growing them in. It’s easy to find: there’s a heap of it in the middle of the store.

 

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