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Ideas From DreamHome

There were many ideas to file away after my visit to this year’s DreamHome at the Merchandise Mart, but the one that stands out most in my mind is the gigantic inspiration board above the desk in Robyn Shapiro’s study. With Pinterest sticking it to old-school pinboards lately, I felt almost weepy admiring the many gems Shapiro had physically pinned to a neutral fabric with a pretty grosgrain ribbon border.

 

While we’re on the subject of thought-organization, in the kitchen by Plain & Fancy, a couple of elegantly framed antiqued mirrors bid ta-ta to the pedestrian chalkboard that’s so ubiquitous in cucinas these days. If you’re going to have a fabulous kitchen, why not elevate your grocery list, too? Of course, you will have to think of a way to jazz up your dry erase marker.

 

The game room was a welcome addition to the DreamHome this year. And designer Kenneth Walter certainly showed he had game when it came to wall treatments—that room had distressed oak and concrete on three walls and, on the third, a funky multi-layered linen surface with copper undertones, creating a dramatic backdrop for three flatscreen TVs. Cause you can’t satisfy everyone with a channel, but you can give them a good wall to stare at.

 

Jillian O’Neill also wowed with details in her glamourous foyer. Did you notice the floor boards and door trim? Black marble, people. What a chic touch.

 

The shoe-shine station in a drawer in the dressing room by Smartrooms was yet another winner.

 

In the living room, I liked how Richard Abrahamson put a console table between the wall and the sofa, making the room feel cozier and allowing for a ledge behind the sofa.

 

And the prize for Best Nook Ever: the petite office off Vincere's bedroom, a Gracie-wallpapered delight with a sleek wire-concealing desk from Holly Hunt. DreamHome is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., through December.

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